August 2017

Dear CSE Colleagues,

As August turns to September, I’m thinking about all of the people who are going back to school- from the very earliest learners to graduate students. For me, the return to a more normal routine makes me think again about my own continuing education. I’m grateful that our industry has so many different opportunities to enhance our skills. The CSE Education Committee runs a series of webinars, with the next one occurring on September 14, during Peer Review Week. It’s on increasing transparency in peer review; a timely topic for sure. CSE members receive discounted registration fees for these webinars, so it’s a great deal for you!

We’re also returning to conference season after the summer hiatus. I hope that I’ll see many of you at the Peer Review Congress in Chicago next month. Held every four years, this meeting is dedicated to “research into the quality and credibility of peer review and scientific publication” to help scientists “improve the conduct, reporting, and dissemination of scientific research.” Past CSE Presidents Drummond Rennie and Annette Flanagin direct this meeting and it’s an event not to miss. Beyond the Congress, there are seminars and webinars from NFAIS, PSP, and SSP, to name a few.

One of the greatest strengths of CSE is our commitment to education. We’ll be taking our short courses on the road to Brazil this fall for the ABEC meeting, and we’re gauging interest in other short courses in the U.S. in the fall and winter. We’d love to hear from you if you think having a short course in your home town would be a good idea. If you really want to take your education to the next level, consider the CSE Publication Certificate Program. Designed for an early-career professional, in order to earn your certificate, you commit to attending two CSE Annual Meetings, three webinars, and two short courses. You must also complete a research project. This program helps build your foundation in publishing and will give you the grounding you need to advance your career.

One last thing as you end your summer: CSE’s Book Club is discussing the Pulitzer Prize winning Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. As a former scientist myself, I found the book to accurately depict the wandering life of a researcher, while infusing the story with the relationships that are so important to our lives. Definitely a good read!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

2017 CSE Membership Drive – Members Recruiting Members!

CSE continues its new initiative to help
incentivize Members to recruit new members. If you are a member in good standing and you recruit one or more new members, you are eligible to receive the following*:

1 Recruit: Choice of either a) print copy of SSF8 and 1 year subscription to the online edition, or b) one free CSE education webinar (must be redeemed by July 1, 2018)

2-4 Recruits: Two free CSE education webinars (must be redeemed by July 1, 2018)

5+ Recruits: Choice of either a) free registration to a CSE Short Course at the 2018 annual meeting, or b) one year free of CSE education webinars.

For full details, visit the CSE website. This program ends September 16. Happy recruiting!

Science Editor Call for Submissions

Science Editor is seeking submissions of articles on current topics or initiatives of interest in journal publishing. For more information, including length requirements and deadlines, visit the Call for Submissions on the Science Editor site.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Elizabeth Bright Daralynn Pilkie
Crystal Burke Atul Wadagale
Emma Kennedy

headshot-tegenBest to all,signature-tegenSarah Tegen, PhD, CSE President