As this is the last issue of the present volume some of the progress made with the Journal following the magnificent augean task completed by my predecessor, Dr W. W. Bishop, is summarized.
Priority has been given to ensuring that the Journal is dispatched regularly on time so that Fellows in the British Isles receive it near to or even before the first day of the nominal month of issue. This has resulted in most Fellows in North America, even those on the west coast, receiving their Journal within the month of nominal issue. Many Fellows have noted that their institutional libraries do not receive the Journal so promptly and investigations into this reveal that this is mainly because many institutions do not renew their subscriptions until several months after the New Year; a situation that can only be remedied by prompter action by subscribers.
At the same time, great effort has been made within the available limited finance to reduce the backlog of papers awaiting publication. After the May issue of this year all papers have been, and will be, published within a year of receipt of the revised manuscript, except for one paper whose author made changes in the figures two months after submitting the revised version. The last paper originally submitted in 1971 appears in this issue; the last paper originally submitted in 1972 will appear in the March 1974 issue. Short papers can now be guaranteed publication within six months or even less if urgent and