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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     Lance Norris was the rising young star of the biochemistry department. Two years ago, when he went on the job market, he had a couple of good offers. He chose Manning University primarily because of the provost's commitment to expanding the biochemistry and nanotechnology programs. The institution offered his wife Gilda a non-tenure track position in the art program, and Lance had a wonderful opportunity to make a significant impact on the biochem program's reputation and visibility.

     With this position, however, came increasing pressure to produce. Produce new research funding. Produce a training grant for the growing number of doctoral students needed to support the expanded research programs. Produce articles prior to the National Research Council's next assessment of doctoral programs. It had been over 10 years since the last NRC survey, which produced the most prestigious and respected rankings of doctoral programs. And the provost had determined that with the upcoming survey, the sciences at Manning U should move up exponentially in these rankings. Lance came from a strong biochemistry program at Northwestern University and had worked there with some of the top researchers in the world, researchers who would surely one day be recognized in Stockholm - stellar researchers such as Rick Morimoto, Kelly Mayo, and Bob Holmgren. So Lance was well prepared for the expectations he now met.

 
 
 
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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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