It feels somewhat strange to think that the end of my five-year term as editor of the SAJP is in sight. These years have been a challenging but interesting and rewarding period in my career. I shall always be indebted to the core editorial staff for their help and support: the consulting editor, Anthony Pillay, the consulting editor: statistics, Tyrone Pretorius, the books editor, Kopano Ratele, the copy editors, Willy Nel and Linda Theron, the publishing editor, Erna Kinsey, and the editorial secretary, Moipone Williams. Anthony's appointment, as incoming editor, is to be welcomed. I believe he is ideally equipped to take the journal to new heights, especially as the SAJP will be going online from 1 January 2013.