- Three of our associate editors are stepping down this month. Dr. Pierre-André Michaud, Dr. Don Orr, and Dr. Freya Sonnenstein joined the Journal of Adolescent health's masthead at the outset of Dr. Irwin's editorship in 2004. All three editors were instrumental in shaping the Journal's processes and priorities over the past decade. Each played a key role in defining the Journal, as it exists today. We are grateful for the collaboration and fellowship that we have shared with Drs. Michaud, Orr, and Sonnenstein.
- With this issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, we have enclosed a supplement edited by Dr. Anna-Barbara Moscicki and published by Preventive Medicine . During the past 5 years, our Journal has published 44 articles on the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the newly developed vaccines to prevent the infection and its complications. This Preventive Medicine supplement extends the Journal's efforts of our three previous supplements to provide the most up-to-date information on HPV, the consequences of being infected with HPV, and preventive strategies through immunization programs [2–4].
- In this issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, Patton et al have summarized a meeting held at the London’s Institute of Child Health in September 2009 . The meeting was organized to follow-up on their seminal article published in the Lancet which showed the high mortality rate of adolescents in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), as well as the severe burden of disease linked with health behaviors that originate during early and middle stages of adolescence . Among the recommendations that emerged from the meeting was one where the authors called for more and better international articles on adolescent health to be published in high-quality scientific journals, including the Journal of Adolescent Health.
- On July 1, 2009, the Journal will end its practice of double-blind peer review. Instead, authors' identities will be revealed to reviewers, although reviewers will remain anonymous.
- In this issue of the Journal, Mulye and her colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco, provide us with an overview of the health status of adolescents and young adults (ages 10-24) in the United States . This review attempts to synthesize what we know about the health and well being of adolescents/young adults and the trends since 1990 by using the most recent available national data sets. In using multiple national data sets and reporting on the 10–24-year-old age group, the authors have highlighted the strengths and limitations of the available data.