President’s Message

Society Successes

J. Max Cortner

Greetings! I have the honor to lead the Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS), a dynamic professional organization which provides important services to our members and our profession. Our publications Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement and the I&M Magazine are excellent sources of technical information about the state of the art in Instrumentation and Measurement (I&M).
Our transactions editorial team has worked hard for years to improve our review processes and, in turn, improve the quality of papers published. We have never focused on improving metrics as they are a result of quality. We are pleased to announce that according to the 2017 Journal
Citation Report, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (TIM) is the number 1 journal in the area of general I&M with an Impact Factor of 2.794. Its Impact Factor without Self-Cites of 2.201 and its 5-year Impact Factor of 2.711 are also the best among general I&M journals. Furthermore, TIM is the only general I&M journal in Quartile 1 (Q1) of the Instruments
and Instrumentation category. In addition, according to the 2017 Scopus report, TIM is the number 1 general I&M journal with a CiteScore of 3.47 and SJR of 0.938. In terms of timeliness, TIM’s average duration of submission-to-first-decision and submission-to-online-publication of 57 days and 26 weeks, respectively, are among the very best in all of IEEE’s journals. 

Because I&M engineers live on facts, I have included the full details of ratings in Table 1 [included in print magazine]. IEEE TIM is the flagship publication of the IMS and publishes papers that address innovative solutions to the development and use of electrical and electronic instruments and equipment to measure, monitor and/or record physical phenomena for the purpose of advancing measurement science, methods, functionality and applications. For more details, including submission instructions, please visit http://

The Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine focuses on technical yet broadly readable articles about hot topics of measurement research and unique applications of instrumentation. Our editorial staff has driven a planning cycle more than 18 months ahead to be able to plan themes, identify topics, select authors and review articles for relevance and quality. All of these efforts have increased the desirability of our magazine while making it available in electronic form has increased accessibility. The results are evident in a steady increase in the impact factor shown in Table 2 [included in the print magazine].

I personally enjoyed the recent issue focused on the socially important topic of STEM education, and I look forward to future issues on instrumentation for the IoT, automobiles, and the new standards system. The IMS website ( has a full list of future Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine themes under the publications tab. Please see that tab as well for details about how to submit an article. 

These results in publications are to the credit of a great leadership team. Our Editors in Chief Dr. Shervin Shirmohammadi and Dr. Wendy Van Moer are backed by an excellent team of Assistant Editors, Editorial Board members and reviewers. We share our best practices with the entire IEEE through the expert representation of Professor Reza Zoughi who was just re-elected to the Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB). As a past EIC of the TIM, Dr. Zoughi is in a large part responsible for our success. He is personally responsible for author education programs that make it easier to write a paper which can successfully navigate our rigorous review cycle. Such efforts were recognized as best practices by the IEEE Society Review Board.

To these and the dozens of others who make our publications a success, I send my thanks. As President of the IMS, I am indeed honored to lead an organization with the publishing reputation you have built!