Topic description: 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.
This is our current topic. Every few months we decide upon a new “Elephant in the lab” – an issue that is important for the scientific system. We welcome contributions on the current topic. It is also possible to publish on older topics.
Ajoy Datta about the difficulty of achieving genuine international research partnerships.
Michele Acuto about designing global networks of scientific policy advice and how to make them work.
Jyoti Mishra explains how to transform knowledge to help others in a global setting.
Martin Etzrodt’s take on the need of distributed organisations in collaborative research.
Ellen Hazelkorn takes a look at the accuracy of university rankings from an international perspective.