A series of articles written by former presidents of the Herpetologists' League has been organized to commemorate the 75th volume of Herpetologica. In this preamble to the series, I summarize the journal's history and that of a few other periodicals published by the League. After describing some aspects that have contributed to the continued success of Herpetologica, I briefly outline the publication model that will take effect with this volume.

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