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The Editorial Office is always available to Authors and Readers alike to help with any enquiries

It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you on behalf of all the team working at the Editorial Office of BJU International. We receive many enquiries from authors and readers, and therefore I thought it would be nice to tell you about some changes that are happening with the Journal; and to answer some questions that are frequently asked.

I am very pleased to be able to say that the OnlineEarly system, first announced by John in the June Editor's Comment, is now up and running. When you log onto the Blackwell Synergy website (http://www.blackwell-synergy.com), you will now see the symbol of a ‘sunshine’ above the list of past issues for the Journal. This symbol will direct you to a selection of papers that are published online in a final, fully corrected form, in advance of their ultimate publication in print.

We have selected many different types of papers to appear OnlineEarly, so many of you now will see your article published online months before it would have appeared in print in the Journal. These articles are fully citable from when they are published online, by using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). However, it will take us some time to work through the lists of papers that are accepted and awaiting publication before all papers can be made available in this way. We have been working very hard to bring this service to you, and we look forward to receiving your thoughts and comments.

Since the introduction of our online submission site, Manuscript Central (http://bjuinternational.manuscriptcentral.com) we have received many questions about how to submit a paper. One question that is frequently asked is about the number of authors that appears to be ‘allowed’ on a paper. When you submit a paper to BJU International , the online submission form has space to list only the first five authors and their institutions. However, this does not mean that we have a limit of five authors per paper; the list of five names simply gives us enough ‘search’ information to enable us to keep track of the paper, and of all correspondence relating to it, through the editorial and publishing processes. The title page of the submitted paper should list all of the authors and their institutional addresses, and when the paper is accepted for publication, the Technical Editors will ensure that this full list is included as part of the published paper.

Finally, the ‘Letters to the Editor’ section is an ever-expanding part of the Journal, with many authors entering into debates with one another about previously published papers. From now on, we would like you to submit Letters to the Editor online, through Manuscript Central. This will speed up the editorial processes, and authors will receive a ‘manuscript number’ for their Letter, which will allow us to keep track of all correspondence relating to them more efficiently. We look forward to receiving more Letters from you in the future, as this is a very important feature of BJU International that is widely read.

The Editorial Office is always available to authors and readers alike to help with any enquiries regarding the submission process, review process and preparation of papers for publication; and we look forward to receiving your comments.

Editorial Manager