Over the past several years authors who have published in the Journal of Mechanical Design have recognized the recent work by their colleagues to such an extent that the journal impact factor jumped from 0.4 references in 2004 per paper published in 2002 and 2003, to over 1.2 references in 2005 per paper published in 2003 and 2004.

Probably, the easiest explanation for this jump is that in 2003, the Associate Editors of JMD made a commitment to complete the review process in less than six months per paper. Despite a near doubling of the submissions over the past three years, the average time to closure of the review process has approached four months per paper. Clearly, this timely review ensures that our authors are able to reference the most recent articles published in the journal.

Please thank all of our colleagues who serve as Associate Editors for this service to our research community. In particular, I would like to express my gratitude for the service of Professors Wei Chen, John Clarkson, and Clive Dym, who complete their terms as Associate Editors this October 2006. We have all benefited from their hard work and leadership on behalf of the journal.

I am honored to announce that we have four new Associate Editors, who have been reviewed and approved by both the Design Engineering Division Executive Committee and the ASME Publications Committee. They are:

  • 1

    John Gershenson, Design Theory and Methodology, Michigan Technological University

  • 2

    Jeffrey Herrmann, Design for Manufacturing, University of Maryland, College Park

  • 3

    Timothy Simpson, Design Automation, The Pennsylvania State University

  • 4

    Janet Allen, Design Theory and Methodology, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah

I look forward to excellent service by these new Associate Editors, who will continue beyond my term to serve the next Editor of the Journal of Mechanical Design.