"To Measure Is To Know"

President's Message from Reza Zoughi


Merriam Webster dictionary defines Quality as “a high level of value or excellence”. Quality is not easily “measured” with common methods of measurement and has no unit associated with it. However, one knows Quality when one comes in contact with it! I have a poster hanging on the wall in my laboratory which simply states “Things of quality have no fear of time” (author unknown). I hung the poster strategically so that as my students walk in they get a glimpse of it, and to reinforce Quality in all aspects of their academic, research and personal endeavors.  We must not be afraid of Quality - must embrace it, strive for it and achieve it in every thing we do for our Society and its members. Quality is only achieved through diligence, hard work, perseverance and the desire to want it. When I was appointed as the editor-in-chief of our Transactions (TIM), we faced a number of challenges. I knew then that if we strived to achieve Quality, we would successfully address and overcome all of those challenges, and we did.  

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Message from Alessandro Ferrero, EIC, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement

Dear IMS Member,

As you know, publications are a big part of this society’s activities. In particular, we publish the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (TIM) that, in the society’s strategic plans, is expected to become the most desirable publication venue for papers in the I&M fields and achieve excellence through quality.

Measuring the achieved degree of excellence and the quality of a journal is not an easy task, due to the great number of parameters that are involved. Luckily, Thomsom Reuters evaluates a number of factors, whose most known is the Impact Factor, for all ISI journals, and these factors, considered altogether, give a fairly good estimate of the journal quality.

The 2013 factors have been released today, and I’m proud to share with all of you the good results that the TIM has achieved. The following table summarizes the data, and compares them with those of the previous year. In case you’re not familiar with the official metrics, you can find some useful information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journal_Citation_Reports

INDEX 2013 Data 2012 Data
Impact Factor 1.710 1.357
Impact factor without self cites 1.278 1.044
5-year impact factor 1.683 1.382
Immediacy index 0.315 0.255
Cited half-life 6.4 6.6
Citing half-life 7.3 7.5
Eigenfactor score 0.01546 0.01465
Article influence score 0.461 0.410

As you can see, we have improved in all factors, and remained stable with the half-life factors, that were already good. We have confirmed a positive trend that has started 8 years ago and we can say that the increment of all factors is also a good indicator of the increasing quality of the journal and the fact that the articles it publishes are read, appreciated and, hence, cited by scientists and practitioners in the I&M field and all other technical fields that rely, in their activity, on measurement data.

These data place the TIM in the second quartile of all journals in the JCR category of electrical and electronic engineering and in the JCR category of instruments and instrumentation, when they are ranked according to the impact factor, and in the first quartile when they are ranked according to the eigenfactor score.

This good result has been achieved thanks to the efforts of the whole Editorial Board of the TIM, the staff, the many reviewers who have volunteered their precious time to help authors improve their work, and, of course, to all authors that chose this journal to let other people know their work. We can now proudly say that they made the right choice and we feel committed to continue working hard to make this journal a more and more desirable publication venue.

Best regards,

Alessandro Ferrero
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement




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