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This issue signals the start of the third year of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing ( TAC ), and both the journal and the field of affective computing are going strong. Last year saw a very successful fourth meeting of the International Conferences on Affective Computing (ACII 2011), cochaired in Memphis by one of our newest editors, Sidney D’Mello. The year 2011 also saw continued growth in the journal. Since my last state-of-the-journal address, the journal has received 104 submissions, continuing the strong submission counts from last year. In 2011 TAC published 26 papers, up from 11 in 2010 and reflecting our move to quarterly issues. We expect publication counts to continue to grow in 2012 as we add more articles per issue to handle the higher-than-anticipated submission rates. The journal continues to encourage interdisciplinary research and we’ve attracted articles from recognized names in both the computational and social sciences of affect. TAC is well on its way to becoming a premier journal, and continues to be the most recognized journal on the topic of affective computing.
Every two years, IEEE encourages its journals to renew their editorial boards and while we will maintain a large measure of continuity, we will be losing a few valued editors and seeing some new faces over the next two years. Retiring editors include Kristina Höök, Brian Parkinson, Helmut Predinger, Marc Schröder, and Lyn Walker. New faces joining the journal include Sidney D’Mello, Ursula Hess, Simon Lucey, Rada Mihalcea, and Björn Schuller. In the coming year, my primary goal continues to be to increase the visibility of the journal and for this I need your help. As a community we need to spread the word about the journal. If you are organizing a meeting that touches on the field, please let me know and we can arrange for advertisements to be sent to the organizers. Tell your friends about the title. And, of course, participate by continuing to send us your articles.
I am gratified by the contributions and support of the many people who are making this journal a success. First and foremost are the authors and reviewers who, together, lead to the high-quality work that appears on these pages. I’m indebted to the advice of our steering committee and the hard work of our editorial board. I have learned a great deal from them and rely on their knowledge and vision in helping to shape the editorial direction of TAC . And most importantly, my thanks goes to the editorial staff at the IEEE Computer Society and at Allen Press—Joyce Arnold, Mark Bartosik, Hilda Carman, Chad Johnston, Kathy Santa Maria, Alicia Stickley—without whom these pages wouldn’t appear in print.
Best wishes for 2012.