My best wishes to all of you for a healthy and happy 2010.

JPVT experienced some very positive changes in 2009. The journal is now published six times a year; February, April, June, August, October and December with an annual page allocation of 900 pages. These changes have significantly reduced the time between paper submission and paper publication.

Thanks to outgoing JPVT Associate Editors Poh-Sang Lam, Michel Pettigrew and Mahendra Rana. Their contributions of time and expertise have helped to make JPVT an outstanding journal and are much appreciated.

We welcome three new Associate Editors to JPVT: Hakim Bouzid in the Computer Technology and Bolted Joints areas, Som Chattopadhyay in the Codes and Standards area and Zhangzhi Cen as an Associate Editor at Large. Congratulations on your appointment and welcome to JPVT.

This is an appropriate time and place to mention and to thank the very large number of people who give their time and expertise to make JPVT possible. The success of the journal would be impossible without them. Associate Editors are chosen for a three year term, with the possibility of a one-time term renewal. Their primary responsibility is to oversee the peer review process; including assigning qualified reviewers, ensuring timely completion of reviews and maintaining the journal's commitment to standards of high quality. Associate Editors are often responsible for the review of multiple papers at any given time. Reviewers must be both objective and subjective as they fulfill their responsibility; they must be objective in the sense that they must eliminate any personal or corporate bias toward the author or subject and must be subjective in evaluating the paper based on their own personal knowledge and experiences in a technical field. Reviewers may also be assigned to multiple papers at any given time. As Editor my primary responsibility is to oversee the technical content and operation of the journal; accepting or rejecting all materials considered for publication, working directly with ASME on publication logistics and ultimately ensuring the continued excellence of JPVT. Of course, the journal would be impossible without the Authors; their research, ingenuity and dedication to the pressure vessel and piping industry. Thanks to all of you for your contributions.

In 2010 ASME will offer a new service for all of its journals. Authors of the Transactions journals can submit material supplemental to their papers. Any supplementary material to a journal paper will be reviewed by both editors and reviewers. Such material has the value of an archival contribution. It should therefore be considered part of the original contribution. The following material will be considered for archiving. The main body of the paper will include prominent indications that it is accompanied by supplemental material.

Appendices: The text of appendices should be very short, the equivalent of one journal page. Material in an appendix should not be the extension of the paper. No new ideas, new results and/or new conclusions should be included. Material in an appendix could be more frames of the figures already included in the main body of the paper. Appendices could also include derivations of analytical results described in the main body of the paper, or other supplemental material like computer programs or data files.

Video Files: Video files should be directly linked to the main body of the paper, and to one or more figures included in the paper.

Three-D Rendering Files: These files should follow the guidelines listed above.

Computer Programs: Computer programs should correspond to the material described in the paper. These should be the programs the authors have used to derive the results and conclusions presented in the main body of the paper. There are issues associated with copyright of the program that have to be ironed out. To avoid any problems, authors should publish only their own computer program.

In Memoriam: This issue of the journal is dedicated to Manfred Lengsfeld; a dear friend, a long-time participant in PVP conferences and author for JPVT. His extensive knowledge of pressure vessel codes and standards and his ability to find innovative design solutions will be sorely missed by all of us in the profession.

Please remember; you have a standing invitation to submit your papers to JPVT to be considered for publication. Subscribe to JPVT, if you do not already have a subscription, and invite your colleagues, company, laboratory or university to subscribe also. To subscribe on-line go to; subscriptions are available either in print or electronically.