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Broadening our Understanding of Scientific Work for the Era of Team Science: Implications for Recognition and Rewards

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Strategies for Team Science Success

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This chapter addresses rewards and recognition in the scientific enterprises related to facilitating or hindering research done in teams. It makes the case for revising promotion and tenure policies, highlighting limitations of the current system to adequately reflect and recognize team science. It then highlights a range of related changes in the culture of the scientific enterprise that may serve to influence and promote changes in promotion and tenure policies. The chapter summarizes key points from white papers and reports that make the case for revising promotion and tenure policies and provides examples of specific recommendations and guidelines. The chapter then proposes a wide-ranging set of key scientific activities in team science that can be used to undergird revisions to promotion and tenure policies to comprehensively account for and assess the quality of one’s scientific contributions in team science. Such a framework shifts the focus of promotion and tenure review from scientific roles to scientific activities. This lens helps to dispel the sharp distinction drawn between investigators and specialized professional roles for team science, with implications for how scientists working in both types of roles are recognized and rewarded. It also has broad-reaching implications for how scientific activities specific to team science are reflected in budgets, academic structures, funding, and more.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN261200800001E. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.

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    www.teamsciencetoolkit.cancer.gov

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    Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 Clinical Trial Optional), PAR-18-940, 2018

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Vogel, A.L., Hall, K.L., Falk-Krzesinski, H.J., Klein, J.T. (2019). Broadening our Understanding of Scientific Work for the Era of Team Science: Implications for Recognition and Rewards. In: Hall, K., Vogel, A., Croyle, R. (eds) Strategies for Team Science Success. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20992-6_39

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