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Overview of IPSJ Digital Courier
- An Online English Journal by IPSJ -
Shunsuke UEMURA
Editor in Chief, IPSJ Digital Courier

What is IPSJ Digital Courier (IPSJ-DC)
IPSJ Digital Courier is a new online English journal by the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), first release being scheduled on January 2005. This journal is published in electronic journal form via J-STAGE, an electronic-journal portal developed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
The IPSJ Digital Courier carries English papers that have been submitted, peer-reviewed, and accepted for the IPSJ Journal and IPSJ Transactions. English papers accepted for the IPSJ Journal will appear in the IPSJ Digital Courier before appearing in paper form. Though all articles included in the IPSJ Digital Courier will also appear in paper form, their appearance in an online journal will give them worldwide exposure from J-STAGE pages on the Web. By bringing IPSJ English papers to the attention of overseas researchers in this way, the IPSJ Digital Courier is expected to generate more research exchanges and citations. We invite your contributions of English papers to IPSJ Journal and IPSJ Transactions.
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J-STAGE
J-STAGE (Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic) is a science and technology electronic-journal portal site operated by JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency). The J-STAGE system and services enable PDF files of IPSJ English papers to be carried in the pages of the IPSJ Digital Courier on the J-STAGE portal in cooperation with printing companies. This enables researchers to access these English papers from anywhere in the world via the Web.
You may access the IPSJ Digital Courier pages from this IPSJ Web page or directly from the following URL.
http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/ipsjdc
For the time being, IPSJ Digital Courier will be provided at no charge. In the near future, there may be some limitations such as restricting paper access to registered members only.
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Editorial policy
IPSJ-DC carries English papers accepted for inclusion in the IPSJ Journal and IPSJ Transactions. English papers accepted for the IPSJ Journal appear in IPSJ-DC before appearing in paper journal form. Those accepted for the IPSJ Transactions appear in IPSJ-DC after publication of paper journals.
Rules for the contribution and reviewing process of papers to the IPSJ Journal and IPSJ Transactions remain unchanged. Only peer reviewed technical papers will be accepted.
Excerpt fees and the like are also unchanged. There is no charge for carrying a paper in IPSJ-DC.
To submit a paper to the IPSJ Journal, please refer to the following URL.
http://www.ipsj.or.jp/english/editt/ronbun_toukou_e.html
or http://www.ipsj.or.jp/08editt/journal/index.html (in Japanese)
To submit a paper to the IPSJ transactions, please refer to the following URL.
http://www.ipsj.or.jp/09sig/transaction/transaction.html
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Editorial Board

The editorial board for the IPSJ Digital Courier is organized by the representatives of the IPSJ Journals and Transactions. The editorial board for 2005 is as follows.

IPSJ Digital Courier Editorial Board as of January 2005

Editor in Chief: Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University)1,11
Associate Editor in Chief: Keiji Hirata (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)2
Editors :
  Sadao Kurohashi (University of Tokyo)3
  Hiroshi Sekigawa (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)4
  Keiichi Yasumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)5
  Hiroshi Hosobe (National Institute of Informatics)6
  Takashi Miyata (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)7
  Ryutaro Ichise (National Institute of Informatics)8
  Masatoshi Terada (Hitachi Ltd.)9
  Tomoyuki Yashiro (Chiba Institute of Technology)10
  Mirang Park (Mitsubishi Electric Co.)10
  Tsuneo Ajisaka (Wakayama University)12
  Hiroshi Ishikawa (Tokyo Metropolitan University)13
  Yoshio Nakao (Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.)13
  Haruo Yokota (Tokyo Institute of Technology) 13
  Naokazu Yokoya (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)14
  Yutaka Ishikawa (University of Tokyo)15
  Kazuki Joe (Nara Women's University)16
  Masahiro Yasugi (Kyoto University)17

  1: Chair, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  2: Associate chair, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  3: Editor in Chief, Theory area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  4: Associate Editor in Chief, Theory area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  5: Editor in Chief, Basic technology area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  6: Associate Editor in Chief, Basic technology area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  7: Editor in Chief, Applications area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  8: Associate Editor in Chief, Applications area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  9: Editor in Chief, Network area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  10: Associate Editor in Chief, Network area, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  11: Editor in Chief, Special issues, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  12: Associate Editor in Chief, Special issues, Editorial committee, IPSJ Journal
  13: Editor in Chief, IPSJ Transactions on Databases
  14: Editor in Chief, IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Image Media
  15: Editor in Chief, IPSJ Transactions on Advanced Computing Systems
  16: Editor in Chief, IPSJ Transactions on Mathematical Modeling and Its Applications
  17: Editor in Chief, IPSJ Transactions on Programming

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Historical back ground
Information Processing Society of Japan has recognized the importance of English papers since its founding in 1960. Beginning with the publication of a society bulletin in the same year, the history of IPSJ has always been intertwined with an English journal.
1960- Present: Publication of IPSJ Magazine (Joho Shori), IPSJ's first publication. This year (2004) marks Volume 45 of IPSJ Magazine, a part of which separated in 1979 to become the IPSJ Journal.
1961-1977: Publication of Information Processing in Japan, an annual English journal carrying translations of selected papers from IPSJ Magazine. This publication can be accessed from the Digital Library section on IPSJ Web site.
1978- 1992: Publication of Journal of Information Processing (JIP). This quarterly English journal carried original technical papers only. This publication can likewise be accessed from the Digital Library section on IPSJ Web site.
1979- Present: The IPSJ Magazine separates into a publication of the same name and the IPSJ Journal as the IPSJ's core technical journal. The IPSJ Journal comes to include both Japanese and English papers after discontinuance of JIP.
1998- Present: Publication of IPSJ Transactions edited by various SIGs (Special Interest Groups, or Kenkyuukai). As of 2004, five types of transactions are being published. Contents include both Japanese and English papers.
2005- : IPSJ Digital Courier scheduled for publication (weekly).
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Issues
It might be thought that publishing an English journal represents a move toward "everything in English." Of course, science and technology can establish a strong foundation in a country if presented in that country's language and cultural background since it can then blend more easily with local culture. Yet the exchange of information on cutting-edge science and technology has come to use English as an official language. Reporting the research of results in anything other than an English paper makes it all the more difficult to have those results evaluated from an international perspective.
Though some may think that an English paper can be just as easily disseminated by inclusion in an overseas publication, IPSJ strongly feels that Japan should have its own means of releasing its scientific and technical findings to the world. As a flagship society at the forefront of information science and technology in Japan, IPSJ would like to be a core player in presenting the results of Japanese research to an international audience.
Up to now, every issue of IPSJ Journal or IPSJ Transactions has included some English papers. On the whole, however, it has been clear that English papers appearing in Japanese journals cannot survive. The need has consequently been felt for an independent journal of English papers that might also help promote the submission of more journal papers in English.
At the same time, the transformation of current IPSJ journals into a completely English journal is not a reasonable approach at this time. There is still a clear demand for the submission and running of Japanese papers in journals as well as for reading and learning from them. In short, IPSJ journals that carry Japanese papers still have a reason to exist.
The new scheme proposed here of configuring an electronic journal with only English papers accepted in IPSJ journals accommodates the above conflicting needs. Surprisingly, there are few examples in Japan of such an approach, and IPSJ is intent on making a success of it.
We invite your contributions
of English papers to IPSJ Journal and IPSJ Transactions.
(January 12, 2005)
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