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It is my pleasure to introduce a number of distinguished researchers to the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering ( TSE ) this month. Their expertise covers a range of of areas that have seen consistently large numbers of submissions in recent times, and each new associate editor (AE) brings a track record of significant contributions to their field. Their short biographies are provided below. A number of AEs are completing their terms in the coming months but have kindly agreed to continue dealing with their current editorial assignments till the end of the year. I will thank them formally and reflect on the state of the journal in my final editorial in January 2014, when I will also introduce the next Editor-in-Chief of TSE , Professor Matthew Dwyer.
However, I am happy to report in the meantime that the latest journal Impact Factors have recently been published, and TSE ’s has risen to 2.6. It continues to be the highest of all software engineering and related journals. I have always maintained that such impact factors should not be over analyzed or relied upon too deeply, but they are nonetheless useful health indicators to monitor for trends and anomalies over the years. TSE has undergone some significant changes during my tenure as Editor in Chief—moving online, doubling its page budget, returning to monthly publication, and somewhat widening its scope—so it is reassuring to see that the decline in impact factor (experienced by most SE and other computing journals actually) has now halted and I hope is rising again.