Distributed Systems Engineering Journal (DSEJ)

A journal on all aspects of the architecture, realisation and management of distributed computing systems, for practising engineers and researchers in the field.

Co-published by:
The Institution of Electrical Engineers,
Institute of Physics Publishing,
The British Computer Society

Honorary Editors:

David Hutchison
Lancaster University, Department of Computing,
Engineering Building, Lancaster LA1 4YR, UK.
Tel: +44 1524 593 798 Fax: +44 1524 381 707

Rafael Alonso
David Sarnoff Research Center
CN 5300
Princeton, NJ 08543-5300, USA
Phone: + 1 609 734 2172 Fax: +1 609 734 2662
Email: ralonso@peanut.sarnoff.com

Morris Sloman
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine,
Department of Computing, 180 Queen's Gate,
London SW7 2BZ, UK.
Tel: +44 171 594 8237 Fax: +44 171 581 8024
Email: mss@doc.ic.ac.uk

Editorial Board Includes:

Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
Brian Carpenter, CERN, Switzerland
Christopher Cooper, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
Flaviu Cristian, University of California at San Diego, USA
Michel Gien, Chorus Systems, France
Fred Halsall, University College Swansea, UK
Peter Harrison, Imperial College, UK
Rodger Lea, Sony, Japan
Ian Leslie, University of Cambridge, UK
Peter Linington, University of Kent, UK
Andrew Lister, University of Queensland, Australia
Krithi Ramamritham, University of Massachusetts, USA
Amit Sheth, University of Georgia, USA
Santosh Shrivastava, University of Newcastle, UK
James Stamos, Oracle Corporation, USA
Ralf Steinmetz, University of Darmstadt, Germany
Joseph Sventek, Hewlett-Packard Company, USA
Mario Tokoro, Keio University/Sony CSL, Japan
Ian Wilson, Olivetti Research Laboratory, UK


The area of interest of this journal centres on the integration of processing, storage and communication subsystems within a distributed or networked system. The emphasis will be on distributed rather than parallel processing and on practical engineering papers rather than theoretical approaches. We particularly welcome papers from industry and those which are based on implementation experience.

Distributed Processing

Architecture; distributed operating systems and environments; standards and open distributed processing (ODP); configuration and management of distributed systems; language support; algorithms and protocols

Computer Networks

Local, metropolitan and wide area networks; network architectures and protocols; network management; communications and network standards; open networking and open systems interconnection (OSI); multiservice networks

Storage and Databases

Data modelling; distributed data bases; distributed transaction processing; information retrieval and transformation; object stores; information and file servers; hypermedia systems

Information Systems & Applications

Distributed multimedia systems; advanced home, business and industrial systems; computer support for cooperative work; distributed programming support environments; user interface design

These four main areas would be linked by consideration of system dependability, fault tolerance, security, performance engineering, timeliness or other architectural issues.

Submission Address

Submit five copies of papers for consideration to:

The Executive Editor
Distributed Systems Engineering
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
Michael Faraday House
Six Hills Way
Herts. SG1 2AY, UK
Phone: +44 1438 313311 Fax: +44 1438 742 840
Email: ieeproc@dm.rs.ch

If you need further details on the scope of the journal and other editorial matters, contact the Honorary Editors.

Brief Guide for Authors

Contributions will be considered for publication in Distributed Systems Engineering Journal if they have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. They must be in English and should typically be 5000-6000 words in length.

The title page must include:

  1. name(s) of author(s)
  2. adress(es) of establishment(s) where work was carried out;
  3. short title of not more than 50 characters.
  4. abstract of not more than 200 words.

Details of format for final submission will be provided for accepted papers. Authors who require more detail on presentation and style should consult the booklet Notes for Authors, obtainable free of charge from IOP Publishing at the address below or from the IEE.

Acceptance of papers for publication is subject to a peer review procedur and may be conditional on revisions being made in the light of comments from referees. However authors are solely responsible for the accuracy of statements in a paper

There are no page charges, and 50 offprints of each article published will be supplied free of charge to the principal author.

Colour reproduction of illustrations is available but authors or their institutions are asked to pay the additional costs incurred over and above normal black on white reproduction. Authors requiring further advice are invited to contact: the Production Manager, IOP Publishing Ltd, at the address below.

Articles Submitted in Electronic Format

Final versions of articles can be submitted in Electronic format on IBM PC compatible or Macintosh Discs. The publishers can accept TEX source code. Authors who intend to submit final version in electronic format should still provide hard-copy versions for refereeing as normal.

For more details and specific guidelines on the preparation of articles in electronic format, see IOP Publishing or contact:

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Email: dse@ioppublishing.co.uk

Subscription Information

The Journal is published quarterly. The subscription rates for 1996 are as follows:

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