With this issue, we have nearly completed our first year as the new editors of the Journal of Paleontology. When we assumed editorship at last year's GSA Meeting, we inherited a nine-issue (18-month) backlog of papers that were awaiting publication. Allowing such a backlog to grow is out of the question. Maintaining it is unacceptable. Reducing the time between final acceptance and publication is our first priority as editors.

To that end, we have already taken steps to reduce the backlog by mechanical means.

We are happy to say that these steps have allowed us, as of this issue, to...

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