The Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Samar Hasnain (Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biophysics, U. of Liverpool, UK) has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of IUCr journals. Hasnain takes up this role at a time of great change in the journal publishing field and will take forward plans resulting from the general review of the journals that has recently been undertaken. The Executive Committee takes this opportunity to thank Gernot Kostorz for his dedicated high-quality work for the past seven years. His willingness to work with the new Editor-in-Chief to ensure a smooth transition is appreciated. Gernot will continue as a Co-editor for Journal of Applied Crystallography.