August 2016

Approaching a New Academic Year …and New Opportunities.

I hope you all had a chance to have some ‘down time’ during the long, magical days of summer to play and to reflect on what’s truly important. I’m looking forward to a family reunion this next week at a beautiful lake venue – before the warm weather wanes, the children go back to school, and the picnic supplies get packed away. Reading is one of my favorite summer activities and I have discovered lots of good books to read at Goodreads; this reminds me to suggest that you join the CSE Goodreads group by clicking here.

Our work doesn’t stop over the summer and the CSE committees have been planning the program for 2017, finishing the redesigns of the print and online journal, setting up a new short course, planning professional development activities, organizing webinars, and discussing editorial policies.

Since my last update, we’ve heard from some of you about volunteering for CSE committees. We’re eager for more members to participate and would love to include you in a committee that matches your interests or professional goals. Remember that you can join a committee at any time; it’s never too late to give us YOUR ideas about what CSE can do to help YOU with your career. Current opportunities include volunteering for the Certificate Program Subcommittee to review applications and proposals for the Certificate Program and for the Sponsorship Committee to carry on its activities.

New Journal Web Site Officially Launches This Week!

The CSE Science Editor Web site redesign task force and Windmill Designs have created beautiful new print and online designs of Science Editor. The new site will feature a continuous publication model, an intuitive interface, and a mobile-friendly design. Readers can browse special collections such as CSE Member Profiles or Annual Meeting Reports and can also search by more than a dozen topics including Copyright & Licensing, Ethics, Legal Issues, Marketing, Production, and Social Media. Windmill Designs converted several years of back content to be easily accessible in both PDF and in HTML formats. Each article can be freely shared via social media.

The print design includes a beautiful new cover and the internal page layouts provide easy reading and browsing. The print issue will be assembled after the first full issue is available on the Web and land in your mailboxes soon after.

Special note: During the month of September, we will celebrate by opening Science Editor content not only to members, but to all who come to the Web site! Our content will be free to read, share, and discuss. Tell your friends about us!

Theme for the 2017 Meeting in San Diego

Next year’s Annual Meeting will be held May 20-23 in San Diego. Suitable to the venue, the program committee has chosen the theme “Setting Sail: Navigating the Future of Science Publishing.” We have already obtained our keynote speaker, whom we will keep as a surprise for a few months. It is someone at the forefront of science portrayed in a recent movie. If you’d like to guess, send me an email (along with the name of the committee you’d like to join or a suggestion for a session you would like to see us organize for the 2017 meeting).

Peer Review Week 2016

Peer Review Week 2016 will be held the week of September 19-25 to celebrate and recognize peer review. Science Editor will include 1-2 early online articles on peer review and CSE will sponsor a webinar titled “Recognition for Reviewers” to be broadcast during the week.

Peer Review Week is an opportunity for journals to thank peer reviewers in a public way. Watch the Peer Review Week Web site and the Twitter hashtag #PeerRevWk16 for more resources and the event calendar.

New Short Course ‘On the Road’ to be Offered in Washington, DC

The CSE Education Committee has arranged to present one of the CSE Short Courses, the Short Course on Publication Ethics, at the headquarters of the American Chemical Society, on November 16. Watch for registration information in your mailbox and on the CSE Web site. Space will be limited.

HRA/EQUATOR Survey on Research Publication and Dissemination

Drs. Iveta Simera and Jennifer de Beyer, and Professor Doug Altman, representing the EQUATOR Network, are conducting a project that aims to increase the transparency and completeness of future published research. They have invited CSE members to help them in this effort by completing a 10-minute, anonymous online survey and passing the invitation on to any relevant contacts.

This project was commissioned by the Health Research Authority (HRA) of the UK, who has tasked the EQUATOR Network with carrying out a call for comments to inform future HRA policies on research reporting and dissemination. The researchers are particularly interested in the views of the UK-based medical research community, including but not limited to researchers, clinicians, patients, journal editors, and funders.

Please direct questions to [email protected] or [email protected].

2017 International Peer Review Congress

The Peer Review Congress, to be held in Chicago September 10-12, 2017, has changed its official name to the “International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication.” The organizers have replaced the word Biomedical with Scientific to reflect the broader scope of interest, which includes biomedicine and other scientific disciplines.

A Call for Abstracts, due February 15, 2017, will be issued in September. For additional information and updates on plans, visit their website.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Christine Blaumueller Sylvester Nwokediuko
Gary Burkholder Suzanne Purkis
Carrie DeHaan Kiimberly Retzlaff
Jennifer Elliott Anup Sharma
Robert Hermans Brittany Wilson
Mark Johnston Rebecca Winsett

headshot-baskinBest to all,signature-baskinPatricia Baskin, MS, CSE President