I am pleased to report that over recent years the number of subscriptions to the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology has been rising steadily and now stands at 3600. It means that Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology subscriptions are far in excess of any competitor journal and numbers of citations to articles in the journal also compare favourably with those recorded for our competitors. This editorial is part of an effort to make such information more widely known, particularly to potential authors.

Initiatives to enhance the quality, relevance and international appeal of the journal continue. Overseas members have been appointed to the Editorial Board and, more recently, a number of eminent scientists have been commissioned to write keynote papers for the journal. We continue to publish thematic sets of papers, especially, but not exclusively, those arising from Engineering Group and Hydrogeological Group meetings. The Editorial Board are considering further ways of improving the journal, but would welcome any helpful suggestions.

The young author's award was shared in 1996 by Drs K. Hiscock, A. A. Lovett, J. S. Brainard and J. P. Parfitt, all of the University of East Anglia, for their paper entitled ‘Groundwater vulnerability assessment: two case studies using GIS methodology’. The certificate and cheque were presented by Mr M. G. Culshaw, chair of the Engineering Group, during the Engineering Group-Hydrogeology Group Conference dinner held on board HMS Warrior at Portsmouth during September. The competition is open to all authors under the age of 35 years.

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