Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2007 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS).
It is my pleasure to present a brief state of the journal in this issue. We received 369 regular papers and 150 special issue (SI) papers in 2005. As of 11 October 2006, we have received 294 regular papers and 25 SI papers in 2006. We expect to reach the same number of regular paper submissions this year. However, we are cutting down on special issues to reduce the printing time of papers, which currently averages approximately nine months after a paper is fully accepted.
As you know, it used to take an average of 26 months to publish a paper in TPDS in 2002. We have now cut it down to 18 months, which includes reviews, major revisions, and time to print after a paper is accepted. Most importantly, the average time for a first decision on a paper is less than four months for all papers handled in 2005 and 2006, which is comparable to conferences in our areas. We are also taking steps to post the accepted papers electronically much ahead of the time the paper is published in print. I congratulate the IEEE Computer Society staff, associate editors, and reviewers of the TPDS for a job well done. I also thank the authors for sending high quality papers for publication in our journal.
Drs. Kwei-Jay Lin and Jaideep Srivastava have completed their terms and retired from the Editorial Board recently. I very much appreciate their time and effort in processing the papers. I also take this opportunity to welcome and introduce a few distinguished researchers to the Editorial Board of TPDS. Drs. Tarek Abdelzaher, Gagan Agrawal, Manish Parashar, and Michel Raynal are appointed as new associate editors. Their short biographies and areas of research are given below. I am confident they will contribute to further enhancing the quality and timeliness of TPDS.
As always, I invite comments and suggestions from authors, reviewers, and readers on how to improve the quality of this transaction. I also seek your help in spreading the word about TPDS to your colleagues. I look forward to hearing from you.
Laxmi N. Bhuyan