The VLDB Journal (2003) 12: 1 / Digital Object Identiﬁer (DOI) 10.1007/s00778-003-0089-x
New partnership with ACM and update on the journal
Published online May 9, 2003 –
This issue marks the beginning of a new collaborative rela-
tionship with ACM. An agreement has been reached between
the VLDB Endowment, ACM, and Springer-Verlag that will
make VLDB Journal more widely available to the community.
According to the agreement, starting with this issue,ACM will
provide the full-text of all issues of the VLDB Journal to all
subscribers of the ACM Portal/Digital Library. Eventually, all
back issues for which there exist electronic ﬁles of the articles
will be available in ACM DL. Furthermore, ACM will market
and distribute the VLDB Journal to its individual members at a
price comparable to ACM’s own journals. Furthermore, ACM
will provide the full text of all issues of the VLDB Journal
to all subscribers of the ACM Portal/Digital Library. Eventu-
ally, all back issues for which there exist electronic ﬁles of the
articles will be available in ACM DL.
We are excited to be linking-up with ACM as it improves
our reach to the community. The journal is already available
electronically through Springer’s LINK program and is also
made available to ACM SIGMOD members through the SIG-
MOD Anthology and DiSC. We are conﬁdent that the collabo-
ration with ACM will enable us to further improve our service
to the database community.
I would like to take this opportunity to provide our readers
and our authors with an report on the Journal. I hope these
annual reports will become a tradition and improve in depth.
VLDB Journal has become one of the top database publica-
tions. According to Citeseer impact evaluation, VLDB Journal
is ranked in the top 5.6% of the 800 or so journals and confer-
ences. This is higher than many conferences and journals. It
is apparent that there is signiﬁcant interest in the community
in the papers that are published in the VLDB Journal.
VLDB Journal publishes two special issues every year.
One of these is devoted to selected papers from the past year’s
VLDB Conference, the second is a thematic special issue. In
1992, the focus of our special issue was XML Data Manage-
ment. The special issue attracted twenty-ﬁve papers out of
which ﬁve were accepted after the review process. The focus
of the 2003 special issue is Semantic Web which has received
twenty submissions which are now undergoing reviews. We
have decided that the 2004 special issue will be devoted to
stream data management and the 2005 issue will concentrate
on data management issues in bioinformatics.
We have been working hard to improve our paper review
times. For 1991 (the last year for which all of the papers have
been handled), it took about 4 months for us to reach the ﬁrst
round decision. We are working to reduce this time period
to 2.5-3 months. There is no reason for the reviews to take
longer and we depend on the assistance of our editorial board
and external reviewers to reach this target.
The VLDB Endowment and the VLDB Journal Editorial
Board is working hard to improve the service that VLDBJ pro-
vides to the database community. We hope that the community
supports these efforts by submitting their best papers and also
providing us with feedback on what needs to be improved.
Ozsu Coordinating Editor-in-Chief