Editorial The VLDB Journal (2005) 14: 1 / Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s00778-004-0143-3 M. Tamer Ozsu Published online: 8 March 2005 – c Springer-Verlag 2005 At the start of a new year and a new volume of The VLDB 4. VLDBJ is now reaching an increasing number of read- Journal (VLDBJ), I would like to give a report to our readers ers. The agreement that was reached in 2003 between the on our activities and on how we are doing. My hope is that VLDB Endowment, Springer, and ACM that ensures the these reports will become a tradition that will enable us to inclusion of VLDBJ in ACM Digital Library has had a very track the progress of VLDBJ over the years. Our objective is positive impact. In the Internet era, with online journal to make VLDBJ the preferred publication venue for database publications, the way to measure impact has shifted from researchers. This requires attention to paper quality, timely subscriptions to article downloads. In 2004, there were reviews, review quality, and speedy publication of accepted 55,344 full paper downloads: 47,311 from ACM Digital papers. Here is how we have done on these fronts in 2004. Library and 8,033 from Springer LINK. Comparable num- bers for 2003 were 20,282 and 7,483, respectively, but it 1. We published 22 papers in 4 issues. Two of these issues should be remembered that VLDBJ was included in ACM were special issues: one was devoted to selected papers Digital Library starting only in April/May 2003. Neverthe- from the 2003 VLDB Conference (6 papers) and the other less, even if ACM numbers are extrapolated to the entire a thematic special issue devoted to data stream processing 2003 year, we experienced a 46% increase in downloads (5 papers). from 2003 to 2004. 2. Submissions to VLDBJ continue to increase; 2004 submis- sions were 9% higher than 2003 submissions, and since These statistical data indicate that we are making signifi- 1999 this number has doubled. Our annual acceptance cant progress toward our objective of making VLDBJ the pre- rates are holding steady (with respect to papers accepted in ferred publication venue for database papers. We are always a year regardless of their submission year) at around 30%. open to ideas and suggestions and look forward to hearing However, acceptance rates of papers submitted within the from you. same year are lower: for 2003, which is the last year for which we have completed reviewing all the submitted pa- M. Tamer Ozsu pers, the rate is 20%. Judging by where we are with the Coordinating Editor-in-Chief 2004 submissions, the rate will likely be slightly lower. 3. We have been putting considerable effort into reducing our review times. I am happy to report that the average submission-to-acceptance time for papers submitted in 2004 was 76 days, while the submission-to-publication time was 141 days. These compare with 99 days and 134 days, respectively, in 2003. The slight increase in submission-to-publication time in 2004 is a direct result of increasing submission volume, while the annual page counts remain the same (thus causing a slight publication backlog). By comparison, the same numbers in 2002 were 184 and 215, respectively. We have indeed made signifi- cant strides in reducing our review times, and we continue to pay attention to this issue. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The VLDB Journal Springer Journals


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