January 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Where would we be professionally without all of the technological advances of the past 20 years? Much of the publishing industry bears little resemblance to when I entered the field in the mid-1990’s.   Printing on paper is still done but it is almost becoming quaint. We spend much of our work lives online, and we tweet more than all avian species put together. As for me personally, I am behind the curve. I still don’t have a smart phone or even a GPS, and I admit that at some peril as president of CSE.   But please be assured that your president is not a Luddite (at least when it comes to my job). None of us can afford to be. For example, there are now very good automated and sophisticated tools available to help detect plagiarism, and for many of us in the STM editing realm it is to our advantage to use them. As with any tool, however, it is our responsibility to know not only their potential benefits but their limitations as well; a great tool used improperly can cause unintended consequences.   No automated tool can detect plagiarism by itself; what it can do is assess the degree of similarity between portions of submitted manuscripts and those in the published literature. It is left to editors and peer-reviewers to use that information to help them make the determination of possible plagiarism in “flagged” papers and to take appropriate follow-up action. I am using text-similarity tools as an example to make a larger point: no matter how advanced technology gets, the human element continues to be essential. When that is no longer the case – when technology drives us instead of the other way around -we will be in serious trouble.
Ken Heideman
CSE President

P.S. I hope you are all as excited as I was to receive Science Editor in the mail last week – the first time in well over a year that has happened. I want to take this opportunity to thank Editor Patty Baskin and her wonderful team for pulling together the first issue of the new era of Science Editor, beautifully laid out and packed with informative articles and compelling feature pieces!

Here’s what’s happening:

CSE 2013 Annual Conference

CSE Annual Meeting
Communicate Science Effectively:  The World Depends On It!

May 3 – 6, 2013

Annual Meeting Poster Presentation Submissions

Have you noticed some interesting or disturbing trends in your publications, do you have insightful survey data, do you have a research question about science publishing that you can put to the test? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a poster for the 2013 CSE Annual Meeting or for future CSE meetings. And don’t forget that a research project is a requirement for the new CSE Certificate in Publication Management.

CSE members and meeting attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their editorial research for presentation in the CSE 2013 Poster Session. Content must be original and individuals submitting abstracts must ensure that they will be able to attend the CSE meeting should their poster be accepted. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed by the CSE Research Committee, blinded to the identity of the presenter. Submitters will be notified whether their poster has been selected by March 1, 2013.

Please submit your abstracts by February 1, 2013 for review by going here. For further information, please contact Mary Warner, Research Committee chair, at mwarner@agu.org.

Call for CSE Awards Nominations

Each year CSE recognizes important contributors to scientific journalism and to CSE. Three award categories are described below. The Awards Committee welcomes your suggestions for candidates for these awards. Learn more about the awards and submit your suggestions by clicking here.

* CSE Award for Meritorious Achievement:  This is CSE’s highest award. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to CSE’s mission to improve scientific communication through the pursuit of high standards in all activities connected with scientific editing. The recipient should be a person or institution that the CSE membership will readily recognize as closely embracing the purposes of CSE and a symbol of what CSE stands for, but need not be a member of CSE.

* CSE Distinguished Service Award:  This award recognizes excellence in the performance of specific tasks by CSE members. Recipients must be CSE members in good standing who have made outstanding contributions to CSE. Recipients must be present at the annual meeting to receive their certificates.

* Certificate of Appreciation:  The CSE Certificate of Appreciation is given to one or more CSE members who have made a laudable contribution to CSE in recent years.

Make Your Reservations Now at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel:

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomes you to the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet.  The hotel offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service.  When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the CSE Annual Meeting to receive the negotiated rate of $189 Canadian plus tax per night for single/double occupancy.

Book your room online now at the CSE group rate of $189 Canadian!

Value of Education: The CSE Certificate Program

Continuing Education is not only important but is required in many fields. CSE is committed to offering educational opportunities for professionals in scholarly publishing. Many of you have attended webinars or taken a short course. Why not take the next step and achieve a Publication Certificate? Benefits of the certificate program include:

  • Discounts on webinars, short courses and conference attendance.
  • An accomplishment to add to your resume giving you an edge over others.
  • Assignment of a seasoned professional to mentor you through the program and beyond.
  • Opportunities to network with others in the field.
  • A commitment from your supervisor to support your continuing education.

Make sure you sign up for the Publication Certificate program before you register for the Annual Meeting in May to take advantage of the discounts and connections. For more information, click here.

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

CSE runs a robust 1000-plus follower Twitter feed, a Facebook fan page with over 2800 “likes,” and a 500-plus member LinkedIn Group where many issues faced by science editors are regularly discussed.

Got a question for CSE members? Write it on our wall, send us a note, 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. Read how…

Become a fan, send a tweet, or get linked in with the Council of Science Editors.

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KenHeideman2012Best to all,

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Ken Heideman, CSE President