Better late than never

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Science  20 Mar 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6484, pp. 1283
DOI: 10.1126/science.abb7248


Among the questions that have come up quite often during my first few months as Editor-in-Chief of Science are those that concern the Retrospectives that we publish on prominent scientists who have passed away. Does a Retrospective serve as a tribute? Do we run Retrospectives on individuals who made important contributions to science but had other well-known personal drawbacks? Why can't we feature more diverse members of the scientific community in Retrospectives? These have been passionate inquiries that made me wonder about whether we should just stop publishing these pieces to avoid any strife.

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