We finally learned that citations to journal articles in SPIE proceedings were not used in the calculation of the 2009 impact factors. Because SPIE proceedings papers frequently cite JM3, as well as other journals in the field of optics, the drop in impact factor followed accordingly. Although the citations will be restored for next year's impact factor, it is an unfortunate situation for all the optics journals. However, please be assured that the quality of JM3 has not been compromised. We will continue to improve the quality of our publications. Most important, we urge our devoted authors to continue to submit their valuable work to JM3.