I Had Hoped that this second part of the new Journal would not require an editorial but various changed circumstances have conspired to make one necessary.

Many Fellows made helpful comments upon the January issue and I take this opportunity of thanking them. Unfortunately, the cessation of normal postal facilities not only cut off the flow of such letters but also delayed the despatch of publications and, to a variable extent, upset temporarily the system of refereeing and processing of papers.

This issue of the Journal includes a number of short papers which previously would have found a place in the old Proceedings. It also sees the publication of the first results of the deliberations of the various stratigraphical sub-committees and working groups of the Society. This first Period Correlation Paper, by Cox et al., on the Silurian, initiates the publication of Special Reports. Copies of the Silurian report, in the form of a reprint with cover, may be purchased either from the offices of the Society or from Scottish Academic Press Ltd., price 5op including postage.

Finally, for the opening of the Appeal on 26th January, a report was made on publications of the Society during the previous fifteen months. As many Fellows have enquired concerning the position of publications and as it is by no means as black a record as has on occasion been painted, the details are repeated here. The publications received by Fellows in the last fifteen months amount to a total of 2060 printed

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