Welcome to the third issue of Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2018! This issue marks the start of a new era for the journal, as we say goodbye and thank you to one Editor-in-Chief and hello and welcome to another.
Dr Mark Ballow, who has edited the journal since its inception in 2001, has stepped down as Editor-in-Chief and has passed the baton to Dr Susan Tarlo. Dr Tarlo will work alongside longstanding Editor-in-Chief Dr G. Walter Canonica.
First, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Dr Ballow for his work on the journal over the past 17 years. Together with Dr Canonica, Dr Ballow has led the journal from its conception to its current standing: a well respected source of information with an impact factor of 3.463. Dr Ballow's expertise and influence in the allergy and immunology field cannot be underestimated, nor can his commitment and dedication to the journal. He has been a pleasure to work with and will be a big loss to the journal. From all of us here at the editorial office: Mark, you will be missed.
Second, welcome to Dr Susan Tarlo! Dr Tarlo has been with the journal since 2003, working with Dr Piero Maestrelli to edit the very successful section on occupational disease. Dr Tarlo has been a wonderful servant to the journal over the years, and is a natural successor to Dr Ballow. We look forward to seeing Dr Tarlo continue her excellent work on a grander scale. Please refer to Dr Tarlo's biography (pp. 000–000) for further information on her experience.
Finally, a thank you to Dr G. Walter Canonica, who continues to edit the journal and marshal this transition.
Drs Canonica and Tarlo look to continue to build on the success of the journal, maintaining the same goal Ballow and Canonica  had on its conception, to ‘better serve [academics] and solidify the needed bridge of knowledge between the basic science and immunology of allergy and primary immune deficiencies with the clinical aspects of disease recognition, evaluation, and treatment’.
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1. Ballow M, Canonica GW. An introduction to current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2001; 1:1.