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The IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) has accumulated an important backlog. TPDS is considering the option of becoming an online journal, and submissions continue to increase (at an approximated 20 percent annual increase during the last two years). Because space available in print does have its limitations, the editorial board has no other option but to apply a more rigorous review process. Each paper will receive at least three reviews and will be read by an editor before reaching a decision about “minor” or even “major” revisions. We expect to make more than 500 final (“accept” and “reject”) decisions this year, and could accommodate approximately 130 papers. Therefore, our goal is to achieve about a 25 percent acceptance rate, measured with respect to final decisions only. This rate is needed to prevent backlog from increasing even further. We are also considering converting some papers submitted as regular ones to short papers (with a supplementary file added for missing detail), and considering presentation issues, readability, and the use of published papers more carefully. TPDS will also focus toward its official scope description instead of a wide interpretation of processing any submission related to parallel and distributed systems. This process also naturally leads to the increase in the quality of accepted papers, and hopefully to an increase in TPDS’s impact factor compared to other competing and/or IEEE journals.
To reduce the burden of individual Associate Editors, the number of editors has started to increase, from 32 (throughout 2009) to 39, by the addition of seven new editors in March 2010. More editors will be added soon to increase expertise in areas where we receive more papers. It is my pleasure to introduce the following new AEs: Jose Flich, Y. Charlie Hu, Mahmut Kandemir, Symeon Papavassiliou, Xueyan Tang, Jingyuan Zhang, and Si Qing Zheng. I would like to thank them for agreeing to serve on the Editorial Board. Their biographies are below. Please feel free to send me your feedback and suggestions about the journal and its direction. I look forward to hearing from you.