July 2015

I feel very fortunate to come into the CSE Presidency at this particular time. As you have been hearing, the board spent a lot of time last year working out a strategic plan around communication, education, excellence, and global collaborations (to name a few).

The strategic plan provides the board with a roadmap for activities in the coming year and beyond. On the heels of one of the best attended and highest rated Annual Meetings, we are challenging ourselves to provide you all with year round opportunities to learn, network, and engage with CSE.

There is great momentum pushing us forward. Collaborations with groups around the world showcase all the CSE has to offer. We have extended our Certificate Program to journal editors and editorial staff in Brazil through our affiliation with ABEC. In fact, we are offering our first short course in Brazil this November and have already accepted several editors into the Certificate Program from Brazil.

We are also collaborating with the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors with an opportunity to introduce people to CSE at the inaugural ISMTE Asia conference in Singapore next April. These are just two examples of how CSE is being approached or reaching out to other groups. It is my belief that our combined efforts will further strengthen the professions associated with science editing.

Thanks for coming along for the ride. I promise it will be worth it!

Committee Spotlight: Committee on Professional Development

At our board meeting this past May, a new committee was formed. The Committee on Professional Development has been charged with developing and directing programs and services that are specific to the career development needs of CSE members at all levels of their career.

Lead by Glenn Landis, formerly chair of the membership committee, the Committee on Professional Development will be directing the Certificate Program, developing a mentoring program, and organizing local CSE functions and networking opportunities. Mary Billingsly will be serving as vice-chair of this committee and brings a host of new ideas to the table.

The committee is in need of interested volunteers. If you are looking for a way to get involved or have a passion for helping others meet their career goals, email Glenn at glandis@hematology.org.

CSE Education Committee Update

The CSE Education Committee has been very busy planning webinars and providing additional educational content. The last webinar, How Do You Figure? Best Practices for Figure Resolution, Reformatting, & Workflow, drew in the highest registration numbers and some of the best feedback for a CSE webinar! You can purchase a recording of this webinar, and any other webinar, by clicking here.

The Committee is also planning on several more webinars before year’s end. Save the date for the upcoming webinar in September, and look for more information on the following webinars as we move through the rest of the year.

September 10, 2015
12:00-1:00pm EST
Taking Author Instructions to the Next Level

Author instructions can often seem forbidding, and many readers fail to grasp the most important points when it comes to preparing a submission. When instructions are excessively long or text-heavy, authors may not bother to read them at all, causing problems down the line. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss ways to structure author guidelines effectively and describe alternative means to convey information about journal policies and processes that they have created.

Fall/Winter 2015 & 2016

  • Adding Value: Journal-based CME for Readers and Reviewers
  • Are You Where You Need to Be? Uncovering the Mystery of Journal Indexing
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Ensuring Your Style Manual is Up-to-Date

Congratulations to Oedipa Rice!

As with any meeting, attendee input from evaluations is always a valuable part of the planning process. Many thanks to everyone who attended and completed this year’s evaluation. And a special congratulations to CSE member Oedipa Rice who won the $100 Visa Gift Card in the evaluation drawing! Everyone’s input is valuable and will be considered for the 2016 meeting in Denver, CO.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Alim Al Ayub Ahmed Brian Kaufman
Jeff Andrews Frederic Michael Litto
Kimberly Auker Anne Macaulay
Rachel Box Mariana Montini
Nancy Busija Cynthia Nagle
John Etchberger Lee Pachter
Silvia Regina Galleti Queiroz Teresa Peters Kilmer
Elaine Gangel Suzanne Pratt
Peter Gloviczki Juan Sanchez-Cortes
Joshua Green Patricia Soranno
Lindsay Guth Jennifer Stewart
Colleen Healy Semir Vranic
Michelle Horner Diana Winters
Catherine Hunt Ana Vera Wynne
David Hutto

headshot-cochranBest to all,signature-cochranAngela Cochran, CSE President