We have another excellent series of articles in this current edition of the International Journal of Stroke. You will notice that over subsequent editions, there will be a steady increase in the number of original articles while maintaining a steady flow of reviews. The main reason for this is to cater for the overwhelming number of original submissions; so many of them are of such high quality that we feel obliged to put them into print. In other words, we are responding to our readership demands, while maintaining the high quality of the journal overall. Concurrent with this edition is the special World Stroke Day publication, which focuses on World Stroke Day itself, as well as articles relating to the burden of stroke in particular. We are considering increasing the number of editions in 2015 to cope with the extraordinary demands of our increased submissions. We will keep you posted about developments in this area.

Subjects we cover in this issue include: Depressive symptoms as a predictor of quality of life in cerebral small vessel disease; Aspirin resistance in Chinese stroke patients and an increased rate of recurrent stroke; and a fascinating Panorama from Pakistan about the growing burden of stroke.

Our interest in acute stroke continues, with excellent articles on cerebral edema in acute ischemic stroke patients, as well as treatment with tPA predicting better outcome even if MCA occlusion persists, supported by a leading opinion on Revascularization-Outcome Paradox by Jose Cohen, and Ronen Leker.

Our blog has some great traffic from the stroke support organizations, and our You Tube channel has video from both the Stroke Society Australasia meeting and Smart Stroke Australia, enter ‘Int J Stroke You Tube channel’ into your search engine to find us.

Plenty to keep you busy, until we talk again, keep an eye out for our regular December bumper research edition, the best way to do this is to sign up for the RSS feed or the E-Tocs on the IJS website.

Happy reading.