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Writing in Groups
In many fields, writing for publication means writing in groups. You may work with a single or several co-authors, or with a large team. The specifics of each situation will require thought, but the resources below can give you some general guidelines for writing in teams that may be helpful.
Sharing Files and Citations
There are many possible ways to share files and citations with your group members. The ones listed below are suggestions; you may use them or others to keep everyone up-to-date.
UC Merced-affiliated writers can use Box to share files and organize resources. It is possible to share various versions and create folders. **There may soon be limits on how much can be stored here**
Many writers use Google Docs to share files and see edits in real-time. You can also go back to see the history of a document, and it is fairly easy to comment and make suggestions.
RefWorks is a citation management tool you can use to organize your resources, create bibliographies, and integrate resources directly into your paper. UCM students, faculty, and staff can set up accounts through RefWorks.
Zotero is a free, open-source citation management tool. It is similar to RefWorks in terms of its capacity, but it can be easier to pull in references. Since it is free online, there is not a dedicated customer support (though there is support available through Zotero's forums.)