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PC/TAC Publications Liaison Report Presented by Ashwani Gupta, University of Maryland, email@example.com Prepared by I-Shih Chang, The Aerospace Corporation, firstname.lastname@example.org Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL, Jan. 5, 2010 New Report (Updated on Dec. 31, 2009)
2 Outline Additional TC Inputs on Publication-Related Issues Background Additional TC Comments and Suggestions in 2009 General Observations
3 Additional TC Inputs on Publications - Background (1/3) An e-mail was sent to 70 TC Chairs on Dec. 3, 2009. Dear AIAA TC Chairs: I am the Publications Liaison for the Technical Activities Committee (TAC). Last January at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting I reported the publications-related issues, suggestions, and comments from 53 of the 71 TCs in the TAC. The report is attached. This year my goal is to complete the task carried over from last time. Please take a look of the report and provide me with any updated inputs on publications-related matter. If you do not have any inputs, just reply to this email with the message that you are satisfied with the AIAA Publications. I will talk with the Chairs of the 18 TCs who did not respond to my inquiry last year and again this year. Many Thanks. Respectfully, I-Shih
4 Another e-mail was sent to 11 TC Chairs on Dec. 23, 2009. Dear TC Chairs: Your TC is one of a few TCs, which has not responded to my email this year and last year. Please reply to my email and provide me with some inputs for the report to AIAA TAC and Publications Committee. I will be calling and talking with you, if no reply from you by next week. Merry Christmas! I-Shih Additional TC Inputs on Publications - Background (2/3)
5 15 TCs responded with additional short comments in 2009. 19 TCs responded with additional detailed comments in 2009. 33 TCs had already responded previously in 2008. 3 TCs did not reply to the survey in 2008 and again in 2009 after repeated effort to solicit their inputs. Balloon Systems Michael Smith email@example.com Legal Aspects Aero & AstroPamela Meredithplmspace@erols.com Plasmadynamics & LasersEric Jumper firstname.lastname@example.org Additional TC Inputs on Publications - Background (3/3)
6 15 TCs gave additional, short, positive comments.
General Observations There are 70 TCs in TAC in 2009. Technical Information TC is no longer in the TC list. 95.7% (= 67/70) of the TCs in TAC responded in 2008-2009. 3 TCs (BA, LAAA, PDL) did not reply to this survey in 2008 and again in 2009 after repeated effort to solicit their inputs. The goal of 100% TC participation is spoiled by these 3 TCs. Most TCs are satisfied with the AIAA publications. Hopefully, the Publications Committee will take some actions to respond to these TC comments and suggestions. 28
PC/TAC Publications Liaison Report I-Shih Chang, The Aerospace Corporation, email@example.com Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL, Jan. 8, 2009 Previous Report (Last Updated on Mar. 3, 2009)
30 Outline Summary from PC Meeting at 2009 ASM TC Inputs on Publications Background TCs Comments and Suggestions General Observations
31 Summary from PC Meeting at 2009 ASM TAC recommended 2 of the 5 newly-appointed PC members Prof. Claudio Bruno (Univ of Rome) and Butch Foster (Auburn Univ.) Dr. Peretz Friedmann (Univ. of Michigan) is appointed to be in charge of AIAA J. Major Projects: eBooks: 219 titles available for purchase (40 more to be converted) IAS & ARS archives complete -- first sale went to Texas A&M A new AIAA Journal of Systems Engineering is being considered.
32 TC Inputs on Publications -- Background (1/2) An e-mail was sent by Betty Guillie to all TCs on Nov. 19, 2008. Dear TC Chairs: The AIAA Publications Committee is in charge of books, journals, standards, and technical papers archives and will meet at 2009 ASM in Orlando, FL. I am pretty sure that you and your committee members have encountered some publications-related issues in the past. Please e-mail me a one-liner or a paragraph on any publications-related questions, suggestions, and comments. I will ensure that your message is heard at the AIAA Publications Committee Meeting. Thanks a lot. I-Shih Only Three TCs responded, and I-Shih Chang was furious!
33 Two more e-mails were sent to TCs on Dec. 3, 2008 and Jan. 28, 2009 Dear TC Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Publications Subcommittee Chairs: The AIAA Publications Committee is in charge of books, journals, standards, and technical papers archives and will meet at 2009 ASM in Orlando, FL. Although Publish or Perish is only true in academia, publication is still one of the important factors in measuring personal career achievements in industry and government agencies. As of today, few TCs replied to the previous e-mail on AIAA publications. As a TC leader, you volunteer to take some responsibility and obligation to make AIAA the best Institute to serve aerospace technical community. I recognized that responsibility and obligation when I was the Solid Rockets TC Chair. Please e-mail me a few sentences or a paragraph on any publications-related issues, suggestions, comments, and good/bad experience. If you do not have any thing to say about AIAA publications, you can just reply to this e-mail with two words No Comments. But please do not discard this e-mail without replying to it. The inputs from all TCs will be presented to VPs, Deputy VPs, Directors, Editors-in-Chief at the Technical Activities Committee and Publications Committee meetings in January 2009 and later distributed to all TC Chairs, Vice Chairs, and PS-Chairs. Thanks. I-Shih 53 TCs responded, and I-Shih Chang is happy now! TC Inputs on Publications -- Background (2/2)
29. Flight Testing (FT) TC FT TC PS-Chair, Terry Weber, Boeing, firstname.lastname@example.org The (email) title made it look like an offer from AIAA rather than a request to the TC's. May I suggest a subject line such as, "TC Input on AIAA Publications Requested" in the future. I get a lot of mail and sometimes skip over things. I did look over your charts though. The suggestion of peer reviews for conference papers is absurd. With the hoops that most industry and DoD folks have to jump through just to release a paper, to add a peer review would make it impossible to get papers. The idea of using the Wikipedia model for constant, online peer review has merit. Wikipedia is one of the most ruthlessly peer reviewed sources of information that exists.
30. Nuclear & Future Flight Propulsion (NFP) TC NFP TC Vice-Chair, Bryan Palaszewski, NASA GRC, email@example.com Our TC has published one book recently on Breakthrough Propulsion Physics (Millis et al.). Another book we are planning, related to advanced propulsion concepts, has been stalled on our end as the AIAA has requested more detailed additions (problem sets, etc.). This seems to be a frustration on my part. We are trying to disseminate technical data, and as the AIAA is a volunteer organization, we are usually buried in our normal work, and may not have the time to develop the added materials for a textbook. Perhaps we can loosen the requirements to make our books in the form of textbooks!
ACO TC Chair, Parimal Kopardekar, NASA ARC, firstname.lastname@example.org I think we need a journal that is focused on Air Traffic Management. We have a number of conferences but no journal where we publish peer-reviewed papers focused on ATM. Systems Engineering Journal sounds good too. 31. Aircraft Operations (ACO) TC
HIS TC Chair, Scott Eberhardt, Boeing, email@example.com The on-line availability of technical papers is a real bonus. I stopped getting hard copies of the technical journals when I realized I seldom had time to look at an issue before the next issue arrived. It is easier for me to research a topic by an on-line search. However, the one loss is that I don't get to skim papers that are tangent to my interests. I now rely on Aerospace America for an overview of other topics. The text book series is excellent. I am happy to see the series continually expand. As History TC chair, I really enjoy the books related to history and case-studies. I hope those titles continue to expand. I am hopeful that opportunities will expand for engineer/historians to publish in this venue where engineers can contribute their knowledge of the past. I also enjoyed the republication of Lillienthal's and Goddard's works. On the downside, the review process is a challenge, particularly in industry. Not only must we go through all the hoops within the company, but we must endure the lengthy peer review process. It is always refreshing to get a long, detailed review, even when it isn't as favorable as one would like. But, too often, due to busy schedules, a review is at best cursory. It's hard to blame the reviewer when frequently the paper comes out of the blue and time hasn't been set aside for it. Within the company, there are internal reviews that can be almost comical. Too many non-technical reviews are required for ITAR, EAR, IP, Copyright and branding issues. It's almost enough to lead one to just skip contributing a paper. 32. History (HIS) TC
MGT TC Vice-Chair, David Elrod, Aerospace Testing Alliance, firstname.lastname@example.org As a representative of the Management TC, I wanted to respond to your request for info on AIAA publications. For context purposes, the Mgt TC is not a heavy user of or contributor to AIAA publications overall. We do submit an article annually to Aerospace America and several of our members receive AIAA's Daily Launch email news bulletin. From a technical role, I have also used AIAA's technical publications and proceedings a fair amount over the years. I have been more than satisfied with each of these publications. 33. Management (MGT) TC
DE TC PS-Chair, E. Russ Althof, Raytheon Missile Systems, email@example.com Our TC prepares the AIAA Aerospace Design Engineers Guide, one of AIAA's top selling books. At least over the past 12-15 years, we have always received extremely effective support and cooperation from AIAA Publications in the preparation of a number of new editions of the Guide for publication. Without that help, we would be much less willing and able to contribute that considerable amount of work. 34. Design Engineering (DE) TC
SE TC PS-Chair, John Hsu, Boeing, firstname.lastname@example.org The Systems Engineering TC urgently requests to publish a new AIAA Journal of Systems Engineering based on the following reasons: 1.AIAA lacks a journal dedicated to the advancement of systems engineering supporting the aerospace and aviation applications. 2.The systems engineering papers presented in the AIAA conferences have no "home" journal to archive the quality papers. There are many papers remain unpublished. 3.Systems Engineering is very broad encompassing more than 40 subjects. 4.The systems engineering applications supporting all the technical areas covered by the existing AIAA journals. Therefore, a single Journal of Systems Engineering is needed. 5.The existing outside AIAA journals, such as, INCOSE and IEEE, are not able to handle the overwhelming number of qualified systems engineering papers especially applicable to aerospace and aviation areas. The details can be referred to the attached proposal (presented in PC meeting at 2008 ASM). 35. Systems Engineering (SE) TC
81 General Observations 74.6% (= 53/71) of the TCs in TAC responded. One TC chair (DATC) was annoyed by receiving emails twice. Most TCs are satisfied with the AIAA publications. Average time from paper submission to publications is still too long. Paper review process can be improved. IEEE PVSC paper submission system seems worth a look. Things go smoothly, if TCs have liaisons with journal editors. TCs can be used a valuable resource by the journal and book editors. 3 TCs (CPS, MVC, SOF) are not satisfied with JACIC. AIAA journals seem not having high impact factors in academia. Hopefully, the Pub. Committee will take some actions to respond to these TC comments and suggestions.