When The Scientist first appeared in late 1986, it did so under the aegis of the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information. I founded ISI in 1954, and over the years it has become known and respected as the publisher of Current Contents and the supplier of other products, such as the Science Citation Index. These services provide researchers with timely, comprehensive data on the publishing achievements of their peers and of research institutions worldwide.

Meanwhile, The Scientist--in its comparatively brief existence as the science community's only newspaper--also has grown dramatically. As its publisher and editor-in-chief, I have overseen its development to the point at which, in 1994, it is delivering news and career guidance to well over 50,000 readers biweekly.

I'm told that, although The Scientist became an independent publication more than five years ago--with no direct business or financial ties to ISI--many in the science community still find it...

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