Vadose Zone Journal (VZJ) was initiated four years ago by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) in cooperation with the Geological Society of America (GSA). The first issue was published in August 2002, and after three years the annual number of submissions has risen to about 200. This rapid acceptance of VZJ within the scientific community is largely attributed to the foresight and persistent efforts of our founding editor, Rien van Genuchten, backed by SSSA staff and the VZJ Editorial Board. The successful start of VZJ very much reflects also the increased recognition that vadose zone processes play a...

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