This post has been inspired by something I read over at the wonderful PhD2Published blog. I seriously love this blog and the insight and wisdom that it so freely shares. They run an ongoing series called Weekly Wisdom in which they share a short, snappy piece of advice. The Weekly Wisdom this week really caught me off guard. It’s number 40 in their ongoing series. Here’s what is says:
Don’t give your ideas away and let someone publish before you; publicise the outline of your book, not the details!
On the face of it, that statement is not overly shocking. But it really worried me. Is there that little academic integrity that people would be willing to steal, claim and pillage the ideas of their colleagues in pursuit of some sort of fleeting fame? It worries me that this could be the case. As a young academic, just beginning my career and trying to forge my path is this what I have up ahead of me? Is it really this ruthless?
I hope that the world that I am entering is in a better state that this. I, for one, know that I could never blatantly steal the ideas of someone else and pass them off as my own. I hope there is much more integrity in the world of academia that this.