December 2014

CSE Members, As 2014 prepares to make its exit from the stage and 2015 waits in the wings, I’d like to wish every one of you a warm holiday season, and a happy and prosperous new year.

It’s been another fruitful year for CSE, including a redesigned website, new logo, release of the 8th edition of Scientific Style and Format, a growing webinar series, expanding participation in the CSE Publication Certificate Program, another impressive and well-attended annual meeting program, and a successful hand-off at the helm of Science Editor.

And we’re not slowing down now.

First, I’m happy to announce that Lindsey Buscher has accepted the position of the newly created Managing Editor position for Science Editor. Lindsey began her career at Allen Press where she started out as an Assistant Managing Editor and then Managing Editor for 8 years. She was the Project Manager for the 8th edition of CSE’s Scientific Style and Format, for which she received the CSE Distinguished Service Award in May 2014, and has served on the Publications, Membership, and Marketing Committees in addition to being a section editor for Science Editor. Lindsey now lives in Madison, WI with her husband and 7-month old son. She joins Tracey DePellegrin, Editor-in-Chief, who began her tenure in November.

I’m also excited to announce the keynote and plenary speakers for the CSE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

The keynote speaker on Sunday will be G. Sayeed Choudhury. An engaging speaker and recipient of the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library Technology, Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, Senior Presidential Fellow at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), principal investigator for the Data Conservancy, and a member of the ICPSR Council and DuraSpace Board.

The Monday program will feature plenary speaker Clive Thompson, a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. Thompson is one of the most prominent technology writers today, respected for doing deeply-reported, long-form magazine stories that get beyond headlines and harness the insights of science, literature, history and philosophy. He is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds For the Better.

Please check the CSE website for more information about the 2015 meeting.

Demographics of Scholarly Publishing and Communications Professionals – Industry Survey

With the support of Digital Science and Professor Albert Greco of Fordham University, a number of professional societies, including the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM), and the Council of Science Editors (CSE) have joined forces in an agreement to distribute a survey on the demographics and education of scholarly publishing and communication professionals. The purpose of this survey is to collect basic, anonymous data about individuals in scholarly publishing and communications, to further public understanding of our profession.

CSE members are encouraged to participate in the brief survey. It includes 10 questions, should take no more than 5 minutes to complete, and will not collect names, places of work, or other identifying information. The survey will run through January 15, 2015. The aggregate data will then be shared with all participating societies and their members.

Click here to begin. Please share the link with others in your organization.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important endeavor!

Call for 2015 CSE Poster Abstracts

Have you noticed some interesting or disturbing trends in your publications, do you have insightful survey data, or 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 2015

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 2015 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, 2015.

Please submit your abstracts by February 1, 2015 for review. For further information, please contact Mary Warner, Research Committee Chair, at

Submit Nominations for the 2015 CSE Awards

Each year, CSE recognizes important contributors to scientific communication and to CSE through our awards. Distributed at the CSE Annual Meeting, the three categories are: CSE Award of Meritorious Achievement, CSE Distinguished Service Award, and Certificate of Appreciation. The Awards Committee welcomes your suggestions for candidates for these awards. Learn more about each category below, and submit your nominations by clicking here.

The deadline to submit nominations is January 16, 2015.

Exhibit Spaces are Going Fast for the 2015 Annual Meeting!

Secure your spot to join us in Philadelphia, PA for the 2015 CSE Annual Meeting, taking place May 15-18 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel! Our momentum continues to build each year, and last year was no exception, as we hosted another record-setting number of attendees. Exhibitors are taking note, as we are already at 14 exhibits, closing in on our 20 booth maximum!

Don’t miss out in 2015, as it’s sure to be another great meeting in the “City of Brotherly Love!”

Click here to review our sponsorship and exhibitor options.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Anja Bauermeister
Tanya Samman
Marjorie Lazoff


headshot-crossBest to all,
signature-crossTim Cross, CSE President