The present volume of the Journal is the first to be produced by the team of editors announced in the last editorial. The work has thereby been reduced to manageable proportions, and each editor is able to concentrate on papers in that area of geology with which he is most familiar. All the editors are united in admiration of their predecessors who, singlehanded, dealt expeditiously with such a volume and variety of papers.

Their predecessors’ success in putting the Journal back onto an efficient basis means that the Journal attracts more scientifically acceptable papers than it is able to publish. Athough the present volume is increased in size to meet this demand, some papers inevitably have to be declined. Such pressure means that papers must be concisely written: too many submitted still exceed our stated maximum size of 12,000 words. Economies of space have been achieved by adopting the British Library’s Supplementary Publications scheme, whereby such items as locality lists, tables of chemical and other analyses, details of techniques, stratigraphic sections, photographs, maps, cross-sections, borehole data and mathematical derivations are deposited with the British Library as well as in our own Society’s library. In this first year of operation, the Society has so deposited eleven Supplementary Publications relating to papers in the current volume, amounting to 20,000 words which otherwise would have occupied forty pages of the Journal. Such items are of value to only a handful of readers throughout the world, and it must be stressed that this detailed

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