January 2010

From the President

The preliminary program for the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting is in the mail — and online! The Program Committee has put together a fantastic line-up of plenary sessions and presentations, covering topics such as Your Instructions for Authors: How Helpful Are They?, Project Management, New Horizons for Manuscript Editors, Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to Journal Publishers: A Primer for Editorial Professionals, and the ever-popular Ethics Clinic. Research Posters will be on display throughout the meeting, and authors will be present to discuss their research.

All of your current and potential vendors will be on hand in the exhibit hall throughout the meeting to update you on the services and products they offer. And, of course, Short Courses will be presented on Friday and Saturday before the meeting begins.

In addition, there will be dedicated lounge areas throughout the meeting space to allow for “in-person” social networking.

The meeting registration fees have been held to the 2009 levels, and the registration process itself has been streamlined. If you are not currently a CSE member, you can join now and save $100 on meeting registration.

Make your plans now to join us in Atlanta, Georgia, on 14–18 May 2010 for the CSE Annual Meeting, and continue to send your thoughts, ideas, and questions to me at dLang@press.uchicago.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!

Diane Lang, President

Register Now for the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting. You can register either online at www.cseditors.wpengine.com or by completing and returning the registration form, found in the preliminary program, with payment. The online registration process makes use of a new system that is easier to use and more efficient.

The registration fee remains at its 2009 level of $586 for members and $854 for nonmembers, but you’ll find that the 2010 meeting offers more than ever before. If you’re not yet a CSE member, now is an excellent time to join. Not only will you receive all the benefits of membership, you will also save $100 on your Annual Meeting registration. In addition, a $60 discount per registration is available when 3 or more members register under 1 transaction (e.g., check, credit card).

With the continued economic challenges that we all face, it can be difficult for some in our field to make the case to employers to support your attendance at the Annual Meeting. To help you convey to your supervisor the importance of the CSE meeting, the Membership Committee and the Program Committee have created a sample letter for you to use when requesting the funds for meeting attendance. We hope you find this useful.

Ken Heideman and Denis Baskin, Co-Chairs, Program Committee

Atlanta Attractions

Atlanta, Georgia, USA, has many attractions for Annual Meeting attendees with some free time. During our stay in Atlanta, the High Museum of Art will be presenting “The Portrait Unbound,” an exhibit of 20 large-scale digitally-created portraits of American icons by California-based photographer Robert Weingarten, and “The Allure of the Automobile,” which showcases 18 of the world’s rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars that combine state-of-the-art engineering and meticulous craftsmanship, including masterpieces from Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Ferrari.

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History, along with its regular exhibits, will feature the special exhibition “Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters,” which explores natural disasters through stunning displays, state-of-the-art animations, large-scale images, and cultural artifacts that reveal the dynamic relationship we have with the Earth.

The Martin Luther King, Jr, National Historic Site is operated in partnership with the US National Park Service, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and The King Center. Within these facilities, you will learn about Dr King’s life and his influence on others.

The Atlanta History Center houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center; the History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at the Midtown campus.

Other area attractions include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and Zoo Atlanta. Members of the Local Arrangements Subcommittee will be on hand during the Annual Meeting to provide information on these attractions, as well as on the wide variety of nearby restaurants, entertainment, and shopping.

Carissa Gilman, Chair, Local Arrangements Subcommittee

Dues Renewal

As we move into what we hope will be a prosperous 2010, don’t forget to include CSE membership dues in your professional development stimulus package.

While things are looking up on the economic front, the pace of our working life is not likely to slow down any time soon. Publishing models, technology, and dissemination of research continue to change at an accelerating pace, and decision-making and planning for the editorial office now seems more like a full-contact, thrill-seeking sport than a sober evaluation of options.

In this environment, CSE is more relevant than ever. While the organization has always embraced and encouraged change as a healthy and inspiring infusion into scientific communication and discourse, one thing that has not changed is the organization’s mission: to serve editorial professionals in the sciences by creating a supportive network for career development, providing educational opportunities, and developing resources for identifying and implementing high-quality editorial practices. Together we are jumping headlong into an exciting but uncertain future, and membership in CSE ensures that you will continue to have a resource, a forum, a filter, a central point of focus for information and education, and a respected group of colleagues with which to create and collaborate.

Tim Cross, Chair, Membership Committee

CSE Social Media—A New Year and a New Way to Communicate

As mentioned in the December CSE Member Update, CSE members have expressed a strong interest in social media as a powerful tool for collaboration, networking, and community building. Through the combined efforts of the Membership Committee, the Social Networking Subcommittee, and the staff at CSE headquarters, this is now a reality.

If you’d like to help build an online community, participate in discussion, open a dialogue, keep up on CSE news and announcements, stay in contact with other CSE members, or read articles and blogs related to scientific editing and publishing, these opportunities are now available through CSE’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

To find the CSE Facebook page, go to your personal page or type in the URL http://www.facebook.com/ and search the pages for Council of Science Editors. Or you can follow the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Council-of-Science-Editors/204848773029?ref=ts.

To follow CSE on Twitter, search for CouncilSciEditors. In addition, there will also be a Twitter hashtag for the 2010 Annual Meeting, in May. Members will be able to use Twitter to discuss sessions and talks, provide feedback, and receive updates and alerts.

You can also find CSE on LinkedIn. Sign in to your personal page, or join to create a personal page if you are not a member. On your personal page, on the top toolbar, mouse over Groups, click on Groups Directory, then search for Council of Science Editors in the search box in the upper right corner.

As members can now start or join discussions in the live environment of Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, please note that the CSE Forum on our Web site will no longer be active. To preserve the knowledge accrued to date, we will continue to archive past discussions at http://www.cseditors.wpengine.com/services/bboard1/archive.cfm

If you have questions, need assistance using our social media tools, or would like to provide some feedback to the organization about our efforts, please contact the Social Networking Subcommittee chair at michelle.norell@thomsonreuters.com.

Tim Cross, Chair, Membership Committee