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Looking Back, and Looking Forward

Wilcox, Allen J.

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000190546.38080.39

Scientific publishing is undergoing rapid changes. Options that didn't exist 10 years ago, such as electronic publication, we now take utterly for granted. With this issue, we are happy to announce Epi Fast-Track, Epidemiology's latest foray into electronic publication. Epi Fast-Track is our feature for publishing electronically ahead of print. With this new feature, our readers (and authors) no longer have to wait for articles to complete the laborious process of print publication. We will publish all accepted papers online as soon as the editing is complete and the galleys have been approved by the authors. Print publication will follow in the usual way. We expect that the considerable benefits of this feature will soon be taken for granted by our readers.

In stark counterpoint, we offer in this issue a reminder of the roots of our discipline. Marcus Klingberg is a veteran of the heroic era of infectious disease epidemiology, and he tells his story here with the help of Alfredo Morabia. I doubt that a more compelling or astonishing story has ever appeared in our pages.

Meanwhile, the editors of Epidemiology continue our labors somewhere between the heroic eras of the past and the uncharted electronic future. In this endeavor, we are extremely grateful for the help of talented colleagues who, through their service on our Board of Editors, help make the journal what it is. In particular, we extend our thanks to Aaron Cohen, Art Reingold, Michelle Williams, and Walter Willett, who recently completed their terms on our Board. For Walter, this closes out 14 years of generous service to the journal. Our association with all 4 has benefited the journal greatly. In turn, we enthusiastically welcome Miguel Hernán, Jay Kaufman, Pauline Mendola, Murray Mittleman and David Vlahov to new terms on our Board.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.