As we approach the 25th anniversary of the publication of QJEG it is appropriate to consider the style and content of the Journal and how it reflects the changing nature of both the academic and practical engineering aspects of applied geology.

The first issue of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology was published on 20 September 1967. Its range of interest was to include the whole spectrum of ‘subjects within the field of geology as applied to civil engineering and mining practice’. In his foreword Professor J. E. Richey commented that ‘the variety of subjects treated is one of the noteworthy points about the publication’; an observation still true more than twenty years later.

The Board is pleased that the high reputation of QJEG amongst British workers has extended worldwide; a significant proportion of the papers published in recent volumes have been submitted by foreign authors. It is our intention that the Journal should extend its international coverage and we hope that our efficient service, high production quality and circulation of 2500 in 46 countries will encourage authors to use QJEG as the most appropriate avenue for disseminating their leading papers to an international audience.

In the 1970s an increasing number of hydrogeology papers appeared in the Journal, aided no doubt by the activities of the flourishing Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society. This was acknowledged in 1979 when the words ‘Encompassing Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology’ first appeared on the front cover of Volume 12. In an editorial in that

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