• Include IDR presentations and sessions at regular society meetings by

    • Choosing IDR topics for some of the seminars, workshops, and symposia.

    • Promoting networking and other opportunities to identify potential partners for interdisciplinary collaboration.

    • Cohosting symposia with other societies.

    • Holding workshops on communication skills, leadership, consensus-building, and other skills useful in leading and being part of IDR teams.

  • Establish special awards that recognize interdisciplinary researchers.

  • Sponsor lectureships that bring recognition of the value of interdisciplinary experience.

  • Prepare glossaries, primers, tutorials, and other materials to assist scientists in other fields who wish to learn new disciplines.

  • Create sections, divisions, or boards that represent interdisciplinary aspects of their fields.

Journal Editors

J-1: Journal editors should actively encourage the publication of IDR research results through various mechanisms, such as editorial-board membership and establishment of special IDR issues or sections.

In particular, journal editors can

  • Increase the exposure of IDR by devoting special issues or sections to specific IDR directions in a field and accepting more research papers that introduce new IDR areas.

  • Add researchers with interdisciplinary experience to editorial boards and review panels and develop specific techniques for evaluating interdisciplinary submissions.

  • Consider whether their publications’ guidelines for authorship and submission of manuscripts are appropriate for IDR.

  • Take steps to improve the sharing of knowledge between disciplines by publishing

  • Comprehensive review articles on related disciplines.

  • Overview articles on fields relevant to published interdisciplinary works.

  • A list of the fields covered in interdisciplinary papers.

  • Hyperlinked text in papers directing on-line readers to discipline-specific educational resources.

  • Create subscription models based on article title and subject rather than journal title to enhance cross-discipline access.



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