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It is my pleasure to present a brief update on the journal in this issue. The page budget for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Services ( TPDS) was somewhat increased for 2012 and now corresponds to about 14 full size papers per issue. In conjunction with our rigorous review process and conversion of articles to the main file (with 8 double column pages limit) plus supplementary file form, the backlog issue was resolved, and the approximate waiting time for publication of newest articles is about six months. After achieving this goal, the size of the main file increased first to 12 pages, and soon afterward to 14 pages. In the future, the page limit will be lowered again if the backlog notably increases. Also, some papers will receive lower page limits (typically 8 pages) whenever such a conversion is deemed appropriate by our editors. The details of this conversion were described in my editorial from January 2011.
The backlog resolution motivated me to initiate again some special issues in 2011 (after a “break” applied in 2010). The first such special issue on cyber physical systems had a deadline in September 2011, and attracted a high number of 83 submissions. The second one, on cloud computing, has a deadline in February 2012.
The number of submissions to TPDS has continued to increase over the years. TPDS received 485 submissions in 2007, 508 in 2008, 681 in 2009, 757 in 2010, and 848 during the last 12 months (plus submissions to special issues), where “revise resubmit” papers are treated as new submissions. Therefore, there is about a 12 percent increase in submissions this year over the previous year. The editorial board size increased to 50 editors. Currently, it takes, from submission, an average of 84 days to the first decision and 90 days to final decision. At the end of October 2011, the oldest manuscript without a decision was under six months in the queue. We are also grateful to our reviewers who, on average, needed 41 days to review original submissions and 21 days for resubmissions. Editors needed, on average, 13 and 5 days to assign reviewers, respectively.
This year, TPDS has transitioned to the OnlinePlus publication model. OnlinePlus is the mostly online model which replaces traditional printed copy with a disk (which may include audio clips, interactive supplemental material, interviews with our community members, blogs, etc.) and an abstract booklet. Authors will still receive a traditional print copy of the issue they are published in to address tenure review concerns and concerns about submitting to an online-only title. The IEEE Computer Society can also send letters signed by the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) or Vice President of Publications confirming publication in a specific issue as needed. TPDS has also established a new media center for 2012, handled by Associate EIC Yunhao Liu.
During the remaining two years of my term, I would like to maintain backlog, quality and processing time of reviewing, revise the list of priority areas of TPDS, improve the strength and composition of the editorial board, solicit special issues in “hot” areas, improve presentation aspects of accepted articles (see my editorial from February 2010), and increase the impact factor of TPDS (currently about 1.5).
I congratulate the IEEE Computer Society staff, the Associate Editors, and reviewers of TPDS for a job well done. I also thank the authors for sending high quality papers for publication to our journal. I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year.
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.