December 2016

‘Tis the Season…

It’s the season of giving, remembering our successes from the current year, and making plans for the new one. I’m hoping your holidays are joyous and that you are able to share time with family, friends, and loved ones, have some peaceful time to reflect on those things you value most, and reset priorities for 2017. It has been a great joy for me to serve as President of CSE for the second half of 2016, and to work alongside committed board and committee members and a fantastic staff, who share their talents and work tirelessly on behalf of all CSE members.  And it has been a joy and privilege to represent all CSE members, those who sustain the organization, attend our meetings, and avail themselves of the services we offer. I extend all my best wishes to you and yours for the season, and for a happy, healthy, and fulfilling New Year!

Remember, CSE is your professional organization. Members and staff are here to network with and support each other, whether it’s for enhancing our publications work or building our careers. Feel welcome to use our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and our listserv ( to network with others, get questions about your publication processes answered, and create lasting friendships.

Please continue to use CSE as a resource to help YOU with your career! And let me know your thoughts for improving our services at

CSE Mentor Program Coming in 2017

One of the CSE initiatives under development is a mentor program to be piloted early in 2017 and presented more broadly at the annual meeting in May. This program is being created to meet the needs of CSE members seeking opportunities for growth and sharing of knowledge in the professional publishing community.A Mentorship Committee has been developed and is co-chaired by Tim Cross and Ken Heideman, both past presidents of CSE. They will be working with a committee comprising other past presidents and senior members of CSE to match interested mentees and mentors and plan group activities. The mentorship program will typically connect mentors and mentees from one CSE Annual Meeting to the following and will include monthly phone calls, occasional personal visits (during the Annual Meeting and in members’ own geographic areas when practical), group activities (mentor/mentee training programs at the annual meeting), and 2-3 webinars during the year to present topics of interest suggested by mentors or mentees. Look for an announcement in January about the application process for the pilot program.

CSE Collaboration with Industry Organizations

We were privileged to collaborate with two international counterpart organizations this past month. Carissa Gilman and Mary Beth Schaeffer took CSE’s Short Course in Publication Metrics to Brazil for the ABEC (Brazilian Council of Science Editors) meeting in November. Patty Baskin presented two talks at the joint meeting of the Korean Council of Science Editors and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies in Seoul. We are planning future activities to extend our knowledge with these groups.

Science Editor Call for Submissions

Science Editor is seeking submissions for a new series of articles entitled “The Role of Journal Editors in an Age of New Media”. As recently as 20 years ago, the primary role of the Journal Editor was arguably that of gatekeeper, but now new technologies, platforms, and publishing models mean that anything can, and likely will be, published in some form online. So where does that leave the journal editor? If they are no longer deciding what will be published, what is their primary role at a journal? Are they aggregators, community organizers, or maybe something else? Do we even need journal editors? To answer these questions, we’d like to hear from you: if you have ideas on this topic, or you, or a journal editor you work with, are trying something innovative, we invite you to contribute an article. For more information, including length requirements and deadlines, visit this Call for Submissions on the Science Editor site.

It’s Renewal Time!

In this season of giving, don’t forget your own organization! CSE exists to serve the science editing community and provide opportunities for career development, education, and resources for identifying and implementing high-quality editorial practices.

Annual membership fees are $199 for individual membership, $25 for student membership*, $85 for emeritus membership, and $50 for developing country membership.  CSE membership runs from January through December.

CSE also offers a group membership category.  Each individual member included in the group membership qualifies to vote, hold office, and serve on CSE committees.  The individual membership within a group is transferable among individuals employed by or affiliated with the member group.  A full description of benefits associated with each level of our individual and group memberships can be viewed here.

Individual CSE members receive:

  • Member-discounted rate to CSE’s 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
  • Science Editor, hosted on a new web platform. Full members receive print issues with redesigned page covers and layouts.
  • Access to CSE’s member directory, announcements, editorial policies, White Paper on Publication Ethics, sample editorial office correspondence, the Career Center, and so much more
  • Educational discounts on CSE’s Short Courses and webinars
  • Discount for Scientific Style and Format 8th Edition
  • New in 2017: CSE’s members get a free pass to the first CSE webinar of the year!

Renew your membership online or by completing the membership renewal form.

Reduced Student Membership Rate for 2017: $25/Year

The Membership Committee is very pleased to announce that the CSE Board of Directors has approved a new, reduced membership rate for full-time students* starting January 1, 2017. The following changes to the membership package will take effect, and best of all, at only $25 per year, this package is now even more affordable!

  • Online-only access to Science Editor
  • Reduced student rate for the CSE annual meeting (save the date: May 20-23, 2017 in San Diego!)
  • Access to two free webinars, either previously recorded or live
  • Member discount on all additional webinar registration fees
  • Continued access to CSE’s online resources including the CSE Membership Directory and listserv
  • Ability to serve on committees and vote (but not hold a CSE office)

Click here to find more information or join/renew!

*Copy of enrollment certificate or student ID required with application form.

Save May 20-23 for the 2017 Meeting in San Diego

The 2017 Annual Meeting, themed “Setting Sail: Navigating the Future of Science Publishing,” will be held May 20-23 in San Diego. As with the 2016 meeting, CSE Short Courses will be taught on Saturday and Sunday; the general and concurrent sessions will be held on Monday and Tuesday. The two speakers for the general sessions are Mary-Claire King, PhD, geneticist well known for her work on breast cancer genes, and Marcia McNutt, PhD, geophysicist, president of the National Academy of Sciences and former EIC of the journal Science. The Program Committee is lining up the concurrent sessions and pre-meeting short courses are being planned.

International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) European Meeting

ISMPP’s 2017 European Meeting, “The Evolving Role of Publication Professionals in a Multi-Stakeholder Environment,” will be held January 17-18, in London. Networking opportunities and informative sessions include:

  • A panel discussion on “Sharing Patient-Level Data: What are the Implications?” focusing on the recent ICMJE proposal
  • A plenary session on “The Reach of Publications” providing critical appraisals of new formats available for extended reach and best novel metrics to measure deliverables
  • A parallel session on “Transfer of Value” sharing information abut specific policies and possible varying interpretations

ISMPP is offering a 10% discount on the meeting registration to CSE members. Those interested may access the registration page by clicking here and entering the code EU17CSE10 in the “Discount Code” field on the payment screen. For the discount, registration is required by January 4, 2017. The discount is for online registration only.

2017 International Peer Review Congress

The call for abstracts has gone out for the International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication, to be held in Chicago September 10-12, 2017. Abstracts are due February 15, 2017. For additional information, visit their website.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Basma El Zein Sharad Mittal
Ryan Hickey Jason Peng
Laura Johnson Resa Roth
Anupama Kapadia Rajiv Shirke
Guangping Liang Jessica Striley
Sara McAdory-Kim Nicola Unger

headshot-baskinBest to all,signature-baskinPatricia Baskin, MS, CSE President