May 16, 2022

Journal Article: “Yours, Mine, Ours: Some Best Practices for Authors Writing Collaboratively”

The article linked below was published earlier today (November 1, 2021) by The Journal of Creative Library Practice.


Yours, Mine, Ours: Some Best Practices for Authors Writing Collaboratively


Rachel A. Knapp
University of Colorado Boulder

Paulina Borrego
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Thea Atwood
University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Journal of Creative Library Practice
November 1, 2021


From the Introduction:

The authors of this article focus on the best practices we learned through our experiences in scholarly writing, with a specific focus on the collaborative writing process. For the sake of this paper, we define collaborative writing as a collective process of creating a scholarly work for distribution, either through formal (e.g., peer-review) or informal (e.g., white paper) venues. This article is, in part, in response to our lack of formal training and addresses a situation in which we felt other researchers might find themselves. We hope to provide starting points for others interested in writing collaboratively and help empower those wishing to have a broader conversation about writing. Our scope here is limited to collaborative writing, and as such, we exclude other components of collaborative scholarly work, such as generating an idea, pursuing a grant, or analyzing data. Nevertheless, we do endeavor to provide resources and advice broadly applicable and relevant to all disciplines.

After a brief literature review, included to provide a broader context, the authors give some background information on their own experiences with co-authorship prior to this article. However, the authors dedicate most of this article to presenting reflections, advice, and a curated list of open-access resources related to some of the critical aspects and challenges of collaborative writing.

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