XRDS (magazine)

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XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students
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Editor Peter Kinnaird and Inbal Talgam
Categories Computer Science
Frequency Quarterly
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
First issue Fall 1994
Language English
Website http://xrds.acm.org/
ISSN 1528-4972

XRDS, formerly Crossroads, is the flagship academic magazine for student members of the Association for Computing Machinery or ACM. Issues focus on computer science topics and are published quarterly in both print and electronic forms. The magazine is distributed to tens of thousands of students worldwide. The full text of every issue is available online to ACM members through the ACM Digital Library, with many articles selected by the editorial staff open to the general public. The first edition was published in 1994(ACM 2010) and was ACM's first electronically produced publication, originally being distributed in HTML. It is run by a group of volunteer students and supported by staff at ACM headquarters in New York City. XRDS employs a mixed invited and unsolicited submissions model, which are refereed by a staff of permanent editors.(ACM 2010b). Issues exist for every quarter since Fall 1994, with a few extra, mid-Summer, issues (ACM 2010c).

List of editors-in-chief[edit]

# Editor-In-Chief Start of term End of term
1 Saveen Reddy 1994 1994
2 Lorrie Faith Cranor 1994 1996
3 John Cavanos 1996 1998
4 Lynellen D. S. Perry 1998 2001
5 Bill Stevenson 2001 2005
6 Jerry Guo 2006 2009
7 Chris Harrison 2009 2012
8 Peter Kinnaird and Inbal Talgam 2012 2014
9 Inbal Talgam and Sean Follmer 2014 Present

List of editors (Past and Current)[edit]

1 Department Editors
# Vaggelis Giannikas, Marinka Zitnik, Finn Kuusisto, Arka Bhattacharya, Adrian Scoica, Bryan Knowles, Apoorvaa Singh, Somdip Dey, Derek Bronish, James Stanier, Rob Simmons, Dr. Anirban Basu, Ben Deverett, Daniel Gooch, Debarka Sengupta, Jeffrey Tzu Kwan Valino Koh, Shawn Freeman, Luigi De Russis, John Kloosterman
2 Feature Editors
# Erin Carson, Ryan Kelly, Michael Zuba, Richard Gomer, Billy Rathje, Hanieh Moshki, Virginie Lerays, Malay Bhattacharyya, Jed Brubaker, Hannah Pileggi
3 Digital Content Editors
# Pedro Lopes
4 Web Editors
# Shelby Solomon Darnell

Relaunch[edit]

The magazine was originally titled Crossroads, but in May 2010, it was given a makeover and the title was replaced by the pseudo-acronym "XRDS". Prior to the relaunch, the format of the magazine was similar to that of its cousin for ACM professional members, the Communications of the ACM, where articles are summaries of interesting research papers. With the Summer 2010 issue of XRDS, ACM inaugurates a completely revamped edition of the magazine. Targeted to both graduate and undergraduate students contemplating computing careers, the newly redesigned XRDS offers breaking news and information, practical career advice, and first-hand stories and profiles of people on the front lines of the burgeoning computing field.

The new magazine and its website http://xrds.acm.org reflect the real voices of today’s students, and will create a hub of interaction and communication for them to access.

XRDS has been designed as an easy-access resource for students who are focused on their futures. Readers now have a convenient channel to find valuable content not only on their field of study but on the student experience as well. With the magazines’ new website, students now have a central place where they can share their ideas and experiences through interactive features and by submitting articles for publication.

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