I am delighted to be writing this piece as the new Editor- in-Chief of Interacting with Computers. My very first job is to thank my predecessor, Dianne Murray, for her leadership of the journal over the past years and for her efforts in making it one of the leading archival publications in our field. It is because of her that I inherit a strong set of authors past and present, a wide and competent reviewer base and a broad editorial board.
Under my stewardship, I plan for Interacting with Computers to continue to publish leading, influential and informative work, drawing from the wide range of disciplines and interests that are the foundation of our discipline, and I aim to continue its principles of diversity, innovation and quality.
However, I do plan to make some changes to help continue the journal's improvement. We will focus even more on increasing the scientific quality of the work reported in the journal, whether quantitative or qualitative, and in ensuring interesting, novel and important work gets published in as timely manner as is possible given the constraints of a rigorous refereeing procedure. We have introduced some behind- the-scenes changes to workflow already to make the reviewing process more efficient. We will be taking a more open approach to Special Issues, inviting submissions from the community and choosing, as a board, those which we wish to pursue; in some cases, as a board we will commission Special Issues on compelling topics.
If you are an author, I will try to ensure that Interacting with Computers works with you to referee your paper rapidly, fairly and constructively, returning reviews in a timely manner, and providing highly accessible, findable online access as well as paper publication of accepted manuscripts for wide dissemination. We are developing a stronger social media strategy to notify the community of the publication of papers, and reviewing the indexing and online presentation of your work to ensure it is easily found by search engines and indexing services. We support Open Access if you wish to take advantage of that route. We are also evaluating the opportunities for hosting research datasets to allow sharing of resources and testing of results for reproducibility or alternative or meta-analysis, and new cross-media formats for submissions, of which more in a subsequent editorial.
As a reviewer, we will endeavour to better match your interests with those of the papers you are asked to review, and I am looking at ways to give visibility and citeable output to especially effective reviews, so that you are rewarded for the efforts that underpin the quality checking of your colleagues' academic work. As a reader, you will get high-quality, interesting, diverse papers, with, I hope, the opportunities to engage with the material in new and diverse ways.
Some of the processes required to make these changes are minor, some will take time and some may fail—but the vision of producing a responsive, high-quality, research-community focused journal will remain. I would encourage you to engage in shaping the journal, and I welcome suggestions, ideas, criticism and comment: please email email@example.com to have your say.