Neurogastroenterology and Motility is the leading journal in our field of neurogastroenterology and motility, and the official journal of both the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society-Functional Brain Gut research group and the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility. Significantly contributing to the strength of our journal has been the outstanding editorial teams that have led editorial supervision and at each transition have taken the journal to new heights since its launch in 1989. January 2012 marked the passing of the responsibility of leading Neurogastroenterology and Motility from the Editorial team of Drs. Keith Sharkey, Joseph Szurszewski and Jan Tack, to us, the incoming editors. The outgoing editorial team has left the journal stronger than it has ever been. Highlights of their tenure include achieving an impact factor for 2010 of 3.35, accomplishing a mean time to early view publication of only 24 days, with a mean time to online issue publication of 78 days and a mean time to print issue publication of 86 days. They also increased the visibility of our field by providing an increased opportunity for publications through expansion of the number of articles per issue while maintaining quality. Thank you Keith, Joe and Jan for these impressive achievements, and thank you for your guidance during the past 6 months of transition. We also very much appreciate the continuity afforded by our editorial manager, Maggy Barber. We look forward to building on the very solid foundation created by all the editorial teams that preceded us while also bringing our own contributions to Neurogastroenterology and Motility. The mission of Neurogastroenterology and Motility will remain the same. Neurogastroenterology and Motility will continue to publish high quality original discoveries in clinical, translational and basic enteric neurosciences maintaining the rigor and objective review that are required to ensure that Neurogastroenterology and Motility remains the leading international journal in our field of neurogastroenterology and motility.

We will also be further reducing the time to publication for clinical trials of interest to our readership. We have established a system that guarantees that if you submit your clinical trial paper to Neurogastroenterology and Motility you will get a decision on your paper in just 10 days. Furthermore, your paper will be published online in Early View in just 15 days. This means that your clinical trial research could be available to cite in around 25 days from submission to publication ( We will continue to offer viewpoints on papers of particular interest while introducing occasional point–counterpoint and historical overview reviews to allow our readership to rapidly acquire balanced and in-depth expertise in rapidly evolving areas, and to appreciate the rich history of the field. In recognition of the increasing overlap between basic and clinical research we will no longer divide the journal into these sections but rather publish a balanced issue with articles of interest to our diverse readership with new subheadings in the coming issues of the journal that reflect the broad readership of our journal. We will continue to rely on our editorial board led by Dr. Jim Galligan and on other outstanding reviewers for prompt, fair and in-depth evaluations of submitted manuscripts and plan to further increase the diversity of the editorial board. We are aware that the stringent limits placed on the in print manuscripts that are now required for the survival of an in print journal are burdensome for our authors. In the coming months will reassess the pros and cons of moving to an online-only journal allowing better use of color, animations and videos while relaxing word limits. Already a substantial proportion of the authors of articles accepted for publication in our journal choose to publish their article online only. In the meantime you can now quickly and easily download any image from a full-text article from Neurogastroenterology and Motility into a Microsoft PowerPoint slide simply by clicking on it, then choosing the download to PowerPoint option.

To our editorial board, readers, authors and reviewers we pledge to do our utmost to be faithful stewards to you and to Neurogastroenterology and Motility. We welcome your thoughts, ideas and feedback. We know you are not shy and the entire editorial team can be reached through our individual email addresses or through