As Drs. Patricia Katz and Edward Yelin complete their term as Co-Editors of Arthritis Care & Research with this issue of the journal, we look back with admiration and gratitude on their leadership over the last six years.

During Drs. Katz and Yelin's editorship, the journal has undergone several changes. In 2008, Arthritis Care & Research expanded from a bi-monthly to a monthly publication, and Drs. Katz and Yelin managed the expansion effectively, maintaining a policy of accepting the highest-quality work and publishing it within a short time after acceptance. They instituted changes in manuscript length requirements, allowing authors to better focus their work and enabling publication of a greater number of articles.

The American College of Rheumatology Board of Directors decided that Arthritis Care & Research would stand alone as an independent publication starting in January 2010, and no longer be tied to its sister publication, Arthritis & Rheumatism. Arthritis Care & Research gained its own ISSN number, title, and impact factor, independent of Arthritis & Rheumatism, and Drs. Katz and Yelin effectively led the journal to a new level of distinction.

Drs. Katz and Yelin introduced the very popular themed issues, which appeared once or twice a year and highlighted state-of-the-art information in a field of relevance to rheumatology. The topics in these issues ranged from Disparities, Cost and Social and Psychological Impact, and Epidemiology of the Rheumatic Diseases, to Biologic Agents, Drug Safety, and Vascular Comorbidity in the Rheumatic Diseases. These themes prompted hundreds of submissions and their publication provided a focused look at some very timely topics.

To highlight research reported in Arthritis Care & Research that may be of interest to the general public, Drs. Katz and Yelin regularly identified articles for release to the lay press. Their keen eye for selecting appropriate articles and skill in interpreting them for the media has increased awareness of the journal, the American College of Rheumatology, and the discipline of rheumatology in general. Research published in Arthritis Care & Research is now reported frequently in leading newspapers and news magazines and on national television and radio.

Drs. Katz and Yelin assembled an impressive team of Association Editors—Drs. Leonard H. Calabrese, Loreto Carmona, Agustin Escalante, Marian T. Hannan, Daniel Lovell, Carol A. Oatis, Richard H. Osborne, John H. Stone, and Michael M. Ward. These individuals have worked tirelessly along with Drs. Katz and Yelin toward achievement of the journal's current level of success. The review process has been smooth and efficient for reviewers and authors thanks to the expertise and skill of the Assistant Editor, Belinda Wong.

Drs. Katz and Yelin have been distinguished leaders of Arthritis Care & Research. Their efforts have ensured that the journal has become, and will remain, the premier journal in clinical rheumatology. On behalf of the journal's readers, authors, and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, we offer our sincere thanks and warm wishes for continued success.