Academic bullying: How to be an ally

2 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2021 Last revised: 16 Sep 2021

Date Written: April 5, 2021


Academic bullying and harassment are all too common, and institutional reactions are often inadequate. Although reports often focus on what the targetsof bullying can do to protect themselves, it is important to acknowledge that all members of the scientific community can and must address academic bullying. If witnesses to harassment, members of investigative committees, journal editors, other gatekeepers, and individuals at every level of the scientific community all leverage their knowledge and power to combat bullying, we can create a safer and more civil scientific environment.

Keywords: academic bullying; stakeholders; bystanders

Suggested Citation

Mahmoudi, Morteza, Academic bullying: How to be an ally (April 5, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Morteza Mahmoudi (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

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