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- A vividly remembered conversation from quite a few years ago with someone influential in Dutch society began ‘I am sure you academics do very important scientific work, but the problem is that we as society notice so little health benefits resulting from these discoveries. Since universities are primarily paid by tax payers' money, what's our return on this investment?’ It took quite some time to get to grips with this message, but it did lead to the profound realization of how far away from mainstream society we often operate.
- We have completed yet another exciting year at RBMO. Most importantly the broad scope of the journal's content and the close interaction between the editorial office staff and the editors and the authors remains a constant strength. In addition, we completely updated the layout of the journal: both the artwork and logo on the cover and also the layout of the papers themselves. We are very proud of the new look and feel of RBMO, which is now completely in line with the identity of the journal, the growth of the field and our level of ambition! During summer, the editorial office moved to Bourn Hall, Cambridge, UK, a most fitting location.
- 2017 was an exciting and rewarding year for RBM Online, as it continued to provide cutting-edge information regarding basic, translational and clinical aspects of infertility and related areas of reproductive health. Among the successes, most notably the impact factor reached a value well above 3 for the first time in the journal's history (Figure 1), placing it in the first quartile of all journals published in the categories ‘Obstetrics and Gynecology’ and ‘Reproductive Biology’.