Along with the Editorial Office’s best wishes for the New Year to all our readers, here is a brief update on current data and projects concerning the Journal. We continue to concentrate on speeding up the evaluation process. For instance, half of the manuscripts published in the two first 1998 issues were submitted in the preceding 6 months. This of course only applies to submissions accepted with minor revisions and rapidly revised; for the others, the average publication span was 7.5 months. The total number of submissions has decreased by 15% in 1997 with respect to the preceding year; the average quality of the manuscripts, however, has been higher, so that the overall rejection rate has come down. There has been no change in the geographical distribution of submitting authors, and the trend to an increasing number of papers dealing with molecular and with clinical neuroendocrinology has been confirmed.