The annual Migration Studies Best Article Award was launched not long after the journal was founded in 2013. The span of six years since that founding has been one of intense activity for everyone involved. As a result of sustained effort by the in-house team at Oxford University Press along with the editorial team, the journal has been assigned an official Impact Factor: a key credential that lets authors trust the journal with their best work going forward. Migration Studies has also been included in the OUP collection that is marketed in bulk at discount rates to libraries around the world, which has substantially increased the journalâ€™s readership. In addition, since launching Migration Studies has processed about a thousand submissions from 80 or so countries and has published roughly a hundred articles. In the background to this activity, the seven members of the founding editorial team have among us made around a dozen international moves, directed at least six international migration research centres, and helped bring ten children into the world. Many things have fallen off the tasklists in this period, and keeping up to date with the Migration Studies Awards has unfortunately been one of them. In this issue we are making up for lost time by announcing a backlog of award winners for the period 2015-2018.