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#GlobalScience: is science really global?

When talking about Science, it is very common to state that it is global per se. Good Science, we often say, knows no borders and is always international. But is this true? Do normative statements like these really reflect scientific practice? We want to take a closer look at this globalized science – especially beyond the predominant powerhouses – and reflect on its preconditions of access to and interaction in the international scientific realm. What does the supremacy of a handful of scientific regions imply when it comes to all the infrastructures that science needs – like journals, conferences, labs and even the digital ones? How are the national and regional scientific discourses linked to the global level where English is still the prevailing language? We want to read our scientific evidence about the state of global science as well as your opinions and bold ideas on where science could do better. 

What is this blog about?

This blog is not about actual elephants, it is about science.

But we are not covering the latest findings in elementary particle physics or essays on Luhmann’s system theory. This blog is about those untackled problems in science that everyone sees but nobody talks about.

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 discuss ways to tackle them and as we go along. And: Every post on this blog is actually citable with a separate DOI.