In this the 20th year of TLE, the Editorial Board has decided to publish a series of 12 articles reviewing how TLE has reported specific areas of geophysics since its inception in 1982. This month's topic is research. In the last 20 years, there has been considerable change in how we define and conduct research in our industry. In the “old days,” budgets in major oil companies included a large allocation for conducting basic research—i.e., research groups (populated by highly sought PhDs from the world's major universities) investigating ideas with a long-term focus or conducting expensive, specialized field experiments,...

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