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