August 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Mary Billingsley, CSE President

I don’t really know what a beach read is supposed to be except perhaps reading material you’re willing to get wet and fill with sand, but Labor Day is upon us, and the season of frivolous beach reading is nearly done. Fall means back-to-school, and although the transition may be different (and even fraught) this year depending on where you live, back-to-school means new routines and new opportunities for learning and engagement. CSE’s Fall Symposium is two months away, and while I have no intention of putting down my frivolous reading, I am sharpening my pencils and blocking off time on my calendar in anticipation. If you just can’t wait or are embarking on a transition of your own, perhaps starting a new job, or just looking for ways to continue your education between scholarly publishing industry events, CSE has a treasure trove of on-demand content and resources to help you advance your knowledge and network with peers. From recorded annual meeting presentations and webinars to open fora like CSE Connect and the CSE Book Club (no frivolous reading here!), there are myriad opportunities to pursue your professional development.

Seeking CSE Connect Insights 

Has your organization used a consultant recently? If so, we’d like to hear about your experience as we plan an upcoming CSE Connect event on this topic. For example, how did you:

  • decide a project warranted a consultant?
  • justify the budget?
  • choose a consultant?
  • evaluate the outcomes?

Email us at by September 17 and be part of the conversation.

Calling all Bibliophiles! 

If you love books and love encouraging others to talk about them, then the CSE Book Club needs your assistance! We’re looking for a few folks to serve as moderators for our club discussions over the next several months. Moderating a fairly light lift and a fabulous way to connect with the CSE community. Duties include:

  • Promote the book selection within CSE
  • Post intermittent discussion topics on the GoodReads page
  • Host a live Zoom discussion (optional)
  • Write a book review for Science Editor

The best part – as a moderator, you get to work with the committee chair to select the book! Interested parties should reach out to Emily Babcock at While we are looking for moderators to kick off our next selection, we also have open spots later this year and into next.

Happy Reading!

Save the Date for the 2021 Fall Virtual Symposium!

CSE is happy to announce that the Fall Virtual Symposium will be back for its second year, taking place November 1-2, 2021! This two-day virtual event will feature a general session each day, which no scholarly publishing professional will want to miss, followed by hands-on opportunities to allow for a more collaborative learning experience using real life examples.

In addition to the Symposium, the Short Course for Manuscript Editors will be scheduled for Friday, November 5 to continue the education!

More details will be announced very soon. Add to your calendar today!

CSE & Peer Review Week 2021

Peer Review Week 2021 is just around the corner, and with the theme of “Identity in Peer Review,” there’s much to discuss and cover. CSE will once again be organizing a webinar in support of Peer Review Week, which will be free to all members, as well as offering a CSE Connect. Full details on both events will be shared soon.

And be on the lookout for additional CSE resources being launched that week, September 20-24!

Call for DEI Policies & Practices Submissions
Has your journal or organization issued a statement about policies and practices related ‎to diversity, ‎equity, and inclusion? Please consider sharing your efforts with our ‎community by completing our DEI Resources Submission Form. And review what’s currently been collected on our resources webpage.

Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Juanita Barboa
Halle Choi
Ginny Herbert
Jacob Kannadan
Laura Klein
Uzma Nisar
Jacob Svobodny