February 2015

CSE Members, To our snow-weary CSE colleagues in Boston and the rest of New England: hang in there, the first day of spring is less than six weeks away.

For now, just picture yourself in sunny Philadelphia on a May morning at the CSE annual meeting, basking in a radiant keynote address by Sayeed Choudhury, sipping on a refreshing plenary talk by Clive Thompson, or preparing to enjoy one of the many savory and informative sessions on the meeting menu.

Although I can’t promise perfect spring weather outside in the City of Brotherly Love, I can promise an invigorating program inside with topics ranging from data and data exchange, preventing authorship problems, and managing in a global economy to self-publishing and dealing with metadata.

Wherever you’re coming from- Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Sao Paulo or Accra- the climatic conditions at the CSE meeting will be inviting. Registration will open soon and the hotel is taking reservations. I hope to see many of you there!

Call for Task Force Members

The Task Force on Student and Younger Member Engagement will reach out to student members and potential student member groups to assess whether CSE can offer resources to help ease the transition into a career in scholarly publishing. The task force is seeking volunteers, including current student members, who are interested in engaging this group. If you are interested in joining, please contact Milka Kostic.

Committee Spotlight: Editorial Policy

The Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) serves as a resource on editorial and publishing policies for scientists and publication professionals across all disciplines. The committee analyzes and discusses procedural, ethical, legal, and economic policies that impact scientific publishing and recommends policies and/or guidelines that relate to the editing, review, and publication of manuscripts in scientific books and journals.  Policy guidelines developed by the committee are shared with CSE membership in a number of ways, including publication in Science Editor and on the CSE Web site and by presentation at CSE annual meetings.

The EPC developed and is responsible for maintaining the CSE White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Publications. During 2014, the EPC recommended and the CSE Board approved a change in the format of the White Paper from print and on-line to on-line only in order to make it easier to update the White Paper in response to changes in the world of scientific publishing. At the same time, Section Groups were established for each section of the White Paper and were tasked with monitoring the external environment pertaining to the section topic. When changes occur that warrant updates to the White Paper, the Section Groups will draft those updates for approval by the CSE Board. The Section Groups work under the able guidance of the White Paper Director, Jennifer Mahar.

The Committee has also developed other resources for scientists and publication professionals, such as sample correspondence for an editorial office, the Instructions for Authors Checklist, and Retraction Resources. Of course, all of these resources must be periodically reviewed and revised as the landscape of scientific publishing changes, and EPC working groups address those revisions. We also add new resources to address contemporary challenges. Currently a group is developing a resource for authors to help in avoiding predatory publishers.

Patty Baskin Ken Kornfield
Elizabeth Blalock Christine Laine
Howard Browman Jennifer Mahar
Tracey DePellegrin Connelly Emilie Marcus
Bruce Dancik Stephen Morrissey
Wim D’Haeze Kristi Overgaard
Michael Fitzgerald Debra Parrish
Heather Goodell Michael Roy
Angela Hartley Anna Trudgett

2015 CSE Board of Directors Election

CSE’s mission is to serve editorial professionals in the sciences by providing a network for career development, education, and resources for best practices.

As a member of CSE, you have a voice in how CSE accomplishes its mission. Please make your voice heard by casting your ballot to elect the newest members of the CSE Board of Directors.

This year, we will be electing a Vice President, Secretary, and a Director, who will join the board in May at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Click here to view a complete list of the candidates and to read each of their vision statements and biographical information to make an informed vote.

In order to vote and view the candidate information, you must log in to the “Members Only” section of the CSE website by clicking here. You will need your login and password. You may click on the “Forgot Your Password” link to obtain that information, or contact CSE at CSE@CouncilScienceEditors.org, or 720-881-6046 with questions. When voting, you will be asked for your first and last name to validate your CSE membership and ballot. Names are kept separate from votes, and you are only able to vote once.

Voting will close Friday, February 27, 2015. Thank you for your vote!

Register for the Next CSE Webinar

Prevention is Better Than Retraction

March 10, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
CSE Members*: $69
Non-members: $99
*Certificate Program attendees receive 20% discount

In the past decade we have seen a sharp increase in retractions of published manuscripts. Retractions may occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from data errors and accidental misreporting to more serious cases of breaches of publication ethics. The session will focus on examples of the latter, namely failure to disclose conflicts of interest, plagiarism, and image manipulation. We will look at tools which managing editors can use to identify these issues early on in the peer review and publication process, and we will explore best practice in embedding these tools in the editorial office workflow. This is essential to improving the integrity of the published scientific literature.

Learning Objectives

  • To increase awareness of some major reasons for retractions of scientific publications.
  • Provide a basic understanding of the tools available to help identify breaches of publication ethics.


Michael Willis, Senior Manager, Peer Review, Wiley Blackwell

After a spell of teaching and research in ancient history and literature, Michael Willis started his publishing career with CatchWord (later Ingenta) in processing and managing online journal content for STM publishers. He joined Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley) in 2005 as Editorial Services Manager, responsible for running journal editorial offices, managing a team of editorial assistants, and planning editorial office resource within the Health Sciences portfolio. Appointed Senior Manager, Peer Review (EMEA) in July 2014, he oversees the management of many of Wiley’s in-house editorial offices, and the creation and implementation of peer review best practice. Michael is President-Elect of the ISMTE in 2015.


Only Two Exhibit Spaces Remain for the 2015 Annual Meeting!

Secure your spot to join us in Philadelphia, PA, for the 2015 CSE annual meeting, taking place May 15-18 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel! Our momentum continues to build each year, and last year was no exception, as we hosted another record-setting number of attendees. Exhibitors are taking note, as we are already at 18 exhibits, closing in on our 20-booth maximum!

Don’t miss out in 2015, as it’s sure to be another great meeting in the City of Brotherly Love!

Click here to review our sponsorship and exhibitor options.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Kirk Barber, Canadian Dermatology Association
Daniel Cobaugh, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Susan Daniels, Houston Methodist Hospital
Sylvia DeMar, ASHS
Alice Ellingham, Editorial Office, Ltd.
Lisa Hussey, BioMed Central
Michael Morse, The Hartwell Journal of Medicine
Karen Skaja, American Academy of Neurology
Alison Wilkerson, RnA Editing, LLC
Robin Zavod, Midwestern University – Chicago College of Pharmacy


headshot-crossBest to all,
signature-crossTim Cross, CSE President