The calendar year 2011 was one of change for the Journal of Comparative Neurology, as we have undergone a transition in the Editor-in-chief. In the Fall of 2010, Dr. Saper, who had been the Editor-in-chief since January, 1994, informed the publisher, Mr. Joseph Ingram of John Wiley and Sons, that he wished to step down from that position. However, Mr. Ingram had his own announcement, that he had planned to retire at the end of 2010. We therefore agreed that we would delay the transition in Editors until Wiley and Sons had chosen a new publisher. Dr. Matt Giampoala began as the new publisher in February, 2011, and a search was begun for a new Editor-in-chief. The members of the Search Committee, in addition to Dr. Saper and Dr. Giampoala, included the Associate Editors and an Editorial Board member, Dr. Ann Graybiel. The Committee received twenty-five applications for the position, asked for further information on the editorial plans from five of the candidates, and ultimately chose Dr. Patrick Hof to become the new Editor-in-chief. Dr. Hof began working in August, 2011, as Editor-in-chief Designate, handling all papers submitted after July 4, 2011. Because of the time lag in such papers reaching print (due to one, or more often two or more rounds of review, time for compositing the papers, and then for the printing process), the first papers for which he served as Editor-in-chief are just now reaching print. Hence, it is appropriate that he take over officially as Editor-in-chief as of the first issue of 2012.

Dr. Saper will meanwhile step back to being Editor Emeritus. This position will be similar to an Associate Editor, and will involve handling papers submitted by other Editors of the Journal, as well as trouble-shooting problems at Dr. Hof's request. Because both Drs. Saper and Hof have contributed to the transition at the Journal over the last six months of 2011, it seemed fitting to have Dr. Saper review the past year and to have Dr. Hof address the coming year, in our annual message to our readers and contributors.

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The transition in publisher for the Journal has also been a smooth one. Joe Ingram, who had been publisher since 2000, had been extremely supportive of the goals of the Journal. He had supported the expansion of the Editorial team to eight Associate Editors and had seen the journal through a shift in its emphasis toward Systems Neuroscience. Indeed, with the loss of Departments of Anatomy and the paucity of scientists who were trained as neuroanatomists per se, the traditional emphasis of the Journal on neuromorphology had seemed to be addressing a shrinking field. At the same time, the opportunities for the application of morphological methods to Systems Neuroscience had never been greater, with many papers published in more general neuroscience journals, or even in journals classically devoted to neurophysiology or neurochemistry including more and more morphological data. Thus, the addition to the Journal's masthead of the phrase, “Research in Systems Neuroscience,” marked a major transition for the Journal. Mr. Ingram also led a team at Wiley that recrafted the Journal's cover and page style, with the help of the Editors. The loss of Joe Ingram is compensated only by the excellent working relationship and support the Journal has enjoyed from his successor, Dr. Giampoala.

We also must thank the members of the Editorial Board who are rotating off at the end of their four year terms. We are grateful to Drs. Donata Oertel and Aldo Rustioni, who will be rotating off the Editorial Board with this issue, for their loyal help during this period of transitions at the Journal. We especially remember the many contributions to the Journal by Dr. Ted Jones, who had been an Associate Editor in the 1980's and had recently returned to the Editorial Board, but then died suddenly last summer. We also thank Drs. Jean-Marc Fritschy, Jon Kaas, Glenn Northcutt, Ed Rubel, Reinhard Stocker, David Vaney, and Mario Wulliman, who were re-elected for another four year term on the Editorial Board for their continued service. With this issue, we welcome Drs. Holly Cline, Robert Marc, Loretta Medina, Elliot Mufson, Yoland Smith, and Scott Zahm, who will begin new terms on the Editorial Board with this issue.

Finally, the Journal as always relies upon the willingness of our volunteer reviewers to maintain its high standards. These unsung heroes spend their own time, without compensation, working in anonymity, to improve the quality of virtually every paper that we publish. We are more than grateful, actually dependent, upon them, and wish to convey our thanks by listing them below. Those who have contributed three or more reviews over the course of the last year are marked by an asterisk. We remind our community that the new members of the Editoral Board are chosen each year largely from those who have done the most reviews for the Journal, and who have returned their reviews within the required time period. Their cooperation is critical in allowing us to keep our commitment to our authors of limiting our review cycle to an average of 35 days.

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The Journal of Comparative Neurology has enjoyed a status of excellence as the primary journal of neuroanatomy and systems neuroscience for 120 years. As the new Editor-in-chief, Dr. Hof brings to the Journal his expertise in brain systems anatomy and brain evolution, human neuroanatomy and neuropathology, and familiarity with animal models of brain disease. The long tradition of scholarly works on comparative brain anatomy, in vertebrates and invertebrates, is a feature of the Journal that makes it unique, and one that Dr. Hof is committed to maintain. The Journal of Comparative Neurology will continue to provide an optimal home for studies that represent definitive contributions to the field of neuroanatomy.

Neuropathology being invaluable in promoting normative studies of the human brain, the publication of outstanding papers on relevant models of human disease will be encouraged, as will comprehensive, rigorous human neuropathologic studies that address systems-oriented questions. Such studies, which, in the case of animal models, frequently bridge several disciplines, including quantitative neuropathology, neural system physiology or electrophysiology, and behavior, contribute broadly to comparative and functional neuroscience, while pursuing a focus on neural systems and addressing issues relevant to human neuroscience and biology of brain disorders.

Another domain in which the Journal of Comparative Neurology can expand very successfully and emerge as a desirable place to publish is that of structural and functional brain imaging. This will attract papers on the structural and functional organization of our own species, as well as capture imaging studies in animal models, in an integrated manner with studies of brain diseases and specific systems. This represents a substantial endeavor that will require reinforcing the Editorial Board by appointing a couple of additional experts on brain imaging and eventually bringing a new Associate Editor to represent this discipline.

Through its well established presence in key domains of modern neurobiology, the Journal of Comparative Neurology, while being dynamically adaptive to the changes in the field, will continue to provide the neuroscience community with a vehicle to publish definitive studies in Systems Neuroscience in an efficient manner, without sacrificing the quality of technical and analytical approaches to the need for speed and newsworthiness, and maintain the essential and unique role that it has enjoyed over its long history.

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*Francisco Alvarez

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Colin Anderson

Stewart Anderson

Goffinet Andre

Zane Andrews

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Alessandra Angelucci

*Miklos Antal

Anita Aperia

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Michael Ariel

Paola Arlotta

Antonio Armario

Carol Armstrong

Urmas Arumäe

Wolfgang Baehr

Herwig Baier

Harriet Baker

Vijay Balasubramanian

*William Baldridge

Rita Balice-Gordon

*Laure Bally-Cuif

Jacques Balthazart

*Neal Barmack

Carol Barnes

*Allan Basbaum

*Andrew Bass

Klaus Baumann

Mark Baxter

Douglas Bayliss

Michael Beattie

*Jonathan Beckel

Catherina Becker

James Bellingham

Barbara Beltz

Paul Benjamin

Michael V. Bennett

*Deanna Benson

Nicoletta Berardi

Jean-François Bernard

*David Berson

*Hans-Rudolf Berthoud

Edward Bertram

Ranjita Betarbet

Enrica Bianchi

*Martha E Bickford

Seth Blackshaw

José Miguel Blasco-Ibanez

*Gene Blatt

Stewart Bloomfield

J. Paul Bolam

Luca Bonfanti

Daniel Bonthius

Richard Born

Joel Bornstein

Victor Borrell

James Bourne

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Peter Bräunig

Steven Brauth

Nicholas Brecha

Farran Briggs

Christian Broberger

Jonas Broman

J.M. Bronstein

Simon Brookes

Ian Brown

Laura Bruce

Gert Brückner

Jean-Francois Brunet

Peter Brunjes

Randy Bruno

*Paul Buckmaster

Mary Bunge

*R. Michael Burger

*Robert Burke

*Andreas Burkhalter

Alan Burns

Margaret Byers

David Calkins

Heather Cameron

Serge Campeau

Rowan Candy

Jianhua Cang

*Nell Cant

Newton Canteras

John Carlson

*Catherine Carr

Pascal Carrive

Hector Caruncho

Paul Carvey

Vivien Casagrande

Vincent Cassone

Bernardo Castellano

Kenneth Catania

Constance Cepko

Fernanda Ceriani

Nancy Chamberlin

Jonah Chan

Pokman Chan

*Barbara Chapman

Nirupa Chaudhari

*Shuk Han Cheng

Jerold Chun

Myung-Hoon Chun

Olivier Civelli

Jonathan Clarke

*Hollis Cline

Jean-François Cloutier

Avis Cohen

Diego Contreras

*Jeremy Cook

Mark Cookson

Helen Cooper

Oliver Cooper

Philip Copenhaver

Joseph Corless

Deborah Cory-Slechta

Karina Cramer

Harold Cremer

Andras Csillag

Staffan Cullheim

Catherine Cusick

Dennis Dacey

Nadia Dahmane

*Niels Danbolt

Steven Danzer

Robin Davis

Glyn Dawson

Angel L De Blas

Fernando de Castro

Horacio de la Iglesia

Luis de Lecea

Michael Deans

William DeBello

Nihal Delanerolle

Thomas Deller

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Dean Dessem

Marshall Devor

Geert DeVries

Anna Di Cosmo

Krikor Dikranian

Heinrich Dircksen

Paul Donaldson

Hong Wei Dong

Ronald Douglas

*Pascal Dournaud

James Dowling

Réjean Dubuc

Carsten Duch

Richard Dum

Nae Dun

Jeffrey Dupree

Mayank Dutia

Mathias Dutschmann

Charles Duyckaerts

*Michael Dyer

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J Eggermont

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*Chris Elliott

*Joel Elmquist

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Cagla Eroglu

John Ewer

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Susan Fahrbach

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Isabel Farinas

Aldo Fasolo

*David Feldheim

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Dan Goldowitz

Agustin Gonzalez

Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano

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*Elizabeth Gould

Alexander Gow

Werner Graf

Ann-Charlotte Granholm

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Robert Greenberg

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Peter Somogyi

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Peter Strick

claudia stuermer

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Hari Subramanian

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Sang W. Suh

Shintaro Suzuki

Alan Sved

Naweed Syed

*Paul Taghert

Nobuaki Tamamaki

Teiichi Tanimura

Jeffrey Taube

Barbara Taylor

Alan Tessler

Wolfram Tetzlaff

John Thompson

Ann Tierney

Thomas Tilling

Jean-Pierre Timmermans

*Igor Timofeev

Stuart Tobet

Masaya Tohyama

Gianluca Tosini

Ellen Townes-anderson

Joshua Trachtenberg

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Alain Trembleau

James Trimmer

Vance Trudeau

James Truman

Lawrence Trussell

Matthias Tschoep

Hidenobu Tsujimura

Eric Turner

Shuichi Ueda

Kunihiro Uryu

Yuriy Usachev

Harry Uylings

Rita Valentino

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Stephen Van Hooser

Henriette Van Praag

*Veronique VanderHorst

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Susan Vannucci

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Jan Veenstra

Ruediger Veh

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Robert Vertes

Douglas Vetter

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Margaret Vizzard

B. A. Vogt

L. Vollrath

Christopher von Bartheld

*Jan Voogd

Pieter Voorn

Christine Wagner

Henry Waldvogel

John Wall

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Rhuizong Wang

Samuel Wang

James Waschek

Masahiko Watanabe

Stanley Watson

Alan Watts

Jacqueline Webb

Simon Webster

Richard Weinberg

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Mark West

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Tanya Whitfield

Donna Whitlon

Helmut Wicht

J. Martin Wild

*Donald Wilson

Paul Witkovsky

Martin Witt

Menno Witter

C. Jeffery Woodbury

Catherine Woolley

*Mario Wullimann

Sean Wyatt

*Douglas Wylie

Haoxing Xu

*Naoyuki Yamamoto

Yukihiko Yasui

King-Wai Yau

Stephen Yazulla

Atsushi Yoshida

Heather Young

Michisuke Yuzaki

Laszlo Zaborszky

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