those publications (e.g. Adkins & Budd, 2006). There is a valuable body of research (e.g. Shaw & Vaughan, 2008) that examines the relationship between individual author characteristics (e.g., academic rank) or the status and type of an institution (e.g., research vs. teaching) and productivity. Further studies have indicated that collaborations lead to multi-authored publications that are more heavily cited and influential than single authored publications (Beaver, 2004). Several studies have associated increased collaboration with increased publication productivity on the part of researchers (Beaver, 2001).
Researchers and faculty of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences have been cooperating on six CRIS projects. Members of these multi-disciplinary teams are experts in their own academic specialties; they also have different research interests. However, they are all working together joint multi-disciplinary projects. Using a case study, this presentation will be used to discuss ways and means on how to capitalize on the opportunities these multidisciplinary projects offer for CAHS’ researchers and faculty to optimize the outputs (e.g., publications, extramural grants, student trained) of their research systems.