April 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

As it is just a mere 3 weeks before the CSE Annual Meeting in Montreal, you are probably thinking that this column is going to consist of some shameless organizational self-promotion about how incredible the conference is going to be and to exhort those of you who have not yet registered to do so you can join the 300+ who already have.   Do you take me for someone who would write something like that? I certainly hope so, because that is precisely the message I want to communicate – effectively!   From the renowned short courses on May 3rd and 4th through the compelling sessions on May 5th and 6th the program is loaded with educational offerings and networking opportunities that you simply won’t find anywhere else. The plenary speakers are the proverbial icing on the cake, with Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, Editor in Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and Andrew Revkin, award-winning New York Times blogger and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, setting and reinforcing the theme of the conference. It would have been a coup to secure just one of these brilliant luminaries, but you will see and hear both at this meeting. I want to thank all of our sponsors, session leaders, speakers, committee members and chairs, the CSE Board, and the Resource Center for working so hard during the past year to put this amazing meeting together, as well as to all of you who have registered to attend.   For everyone else in the CSE community, the time to hesitate is through! Please join us for springtime in Montreal and strengthening your Council of Science Editors.  I look forward to seeing all of you in Canada!

Here’s what’s happening:

2013 Annual Conference

CSE Annual Meeting
Communicate Science Effectively:  The World Depends On It!
May 3 – 6, 2013

Mark Your Calendar and Register for the Annual Meeting
Now While There is Still Room

Don’t Miss Out…
Not sure you want to take a short course? Take a look at what your colleagues have to say about the courses and then register today by clicking here.

Short Course on Journal Metrics
“I would recommend others take this course. It’s a great overview of how data permeates every aspect of journal publication.”

“The discussions that resulted from the topics covered were very useful. The small group setting promoted discussion.”

“It was all very useful! Had a great day getting to know all of these bright and dedicated people.”

Short Course on Manuscript Editing
“The presentations were very good and provided valuable information about various aspects of editing, especially the levels of editing presentation.”

“The discussion on patient privacy was very stimulating. The word tips and tricks will help me directly and immediately in doing my job. It was good to meet other editors and to hear how other journals do things.”

“Having experienced people who communicate well – as you did today – is the key ingredient.”

Short Course on Publication Management
“Content was interesting, speaker was engaging. Subject matter is something we should pay more attention to in our publication, and sparked discussion immediately in the lunch break.”

“Awesome presentation. Answered a lot of questions I had and provided some reassurance.”

“The entire course was excellent. This day has been helpful to my personal and professional development. I have many ‘take-home’ points to pursue on Monday, short term and long term. Thank you.”

Short Course for Journal Editors
“This was an excellent session that allowed the participants to ask questions and to hold discussion about common ethical issues that come up. It was nice to review common problems with the faculty.”

“It was interesting to see the various types of editorial boards and to see where my organization falls within them. I liked learning about how other groups manage/run their editorial boards/associate editors.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The topics were right on, the mix of presentation and discussion was right, and the mix of experienced editors and students from different size and types of journals was perfect. I have no criticisms– well done!”

Make Your Reservations Now at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
The group room rate of $189 Canadian has been extended until April 26th!

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomes you to the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet.  The hotel offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service.  When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the CSE Annual Meeting to receive the negotiated rate of $189 Canadian plus tax per night for single/double occupancy.

Book your room online now at the CSE group rate of $189 Canadian!

Third World Conference on Research Integrity

The 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity extends an invitation to all attendees of the CSE Annual Meeting to join us at the 3rd World Conference, also to be held in downtown Montreal (5-8 May) at a special two-day registration rate of $500 for Tuesday and Wednesday May 7th and 8th. The 3rd World Conference is the premier global forum for consideration of research integrity. Keynote and plenary speakers include Michael Farthing, founding chairman of the Committee on Publication Ethics; Nobel Prize Winner Gordon McBean; Veronique Kiermer, Executive Editor, Nature; and Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, Especially Ourselves; Please see www.wcri2013.org for the program, location, and to register.

Open Access coverage in Science Editor

Watch your mailbox for the latest issue of Science Editor and read about various perspectives on open access.  OA is expected to be an expanding conversation among publishers this spring as a result of the recent RCUK mandate requiring published papers it has funded be made immediately available to the public. The issue contains views by society (medical, physics, and humanities) publishers with OA options, PLOS, the librarian who coined the term ‘predatory publishers’ for those who abuse the opportunities associated with OA, and more!

Join the Discussion—What Questions Do You Have for Science Editors?

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Got a question for CSE members? Write it on our wall, send us a note, 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. Read how…

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Ken Heideman, CSE President