Five years ago the publication of this journal was passed from the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) to IWA Publishing and the journal has certainly been faring well since, with a significant increase in impact factor and a growing number of submissions. This reflects its more global appeal, obtained thanks to IWA Publishing's international reach.

Transferring the publication to IWA Publishing had exactly that intent: attracting more international submissions and reaching a more global audience. And it has worked! Still, perhaps some potential authors and readers thought that our journal – given its name – was only publishing research from and for Canadian researchers. Also, up to 2014 the journal's scope included a statement that reinforced this notion: ‘Articles from outside of Canada are welcome provided that they are of interest to the Canadian water quality research community.’ This was, of course, a leftover of...

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