July 2019

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Dana Compton, CSE President

Sometimes it feels like “the busy season” has taken over the entire year. Thankfully, July and August still provide some respite while colleagues come and go through the revolving door of vacations. I was very fortunate to recently spend a week of relaxation at a lake with my family. With no WiFi or cell service, we spent a lot of time on the water and by the campfire. Most importantly, none of us killed each other, and we all came home rejuvenated, ready to tackle new projects. I hope you all have a chance to disconnect at some point this summer (and dare I hope return invigorated to join a committee?!).

While things may slow somewhat in the summer, CSE’s volunteer activities never stop! Working enthusiastically and efficiently around vacations and pool days, we have several announcements:

The Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Fitzgerald as Project Manager to oversee publication of the ninth edition of Scientific Style and Format (SSF9). Mike brings unparalleled editorial and association leadership experience to this role, having served as Director of Publications and then Publisher and Associate Editor at the American Osteopathic Association, as well as Executive Director at the American Academy of Osteopathy. He also served two terms as Secretary of CSE. As Project Manager, Mike will chair the Style Manual Task Force and assume primary responsibility for content updates to reflect the evolving publishing environment. Congratulations, Mike, on this appointment! If you are interested in working on the Task Force, please contact us.

CSE also upgraded its email discussion list platform. Starting July 12, use this address to email the CSE network: csel@lists.councilscienceeditors.org. If you have any questions or experience any difficulty with the new platform, please reach out to CSE headquarters.

Finally, check out CSE’s newly refreshed home page to find:

  • a redesign developed to comply with WCAG 2.0 recommendations
  • an RSS feed incorporated into the updated layout
  • a new page of Student Resources found in CSE’s Resource Library

An enormous thank you to Web Editor Amanda Ferguson for her tireless work implementing these updates!

Here in the DC area, the heat and humidity are on the relentless march to the point of no return, when we all spend more time inside in the A.C. and start longing for October. CSE, too, is thinking ahead. As you start packing your fall calendars, save the date for CSE’s next Publications Management Short Course on the Road, which will be held in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 13th.

As we have in years past, we also plan to host a webinar in conjunction with Peer Review Week 2019, which this year centers around the theme “Quality in Peer Review.” Please keep an eye out for more information about this CSE event.

As always, the latest CSE comings and goings are available via social media channels (FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn) and our listserv (csel@lists.councilscienceeditors.org).

I value input from CSE members. If you have a question, suggestion, or a comment, please feel free to contact me.

All the best,

Dana Compton, CSE President


Call for Marketing Committee Members

Interested in flexing your creativity? Join the Marketing Committee! We are currently looking for members to help raise awareness of CSE and provide valuable input on and support for new and ongoing initiatives. This is a great opportunity to share ideas, sharpen your writing skills, venture into social media, and make new connections. Anyone is welcome and no prior marketing experience is necessary! Please contact committee chair Christina Nelson for more information.


Summer Reading with the CSE Book Club

The CSE Book Club has just finished reading Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek and is now gearing up for The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris. Kickoff discussion will begin August 1. Learn more and plan to participate!

We’re always looking for new book suggestions – if you’re interested in reading it, chances are your fellow CSE members are too! Have a question or want to recommend a book? Reach out to our Subcommittee Chair: Brit Stamey

Not a member of the CSE Book Club yet? Simply create an account on Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations and a great platform for book discussions, and search for the “Council of Science Editors Book Club” group. You will be required to request access to join. The CSE moderators will then prompt discussions by posting questions and comments about the book and welcoming members into the conversation.

Happy reading!


Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Kerry Carney
Kristen Hines
Pratibha Kakadia
Devatha Nair
Lauri Naylor
Sarah Snobelen
Claire Vernon