March 2010

From the President

The February meeting of your Board of Directors was both lively and productive. The Board approved the job description for the new editor of Science Editor and the search committee charged with finding the new editor. More information about this position can be found later in this newsletter and on the CSE Web site. In addition, the Board endorsed the PRISMA Statement, which replaces the QUORUM Statement.

Barbara Gastel, CSE’s liaison to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, attended the 2010 meeting and has provided us with the highlights from a science-editorial perspective.

And last, but not least, be sure to register for the CSE annual meeting, which takes place on 14–18 May 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The lineup of presentations is fabulous, and everyone you need to meet and talk with will be there. See you in Atlanta!

Diane Lang, CSE President

Search for Next Editor of Science Editor

Barbara Gastel will be stepping down as editor of Science Editor in May 2010, and the CSE Board of Directors has commenced a search for her successor. Interested persons may learn more about this position on the CSE Web site.

The Board of Directors has enlisted a search committee to perform the job of evaluating the candidates and recommending one as the new editor. The committee consists of Heather Goodell (member, Board of Directors), Cheryl Iverson (member, Science Editor editorial board), Mary Warner (member, Research Committee), and Ted Wachs (member, Membership Committee).

The role of editor of our respected journal is a rewarding one and provides an important resource to our members. We hope you read the information provided on the CSE Web page and thoughtfully consider this position for yourself. We look forward to hearing from you.

Diane Lang, CSE President

PRISMA Statement

At the February 2010 meeting of the CSE Board of Directors, the Board voted to endorse the PRISMA Statement, an updated version of the QUOROM Statement that the Board previously approved. The PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) Statement provides current guidance on reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. CSE encourages authors and journals to support the PRISMA Statement and encourages journals to include the PRISMA Web address—www.prisma-statement.org—in their instructions for authors. Watch for information about the PRISMA Statement on the CSE Web site.

CSE Board of Directors

CSE Web Editor Steps Down

After having served as CSE’s Web Editor for more than 10 years, Seth Beckerman has decided to hang up his mouse. Seth was instrumental in creating the current functionality of the Web site that serves our needs today, and we thank him profusely for all of his attention to the site over the years. It has truly served as an important “face” of CSE.

The job description for the Web Editor will be reviewed and, if needed, revised. Information about the filling of this role will appear in a future issue of this newsletter.

Diane Lang, CSE President

We Hope to See You There!

Have you seen the preliminary program for the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting in Atlanta in May? It is loaded with sessions that will appeal to a wide range of professionals in the scientific publishing and editing fields. We guarantee that you will take home more usable knowledge than you arrived with—ideas and concepts that you can put to work immediately. We also have three outstanding plenary speakers who will discuss different perspectives on the very hot topic of climate change. The only thing left for you to do is to take advantage of the reduced rate for early registration. See you in Atlanta!

Ken Heideman and Denis Baskin, Co-Chairs, Program Committee

Don’t Be Left Out!

As you make plans to attend the 2010 CSE annual meeting, don’t forget to make reservations at the conference hotel. The beautiful Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, is offering a special discounted rate of $199 plus taxes per night for single occupancy and $224 plus taxes per night for double occupancy for conference attendees. Contact the Hyatt Regency Atlanta directly to make your reservations. Be sure to make your reservations before 25 April 2010 in order to receive this discounted rate. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability.

In addition, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta has agreed to extend our special discounted rate 3 days before and 3 days after the conference, which allows you plenty of time to participate in this year’s optional tours. Experience Atlanta! offers entrance to 3 of Atlanta’s top attractions.

The Georgia Aquarium—Saturday, 15 May 2010
As the world’s largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than 8 million gallons of water. Through a path of more than 60 exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story, with features modeled after those in the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world.

The World of Coca-Cola—Saturday, 15 May 2010
It’s the only place where you can explore the complete story—past, present, and future—of the world’s best-known brand. With 60,000 square feet for you to explore, the World of Coca-Cola features more than 1,200 artifacts from around the world that, until now, have never been displayed to the public before.

Inside CNN Tour—Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Ever wondered what the inside of a news studio looks like? Take the Inside CNN Studio Tour in Atlanta and view for yourself. Guests will take a 55-minute CNN studio tour that features the Control Room Theater, Special Effects studio, and Interactive News Desk section.

A visit to Atlanta is not complete without visiting these attractions. Register today, as space is limited.

Carissa Gilman, chair, Local Arrangements Subcommittee

The 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting: Science-Editorial Highlights

Along with many topics in science and science policy, the communication of science received substantial attention at the 2010 annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with which the Council of Science Editors is affiliated.

Symposia at the meeting, held 18–22 February in San Diego and titled “Bridging Science and Society,” included the late-breaking session “Ensuring the Transparency and Integrity of Scientific Research.” In the context of recent events, including the theft and disclosure of e-mail exchanges among climate scientists, the speakers at this symposium explored possible means of helping to ensure integrity in science and its communication. Among other sessions regarding the communication of science were those titled “Facing the Uncertain Future of International Science Journalism,” “Eyes on the Screen: Communicating Science in the New Information Age,” and “Science in the Theater.”

The meeting also included career-development workshops on scientific publication and other aspects of science communication. One workshop focused on how to publish in Science. Another offered strategies for improving one’s scientific writing. A day-long clinic provided guidance on popular science communication.

Many of the awards presented at the meeting recognized the communication of science. These awards included the AAAS Award for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology; the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, given for an outstanding paper published in Science; and the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.

Discussion topics at business sessions included potential subjects for symposia at the 2011 AAAS annual meeting, to be titled “Science Without Borders.” Symposium proposals can be submitted at The deadline is 27 April.

Further details about the 2010 AAAS annual meeting are available online, and a report on several sessions will appear in Science Editor. Audio recordings of many of the sessions can be ordered at http://www.aven.com/conf.cfm/cid/1140.

Barbara Gastel, CSE Liaison to the American Association for the Advancement of Science