Clinical and Experimental Allergy (formerly Clinical Allergy) was founded by Professor Jack Pepys and first published in 1971. The immediate success of the journal was attributed to its ability to supply practising allergists with information based on clinical science experimentation yet at the same time maintaining the interests of basic scientists. On Jack Pepys's retirement in 1979 the journal was co-edited by Dr James Kerr and Dr William Parish. In 1985, Professors A. B. Kay and S. T. Holgate took over as co-editors and this partnership has been maintained for 23 years. During this time we have seen a steady rise in our impact factor from 1.1 in the mid-1980s to 3.7 in 2006. The editors have attempted to maintain the high standards set by the journal's founder but at the same time widening our scope by creating an International Editorial Board and publishing in-depth review articles and timely editorials. In 1992, the journal was published monthly rather than six times per year. During our tenureship the editorial team has worked closely with our parent organization – the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
But now is the time for change. Professor Kay will stand down as co-editor at the end of 2007 and Professor Holgate will relinquish his office at the end of 2008. The new editor is Professor Andrew Wardlaw. He will be joined by two co-editors, Professor Qutayba Hamid (McGill University, Canada) and Professor Robyn O'Hehir (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia). We are confident the journal will continue to flourish under their stewardship and we wish them every success in their new endeavour.