President's Letter — June 2011
No summer slump for CSE--the various CSE committees and the Board are busy writing newsletter articles, following up on innovative ideas from the Annual Meeting in Baltimore, preparing for the 2012 meeting in Seattle, and planning major revisions of the White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications and of Scientific Style and Format, The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.
If you feel left out, just let me know. Becoming active in CSE is a great way to stay connected with the editing community, and it demonstrates commitment to your profession (not to mention, it adds value to a resume).
Here's what's happening:
Beginning in 2012, CSE will offer a certification program for publication managers, managing editors, and journal editors. The goal of the certification program is to increase educational opportunities that promote excellence in scientific reporting. Success in the program will require participation in various CSE short courses, annual meeting sessions, and webinars. Participants will earn a credential that can be used for seeking positions or promotions in the scientific publications field.
The program will complement, rather than compete with, the BELS program, which certifies editors who edit material published in journals, newsletters, textbooks, or reference books in scientific or related fields.
Do you have an interesting hypothesis about trends in editing or publishing? It’s not too early to start gathering your data and preparing to submit a poster in February 2012 for the CSE Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, May 18-21.
The science of publishing was well represented in the following posters from the 2011 CSE Annual Meeting:
Daniel G. Rosario, Cactus Communications Pvt. Ltd., Does having a non-English first language hinder competence in manuscript editing? (Winner of the Poster Prize)
Editorial Office Management and Systems
Addeane S. Caelleigh, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Biomedical journals’ standards and expectations for digital images
Conflicts of Interest
R. Michelle Sauer and Angela M. Beeler, UTHealth, Editorial preferences in trauma related publications
Jill Jackson and Parsh Mehta, American College of Physicians, Using the theory of constraints to improve the peer review time
If you have had the good fortune to meet any of CSE’s International Scholars at the annual meetings, you know how important it is to pay it forward. The scholars are working on shoestring budgets in developing countries where even electricity and running water can be in short order, not to mention scarce training and educational resources for editors, authors, and referees. By donating even a token amount to the scholarship fund, you can help bring a deserving editor to the Annual Meeting and open their eyes to the wealth of possibilities that surround them in the CSE community. Please click here for additional details and to donate online now.
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Posting on the CSE Facebook page is a great way to notify fellow members and the extended community of your accomplishments, awards, projects, papers published, promotions, and other career-related news. If you have news you'd like to share-please contact Bob Sumner, chair of the Social Networking Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Diane Sullenberger, CSE President