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Computing Reviews Releases Hot Topics

Tianjin, China Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - Today, at the Library and Online Resources Technologies Conference, Computing Reviews announced the release of a new section, Hot Topics. Hot Topics are review articles that focus on emergent areas of computer science. They are the first series of review articles to be updated on a regular basis.

Hot Topics are written by leading figures in the computer science community. Since they are published online and updated frequently, they reflect the rapid evolution of the computing field and keep pace with new developments after their initial publication. In addition, they include extensive resources, such as seminal articles, related web sites, conferences, and laboratories. These aspects make Hot Topics an excellent learning tool for students and allow professionals and academics to keep up with what is new and hot in the field.

"Because computer science is such a fast-moving field, there are very few review journals, and review articles are typically out of date before they are published," said Bruce Antelman, President of "Publishing Hot Topics on the web and updating them regularly means that they are more up to date than the typical review article. We think that in the future many review journals will also be updated, but right now we don't know of anyone else doing this."

According to Carol Hutchins, Computing Reviews' Editor-in-Chief, "The editorial team has enjoyed the challenge of putting together the framework behind Hot Topics. It extends the existing Computing Reviews in an alternate direction, and at the same time, seeks to offer our readers a bridge toward the leading edge of computing developments."

The first Hot Topic is on Overlay Networks and is written by David Andersen of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT.

Developed by and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Computing Reviews is an online resource for reviews of computing literature, and is available for subscription at With Computing Reviews readers can manage the large amounts of new material published and identify the best new journal articles and books. Reviewers are experts in their fields and provide an overview and timely commentary of the field.

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