Science is a form of shared, social knowledge. The contemporary practice of peer review means that papers are often written with specific audiences in mind—sometimes even specific reviewers. And when it comes to specialized subfields, the world of science can be pretty small. This realization came to me most vividly when I once gave a talk at a large national meeting and realized half-way through that at one point or another I’d had drinks with at least half the audience.

These are some of the people I expect to review my papers and ask the necessary tough questions:


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