Delegate Various Responsibilities
Members who might have excellent research skills might do most of the research; those who are excellent at writing correctly might do most of the editing and proofreading. This model requires a high degree of group coordination. For some groups--but definitely not all--this model is most efficient. For others, (in which no even split of skill levels exists) it will be the least efficient. Consider the following:
- Be sure everyone, not just the final editor, has approved what will be passed in. Everyone needs to read and critique each draft.
- Be sure tasks are broken down equally. Proofing the final copy is not equivalent to writing the first draft.
- For this method to work, those doing the research must keep detailed, accurate notes that others who might not have seen the original source can understand and use.
- "Planning" meetings are essential; the people drafting must have a clear idea of the point, organization, and what sources are relevant to what parts of the paper or else much time can be wasted.