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Pages: pp. 245-245

It is my great honor to take the editor-in-chief role of IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering ( TKDE). I want to sincerely thank Professor Beng Chin Ooi, the outgoing editor-in-chief, and all the past editors-in-chief for their excellent visions, outstanding leadership, and relentless commitments, which set the direction of TKDE and established TKDE as the premier journal in the grand fields of data mining, databases, knowledge engineering, and applications. I will try my best to work with you, the readers and authors, as well as all editorial board members, to maintain the prestige of TKDE and make it even better. Here, I want to share with you some ideas I plan to explore during my term as the editor-in-chief, and ask you for your every possible support. Many of the ideas are in fact the continuation of the ongoing TKDE exertion.

First, I will continue our pertinacious endeavor to strengthen the submission quality and the review quality of TKDE. I cordially invite researchers in the related areas kindly submit only your best, truly innovative and thorough work to TKDE. Our goal is to shorten the turnaround/submission-to-acceptance time, enhance the communication quality between authors and reviewers, and ensure that subordinate submissions are unlikely to have luck in TKDE. TKDE will join the IEEE Outstanding Reviewer Recognition program to acknowledge those excellent reviewers who always provide high quality reviews in a timely, constructive, and responsible manner.

Second, I will continue our outreach connections with the premier sister conferences. Since 2009, TKDE has published the best papers from the International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE). This is an excellent win-win strategy for both TKDE and ICDE. I plan to continue the exercise, and extend invitations for submissions to the authors of the best papers from other highly selective top-tier conferences in the core areas covered by TKDE.

Third, TKDE should echo the latest developments and address the practical needs in the related areas. Particularly, I will work with the associate editors to target strong submissions on the emerging strategic directions that may generate potential impact, such as big data analytics, social network analysis, crowd intelligence, and innovative applications. TKDE will continue to proactively solicit timely and high quality surveys on new topics. I will ensure that such surveys will be reviewed in an express track. I will also approach leading researchers and strategic innovators for possible vision papers that may benefit a broader research and development community.

Fourth, continuing our effort toward experimental repeatability and making TKDE papers better received by broader scientific and engineering communities, I plan to explore possible mechanisms to encourage authors to publish their data sets and source/executable code as supplements to their papers, archived in the Computer Society Digital Library and IEEE Xplore. In the same light, TKDE welcomes informative and thorough experimental comparative studies on state-of-the-art methods, as well as concise and informative submissions on novel real data sets and data analytic platforms/tools.

Last, but not least, readers always play a central role in TKDE. I warmly welcome you to visit our renovated TKDE webpage at tkde and strongly encourage you to participate in our reader and author surveys. We are always here to listen to your opinions and suggestions, and will try our best to address your needs promptly.

Enjoy reading.

Jian Pei

Incoming Editor-in-Chief

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