All journals try to process manuscripts as rapidly as possible. Many authors know which journals have a relatively rapid turnaround time and which are black holes that will swallow a manuscript for many months. Most of the processing time for manuscripts is related to the peer review process. An editor's nightmare is a reviewer who keeps the manuscript for a month and, when called about the review, declines to do it. This may result in substantial delays in providing a decision to the authors. If you find that you cannot do a review because of time commitments or other reasons, please let the editorial office know right away (preferably by telephone or e-mail). This helps everyone involved. When you accept a manuscript for review, we suggest a 3-step process. First, read it soon after you receive it. If you are going to do the work, you might as well do it sooner. You would like your own work reviewed rapidly, so why not do so for others? You might then return to the paper in a day or so, read it carefully, and write your review. Finally, we suggest that you print out your review, read it, and edit it, perhaps after letting another day go by. Most of us take a lot of care with our own manuscripts; after all, when they are published, our name is there for all to see. Reviews, however, are anonymous and carry little reward, which may make us give in to sloppiness. Edit your work to be clear and to remove unnecessarily harsh language. Give a final consideration to what you say; remember, authors much like yourself are anxiously awaiting your thoughts. And use your spell checker to set a good example to the authors.