February 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Why should an editor-in-chief, associate editor, section editor, or another scientific editor join CSE? The answer is that CSE is the only place they can get comprehensive data on the scientific publishing industry, from how editors deal with thorny ethical issues, to how different peer review systems measure up, to effective wording of policies in journal instructions for authors. All editors are sure to find relevant and timely training and networking opportunities through CSE.

If your scientific editors are not CSE members, please encourage them to join and to become active in CSE!

Here’s what’s happening:

Spotting Tangled Webs in Research: Fostering Honesty in Scientific Publishing

Dr. Paul Ekman’s keynote address at the upcoming CSE annual meeting will review how his landmark discoveries about human microfacial expression changed many of the relationships in his life, but not his relationships with scientific journals and their editors.  He will discuss his struggles in publishing novel, unorthodox, and cross-disciplinary findings and will share ideas about how to decrease scientific fraud and make reviewing more honest.  He will also talk about the up- and downsides of having a TV series based on your scientific research

Synergy in Seattle: CSE and MLA

Both the CSE and Medical Library Association (MLA) meetings are in Seattle this May. The Chicago Collaborative has helped foster the following joint activities to improve communication between editors and librarians:

  • MLA welcomes CSE meeting attendees to its exhibit hall 20-22 May. CSE meeting attendees can purchase an MLA exhibit hall pass at the MLA registration desk for $20. The pass can be used any time during the MLA meeting except for the Opening Reception on Saturday (a separate ticket needs to be purchased to attend that).
  • MLA extends its member registration rate to CSE meeting attendees who wish to register for the MLA meeting.
  • The Bearded Pigs band welcomes CSE meeting attendees to its concert Sunday night, 8:00-11:00 PM, 20 May. The Bearded Pigs is the world’s only international library rock band, and includes publisher Tom Richardson of NEJM. Admission is free; cash bar offered.
  • CSE invites MLA meeting attendees to attend the CSE President’s Reception featuring 2012 Poster Presentations in the exhibit hall at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel on Sunday night, 5:15-7:15 PM, 20 May. MLA attendees may attend for free with their MLA meeting badge, cash bar offered.
  • CSE extends its member registration rate to MLA meeting attendees who wish to register for the CSE annual meeting.

Be sure to visit the Chicago Collaborative booth in the CSE exhibit hall!

Share the Wealth – Become a CSE Mentor!

The CSE Membership Committee is seeking enthusiastic volunteers for its inaugural mentorship program. The connections you established with CSE continue to benefit your career, and your first-hand experience is invaluable to guiding the next generation of members down a similar path. It’s a great networking opportunity at the annual meeting (and beyond) and gives you a chance to play a part in strengthening CSE’s membership for the future. E-mail Membership Committee chair Bob Sumner at [email protected] if you would like to be a part of this exciting initiative.

International Standards for Authors and Editors

During the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore in 2010, COPE helped develop two position statements setting out international standards for responsible research publication for editors and authors. The standards bring together the views of experts in biology, forestry, earth sciences, humanities, mathematics, medicine, philosophy and political science from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. They have been published as part of the conference proceedings under a Creative Commons license (details of the proceedings are available from the publisher, here).

COPE Chair, Liz Wager, introduces the standards via video on the COPE website, and notes: “COPE already helps editors from many of the world’s major publishers to deal with publication misconduct and the standards for editors complement the COPE Code of Conduct followed by our members. We also welcomed the chance to get involved in the first universal global guidelines for authors from all areas of scholarly publishing, including research scientists, university academics and clinicians.”

COPE encourages editors to publish the statements in their own journals and reference them or incorporate them into their editorial policies and instructions for authors.

Update on Science Editor

CSE formed a Task Force in late 2011 to find a new Chief Editor and a reinvigorated process for Science Editor. The Task Force has made significant progress.  Its primary objective was to identify a Chief Editor following the service of Barbara Gastel, Rebecca Benner, and Teresa Melcher. The Task Force recognized the need for a streamlined workflow for the journal, based primarily on a new group of dedicated Subject Editors who will be responsible for acquiring fresh content for each issue and on the continuation of the outstanding manuscript editor, production director, production managers, quality control editor, and indexer who have played instrumental roles in Science Editor in the past. Subject Editors will make up the bulk of the new Science Editor staff.

In response to a targeted search, we are excited to have a half-dozen outstanding candidates for the Subject Editor roles and an eminently qualified CSE veteran as a finalist for the critical role of Chief Editor.  We hope to make an announcement soon about the next Chief Editor of Science Editor.  Once a new Chief is named, the journal staff will get to work considering the input from CSE members regarding the direction they would like to see Science Editor move in as the journal is relaunched sometime this spring! Many thanks for your patience as we complete this transition.

It is likely that additional Subject Editors will be needed, so please stay tuned for further information.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me at [email protected].

Ken Heideman
CSE President-Elect
Chair, Science Editor Task Force

Join the Discussion—What Questions Do You Have for Science Editors?

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Got a question for CSE members? Write it on our wall, send us a mention, or start a discussion. We’d love to hear from you. Join us on these networks and receive routine updates on CSE, and find other information that can enhance your professional development.

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 John Vaughn, chair of the Social Networking Committee at [email protected].

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Diane Sullenberger 2011Best regards,

Diane Sullenberger, CSE President