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Keeping up the good work
  1. G Hughes,
  2. K Mackway-Jones
  1. Correspondence to:
 G Hughes

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The journal’s new editors take over.

As of June 2005 this journal is under new editorship. It is inevitable that new editors will bring change. Our aim is that any changes we make will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. We want the journal to continue to grow, and we want to include new ideas and themes that will appeal to the readers.

A journal is dependent on both the quality and the number of contributions it receives. We will continue to seek scientific papers and other input from you the readers, as well as commissioning papers on discrete topics and themes that will appeal to you. With this in mind we want to hear from you about your ideas regarding content: if you don’t tell us we’ll never know. All suggestions will be gratefully received and carefully considered.

An early task is a review of the criteria used by reviewers to referee submitted papers. This will continue to ensure that the process is both rigorous and fair.

There is a backlog at present of case reports awaiting publication. We both know that it is irritating when an accepted paper is delayed in what seems to be an interminable queue. One of our first decisions therefore is to introduce a new way of presenting case reports. We will write personally to all authors to explain our new approach. We trust that you will see the benefits in the “Emergency Casebook” section soon.

The two new editors have a hard act to follow, since the journal’s progress and evolution under all previous editors has been highly successful in all measurable areas. We formally wish to acknowledge our predecessors for their significant contributions and, on behalf of all readers, thank them for their commitment and endeavours. We look forward to working with the editorial support team at BMJ Publishing. Their insights on and experience of journal production are invaluable. None of the editors can do the job without their help.