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High-Impact Science
AM PLEASED TO CALL
attention to the impact
and influence that IEEE
Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE

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Transactions on Sustainable Energy
have achieved of late. With a multisociety, interdisciplinary approach, both
transactions have embodied the IEEE
mission and vision to "foster technological innovation ... for the benefit
of humanity."
Fundamental shifts in the energy
landscape led me five years ago (as
then vice president for publications in
the IEEE Power & Energy Society) to
propose these new journals-IEEE
Transactions on Smart Grid to encompass the intelligent, self-healing technologies that are transforming the grid
and IEEE Transactions on Sustainable
Energy to focus on emerging, nonthermal generation sources.
Both transactions have achieved
high-water marks for their readership
impacts as measured by the Thomson

Reuters Journal Citation Reports
released last year. The prestige of
these two journals also registered high
marks via their eigenfactor scores and
enviable article influence scores,
another metric related to prestige. Visit
any of the following Web sites for
more details on these metrics:
x http://thomsonreuters.com/
journal-citation-reports/
x http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplorehelp/#/browsingIeeeXplore/browsingByContentTypes/browsing
JournalsMagazines/journalHome
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The actual scores are less important than what they represent: these
metrics mean that authors who contribute to either transactions are very
likely to be read and their work valued by a global audience of power
engineers as well as researchers in
related fields. It also means that the
topics we've chosen to feature in
these transactions align well with the
most pressing energy issues of our
day. Research that feeds real-world
outcomes fills our pages.
Although our achievements as
measured by these metrics are cause
for celebration, the missing metric-
perhaps the most powerful one-is
word of mouth. The success of both
transactions, I believe, is also due to
our global yet closely knit, gregarious
community of researchers and readers. When an author or group of
authors makes a splash in transactions, the resulting buzz is heard
around the world.
As the founding editor-in-chief of
IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, I'd
like to make a few points on how it
has evolved in recent years and on its
editorial process. Today, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid is a joint publication of multiple IEEE Societies,
including the IEEE Computational
Intelligence Society, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Control Systems Society,
IEEE Industry Applications Society,
IEEE Industrial Electronics Society,
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Power Electronics
Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society,
and IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Since we established this multisociety sponsorship, we have increased

interest while maintaining our fundamental focus. Although the move to
multisociety sponsorship and topics
initially was resisted by many in the
IEEE Power & Energy Society, I believe
the aforementioned high impact scores
reflect broad recognition that the smart
grid is indeed a cross-disciplinary topic
that reaches into many domains. Certainly, the journal's readership and
influence have grown as a result.
In short, energy supports everything, and our latest successes
underscore the interconnectedness
of electricity and most, if not all, the
pillars of modern society. The impact
and prestige scores I've cited also
reflect that our authors and editors
have focused on the most pertinent
topics of the day. Let's touch on a
handful of topics that have produced
these high-impact metrics.
Microgrids and the controls that
enable them, for instance, are delivering the flexibility, control, and efficiencies that aid reliability, resiliency,
and sustainability for parties at the
edge of the grid and for the grid itself.
Cyber and physical security, of
course, are major concerns in a post9/11 world. Data, data networks, and
data analysis enable these applications, so we've developed an ongoing
emphasis there as well.

The Editorial Process
A word on the IEEE Transactions on
Smart Grid editorial process may be
valuable to all involved. The editor-inchief provides the initial screening
for incoming papers submitted for
publication and, typically, filters the
papers for their relevance to the
smart grid. Relevant papers are then


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