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In an editorial of the IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development (TAMD) (Vol. 4, No. 3), the author noted the progress made in establishing the IEEE TAMD Outstanding Paper Award to recognize annually outstanding papers published in the TRANSACTIONS. He is pleased to report that the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) has approved the motion and that the IEEE TAMD Outstanding Paper Award will be formally established in 2013. This is the first year the Award will be bestowed. For the current round of competition, any paper published in 2011 (Volume 3) is eligible for consideration. The prize includes a US$1000 honorarium, to be split equally among coauthors, and certificates to the author and coauthors of the selected paper. Please note, no self-nomination is allowed. On another topic, IEEE TAMD is a hybrid transactions allowing either traditional publications or author-pay Open Access (OA) publications. The OA option, if selected, enables unrestricted public access to the article via IEEE Xplore. The OA option will be offered to the author at the time the manuscript is submitted. If selected, the OA fee must be paid before the article is published in the TRANSACTIONS. IEEE currently offers the discounted rate of US$1750 per article. The traditional option, if selected, enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. For the traditional option, no OA payment is required. The IEEE peer review standard of excellence is applied consistently to all submissions. All accepted articles will be included in the print issuemailed to subscribers.