The team is organised by the primary author according to the skills that are necessary for a particular piece of work. In addition, unless the work is only going to be a literature review, someone needs to bring the data to the sprint. Since the person with the data is the most likely person to have a good understanding of the study, this person will most likely be the primary author.
- Introduction (written near the end of the sprint, probably as each team member adds a short section based on the work they’ve done)
- Literature review
- Primary author to identify the main aim / theme / outline of this section
- Secondary author/s to identify and distribute (e.g. via a shared folder on Mendeley) relevant articles prior to beginning the sprint
- Secondary author/s to also build the Reference list during this process
- Method (completed by study designer / primary author)
- Results (completed by study designer / primary author)
- Discussion (Secondary author/s identified based on expertise with linking ideas from Literature review and Results sections)
- Conclusion (Primary author ties the work together, possibly based on points highlighted by others)
- Reference list (bulk of this work to be done by Literature review author/s, but also sees contributions from other authors as they add their own citations)
- Additional tasks that may not be eligible for authorship credit if no other tasks are completed by these team members:
- Editorial (team member who will take responsibility for spelling / grammatical / formatting work, as well as ensuring a “unified voice” throughout the article)
- Critical review (at least 2 reviewers, who may or may not be team members, who will take responsibility for critically reviewing the final draft)
The idea is to use the time to write, not to search for literature, so all preparation should be done beforehand. Authors should use online collaborative tools like Google Docs and Skype where possible, in order to work together in real time.