April 2011

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

This is my last CSE e-newsletter. My tenure ends in early May and I pass the CSE President’s gavel to Diane Sullenberger’s capable hands. Without a doubt, the best thing about my year as CSE President has been the opportunities it has provided to get to know many CSE members that I had not known previously. CSE members are enthusiastic, hard working, thoughtful, fun, and extraordinarily nice. I look forward to continuing the relationships that I have been fortunate to develop through my CSE activities. I thank the CSE membership for an enriching, educational experience. Hope to see you all in person in Baltimore next week!

Here’s what’s happening:

New Editor for Science Editor: Welcome to Teresa Melcher!

Unfortunately, Rebecca Benner has resigned as the editor of Science Editor, effective May 1, 2011. Rebecca made the decision after serious consideration and evaluation of the responsibilities inherent to the editor’s position and those involving other professional and personal commitments. CSE will miss her in this role.

Fortunately, the CSE Board has identified a new editor. On May 1, 2011, Teresa Melcher will become editor of Science Editor. Teresa is based at Odyssey Press in York, Pennsylvania. She is an experienced self-starter, skilled in professional writing and editorial processes. She looks forward to developing the tremendous untapped potential of Science Editor for the membership of the Council of Science Editors. CSE members can meet Teresa at the upcoming annual meeting. She is especially eager to hear from members who would like to get involved in writing or reviewing for the journal. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript or becoming a peer reviewer, please send an e-mail query csescienceeditor@gmail.com.

Current Issue of Science Editor: Now Available Online

The January-March 2011 issue of Science Editor is now available online, and the print edition will mail on April 25. This issue focuses on correcting the scientific literature and features articles on errata, retractions, and expressions of concern and an interview with the founders of the Retraction Watch blog. Other articles of note cover non-native-English-speaking editors, QR codes and 2D tags, workload management, and e-mail management.

Still Time to Register for CSE’s Annual Meeting!

It’s not too late to register for the CSE Annual Meeting April 29 – May 3, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland!

There’s even time to make your hotel reservation at the Hilton Baltimore! Call 443.573.8700 or reserve online now at the discounted rate of $195 per night plus applicable taxes.

Whatever your educational goals are, be sure to check out what CSE has to offer at the 2011 Annual Meeting: Making Science Matter. We have assembled a seasoned group of presenters who are keen to share their insights and experiences with you. There is no better time than the present to elevate your skills and distinguish yourself from the competition.

Register now to attend our short courses and symposia. Get ready to experience innovation, bring home real-world solutions and connect with the best and brightest professionals in the industry.

Click here to view the schedule of events and session details.

CSE Spring Webinar: Mobile Optimized Web Sites

Now that nearly everyone is carrying a smart phone or tablet computer (or both!), many journals are wrestling over whether and how to optimize their sites for mobile viewing. Join us for a discussion with publishers and editors who have optimized their journal web sites for mobile devices. Keep an eye out for an invitation to CSE’s next webinar.

Journal Apps Webinar Recording Now Available Online

Did you miss CSE’s first webinar this year? Don’t worry, you can purchase the recording of Journal Apps: To Do or Not online now! Find out what decisions need to be made regarding mobile applications, who your target audience will likely be, how to best present your content in a mobile app environment, and whether it is worth the time and expense.

CSE’s Education Committee is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

If you want to make new friends, gain valuable information, and influence your colleagues, then join the CSE Education Committee. Contact Angela Cochran at acochran@asce.org if you would like to be a member of this important CSE Committee.

Contribute to the 8th Edition of CSE’s Scientific Style and Format

Calling All Style Experts!  Do you want to make a difference? Do you have aspirations to influence the future of scientific style? Are you a self-proclaimed style nerd? Do you have expert knowledge in certain style-related fields? If so… We need your help! The Council of Science Editors is preparing the new and improved edition of our beloved style manual: Scientific Style and Format, the 8th edition. The CSE Publications Committee is seeking subcommittee members to join the team and help revamp the current edition of the style manual. For more information or if you are interested in joining the CSE SSF8 Subcommittee, please contact Lindsey Buscher, Project Manager, lindsey.buscher@gmail.com.

CSE Social Networking

Become a fan, send a tweet, or get linked in with the Council of Science Editors.

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 bsumner@aacc.org.

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Sincere regards,

Christine Laine, CSE President