Changing of the Guard
Journal of Electronic Imaging (JEI)
In January 2000, Reiner Eschbach, who was the IS&T vice president for publications at the time, invited me to join him for a drink in the bar at Il Fornaio in the Hyatt St. Claire in San Jose, California. I should have known better than to accept his invitation. We were both attending the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Symposium, an annual ritual in which I always take great pleasure. Reiner asked me if I would be willing to serve as editor of the Journal of Electronic Imaging. He said "You only
... ave to do it for a few years." Naturally, I agreed. I started my term in January 2001. Here is it almost 10 years later, and it is time to say goodbye. Why, you may ask, am I stepping down after exactly 10 years in this position? When I first accepted the editorship, there was an initial term of three years. After that time, the appointment was renewed on an annual basis by both IS&T and SPIE, the two organizations that jointly publish JEI. However, in 2008, the SPIE Board of Directors wisely decided to establish 10-year term limits for all their journal editors, and the IS&T Board concurred. Of course, this was a very good idea. It is always good to bring in someone new with a fresh perspective, heightened energy, and new ideas. It also provided me with a graceful way to step down. So what happened in the 10 years that I have been editor? At the end of 2010, we will have published 40 issues that comprise more than 800 papers and more than 8,700 pages. If one were to line up the print versions of all these issues on their bookshelf, it would take over 14 inches of horizontal space. Maybe some of you have this nicely organized collection on your bookshelf. More on that later. Unfortunately, my office is too chaotic to allow something like this.