Frequently asked questions

How to contribute to the Camille Noûs consortium?

The process is simple: Include “Camille Noûs” as a co-author of your publications. This decision depends entirely on the free-will of authors. Like existing co-authoring consortia, in particle physics for instance, “Camille Noûs” may have contributed to the development of the methodological framework, to establishing the state-of-the-art, and ensures post-publication follow-up, all of which are actually part of the collegial construction of the standards of Science. When a clarification on the contributions of each author is requested, a variation of the following statement may be added: “Camille Noûs contributed to the collegial construction of the standards of science, by developing the methodological framework, the state-of-the-art, and by ensuring post-publication follow-up.

Can Camille Noûs sign any publication?

Whilst Camille Noûs embodies the scientific community, this symbolic figure of research does not substitute to it. Thus, C. Noûs will not sign as a single author, and should not be mistaken with publishing under a pseudonym. Nor can C. Noûs’ name be added in retrospect to publications that predate 2020, when Camille was not born.

Camille Noûs will soon acquire an international stature. Beyond research publications, C. Noûs participates in many other collegial activities of our professions: calls for papers, co-organisation of conferences, editorial committees, etc.

What is Camille Noûs’ contact information?

Camille Noûs (C. Noûs, or if necessary without accent C. Nous)’ e-mail address is C. Noûs is affiliated to the Cogitamus laboratory (homepage:, and/or to the main affiliation of the article’co-authors. The physical address of Camille Noûs can be that of your institution as well, pending permanent institutional accommodation.

Camille Noûs holds a HAL account under the following IdHal : cnous. Your publications can be deposited in HAL under your own author’s name. By indicating co-authorship, Camille Noûs’ CV in HAL will be automatically credited.

How does Camille Noûs’ statement of the collective nature of research promote scientific integrity?

Camille Noûs, as a personification of the research community, is de facto involved in the genesis of our publications, which are always the fruits of confrontation with the work of others. At a time when the management and bibliometric assessment of research leaves room only for the individual, Camille Noûs embodies the grounding role of the collective in the creation of scientific knowledge, which is always part of a collegial organisation, the legacy and criticism of previous work. To deny it would be a matter of fiction or even falsification. Camille Noûs’ existence therefore goes beyond the scale of the individuals involved in this initiative.

Inviting C. Noûs to co-author an article allows us to acknowledge the reality of the collective work achieved by the research community. The importance of the co-signed publications will emphasize this message.

From an empirical point of view, the actual existence of Camille Noûs is also supported by the numerous precedents of consortia of authors or collective signatures in experimental sciences, mathematics and human and social sciences.

In the event of a breach of research ethics and scientific integrity of a co-authored article, Camille Noûs would withdraw from the list of authors.

Why declare your affiliation to the Cogitamus laboratory?

An alternative to Camille Noûs’ co-authorship can consist in claiming a double affiliation of one of the authors to the Cogitamus laboratory. Affiliation as “associate member” to a laboratory is already commonplace, even though it has no legal value. When the co-signature “Camille Noûs” is not possible, the affiliation of one or several authors to Cogitamus is therefore an alternative solution.

Doesn’t the French first name of C. Noûs and the circumflex accent make the collectif inaccessible to non-French speakers?

Accessibility to colleagues from other countries affected by, or working in, the same dispossession enterprise is an important parameter to consider. Science is always an international practice. For this reason, it was a priority for us that the Cogitamus site hosting this project should be multilingual.

The first name Camille that was chosen by the majority of voters is undoubtedly French, but this does not call into question the international openness of the consortium. In many disciplines and journals, the first name is not indicated and is replaced by an initial (C.). Accents and other diacritical signs are often neutralized by journals and databases. The diversity of languages and cultures appears less obviously then, but it also means that the circumflex will not pose a major problem.

Non-Francophone colleagues may choose which strategy suits them best. The creation of similar consortia is also a possibility, and membership to Cogitamus lab is wide open to anyone in academia all over the world.

Who manages C. Noûs’ e-mail account?

The RogueESR collective (RogueESR) has launched this action so that any member of the academic community can express their desire to see scientific research as a place for the production and advancement of human knowledge, to become once again an autonomous and responsible space, at the sole service of common good.

The emails sent to C. Noûs are managed as well as possible according to the load, and depending on the requests addressed by editors or conference organisers.

May I post videos online and affiliate them to the Cogitamus laboratory?

One of the activities of Cogitamus could be through videos posted on a dedicated channel, that would offer online courses in a “haute couture” format compared to the standards of the format. Feel free to contact us about this, or to submit other ideas, to propose a research axis or a team.