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A Front Row Seat to Communications' Editorial Transformation

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Alfred Aho and Georg Gottlob

Alfred Aho (left) and Georg Gottlob (right) serve as co-chairs on Communications' Editorial Board.

Credit: Eileen Barroso / Columbia University; Wikipedia

For the past five years, we have been co-chairs on Communications' editorial board for the Contributed Articles and Review Articles sections. In this short span of time we have seen a dramatic shift in the kinds of articles submitted to and published in these popular sections of the magazine. This shift has not been by accident.

To appreciate the ever-changing dynamics of Communications' readership, we should start at the beginning. ACM was founded in a meeting at Columbia University in 1947 as the Eastern Society for Computing Machinery. It was formed as an outgrowth of the increasing interest in computing that was dawning at that time. ("Eastern" was dropped from the name shortly thereafter).


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