If you have projects or submission drafts on my topics of interest, consider sending me your work for feedback, or emailing me about possible collaborations.
Since I’m now receiving requests for collaborations on a regular basis, I believe it’s important to set expectations publicly well in advance, which is why I decided to add this section. Please go over this in detail before approaching me to suggest a collaboration. These only refer to collaborations on coauthored submissions. I am also happy to provide feedback and share data without a full collaboration, depending on my availability.
My general approach to collaborations:
- I take an active role in my collaborative work, and I expect to be notified of project developments and planning.
- It is important for me to know and understand the projects I join. I will expect to be involved in all stages of the project. I expect to have access to all materials from the project: IRBs/procedures/data/code/etc.
- Open and transparent science
- I support the Open Science Movement. Unless agreed otherwise, I expect that we will pursue full transparency and sharing of all procedures, materials/stimuli, data, code, exclusions, etc. on the Open Science Framework and in the supplementary materials, and that we’ll be sharing our work as preprints and opening it up to open peer-review.
- I support the TOP/PRO initiatives to disclose all decisions made during design, collection, and analysis.
- I expect we will be using R (/JAMOVI) for all analyses and coding. Ideally, but not a must, with RMarkdown.
- I assume, by default, that all studies will be pre-registered. If this is a new project and there are no restrictions, I have a strong preference for Registered Reports and would urge you (/us) to consider these as an option for your suggested collaboration.
- I have a strong preference for diamond (no fee) open access community journals, like Meta Psychology and Peer Community (in Registered Reports). In my experience and view, these are the future of science and are the top standards for review transparency and rigor.
- Working together
- I expect and will engage in responsive, open, and respectful communications.
- I expect and will offer a commitment to the project from the moment we begin working together until either (1) the project is published and archived, (2) we both discussed and decided to put it on-hold or move it to lower priority.
- I would need to go over and approve any official submissions that include me as a coauthor before submission (a week’s notice is usually enough, if previously checked with me to make sure I’m available that week).
- Goals and contribution
- The target journal(s) should be clear and predetermined at the beginning of the collaboration. I am more likely to accept a collaboration leading to a submission to journals in psychology that publish social/personality/cognitive psychology, with preference towards those that support and promote open-science, though I am open to discussing other options.
- Co-authorship should be clear and predetermined at the beginning of the collaboration.
Specific clearer cases:
- If you work under my supervision and take the lead: you will be the first author. I will be corresponding author as a default, unless we discuss need to address academic career goals and accepting responsibility.
- If we work on a project together from the start: equal-authorship with randomized order with clear indication in the manuscript.
- We will clearly outline contributions using the CRediT taxonomy.
If you are a student and want to work with me:
- Working together means aiming for a coauthored submission of an article to a journal of the work you do with me.
- You will have to take the lead and do the work. This involves: being able to work independently and learn things on your own based on provided resources and guides.
- At the very minimum: I will guide and advise on the general project plan, I will go over your work in every major step, I will provide constructive feedback and clear examples of how to improve, and I will guide you regarding the next step to take. For submissions, I will take part in verifying your work and finalizing the writing and ensuring it meets the academic standards for a submission.
For those working with me longer term (guided thesis/mPhil/PhD/Postdoc, etc.):
- Work-life balance and mental well-being come first. Always.
(I never expect you to work late evenings, nights, or weekends. You set your own schedule, and I will trust you to set a schedule for yourself that is healthy and balanced. Whatever I might do that may interpreted otherwise is an unintentional misunderstanding. Please do ask and let me know if there might be some confusion about that).
- You are a collaborator.
- You lead your projects and are in control.
- You decide project, speed, targets, etc.
- You are 1st author on your work. I am an author if I contributed meaningfully.
- It is my role to support and offer guidance, not restrict you.
- You are encouraged to work with other PIs/scholars/students. I try and help facilitate that whenever possible.
- You learn much faster than I do. I learn from my work with you, and you help me do better science & be a better person. Your proactiveness and engagement are important.
- I am human, I make mistakes (a lot), you will most likely know your projects far better than I do. Discussion and speaking up (with respect and politeness) is important.