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BJUI continues to receive many important papers worthy of publication. As you know, the printed journal takes time to produce and can only include a certain number of articles. Meanwhile, there are papers that need to reach our readers in a timely manner quickly and easily. That is why I am pleased to let you know about another virtual issue of BJUI we just posted online at http://www.bjui.org. Keeping these virtual issues coming to you is one of the ways we fulfil our commitment to disseminate the latest clinical findings and research discoveries in urology.

The 22 papers included in this virtual issue represent the depth and breadth of topics readers come to expect in BJUI. I want to call your attention to three articles, ones that we designate as ‘hot’ for each issue based on their critical importance and notable contribution. The first paper looks at how four comorbidity indices have predictive capabilities for estimating mortality immediately after radical cystectomy. Two other articles are research in nature, yet may have future impact on clinical care. One investigates using a reverse thermosensitive polymer to facilitate bloodless partial nephrectomy in pigs. The second paper shows how incomplete thermal ablation stimulates proliferation of residual renal carcinoma cells.

While I have a moment, I want to thank all of our reviewers who continue to work tirelessly to review submissions to the journal in such a timely manner. Without their help, we would not be able to bring you these extra issues of BJUI online. After you read this issue, I hope you will take a moment and check out this latest virtual issue. I have no doubt it will be well worth your time plus be a good read at that.

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JOHN M. FITZPATRICK

Editor-in-Chief