January 2017

Keeping Ahead..

We’re well into the New Year now and I’ve heard numerous conversations recently about making plans for the year ahead – planning calendars, setting goals, and even making those yearly medical or dental appointments. However, I think that in our industry, we are always planning and thinking ahead. Many of us have been dating documents and issues 2017 for several months now. And many of us are already planning and thinking several years ahead and even beyond about how we can keep our publications, both print and electronic, relevant in this age of rapid changes in publishing and delivery of information.

That gives us all a lot to think about. In this young century, we have seen a significant increase in the number of journals in the STM space (including open access journals), numerous changes in technology and usage behaviors, a huge increase in the global market, extreme volatility of world economies, the advent of mega-journals and institutional repositories, financial pressure on libraries, ‘predatory’ publishing, and a marked increase in author and reviewer ethics violations. The challenges are immense and that makes the conversations our members have ever more important as we navigate the future together. If you are not yet involved in attending our meetings, participating in committees, or communicating with other CSE members on our social media channels, make 2017 the year to do so!

Remember, CSE is your professional organization. Members and staff are here to network with and support each other, whether it’s for enhancing our publications work or building our careers. Feel welcome to use our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and our listserv (csel@lists.lists.resourcenter.net) to network with others, get questions about your publication processes answered, and create lasting friendships.

Please continue to use CSE as a resource to help YOU with your career! And let me know your thoughts for improving our services at pbaskin@neurology.org.

Mentorship Pilot Program – Seeking Participants

Last month, I introduced a new CSE mentor program to be piloted early in 2017 and presented more broadly at the annual meeting in May. This program is being created to meet the needs of CSE members seeking opportunities for growth and sharing of knowledge in the professional publishing community. A Mentorship Committee has been developed and is co-chaired by Tim Cross and Ken Heideman, both past presidents of CSE. They will be working with a committee comprising other past presidents and senior members of CSE to match interested mentees and mentors and plan group activities. The mentorship program will typically connect mentors and mentees from one CSE Annual Meeting to the following and will include monthly phone calls, occasional personal visits (during the Annual Meeting and in members’ own geographic areas when practical), group activities (mentor/mentee training programs at the annual meeting), and 2-3 webinars during the year to present topics of interest suggested by mentors or mentees.

We would like to pilot the program and give some mentor-mentee partners a head start before the 2017 meeting in San Diego. We are seeking a limited number of members to be involved beginning in February or March. If you are interested, please send an email message to me at pbaskin@neurology.org by February 1 expressing your interest in being a mentor or in having a mentor. If you are interested in mentoring, please describe your major accomplishments, strengths, and areas in which you are passionate. If you are interested in having a mentor, please let us know your career goals, your major questions about the editorial or publishing industries, and what you would like to know more about. The information you send us will help us match you with an appropriate partner.

First CSE Webinar of 2017 Free for Members!

It Starts with Me: Understanding and Dealing with Self-Plagiarism

The first CSE webinar of 2017, It Starts with Me: Understanding and Dealing with Self-Plagiarism, will be offered complimentary to CSE members. Renew and encourage colleagues to join to take advantage of this opportunity! Click here to learn more about the event, and click here to renew or join.

Save May 20-23 for the 2017 Meeting in San Diego, our 60th Anniversary Meeting!

The 2017 Annual Meeting, themed “Setting Sail: Navigating the Future of Science Publishing,” will be held May 20-23 in San Diego. The Program Committee is finishing up the planning of concurrent sessions and the Short Course Subcommittee is setting up the popular 1-day short courses in Publication Management, Publication Metrics, and Manuscript Editing and the 2-day Short Course for Journal Editors. As with the 2016 meeting, CSE Short Courses will be taught on Saturday and Sunday; the general and concurrent sessions will be held on Monday and Tuesday. The two speakers for the general sessions are Mary-Claire King, PhD, geneticist well known for her work on breast cancer genes, and Marcia McNutt, PhD, geophysicist, president of the National Academy of Sciences and former EIC of the journal Science.

Science Editor Call for Submissions

Science Editor is seeking submissions for a new series of articles entitled “The Role of Journal Editors in an Age of New Media”. As recently as 20 years ago, the primary role of the Journal Editor was arguably that of gatekeeper, but now new technologies, platforms, and publishing models mean that anything can, and likely will be, published in some form online. So where does that leave the journal editor? If they are no longer deciding what will be published, what is their primary role at a journal? Are they aggregators, community organizers, or maybe something else? Do we even need journal editors? To answer these questions, we’d like to hear from you: if you have ideas on this topic, or you, or a journal editor you work with, are trying something innovative, we invite you to contribute an article. For more information, including length requirements and deadlines, visit this Call for Submissions on the Science Editor site.

Don’t Forget to Renew Your Membership!

Memberships for 2016 expired at the end of December, but it’s not too late to renew!  Here’s the membership information again!

Annual membership fees are $199 for individual membership, $25 for student membership*, $85 for emeritus membership, and $50 for developing country membership.  CSE membership runs from January through December.

CSE also offers a group membership category.  Each individual member included in the group membership qualifies to vote, hold office, and serve on CSE committees.  The individual membership within a group is transferable among individuals employed by or affiliated with the member group.  A full description of benefits associated with each level of our individual and group memberships can be viewed here.

Individual CSE members receive:

  • Member-discounted rate to CSE’s 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
  • Science Editor, hosted on a new web platform. Full members receive print issues with redesigned page covers and layouts.
  • Access to CSE’s member directory, announcements, editorial policies, White Paper on Publication Ethics, sample editorial office correspondence, the Career Center, and so much more
  • Educational discounts on CSE’s Short Courses and webinars
  • Discount for Scientific Style and Format 8th Edition
  • New in 2017: CSE’s members get a free pass to the first CSE webinar of the year!

Renew your membership online or by completing the membership renewal form.

Reduced Student Membership Rate for 2017: $25/Year

The Membership Committee is very pleased to announce that the CSE Board of Directors has approved a new, reduced membership rate for full-time students* starting January 1, 2017. The following changes to the membership package will take effect, and best of all, at only $25 per year, this package is now even more affordable!

  • Online-only access to Science Editor
  • Reduced student rate for the CSE annual meeting (save the date: May 20-23, 2017 in San Diego!)
  • Access to two free webinars, either previously recorded or live
  • Member discount on all additional webinar registration fees
  • Continued access to CSE’s online resources including the CSE Membership Directory and listserv
  • Ability to serve on committees and vote (but not hold a CSE office)

Click here to find more information or join/renew!

*Copy of enrollment certificate or student ID required with application form.

2017 International Peer Review Congress 

The call for abstracts has gone out for the International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication, to be held in Chicago September 10-12, 2017. Abstracts are due February 15, 2017. For additional information, visit their website.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Abbie Amadio Teresa Hood
Lora Arduser Alam Jahangir
Ella August Kelly Newton
Emily Buehler Laurel Oldach
Fred Fusting Leah Poffenberger
Lauren Good Cara Rivera
Debbie Heise

headshot-baskinBest to all,signature-baskinPatricia Baskin, MS, CSE President