Abstract #13

# 13
Collaborating with co-authors: Writing, presenting, and publishing.
D. M. Barbano*1, 1Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Organization, planning, and inclusive communication among co-authors are the keys to success. Collaboration in writing, presenting, and publishing will flow a bit differently for review papers versus research papers, but the basic principles are the same. In both cases, the co-authors need to agree on the target journal and who will be the corresponding author. For review papers, each co-author is normally responsible for a section(s) and the lead author will do the integration. For original research papers, the sequence is a bit different. The manuscript development and planning has to start with clear and measurable objectives, an experimental design, and a plan for statistical analysis of the data. This should be done before you do the research. In writing, start with a title page, an introduction section with only the last sentence(s) written (i.e., the objectives of the research), and descriptive first-level and second-level section titles for the remainder of the paper. Step 1: Write the materials and methods in complete detail (best if this is done while doing the research). Step 2: Analyze data and make final form data tables and figures with all statistical analysis included. Have all co-authors agree on the main messages from each table and figure. You are not ready to start writing the results and discussion section until step 2 is complete. This is the step where people waste too much time writing before the data (and co-authors) are ready for them to write. Step 3: Write your story about your data (don’t worry about the literature yet). Have all co-authors review and provide input before going to step 4. Step 4: Next, bring in appropriate discussion of literature citations to compare with your story. Some previous work may agree and some may differ. Provide a balanced perspective. Step 5: Write a short conclusion about your results, not the literature. Stick to facts that are statistically significant. Have all co-authors review and revise. Step 6: Write the introduction including only background references that are necessary to understand the topic and to logically lead the reader to your objective statement that was written earlier. Step 7: Write the abstract with the objective(s), a brief experimental approach, and then add the conclusions that match step 5.

Key Words: writing, publishing, presenting

Speaker Bio
David Barbano is a professor in the Department of Food Science. Dave received his BS in biology/food science in 1970 at Cornell University and his MS/PhD in food science at Cornell (MS in 1973 and PhD in 1976). He joined the Department of Food Science as an assistant professor in 1980. In 1988, he became the director of the Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center. He is a member of ADSA, IFT, IDFA, AOACI, IAMFES, IDF, and New York State Association of Milk and Food Sanitarians. Dave is a past president of ADSA, and a fellow of ADSA and the Association of Official Analytical Chemists. Dave received the Harvey Wiley Award of AOAC in 2010. He is active on numerous International Dairy Federation committees for milk analysis.