I'm very pleased to have been appointed to be the new Editor of the
AIEDAM journal: only the third in its 15 years of existence.
My involvement with AIEDAM started early in the life of the journal,
due to my professional interactions with Professor Clive Dym, its
first Editor. Clive put the journal on a very sound footing, and set
the high standards that the journal continues to uphold. That it has
maintained such a high reputation in the fields that it covers is due
to Professor William Birmingham, the second Editor.
My goal is to continue with the policies developed by these two prior
Editors, while striving to raise the journal's standards, reputation
and visibility even further.
To do this I have already started to expand the Editorial Board to
include a wider variety of the most active scholars in the field.
This will eventually allow the reviewing team for every submitted
manuscript to include one Board member, which should have a positive
impact on the quality and consistency of reviews.
I also hope to develop the reviewing process to provide more feedback
to the authors, and to allow all the reviewers to see all the reviews
(i.e., more feedback for the reviewers too). Both actions should help
I will continue with the tradition of encouraging guest editors to
produce special issues about suitable topics. I feel that the special
issues have been one of the strengths of the journal, fostered by its
continued relationships with workshop coordinators from several
different organizations and conferences. I'd like to continue and
nurture those relationships.
I will continue the difficult, but important, process (started by Bill
Birmingham) of trying to reduce the time between submission and
publication by strongly encouraging electronic submission, reviewing
The Editor's Web Page (http://www.cs.wpi.edu/~aiedam/) provides the
latest information about the journal, and augments the publisher's web
pages (which can be reached from there). My pages are still being
worked on as I learn more about how to be an Editor, but I hope that
they already provide useful information. They should, as they are
heavily based on what Bill Birmingham developed.
I publically thank the past Editors, the Associate Editors, the
Editorial Board members both new and old, all the Reviewers, and the
dedicated personnel at Cambridge University Press, in advance, for
their service and cooperation.
I realize that some of my goals might perhaps be too ambitious.
However, with everyone's help, I'll give it my "best shot". If you
have comments, questions or submissions, I can be reached via email at
<firstname.lastname@example.org> --- especially for submissions!
David C. Brown
5th September 2001