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I am pleased to note that, in the IEEE 2012 First and Second Quarter Submission to (online) Publication reports, the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) is the fastest among all of the transactions in the IEEE Computer and IEEE Communications Societies to accept and publish papers, with 33 weeks, on average, and 30.8 median weeks (in the second quarter). I am grateful to all of the editors and reviewers for their hard work and for making TPDS a timely journal (without compromising the review quality). The November 2012 issue featured papers accepted mostly in January 2012, so from the acceptance to actual publication, the backlog now appears to be about 10 months.
The number of submissions (and hopefully our research community) continues to grow. TPDS had 956 submissions in 2011, which is a 26 percent increase over 2010 and a 40 percent increase over 2009. In addition, the special issue on cyber-physical systems, published in September 2012 (19 papers), attracted 82 submissions. There was 986 submissions in 2012, plus two special issues (cloud computing with 101 submissions and security, trust, and privacy with 164 submissions). Since the page budget increase did not match the surge in the number of submissions, the paper page limit was set (in May 2012) to 10 pages in the main file, plus a supplementary file. The “main file” should contain readable text with a clear description of all the contributions made in the paper, while the supplementary file (of practically unlimited page length) would contain further detail.
TPDS is among the first IEEE transactions to adopt the OnlinePlus publication model. The abstract booklet and disk is distributed on a quarterly basis to subscribers, and authors will now receive 10 complimentary reprints of their paper (starting with 2013 issues).
The TPDS editorial board drafted a new scope, which was approved at the IEEE TAB meeting in June 2012. It was important to modernize the scope by introducing active and “hot” research areas, and bring to the forefront important applications domains: heterogeneous many-core systems; networks on chips, accelerator architectures, autonomic computing, green computing, distributed event processing,� distributed aspects of social and information centric networking, cloud computing, data centers, delay-tolerant and vehicular networks, mobile software systems, and cyber-physical systems. It was also important to “open the door” for the future elimination from TPDS of the outdated area of “peer-to-peer computing” by eliminating it from the scope description, so that, at an appropriate time, submissions could be administratively rejected for not being in the focus of TPDS. The language itself was modernized and made more concise. “Fault resilience” replaced “reliability, fault tolerance, and dependability,” and duplicate occurrences of some words are deleted: “algorithms,” “distributed systems,” and “operating systems.” The new scope can be seen at http://www.computer.org/portal/web/tpds/about.
Two editorial board meetings in 2012 were held at IEEE IPDPS in Shanghai (we were honored by the attendance and discussions by IEEE CS President John Walz) and IEEE ICDCS in Macau. Most discussions were about raising the impact factor of TPDS. The primary obstacle to a higher impact factor seems to be citations made to prior conference versions instead of the corresponding TPDS version. To address this issue, the model J1C0 would be discussed and adopted with some conferences. Papers would be accepted by conferences, but will be published first in the journal (J1) at the time of the conference event, and never in the conference proceedings (C0), so that there would be no choice on what to cite, and no delay between conference and journal publications. I am considering two options: directly forwarding to TPDS the few best papers from the conference, and publishing the whole IEEE conference proceedings as a special issue of TPDS (the later requires approval from the IEEE).
The TPDS Media Center has been launched as a multimedia Webpage for this scholarly archival journal. In the Media Center, TPDS will interview outstanding researchers or engineers for their experiences and opinions on a variety of theoretical or technological topics. Meanwhile, the Media Center serves as a platform for world-wide researchers to contribute high quality and live research results to the parallel and distributed systema community. The Media Center is now accepting media content submission from both authors of TPDS papers and researchers who want to share and advertise their recent research works or projects. Each submitted article in the Media Center should be in the form of a blog composed by some multimedia content, like a video and audio clip, as the main medium, and supported by certain brief text descriptions. The scope of the submission can range from the design of systems for new applications, new exciting technologies, to demonstrating new parallel and distributed computing paradigms and solutions. We hope that the TPDS media center can assist our readers by facilitating their introduction to the latest development in the field.
Albert Zomaya resigned from the board in August 2012 (because of his demanding duties as EIC of the IEEE Transactions on Computers), after three years of excellent service to the TPDS community. I welcome a group of distinguished and highly qualified new members to our board, covering a wide range of specialized areas. Jun Wang, Rodrigo Francisco de Mello, and My T. Thai started their terms in April 2012. Xu Li, Jaime Lloret-Mauri, and Dakshnamoorthy Manivannan joined the board in July 2012, while WenZhan Song was appointed in August 2012. I am very proud to present them to you. Their biographies appear below.