February 2011

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Have you had enough of winter yet? Even though winter’s not over, signs of spring are on the horizon. One sure sign is the opening of registration for CSE’s annual meeting. See below for links to registration and some new CSE educational offerings that include a webinar on journal apps and a short course on publication ethics.

This month’s update also notes several opportunities for CSE members to get involved in important CSE projects. If you have comments or suggestions related to CSE activities, please contact me at [email protected].

Here’s what’s happening:

Webinar – Journal Apps: To Do or Not To Do

Feel like everyone is talking about apps these days? Want to get your journals in on the action? Join us for a discussion with publishers who have made the leap. Find out what decisions need to be made, who your target audience will likely be, how to best present your content in a mobile app environment, and whether it is worth the time and expense. Three publishers will demo their apps and share how they went about deciding what to include in a mobile application.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 22 at 2:00pm Eastern time and REGISTER today!

CSE Annual Meeting Registration

Whatever your educational goals are, be sure to check out what CSE has to offer at the 2011 Annual Meeting: Making Science Matter taking place April 29 – May 3 in Baltimore, Maryland. We have assembled a seasoned group of presenters who are keen to share their insights and experiences with you. There is no better time than the present to elevate your skills and distinguish yourself from the competition.

Register now to attend our short courses and symposia. Get ready to experience innovation, bring home real-world solutions and connect with the best and brightest professionals in the industry.

Click here to view the schedule of events and session details.

It’s not too early to make your hotel reservation at the Hilton Baltimore. Call 443.573.8700 or reserve online now at the discounted rate of $195 per night plus applicable taxes.

NEW! Short Course on Publication Ethics

This year CSE will offer the first ever Short Course on Publication Ethics that will debut on Friday, April 29, preceding the CSE Annual Meeting. Although anyone can register for the one-half day course, registrants for this course who also register for one of the Short Courses held on Saturday, April 30 are eligible for a $75 discount.

This new course will address ethical issues that arise in journal publication and consider ways of preventing, investigating and resolving breeches of publication ethics. Content will be essential for editors, managing editors, and publishers. Using the CSE White Paper on Publication Ethics as a foundation, faculty will address topics such as conflicts of interest, duplicate publication, piracy and plagiarism, human subjects, data misrepresentation, image fraud, authorship disputes, editorial independence, falsification of data, and research misconduct. Participants will learn the appropriate approaches to investigate suspicions of breeches of publications ethics and uses of errata, retractions, expressions of concerns, and sanctions. Discussion will occur around case studies and include ample opportunity for participant interaction.

Click here to register now!

New Ethics Column in Science Editor

Look for a new column–The Ethical Editor–in the next issue of Science Editor. Each column will focus on a specific topic related to publication ethics. If you have a topic or ethical dilemma that you’d like to see addressed in future issues, please contact Kristi Overgaard, Chair of the Editorial Policy Committee, at [email protected].

Contribute to the 8th Edition of CSE’s Scientific Style and Format

Calling All Style Experts!  Do you want to make a difference? Do you have aspirations to influence the future of scientific style? Are you a self-proclaimed style nerd? Do you have expert knowledge in certain style-related fields? If so…we need your help!

The Council of Science Editors is in the beginning stages of preparing the new and improved edition of our beloved style manual: Scientific Style and Format, the 8th edition. The CSE Publications Committee is seeking subcommittee members to join the team and help revamp the current edition of the style manual.

For more information or if you are interested in joining the CSE SSF8 subcommittee, please contact Dana Compton, Publications Committee Chair, at [email protected].

Research in Science Editor

Science Editor aims to encourage and disseminate research about peer review in science and biomedicine and to provide an international discussion forum for editors, editorial staff, publishers, scientists, and other professionals in the field of science communication. To reach these goals, the editor is seeking the submission of research on peer review, editorial processes, and ethics.

In addition, the publication is looking for potential peer reviewers. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please send an e-mail query to the editor, Rebecca Benner ([email protected]).

CSE Social Networking

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 Bob Sumner, chair of the Social Networking Committee at [email protected].


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Christine Laine, CSE President