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Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research
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.
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.