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As numbers of scientific journals increase, it becomes harder to keep track of general aspects of zoology. Hence, review journals are like beacons in the haze of available publications. In line with this, Mammal Review increased its Impact Factor according to the 2011 Journal Citation Reports again; it is over 3 for the first time. With a 5-year Impact Factor of 3.475, Mammal Review ranks fifth in the category Zoology. This is great news and we are grateful to our contributors for their excellent submissions and to our reviewers for their important work in analysing manuscripts and providing fruitful comments.

The increasing Impact Factor is attracting interest in Mammal Review and is leading to a higher submission rate, which in turn results in a higher rejection rate. Not including editorials, Mammal Review publishes 15–20 articles per year. We aim to accept each year approximately the number of papers we can publish in one volume. We currently have a backlog, leading to a large gap between online and print publication. In consequence, our rejection rate has to increase even more. To buffer this, we have agreed with Wiley-Blackwell to change the format of Mammal Review from January 2013 to allow more content per issue.

In the light of the current Impact Factor, I see Mammal Review as the leading journal in Mammalogy. In my opinion, leadership is linked to responsibility. Hence, Mammal Review should not only be the home of thorough reviews with a high potential to be cited in due course. It should also present short communications with outstanding findings, which are relevant in the long term or for the sake of species’ conservation (see Hackländer 2011).

Along with the increasing Impact Factor, online access and downloads of Mammal Review articles have increased. The most downloaded Mammal Review article in 2011 was Swenson et al. (2011) on conservation genetics in brown bears (995 downloads), closely followed by Nowacek et al. (2007) on anthropogenic noise effects on whales (876) and Crawford et al. (2008) on the use of stable isotopes in mammalogy. This shows that we publish a good mixture of timely reviews and essential reference papers.

Volume 42 contains a large variety of mammal-related issues, ranging from basic to applied science and from ‘A’ like anatomy to ‘Z’ like zoonosis. Two papers have been cited already: Steyaert et al. (2012) on brown bear mating strategies and Gortázar et al. (2012) on tuberculosis. Following on from the successful volume 41 (22 papers, in total 53 citations), the current volume is on the right track to ensure that Mammal Review will keep its high Impact Factor and will continue to serve as the leading journal in Mammalogy in the best interest of our scientific field.

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