March 2011

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Want to make new friends and influence your peers? Then, register for the CSE meeting, join a CSE committee, submit an article to Science Editor, or become a contributor to the 8th edition of CSE’s style manual. Read on to find out how to do all this and more. If you have comments or suggestions related to CSE activities, please contact me at [email protected].

Here’s what’s happening:

CSE Webinars

Spring Webinar: Mobile Optimized Web Sites

Now that nearly everyone is carrying a smart phone or tablet computer (or both!), many journals are wrestling over whether and how to optimize their sites for mobile viewing. Join us for a discussion with publishers and editors who have optimized their journal web sites for mobile devices. Keep an eye out for an invitation to CSE’s next webinar.

CSE’s Education Committee is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

If you want to make new friends, gain valuable information, and influence your colleagues, then join the CSE Education Committee. Contact Angela Cochran at [email protected] if you would like to be a member of this important CSE Committee.

CSE Annual Meeting Registration

Whatever your educational goals are, be sure to check out what CSE has to offer at the 2011 Annual Meeting: Making Science Matter taking place April 29 – May 3 in Baltimore, Maryland. We have assembled a seasoned group of presenters who are keen to share their insights and experiences with you. There is no better time than the present to elevate your skills and distinguish yourself from the competition.

Register now to attend our short courses and symposia. Get ready to experience innovation, bring home real-world solutions and connect with the best and brightest professionals in the industry.

The early-bird registration deadline has been extended to March 27, 2011! There is still time to save up to $50 on your registration.

Click here to view the schedule of events and session details.

It’s not too early to make your hotel reservation at the Hilton Baltimore. Call 443.573.8700 or reserve online now at the discounted rate of $195 per night plus applicable taxes.

NEW! Short Course on Publication Ethics

This year CSE will offer the first ever Short Course on Publication Ethics that will debut on Friday, April 29, preceding the CSE Annual Meeting. Although anyone can register for the one-half day course, registrants for this course who also register for one of the Short Courses held on Saturday, April 30 are eligible for a $75 discount.

This new course will address ethical issues that arise in journal publication and consider ways of preventing, investigating and resolving breeches of publication ethics. Content will be essential for editors, managing editors, and publishers. Using the CSE White Paper on Publication Ethics as a foundation, faculty will address topics such as conflicts of interest, duplicate publication, piracy and plagiarism, human subjects, data misrepresentation, image fraud, authorship disputes, editorial independence, falsification of data, and research misconduct. Participants will learn the appropriate approaches to investigate suspicions of breeches of publications ethics and uses of errata, retractions, expressions of concerns, and sanctions. Discussion will occur around case studies and include ample opportunity for participant interaction.

Click here to register now!

Science Editor now a Quarterly Publication

The first quarterly issue of Science Editor will soon arrive in your mail box!

Science Editor aims to encourage and disseminate research about peer review in science and biomedicine and to provide an international discussion forum for editors, editorial staff, publishers, scientists, and other professionals in the field of science communication. As the journal strives to reach these goals, the CSE Board decided that more substantial (but less frequent) issues were the best way forward.

CSE members will receive issues in March, June, September, and December. The editor is seeking the submission of research on peer review, editorial processes, and ethics. In addition, the publication is looking for potential peer reviewers. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript or becoming a peer reviewer, please send an e-mail query to the editor, Rebecca Benner at ([email protected]).

Planned for 2012: CSE Certification Program

Beginning in 2012, CSE will offer a certification program for publication managers, managing editors, and journal editors.  The goal of the certification program is to increase educational opportunities that promote excellence in scientific reporting. Success in the program will require participation in various CSE short courses, annual meeting sessions, and webinars. Participants will earn a credential that can be used for seeking positions or promotions in the scientific publications field.

The program will complement, rather than compete with, the BELS program, which certifies editors who edit material published in journals, newsletters, textbooks, or reference books in scientific or related fields.

8th Edition of CSE’s Scientific Style and Format names a Project Manager

The Publications Committee is very pleased to announce that Lindsey Buscher, Managing Editor at Allen Press, has accepted the position of Project Manager for the upcoming publication of SSF8.  She will lead the SSF8 subcommittee in their work developing the manuscript and will coordinate production of the book.  Please join us in congratulating Lindsey!

Contribute to the 8th Edition of CSE’s Scientific Style and Format

Calling All Style Experts!  Do you want to make a difference? Do you have aspirations to influence the future of scientific style? Are you a self-proclaimed style nerd? Do you have expert knowledge in certain style-related fields? If so… We need your help!

The Council of Science Editors is in the beginning stages of preparing the new and improved edition of our beloved style manual: Scientific Style and Format, the 8th edition. The CSE Publications Committee is seeking subcommittee members to join the team and help revamp the current edition of the style manual.

For more information or if you are interested in joining the CSE SSF8 Subcommittee, please contact Dana Compton, Publications Committee Chair, at [email protected].

CSE Social Networking

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 Bob Sumner, chair of the Social Networking Committee at [email protected].

facebook social media iconTo find the CSE Facebook page, go to your personal page or type in the URL and search the pages for Council of Science Editors. Or click on the button to the right.

To follow CSE on Twitter, search for CScienceEditors.twtiter social media badge

linkedin buttonYou can also find CSE on LinkedIn. Sign in to your personal page, or join to create a personal pageif you are not a member. On your personal page, on the top toolbar, mouse over Groups, click on Groups Directory, then search for Council of Science Editors in the search box in the upper right corner.


Christine Laine, CSE President