Many Fellows may feel a certain nostalgia on receiving the final ‘Q.J.’ for 1970 as it marks the end of a long and important publication era. I had hoped that the change-over to the Journal of the Geological Society with its new cover would be accomplished without any visible break. However, despite all efforts to maintain a normal sequence, unconformity is marked by overlap of the last parts for 1970 with the first part for 1971.

I feel sure that all Fellows will welcome the new Journal, which will be published on a scheduled date at intervals of two months from January 1971. The last year has seen a great deal of activity to bring the ‘Q,J.’ up-to-date and by the end of January 1971 ten parts (Nos. 495 to 504), that is two-and-a-half years supply, will have been despatched to Fellows within twelve months. I am grateful to our printers, The Universities Press, Belfast, for their kindly and patient assistance in making this possible.

Publication of the Proceedings as a separate periodical has been discontinued. In future the activities of the Society will be reported briefly in ‘proceedings format’ at the end of each Journal. More ephemeral information will be included in the circular. Short papers, which have been a valued, although expensive, part of the former Proceedings, can take their rightful place in the Journal now that regular and more frequent publication is assured.

A new-look has been given to the committee-stages through which papers pass. A Scientific

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