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As the year 2011 is coming to an end, I am delighted to report some important news and major changes that took place this year. In 2011, leading the way among all IEEE Computer Society (CS) transactions and magazines, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ( TVCG) successfully transitioned to the new OnlinePlus™ publication model. By 2015, all IEEE CS transactions will transition to this publication model as well. Harnessing the electronic revolution, this new publication model introduces significant savings to reduce production and delivery costs, thereby allowing TVCG to deliver more content to readers at a lower subscription price. In addition to journal access through the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL), quarterly color abstract booklets and interactive disks containing all materials have been shipped to all subscribers. With this model and a continuous increase of submissions and accepted works, TVCG has also started published monthly issues, with more published papers in 2011 than in any previous year.
The journal continues to be in an excellent state. As the start of October 2011, TVCG has received more than 240 regular submissions, even a few more than last year at the same time. This year we also observed the highest total number of submissions to the VisWeek conference issue (366), which contains the Proceedings of the IEEE Visualization and Information Visualization 2011 Conferences. We are expecting more than 650 submissions to TVCG by the end of 2011. A total of 225 articles were published in 2011, with the first 11 regular issues containing 132 papers and the last issue containing 93 conference papers, which all went through a rigorous two-round journal-quality review process.
Practically all of the 2010 papers have also been decided. From the 303 regular submissions (including 28 extended versions of Best Papers from several top venues in graphics and visualization), 61 regular papers and all 28 special section papers were eventually accepted; 84 out of 320 conference submissions were published in the VisWeek special issue. TVCG continues to offer authors a remarkably efficient processing of submitted manuscripts: The average time from submission to first decision is less than three months and the average time from submission to publication as a preprint in the digital library is less than seven months. With its 2010 impact factor of 1.92, TVCG clearly remains the top journal in visualization and the number two journal in computer graphics overall.
During 2011, the authors of TVCG regular papers were invited to give an oral presentation of their recent work at TVCG’s partner conferences. A total of 29 TVCG papers were presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games, ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, and IEEE VisWeek 2011. This new arrangement provides a unique opportunity for the audience of these conferences to keep abreast of the high-quality research featured in TVCG, while encouraging more TVCG authors to attend these conferences. The feedback from both the TVCG authors and the conference attendees has been extremely encouraging and we plan to extend such an arrangement with other leading conferences in graphics and visualization in 2012. Ultimately, this closely coupled relationship between TVCG and its partner conferences should lead to a more timely exchange of new ideas, foster rapid dissemination of recent works via an innovative forum for both publications and presentations, and further expand and grow our community.
Looking forward to 2012, I hope that the journal will continue these positive developments and attract even more readers, authors, and subscribers. I encourage the visualization and computer graphics community to submit their best and latest research results to TVCG and take advantage of TVCG’s timely, high-standard reviewing process. I would like to thank all the authors, reviewers, associate editors, and IEEE Computer Society staff who have contributed to the success and excellence of TVCG during 2011. I would especially like to thank the subscribers of this journal for their continued interest and support in retaining your personal subscription with the new OnlinePlus publication model. Please share with me your ideas on how TVCG can better serve our subscribers and the community in an electronic publishing age.
Ming C. Lin