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Editor-in-Chief's Note


Pages: 1009-1011

With this note, I am taking an opportunity to clarify a few important items of which prospective authors and contributors to the IEEE Transactions on Computers should be aware.

Manuscript Submission

By its own nature and past, TC has a very broad technical coverage; I continue to encourage and seek the submission of manuscripts that cover innovative areas of computer science and engineering. However, over the last few months, I have received a number of manuscripts whose contents are better suited for consideration for possible publication in other IEEE Transactions/Journals. Regretfully, these manuscripts have been declined as mostly "out of scope" because their contributions were deemed to be not related to the publication objectives of TC (as found on the Web site as well as the inside back cover of each issue). While probably technically sound, it was evident that these articles would have had small relevance to the readership of TC as evidenced by either the absence of references to previously published articles in TC (as part of the provided bibliography) and/or the inability to find an Associate Editor on the Board with the expertise to properly direct the review process.

The last months have also seen the continued increase in the number of submissions and an overall decrease in acceptance rate, now below the 25 percent mark. TC has reached a very selective level in publication that has attracted a considerable number of manuscripts. However, on a few occasions, the review process had to be terminated earlier than expected. Manuscripts that have been previously rejected (either by TC or any other publication) should be clearly identified by the authors; while, in most cases, we discourage this practice, if the submitted manuscript has significant differences in technical content (as assessed through supporting documents, inclusive of previous versions of the manuscript), then it may be allowed to proceed with its review. A different scenario is encountered if an invitation for resubmission as new has been extended to a manuscript; in this case, please identify all relevant information so that we can direct this new paper to the appropriate Associate Editor.

TC welcomes papers with innovative contents; so-called "comment papers" that describe significant results that may have not been considered in a manuscript previously published in TC, have an important role in a learned community and therefore they undergo a full review cycle. As part of the review of this type of submission, one of the authors of the original manuscript is likely to be invited as reviewer to evaluate the novelty of the comment. However, submissions based on typos and/or minor misinterpretation of a lexical/grammatical nature are considered "errata" and therefore they will not be considered for publication as a "comment paper."

If you are in doubt about a possible submission of your manuscript to TC, please do not hesitate to contact me in advance to seek advice about its appropriateness for TC as its venue of publication.

Review Process

Paper review by all constituents (such as authors, experts, and colleagues in industry/academia) is the foundation upon which a highly acclaimed peer-reviewed journal such as TC relies to provide very detailed and comprehensive feedback for the advancement of science and engineering and distribution of high quality articles on a worldwide basis. In this respect, I thank everyone who has submitted recent works for consideration for possible publication in TC. While reviewing for TC remains a voluntary and courteous activity with no resonance on current/future submission(s), it is commonly accepted that this important activity must be orchestrated within a collegial environment. As the number of submitted papers has considerably increased over the last few years and, simultaneously, the review cycle has decreased, there has been considerable pressure on the referees for fast and comprehensive reviews. In this respect, authors of submitted papers are expected to actively participate in this process. While a paper assigned for review may not 100 percent fit the research interests of every reviewer, TC seeks different views on submissions to fully evaluate and assess its impact across traditional technical boundaries.

Moreover, within Manuscript Central, reviewer information (inclusive of rating) is made available to the Associate Editors and I encourage all of the community to participate as I would like to have positive ratings in appreciation of full review participation.

Special Issues/Sections

Over the last few months I have received a few inquiries from individuals seeking to propose Special Issues. TC does not publish Special Issues; the yearly plan of IEEE TC, however, includes the publication of only few Special Sections (SSs). A Special Section covers a dedicated topic (within the scope of IEEE TC) and may include at most eight manuscripts. All submissions to an SS must undergo a full review cycle through Manuscript Central and all IEEE Computer Society regulations are applicable. Also note that the call-for-papers must be open and not target prior submissions to professional meetings. A list of approved SSs can be found at the TC Web site.

Editorial Board

As they are completing their appointment terms, I would like to thank Drs. A. Schuster and A. Gonzalez for their excellent service to IEEE TC in their role as Associate Editors; their outstanding contributions and dedication will surely be missed by all of us.

With the approval of the IEEE Computer Society, the following members of our community have been appointed as Associate Editors to TC: Drs. R. Marculescu, H. Shen, and S.K. Shukla. As attested to by their biographical notes, you will find these Associate Editors to considerably enrich the Editorial Board to cover many areas of interest to authors and readers alike.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me (preferably via email, if I can be of assistance in any aspect related to IEEE TC.

Fabrizio Lombardi


About the Authors

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Radu Marculescu received the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1998. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Marculescu is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation's CAREER Award (2000) in the area of design automation of electronic systems. He received the 2005 IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (T-VLSI) Best Paper Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society, two Best Paper Awards from the Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in 2001 and 2003, and a Best paper Award from the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) in 2003. He was also awarded the Carnegie Institute of Technology's Ladd Research Award in 2002. Dr. Marculescu has been involved in organizing several international symposia, conferences, and workshops sponsored by professional organizations, as well as as a guest editor of Special Issues in archival journals and magazines. His current research focuses on developing design methodologies and software tools for SoC design, on-chip communication, and ambient intelligence. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.
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Hong Shen received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Beijing University of Science and Technology of China, the Master of Engineering degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, and the Ph.Lic. and PhD degrees from Abo Akademi University in Finland. He is a professor (chair of Computer Science) at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining Adelaide, he was a professor and chair of the Computer Networks Laboratory at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) during 2001-2006 and a professor of computer science at Griffith University, Australia, where he taught for nine years. He has also held several awards, titles, and special appointments, including specially-appointed professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and "100 Talents" of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His main research interests lie in parallel and distributed computing, algorithms, high-performance networks, data mining, security, and privacy preservation computing. He has published more than 200 papers, with more than 100 papers in international journals including a variety of IEEE and ACM transactions, has served on editorial boards of several international journals, and has chaired numerous international conferences.
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Sandeep K. Shukla graduated with the top rank in his graduating class in engineering in 1991 from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and received the B.C Roy Gold Medal. He received the Master's and PhD degrees in computer science in 1995 and 1997, respectively, from the State University of New York at Albany. He worked as a principal member of the technical staff at the GTE Labs (now Verizon) between 1997 and 1999 and then worked as a senior formal verification engineer and staff verification engineer at Intel Corp. between 1999 and 2001. Between 2001 and 2002, he was a research faculty member at the Center for Embedded Computer Systems at the University of California in Irvine. Since 2002, he has been an associate professor of computer engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg. In 2007, Professor Shukla also received a Distinguished Alumni award from the State University of New York at Albany for Excellence in Science and Technology. Recently, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He is also a founder and deputy director of the Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications (CESCA) and director of the FERMAT Research Lab. He has published more than 100 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings. He coauthored SystemC Kernel Extensions for Heterogeneous Modeling, and Ingredients for Successful System Level Design Automation Methodology and coedited Nano, Quantum and Molecular Computing: Implications to High Level Design and Validation and Formal Methods and Models for System Design: A System Level Perspective, all published by Kluwer Academic. He was awarded the PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) award for his research in design automation for embedded systems design, which focuses in particular on system level design languages, formal methods, formal specification languages, probabilistic modeling and model checking, dynamic power management, application of stochastic models and model analysis tools for fault-tolerant nano-scale system design, reliability measurement of fault-tolerant nano-systems, and embedded software engineering. Professor Shukla has also been elected as a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. He was invited to the Annual Symposium of the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 and to the Annual Symposium of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007, both very selective invitational forums for young scientists. Professor Shukla is a senior member of the IEEE and of the ACM. He has been an invited professor or researcher at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, INRIA/IRISA, France, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also an ASEE/ONR senior faculty fellow at the US Naval Research Labs, n 2005 and am ASEE/Air Force Faculty fellow at the US Air Force Labs, Rome, New York, in 2007. He has also chaired a number of international conferences and workshops and edited a number of special issues for various journals. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Design and Test of Computers and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He is among the cofounders of the ACM/IEEE International Conference of Formal Methods and Models for Co-Design (MEMOCODE) and the International Workshop on Formal Methods for Globally Asynchronous Locally Synchronous Design (FMGALS). Besides chairing these conferences and workshops, he was also the program cochair for the International Conference on Applications of Concurrency in System Design (ACSD) in 2007. He has also served on the program committees of DAC, ICCAD, DATE, HLDVT, and many other design automation related conferences. He has also presented tutorials at the DATE, MEMOCODE, VLSI Design, and ICCAD conferences.
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