During my term as editor of JEP: Applied, I have been very impressed with the quality and scope of the papers that have been submitted to the journal. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to work with the many authors who have submitted papers for publication in the journal. That said, the job of the editor is much more frequently associated with giving bad news to authors than it is to giving good news. With this in mind, I would like to review some of the enduring issues that have come up in reviewing the several hundred papers submitted during my tenure as editor of JEP: Applied. It is my hope that consideration of these issues will make it possible for authors to have a better conception of what constitutes building a bridge between science and application.