Study on scientific harassment

Last modified: September 26, 2018

What is scientific harassment?

Scientific harassment can be “stealing data, unjustified authorships, subordinating people in assigning management and research tasks, intentional discrediting or making others invisible for e.g. committees, influencing the work environment negatively, frustrating research processes et cetera.” (source: LNVH)

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The Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH) “has commissioned Prof. Marieke van den Brink, Prof. Yvonne Benschop and Marijke Naezer (Radboud University, Nijmegen) to conduct an exploratory qualitative research.” It is the first study on scientific harassment in the Netherlands and it will focus on the position of women in science. Women can share their experiences in academia until October 30th, even if they are not in academia anymore and also anonymously if they prefer that.

Relation to research integrity

This explorative study will give first insights into scientific harassment at Dutch universities. Which obstructions do women face in doing science? It will be an important first step in getting concrete ideas on how these obstructions affect the working culture in academia. Scientific harassment is in opposition to research integrity. One has to “provide an open, safe and inclusive research culture” (Source: Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2018). This exciting new research topic will hopefully receive continued attention as the findings of this initial study can also inspire broader follow-up research.

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