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The years since the previous General Assembly brought rapid technical development in the publication of IBVS. Virtually all manuscripts are now submitted electronically; during the past three years we received only two typed papers, both of which were later resubmitted electronically as well. The number of published issues of IBVS in 1997, 1998 and 1999 were 128, 114 and 165, respectively. That is around the average of the last decade.

The refereeing system works well, and without major difficulties, although the rejection rate of IBVS is high. We have good relation with the vast majority of the authors, both with professionals and amateurs. They, in most cases accept the referees' opinions, and seldom ask for a second referee. We help those authors whose technical background is not suitable to prepare manuscripts in the given format, but whose science is good. We also have good contact with some amateur groups to whom we give editorial advice.

At the previous GA in Kyoto we decided to set up a template file for papers that report observations or announce discoveries of variable stars with only a few remarks. This gives basic information about the variables and availability of the data. The template form has proved to be very successful - many good observations are published this way and premature or unnecessarily lengthy discussions are avoided.

During the last triennium the electronic version of IBVS became very important. Papers appear on the IBVS webpage first, shortly after their acceptance. The number of registered users at the time of the previous GA was 336. That grew to 522 by August, 2000. Registered electronic users of IBVS at present are in 56 countries.

The usage of the IBVS website ( started to grow in the middle of 1997 when IBVS joined the ADS services. The hits to our website now are about 50000/month, but this is not a real estimate of usage, since most of these hits are made by the ``robots'' searching through the Web. A more realistic figure is the monthly 3000-4000 downloads.

The scanned pages of IBVS Nos. 1-4000 are now available on a single CD-ROM. The GNU zipped postscript files are accessible from a HTML-format Table of Contents file.

From IBVS No. 5000 the Scientific Editor Laszlo Szabados retires from the editorship. He will be replaced by Dr. Johanna Jurcsik, Konkoly Observatory. Also, the Editorial Board is changed after the GA, as it is every three years. Herewith we would like to express our thanks to Laszlo Szabados for persistent, excellent work for the IBVS. The Editors in Budapest appreciate very much the service of the outgoing members of the Editorial Board: Dr. P. Harmanec (Chair), Kam-Ching Leung and Edwin Budding.

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Australia	 	20	        Mexico		 	3  	 
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Belgium	         	7	 	New Zealand	 	3  	 
Brazil		 	8	 	Norway		 	1  	 
Bulgaria	 	2	 	Pakistan	 	1  	 
Canada		 	32	 	Peru		 	2  	 
Chile		 	6	 	Poland		 	11  	 
China		 	2	 	Portugal	 	1  	 
Czech Republic	 	7	 	Republic of Korea 	1  	 
Denmark		 	7	 	Romania		 	2  	 
Dominican Republic 	1	 	Russia	 		5  	 
Egypt		 	2	 	Slovakia	 	2  	 
Estonia		 	3	 	Slovenia	 	2  	 
Finland		 	1	 	South Africa	 	5  	 
France		 	11	 	South Korea	 	9  	 
Germany		 	16	 	Spain		 	31  	 
Greece		 	4	 	State of Bahrain 	1  	 
Hungary		 	10	 	Sweden		 	7  	 
India		 	9	 	Switzerland	 	2  	 
Indonesia	 	1	 	The Netherlands	 	2  	 
Iran		 	5	 	Turkey		 	10  	 
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Japan		 	12	 	Uruguay		 	1  	 
Korea		 	1	 	USA		 	197  	 
Latvia		 	1	 	Venezuela	 	2