EARLIER THIS YEAR, the increasing backlog of accepted manuscripts for Sexually Transmitted Diseases became apparent. Discussions concerning how to deal with this problem were initiated. After consultation with the publisher and the governing body of the ASTDA, a decision was made to increase the number of issues of the journal from 6 to 10 per year. This should help to reduce the backlog and, it is hoped, the time from acceptance of a paper to its publication. Equally important, this will allow us to add some new features to the journal in response to expressed needs by our readership and members of the ASTDA. Among those features are more review articles and sections dealing with the management of patients in the clinical setting. Obviously, there is always a risk when expanding the number of pages published: There is pressure to maintain a flow of high-quality manuscripts. We hope that more timely publication will ensure a continued flow of such submissions.
The current dues structure for ASTDA will be maintained for at least another year; the officers of the society decided to subsidize the increased costs of the extra journal issues (pages and mailing costs) for the members. Obviously, this is something we hope will make membership in the ASTDA even more attractive than it already is. However, the effects of the increased costs of publication on the financial condition of the ASTDA will have to be revisited at some time in the future. In the meantime, this expansion of Sexually Transmitted Diseases reflects a healthy interest in this area by researchers. The comments of our readers and ASTDA members concerning this were appreciated and were helpful to the Editor. Thank you.