Dear CSE Colleagues, I hope your new year is off to a roaring start! If you’re like me, the holiday season already feels like a distant memory while spring and summer vacations are still an awfully long time off. If you need a pick-me-up, today is National Plan for Vacation Day, which combines two of my […]
Dear CSE Colleagues, This month’s letter has been harder to write than usual. I spent a good chunk of last week wondering what I should focus on. A recap of the Board’s recent strategic planning session? A reminder that the end of the year is approaching and, with it, the time for us all to […]
Dear CSE Colleagues, October is always my favorite month of the year. The weather finally turns comfortable, even chilly some days. The leaves are beautiful, of course. And sure, apple cider and pumpkin spice everything is fine (especially in donut form). But most important, if you’re here in the DC area: I hope you are […]
Happy Peer Review Week, everybody! I’ve long said I have no use for holiday “celebrations” that include neither a day off work nor a special family meal (I’m looking at YOU, Halloween).
Sometimes it feels like “the busy season” has taken over the entire year. Thankfully, July and August still provide some respite while colleagues come and go through the revolving door of vacations.
Every year, the spring seems to fly by in a flurry of conferences and travel.
Dear CSE Colleagues, Thank you very much for entrusting me with the opportunity to serve as CSE President. There have been moments that surprised me, even a few that lifted my left brow for more than a minute, but my time over the last three years serving as your Vice President, President-Elect, and President has […]
I look forward to March because warming temperatures make everything seem slightly more pleasant. I also enjoy this month because a large chunk of my free time will be spent cheering for my favorite NCAA basketball team. Rooting for an underdog team that just upset a highly-ranked team is an additional March perk. If CSE had a cheer or chant, would it start with, “You can have my Oxford Comma when you pry it from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands.”?
I love it when a project plan comes together. Each CSE Annual Meeting is a direct result of the Program Committee’s efforts. The 2019 program carries on the tradition of thought-provoking sessions and includes some brand-new experiences, not the least of which is the option to join a guided yoga class on Tuesday morning (and leave with your own yoga mat). CSE will offer a new Short Course in 2019, Advanced Publication Management.
New opportunities present year round. Sometimes the difficult part can be saying, “Yes, Please!” (Other times the difficulty lies in understanding punctuation choices.)
Tis the season to send and receive autoresponders. I hope you have a few days to relax as the year draws to a close. It has been a fantastically busy year for CSE including, but not limited to, Short Courses, the Annual Meeting, the Publication Certificate Program, and Webinars.
The first half of October included one of my favorite events, the Frankfurt Book Fair. Remaining thankful that the majority of scholarly publishing meetings I attend cover less geographic area and include fewer attendees (this year the count was 285,024), the fair still evokes a sense of community. For me that is partially true because the fair reassures me that humans everywhere are actually reading, which I find a very comforting notion.
I hope the first half of your September included participation in various Peer Review Week festivities. Aims included showcasing the work of editors and reviewers while simultaneously highlighting innovation. And that wasn’t the half of it, because Peer Review Week remains ambitious. As it should be!
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.
I hope your July is going well and has included a few moments of relaxation. Here in the Washington, DC area we’ve had sizzling temperatures and frequent reminders that conserving energy during the warmest times of the day is always appreciated.