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The advent of the widespread use of the Internet and theWorldWideWeb has changed the way research results are published, distributed, and accessed. These changes have necessarily altered our views on what constitutes prepublished content and, hence, ineligible to be valued as "novel" in a manuscript submitted for publication. In this editorial, we attempt to clarify and document our policy on this subject to authors (as well as to the editorial board) of IEEE Electron Device Letters (EDL). This document would be maintained in the Information for Authors (available at http://eds.ieee.org/ images/files/Publications/edl_info_for_authors.pdf) and updated as needed. We would like to underscore that the Letters is intended for rapid publication of important new results. A manuscript for EDL must be concise and precise, and most importantly, it must be newsworthy. We expect EDL submissions to be original works which are relevant and which significantly advance the state of the art. There is no room in EDL for papers which are extensions of prior publications. We request authors who wish to expand on or report incremental advancement beyond their prior journal or conference publications not to bring that work to EDL.