8.1.2 Who are you working with?

By sorting on the author column, you can quickly find out who the academics main co-authors are. Maybe you have an academic acquaintance or even collaborator in common? Nothing is better to get a conversation going than talking about people you both know. Looking at an academics earliest collaborators might also give you a clue about who his or her PhD advisor was. Finding that someone mostly publishes on his/her own is also useful to know. You might not bring up collaborative work in that case, certainly not in a first meeting.