August 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Carissa Gilman, CSE President

Summer has always been my favorite season, and August is my favorite month. Here in Georgia, the evenings are long, and the cicadas are buzzing. I just finished attending a CSE Happy Hour on burnout and silver linings, where Professional Development Committee Co-Chair Karen Stanwood led us in a conversation about mindfulness and taking time to appreciate the small things that bring us joy. So I remind myself that I’m grateful to live in the South with its insect melodies and sudden rainstorms that in turn give us beautiful cloud formations for the soft pink sunsets.

Summer used to seem like a slow time for CSE activities, but right now our committees are hard at work planning offerings for this year and next. Next month brings us Peer Review week, and we will be hosting a double webinar on how publishers reward reviewers. The focus of this two-session event is how publishers recognize, thank, and reward those who peer review manuscripts for their journals. The first session, moderated by Susan Willner, looks at various publishers’ reviewer recognition programs, and the second, moderated by Helen Atkins, keys in on how publishers have implemented depositing reviewer credit to ORCID and Publons. Mark your calendars for Monday, September 21, from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM Eastern time. Each session will run one hour, with a break in the middle and time for questions and discussion. More information will be coming soon.

This month the Program Committee had its kickoff meeting for planning the 2021 annual meeting. Our Program Committee Co-Chairs Brittany Swett and Emma Shumeyko are brimming with ideas for next year, and we have a top-notch group of committee members with fresh and relevant content ideas. I can’t wait to see the program develop through their collaborative efforts.

Speaking of silver linings, holding our committee meetings via Zoom has lent them an enhanced level of energy and engagement, and we have a lot of opportunities for people who are looking to get involved. Both the Professional Development Committee and the Membership Committee are actively seeking volunteers. In addition to new offerings like podcasts, the Professional Development Committee oversees initiatives like the book club, the certificate program, and the free virtual happy hours. Likewise, the Membership Committee houses many ongoing and new initiatives, including the annual meeting scholarship program, membership anniversary acknowledgments, and membership promotion campaigns. If you know someone who would benefit from a leadership opportunity, I encourage you to nominate a colleague by reaching out to Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs Carolyn deCourt ( and Karen Stanwood ( or Membership Committee Chair Julie Hinds (

Shifting gears, I wanted to inform the Membership of the recent passing of Pam Miller. Her career spanned 20 years at The New England Journal of Medicine, and she presented several times at the CSE Annual Meeting. Her knowledge and professionalism will surely be missed in our community. You can read more about her many contributions here.

I hope you are all finding new ways to enjoy the last days of summer with your families and loved ones while still staying safe. I look forward to seeing you on more of our virtual offerings very soon.

Register for CSE’s Next Happy Hour!
Friday, September 11th, 2020
3:00-4:00 PM (EST)

Many of us attended conferences long before we were aware there were committees behind them, and we may not have known we could actually join and participate in those committees. Volunteer work makes scholarly communication activities possible. These days, professional development may be more challenging, but volunteering is a great way to build and cultivate your network. But how do you start? Should you focus on something you already know well or branch out? What is the workload like? In this happy hour, Heather Staines will talk about her broad experience in volunteering, guidance she gives her mentees or new colleagues, and some tips and tricks. Join us and share your own advice!


Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Awatif Al-Judaibi
Sarah Allen
Stephan Carlson
Leslie Clark
Bernardita Germano
Amy Haagsma
Rebecca Luttrell
Greg McConnell
Michael Mwachiro
Susan Pordon
Hayes Simpson
Alex Wamalwa

CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!

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

5 Years of Membership
Deborah VanNoy
Graciela Munoz
Sherry Salzman Scott

15 Years of Membership
Robert Diffendal