December 2017

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Warm greetings to you all! As I write this note, I’m unwinding from the excitement of the Christmas holiday and looking towards the New Year. Sure, there is plenty to do still, with friends and family still arriving in town, but there’s nothing better than a little quiet time to reenergize and contemplate all that this year has brought.

2017 has been a great year for CSE because of everything you’ve done for our organization over the past 60 years! Today we’re bigger than we’ve been for a long time – with more than 800 members right now. Our annual meeting continues to be a big hit with our members – half of you attended our meeting in San Diego and took away key messages from our topical sessions and were wowed by Prof. Mary-Claire King, professor of genome sciences and medicine, University of Washington, and Dr. Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences. In conjunction with our annual meeting we launched a new Mentorship Program to help you develop your careers.

We offered short courses, six webinars, and lauded 3 new graduates of the CSE Publication Certificate Program. We continue to develop a global reputation, offering short courses in Brazil and the Republic of Korea and translating our highly-respected White Paper on Publication Ethics into Portuguese.

What a year!

2018 is shaping up to offer equally exciting opportunities for professional growth. We’re getting ready for CSE’s 2018 annual meeting in New Orleans, whose theme is “Publishing in the Changing Climate of the Research Ecosystem.” Our meeting will be headlined by Prof. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at the Pennsylvania State University, and Alison Mudditt, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Library of Science. We’re looking forward to expanding our roster of short courses, by developing a new advanced course in Publication Management. We hope to see all of you in New Orleans in May.

If you can’t make it to Louisiana, or if you’re looking for additional educational opportunities, we’ll be taking the CSE Short Courses On the Road to new locations in order to provide educational opportunities for editors throughout the year. And you can start your 2018 right by participating in our first webinar of the year: “Health is Global: How and Why Publishing Can Catch Up,” taking place Friday, January 19. Registration details coming soon!

I hope that when you reflect on 2017 you find much to be proud of. Working in an ever changing field is hard sometimes, but the colleagues and friends and learning we all gain from CSE makes it easier.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and prosperous new year!

Don’t Forget to Renew Your Membership!

Dues renewal notices for 2018 have been sent out. Don’t let your membership lapse if you haven’t renewed already! Click here to be taken to the Members area, login, and select the appropriate membership level. As a reminder, CSE offers both individual and group memberships. Be sure to renew at the appropriate level, and encourage your colleagues to sign up and take  advantage of the many benefits CSE membership provides!

Editage Conducting an Industry-Wide Survey to Understand Author Perspectives on Academic Publishing Process

In 2014, Editage published a preliminary survey regarding gaps that exist between the perspectives of authors and journal editors. A larger industry-wide survey is now underway and the results will be widely shared. To complete the survey (about 15 minutes), click here.

Core Competencies for Scientific Editors of Biomedical Journals: Consensus Statement

On September 11, announced the same day a the Peer Review Congress in Chicago, the article ‘Core Competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consent statement’ was published in BMC Medicine. The paper described the development of a minimum set of core competencies (knowledge, skills, and characteristics) for scientific editors of biomedical journals. Fourteen key core competencies were described, divided into three major areas (editor qualities and skills, publication ethics and research integrity, and editorial principles and processes) with each competency having a list of associated elements or descriptions that contributes to its fulfillment.

Science Editor Call for Submissions

Science Editor is seeking submissions of articles on current topics or initiatives of interest in journal publishing. For more information, including length requirements and deadlines, visit the Call for Submissions on the Science Editor site.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Danielle Benz Maciej Kukula
Janice Blumer Michaela Mark
Colleen Briars Deborah McCarren
Nan Broadbent Timothy McTighe
Nitish Chaudhari Mohammad Moravej
Nancy Collop Zhigang Peng
Doug Dreger Thomas Pratt
Kathleen Gaffrey Kathleen Roe
Tim Gray Justin Schreiber
Heather Green Jenny Seifert
Matt Hodgkinson Julia Slone-Murphy
Alexandra Kahler

headshot-tegenBest to all,signature-tegenSarah Tegen, PhD, CSE President