It has been a privilege and (mostly) a pleasure being the Principal Editor of Clay Minerals – Journal of Fine Particle Science for the last 12 years.

Over the dozen years we have published some outstanding papers while, at the same time, we have broadened the base of authors considerably. An important change, also, has been the publication of many special issues and thematic sets from meetings and conferences, some towards the edge of the scope of the journal, broadening its appeal considerably.

Early on, unbelievably now, many papers were still being submitted in hard copy form and hard copy...

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