IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) continues to be one of the healthiest IEEE transactions. We received a total of 987 submissions (666 original) in 2019, and a total of 2274 submissions (1487 original) to date since January 2018. We continue to process these submissions as efficiently and effectively as possible, while maintaining a rigorous process for evaluating the excellent research contributions in this area and the high quality of the journal. Currently, the average number days from submission to first decision is less than 3 months, which is comparable to the top conferences in the field. TPDS is among the top IEEE transactions in terms of impact factor and downloads, and its impact factor remains the highest amongst the journal’s competitors. We also launched several new activities and initiatives, which are summarized below.
Reproducibility is at the core of solid scientific and technical research. The ability to repeat the research that is produced is a key approach for confirming the validity of a new scientific discovery. The TPDS Reproducibility Initiative focuses on reproducible research through transparency and the availability and potential reuse of code and data.
Award for Editorial Excellence
Established in 2019, the TPDS Award for Editorial Excellence recognizes exceptional contributions by members of the TPDS editorial board. The award is given based on factors such as the number of papers handled in the past year, turnaround time, and review quality.
We are seeing rapid and often dramatic changes in the research and technology landscapes in our field, and TPDS needs to respond to this dynamic and rapidly evolving publication landscape. It is important that TPDS responds appropriately to ensure that it continues to publish high-quality research that is relevant, interesting and timely.TPDS Special Sections provide a mechanism to achieve this. Led by Pavan Balaji, Associate Editor in Chief of Special Sections, the special sections will focus on emerging topics with a short turnaround time.