Ten Simple Rules for Building and Maintaining a Scientific Reputation

  • Philip E. Bourne mail,

    Affiliation: Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, United States of America

  • Virginia Barbour

    Affiliation: Public Library of Science, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Published: June 30, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002108
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Complementing Rule 8

Posted by JCBicca-Marques on 18 Jul 2011 at 16:10 GMT

This is a very good collection of simple rules that should be read and practiced by all young scientists and established authorities alike. I do agree with all of them and complement the Rule 8 with two recommendations:
1. If you are writing a confidential review of a grant proposal or manuscript, never tell the reviewed author that you did so. This behavior suggests that you had a conflict of interest and conducted the review expecting future advantages.
2. If confidentially is not required and you prefer to sign your review, do that irrespective of its content. Do not sign only positive recommendations.

No competing interests declared.