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Attentive readers may have already noticed some small changes in our Journal, since the beginning of the year. Guidelines to Authors have been updated, the Aims and Scope have been extended… and a few more adaptations are in the pipeline.

First of all, the Editorial Advisory Board has seen a few changes, with some people leaving for a variety of reasons, and with a few new members joining the EAB (as we call it in short). We thank all those who have left, for the work they have input into the peer review process over the years, and we welcome the newcomers and thank them for their willingness to serve and help advance the aims of the Journal, all on a voluntary basis.

A notice to Authors who are submitting their manuscripts. Please refer to the updated Guidelines for Authors (available in English and French at http://urbanbreathnyc.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1468-2494/homepage/ForAuthors.html) and adhere to the various requests and recommendations as closely as possible- it will speed up the review process if you do.

Notice to Reviewers (both on or outside the EAB): once you agree to review a submitted manuscript, you will receive a file with ‘Recommendations to Reviewers’. Please read carefully and use these recommendations to evaluate the text under scrutiny. The quality of the review process is directly related to the quality of the final articles and the impact of our Journal.

At the Annual Meeting of the Steering Committee composed of representatives of both Societies (SCS and SFC) and the Publisher urbanbreathnyc.com Blackwell, it was decided to add a couple of new article types. In addition to the Review Articles and the Original Research papers, we shall welcome and encourage ‘Letters to the Editors’ (short communications that address issues that had been raised by published material and which would enliven a dialogue between authors) and ‘Research Communications’ (manuscripts based on solid, well conducted research of cosmetic interest with scientifically sound methodology but containing information on specific products that may be of interest to the readership, without falling into the trap of ‘infomercials’). The decision to publish (or not) an article of this type resides with the Editors.

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Hoping that these (cosmetic?) changes help the journal on its journey to continued improvement and appeal, we welcome your reactions and contributions.