President's Letter — October 2011
Do you read Science Editor? How would you rate its usefulness to your profession? To determine the answers to these and other issues regarding the communication and publication needs of CSE members, the Board has decided to temporarily suspend publication of Science Editor, and a task force chaired by Kenneth Heideman will survey the membership and the industry to determine what information CSE members need, in what format, and with what frequency. After the upcoming July–September 2011 issue we plan to publish some additional content online-only this year, then we will go on a brief publishing hiatus. Look for a revitalized Science Editor to re-launch sometime in 2012!
The Board extends its sincere thanks to those who have volunteered their time and expertise to Science Editor during the last year: Rebecca Benner, Stacy Christiansen, Dana Compton, Stephanie Deming, Norman Grossblatt, Kenneth Heideman, Mary Knatterud, Teresa Melcher, Leslie Neistadt, Kristi Overgaard, Antonija Paic, Susan Shirley, Caroline Simpson, Winfield Swanson, Roxanne Young; and to the countless other authors, editors, and reviewers for their important and valued contributions.
Should Science Editor continue publishing in print? Should it contain more peer-reviewed research? Should it contain more invited feature articles? Was the Science Editor Blog useful? What industry publications do you find most useful?
If you have comments for the task force, please email CSE@CouncilScienceEditors.org. We are excited about the opportunity to put a comprehensive strategy into place to meet the needs of CSE members.
Here's what's happening:
The publication of research articles involving animal studies is central to many disciplines in science and biomedicine, and should include specific information to enable the interpretation, evaluation, and reproducibility of the reported study. Considerable variation in the amount of information required by scientific publications and reported by authors undermines this basic scientific principle; insufficient information does not facilitate systematic reviews of animal studies and may result in the unnecessary use of animals, funding, and other resources in failed efforts to reproduce study results.
The National Research Council’s Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) has issued a report titled Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications, which includes explanations, examples, and references for the effective reporting of animal research, including aspects of animal care and use that can affect research outcomes.
Last year the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) published the EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles¸ which are freely available on the EASE Web site. The document has been updated recently and EASE plans to review it annually. EASE Guidelines have been translated into 15 languages. The list of references and further reading includes editorial guidelines, handbooks, and Web sites providing useful information on scientific writing. EASE invites CSE members to review these guidelines and to advise authors to use them, where appropriate.
Detecting dual submission and plagiarism before a paper is published is an editor’s goal. Anti-plagiarism software has been on the scene for a while but questions remain for editorial offices: Who runs the check? What is the threshold for overlap? Who will check the similarity report? How much time will this take? An upcoming CSE webinar will review the tools available and provide tips from journal offices that are using it. Keep an eye out for this exciting new webinar from CSE.
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The SSF8 Subcommittee is looking for volunteers with experience in the following fields to review drafts of the text for the 8th edition of the CSE style manual:
Now’s your time to provide your input to one of the most respected scientific style manuals used worldwide. Please contact Lindsey Buscher, Project Manager, at publications@CouncilScienceEditors.org.
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Diane Sullenberger, CSE President