Welcome to 2012, which promises to be another challenging year, with the London Olympics and the ‘end of the world’ planned. Let’s hope the latter joins the ranks of previous predictions and the 2013 Editorial is being prepared around this time in 12 months. This issue brings together the abstracts of the varied and excellent papers presented at the Australian Military Medicine Association Conference in October 2011. Many of these papers will be further developed as full papers over the next 12 months in our themed issues. We also have two excellent papers on military psychiatry and blast head trauma.
The Scholarone electronic article submission system is now fully functional, with a series of articles being processed. The site is at: http:// mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jmvh and can be accessed through the JMVH home page. This has streamlined the handling of these articles, particularly through the peer review process, and I am grateful for all of those people who have graciously reviewed the varied articles. I am keen to develop the pool of reviewers, however, and would encourage all our readers to register on the website with the details of your areas and expertise, so that the articles can be forwarded to the most appropriate reviewers and no-one is being overloaded with reviewing requests.
All our readers are encouraged to submit articles to either one of our themed editions or on other aspects of military and veteran’s health. All types of articles, from original research to historical pieces, are welcome, as well as Letters to the Editor, opinion pieces and book reviews. I look forward to a range of varied and original articles as we continue to grow the Journal.