Pages: pp. 1281-1283
Two factors make TPAMI a wonderful journal. Our community is a fertile source of exciting intellectual creations and scientific discoveries, and this factor ensures there are fine papers for the journal to publish. In this editorial, I want to acknowledge the other factor—the large community of volunteers who find and promote strong papers.
Referees are scholars who sacrifice time from their scholarship to evaluate the work of others. Authors consistently undervalue the work of referees. It’s easy to feel that a referee who doesn’t like a paper is wrong, and one who does like a paper doesn’t like it enough. When you are cross with a referee, remember this: The reason you want your paper to get into TPAMI is that the papers accepted by TPAMI’s referees are very good indeed. Space does not allow naming every referee. TPAMI does not have a mechanism to identify exceptional referees�(I like to feel that all our referees are above average) and so I and the editorial board would like acknowledge�the work of every referee for this journal. You know who you are: thank you for your efforts, without which this journal would disappear.
Associate Editors are scholars who sacrifice time from their scholarship to ensure that papers are sent to the right referee, and to produce a recommendation that is�consistent with the reviews and with TPAMI’s rules and practices. Authors tend to undervalue the work of AE’s, too; and again, when you are cross with an AE, remember that you submitted to TPAMI because TPAMI’s Associate Editors are very good indeed. TPAMI has a large pool of Associate Editors, allowing the journal to handle a very large number of submissions. I cannot name each Associate Editor here, but you will see their names listed elsewhere in each copy of the journal.
It is a pleasure to welcome a distinguished group of new Associate Editors to our editorial board. The board will now include: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Rong Jin, Hugo Larochelle, Fei-Fei Li, Yael Moses, Tobias Scheffer, Charles Sutton, Ben Taskar, Huan Xu, and Jieping Ye.�We try not to overload Associate Editors, and so their terms are limited. Horst Bischof, Ravi Ramamoorthi, Pedro Felzenszwalb, Arthur Gretton, Ales Leonardis, and Charles Stewart are leaving the editorial board. I thank the Associate Editors for their efforts, without which this journal would disappear.
Associate Editors in Chief are scholars who sacrifice time from their scholarship to ensure papers reach the right Associate Editor. Authors tend not to be aware of their work. Associate Editors in Chief make a huge contribution to our journal by steering papers. Much of the effectiveness of our reviewing process depends on how well they understand which of our colleagues knows what aspect of our discipline. We welcome a new Associate Editor in Chief, Stan Sclaroff, to the editorial board. I thank the Associate Editors in Chief for their efforts, without which this journal would disappear.
David A. Forsyth
Editor in Chief