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The world is an amazing place. Those who have just realised that the incoming editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine is an Australian must think the end of civilisation has come. The thin end of the wedge and all that. Is it not enough that the Australians are world champions in rugby (both versions), surfing, cricket (both forms—paying and non-paying), and did rather well at the recent Olympics, now the British journal is moving offshore. It may be seen as the Antipodean revenge of England's convict past. Rest assured, there will be no immediate change evident. No Australian flag tastefully draped over the cover nor pictures of Ian Thorpe and his 400 gold medals for swimming. No page 3 pictures à la Rupert Murdoch. The change will be subtle, yet it will define an evolution in the development of the journal.
Domhnall MacAuley, over the past five years, has taken the journal to the dizzy heights of scientific credibility and respectability. To him an enormous debt of gratitude is owed. Àdh mòr, Domnhall.
With the beginning of the new millennium, it is an appropriate time for the journal to spread its wings and reach a global audience. For this reason, much thought went into the process of selecting a new editor. The fact that there was considerable interest in this position from many parts of the world reflects positively both on the journal and its parent, BASEM.
The start of BJSM online is one step in this process of international development. With the advent of the world wide web and email capability, journal editors are no longer limited by geographic boundaries. The electronic horizon is opening rapidly and the BJSM should be at the forefront of this change. The experience of electronic publishing by the BMJ Publishing Group should enable a smooth and rapid transition to this new era. In addition, I expect that electronic manuscript submission and review will be our next development in this line.
Be reassured that change is inevitable. The editor may be antipodean but the journal remains firmly British, albeit with a global outlook.