Forms of trust inside the scholarly networks of the 21st century

Abstract:  This article is the result of mobility and talks about mobility in terms of building affective trust relations. Starting from the perspective that interpersonal trust is a multidimensional construct with both cognitive and affective dimensions, this article attempts to demonstrate that in the scholarly world interpersonal trust manifests its cognitive dimension through the citation culture, while scholarly mobility is a way of forming affective based trust.

In the academic community trust must exist both in the knowledge of the individual with whom one collaborates (cognitive trust) but also in his intentions (affective trust). That the selection process of collaborators is sometimes based on personal networks and style of behaviour is a truth that is not very often said out loud but which in a theoretical perspective in the social sciences translates in terms of social capital and trust. Networks are useful when having to build international consortiums in order to apply for a research grant. But networks are built up in time, just like a trust relation is built up in time. in time of planning This is why mobility is a way of thinking ahead, g one’s future professional collaborations.

Open access for both scientific articles and research databases is also discussed in this article in terms of the manifestation of trust inside the scholarly community. Neither open access nor mobility can be seen as manifestations of altruist behaviour. The premise behind social capital is that individuals invest in social relations with expected returns in mind [U. Mobility is an investment with an expected return. It is a time of both personal and professional growth