Because of the hardship in academia, young researchers often find themselves having to sacrifice the quality of their research for the number of publications, paying high OpenAccess fees, and writing violent reviews for lack of time and attention.
In this context, I don't claim to have a good posture, or to be beyond reproach. I'm not immune to the shortcomings I've just mentioned.
That's also why I'm setting myself a few rules to maintain ethics in the academic world, to develop my research in the best human conditions and not to contribute to the problems inherent in this sector. By doing so, I hope to foster better conditions for future research.
As far as possible, I try to publish my articles in Gold Open Access, if not in Green Open Access.
For publications that have already been published but are not accessible, I am happy to pass them on if they are requested by email.
In future, I will make all my articles accessible in preprint before publication in order to contribute to more transparent and collaborative research.
I'm trying to participate in more cooperative and, above all, more diverse research.
This involves taking care to include less experienced researchers, women and minorities - those who are generally the least represented - in all the events I organise.
More generally, it means examining my general attitude to academic events. I recommend this resource for those who would like to learn more: Diversity in Academia [I am not the author of this site].
Review ethics: constructive criticism
Since researchers are generally short of time, it's quite quick to make reviews that are sometimes a little abrupt or indelicate. And I don't exclude myself from this observation.
However, I now make a point of rereading my reviews several times to check that my comments are constructive and genuinely help the researcher to improve their research and disseminate their work more effectively.
Helping the most junior researchers:
less competition, more mutualism
Despite my little experience, I am sometimes contacted by young masters or doctoral students to help them with articles or applications.
Given how lonely research can be, I always try to find the time and attention needed to mentor these students and researchers, put them in touch with the right people and involve them in future events.
Although it can be difficult to find the time to support those who are just starting out, I believe this benevolent collaboration is necessary for the development of better researchers and therefore better research.