It is my pleasure to inform you that TPDS's submission-to-publication time has been reduced to 18 months. More importantly, the average time for a first decision on a paper is approximately four months for all papers handled in 2005 and 2006, which is comparable to the best conferences in our areas. We received 425 regular papers and 25 special issue papers in 2006. Although the total number of submissions to TPDS remains healthy, I would like to see more submissions in parallel processing architectures, systems, and application areas. Our acceptance rate of papers was 24 percent for all papers submitted in 2005, and so far, it is 13 percent for 2006 papers, which speaks of the high quality of our journal.
Drs. Tim Davis, Jennifer Hou, George Karypis, Koji Nakano, Yavuz OruÃ§, Cauligi Raghavendra, Anand Sivasubramaniam, and Ivan Stojmenovic have completed their terms and retired from the Editorial Board recently. I sincerely thank them for their time and effort, which contributed to the improvement in quality of TPDS. I also take this opportunity to welcome and introduce a few distinguished researchers to the Editorial Board of TPDS. Drs. Azzedine Boukerche, Fabrizio Petrini, Asim Smailagic, Pradip K. Srimani, and Masafumi Yamashita 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.
Laxmi N. Bhuyan