March 2015

In keeping with our mission to provide education and resources for editorial best practices, the 2015 CSE Webinar Series got off to a great start last week with the presentation “Prevention is Better than Retraction.”

Speaker Michael Willis pointed out that retractions may occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from data errors and accidental misreporting to more serious cases of breaches of publication ethics, including failure to disclose conflicts of interest, plagiarism, and image manipulation.

As the title of the webinar suggests, prevention is the key, and for this there is no better place to start than CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications.  First printed in 2006, and now available in a more dynamically “updateable” online format, the white paper continues to open dialogue about ethical publishing practices, inform those involved in the editorial process, and foster informed decision-making.  Highly respected by editors around the globe, it’s interesting to see it cited as a reference in use cases as far-ranging as the Elsevier Ethics Toolkit, Springer’s Publishing Ethics for Journals,  the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka, and the Nepal Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

As a repository of valuable collective wisdom, the CSE white paper is a testament to the collaborative mindset that is part of our DNA as an organization. It functions both an authoritative resource for the editorial community and as an ambassador for the valuable work we do.


If you’re looking to add some new tools to your toolbox, in addition to the CSE white paper on publication ethics, don’t forget these other useful resources on the CSE website:

Committee Spotlight: Education

The Education Committee is responsible for educational programs and products given outside the annual meeting program, including popular offerings such as our annual short courses and webinars and the CSE Publication Certificate Program that launched in 2012. The Education Committee currently includes two subcommittees to assist in the administration of these programs.

The Short Course Subcommittee, has developed educational offerings that appeal to attendees serving in various role across scholarly publishing-the annual two-day Short Course for Journal Editors, the Short Course for Publication Management, and the Short Course for Manuscript Editors, as well as the Short Course on Publication Ethics and Short Course on Journal Metrics, which currently rotate every year. The  subcommittee will now be exploring opportunities to take these courses on the road and collaborate with other organizations to offer portions of this robust curriculum at other industry meetings both domestically and internationally.

The CSE Certificate Program Subcommittee oversees the Publication Certificate Program. This course was devised in response to the rapidly changing scholarly publishing market, which is in a serious time of transformation with new technologies, a growing Internet-savvy customer base, and financial threats from library consolidation and open access mandates. For professionals interested in making a career in scholarly publishing, the Certificate Program provides a solid basis on the fundamentals and also challenges them to creatively tackle emerging issues.

Exciting new strategic goals of the committee will soon result in the creation of two additional subcommittees. The Webinar Subcommittee will help achieve the strategic initiative to enhance webinar content and delivery, while the Regional Networking Subcommittee will focus on local/regional meetings, meet and greets, and roundtables, perhaps in conjunction with allied group meetings around the country. Both of these subcommittees will strive to achieve the larger goal of expanding CSE’s educational outreach to include year-round educational opportunities and to attract early career professionals.

Kristen Anderson Emilie Gunn
Rebecca Barr Ken Heideman
Patty Baskin Cheryl Iverson
Melissa Berbusse Etta Kavanagh
Stacy Christiansen Milka Kostic
Angela Cochran Byron Laws
Nancy Devaux Daniel Nadolny
Jennifer Deyton Emma Pfordresher-Shumeyko
Abimbola Farinde May Piotrowski
Jennifer Fleet Bill Silberg

Registration and Meeting Details Announced for 2015

Details for the 2015 CSE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia is now available! Click here to be taken to the meeting homepage to review the schedule of events, learn about this year’s exhibitors and sponsors, explore Philly, and register!

The early bird registration deadline is Monday, April 20. Take advantage of this opportunity to save $60! Full registration information may be found by clicking here.

As this will sure to be another recording-breaking attendance year, be sure to reserve your hotel room soon! Last year, our room block sold out, so don’t miss your opportunity to stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. You may book online, or call 888-575-6397. Be sure to mention you are with CSE. CSE has negotiated the rates of $219 for single Queen/King rooms, or $244 for double Queen/King rooms, per night. Reserve your room by Thursday, April 23 to secure these rates.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

J. Haxby Abbott, University of Otago
Erika Davies, American Society of Microbiology
Flavia Jaszczak, Research Square
Charlotte Kent, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
John Kerpan, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Anne Lacey, Anne F. Lacey Editing
Maria McGivern, Maria McGivern, Editor — Editorial Savvy
Ann McGuire, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Michael Miller, Elsevier
Maria Ruggieri, Molecular Medicine
Julian Tang
Karina Villalba, Florida International University
Brittany White, J&J Editorial, LLC


headshot-crossBest to all,
signature-crossTim Cross, CSE President