July 2009

From the President

We need you! Are you a member of CSE looking for a way to get involved? Well, this month’s newsletter has opportunities for you! Every CSE committee is eager to welcome new members, and several committees have included special invitations in this newsletter. Regardless of whether you have only a little time to give or a lot of time to give, we have opportunities for you. What better way is there to learn more about scientific publishing and at the same time make new friends and learn more about CSE? Committee chairs can be contacted through the CSE Web site. Also, feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions. My address is dLang@press.uchicago.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!

Diane Lang, President, CSE

Start Your Research Projects for the 2010 Annual Meeting

CSE is promoting research among its members on topics of relevance to their work as science editors. As part of this promotion, CSE will continue the poster session at the Annual Meeting in 2010. Individuals and groups are encouraged to begin their research now, keeping in mind that for the best likelihood of acceptance, research (1) must address a specific study hypothesis of interest to science editors and use a study design that can test the hypothesis and (2) should involve the help of a person knowledgeable in statistics and research methods. If you have questions or need direction in getting started, contact me at margaret.winker@jama-archives.org.

Margaret Winker, Chair, Research Committee

Updated CSE White Paper Now Available

The CSE Editorial Policy Committee recently published an update to CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications. First published in 2006, the White Paper was substantially revised for the 2009 Update. Among other changes, the Authorship and Author Responsibilities section was reorganized; emerging issues, such as dual use research and cell line authentication, were included; new information on clinical trial registration and open access was added; and up-to-date examples of corrections, retractions, and expressions of concern were listed. Go to /i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3331 to access.

CSE Continues Support of the African Journal Partnership Project

CSE has been an integral part of the African Journal Partnership Project (AJPP) since the latter’s inception in 2004 as a capacity building program of the National Library of Medicine and the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). CSE’s involvement is natural in that the AJPP’s mission of promoting excellence in the communication of scientific information in Africa is a subset of CSE’s broader mission.

Each year CSE provides the African journal editors with membership to CSE and, with the NIH financial support, facilitates registration for and travel to the CSE Annual Meeting. The meeting this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was no exception. One difference this year, however, was that the project has been expanded from 4 journals to 6 journals: African Health Sciences, Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences, Ghana Medical Journal, Mali Medical, Malawi Medical Journal, and the Medical Journal of Zambia. Attendance at the annual meeting is an important event for the African editors, because they use the occasion to participate in workshops, attend presentations, and network with other CSE members.

Immediately following this year’s CSE Annual Meeting, the African editors, their international journal partner editors (American Journal of Public Health, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, Environmental Health Perspectives, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet), and the liaisons from the National Library of Medicine and the Fogarty International Center held a meeting to review progress and to make plans for the coming program year. Progress so far this year has been substantial: 3 of the 4 original journal members are now indexed in Medline, which is a major benchmark used to judge the success of the project. As a component of their current annual plan, the African editors decided to conduct 4 train-the-trainer workshops over the course of the next 12 months; these workshops will focus on e-publishing, writing skills, and peer reviewing skills. Especially noteworthy is the opening up of the workshops to editors from non-AJPP journals, which greatly expands the impact of the project.

With the full support of Donald Lindberg, director of the National Library of Medicine, and Roger Glass, director of the Fogarty International Center, the AJPP is expected to continue well into the future.

Thomas Goehl, Co-Project Director, African Journal Partnership Project

The CSE Sponsorship Committee Needs You

The Sponsorship Committee is currently seeking members willing to serve on the committee that supports the major activities of CSE. As the current chair of the committee, I welcome all who are willing to actively participate on the committee in 2009-2010.

Briefly, the Sponsorship Committee coordinates and performs the activities necessary to obtain funding from corporations, societies, associations, and other groups to support CSE activities and programs. The Committee’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Obtaining sponsorship at various levels for the Annual Meeting, securing exhibitors, and organizing the Annual Meeting exhibits
  2. Securing grants for publications, educational programs, retreats, workshops, and other special projects as directed by the Board
  3. Raising money through miscellaneous sales

As one can see, the Sponsorship Committee is of vital importance to the Annual Meeting and virtually all educational programs and publications of the CSE. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Sponsorship Committee this year, please contact me at bcampaig@indiana.edu. I look forward to hearing from you.

Barbara Campaigne, Chair, Sponsorship Committee

Program Committee Moves Forward

Things are starting to fall into place for the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the meeting is “The Changing Climate of Scientific Publishing: The Heat Is On.” The heat is on metaphorically in terms of staying ahead of the curve as our jobs and the ways we do business evolve at warp speed. And the heat is on literally as the Earth warms up around us. The Program Committee is hard at work developing compelling sessions along this theme and has already secured Dr Marshall Shepherd, of the University of Georgia, a luminary scientist and climate-change expert, as our keynote speaker. We still need a few additional members on the Program Committee. If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, contact me at kheideman@ametsoc.org.

Ken Heideman, Co-Chair, Program Committee

CSE Representatives to Other Organizations

To promote cooperation and transfer of information between CSE and other organizations with common objectives, CSE appoints a representative to a number of organizations. The function of each representative is to report directly to the board of directors or to the membership summaries of meetings of the organizations and accomplishments that are of interest to CSE members. Currently, we are looking for representatives to the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE), the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS). If you are an active members of any of these organizations and are interested in serving as a CSE representative, contact me at dlang@press.uchicago.edu. (Note: CSE does not pay expenses for representatives to other organizations to attend those organizations’ meetings.)

Diane Lang, President, CSE