This is the ninth volume of the Journal of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science. I am very happy that the pace of publication of new volumes is increasing steadily with more quality papers. This is a good indication that the ﬁeld is growing faster. This new volume comprises nine papers of major importance.
As the editor-in-chief of the journal, I have to make some decisions regarding the quality of the papers. However, sometimes, it is difﬁcult to decide when there is a disagreement between the author and the referee. It seemed to me wiser to let the reader make his own opinion. In this volume I had to face two such situations.
On one side, Edmund Storms proposes ”An explanation of Low-energy Nuclear Reactions” based on a review of the experimental facts observed so far. This is not a theoretical model per se, but anyway, it is an interesting approach to the ﬁeld. The referee had objections about the paper, but it appeared to me that it would be nonetheless worthwhile to publish it as such and let other readers criticize the work, by sending comments that will be published in another volume of the journal.
On the other site the paper ”Are Ni + H Nuclear Reactions Possible” by Akito Takahashi was not accepted as such by the referee. After many exchanges between the author and the referee, we took together the decision to publish the paper along with the comments of the referee and the responses of the author in an appendix. This is not the usual way of publications in scientiﬁc journals, but it seemed to me that this exchange of points of view will enrich the debate amongst theoreticians.