Dear PODC/DISC+ community,
TheoretiCS is meant to become a diamond open-access journal for publishing high-quality papers in all of theoretical computer science. The project started in 2019 and has undergone a long gestation. It has involved an unprecedented level of cooperation
of representatives of leading conferences from across the entire Theoretical Computer Science community.
From the start, the effort was to have a thorough discussion with a wide representation of the community, on how to best implement the guiding principles of the project. It was deemed essential
to make sure that all fields of Theoretical Computer Science would feel at home in this journal, and that it would be recognized as a valid venue for publication all over the world. This resulted in the creation of an Advisory Board, composed of representatives
of most of the main conferences in the field (currently APPROX, CCC, COLT, CONCUR, CSL, FOCS, FoSSaCS, FSCD, FSTTCS, ICALP, ICDT, ITCS, LICS, MFCS,
PODC, SoCG, SODA, STACS, STOC, TCC) and of so-called members-at-large.
The Steering Committee of PODC has nominated
Jennifer Welch as its representative in the Advisory Board of TheoretiCS.
The inaugural Editors-in-Chief are Javier Esparza and Uri Zwick. A complete list of the editorial board members can be found at the journal website. The journal is endorsed by Noga Alon , Shafi
Goldwasser, Donald E. Knuth, Robert E. Tarjan, Leslie Valiant, Moshe Y. Vardi,
and Andrew C.-C. Yao. The journal is published by the TheoretiCS Foundation (a non-profit foundation established for this purpose under German law), and hosted using the episciences.org platform
in the spirit of an overlay journal.
The Advisory Board, along with the Editors-in-Chief and the Managing Editors, have designed a 2-phase peer-reviewing process. In the first phase, the Editorial Board, possibly after seeking the
opinion of external experts, decides whether or not a submission qualifies for a thorough review. The main criteria are the significance and lasting value of the results, the belief that the exposition is of high quality or will be after revision, and the
availability of expert reviewers. TheoretiCS strives to conclude this phase and notify the authors about its result within three months. In the second phase, reviewers check the validity and make suggestions to achieve a presentation of high quality. Submissions
that qualify for the second phase are expected to eventually be published, usually in revised form, unless significant issues are detected or the desired quality of exposition is not achieved.
For any further inquiry, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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