It is a great privilege and honor to serve as the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS). TPDS is a relatively young journal that started in 1990, yet it has become the premier outlet for research publications in the parallel and distributed processing area. The credit for this accomplishment goes to all the four previous EICs, associate editors, reviewers, and the authors who submitted their papers to TPDS for publication. Currently, the first review turn around time for a submission is below six months, meaning that a paper can get accepted for TPDS as fast as a conference. At the same time, a paper submitted to TPDS can go through minor or major revision and, finally, get accepted, which is not possible in conferences. The timely review and publication of papers in TPDS is now possible because of the combined effort of the last EIC, Pen-Chung Yew, and his staff.
While I am assuming the EIC job in a very comfortable position with regard to visibility and publication timing, there are a few challenges that need our urgent attention. TPDS was born while research in the area of parallel processing was at its peak. Also, the competition with other journals and conferences was not that fierce. Now, we need to take a closer look at the scope of TPDS and revise it to include emerging areas, technological advancements, and experimental results in the systems area to boost the number of submissions. I shall invite well-recognized researchers to organize special issues and appoint some of them to the editorial board. I also plan to appoint an associate Editor-in-Chief to help me in various areas. In order to reduce the delay in publication further, I would urge the associate editors to administratively reject submissions if the research is outdated, and cut down on major revisions, recommending some of them for new submission after revision. I would urge understanding on the part of authors if they are advised to do so. I would also request the associate editors to review some papers themselves instead of waiting for the reviewer's response indefinitely. The TPDS staff will closely monitor the review time of a paper and bring it to our attention if such an action is needed.
An IEEE Transactions cannot gain a good reputation without the active support and participation of the research community in the area. I invite you to send me your suggestions to further enhance the quality and visibility of the TPDS. I look forward to working with you during the next two years to take TPDS to the next level of excellence.
Laxmi Narayan Bhuyan