Editorial: on the ACM publications

It is proper that a professional organization periodically review its publication policy to ensure that it is fully meeting its responsibilities to its members To this purpose the President of ACM has asked the Editorial Board to formulate a five-year policy for recommendation to the Council and an ad hoc commitee of the Editorial Board is examining the question. Professor Gotlieb, through his distinguished editorial service over the past years as Editor-as-Chief of the Journal and also of Communications, has helped shape the development of ACM publications, and we are pleased to present his views in this invited editorial —M. Stuart Lynn, Editor-in-Chief

President’s letter to the ACM membership: The journal

A great deal of concern has been expressed to me and to members of the Executive Committee and the Editorial Board about the new status of the Journal. Obviously, the concern is not over the $3 needed to subscribe to the Journal in the future. Those who are worried about the change, which substituted the new Computing Surveys for the Journal, see it as one more step in a process of change within ACM that has been going on for some time. They argue that the Association began as an academic, scientific, professional organization concerned with the more formal mathematical and scientific aspects of information processing, and their concern that the organization has changed character is quite legitimate.

President’s letter to the ACM membership

Computer programming deals with an enormous variety of activities and is carried on by people with a great variety of backgrounds. It seems clear that part but not all of this activity is evolving toward a distinct professional field, but that the scope of this emerging profession, and some of its economic, social, and educational characteristics are as yet by no means well defined. In this paper, these issues are examined and some opinions about them are expressed.

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