Be Kind Campaign


CAUTHE is increasingly concerned about the impact of a culture of negative feedback and reviews. The culture of negativity impacts both individual academics’ careers and mental health, as well as collectively on rankings and research income for Tourism, Hospitality and Events across both Australia and New Zealand.

Call to action

We call on colleagues to ‘be kind’ and reflect on how they provide feedback and assessments both face to face and anonymously. Our campaign is about increasing kindness and compassion towards each other while not reducing the rigour of our assessment of research. Kind, helpful and positive reviews are more likely to be acted upon therefore improving the overall body of research in our field.

We have collated the following list of resources. We hope you find them helpful. #CAUTHEKindness

List of resources

Bekkers, R. (2020, May 2). How to review a paper – Including a checklist for hypothesis testing research reports.

Clegg, S., & Rowland, S. (2010). Kindness in pedagogical practice and academic life. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31(6), 719-735.

COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Irene Hames on behalf of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Council. March 2013, v.1.

Dowland, D. & Pérez, A. (2018, September 23). How to Be a Generous Professor in Precarious Times. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Laker, J. (2014). Physician, heal thyself: A brief manifesto on kindness in academia and the tyranny of legitimacy. Impact of Social Sciences Blog.

Lugosi, Peter. (2019). Good practice in academic peer review: A short guide for reviewers and authors. 10.13140/RG.2.2.29965.38888.

Perry, P. (2019). 5 Sources of Bias in your Grant Application Review Process.10 September. Submittable. 

Sutherland, K.A. (2018). Cultivating connectedness and generosity in universities: a view of early career academic experience in Aotearoa, New ZealandOn Education. Journal for Research and Debate1(3).

Tregoning, J. (2019, December 19). Ten rules for (possibly) succeeding in academia through upward kindness. Times Higher Education. [Login to THE or register to read this article]

Willis, M. (2020, February 11). ‘Do to Others as You Would Have Them Do to you’: How Can Editors Foster Academic Kindness in Peer review? The Wiley Network.

What is Better Peer Review? A guide for editors, reviewers and researchers. Wiley.

Wooten, Courtney Adams and Condis, Megan A. (2018). “Collegiality as a Dirty Word? Implementing Collegiality Policies in Institutions of Higher Education”. Academic Labor: Research and Artistry: Vol. 2 , Article 3.


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