Pages: pp. 529-530
In my editorial for the January/February 2010 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ( TVCG), I informed you about the upcoming transition of TVCG away from primary print to what is called OnlinePlus. The challenge of increasing production and distribution cost and declining numbers of personal print subscriptions had led the IEEE Computer Society Transactions Operation Committee to the conclusion that all its publications need to migrate to mainly electronic publishing within the next few years. Among a few other IEEE CS publications, TVCG will be among the first to make this transition toward the OnlinePlus publication model starting in 2011. While many details of this transition have yet to be specified as I am writing this editorial in early April 2010, I can provide you with some information on how this will influence the journal in 2011.
First of all, I am happy to report that the page budget of TVCG for 2011 will grow significantly. With almost 300 regular submissions in 2009, a publication backlog will have built up by the end of 2010 which can then be reduced. The number of regular submissions during the first three months of 2010 indicates that we can maintain this high level of submissions. Therefore, the page budget available for regular submissions was almost doubled for 2011! In addition, more pages will be needed for the TVCG issue containing the proceedings of the IEEE Visualization and Information Visualization conferences since the page limit for papers submitted to these conferences was raised from eight to ten pages. As a consequence of the increased page budget, TVCG can now move to a monthly schedule with 12 issues per year.
Due to our successful online-first publication model, papers are officially published as preprints in the IEEE CS Digital Library only a few weeks after acceptance. Nevertheless, the IEEE CS publications staff is working hard on further reducing the production time of the final version as it appears in the issue after copy-editing.
In order to keep subscribers well informed about the availability of new issues, an abstract booklet will be mailed, together with a disk providing offline access to the published articles, including the supplemental, material through an easy-to-use interface. Giving up on print as the default means of publication will, of course, save money and will result in a reduced subscription rate. However, it will also be much more environmentally friendly, in line with the IEEE’s Green Initiative, by saving paper and shipping resources.
Therefore, I urge you to retain your personal subscription beyond 2010 even when the journal moves to the OnlinePlus publication model. Let me remind you that, despite the enormous contributions of volunteers to the entire reviewing process, the production of a high-quality IEEE journal, even if not printed, cannot be done without professional staff.
It has been a good tradition of TVCG to limit the terms of the members of its Editorial Board in order to allow new people and expertise to come in for the benefit of the journal. Such a major rotation within the Editorial Board took place at the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, with several Associate Editors stepping back and new ones taking over.
On behalf of the IEEE Computer Society and TVCG’s Editorial Board, I would like to express our appreciation and thanks to the retiring Associate Editors, Philip Dutre, Hyeong-Seok Ko, Valerio Pascucci, Sung Yong Shin, Gabriel Taubin, and Matt Ward.
At the same time it is my pleasure to introduce Ronan Boulic, Sheelagh Carpendale, Wojciech Matusik, Chris North, and Dieter Schmalstieg, who have recently joined TVCG as Associate Editors. Below are biographical sketches listing their accomplishments and areas of expertise. The Editorial Board is pleased to welcome these outstanding individuals to their new role.