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It is my pleasure to introduce and welcome three new members of the Editorial Board, Elisabetta Di Nitto, Carlo Ghezzi, and Tetsuo Tamai. Dr. Di Nitto will assist us in the areas of software engineering process support systems, service-centric systems, and autonomic systems; Professor Ghezzi in the areas of software engineering and programming languages, software architectures, and ubiquitious and pervasive computing; and Professor Tamai in requirements engineering, component-based software engineering, collaboration and role modeling, and software evolution. The brief biographies of these new AEs can be found below. I look forward to working with them.
I would also like to thank the following people who have retired from the Editorial Board so far this year: Paul Clements, Karama Kanoun, Neil Maiden, Harold Ossher, Barbara Ryder, and Richard Schlichting. These colleagues have voluntarily given their time and effort to the task of paper management and peer review, helping to maintain the reputation of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering as a first-class journal. I am very grateful for their expert advice and support.
Some potential authors may not be clear about what makes a paper suitable for TSE. This is not a question of scope—topic guidelines appear on the website and on the inside back cover of each issue of the journal—but rather one of contribution and quality. I would therefore like to use this opportunity to try to provide some guidelines.
To be accepted for publication, all papers must make a significant software engineering contribution, be scientifically sound and clear, be critically evaluated against related work, and be clearly expressed. The contribution can be in one or more of the following ways:
the validation of current software engineering approaches and techniques through critical assessment, formal argument, or experiment;
the extension of current software engineering knowledge by the provision of new underlying theory, formalisms, methods, and techniques that would potentially improve practice;
the opening of new avenues of software engineering research through the identification and precise description of critical problems and applications.
I believe that these are a fair reflection of our criteria for publication and encourage all authors in the software engineering field to submit their best work to TSE.