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Editorial—State of the Transaction


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It is a pleasure to write this editorial at the beginning of the second year of the publication of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB). The last year saw the publication of four issues of TCBB, the first of which was mailed out roughly nine months after our initial call for submissions. That accomplishment was the result of tremendous cooperation and hard work on the part of authors, reviewers, associate editors, and staff. I would like to thank everyone for making that possible.

During the past year, we recieved roughly 205 submissions and, presently, we have about 50 of those under review. In our first year, we published 16 papers, including Part I of a special section on The Best Papers from WABI (Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics). Part II will appear this year, along with a special issue on Machine Learning in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Other special issues are also in the planning stages. The papers that we have published are establishing TCBB as a venue for the highest quality research in a broad range of topics in computational biology and bioinformatics. I know that some of the papers we have already published will be cited as the foundational or the definitive papers in several subareas of the field.

A goal for the future is to attract more submissions from the biology community and this will be facilitated when TCBB is indexed in MEDLINE, which requires two years of publication before it will consider indexing a journal. So, this second year of publication will hopefully lead to the inclusion of TCBB in MEDLINE.

Finally, I would like to share some wonderful news we recieved in February. The Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division awarded TCBB their "Honorable Mention" award for The Best New Journal in any category for the year 2004. Only one Honorable Mention is awarded. Again, the credit for this accomplishment goes to all the authors, reviewers, associate editors, and staff who have worked so hard to establish TCBB in this last year. I look forward to continued growth and success of TCBB in our second year of publication.

Dan Gusfield


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