It has been both a privilege and a joy to serve as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering for the last two years. I am stepping down December 31, 2001, at the end of my term.
When I started in January 2000, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering had a long backlog of papers to be published. This was, in part, due to a sizeable number of special issues. In 2000, only two issues (January and June) were not partially or exclusively dedicated to special issues or special sections. As a result, regular papers had to wait a long time for publication. To mitigate the problem at least partially, we added pages as far as budget would allow. More importantly, in 2001, we published only four special issues and the backlog has been brought down to a reasonable level.
In addition, I noted that while, on average, the reviews were timely, there were outliers; papers that had not been reviewed in a timely manner. With the help of several dedicated Associate Editors, we managed to process these more expeditiously. Particularly helpful in this regard were Don Batory, Joanne Bechta-Dugan, Lionel Briand, Edward Clarke, Philip Johnson, Mary Jean Harrold, Shari Pfleeger, Jens Palsberg, Gerardo Canfora, and Scott Leutenegger. It is important to provide feedback to authors in a timely manner.
Journals like ours depend on the volunteer services of the Associate Editors and the reviewers. Thanks to all who have contributed generously to make the review process thorough, high quality, and timely, and who have helped to ensure the continued high quality of papers. I am indebted to the members of our editorial board for their time and energy soliciting papers, shepperding special issues, and helping authors improve their manuscripts. I am also grateful to the reviewers. They should know that in the most recent IEEE review of our IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, this journal was praised for the rigor of the peer review process. Thank you!
I have had the pleasure to work with a dedicated, excellent publication staff. They made sure that issues were published on time, provided timely reporting so that I could act proactively, and helped both authors and our editorial board in countless ways, big and small.
My thanks also go to the readers of this publication, for your support, and for letting us know what you consider important. Your feedback has been extremely valuable. It has been a joy and privilege to serve you.
As my last duty as Editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, it is my pleasure to introduce your next Editor-in-Chief: Professor John C. Knight from the University of Virginia. I have worked with him to ensure a smooth transition and am convinced he will serve IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering with vision, energy, and devotion. Please, lend him your support as you have so generously supported me. His biography and picture follow.
Anneliese A. Andrews
John Knight holds a BSc (Hons) in mathematics (Imperial College, London, 1969) and a PhD in computer science (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1973). He was with NASA's Langley Research Center from 1974 to 1981 working on vector processing for scientific computing and various aspects of software dependability. Dr. Knight joined the University of Virginia in 1981 and spent two years (1987-1989) on leave at the Software Productivity Consortium working on software reuse. At the University of Virginia he has been heavily involved in the development of the undergraduate curriculum including designing several undergraduate courses. John Knight's research interests are in dependable computing. He was coauthor (with N. Leveson) of a major study on the performance of N-version programming. Along with a student (Paul Ammann), he developed the alternative approach known as data diversity. Recently, Dr. Knight has been leading two research projects, one on the industrial use of formal methods and a second on information survivability in critical infrastructure systems. Dr. Knight served on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering from 1993-1997 and as a guest editor for the January 1994 issue of IEEE Software. He was the program chair of the 1998 Information Survivability Workshop and was the general chair of the Eighth International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 8) in November 2000. He served on the National Research Council's committee that prepared the report "Trust in Cyberspace." He has served on numerous conference program committees and as referee for a wide range of journals.