January 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Carissa Gilman, CSE President

Many of us have been anticipating this new year for so long that it is hard to believe it is finally here. We ‎are weary from uncertainty, worry, anger, and loss. And, unfortunately, this year did not get off to the ‎auspicious start many of us might have hoped. Instead, we find ourselves at a strange and disorienting ‎point in our history. Here in the United States, there is a renewed sense of optimism from many circles as ‎we begin the slow process of vaccinating the population and as we look forward to a time when policy ‎decisions will be based on the best available science. Around us, however, the pandemic still rages, and if ‎you are like me, you cannot go a day without hearing of a family member, friend, or colleague who has ‎been laid low by COVID-19 or been unable to get medical treatment for another illness because our ‎hospitals are overwhelmed and cannot accommodate more patients. ‎

But it is undeniable that change is on the horizon, and it is up to us to take an active role in charting our ‎course toward the change we wish to achieve. We have the charge of ensuring that rigorous science ‎prevails over fear and misinformation and that we move forward heeding the lessons learned from the ‎tragic missteps and disheartening enmity that have marked the past year.‎

Here at CSE, we take seriously the responsibility of adapting to meet the needs of our membership and ‎facilitating positive change in the field of scholarly communication. To that end, our committees and task ‎forces have been hard at work collaborating on the development of new programming and initiatives that ‎will further our goals of championing science and making it more inclusive for all. I can’t wait to share the ‎results of this work with all of you.‎

In the meantime, the next Virtual Happy Hour will be Thursday, January 28 at 3pm ET. Judith Orvos, sole ‎proprietor of Orvos Communications, will lead a discussion on freelancing. Freelancers have been hit with ‎some particularly unique challenges over the past year, so if you are a freelancer or considering becoming ‎one, be sure to RSVP. ‎

This will be our final Virtual Happy Hour under this name. You may have seen that we just launched a ‎contest to rename these fun and educational networking opportunities. If you have an idea for a name ‎that will be more inclusive to all participants and better reflect the spirit and intent of these gatherings, ‎please submit your idea by Friday, February 5. The winner will receive a fantastic prize—complimentary ‎registration to the Virtual Annual Meeting to be held May 3-5!

Space in our first virtual short course of the year, Publication Ethics, is filling up quickly, so be sure to ‎register soon in order to attend on Friday, January 29. Our experienced and knowledgeable faculty will ‎cover topics such as conflicts of interest, duplicate publication, image fraud, authorship disputes, and ‎falsification of data.‎

And don’t forget the next book club read starts February 1 with Between You & Me: Confessions of a ‎Comma Queen by Mary Norris. Professional Development Co-Chair Karen Stanwood will be leading the ‎discussion. As a lover of language, I’m particularly looking forward to this one, so I hope you will join us for ‎a lighthearted read to start the year.‎

And, finally, the Membership Committee, which is pleased to welcome Julia Schumann-Mudrick as a brand-‎new Co-Chair with Julie Hinds, wants me to remind everyone to renew your membership if you have not ‎already. We are striving to ensure you’ll find tremendous value in your membership this year, and if you are ‎affected by budgetary constraints, our new Worldwide Flexible Membership Package will allow you to stay ‎engaged with us at a more affordable rate. I hope you will continue to be part of our incredible community ‎of editorial professionals.‎

New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities

New to CSE? Looking to expand your professional network? Or, simply wanting to gain new skills? Consider getting involved with a CSE committee! Engaging with your Council provides a unique opportunity to build your professional and personal network, while gaining experience in things you might not typically be exposed to in your day-to-day work.

Most committees meet monthly for an hour, and additional work outside of the committee is normally minimal, tacking on maybe an extra hour of “homework.”

Committees that could use a few extra leaders include:

  • Development/Sponsorship
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Membership

If interested, please email CSE to get connected.


Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Laura Chapin
Amanda Clark
Valerie Dennis
John Heys
Eun-Ju Im
Carly Marker
Catherine Minick
Cynthia Moore
Courtney Moreno
Karla Passalacqua
Stephen Pomes
Richard Porter
Stephan Schwarz
Nadja Torres
Amanda Wilcox

CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!

Each month, CSE will recognize its members celebrating a milestone anniversary. We are grateful for your continued involvement in our Council!

5 Years of Membership
Lisa Walker
Stuart Zehner

15 Years of Membership
Katharine O’Moore-Klopf

20 Years of Membership
Bruce Reider
Barbara VanRenterghem

25 Years of Membership
Denis Baskin
Patricia Baskin
Randall Fritz

30 Years of Membership
Patti Raley

35 Years of Membership
Marianne Mallia