Toes, Coat-tails and Shoulders: Collaboration, co-authorship and career opportunities from an ECR perspective

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Bedford, Alison. 2020. "Toes, Coat-tails and Shoulders: Collaboration, co-authorship and career opportunities from an ECR perspective." 26th Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Group Research Symposium: Research Relationships and Supports: Facilitating Research Through Collaboration (2020). Toowoomba, Australia 27 Nov 2020 Toowoomba, Australia.
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Toes, Coat-tails and Shoulders: Collaboration, co-authorship and career opportunities from an ECR perspective

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AuthorBedford, Alison
Year2020
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Conference/Event26th Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Group Research Symposium: Research Relationships and Supports: Facilitating Research Through Collaboration (2020)
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26th Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Group Research Symposium: Research Relationships and Supports: Facilitating Research Through Collaboration (2020)
Event Date
27 Nov 2020
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

Entree into the wider academic research community can be a challenge to recently graduated PhDs who are yet to secure ongoing or permanent employment in academia. This paper will share my experience of fostering collegial relationships with senior researchers which have in turn opened up an array of opportunities in employment, publishing, research and grant acquisition which would not have been possible alone. Having established a positive profile through strong performance in teaching contracts, opportunities for co-authored publications have become available. The reciprocal nature of this co-authorship meant that as an ECR I gained experience and guidance in navigating the processes of publication and also had support in further developing ideas. This collaboration then resulted in contact with other senior academics and the opportunity to join a research team as part of the USQ Open Educational Practice grants project. While approaching more well established academics with similar research interests may feel like you are stepping on toes or riding on coat-tails, the experiences and exposure gained allow ECRs to stand shoulder to shoulder with leaders in their field, gaining opportunities and experiences that would otherwise not be possible until later in one’s career.

KeywordsECR, collaboration, professional networks, academic publishing
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
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