Document Updated: 15 Dec 92
Subject: Overview of THE SCIENTIST
OVERVIEW OF "THE SCIENTIST"
15 December 1992
THE SCIENTIST is a biweekly tabloid newspaper, published in Philadelphia
(Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) and distributed internationally to research scientists,
managers, and administrators in industry, academia, and government. Although
its news articles, features, departments and opinion pieces are targeted at
science professionals in all disciplines, the majority of the publication's
30,000 subscribers are associated with the life sciences. And most of these
life scientists are directly or indirectly connected to the burgeoning
With its focus on the career concerns of professional researchers, THE
SCIENTIST is unique among the host of publications available to scientists.
Rather than presenting original research papers or hard-news coverage of
breakthroughs in esoteric scientific pursuits, THE SCIENTIST delivers
information on the workplace itself--the issues and events conditioning the
professional environment in which researchers conduct their professional lives:
funding legislation; salary surveys; new grants; blossoming areas of study that
are likely to provide the greatest opportunities for career advancement; the
controversial ethical debates that shape today's workplace; the interplay of
industrial, academic, and governmental research.
THE SCIENTIST's editorial package is presented to readers in five distinctive
sections: News; Opinion; Research; Tools & Technology; and Profession.
* NEWS: Because The Scientist reaches its readers every two weeks, the
editors presume that other publications are better positioned to provide
sufficient coverage of "breaking news." The mission of The Scientist's
News section, then, is to put the latest news in perspective for its
career-minded readers, with incisive assessments of its impact on the
working lives of professional researchers, managers, and administrators.
In this regard, the publication's purview is unique in its breadth: the
paper fosters reflection by its readers not only on their professional
roles in relation to science-specific matters-- but also in relation to
the nonscientific world at large and the major events, from national
elections to natural disasters, that shape the world in which today's
researchers ply their trade. The NEWS section also enlightens readers on
such urgent matters as the anticipated shortage of scientists and the
effort to recruit more women and minorities into the science profession.
Most distinctive, perhaps, is THE SCIENTIST's persistence in tracking and
reporting on the individual researchers, the front-running that are
driving the scientific enterprise today and setting its standards for
years to come.
* OPINION: Probing exploration of critical issues-- matters of considerable
import to the researcher's professional life--are at the heart of this
part of the publication. The Opinion section also serves--in the form of
a lively Letters department--as a forum for its highly vocal readership.
* RESEARCH: What are the latest trends in biochemical investigation? Why is
a particular team of scientists consistently coming up with breakthroughs
in their field? What are the "hottest" scientific papers of the day as
measured by "citation analysis"? What individuals, institutions, states,
and nations are documentably emerging as the leaders in scientific
investigation? The Research section of THE SCIENTIST answers these and
other questions in issue after issue in order to illuminate readers about
the scientific context in which they are pursuing their own careers--and
about the scientific and professional options that may be available in
disciplines other than their own.
* TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY: While this section lets readers in on the latest
developments in laboratory instruments and systems and in computer-based
hardware and software that supports lab work, it also examines the
relationships between these tools and the researchers who use them, as
well as issues of impact on the scientific workplace. The publication's
Tools & Technology sections have focused, for example, on new
environmental regulations and the effect they are having on traditional
methods for disposing of lab waste disposal; the need for vigilantly
monitoring lab safety; how bargain-hunting scientists can beat the
skyrocketing cost of laboratory equipment; and advances in computational
* PROFESSION: The Profession section presents thought- provoking articles on
the "bread-and-butter" aspects of the typical scientist's working world.
Subjects have included: a "tutorial" on how an academic lab can best
prepare for an on-site visit by National Institutes of Health examiners.
The section offers practical advice on topics such as resume preparation
and networking at scientific society meeting; tips on how an organization
or an individual scientist should go about organizing a scientific meeting
or seminar series; what a researcher who suddenly finds himself or
herself in the public limelight must do to prepare for interviews by the
press and television reporters. Also in the Profession section, readers
are alerted to funding information with which they may not be familiar and
rundowns on salaries in specific scientific disciplines. The People
department of this section provides special coverage of the science
community's highest achieving men and women plus passed away.