December 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Carissa Gilman, CSE President

It’s 6pm, and I’m about to start my 6th meeting of the day. I just rushed my dogs through their evening walk ‎while there was still daylight left, brewed another mug of coffee to help me make it to the finish line, and ‎then had a moment of panic that I might have forgotten to brush my teeth today. Rather than being ‎worried about being judged for this admission, I instead think this might resonate with some of you.

That has been the gift this experience has given us. We have seen a great deal of misery, loss, uncertainty, ‎divisiveness, and discord this year. And yet I feel a stronger-than-ever sense of solidarity with you, my ‎colleagues and community, even though we have been unable to gather in person. Technology has ‎enabled us to come together in new ways and keep our work moving forward surely and steadily. But it has ‎also erased lines between professional and private personas, allowing us to see each other as real and ‎whole people who are so much more than our jobs or volunteer roles. Each individual’s experience with ‎this pandemic might be different, but our commonalities and shared challenges have lent us greater ‎understanding and empathy for each other.

As scholarly publishing professionals, we have long known that science is what will bring an end to the ‎continuing ravages of this pandemic. And, of course, the responsible and effective dissemination of that ‎science is what we as an organization continue to champion. These recent scientific developments have ‎brought us hope—finally—and it is my wish for all of you that hopefulness is what you take forward into ‎the new year. ‎

On that note, this Friday the 18th, we will be hosting a special year-end edition of our virtual happy hours. ‎We will celebrate some of our accomplishments from the past year and recognize all the volunteers who ‎have made our success possible. We will also take time for some fun icebreaker games while also learning ‎how to make a couple of cocktails from an award-winning mixologist. I invite you to join us to see ‎examples of the value your membership offers and how we are going to make that value endure in 2021. ‎As a reminder, happy hours are free to all, so please invite a friend who might be interested in learning ‎more about CSE.‎

As always, news on the latest CSE comings and goings are available via our social media ‎channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and our listserv.

I look forward to the new year and all the events and programming we have planned in 2021. All of this is ‎thanks to the hard work of our board of directors and committee chairs and members. I am grateful to ‎each of them and to all our members who have remained engaged, involved, and encouraging during these ‎difficult times. I wish you all a happy and restful holiday in whatever form that might take for you this year.‎


CSE’s 2021 Calls for Action

With the end of 2020 quickly approaching, CSE is is eager to receive your input on three important programs:

  • Nominations to create the 2021 CSE Board of Directors slate
  • Nominations for CSE’s awards and honors program
  • Applications for the scholarship program for students and early career professionals to participate in 2021 events

Please review the details for the 2021 board of directors nominations, call for award nominations, and call for scholarship submissions and make your submissions by December 21.

Your input helps shape and recognize the CSE community.


Register for the January 2021 Virtual Short Course on Publication Ethics

CSE will start 2021 strong by offering the Virtual Short Course on Publication Ethics on January 28, 2021. This half-day event will dive deeper into ethical issues that arise in journal publication and ways of investigating and resolving breaches of publication ethics.

Click here to learn more and register.


Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Bernardita Germano
Jennifer Hess
Ernest Kimani
Matthew Krecic
Jennifer Oliver
Jason Sheehan
Christina Skasa
Tiffany Yesavage


CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!

Each month, CSE will recognize its members celebrating a milestone anniversary. We are grateful for your continued involvement in our Council!

5 Years of Membership
Jean Mattes
Genevra Pittman
Bethanie Rammer
Rose Randolph
Julie Vo