March 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Most people I know (especially my preteen kids) cannot understand my passion for editing. I love doing it! But when vocation becomes avocation and spills into other areas of life it can become a problem. I have found that I cannot read a book for pleasure, a newspaper, magazine, menu, sign, or even a short message someone has left for me on a sticky note without having grammatical or syntactical errors of commission or omission jump off the page and (metaphorically) assault me. That can take the fun out of a lot of things and can sometimes make it appear that I am an “editor snob” to some people (did I mention my kids?). But it’s not a switch I can turn on and off at will. The switch is in the permanent “on” position. Am I alone in this?   Be honest. How many of you reading this column right now will admit that you are editing it (consciously or not) as you go along? I thought so!   I certainly hope I haven’t made any errors. If I did leave a mistake in here somewhere please don’t be shy letting me know. If the tables were turned I can assure you I would not be!

Here’s what’s happening:

CSE 2013 Annual Conference

CSE Annual Meeting
Communicate Science Effectively:  The World Depends On It!
May 3 – 6, 2013

Short Courses UpdateRegister now while there is still space available.

Short Course for Journal Editors

To provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of scientific journal editors.

Course Description
The 2-day Short Course for Journal Editors is designed as an introduction for newly appointed editors and a refresher for experienced colleagues, providing a comprehensive survey of the roles and responsibilities of editors of scientific journals. There will be formal presentations on the fundamentals of editing, the editorial board, journal management, publishing ethics, operating business practices, and considerations for introducing a new publication or improving an established one. The group discussions are a key feature of the course, because they provide an opportunity for detailed consideration of decision making, manuscript improvement, allegations of inappropriate behavior, and, most importantly, the issues that participants bring to the table. Participants will also have the opportunity to put forward their questions and problems for consideration by the faculty and other participants.


  • William L. Lanier, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Course Coordinator Arthur J. Hilliker, PhD, Editor, Genome
  • Jody Hundley, Production Manager, Scientific Publishing, American Heart Association
  • Bruce A.F. Polsky, Principal, Hanell Consulting, LLC
  • Terry Van Schaik, Publisher, American Society of Clinical Oncology

Short Course on Journal Metrics

To explore the kinds of data available to journal managers and why it is important to know this data.

Course Description
Journal managers have a plethora of data at their fingertips. This 1-day short course will look at available data and discuss what to do with it all. Participants will learn different ways to collect, analyze, and present journal data to editorial boards; how to detect trends and analyze changes; how to use online usage data in conjunction with circulation data for marketing the journal; and the value of readership surveys and competition surveys. NEW this year: Alt-metrics – new ways to gather data.


  • Angela Cochran, Facilitator, Director, Journals, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Carissa Gilman, Managing Editor, American Cancer Society
  • Glenn Landis, Managing Editor, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Jason Priem, University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill

Short Course for Publication Management

To introduce new managing editors and other publication managers to, and to reinforce seasoned publication managers in, efficient and effective methods of managing a journal.

Course Description

The 1-day Short Course on Publication Management is designed to address the management challenges that managing editors and publication managers face every day and also the wide-ranging role that they play. This is the basic course for those new to journal editing; it is also designed to fill in the gaps and provide new ideas and perspectives to experienced managers. The keynote session of the course will be titled Managing to Lead. Further sessions will address the following topics and will include question-and-answer periods: Managing Communications and People; Working with Publishing Partners; Organizing Workflow; Working with Editors in Chief, Associate Editors, Editorial Boards, Authors, and Reviewers; and Perspectives of Editors, Authors, and Reviewers. Discussions will include current controversies in ethics, conflicts of interest, and open access. The course will conclude with a problem-solving and discussion period; attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions from their own experience for discussion by all faculty and other attendees.


  • Denis G. Baskin, PhD, Executive Editor, The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
  • Patricia K. (Patty) Baskin, MS, Executive Editor, Neurology
  • Annie Calacci, Production Editor, Dartmouth Journal Services
  • Kenneth F. (Ken) Heideman, MS, Director of Publications, The American Meteorological Society
  • Amy McPherson, Managing Editor, American Journal of Botany, Course Coordinator

Short Course for Manuscript Editors

To introduce beginning editors to the tools of the trade and to enable seasoned editors to stay competitive in the field.

Course Description

This 1-day course is designed both for novices and for experienced editors who need to stay current in the field, including review of skills required for mechanical and substantive editing of scientific materials for publication. The 2013 course will include sessions on (1) best practices in manuscript editing, including language editing, process efficiencies, and Word tips; (2) editing tables, including table structuring, data consolidation, and technical tips; (3) working with authors, with an emphasis on effective and appropriate means of author querying; and (4) ethical and legal issues that manuscript editors must address on an increasingly routine basis. The day wraps up with a roundtable on various issues that manuscript editors face on a regular basis. Attendees are welcome to bring other items they might like to discuss in a room full of like-minded individuals. All participants will receive course content as well as supplementary information electronically during the class. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop for the short course.


  • Elizabeth Blake, Director of Business Development, Inera Inc.
  • Stacy Christiansen, MA, Director of Manuscript Editing, JAMA
  • Kalika Genelin, MA, Managing Editor, Biophysical Journal and Cell Reports, Cell Press
  • Peter J. Olson, ELS, Senior Copyediting Coordinator, Dartmouth Journal Services, Course Coordinator

Make Your Reservations Now at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel:

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomes you to the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet.  The hotel offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service.  When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the CSE Annual Meeting to receive the negotiated rate of $189 Canadian plus tax per night for single/double occupancy.

Book your room online now at the CSE group rate of $189 Canadian!

Value of Education: The CSE Certificate Program

Continuing Education is not only important but is required in many fields. CSE is committed to offering educational opportunities for professionals in scholarly publishing. Many of you have attended webinars or taken a short course. Why not take the next step and achieve a Publication Certificate? Benefits of the certificate program include:

  • Discounts on webinars, short courses and conference attendance.
  • An accomplishment to add to your resume giving you an edge over others.
  • Assignment of a seasoned professional to mentor you through the program and beyond.
  • Opportunities to network with others in the field.
  • A commitment from your supervisor to support your continuing education.

Make sure you sign up for the Publication Certificate program before you register for the Annual Meeting in May to take advantage of the discounts and connections. For more information, click here.

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Ken Heideman, CSE President