As subscribers to this journal will have noticed before even turning to this page, there is something different about this issue. Not only have the QAR logo and title been altered but the entire layout has been changed inside the covers. The shift to double-column text was a decision made by your Editor in response to rising printing and mailing costs over the past couple of years coupled with an effort to keep the annual subscription in the vicinity of $20 (including postage). This new format has meant that over one hundred pages in the old format can now be printed in about sixty pages. Each issue is now not only thinner but it is less expensive to mail. Having fewer leaves provides an additional bonus in that the old almost transparent paper can now be upgraded to a much higher quality. I hope that readers will like the new look.
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