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Science  28 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5846, pp. 1833
DOI: 10.1126/science.1150256

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Science is international, but its funding and administration are usually a matter for governments of nation states. In Europe, this balkanization leads to problems; perhaps the worst is finding peer reviewers when, in a small country, applicants for support may have few peers. Of course, the definition of "peer" is not always clear, and it can be difficult to identify real experts in a field unless one is in it. That creates a problem, because supporting anything less than superior research wastes taxpayers' money. In a small country, identifying quality depends on the fair and accurate opinions of foreign experts.