July 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

“CSE is a dynamic community of editorial professionals dedicated to the responsible and effective communication of science.”  I think that most of us would wholeheartedly agree with this statement. And that’s a good thing because it is our Mission Statement!   Members of CSE recognize the value of science. We do the science, write about it, edit it, have it published in the literature, facilitate its publication and dissemination, and/or manage people who do some or all of those things. What distinguishes CSE as an organization is that it not only recognizes the value of science but strives to help its members add value to the science by providing tools, skills, and shared experiences that make the communication of science content clear, accurate, and genuinely usable to the maximum number of people who can benefit from the information. In other words, CSE is not simply about communicating science. It is about communicating science effectively. We live in a time when that skill is more important than ever, with the well-being of the planet and its 7 billion people and myriad ecosystems hanging in the balance.  I wish I could say that I was engaging in hyperbole but, alas, I am not.  What better theme, then, for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Montreal than the following call to action:

Communicate Science Effectively: The World Depends On It!

This is a theme that states a fact, emphasizes that the way that we communicate science can be as important as the science itself, and at the same time reinforces the acronym for our organization each time it is written or spoken. While the theme is a broad call to action for our membership and beyond, this column is a call for all CSE members to rally around the theme and join together to make the meeting in Montreal next spring exciting, engaging, and most of all, inspiring. If you would like to have a direct role in helping our 2013 Program Chairs, Tony Alves, of Aries Corporation, and Michael Friedman, of the American Meteorological Society, shape the program for the meeting please contact Monta Greenfield at MGreenfield@resourcenter.com. Do it now while you are thinking about it!

Here’s what’s happening:

Science Editor Update

The CSE journal Science Editor will resume quarterly publication this coming fall, with the first issue focusing on scientific misconduct. Readers will see some new features as well as favorite columns like ‘The Ethical Editor’ and reports of presentations from the annual meetings. Those interested in joining the editorial team should contact the editor, Patty Baskin, at pbaskin@gmail.com.

Purchase Your CSE T-shirts

Council of Science Editors t-shirt design 2012The official CSE T-shirt is now available for purchase online in the CSE store. Women’s and men’s sizes are available. The price per shirt is $15 plus shipping. Visit the CSE store and purchase yours today!

Get Involved in a CSE Committee

The Sponsorship Committee provides essential support to the major activities of CSE and we hope you decide to help make our programs, retreats, workshops, special projects and services even stronger, and make the 2013 CSE Annual Meeting a success. By joining the Sponsorship Committee you ensure that CSE continues to grow and give back to its members and the scientific publishing community.

Don’t hesitate to e-mail the chair Milka Kostic at mkostic@cell.com to volunteer.

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 mention, 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.

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

Posting on the CSE Facebook page is a great way to notify fellow members and the extended community of your accomplishments, awards, projects, papers published, promotions, and other career-related news. If you have news you’d like to share-please contact John Vaughn, chair of the Social Networking Committee at vaughn.7@osu.edu.

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KenHeideman2012Best to all,

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Ken Heideman, CSE President