Fortschritte der Mineralogie, the journal of the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG), was founded in 1911. Until 1988, a total of 66 volumes appeared, although with some interruptions due to World Wars I and II. In contrast to other mineralogical periodicals the Fortschritte published predominantly review articles in all fields of mineralogy. From 1960 on part of the contributions were written in English, thus conforming to the trend towards English as a lingua franca in natural sciences, including geosciences. On August 1, 1988, the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, the Société française de Minéralogie and the Societá Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia founded the European Journal of Mineralogy (EJM) and, at the same time, decided to discontinue their own traditional journals; the same holds true for the Sociedad Española de Mineralogía who joined in editing the EJM in 2004. During the two decades of existence, nearly 1900 paper have been published by the EJM in the fields of crystallography (18 %), systematic, regional and applied mineralogy (39 %) and petrology (43 %). The overwhelming majority of the papers (more than 80 %) was written by European authors, i.e. 22 % from Italy, 20 % from Germany, 11 % from France, 5 % from the United Kingdom, 3% from Spain, Switzerland, and Austria, resp., and 5 % from Russia. The USA contributed 5 % of the papers, Canada 3 % and Japan 2.5 %. The EJM has established itself as an internationally respected, high rank European periodical in all fields of mineralogy with an impact factor ranging from 1.1 to 1.45.