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 in publishing myself, and I am aware of the delicate nature of the debate over the future of print.  It so happens that the governing philosophy of my own Society reflects my own. To wit, our Society will never unilaterally discontinue print.  There will always be subscribers who strongly prefer their content in that form, and as long as they are willing to pay the incremental cost of producing printed issues we will make sure they receive our journals in the way they wish to receive them.  So it came as a bit of a shock to me that I was being “told” how I would receive my periodical, and that it would not be in the form that I, the customer, wanted.  I would certainly be willing to pay a reasonable additional amount in order to get my subscription in print, but that was not presented as an option.  I am seriously considering terminating my subscription as a “protest,” knowing full well that losing me as a subscriber will be like spitting in the ocean.  But for me, it is a matter of principle.    I am aware that many of you may strongly disagree with my reaction and advise me to wake up, smell the coffee, and just get over it.  And maybe I will. But it is well for all publishers to at least consider how some of their subscribers might feel if and when they are told how they will receive their journals and magazines, whether they like it or not.

Here’s what’s happening:

Value of Education: The CSE Certificate Program

Continuing Education is not only important but is required in many fields. CSE is committed to offering educational opportunities for professionals in scholarly publishing. Many of you have attended webinars or taken a short course. Why not take the next step and achieve a Publication Certificate? Benefits of the certificate program include:

  • Discounts on webinars, short courses and conference attendance.
  • An accomplishment to add to your resume giving you an edge over others.
  • Assignment of a seasoned professional to mentor you through the program and beyond.
  • Opportunities to network with others in the field.
  • A commitment from your supervisor to support your continuing education.

Make sure you sign up for the Publication Certificate program before you register for the Annual Meeting in May to take advantage of the discounts and connections. For more information, click here.

Every Problem Has A Solution (and Science Editor has a Solution Corner)

We’ve all been presented with challenges and problems in our professional lives as editors and writers. Solution Corner is an occasional column in Science Editor that provides a forum for expressing problematic situations and drawing on the knowledge of colleagues to obtain helpful solutions. The column depends in input from CSE members, so please drop an email to [email protected] and we will publish your question/dilemma and we’ll find the experts to weigh in on it and publish the answers for the benefit of CSE members.

CSE 2013 Annual Conference

CSE Annual Meeting
Communicate Science Effectively:  The World Depends On It!

May 3 – 6, 2013

Annual Meeting Poster Session

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 2013 CSE Annual Meeting or for future CSE meetings. And don’t forget that a research project is a requirement for the new CSE Certificate in Publication Management.

CSE members and meeting attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their editorial research for presentation in the CSE 2013 Poster Session. Content must be original and individuals submitting abstracts must ensure that they will be able to attend the CSE meeting should their poster be accepted. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed by the CSE Research Committee, blinded to the identity of the presenter. Submitters will be notified whether their poster has been selected by March 1, 2013.

Please submit your abstracts by February 1, 2013 for review. For further information, please contact Mary Warner, Research Committee chair, at [email protected].

CSE Awards

Each year CSE recognizes important contributors to scientific journalism and to CSE. Three award categories are described below. The Awards Committee welcomes your suggestions for candidates for these awards. Learn more about the awards and submit your suggestions by clicking here.

* CSE Award for Meritorious Achievement:  This is CSE’s highest award. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to CSE’s mission to improve scientific communication through the pursuit of high standards in all activities connected with scientific editing. The recipient should be a person or institution that the CSE membership will readily recognize as closely embracing the purposes of CSE and a symbol of what CSE stands for, but need not be a member of CSE.

* CSE Distinguished Service Award:  This award recognizes excellence in the performance of specific tasks by CSE members. Recipients must be CSE members in good standing who have made outstanding contributions to CSE. Recipients must be present at the annual meeting to receive their certificates.

* Certificate of Appreciation:  The CSE Certificate of Appreciation is given to one or more CSE members who have made a laudable contribution to CSE in recent years.

Make Your Reservations Now at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel:

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomes you to the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet.  The hotel offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service.  When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the CSE Annual Meeting to receive the negotiated rate of $189 Canadian plus tax per night for single/double occupancy.

Book your room online now at the CSE group rate of $189 Canadian!

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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KenHeideman2012Best to all,

Ken Heideman Signature
Ken Heideman, CSE President