As in previous years it is my great pleasure to reflect upon and comment on the activities of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology in 2013. This has been an exciting, rewarding and challenging year, and one in which the direction of the JPP has once again encompassed the strategies and targets that were defined by the Editor, the Editorial Board and the Publisher, Wiley-Blackwell (on behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society). The impact factor for the JPP continues to exceed 2 and serves to illustrate the positive scientific growth of the journal. Once again, I would like to formally recognize the continuing support and goodwill that has been extended towards the Journal by numerous members of the scientific community, particularly in terms of submissions and reviewing. May I extend my sincere gratitude to all those people who have supported the Journal throughout the past year and have been instrumental in maintaining the excellent scientific standing of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. The success of the JPP is due, in the large part, to the authors who submit their high quality research and to those referees who unselfishly provide detailed and thought-provoking reports. I sincerely thank you. I would also wish to thank the publisher for its contribution to the JPP’s success in 2013. The Journal continues to receive and publish a wide range of high quality manuscripts (including reviews, minireviews and original articles) in our core scientific disciplines (Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Drugs from Natural Sources, and Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology). The journal continues to publish at least one review article per issue (and frequently two), the vast majority of which have been commissioned either by the Editor in Chief or the Associate Editors. One themed issue was published in 2013 (December) entitled, Advance on natural products for Alzheimer’s disease therapy: basic and application (guest editors Jianbo Xiao (Anhui Institute of Applied Technology) and Rosa Tundis, (University of Calabria). This exciting themed issue contained topical, original papers and reviews by academic leaders in this scientific theme and continues to illustrate the importance of the JPP for the publication of research concerning the pharmacological properties of natural products. The Editor is sincerely grateful for the efforts of the Guest Editors in ensuring the quality and timely publication of this themed issue. I am delighted to confirm that two themed issues will be published in 2014 entitled Hot Melt Extrusion – Processing Solid Solutions (Guest Editor Dr. Gavin Andrews, QUB, to be published in January 2014) and Advances in Ophthalmic Drug Delivery (Guest Editor Dr. Raj Thakur, QUB, to be published April 2014). As in previous years I am always pleased to receive suggestions for special issue topics from board members or indeed from potential Guest Editors who wish to avail of the commitment of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology to this feature. During this year, the Publisher and Editor have been working on our continuing strategic vision for the JPP. This vision involves identifying key areas of growth both geographically and subject-wise and this has impacted on the membership of the existing editorial board. For those people who have retired from the Editorial Board as a result of the implementation of this strategy, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude and hope that they feel pride in their contributions to the JPP. The forthcoming year will see an expansion of the membership of the Editorial Board to provide greater Editorial Board coverage of certain key disciplines and greater presence in targeted geographical regions, notably India, South America, China, Japan, the United States and Canada. Finally, as in previous years, I would like to extend my thanks to the Editorial Board for the provision of outstanding support and essential advice over the past year. The commitment of the Editorial Board is essential to the smooth running, success and development of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. I would additionally like to thank Ms. Silvana Losito for her support, advice, friendship and publishing vision. Her energy in the support of the activities of the journal, and indeed of the activities of the Editor, is greatly appreciated by both the Editor and the Editorial Board. Furthermore, I would like to thank Mrs. Grainne Caffrey for her commitment to, and hard work on behalf of the JPP. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers, contributors, referees and Board members a very happy 2014.