The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science (TDS) journal is coming to an end.  ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) have jointly set up an EiC search committee to identify a team of 2-3 EiCs that span the statistical and computational elements of data science to reflect the expanded scope of the journal.  TDS was established in 2018 and has been consistently growing, with over 250 submissions since launch. The acceptance rate in the last 12 months has been 25%.

Journal Scope

The scope of ACM/IMS Transactions on Data Science includes cross-disciplinary innovative research ideas and results from all disciplines that comprise data science, such as statistics, mathematics, and computer science.  Papers that address challenges ranging from data analytics and machine learning to data quality and data storage/retrieval, while ensuring privacy, fairness, transparency, and provision of social benefit, fall within the scope of the journal.


Nominations are invited for a three-year term as TDS EiC, beginning on November 1, 2020. The EiC appointment may be renewed at most once. This is a voluntary position, for which ACM and IMS  provide the necessary administrative support.  Self-nominations are encouraged and should include a statement of the candidate’s vision for the future development of TDS. Other nominations should include a short CV of the nominee along with a brief statement as to why the nominee should be considered; the committee will reach out to the nominated candidate to seek permission to proceed and to request a vision for the future development of TDS.  Rather than appointing the EICs individually, the Committee will work to identify a team with representation from the computer science, statistics, and machine learning communities that has a shared vision of the journal and works well together. As the journal is looking for 2-3 EiCs, team nominations are especially encouraged.  


The deadline for submitting nominations is August 31, 2020.  However, nominations will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.


The TDS EiCs will have full responsibility for the editorial management of the journal consistent with the journal’s charter and general ACM and IMS policies. The EiCs are relied on to ensure that the content of the journal is of high quality and that the editorial review process is both timely and fair. They have the final say on acceptance of papers, size of the Editorial Board, and appointment of Associate Editors. A complete list of responsibilities is found in the ACM Volunteer Editors Position Descriptions. Additional information can be found in the following documents:



Please send all nominations to the EiC search committee chair, Divesh Srivastava ( The search committee members are:


  • Yannis Ioannidis (ATHENA RIC and University of Athens, Greece)
  • Liza Levina (University of Michigan, USA)
  • David Madigan (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Marina Meila (University of Washington, USA)
  • Nuria Oliver (ELLIS and Data-Pop Alliance, Spain and USA)
  • Divesh Srivastava (AT&T, USA), Chair