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 call for an alliance between female academic leaders and early career researchers to improve the academic STEM system
This opinion piece draws attention to the disadvantage of the academic STEM system, especially for female academics.
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.
Katrin Frisch on encounters with the different forms of west german hegemony throughout her scientific training and everyday working life in academia.
Haibo Ruan from the Lise Meitner Gesellschaft on the forms of power abuse in science, its gender dimension, and how to address and overcome it.
Gorup & Laufer on how control is exercised and abused within relationships between doctoral supervisors and their students, what happens when PhD students challenge this control, and how we break free of this cycle of control.
Prevention of power abuse and supervision conflicts should be considered as a matter of good scientific practice, argues the doctoral researchers network N² in their postition paper. Jonathan Stefanowski explains how this can be done.