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I would like to share with you some of the great things that are happening with IEEE Computer Architecture Letters ( CAL).
Last June, CAL underwent a formal review with the IEEE Computer Society. This is done every few years with every Society periodical, to ensure, among other things, that uniform, high-quality standards are applied and that the needs of the readership are met. While, at the time of this writing, the final report is not yet available, I was very satisfied with the feedback received, where CAL was praised for its rigorous review process and for its effectiveness as an early-result, fast-turnaround venue.
Independent of the periodical review, a number of opportunities for improvement have been discussed within the Editorial Board. One such opportunity is to make review turnaround more consistently fast without sacrificing quality. While we are very happy that the average turnaround time is 25 days, which is better than our 30-day goal, about 30 percent of submissions still experience turnaround times greater than 30 days. Fast turnaround is a critically distinguishing feature of CAL, and we are working hard toward meeting it for all submissions.
We continue to work with HPCA’s Steering Committee and Program Chairs to make Best of CAL a permanent staple of the conference. At this event, authors of our best papers get the “conference limelight,” which matters a lot in our field. For those who have since published their work at a conference, it allows them another opportunity to tell the story, often from a different angle.
As is the case in many other Society periodicals, we have selected for the first time our Distinguished Reviewers of the Year. The selection process this year has looked primarily at how often a person has contributed with reviews for CAL submissions, and how diligent they have been in turning them in on time. Our Distinguished Reviewers this year are Rajeev Balasubramonian from the University of Utah, Hyesoon Kim from Georgia Tech, and Karu Sankaralingam from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, each with more than five CAL reviews under their belt for 2013! A special mention goes to Mark Hill from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who turned in high-quality reviews at record speed on multiple occasions. Congratulations to you all: your commitment to professional service is exemplary, and your effort is greatly appreciated.
I am also happy to announce three new members of our Editorial Board: Mainak Chaudhuri of IIT Kanpur, Diana Franklin of UCSB, and Diana Marculescu of CMU. They each add to what I believe is one of the strongest Editorial Boards in the IEEE Computer Society. I look forward to working with them.
Last, but not least, thank you to all the authors, whose hard work and high-quality contributions make CAL possible. We look forward to your contributions in 2014!
With warmest regards,
José F. Martínez