10. Communicate with your collaborators.
9. Do not repeat the same work as your collaborator, for lack of communication (see rule #10).
8. Acknowledge your collaborators contributions, both in print and in presentations.
7. Do not endlessly ask your collaborators to provide you with reagents you are never planning to use and will just duplicate anyway.
6. If there are explicit expectations in the collaboration, make sure you do your part. If you can’t do your part for some reason- see #10.
5. If there are explicit boundaries in the collaboration, stay within the lines, The lines are your friend. If you can’t do that, see #10.
4. Share your data with your collaborator. Most of us are data junkies and just love to SEE it for the sheer joy of it.
3. Don’t write grants using unpublished collaborative resources without telling your collaborator. That is just dishonest. See #10.
2. Don’t be demanding of your collaborator- we all have busy lives and many times things take longer than we wish they would.
1. See #10.
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