December 2011

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

I am pleased to say that CSE will launch a certificate program in scholarly publication management beginning spring 2012. This program was devised in response to the rapidly changing scholarly publishing market, which is in transformation with new technologies, an Internet-savvy customer base, and financial threats such as library consolidation. The CSE certificate program will provide a solid basis for publishing professionals on the fundamentals as well as challenging them to creatively tackle emerging issues.

Applicants must be members of CSE and will need to submit an application fee of $75, with a $25 discount if they apply before the end of the 2012 CSE annual meeting. Accepted applicants will receive a 20% discount on related activities (webinars, conferences, short courses).

Over a 3-year period, participants must attend two CSE annual meetings, including four sessions at each meeting that are identified on the program as part of the certificate program “track,” three CSE webinars (one may be recorded), and two CSE Short Courses (choice of Publication Management, Journal Editors, Publication Metrics, or Publication Ethics). In addition, participants must propose a research project, prepare a poster presentation for a CSE annual meeting, and submit a research paper based on the project to Science Editor.

Look for more details to come about this exciting new program.

Here’s what’s happening:

Member Profile: Sharon Naron

Sharon NaronSharon Naron is senior medical editor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she has helped investigators with the presentation and publication of their research for 20 years. She joined CSE in 1995 to gain a better perspective on the issues facing journal editors and publishers and has since performed extensive CSE committee work. The CSE meetings always provide information useful to Sharon, her colleagues, and St. Jude authors. The challenges she faces in her role include the multiple native languages of authors and, often, their lack of training in formal writing.

Update on Science Editor

Thank you for participating in the Science Editor survey. Please look for the first online-only issue, October-December 2011, to publish online in Science Editor this month. Highlights include the following:

  • Annual Meeting Reports: Word Tips for Editors, Use EQUATOR as a Guide, Seeking and Using Reader Feedback to Improve Your Journal
  • Career Focus: Interviews with Norman Grossblatt and Susan Aiello about the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS), and with Esmeralda Buchanan about conducting a job search
  • The Ethical Editor: “Editors’ Ethical Decision Making,” by Wim D’Haeze
  • Between Author and Editor: Thoughts on the AuthorAID mentoring program from a mentoree and a mentor
  • Reviews: reviews of 10 books, including Wolf Totem, A-Z of Medical Writing,and Freelancing Expertise: Contract Professionals in the New Economy, plus a Book Alert by Susan Shirley

We hope to publish a few more online-only articles before Science Editor goes on a brief publishing hiatus. The task force is hard at work; look for a revitalized Science Editor to re-launch in 2012. We are excited about the opportunity to put a comprehensive strategy into place to meet the needs of CSE members.

Don’t Miss the Short Courses in Seattle 18-19 May 2012

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Annual Meeting. The CSE Short Courses begin on Friday, 18 May with the 2-day Short Course for Journal Editors. Designed as an introduction for newly appointed editors and a refresher for experienced colleagues, this course for editors-in-chief, editors, associate editors, and chairs of publication committees will provide attendees with a comprehensive survey of the roles and responsibilities of editors of scientific journals.

CSE has expanded the Short Course on Publication Ethics to a day-long Short Course in 2012. The Saturday course, which is geared toward managing editors, publication managers, journal staff, and those in other management positions in the journal publishing industry, will address ethical issues that arise in journal publication and consider ways of investigating and resolving breaches of publication ethics.

Also on Saturday, the 1-day Short Course on Publication Management will introduce and reinforce efficient and effective methods of managing a journal. The course is designed to address the management challenges that managing editors and publication managers face every day. This serves as a basic course for those new to journal editing but is also designed to fill in the gaps and provide new ideas and perspectives to experienced managers.

Saturday’s Short Course for Manuscript Editors will introduce beginning editors to the tools of the trade and enable seasoned editors to stay competitive in the field. It will offer a review of skills required for mechanical and substantive editing of scientific materials for publication, with particular focus on editing abstracts, statistics for manuscript editors, and patient confidentiality in the literature.

Visit the CSE website to register today for the Short Courses and Annual Meeting. See you in Seattle!

What to See in Seattle: Notes from Local Arrangements Subcommittee Chair Patty Baskin

Although Seattle is known as a rainy city, the weather is usually beautiful in May (pack your umbrella just in case). Coming early to the CSE meetings or adding a few days afterward will afford opportunities to explore the islands in Puget Sound (on a ferry boat), the parks on the inland waters of Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, or the dramatic Cascade or Olympic mountains.

Seattle sights include the Boeing Museum of Flight ( where you can board an Air Force One and a Concorde jet, the Tacoma Museum of Glass ( filled with Dale Chihuly’s sculptures, institutions and businesses known globally (University of Washington, Allen Institute of Brain Science (, Microsoft (, Amazon), a vital theater community, and a fabulous aquarium (

Pacific Northwest cuisine features fresh seafood, Pan-Asian fusion, Starbucks coffee, and treats of all types from the famous Pike’s Place Market. Whether you’re looking for cultural, educational, recreational, or culinary activities, you’ll find them all in Seattle!

CSE Board of Director Nomination Deadline

The deadline to nominate a colleague for the CSE Board of Directors is Monday, December 19, 2011. If you haven’t done so already, click here to view the position descriptions and nominate a deserving member for the 2012-2013 CSE Board of Directors.

Join the Discussion—What Questions Do You Have for Science Editors?

CSE runs a robust 1000-plus follower Twitter feed, a Facebook fan page with over 2800 “likes,” and a 500-plus member LinkedIn Group where many issues faced by science editors are regularly discussed.

Got a question for CSE members? Write it on our wall, send us a mention, or start a discussion. We’d love to hear from you. Join us on these networks and receive routine updates on CSE, and find other information that can enhance your professional development.

Become a fan, send a tweet, or get linked in with the Council of Science Editors.

Posting on the CSE Facebook page is a great way to notify fellow members and the extended community of your accomplishments, awards, projects, papers published, promotions, and other career-related news. If you have news you’d like to share-please contact John Vaughn, chair of the Social Networking Committee at [email protected].

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Diane Sullenberger 2011Best regards,

Diane Sullenberger, CSE President