There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be. Charles Sanders Pierce

Of all the traits which qualify a scientist for citizenship in the republic of science, I would put a sense of responsibility as a scientist at the very top. A scientist can be brilliant, imaginative, clever with his hands, profound, broad, narrow but he is not much as a scientist unless he is responsible. Alvin Weinberg
 
     
 
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     With the expectation to secure external funding, Lance required the students in his lab to write two major (NIH, NSF) proposals during their pre-doctoral career. Post-docs were required to write three. Both groups were expected to make substantial contributions to the writing of five other proposals. Lance also advanced his proposal writing efforts by using portions of previous proposals he had submitted with his lab colleagues while a graduate student at Northwestern and post-doc at Harvard. In fact, some of the newest proposals seemed effortless because of the repository of proposals he had collected in the last decade. Some of the literature reviews he used verbatim. Re-use and recycle was his motto. He also submitted the same proposal to multiple federal agencies and private foundations. In fact, when in his third year as a junior faculty member Lance was awarded more funding than anyone else at his university, the president and provost hosted a small dinner in his honor. He knew he was on the right track.

 
 
 
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This chapter addresses peer review, including confidentiality and avoiding personal bias and conflict of interest. Upon your completion of this chapter, we hope that you will be able to identify the elements of responsible peer review of manuscripts and grant proposal. We also want you to learn about the problems and consequences of unethical decision making in peer review.

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