August 2018

Dear CSE Colleagues,

How did I kick off August? The same way I do every year (talking about scholarly publishing). In 2018 that meant attending, and seeing some of you, at the ISMTE North American Conference in Baltimore, MD. Many thanks to Jasmine Wallace, Julie Vo, Glenn Landis, Shari Leventhal, and Alison O’Connell for manning the CSE booth! I was also pleased to speak at the meeting in a panel on professional development, which included Dana Compton, CSE President-Elect.

While in-person annual meetings are a wonderful chance to learn, please also keep Peer Review Week (September 10-15, 2018) on your radar. CSE’s Marketing Committee will be promoting various Peer Review Week activities, including an outstanding CSE webinar, The Peer Reviewer Ecosystem – Where Does Diversity & Inclusion Fit In? Registration is open!

To collaborate with fellow CSE members on committees during Peer Review week and beyond, volunteer now. Stay tuned to social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and our listserv ( for additional information.

Program Co-Chairs Mary Billingsley and Shari Leventhal announced last month the theme for the CSE 2019 Annual Meeting is The Spirit of Scientific Publishing: Inclusion, Identity, Technology & Beyond. Stay tuned, as Plenary and Keynote speaker announcements are imminent! The first Program Committee meeting held in preparation for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH, was held August 16th.

The Science Editor column “Fire of the Week” is accepting submissions. The column is intended to be like a case study, allowing people to share unique challenges they have encountered in their work, and how they handled them. Topics do not have to be directly related to publishing (e.g. staff management). A template is available if you are interested but wondering where to start.

Additional Items of Note:

  • Have you ever edited a Wiki? What about Wikipedia? A communal edit-a-thon aimed at improving the coverage of women and diversity on Wikipedia is slated for October 8-9. More information can be found here.
  • A survey endorsed by the European Association of Scientific Editors (EASE) as part of its research outreach aiming to investigate editors’ experiences of plagiarism is interested in your thoughts. Pippa Smart, Editor-in-Chief of Learned Publishing and EASE President, notes the survey is 15 questions max with an estimated time commitment of about 10 minutes. Access the survey, which closes at the end of August.

I value input from CSE members. If you have a question, suggestion, or a comment, please feel free to contact me.

Register for the CSE Peer Review Week Webinar

In coordination with Peer Review Week 2018, CSE has announced its free webinar, “The Peer Reviewer Ecosystem – Where Does Diversity & Inclusion Fit In?”, sponsored by Technica Editorial Services. Register for this event, being held on Sept. 11 from 10-11:30 AM ET.

Diversity and inclusion is a complex issue that requires multi-dimensional approaches to creating progress in this area within scholarly publishing. This webinar will focus on multiple perspectives and approaches to increasing diversity and inclusion in the peer reviewer pools of scholarly journals. The webinar speakers will touch on the importance of diversity and inclusion in their organizations as well as various practical approaches that others can use to help diversify their own peer reviewer communities. Click here to learn more and register.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Mitchell Buchman Tim Sniffin
Karina Drosenos Elana Stewart
Laurel Faust Catherine Sutherland
Kelly Fleshman Sowmya Swaminathan
Nadia Gomez Lauren Swan
Spencer Harpe Natalia Valencia
Jane Ohu Cindy Wascavage
Anthony Owens Samantha Yong
Kellen Owings

CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!

Each month, CSE will recognize its members who are celebrating a milestone anniversary. We are grateful for your continued involvement in our Council!

  • Nneka Iloanusi – 5 Years of Membership
  • Stuart Weinstein – 10 Years of Membership
  • Jennifer Mahar – 15 Years of Membership

headshot-tegenBest to all,signature-tegenAnna Jester, CSE President