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This blog is not about actual elephants. Sorry. It is about science.

We are passionate about science and made a blog about it. But we are not covering the latest findings in elementary particle physics or essays on Luhmann’s system theory. This blog is about those problems in science that everyone sees but nobody talks about: The journal system, the idiocy of authorship, citation cartels, career chances for young researchers, career chances for female researchers. You name it.

Looked at in this way, this blog is about elephants after all. Elephants in the lab. One by one we will spot these elephants and write about them and as we go along, you are invited to participate in this great science safari.

Nevertheless, this blog is about elephants. Those that everyone sees but nobody speaks about. In particular, we are talking about elephants in the lab. And: Every post on this blog is actually citable! This, we enable by giving each entry a separate DOI.

Editors

Benedikt Fecher

Benedikt Fecher

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Benedikt Fecher is heading the research project “Open Science” and the programme “knowledge dimension” at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. He wrote his PhD on data sharing in academia. The question that keeps him busy at night: What is impact?

Christian Kobsda

Christian Kobsda

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Christian Kobsda is an associate researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. He works as a political consultant in the president’s office of the Leibniz Association. Before joining the Leibniz Association, Christian dealt with Industry 4.0 and Smart Services at acatech and was scientific advisor to the innovation dialogue of the German Federal Chancellor. He spends his sleepless nights thinking about: scientific policy advice, digital innovation and perspective travel destinations.

Martin Schmidt

Martin Schmidt

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Martin Schmidt is an agricultural and soil scientist by training. Currently, he is an associate researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and does his PhD in environmental modelling at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research. He was a visiting scientist at the University of British Columbia. Beyond his interest in the functioning of science he devotes himself to the people behind it as former spokesperson of the doctoral researchers in the Leibniz Association and co-founder of the biggest network of doctoral researchers in Germany. If he is not fallen asleep he thinks about the integrity of science.

Nataliia Sokolovska

Nataliia Sokolovska

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Nataliia Sokolovska is a researcher at the programme “Learning. Knowledge. Innovation.” at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). She has a background in international relations and worked several years in journalism and PR. What keeps her up at night is the question, how knowledge and innovations can be transmitted on an international scope. 

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