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Open Educational Resources Collective Publishing Workflow

Find Authors to Collaborate with

If you’re planning to work with co-authors, and you don’t already have someone in mind, you’ll need to identify other experts you could approach to write on a specific topic.

Co-authors should have experience with the subject matter and add value to your textbook. Familiarity with – and passion for – open education is a plus.

What to Look for in a Co-Author

Some things to look for when recruiting co-authors:

  • Complementary strengths – Do they have strengths that complement your own?
  • Philosophy – Does their working style fit well with yours?
  • Challenge – Do they challenge you to do your best work?
  • Diversity Are they at a different career stage, from a different discipline or of a different gender or ethnicity?

How to Find Co-Authors 

Some strategies you could use to find co-authors outside your institution are to:

  • tap into colleagues’ or mentors’ networks by asking them to introduce you to researchers with relevant expertise
  • share your ideas with a researcher you met at a conference to see if they want to collaborate
  • reach out to researchers of interest through social networks such as Twitter, ResearchGate and LinkedIn
  • cold call or email a researcher you haven’t met before but want to collaborate with and ask them if they’d be interested in contributing to your textbook
  • send out a call for contributions from other authors
  • connect through the CAUL OER Collective Academic Authors Community of Practice.

Once you’ve found your co-authors, you’ll need to discuss your expectations and how you’re going to work together.


Adapted from:

Contributing Authors’ in Self-Publishing Guide by Lauri M. Aesoph, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence

‘Day 26: Expand Your Co-Authorship Base’ in The 30-Day Impact Challenge by Stacy Konkiel, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.