HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Publisher Eugene Garfield inspecting The Scientist's inaugural issue in 1986.
Editor's Note: The Scientist, a newspaper for the science professional, was launched on Oct. 20, 1986. In the inaugural issue, publisher Eugene Garfield set forth his vision for the publication in an essay reprinted here. Its aim, he announced, was "to offer you practical help in managing your professional life."

Two hundred thirty-nine issues later, the paper's mission remains the same. Yet much about the publication has evolved in the past decade. There have been changes in appearance-for example, the use of flat matte coated stock instead of newsprint-as well as alterations in the editorial content. Some of the regular columns described by Garfield in the introductory essay have been replaced by newer, popular features such as Profession and Hot Papers. (See the commentary on page 10 for a description of The Scientist's...

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