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Welcome to the 12th volume of the Rapid Prototyping Journal. Perhaps we could now say that the journal has left childhood and is beginning to mature. Certainly, it is becoming more self-sustaining with submissions of papers running at an all- time high. As a result, the review of papers is becoming increasingly rigorous and the proportion of submitted papers that make it to publication is correspondingly reducing. For the time being, we have taken a deliberate decision not to increase the number of papers published per volume despite the increase in “demand” from authors. This is so that we can concentrate on improving quality rather than quantity. I hope readers agree that this is the correct policy to adopt although, of course, I would appreciate feedback on this matter.
A quick glance at the inside front cover of this issue will reveal that the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) membership has been significantly revised. This was done for two primary reasons. Firstly, some of the previous members were no longer active in the field of rapid prototyping due to changes in position or interests. Secondly, the geographical distribution of members has been widened to match the spread of RP research across the globe. For the first time there are now members from Africa and South America. I would like to welcome our new EAB members and, at the same time, give a genuine word of thanks to those who have moved on. Some of them, for example, Ron Jamieson, Scott Loose and Gabriel Bugeda, have served from the very first issue of the journal. I am grateful for all their efforts.
This is an appropriate opportunity to inform readers (some of whom may aspire to future membership) about the role of the EAB. Primarily, the board is there to help the editorial team to formulate the future direction of the journal, e.g. its scope and target audience. The members of the board should have their “finger on the pulse” of RP research and application. They should be able to recognise research trends and identify who is active in the field (at least within their own country or specialism). This will enable them to provide invaluable advice to the editors. However, EAB members have other important duties also. They are expected to promote the journal within their research community, encouraging both established and upcoming researchers to submit quality articles. And, of course, they will undertake paper reviews in their own field of expertise. If you believe that you, or any of your colleagues, would be able to make a positive contribution to the work of the EAB, please get in touch.