For your new editor, who had observed the editorial process at a distance for several years, probably the most pleasant surprise on taking over the position was to discover the generally high quality of the reviews we receive. The reviewers of a manuscript seldom agree co mpletely on its quality or on whether it is publishable, and the comments they provide the author usually emphasize different features of the manuscript, sometimes offering conflicting advice. But almost all reviewers show, by their comments, questions, and editorial marks, that they have given the manuscript a careful reading and that they have reflected on what they have read. Even when a manuscript appears to have little potential, most reviewers take time to offer constructive suggestions the author might use in a later study or publication. The reviewing process can be educational for autho r and reviewer alike, and most of our reviewers take it seriously. The only compensation they receive for what may have been several days' effort is the citation of their names in a list at the end of a volume, but they can also take satisfaction in having contributed to the growth of our field.