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IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) is currently converting most regular papers into shortened versions plus a supplementary file. The shortened version has a limit of eight double column pages, including the main text, the abstract, index terms, illustrations, and references (plus, possibly, an additional page which may only contain the authors’ photographs and biographies), and is a primary file that will be typeset by the IEEE Computer Society (CS) and will be scheduled into an issue. The supplementary file, which will be added to the Digital Library as is, with free access, has a limit of 50Mb and can include: proofs, code, experimental data, short movies, appendices, animations, and audio files. The combination of the shortened paper and the supplemental file is considered one single paper and, hence, we view it as a major contribution. Original submissions in this format are encouraged but not mandated; conversion is normally requested together with major/minor revision decisions.
Supplementary files are not part of the TPDS page budget. TPDS received approximately 50 percent more submissions in 2010 compared to 2008. However, the page budget increased by only about 15 percent. During 2010, TPDS accepted about half of the papers in this converted format; the backlog was then reduced by about a month instead of being increased by about two months. We are publishing more material in this format because we have determined that it allows us to get a greater amount of material in front of our readers without sacrificing rigor. The conversion provides space for more papers to be accepted. TPDS appears to be the only IEEE transaction that is applying this described conversion.
This conversion is also a great opportunity to improve presentation aspects (see my editorial from the February 2010 issue) and increase readability of papers. The utility of the main file should generally increase. The shortened version should be self-contained. Most readers should be able to grasp the essence of the contribution without resorting to the supplementary file, or to other references, and with minimal effort and time invested. In turn, the supplementary files should be intended for a very few specialized readers and followers. Readers especially interested in details, such as proofs, detailed simulations, etc., will simply proceed to the supplementary file that is an integral part of the same article. The shortened paper should present fundamental results and suggest the basic processes that produced them. It should not provide a detailed analysis, but should point to sections of the supplementary file. The short version should explain the content of the supplementary file.
The supplementary file related to your paper should not duplicate any content from the main file and, therefore, should not serve as a full self-contained version of your paper. Rather, it may provide some proofs, pseudo-codes, experimental data, additional examples, additional literature review, lengthy details of some of the paper’s main ideas, and appendices. Additional supplementary files may contain source codes, executable files, input data, short movies, animations, and audio files. Authors are also encouraged to provide their source codes and experimental inputs as supplementary files so that their simulation and experimental data can be replicated and used in future research for comparison with newly developed solutions for the same problems.
I take this opportunity to welcome and introduce new distinguished researchers to the Editorial Board of TPDS. Ishfaq Ahmad, Dick H.J. Epema, and Keqiu Li were appointed as new Associate Editors in November 2010. Emilio Leonardi and Rabi N. Mahapatra joined the board in February 2011.Their short biographies and areas of research are given below. I am confident they will contribute to further enhancing the quality and timelines of TPDS. Per Stenström completed his very successful two-year term as a TPDS Associate Editor in January 2011 and did not accept renewal so that he can devote more time to his new Associate Editor-in-Chief role for the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. His help in processing papers was greatly appreciated.