President’s Letters

March 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, Most people I know (especially my preteen kids) cannot understand my passion for editing. I love doing it! But when vocation becomes avocation and spills into other areas of life it can become a problem. I have found that I cannot read a book for pleasure, a newspaper, magazine, […]

February 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, Have you checked out the CSE LinkedIn page? This is a great way to network electronically, to post questions and start discussions with colleagues. A recent string on that site brought up an important topic: “The value and importance of scholarly publishing (vs. conferences) in the success and advancement […]

January 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, Where would we be professionally without all of the technological advances of the past 20 years? Much of the publishing industry bears little resemblance to when I entered the field in the mid-1990’s.   Printing on paper is still done but it is almost becoming quaint. We spend much of […]

December 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, A few weeks ago I received a notice from the publisher of a broad-market periodical to which I have subscribed for many years.  I was informed that as of January, I would be receiving my subscription electronically; the print edition will be eliminated as of that time.    I am […]

November 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, “Renewed energy and freedom herald the advent of spring.  Enter the sun, a gentle breeze, long-lost friends, trendy epicureans, some of the most beautiful women in the world and what do you get? A city where bliss reigns! With the first rays of spring it seems like every house […]

September 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, Things now change so rapidly in the world of STM publishing that it is sometimes difficult to take a step back and realize that some of the best things have not changed at all.  One of those things in particular merits some occasional reflection, and that is the value […]

August 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, On July 16th, 2012, The United Kingdom announced that all research funded by its main grant-funding bodies must, within six months of publication, be made free and open to the world – in other words, “Open Access“.  This announcement prompted an opinion piece in The Economist on July 21st […]

July 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, “CSE is a dynamic community of editorial professionals dedicated to the responsible and effective communication of science.”  I think that most of us would wholeheartedly agree with this statement. And that’s a good thing because it is our Mission Statement!   Members of CSE recognize the value of science. We […]

June 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, It is my amazing good fortunate to begin my tenure as CSE president in Seattle at one of the most successful meetings the organization has had.  From the stimulating short courses (thanks to organizer Carissa Gilman and the faculty and students) to the outstanding plenary speakers and compelling sessions […]

May 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, As my 2011-2012 term as CSE President draws to a close this month, I’d like to encourage each of you to become active in some way with CSE: join a committee, volunteer to speak at or help organize next year’s annual meeting, become a Science Editor board member or […]

April, 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, This month’s top news comes from Ken Heideman, chair of the Science Editor Task Force: The Task Force is delighted to announce that Patty Baskin, Executive Editor of Neurology and former CSE Program and Short-Course Committee Chair, has accepted the position of chief editor of Science Editor. Patty brings […]

March 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, One of CSE’s core strengths is its wealth of exceptional educational and professional development opportunities. Over the years at PNAS, my staff and I have benefited greatly both from attending and helping organize CSE Short Courses, Webinars, and retreats. Be sure to visit the new CSE Learning Center on […]

February 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, Why should an editor-in-chief, associate editor, section editor, or another scientific editor join CSE? The answer is that CSE is the only place they can get comprehensive data on the scientific publishing industry, from how editors deal with thorny ethical issues, to how different peer review systems measure up, […]

January 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, Have you noticed some interesting or disturbing trends in your publications, do you have insightful survey data, do you have a research question about science publishing that you can put to the test? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a poster for the 2012 CSE Annual Meeting […]