Call for Nominations: Editor-In-Chief ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) is coming to an end, and the ACM Publications Board has set up a nominating committee to assist the Board in selecting the next EiC.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for a three-year term as TOCHI EiC, beginning on September 1, 2018. The EiC appointment may be renewed at most one time. This is an entirely voluntary position, but ACM will provide appropriate administrative support.

The EiC is responsible for maintaining the highest editorial quality, for setting technical direction of the papers published in TOCHI, and for maintaining a reasonable pipeline of articles for publication. He/she has final say on acceptance of papers, size of the Editorial Board, and appointment of Associate Editors. The EiC is expected to adhere to the commitments expressed in the policy on Rights and Responsibilities in ACM Publishing. For more information about the role of the EiC, see ACM’s Evaluation Criteria for Editors-in-Chief.

Nominations should include a vita along with a brief statement of why the nominee should be considered. Self-nominations are encouraged, and should include a statement of the candidate’s vision for the future development of TOCHI. The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2018, although nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send all nominations to the nominating committee chair, Cliff Lampe (cacl@umich.edu). The search committee members are:
• Cliff Lampe (University of Michigan), Chair
• Rob Jacobs (Tufts University)
• Caroline Appert (Université Paris-Sud)
• Darren Gergle (Northwestern University)
• Hrvoje Benko (Oculus Research)
• Holly Rushmeier (Yale University), ACM Pubs Board Liaison

Announcing Best Paper Awards for TOCHI

I’ve contributed to TOCHI—as a reviewer, author, Associate Editor, and now Editor-in-Chief—for almost 20 years.

And although I recognize that not everyone is totally comfortable with the idea of best paper awards for journals, I think it’s high time that we also acknowledge that TOCHI publishes a lot of truly excellent work.

When I assumed the helm of TOCHI, I embarked on a quick survey of the other Transactions-level journals. I also studied a number of status reports authored by their various Editors-in-Chief.

Several Transactions already have established “best paper” (and other) awards.

Most of our leading SIGCHI conferences have had best paper awards for many years now.

And the ACM Publications Board already has a well-documented process in place for establishing Best Paper Awards for its journals.

I therefore decided that it was time.

And submitted a formal proposal.

Which has now been approved.

As a mark of distinction at an already highly selective journal, the annual ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Best Paper Award will bring considerable prestige to the authors thus distinguished.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and bring greater attention to the excellence of top papers published in TOCHI. This helps build the careers of our authors as well as the stature and desirability of publication in the TOCHI journal itself.

In addition to giving authors further incentive to submit their best work, this affords carry-over benefits to publicity, downloads, and citations to the journal, thereby enhancing the influence of the award winners as well as the impact factor all of the excellent papers that we publish.

We will play no favorites here, and in fact the formal proposal bars the Editor-in-Chief from consideration. The sole criteria shall be the overall merit of the work, in terms of technical excellence, significance to the research community, impact, clarity of presentation, and scope of the contribution—among many other criteria of outstanding research.

You can find all the details, and the formal documentation of the rules governing the selection committee, at:

http://tochi.acm.org/awards

Okay.

There you have it.

We are thrilled to start recognizing our very best.

I really hope that you will submit us your best work, to keep our pipeline bubbling with great contributions from our vibrant community.

And that you will also take a moment to nominate impactful TOCHI papers as they come to your attention over the course of the year; we accept nominations from anyone in the community. A brief statement of why you think the paper should be considered for an award is appreciated but not required.

With the New Year upon us, I am really looking forward to 2016.

And I hope that you are too.