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"Scientific papers should be judged for their lasting value before, rather than after publication" according to J. R. Porter, the retiring chairman of the Conference of Biological Editors (Science, 141:1014, 1963). "It is the editor's responsibility to maintain high standards in evaluating manuscripts for new knowledge and logical conclusions, preserving integrity and good practices in scientific communication; and fostering cooperation and understanding in the world which science is helping to mold." With the great flood of manuscripts that today's editors receive it is essential that the contributions be subject to critical review based on healthy skepticism and logical reasoning in the search of truth. The help of a substantial number of editorial referees and experts in many fields is necessary in the midst of our tremendous scientific revolution. To edit a modern noteworthy journal one must show leadership as well as a dedication to excellence. As Porter said, "We may
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