In launching The Scientist, we sought the support of distinguished scientists and science policymakers from around the world. Many agreed to serve as editorial consultants; their names are listed at the left. Many more, who are not formally associated with this newspaper, have enthusiastically aided us behind the scenes.

Naturally, in becoming established, our association with notables helps break down the skepticism potential subscribers may harbor about yet another periodical. It also conveys a seriousness of purpose and a high standard of quality. While we do in fact derive great benefit from such "acceptance by association," this was not our prime reason for inviting colleagues to serve as editorial advisers. Our advisers were not invited to serve merely as passive figureheads, who lend us only the luster of their names. Rather, we expect they will actively participate in shaping The Scientist, as many already have in writing book reviews and...

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