As we begin the 12th year of TVCG, I am happy to report that our journal continues to grow in submissions, quality, and timeliness. Over the past 12 months, we have had a 74 percent increase in submissions, while the time from manuscript submission to initial decision has averaged just over two months. This quick decision time, along with our extremely high quality review process, is essential to ensure that TVCG remains one of the top publication venues for the entire field of computer graphics and visualization. I want to thank all of our reviewers and associate editors for their outstanding work.
I would also like to thank the IEEE Computer Society Publications Department for both their efficient, high-quality production of submitted manuscripts and their support of our bimonthly publication schedule. Currently, the time from submission of final articles until appearance in the IEEE Computer Society Digital Libary is very quick and promises to become even more timely in the upcoming year.
We have also started featuring one open call special issue per year in TVCG to encourage research in targeted areas within our field and to provide a high-quality publication venue for these areas. We had an extremely successful special issue on haptics, virtual, and augmented reality and our second topic, visual analytics, is scheduled to appear in the November/ December 2006 issue. We are grateful to the guest editors for their contributions to these special issues.
On a related note, we have updated the scope statement for TVCG, which is located inside the back cover, and I encourage you to review it and send us your feedback.
Finally, on behalf of the IEEE Computer Society and TVCG's Editorial Board, I would like to express our appreciation and thanks to retiring associate editors Georges-Pierre Bonneau, Hanspeter Pfister, and Claudio Silva for their great service in helping make our journal so successful.
As TVCG continues to grow, it is my pleasure to announce TVCG's second Associate Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Thomas Ertl, who will assist with the timely management of manuscripts and work to continue the growth of TVCG. His biographical sketch is below.
David S. Ebert