The name of our research group (Oxford Protein Informatics Group) already indicates its cross-disciplinary character. In doing research of this type, we can acquire a lot of experience in working across the boundaries of research fields. Recently, one of our group members, Bernhard Knapp, became lead author of an article about guidelines for cross-disciplinary research. This article describes ten simple rules which you should consider if working across several disciplines. They include going to the other lab in person, understanding different rewards models, having patience with the pace of other disciplines, and recognising the importance of synergy.
The ten rules article was even picked up by a journalist of the “Times Higher Education” and further discussed in the newspaper.
Happy further interdisciplinary work!