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As the new Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, I am pleased to thank the outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Anneliese Andrews, for her efforts over the past two years.

Under her leadership the journal has progressed well. Of particular note is the reduction in the number of submitted papers that had been in review for extended periods. The pipeline of accepted papers is healthy at this point, and the papers currently in review are progressing.

It takes a large group of dedicated people to make the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering a success. Some of those people, such as myself, the editorial board, and the authors of the published papers, are quite visible. The anonymous reviewers, of course, are only visible as a group. Others, such as the IEEE publications staff at the Computer Society publications office in Los Alamitos are far less visible. Yet visible or not, all of these groups are essential to the journal's health and growth, and I look forward to working with all of them. In addition, on behalf of all of us who benefit from the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, I am delighted to have this opportunity to thank all involved with the journal.

The present strength of the journal is an opportunity to develop and enhance it further. In the coming months, I will be working with the editorial board to seek ways of soliciting further submissions and widening the circulation.

I encourage anyone with ideas or questions about the journal to contact me by any means that they choose, with e-mail being preferred.

John Knight

Incoming Editor-in-Chief

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