Policy ForumSOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE

“Undemocracy”: inequalities in science

Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 809-810
DOI: 10.1126/science.1252743

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Summary

In recent years, academic scholarship and public discourse have become increasingly preoccupied with social and economic inequality, which has risen in many countries. It is surprising that more attention has not been paid to the large, changing inequalities in the world of scientific research. I suggest that although the basic structure of inequalities in science has remained unchanged, their intensities and mechanisms may have been altered by recent forces of globalization and internet technology.