JSSC 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary of the Journal

This paper appears in: IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Issue Date: Nov. 2016, Written by: Jan Craninckx, Editor in Chief 

JSSC50thThe flagship journal of our community, the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), also known as the “red rag” by many, has reached half a century of age. For those who don’t believe this, you can look up the old issues on IEEE Xplore; it is a quite fun thing to do, especially for those of us who were not yet born in 1966.

The JSSC was initially established to complement the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, to publish complete texts of a substantial group of papers from the conference. The September 1966 foreword of the first issue was given by James Meindl, Technical Program Chairman of the Conference. This happened in an era where the conference, as well as the industry, had moved from transistor circuits to integrated circuits, and where circuit designers encountered the need to consider the uniquely interdependent material, device, circuit, and system considerations of large-scale integration.

This was the start of an astonishing list of innovations and inventions presented in the Journal. The JSSC has always been at the forefront of achievements in our technical field. It is the premier publication in the area of integrated circuit design. It has always been the forum where researchers have taken much pride in presenting their innovations, their advancements in state of the art, the best circuits and architectures, and more. By all metrics, the JSSC is consistently one of the very top publications of the whole IEEE community.

That in itself is an incredible achievement. Looking at what else has happened in the past 50 years, it is obvious that not many institutions manage to stay alive for half a century in the fast-moving field of solid-state electronics. But no one ever doubts the appearance every month of the next issue of the red journal. It is the steady beacon in our technical life. There are always new things to learn from, and new solutions to find when encountering problems in our design projects. Many of us also publish our own innovative work for our peers and the community, to help further advance the state of the art.

Such an achievement is not possible without the endless efforts of many volunteers and staff, who have each given their own contributions to ensure that the high quality of the JSSC is maintained every month without fail. First of all, we must recognize the contributions of the authors, who submit their ground-breaking work to the Journal. Second, and crucial for the Journal’s quality standard, are the anonymous reviewers, who often spend a lot of time scrutinizing submitted manuscripts, identifying key points that must be further elaborated, and comparing with previously published work. This careful review process ensures that every paper that is published in the Journal is worth reading.

Over the years, many Editors, Associate Editors, and Guest Editors have also spent their time and expertise to guide the paper review process. They are the firewall between the authors and the reviewers, and they work diligently with the authors throughout the publication process and uphold the high standards of the Journal.

A dedicated IEEE staff and many people in the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society are also continuously working to keep the JSSC on schedule, and maintain very high editorial standards.

As a community, we can be very proud of all the achievements over the past 50 years. We have gone from 10-Formula to 10-nm line width and from megahertz to gigahertz clock rates. We have gone from a thousand transistors to a billion transistors on an IC and from a room-sized computer to a pocket-sized computer. I will not try to predict what will happen in the next 50 years here; instead I just want to invite you to see it all happen in real time by reading the next issues of the Journal.

Long live the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits!