[SIGCIS-Members] Write biographies for Annals

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Fri Aug 27 20:33:13 PDT 2010

Hello SIGCIS members,


Here's another invitation, following one I sent out about eighteen months
ago that has already lead to several interesting published biographies. The
flow has slowed rather recently, so it seemed time for another appeal.


I am writing to encourage you to submit material for the biographies
department of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
(www.computer.org/annals), which I've been editing since 2002. This can be a
great way of getting new research into print quickly.


You can read all the details at


But briefly: biographies should be carefully researched, add some new
information or perspectives, and be 2,000 to 3,000 words in length. Subjects
do not have to be dead, and in fact about half of our subjects are still


Researching a good biography is a lot of work, and so I encourage you to
think of making a biography an initial or additional publication as part of
a broader project. Having done the research on a particular story or
institution it is common to learn a lot about the lives of individuals, but
often this material is not fully used in the main book or article. You may
also find yourself ready to contribute a biography at a relatively early
state in the overall project.


Biographies can also be peer reviewed on request. (As departmental articles
the default is a speedier process where you work directly with me on
revisions). This might be particularly attractive to those of you getting
your publications counted for tenure or other review processes. Annals is
widely indexed, and available at pretty much all research universities via
the IEEE Digital Library. We're also told that the biographies are a
favorite feature of the publication with our loyal subscriber base.


Best wishes,


Tom Haigh


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