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Two More CS Journals Available in New OnlinePlus Format

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Two more IEEE Computer Society research journals are available in OnlinePlus format in 2012. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing is a monthly scholarly journal that publishes the latest mobile-research developments. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems is a monthly journal covering new research in parallel and distributed computing. They are the fourth and fifth Computer Society journals to be made available in the new format.

The monthly IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and quarterly IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing migrated to OnlinePlus in 2011. Subscribers can choose either OnlinePlus or print for TPAMI.

According to David Alan Grier, 2012 Computer Society president-elect and former vice president of publications, "The editorial boards of TMC and TPDS were eager for the journals to be available in a primarily online format because most industry research takes place online. Eventually, all currently printed IEEE Computer Society journals will be provided in OnlinePlus format."

"From what we can see and understand, researchers are using electronic versions of these articles," Grier said. "We're going to continue to look for new means of getting that material into the hands of researchers so they can advance the field and advance the community in which we live. We're very pleased to see these new journals joining the OnlinePlus program."

Online Plus

A hybrid of online-only and print, OnlinePlus gives subscribers the best of both worlds—online access plus a printed book of article abstracts and a searchable interactive disk.

OnlinePlus provides subscribers with journal content in three different formats, and at a lower price than traditional print. In addition to quicker publication of cutting-edge research, the new format reduces the carbon footprint, in keeping with IEEE's Green Initiative.

OnlinePlus subscribers who want print copies for their research libraries can order them via print on demand. And both members and nonmembers can order print copies from the issue's table of contents by clicking on the "Order Print Issue" link in the "This Publication" box on the right-hand side and following the ordering instructions.

To view a tutorial on the new format, visit

Society Announces IEEE Division V Director-Elect Slate

The IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors has selected Susan K. (Kathy) Land and James D. Isaak as IEEE Division V Director-Elect nominees. Division directors serve on the IEEE Board of Directors and Technical Activities Board.

Susan K. (Kathy) Land

Kathy Land has more than 20 years of industry experience in the practical application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams. She has served on the Computer Society Board of Governors and as first and second vice president.

Land is the author of Jumpstart CMM/CMMI Software Process Improvement: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). She is a coauthor of Practical Support for CMMI-SW Software Project Documentation: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and Practical Support for ISO 9001 Software Project Documentation: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). She is also a contributor to the CS ReadyNotes program. Land, the current IEEE Division VIII Director, served as president of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009.

Jim Isaak

Jim Isaak received a BS in computer studies and an MS in computer engineering from Stanford University. He is a senior member of IEEE and has been a member of the IEEE Computer Society since 1971. Isaak led the Posix standards effort from 1984 through 1994, as the work expanded to 30 projects involving more than 500 volunteers.

Isaak, a 1994 recipient of the Hans Karlsson Award, served as president of the IEEE Computer Society in 2010 and is a member of the Society's Golden Core. He received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000.

Nominate a Candidate for the Eckert-Mauchly Award

The IEEE Computer Society recognizes outstanding work by computer professionals who advance the field through exceptional technical achievement and service to the profession and to society. Currently, the Computer Society is accepting nominations for the prestigious Eckert-Mauchly Award, the computer architecture community's most prestigious honor.

Sponsored since 1979 by the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM, the Eckert-Mauchly Award recognizes contributions to computer and digital systems architecture. The award was named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who Awardcollaborated in 1947 on the design and construction of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the first large-scale electronic computing machine. Previous Eckert-Mauchly Award winners include Seymour Cray, C. Gordon Bell, Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., and Gene M. Amdahl.

Visit for nomination forms and complete information on the IEEE Computer Society's awards programs, including lists of past recipients. Franchised members of the Board of Governors are not eligible to nominate, endorse, or receive any Society awards, other than service award certificates. The franchised (voting) members of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors are the Society president, president-elect, first and second vice presidents, the immediate past president, and the 21 elected members of the board.

CS Offers Two Test Windows for CDSA, CSDP Exams

The IEEE Computer Society will offer testing for its Certified Software Development Associate and Certified Software Development Professional credentials twice this year. The first examination window will run from 20 May to 30 June. The deadline to register for the CSDA or apply for the CSDP is 30 May. The second examination window will run from 18 November to 29 December with a 29 November deadline to register or apply. Registrations and applications received after the deadline will be applied to the next available test window.

The CSDP examination was recently refreshed to include all 15 knowledge areas that will be contained in the new Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK Guide), as well as content updates to all knowledge areas.

The CSDP certification is intended for midcareer software development practitioners, while the CSDA is geared toward entry-level software developers. The CSDA and the CSDP are the first two certifications that conform to the newly released ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide. The basis of both certifications is the SWEBOK Guide.

For answers to general certification questions, send an e-mail message to Send a message to for answers to questions about the CSDA or to for questions about the CSDP. To view complete information online, visit

Changes to Society Bylaws Viewable Online

The IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors recently approved the first reading of an amendment to the Society's bylaws.

Article XII (Standing Committees), Section 11 was revised to change the name of the Electronic Products & Services Committee to the Emerging Products & Services Committee and to incorporate protections for intellectual property.

Changes to existing Society bylaws that receive first and second reading approval by the Board of Governors are listed by title in Computer, with links from each to a website location hosting the actual documents. The documents will be accessible in this website location until such time as the changes receive final approval.

The document is posted at:

Bylaws Article XII: Standing Committees - Section 11

Deletions are marked in strikeout text, and insertions are underlined. Only relevant segments of the bylaws in question are posted for comment.

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