August 2011

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

True to its slogan, “CSE: Education, Ethics, and Evidence for Editors (E4),” CSE continues its work this summer to meet the needs of its members through its webinars, Web site, committees, and publications. See what longtime member Judy Jansen has to say about CSE in the Member Spotlight below. And please take a few minutes to complete our Web site survey. Thank you.

Here’s what’s happening:

Member Spotlight

Judith Jansen 2011Judith Jansen is executive director of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in Madison, WI, and managing editor of the society’s journal, Biology of Reproduction. She joined CSE (then the Council of Biology Editors, CBE) in 1987, hoping to meet colleagues whose knowledge base would expand her own. CSE did not disappoint: her hope has been fulfilled many times over, and CSE now provides continuing enrichment to her publishing staff and opportunities for Judy to mentor others, always with a sense of humor.

Take the Brief CSE Web Site Survey

We need your feedback! The CSE Web Site Committee wants to improve your online experience and meet the needs of the CSE community. Please take 5 minutes to complete a survey about the CSE Web site. The survey closes September 15th. Thank you for your input.

It’s Not Too Late to Register for the Research Misconduct Webinar on August 23

This webinar, lead by experts on research misconduct, will give editors and editorial staff a peek into how the US Office of Research Integrity works on addressing claims, what the standard operating procedures are for dealing with claims, and a review of real cases and how they were resolved. You can still register and join us on August 23, 2011, at 2:00 PM Eastern.

Stay tuned for details about our next webinar on incorporating anti-plagiarism software into your workflow.

Get Involved with CSE Elections!

Want to get more involved in CSE? The Nominations Committee is responsible for organizing the yearly CSE election and is looking for few volunteers to help with this activity. If you are interested, please contact Christine Laine at [email protected].

Urgent Style Manual Help Needed!

The Scientific Style and Format 8th Edition Subcommittee needs a new member to take the lead on updates to a few of the chemistry chapters (Chapters 15, 16, and 17).


  • Knowledge of chemistry and the editorial elements associated with chemistry-related research and writing
  • Must be a CSE member
  • Able to devote enough time to the project to get caught up with the rest of the subcommittee (about 3 months’ worth of work)

If interested and qualified, please contact Lindsey Buscher, Project Manager, at [email protected].

Institute of Medicine Workshop August 30, 2011

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is holding a workshop titled “Sex-specific Reporting of Scientific Research,” on August 30, 2011, in Washington, DC.  The recent IOM report, Women’s Health Research:  Progress, Pitfalls and Promise, noted persistent problems of under-representation of female participants in studies ranging from animal models to clinical trials to population research, and a paucity of studies that provide sex-specific analyses.

This workshop, sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health, will look to options for increasing knowledge of sex-based findings in health. It will address:  (1) the need for sex-specific reporting of scientific results, (2) potential barriers and unintended consequences of sex-specific reporting, (3) challenges and benefits experienced by journals that have implemented sex-specific requirements for publishing, and (4) steps that would facilitate the reporting of sex-specific results.

Presenters include members of the editorial staffs from leading scientific journals, and representatives from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic researchers who could both be affected by and benefit from new journal editorial policies. The agenda will allow time for comments and discussions with the audience members to help identify the potential challenges with implementing such editorial policies, and solutions to help move beyond those challenges.

For more information and to register, see

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Diane Sullenberger 2011Best regards,

Diane Sullenberger, CSE President