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I have just finished a walk across England for Prostate Research Campaign UK (PRCUK)

I do not wish to sound too much like a schoolteacher, but I did think that it might be helpful to explain one or two issues which have arisen recently. The first relates to the copyright assignment form (CAF) which is the present form used to assign the copyright of your paper to Blackwell Publishing on acceptance. The CAF is being changed to an ELF, or exclusive licence form. This means that authors maintain copyright, while allowing the publishers to publish the article in print and online, to administer rights, and to follow up on any infringements of copyright. In summary, with a CAF the author assigns copyright of the article to the publisher, the situation at present; with an ELF the author retains copyright of the article and gives the publishers an exclusive licence to publish. In practice the legal rights of the publisher are much the same with either form. From now on, therefore, authors must submit an ELF, a Conflict of Interest Form and a Submission form with their paper. If we do not receive all three forms we cannot publish a paper.

Now to get down to even smaller print. At the end of the Journal issue, you may sometimes see a page where errors in the printed version of a particular paper have been corrected. Every author is expected to correct the final draft proofs of their article. The corrected version is then sent to the printer. If an author notices a mistake in the final published version, which he or she made themselves and did not correct at any stage, they may ask the Editor to publish the correct version as a corrigendum. In general, this request will be agreed to, where the length of time between the publication of the paper and the author's noticing his or her mistake is not too great. If the mistake was made during the editing or printing of the paper by us, the correct version will be published as an erratum. I write this so that those of us who are not Latin scholars can be aware of the difference. I want to be the first to admit that until I started as Editor, I was not able to.

Finally, and on a much lighter note, I have just finished a walk across England in the company of a number of other worthies for Prostate Research Campaign UK (PRCUK), a registered charity. The leader of the walk was Roger Kirby, and the other urologist out of 30 walkers was John Dick from Kingston-upon-Thames. Others who took part were patients and friends, and one anaesthetist, Dr. Peter Amoroso! The walk was one of breathtaking beauty across Hadrian's Wall, from the coast of England 6 miles east of Newcastle to the coast 17 miles west of Carlisle. It was much harder than most of us anticipated, with daily distances of about 20 to 25 miles covered for 5 days. Most enjoyable, and a considerable amount of money was raised.