July 2016

A successful annual meeting …and on to a redesigned journal and a new year!

The CSE Annual Meeting in Denver was one of the most memorable and productive for me since I started attending CSE meetings in the mid-nineties. It was a terrific opportunity for us to learn from others and share knowledge, beginning with the day-long short courses to the fascinating keynote speech by Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook (chosen as the first selection for the CSE Book Club, available on Goodreads), through the varied and engaging concurrent sessions. Attendance surpassed the goal of 400 (the number of attendees in Philadelphia the previous year) with a total of 460 participants from 27 countries in addition to the US and Canada. Breaks afforded wonderful moments for face-to-face networking, catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones.

I would like to express thanks once again to the 2016 Program Committee, chaired by Carissa Gilman and Dana Compton, and to the Short Course Chair, Nancy Devaux, and all the Short Course faculty. Thanks also to our loyal sponsors, especially Aries Systems for the wi-fi network, Canadian Science Publishing for the hotel keys, Silverchair for the notepads, Technica Editorial Services for the lanyards, and Inera, Inc. and Technica Editorial Services for support of the scholarship program.

I encourage and welcome everyone’s participation in our events and on our committees. These are great places to learn and to share knowledge. We will be reaching out to members who indicated on the 2016 meeting evaluations that they are interested in joining committees. Any member can join a committee at any time – just let us know which one you are interested in. Every contribution is valuable.

We plan to survey members soon to learn about YOUR wants and needs as a member of your society. The Board wants to know which programs are working, which can work better, how we might improve them, and of course, how to help YOU develop professionally. I invite all of you to contact me personally at any time to let me know YOUR thoughts about how CSE can meet your needs and to hear YOUR ideas about how CSE can help you in YOUR career!

Thanks to all for participating in CSE activities, for your ideas, and for the opportunity and honor to serve as the president of your organization.

Science Editor – the Redesign is Here!

The big news this month, previewed at the Annual Meeting, is the launch of the redesigned CSE journal, Science Editor, both print version and Web site. The CSE Board of Directors formed the Science Editor Redesign Task Force to spearhead both new and print designs last year and I was appointed Chair. One of CSE’s strategic objectives is to promote CSE as an authoritative resource for science editing and model best publishing practices. Redesigning our journal was one of the tactics to achieve this objective. As former editor of Science Editor, I knew we had great content, but I was also aware that our print version needed updating and that the Science Editor Web site lacked cutting edge functionality. I believed that both the journal print and Web designs should be examples of contemporary excellence for our members, and I believe we have achieved that.

We were fortunate to have those who worked on the CSE main Web site redesign a couple of years ago on the task force, as well as the current editor, deputy editor, and managing editor; this was a remarkable team that deserves the credit for working with our vendor to effect a truly impressive redesign. Thanks go to Jonathan Shultz, Amanda Ferguson, Tony Alves, Tracey DePellegrin, and Lindsey Buscher for their dedication and ideas. Our redesign partner, Windmill Design, previously redesigned the CSE Web site, ensuring that both sites will mesh seamlessly.

The results are beautiful! The print design layouts provide easier reading and browsing, and the covers are redesigned to include an attractive full-bleed image and a new way of integrating the CSE logo. The Web site is stunning, with a colorful, intuitive interface. Science Editor has adopted a continuous publication model (Early Online articles will be published within days of acceptance), has an easy-to-use layout, and responsive, mobile-friendly design. The content tagging has been improved, with article collections by topic, so that articles will be easily discoverable (and shareable). The redesigned Science Editor models best practices and more effectively reaches out and communicates with our target audiences. Check the CSE Web site for the launch date, which is planned for later this month.

Peer Review Week 2016

CSE is pleased to participate in the planning of Peer Review Week 2016. Peer Review Week launched last September as a way to celebrate and recognize peer review. This year, the week of September 19-25, will be rich with opportunities to brush up on hot topics of peer review. CSE is organizing a webinar around the theme “Recognition for Review.” The week is also an opportunity for journals to recognize and thank peer reviewers a in public way. Keep an eye on the Peer Review Week Web site and the Twitter hashtag #PeerRevWk16 as more resources are compiled and the events calendar fills up!

New and Continuing Initiatives for the New Year

We have numerous plans to benefit members during the coming year: Taking short courses on the road to various regions of the country, collaborations with other publishing groups, a mentoring program, more webinars (and the ability to listen to past webinars), and guiding more enrollees in the CSE Publication Certificate Program. We will continue to build CSE’s presence among corresponding international organizations, an initiative that continues the work of my predecessor, Angela Cochran. The 2017 program committee, co-chaired by Amy McPherson and Nancy Devaux, is already working on the program for next year’s meeting in San Diego.

Our online presence will continue to be felt. If you haven’t yet done so, check out our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Take advantage of the CSE email listserv to ‘talk’ with fellow members or ask a question (you’ll have multiple answers in a day) and the Style Guide Forum associated with the online version of CSE’s style manual, Scientific Style and Format 8th Edition (SSF8).  And don’t forget to check out the CSE Book Club, available on Goodreads.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Munawwar Alam Francisco Moura Duarte
Robert Arthur Goddy Onuoha
L Michelle Baker Gerald Onyedika
Laurene Booth Kirsten Patrick
Emily Chenette Amanda Preston
John Corkery Julie Rempfer
Mark Diab Einar Ryvarden
Emily Ebner Hassan Saidi
Adrienne Ellis Susan Sandler
Miriam Espeseth Ellen Taratus
Erica Ferraz Amanda Tindall
Erika Jones Nicholas Violette
Andrea Kingcade Jasmine Wallace
Maria Kowalczuk Catherine Wrobel
Paul Langman Lu Yao

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