Is it just me, or is everyone overcommitting to too many collaborative projects lately? Everybody likes to collaborate these days. It’s easier to do these days, and the culture of ecology values it highly. And frankly, everyone sees it as a way to get their names on a paper while doing only part of the work. So we all agree to participate in lots of collaborations–to the point where we lack the time to really pursue any of them. Which, paradoxically, only encourages us to agree to more collaborations. After all, if your collaborators are moving slowly, you may as well start up some new collaborative project with someone else while you’re waiting for them to get their act together. And if you’re moving slowly, you may as well start up some new collaborative project with someone else while your other collaborators are waiting for you to get your act together.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should all stop collaborating. But anyone else think this sort of dynamic is becoming more common?