With this issue, The Scientist steps forward into its fourth year of publication as the trade newspaper for the science professional. In celebrating this milestone, I can say with confidence that The Scientist has indeed arrived and is here to stay.

Following its startup in October 1986, our young paper - like most fledgling publishing ventures - suffered its share of uncertainties. The solid gains it has posted in subscriptions and advertising since then - particularly during the past six months - have thus been especially gratifying. Its progress attests, I believe, to the qualities that distinguish it from the other fine publications available to the science community.

Chief among these qualities is The Scientist's dedication to a broad cross section of professionals, including bench scientists, teachers, managers, and policymakers. The Scientist is not dedicated to tracking a specific discipline or subdiscipline; nor is it a vehicle for publishing original...

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