A group of 5 colleagues and I are working on a collaborative education paper. We are compiling our various unique efforts and describing them within the context of a larger theme in this paper.
How should we refer to [unpublished] work completed by just one of the 6 authors when writing the paper?
For instance, we may use collective phrases such as "the authors believe..." throughout this collaborative paper. However, if one of the author's work is being highlighted/described in some area of the paper, it seems inappropriate to expand credit/ownership to all collaborating authors on this paper (i.e., using the collective "authors").
- For example, if I specifically (and individually) previously developed/employed an assessment tool being highlighted/analyzed in this paper, saying "the authors employed an assessment tool" or "using an assessment tool created by the authors" seems disingenuous since only 1 of the authors (me) developed and employed this component.
I had considered the following approaches, but I did not feel confident they were the best choices:
Using phrasing such as "one of the authors...". (feels too vague)
Using passive voice without indirect object (e.g., "Intervention X was developed to foster...") also seems vague.
referring to one of the author's names also feels kind of awkward -- I don't think I've ever seen a multi-author paper reference one of the authors by name in the paper. (outside of citing previous work).
(maybe the answer will vary based on discipline...)