President's Letter — January 2012
Have you noticed some interesting or disturbing trends in your publications, do you have insightful survey data, do you have a research question about science publishing that you can put to the test? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a poster for the 2012 CSE Annual Meeting or for future CSE meetings. And don’t forget that a research project is a requirement for the new CSE Certificate in Publication Management.
CSE members and meeting attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their editorial research for presentation in the CSE 2012 Poster Session. Content must be original and individuals submitting abstracts must ensure that they will be able to attend the CSE meeting should their poster be accepted. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed by the CSE Research Committee, blinded to the identity of the presenter. Submitters will be notified whether their poster has been selected by March 1, 2012.
Here's what's happening:
Visit the new CSE Learning Center on the Web site and find out what CSE offers to enhance your career. Short Courses, Webinars and a new Certificate Program in Publication Management are available to members looking to stay ahead of the curve. Click here to learn more.
Scholarly publishing is an evolving field with science and technology changing rapidly. If you are a CSE member looking to broaden your knowledge and to be recognized for continuing your education, the Publication Certificate Program offers a way to take advantage of the CSE educational offerings in a formal setting. The application fee is $75 ($50 for those who apply before the last day of the annual meeting).
Thank you for participating in the Science Editor survey. Science Editor is now on a brief publishing hiatus while the Task Force chaired by Ken Heideman reviews the survey results and searches for new editorial leadership for Science Editor. Contact CSE@CouncilScienceEditors.org if you wish to be considered. Don’t miss the first online-only issue, October-December 2011.
More and more journals are discovering the need to screen papers for plagiarism prior to acceptance. Retractions are on the rise and using software to detect plagiarism is quickly becoming the norm. While sophisticated software is available to run the checks, time is required to validate results. Join us on February 16 at 2 PM EST to learn how Obstetrics & Gynecology and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery incorporated plagiarism detection software into their workflow.
The 2012 update of CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications will be released at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Seattle. Be sure to look for your copy of this comprehensive resource on publication ethics.
Got a question for CSE members? Write it on our wall, send us a mention, or start a discussion. We’d love to hear from you. Join us on these networks and receive routine updates on CSE, and find other information that can enhance your professional development.
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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 John Vaughn, chair of the Social Networking Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find the CSE Facebook page, go to your personal page or type in the URL http://www.facebook.com/ and search the pages for Council of Science Editors. Or click on the button to the right.
To follow CSE on Twitter, search for CScienceEditors.
You can also find CSE on LinkedIn. Sign in to your personal page, or join to create a personal page if you are not a member. On your personal page, on the top toolbar, mouse over Groups, click on Groups Directory, and then search for Council of Science Editors in the search box in the upper right corner.
Diane Sullenberger, CSE President