|Newsletter Editor Janet O’Neil
(left) at the 2006 IEEE Panel of Editors Meeting in Montréal,
Canada with Mary Wisniewski, Editor of the Laser and Electro
Optics Society Newsletter. During the meeting, these editors
compared notes and plans for moving their respective publications
from a Newsletter to a Magazine within IEEE.
Xplore News – Special
Earlier this spring, I attended the IEEE Panel of Editors Meeting
in Montréal, Canada over March 31-April 1. This annual
meeting is organized by the IEEE Publications Department and is
always well attended by the Society Editors of the Transactions,
Magazines, Journals, and Newsletters, as well as by IEEE Publications
staff. Perry Wilson, the incoming Editor in Chief of the Transactions
on EMC, also attended this year’s meeting. Dr. Wilson was
surprised (maybe overwhelmed is a better word) at the high level
of material presented at the meeting. He commented that the information
and training presented would be a tremendous benefit as he assumes
leadership of the Transactions in 2007.
This meeting devotes quite a bit of agenda time to a review of
Xplore activity. It’s easy to see why. Since Xplore was
launched in 2000, it continues to grow in popularity as well as
a source of revenue for IEEE. Today, Xplore accounts for nearly
half of IEEE overall revenues! This electronic library is the
home for all IEEE publications. Consider the following statistics:
• Approximately 2,000-3,000 documents
are added each week – that’s some 100,000 per year
Access is offered to users
around the globe with North America users accounting for 27%
of downloads in 2005, while the Pacific Rim and Europe areas
tie for 25% of downloads, respectively. The Middle East accounts
for 14% of downloads and South America completes the usage statistics
with 9% of downloads.
The majority of users represent
Academia at 78%, with Corporate at 16% and Government at 6%.
There was a 22% growth
in usage over 2004 with the average monthly downloads increasing
from 1.2 million in 2001 to 5.3 million in 2005.
There has been a slight
shift in usage of content. In 2004, 45% of users accessed conference
papers, while in 2005 48% of users accessed conference papers.
For the Transactions, this percentage changed from 47% in 2004
to 45% in 2005 accessing Transactions papers.
For the Transactions on
EMC specifically, its ranking has grown among the IEEE Periodicals.
It was ranked 63 of 136 IEEE Periodicals in 2003. In 2005, it
was ranked 65 of 153 IEEE Periodicals.
IEEE is eager for member
feedback on Xplore. If you have ideas for services to make IEEE
content easier to find and use, please send an e-mail to Barbara
Lange, IEEE Director, Publications Product Line, Management
and Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the end of my letter, I’ve included
the top 12 papers downloaded from the EMC Transactions on Xplore
in 2005. If the paper most significant to your work as an EMC
engineer is NOT included in this list, be sure to let Dan Hoolihan
know! Dan is compiling a list of the most influential Transactions
on EMC papers for a special award to be presented in conjunction
with the 50th Anniversary celebration of the EMC Society in 2007.
See page 32 of this Newsletter for more information.
As you flip through the pages of this Newsletter, you might notice
the NEW EMC Symposium Section. As a cost savings endeavor, the
information typically found in our annual symposium’s “Advance
Program” is now included as a special section of the Newsletter.
Note the abstracts of all the papers to be presented in Portland
at the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on EMC are included in
this section as well as general information on the technical program,
social activities, and more. You are encouraged to keep this issue
and take it with you to Portland so you can refer back to these
abstracts as you schedule the papers you will attend. Of course,
the information shown is only current as of press time, so be
sure to visit the symposium website often for continual updates
at www.emc2006.org. A final
program will be distributed on site at the symposium in Portland.
August in the Pacific Northwest is a truly special time. The weather
is gorgeous with the bluest of blue skies and green trees that
rise majestically above you. With its beauty, pristine air, and
collection of several hi-tech companies, its little wonder locals
call Portland the “Silicon Forrest”. Hope to see you
there over August 14-18, 2006! EMC