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Interdisciplinary research: putting the methods under the microscope

By Martin Douglas K, Robertson David W and Singer Peter A

Abstract

<p>Abstract</p> <p>Background</p> <p>While the <it>desirability </it>of interdisciplinary inquiry has been widely acknowledged, indeed has become 'the mantra of science policy', the <it>methods </it>of interdisciplinary collaboration are opaque to outsiders and generally remain undescribed.</p> <p>Discussion</p> <p>Many have analysed interdisciplinarity, especially in relation to the creation of new disciplines and institutions. These analyses are briefly outlined. Still, there currently persists a silence about the <it>methods </it>of interdisciplinary collaboration itself, and the core of this paper proposes a template for such methods.</p> <p>Summary</p> <p>Breaking this silence – by making the methods of interdisciplinary projects transparent – could further invigorate interdisciplinary research.</p

Topics: interdisciplinary, research methods, Medicine (General), R5-920, Medicine, R, DOAJ:Medicine (General), DOAJ:Health Sciences
Publisher: BioMed Central
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1186/1471-2288-3-20
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:22f54f4068b444e3857984f7752e734f
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