Wrapping up research projects that do not have a natural conclusion: Editorial


In a recent article from Nature, Andy Tay speaks to four researchers about the tactics they use to wrap up research projects that do not come to a natural conclusion. Being aware of issues such as deprioritization, diminishing interest, and logical constraints can help researchers to know when a project needs to come to a close and guide their next steps. The researchers shared the importance of approaching the end to a project through consultation with a professional circle, considering the end of a project as a way to “redefine” work, enhancing knowledge transfer so that new lab members can take over for leaving lab members, and taking the necessary steps to avoid becoming attached to ideas.