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My five-year term as the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing ( TSC ) ended on 31 December 2012. It is a privilege for me to get an opportunity to lead the direction of a high caliber journal such as TSC. As a new discipline, services computing bridges the gap between business services and information technology services. Articulating the science and enabling technologies of services computing has been a big challenge for all researchers. Many volunteers have contributed to the creation of the body of knowledge of services computing, which has become the first version of the TSC Taxonomy. Without the continual support and understanding of many individuals and excellent submissions, TSC would simply not be what it is.
Started in 2008, the journal is now beginning its sixth year, and has grown tremendously in size and prestige. During my tenure, I saw many interesting and definite trends in our submissions, with the emergence of new topics such as web services, service-oriented architecture, security and privacy, cloud computing, big data, services economics, and business process management, as well as a balanced distribution of authors ranging from the US and Europe to Asia.
Next, I would like to send my special thanks to all the Associate Editors (AEs) who served with me on the Editorial Board, and thank them for their continual support in ensuring quality and fair reviews over the past five years. I would also like to acknowledge that the various staff members from the IEEE Computer Society have always been there to help coordinate the TSC paper review, budget plan, and publication process. Several of the IEEE Computer Society’s formal presidents and leading volunteers (Carl K. Chang, Michael R. Williams, Sorel Reisman, and Frank E. Ferrante), as well as the IEEE Computer Society’s Executive Director Angela R. Burgess, have played critical roles, often behind the scenes, in every aspect of TSC ’s operation and production. Last but not least, I would like to extend my appreciation to the reviewers who have conducted quality peer review processes.
Finally, I would like to introduce and welcome the next EIC of the journal: Ling Liu, from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and 2012 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award winner. Ling is well known to those of us active in services computing because she has authored many seminal papers and has served in a leadership role for most of our top conferences, such as IEEE ICWS and IEEE CLOUD. She also helped create policies for guiding TSC special themes and special issues. Therefore, I am particularly happy that she is the next EIC. I have no doubt that, under Ling’s conscientious leadership, TSC will do even better in the coming years than it has thus far, and I wish her the best.