This Special Issue of Journal of Neuroendocrinology is published almost exactly 30 years after Volume 1, Issue 1 appeared in February 1989. The Journal and the discipline of neuroendocrinology have come a long way in the intervening period. The Journal is now established as an official journal of the International Neuroendocrine Federation, the European Neuroendocrine Association, the Pan American Neuroendocrine Society, as well as, of course, the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN), its owner. As is recounted in the testimony of Stafford Lightman, the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, the decisions that were taken right at the beginning during the planning for, and early years of, the Journal were particularly astute. In particular, the decision that the founding organisation, the then British Neuroendocrine Group, should retain ownership of the new journal was a masterstroke. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.