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EMCR – research collaboration platform

How can EMCR help me?

EMCR is a platform that facilitates the creation of independent cross-functional research on demand. If you have a topic for research and want to find an analyst or a team who can execute it, you initiate a new research project on EMCR and find people with a relevant background who can do it for you. Alternatively, you can search among existing research reports already published on our platform. Furthermore, experienced research analysts can find work collaborators with complementary expertise or interns to execute complex cross-functional research projects. We also help graduates, online students, and young specialists to integrate quickly into the professional community by getting their hands dirty working on real-life problems under the leadership of experienced professionals.

I need to find some research. How can I do this?

You can search among existing reports on our platform as a first step. For that, you need to register as a Reader. It’s very simple and minimum information about you is required. After doing so you will get the access to our reports corpus where you can search for a report on your subject. If there is no relevant report, you can ask us to upgrade your status to a Sponsor by clicking the relevant button in your profile or during the registration. A Sponsor is someone who can initiate their own research project and find people with a relevant background to execute it. As a Sponsor, you can suggest your own research project and find people who might be interested in executing it. Being a Sponsor doesn’t mean you have to necessary pay something. Analysts may be ready to work on your projects for free, especially if research is done under our Internship Program with the help of students or junior specialists. The only condition is that you will not have exclusive rights on the product and it will be made public on our platform or sold to someone else.

How can I initiate my research project?

In your profile, click the “Create a project” button and you will see the page where you can provide the title of your project, its brief description including all important conditions, deadline, and most importantly category tags. Tags allow us to find and recommend to you the people with the right expertise to execute your project. After initiating the project, we will recommend to you the profiles of senior professionals (Mentors) who might be interested in participating in your projects and you can invite those of them who you like. After at least one mentor accepts your invitation, they become responsible for its execution and the project becomes “active.” As a next step, they might want to invite other participants with complementary skills, including juniors. Mentors who join the project will collectively approve the final draft of the report before it goes to you or is published on the platform.

Do I have to pay to become a Sponsor?

No, you don’t have to. A Sponsor is just someone who can initiate a research topic on the platform. The current beta-version of the platform does not support payment functionality and a lot of work may be done for free by interns. Later, you will be able to initiate “hidden” paid projects and use our platform to hire research teams to work exclusively for you as a matter of outsourcing.

How can I find an intern on the platform?

It’s possible to find interns on the platform if you have relevant experience of 5 or more years. In this case, you can register on our platform as a Mentor (senior specialist) and initiate a research project you need interns to help you with. After that, you will be able to see the profiles of junior specialists (or Contributors) who might be relevant or interested in working on your project. You can invite those of them who are, in your opinion, suited to your project. Please note that the incentive for interns to work with you on your project is gaining professional reputation. Whatever work is done for you, the report on it must be made public and available for readers, so interns can later use this report, its ratings, the fact of your mentorship, and yours and others’ feedbacks to promote themselves among potential future employers.

What’s the EMCR Global Internship Program?

Here at EMCR, we believe that it doesn’t matter where a young specialist gained their skills and knowledge, attending a university or taking online courses, whether it’s their first career or the second. What’s important is that they have an opportunity to get practical experience in their chosen area before moving on with building their desired career. Here we give such opportunity. If you are a fresh specialist and you need a practical experience in research, economics, finance, data science, and so on, you can join one of the projects on our platform as an intern (a Contributor) and sharpen your practical skills. The report on your work will be published on our platform with feedbacks and ratings and later you can share it with your potential employers as an evidence of your skills.

Who is a Sponsor?

A Sponsor is a registered user who can initiate (suggest) research topics and assemble ad hoc teams for executing them. To become a Sponsor, you first need to register as a reader and then upgrade your status by using the relevant button to request an upgrade.

Who is a Mentor?

A Mentor is a professional with relevant experience of 5 or more years. Mentors can execute sponsors’ projects and create cross-functional teams to work on projects. Mentors can initiate their own research projects and invite interns to help them. By a simple majority, Mentors approve or reject draft reports submitted under project work flow they can also expel Contributors from the project whose work they consider unsatisfactory. Individual Mentors can leave a review on Contributors after the project is complete and rate their work. Individual Mentors can post minority view comments on the report in case they disagree with the report conclusion or withdraw from authorship altogether.

Who is a Contributor?

A Contributor is a graduate student, online student, or young specialist with relevant experience of less than 5 years. Contributor’s can also propose research projects but such research projects won’t become “active” unless at least one Mentor joins it. Otherwise, contributors can apply to join any of the existing research projects on the platform initiated by mentors or sponsors. Contributors must follow Mentors’ instructions and work diligently. On report completion, Mentors will rate Contributor’s work and post a feedback on the platform along with the research report itself. If a Contributor does not meet the expectations of Mentors, they can be expelled from the project or receive negative feedbacks.

How do moderators approve new users?

We facilitate that users provide true, accurate, and relevant information about themselves during registration, and, in some cases, we can ask for clarity on some points, additional information, or proof of certain statements. If everything is OK then we approve the account. We can deny registration or delete an account if we have reasons to believe that a user mispresented information about themselves or is involved in fraudulent and otherwise dishonest behavior. In some cases, we reserve for ourselves the right to deny registration without explanation. Normally, we approve new accounts within 1 day or sooner. If you believe that you were denied registration without sufficient reason or it takes too long, please contact support@emcr.io

What’s the project workflow?

The project workflow is the process of working on an active project and writing and submitting the resulting report. Every project has a deadline initiated with it. Mentors manage the project and make sure it meets the deadline. Every new active project has a set of template files attached. The final draft of the report must be submitted to the platform in one of those templates (long note, short note, or presentation). Drafts submitted not in one of those templates or submitted beyond the deadline will not be accepted and the project will be considered failed. Mentors can negotiate a deadline extension with the sponsor if needed. Mentors approve or reject draft reports submitted under the project work flow and they can also expel Contributors from the project whose work they consider unsatisfactory. Individual Mentors can leave a review on Contributors after the project is complete and rate their work. Individual Mentors can post minority view comments on the report in case they disagree with the report conclusion or withdraw from authorship altogether. After Mentors have approved the final research draft, it is approved and rated by the Sponsor (if there is one) and sent for approval to the moderator. After the moderator’s approval, the final report draft and feedbacks are posted on the platform and made available for readers.

If you have other questions, please contact us at support@emcr.io