Power and Power Abuse in Academia
We look forward to hearing about your personal experiences as well as your reflections on the experiences of academics in general, institutional practices and system-level trends.
A wrap up of 2021 on Elephant in the Lab by the Editorial Team
Zhao et al. on an individual’s role in the scientific system and some coping mechanisms to alleviate the stress of the precarious working conditions of early career academics.
Donia Lasinger on the contribution of the Vienna Science and Technology Funds (WWTF) as a compareably small funding organization to equality of all genders
Renke Siems on user tracking on science publisher platforms, its implications for their individual users and ways to face this issue
Sabine Müller on the hierarchical system of German academia and why it could be a problem for the wellbeing of young academics and Ph.D. candidates. She compares it to her experiences at Oxford University and sheds light on the differences between the two research cultures.
Lucy G. Gillis on inequalities in science reproduced by letters of reference and how to encounter them
Kelsey Medeiros on sexual harassment, what role it plays in relation to power structures in academia, and possible ways to address it
A group of researchers from the German N² network presents the results of a survey among PhD students on the abuse of power in science and outlines ways to counter it
Ruixue Jia on the influence of administrative power in Chinese academia on researchers’ publication activity, their selection of co-authors, and the topics they are writing about.
Linda Jauch on powerful dependancies of academics to funding bodies, their supervisors and what to do about it.
Katrin Martens take on the struggles of transdisciplinary research.
A look backwards from the editorial team.