The Journal of Orthodontics aims to publish the highest quality research relating to the science and practice of orthodontics. In order to achieve this mission, we are reliant upon a large number of individuals; not least, the professional staff at Maney Publishing who put each edition together, our sub-editors whomanagemany of the submissions during the assessment and reviewprocess and of course, the reviewers themselves, who quality control submitted manuscripts through their anonymous comments and suggestions. There are also those individuals who write commentaries for our accepted scientific articles, summarise research abstracts from other journals and provide continued professional development for our readership. However, (andmost significantly) we also rely upon the continued submission of high quality manuscripts, becausewithout these, the Journalwould not exist. Unfortunately, whilst we actively encourage manuscript submission, we actually end up rejecting the vast majority of the submissions that we receive, often without peer review. The reasons for this are many, but in most cases it is because the research has been poorly designed and reported. What can be quite frustrating about this whole process is that in many cases, the question that has been asked is often quite an interesting one and I am frequently left feeling that with a bit more thought during the design of the investigation and a bit more time taken in the writing up, a high quality submission would have been possible. The reality is of course, that conducting research to the highest standard is increasingly timeconsuming, expensive and difficult to organise, and this is why in so many cases, it is often not done very well and falls short of the required standard. Having said all of this, orthodontics has done much in recent years to improve the evidence-base relating to our subject. There is a lot of very interesting and wellreported orthodontic research being carried out, both in the UK and internationally, and I would encourage these research groups to consider the Journal of Orthodontics as a destination for their next submission. We have a rapid turnaround, provide early online access for accepted manuscripts and will publish selected randomised controlled trials or systematic reviews in an open access format, free of charge. It is likely to be a requirement for many formal evaluations of research excellence in the future that publications have been available as open access. The Journal has an excellent track record of publishing the results of high quality clinical trials and I am keen that we maintain this. However, this can only be done through the support of our community – so please consider us the next time you are ready to submit your article. We will manage it using a rapid, robust and fair process of evaluation. In addition, I am always happy to discuss the suitability of potential articles prior to submission. I would also encourage people to volunteer their services to the Journal, as a reviewer for submitted manuscripts or commentator for accepted submissions. The sub-editors and myself often end up returning to the same individuals to provide these services and I am sure there are plenty of other people out there who are more than qualified and would happily contribute. If you wish to be involved in the Journal then please let us know; after all – if you are a subscriber, reader, researcher or all three, then it is your Journal too!