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This special issue of Nature explores some of the concerns of early-career scientists by attempting to give them a voice. We talk to young researchers battling to establish their labs, hoping to innovate and at the same time build a career when so much emphasis is placed on paper counts. And at a time when career progression is hampered by a global postdoc glut, scarce funding and the disappearance of tenure-track posts, we argue in our Editorial that it is up to everyone in science — young and old — to ensure that the next generation of researchers is not lost. Cover by Megapont/Folio Art.