Journal of Endocrinology is an official journal of the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE). ESE was created to promote research, education and clinical practice in endocrinology for the public benefit. This is achieved through the organisation of conferences, training courses and publications; by raising awareness; liaising with national and international legislators; and by any other appropriate means. Major activities include the organisation of the annual European Congress of Endocrinology as well as a number of postgraduate courses. Members of the European Society of Endocrinology enjoy free online access to the current content of Journal of Endocrinology, via the society members' area, and reduced rates on print subscriptions. ESE has five official journals covering the full spectrum of endocrinology that help to raise the profile of European endocrinology.