Article 1 of the ICES Convention of 1964 sets out the fundamental purposes of the Council and includes as the third and final point: "to publish or otherwise disseminate the results of research and investigations carried out under its auspices or to encourage the publication thereof". Publication and dissemination of information about the living resources and their environment have been at the heart of ICES from the first then, but not until the early 1920s was it mooted that a platform was needed solely for the publication of formal scientific papers. The decision to establish the Journal du Conseil was taken at the Council Meeting of 1925, and the first volume appeared between February and November 1926 as four issues, with a total of 383 pages. In 2002, six issues as well as a supplement were published as the 59th volume, with a total of 1732 pages, six issues a year having become the norm in 1995 when ICES Symposium papers became part of the Journal's remit. Accordingly, the current issue signals the completion of the 60th volume in this series
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