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  • Online writing tools, such as Google Docs or Office365, allow for real-time collaborative work with teammates on research proposals.
  • Suggesting mode, a feature similar to track changes, is a useful tool to allow for discussion points without deleting important sections.
  • Online writing tools automatically save changes every couple of minutes, which decreases the possible risk of loss of work.
  • Most online tools have the ability to show past edits and changes; revision history improves accountability by being able to see who has contributed what and at what time.
  • Some online tools do not have the same robust chart/table capabilities as their desktop counterparts.
  • There may be a lag if many collaborators are working on an online document at the same time or if your internet latency is poor.

Collaborative Writing with Google Docs