June 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

It is my amazing good fortunate to begin my tenure as CSE president in Seattle at one of the most successful meetings the organization has had.  From the stimulating short courses (thanks to organizer Carissa Gilman and the faculty and students) to the outstanding plenary speakers and compelling sessions (thanks to Co-Program Chairs Jennifer Fleet and Philippa Benson for pulling everything together and to all of the speakers and attendees) this was a meeting to remember.  I am also indebted to, in awe of, and have the challenge of following Diane Sullenberger in this role that she carried out so admirably in the past year. On behalf of the entire CSE membership, thank you, Diane!   I can sleep at night knowing that we have Heather Goodell and Tim Cross as President-Elect and Vice President, respectively. I am further reassured that Mike Friedman of the American Meteorological Society and Tony Alves of Aries Systems will be the program chairs for what promises to be a fabulous meeting in magnificent Montreal in 2013.

I would like to congratulate Jennifer Fleet and Angela Cochran in their new positions on the Board, Carissa Gilman as the new Education Committee, and Patty Baskin as the new Editor of Science Editor.   I am humbled by the talent that surrounds me on the Board and in all of the critically important CSE Committees.  I would like to take this opportunity to invite any and all CSE members to step up and join the amazing volunteer force that is the power behind the organization.

In the coming year, my priorities include growing CSE membership, continuing the development of the CSE Certificate program, and revisiting the strategic goals of the organization. Part of the plan will be trying to do a little more “shouting from rooftops” about everything CSE uniquely has to offer young and established editorial professionals. We have a great thing going here and there’s no need to be shy about it!  There’s plenty of people out there who need to learn what we already know about the benefits of CSE membership. I look forward to working with all of you in building on a strong foundation CSE already has and taking it to the next level.  My email is [email protected] and I can be reached by phone at (617) 226-3923. Please feel free to contact me about any ideas that you have for this monthly newsletter (or anything else, for that matter) or if you are encountering any problems that I can help with.

Here’s what’s happening:

Medical Writers are Invited to Participate in Job Analysis Study

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is initiating the development of a medical writer’s certification examination. To ensure that the certification examination reflects current medical writing practice, AMWA is administering a survey as part of a job analysis study to determine what tasks medical writers perform in their jobs and the knowledge they consider important for their work. The results of this survey will help create a blueprint to determine the content and structure for the examination. The online survey is being conducted by AMWA’s testing agency, Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc.

The survey is only available to medical writers who are currently working in the field (a medical writer is broadly defined as one who writes, edits, or both in areas such as biomedical research, clinical care, and health sciences). You may forward this invitation and survey link to other medical writers who may want to participate.

The value of this study is directly related to the number of medical writers who complete the survey. Your participation is of great importance and genuinely appreciated.

The survey should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete and will be available online until July 8, 2012. You may revisit the survey at any time during this period. Only one completed response per person will be recorded.

Prizes:  At the end of the survey, there is an optional final section in which you can submit your contact information to be entered into a random drawing for an iPod or one of three $100 gift cards.

Survey Directions:

  • When you are ready to complete the survey, please visit: http://www.smttest.com/JobAnalysis/amwaja/survey.aspx
  • The survey has been designed for optimal use with Internet Explorer. You may encounter difficulties using other browsers.
  • When you access the survey for the first time, log in as a “new user.” You must provide an email address to begin the login process.  You will be provided with a unique access code and will be automatically logged into the survey.  Please remember the email address used for access and write down your access code for logging in at a later time/date as a return user.
  • For your convenience, the survey system is designed to allow you to exit the survey and return later. You may return to the survey at any time by entering the email address and unique access code established as a new user in the “Returning Users” box, until the survey closes on July 8, 2012.
  • You are able to change your responses throughout the survey administration period. Please make sure all responses meet your satisfaction before clicking “Submit.” Incomplete surveys cannot be accepted.

Please remember that the survey is available only until Sunday, July 8, 2012.

Technical Difficulties:  If you have any technical problems associated with taking the survey, please contact SMT Technical Support at [email protected] or contact by phone at (800)-556-0484, ext. #2172

Thank you for participating in this historic effort to better define and further support the medical writing profession!


Tom Gegeny, MS, ELS, Certification Commission Chair
Susan Krug, CAE, Executive Director, AMWA

2012 Annual Meeting Photos to Share!

For those of you who missed the meeting or for attendees that want to rekindle memories, you can view pictures from the Seattle meeting on our Flickr page here. If you have pictures from any CSE events that you’d like to share with fellow members, please email them (individually) to [email protected] with the picture name or a brief description in the subject line.

Science Editor is on track for Fall Relaunch

As announced at the annual meeting in Seattle, the CSE journal Science Editor will resume quarterly publication this coming fall! Editor Patty Baskin, a number of previous Science Editor contributors, and some new volunteers joining the editorial team are now planning columns and gathering articles for the first issue. Readers will see some new features as well as favorite columns like ‘The Ethical Editor’ and reports of presentations from the annual meetings. If you are interested in joining the editorial team, contact Patty at [email protected].

Thank You for Making the 2012 Annual Meeting a HUGE Success

The CSE Board of Directors, Program Planning Committee and staff organizers would like to thank all of you who attended the 2012 CSE Annual Meeting — Our Authors, Ourselves: Science Editing and Publishing in a Global Market. In addition, we wish to thank the speakers, short course faculty, committee chairs, exhibitors and sponsors for their time and support in making the conference a huge success!

Congrats to Poster winner, Clarinda Cerejo from Cactus Communications for her poster “Optimizing the Output of a Freelance Editing Model: Value Added by an In-house Reviewing Team” who won a complementary registration to next year’s meeting along with a copy of SSF7.

SAVE THE DATE for the 2013 Annual Meeting, 3-6 May 2013 in beautiful Montreal, Canada!

Annual Meeting Evaluation and Presentations

Your candid feedback is important to us. Please take a few moments to complete the conference evaluation. Our 2013 program committee has already begun planning and welcomes your input. Please complete the evaluation by 29 June 2012.

Many of the Annual Meeting speakers have continued to send their handouts and presentations for your reference. We will continuously update the site as speakers make their material available. Click here to view the current listing of presentations and handouts.

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 [email protected].

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KenHeideman2012Best to all,

Ken Heideman Signature
Ken Heideman, CSE President