General considations

Diversifying your research by encompassing a broader range of fields strengthens your research profile and increases your chances of future employment by showing you can collaborate and think laterally. Therefore, publishing in a cross disciplinary journal is an effective strategy. One way to achieve this is working on projects that span complementary fields. This exposes you as a researcher to different outlets for your research. Another approach is applying for research funding that focuses on connecting research and industry, such as the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant program. These awards fund research with applied industry context, thereby exposing academics to collaborators outside of academia and improving the potential outreach of the research.

Practical example for Life Sciences

Within the life sciences, it is common for researchers to borrow ideas and methods from interdisciplinary fields. Ecology, for example, is closely linked to statistics, mathematics, physics, genetics, hydrology, engineering, geography, and psychology. While much of this work can target similar scientific journals, each field has its own subset of journals in which to publish. Therefore, working with academics in these fields exposes you to further publishing opportunities. For example, if your research is on understanding how bioaccumulation of toxic compounds in waterways affects species diversity within food webs, an interdisciplinary approach may be to apply a foundation of ecology with chemistry, mathematics, geography, and statistics. Therefore, your immediate research network could potentially incorporate academics from these fields, each of which have their own target journals that exposes your research to more diverse research outlets.

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