XRDS (magazine)

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students
EditorGierad Laput and Diane Golay
CategoriesComputer science
Circulation~20,000 (online access)
~10,000 (printed version)
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
First issueFall 1994
Based inNew York City

XRDS, formerly Crossroads, is the flagship academic magazine for student members of the Association for Computing Machinery (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

# 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 2013
9 Inbal Talgam and Sean Follmer 2013 2015
10 Jennifer Jacobs and Okke Schrijvers 2015 2017
11 Gierad Laput and Diane Golay 2017 Present

List of editors (past and current)

1 Department Editors
# Marinka Zitnik, Finn Kuusisto, Jay Patel, Adrian Scoica, Apoorvaa Singh, Somdip Dey, Abhishek Bhattacharya, Rohit Goyal, Ashok Rao, Claudia Schulz, Poornima Ks, Oana Niculaescu

[Alumni:] Vaggelis Giannikas, Arka Bhattacharya, Bryan Knowles, 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, Ophir Friedler
3 Digital Content Editors
# Pedro Lopes
4 Web Editors
# Shelby Solomon Darnell
5 Managing Editors
# Ronald B. Krisko (06/1994-10/1996)
6 Editor for Reviews
# Sarah Kahl (2001-2002)


The magazine was originally titled Crossroads, but in May 2010, it was given a makeover led by then editor-in-chief Chris Harrison 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 inaugurated 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.


  • XRDS staff (2010). "Information about XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  • XRDS editorial staff (2010b). "XRDS Author Guidelines". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  • XRDS editorial staff (2010c). "XRDS: Magazine Archives". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  • XRDS editorial staff (2014b). "XRDS: About Us". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2014-05-25.

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