How to be a good coauthor: Advice for Ph.D. students and junior faculty

Denton L. Collins, Derek K. Oler, Christopher J. Skousen

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Success in publishing accounting research often requires success in multiple coauthoring relationships. Given the importance and prevalence of coauthoring, our paper provides comprehensive advice to new accounting researchers on how to manage a coauthoring relationship, and includes views based on personal experience supplemented by feedback from an informal survey of some of the most productive accounting coauthor teams. We assert and conclude that a good coauthor establishes clear roles and expectations before a project begins, and keeps commitments. Communication throughout the project is essential as coauthors confront difficulties and setbacks. We conclude by discussing several situations that coauthors may confront, and provide recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalIssues in Accounting Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Accounting research
  • Coauthors
  • Research productivity


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