This number of the Quarterly Journal of Science brings to a
close a series which has for seven years been conducted under
one management, and as the periodical now passes out of the
hands of its present Editor, he craves permission to say a few
words concerning his stewardship.
Of the status which the Journal has acquired, it will be the
most becoming to say but little. The list of publications regu-
larly acknowledged in each number as having been - received
from authors and learned societies in all quarters of the civilized
world, sufficiently indicates that it has found readers in every
clime and nationality, whilst the best criterion of its scientific
value is its list of contributors.
Amongst those who have from time to time communicated
to its pages the fruits of their labours or the result of their
reflections are the well-known names of ANSTED, CARPENTER,
CROOKES, DAUBENY, FAIRBAIRN, FRANKLAND, GEIKIE, GLAD-
STONE, HERSCHEL the Elder, HUGGINS, HULL, HUNT, LACAZE
DUTHIERS, The LANKESTERS (father and son), MALLET, CHAL-
MERS MORTON, NASMYTH, ODLING, PENGELLY, PHILLIPS,
RAMSAY, ROLLESTON, SCOTT RUSSELL, SCLATER, ANGUS
SMITH, SORBY, BALFOUR STEWART, WILLIAM TURNER, ALFRED
WALLACE, and others hardly second to those in reputation.
Some of the foregoing, along with other earnest, sound, scientific
writers, have from quarter to quarter chronicled the progress
of scientific discovery, each in his particular branch, and only
once or twice during seven years does the Editor recollect
having received a remonstrance for unfair criticism. But the
experience acquired during the past history of the Journal
clearly points to the necessity for a change in its management.
The names of CHURCHILL and LONGMAN are sufficient guarantees
that all has been done that was possible to make the Journal a
permanent contribution to our scientific literature. One defect,
however, has been the absence of its Editor from the centre of
English intelligence, and that will be henceforward removed.
In the interests of science only, the present Proprietors and
Editor have transferred the property and management of the
Journal to a gentleman whose name has been conspicuous on
its title-page from its commencement.
MR. WILLIAM CROOKES, F.R.S., Editor of the Chemical
News,' of 3, Horse-shoe Court, Ludgate Hill, will henceforward be
the sole Proprietor and Editor of the QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF
SCIENCE. He is a valued friend of the present Editor, who will
continue to give him his cordial and earnest support, and who
now solicits for his successor the same kind consideration as he
has himself received from his collaborateurs and from the
readers of the Journal.