With this number of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology we have a change of Editor. Dr Brian Hawkins of Bristol University, who has been the Scientific Editor of the Journal since 1987, is standing down and I will undertake this responsibility until Dr John Cripps of Sheffield University can take over the Editorship in June 1994.
During his period of office, Dr Hawkins maintained the high standards of the Journal and was responsible for a number of successful initiatives, among which were the Young Authors' Awards and the policy of encouraging papers from abroad. On behalf of the Society and the readership I would like to thank Dr Hawkins for his fine service as QJEG Editor.
The scope of the QJEG is well set out on the inside front cover of every number, but I would like to say a few words here of a more philosophical nature about the purpose of the Journal. This is to provide engineering geologists and hydrogeologists with the very best scientific papers on all aspects of engineering geology and hydrogeology, be they the results of field or laboratory research, case history studies, state-of-the-art reviews, Working Party reports or technical notes. Because the Journal sets out to be an international journal, care will continue to be taken to include papers from overseas authors and on overseas topics as well as from those in the UK. In this way, the pages of the QJEG will record the most recent advances in both the theory and