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Policy For Inviting PODS Papers to TODS

Approved August 14, 2002
Amended October 22, 2003
Agreement between PODS and TODS Amended March 14, 2012

  1. Every year, the PODS PC Chair nominates at most four papers from the PODS conference to be invited to TODS.
  2. Taking into account that the PODS PC chair will also propose a set of papers for publication in JACM, the PODS PC chair, the JACM Editor-in-Chief and the TODS Editor-in-Chief will cooperate to come up with the final decision on which papers get invited to which journal.

    Roughly speaking, two criteria will be used to make the decision.

    1. Papers in JACM are intended to be of broad general appeal and papers in TODS are intended primarily for a database audience.
    2. The more theoretical papers are more appropriate for JACM and the more systems-oriented papers are appropriate for TODS.

    The first criterion will be given more weight than the second. A minimum of 0 and a maximum of 4 papers will be selected for invitation.

  3. As far as sharing information about reviewers and reviews of the papers to be invited to TODS, for each proposed paper, the PODS PC chair will recommend 3-4 reviewers from the PODS Program Committee. The PODS PC chair will also write a note to the TODS Editor-in-Chief summarizing the reviews of each proposed paper without revealing the reviewers' names.
  4. TODS EiCs will then invite submission of extended versions of the selected papers. The invitation will be co-signed by the PODS PC chair, and will state that the papers were selected in consultation with the PC chair. Note that TODS requires at least 30% new material. The new material should be content material, not just the addition of obvious proofs or a few more straightforward performance figures. (See the relevant TODS guidelines for authors).
  5. These submissions will be reviewed in the normal manner, but reviewers will be told that the submission was invited upon the recommendation of the PODS PC chair and TODS Editor-in-Chief, and single-blind reviewing will be used. Acceptance is not guaranteed. The review will be handled by a TODS editor. The editor handling the paper will be responsible for choosing the reviewers; however, it is expected that at least two of the reviewers invited to review the paper will be chosen from the reviewers recommended by PODS PC Chair for the invited paper.
  6. There will be an accelerated review and resubmission schedule with the goal of having the papers appear together not too distant from the original conference.

    For TODS a sample schedule is given below.

    June 22 PODS Program Chair forwards nominated papers to TODS EiC, immediately after the conference
    June 29 TODS EiC invites submissions, due October 1
    October 1 Receive submission
    February First review completed, taking four months
    May Second submission, within three months of receiving the review
    August Second review completed, taking three months
    September Final revision, within a month of the review
    December Paper appears, with a production of three months

    This is a very tight schedule. Any paper not meeting this schedule can appear in a subsequent issue. For TODS it is expected that the December issue (issue #4) will be a joint Invited Papers special issue including papers invited from PODS, SIGMOD, ICDT, and EDBT.

    At some point ACM will adopt a completely online publication process, in which papers can be "published" (i.e., put on the DL) as they are accepted. This will allow the schedule to be relaxed. We expect that all the papers in the issue will be in one virtual volume.

  7. The special issue (or special section of this issue) can include a short foreword perhaps jointly authored by the PC chairs of the conferences from which the papers are invited to TODS.
  8. A paper rejected from one journal may be considered for the other journal (TODS or JACM) only if the author, the PODS PC chair, and both area editors agree. Generally this will be done only if the technical quality was not questioned and if the main reason for rejection was that the paper was in some way inappropriate for the original journal.
  9. Conflicts of interest will be handled as usual -- if an area editor has a conflict with an invited paper, then the paper will be handled by the editor-in-chief or by another editor designated by the EiC.
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