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Collaborating across differences: Reflect on writing habits in co-author processes

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Most research and academic writers today produce publications within co-author relationships—making collaborative writing a key feature of our professional lives. In their recent study of team science, Barry Bozeman and Jan Youtie determined that more than 90% of sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) publications are co-authored (Strength in Numbers 2020). Even in historically single-author fields like mine, writing studies, co-authorship is on the rise. This revolution in co-production of publications means that individual writers must both learn the craft of writing but also the art of writing in relationship with others.

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