My tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Applied Computing Review ended with Volume 3, Number 2. Perhaps this is a good time for me to reflect on this experience.
First, let me confess that I was unable to realize my vision. I started ACR with the idea of turning it into a forum for, and I apologize for this over-used term, "technology transfer." I saw ACR as a medium for practitioner and academic to communicate. Despite my efforts, ACR, like most other SIG periodicals, remains a primarily academic publication, a fairly good one in my estimation. While I'm on this subject, I'd like to relate the story of how ACR came to be a reviewed publication. I have heard this story told incorrectly so many times, that I want to set the record straight.
As many of you know, SIGAPP grew out of an international workshop on applied computing. We decided to start an ACM special interest group in applied computing to provide another venue for computing professionals interested in applications to get together. ACR was to be its "bulletin." The feeling of the SIGAPP organizers was that the world did not want its mailboxes littered with more unfiltered, printed material. I established the policy of "refereeing" articles in the first issue. In the first month of circulation, I was informed that the word "refereed" was reserved for ACM Journals, and that we would have to use the term "reviewed." I thought that we could live with the distinction, and changed our masthead accordingly. Other SIGs took a different view, and launched a major protest over this issue. The fact of the matter is that we never attempted to create a SIG archival publication, we were simply using reviewing as a screening tool to try to keep useless information out of your mailbox.
In my view, the most exciting period of publishing lies before us. Of course, much of that future is wrapped up with electronic publishing. The World Wide Web illustrated the capability of that Medium. But, more subtle changes may actually be more important in the long run. I'll just list a few changes which seem likely to follow in the years to come.
So, I see the near-future of publication as revolutionary. I hope to join all of you in participating in this process.
With all best wishes.
Hal Berghel, http://www.acm.org/~hlb
It is an honor to have the opportunity to follow Hal Berghel as Editor-in-Chief.
My tenure begins with a special issue on applications of parallel object-oriented programming, guest edited by Boleslaw K. Szymanski and Charles D. Norton. As the computing community continues to move into object-oriented programming, many new application areas are emerging. It is not surprising that OOP lends itself naturally to parallel programming and this issue explores several facets of that.
This issue also marks the first time an issue of ACR is available in electronic form (http://www.acm.org/~sigapp/acr/). We plan to continue this practice for all future issues. As always, proposals for special issues and regular paper submissions in all areas of applied computing are welcome. If you have any suggestions about these, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or look me up at SAC '97 in San Jose.
Barrett R. Bryant