August 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

This newsletter includes some updates from our very busy committees-great things are happening. I’m also happy to announce that CSE is launching a Marketing Task Force. The board approved this Task Force last fall and the process was finalized in the spring. The mission of this Task Force is to increase the visibility of CSE and scientific editing throughout the scientific publishing community and the general public. CSE needs a marketing and branding overhaul that all the committees can use, as we look to expand all of our activities (education offerings, SSF8, membership, and so on). The work of this Task Force should allow us to reinforce and market CSE’s identity as a respected advisory body and authoritative resource for researchers, authors, and editors. And, this work will give CSE a great springboard into the next few years. A special thanks to Tim Cross for getting the Task Force up and running.

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Editorial Policy Committee Releases “Instructions to Authors Checklist”

The Editorial Policy Committee has completed the Instructions to Authors Checklist and it is now available on the CSE website under “Editorial Policies.”  Instructions to Authors typically  provide authors with the details required by a journal for manuscript preparation and submission, but journals also play a critical role in the research process by identifying best practices for publication ethics.  The new checklist was designed to assist publication professionals interested in strengthening their guidelines or revising existing ones. The checklist provides a framework by which journals can best inform their readers of a journal’s publication practices.  The Editorial Policy Committee is grateful to Mary Scheetz, Patty Baskin, and Ken Kornfield for leading the development of this useful tool.

SSF8 Subcommittee: Update and Mid-Project Thanks

After 2 and a half years of hard work, the 8th edition of Scientific Style and Format is now in the home stretch of production. I want to take a moment now to thank everyone who has put so much time and effort into this project, from the advisory group and subcommittee members to the peer reviewers and proofreaders. All of your knowledge and expertise is very much appreciated and I think this new edition will be an excellent addition to every scientific writing resource library. Print and website production are underway and we look forward to seeing the publication in Spring 2014!

Don’t forget to plan to attend the Annual Meeting in San Antonio and pick up your new copy!

Webinar Opportunity – “Promoting Science Responsibly: How to do PR, Promote Journals and Handle Public Information”

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Member Rate: $99*
Non-Member Rate: $119
*CSE Certificate Program Members receive 20% off
Register Here 

Too often, we see instances where stories on science, medicine, and technology get blown out of proportion, distorted by the media, or misconstrued by the public. These situations can leave us asking how to responsibly promote the results of scientific research without overstating the conclusions. This webinar will guide participants in communicating science effectively and taking a measured approach to public and media relations, with a focus on enhancing public understanding of evidence-based science, the use of statistics, and the role of the peer review process.


Jennifer A. Walsh
Media Officer, National Academy of Sciences

Leonor Sierra
US Coordinator, Sense About Science; Senior Science Writer and Press Officer, University of Rochester

Henry Scowcroft
News & Media Manager, Cancer Research UK

Headshot GoodellBest to all,
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Heather Goodell, CSE President