March 2022

Mary Billingsley, CSE President

Dear CSE Colleagues,

I hope, like me, you are getting excited about the CSE Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. This meeting will be the first in-person CSE event in three years—since May 2019. The Program Committee, led by co-chairs Kelly Hadsell and Heather Staines, has been hard at work crafting a timely and informative event. From the keynotes to the concurrent sessions, there will be topics of broad interest with speakers new and familiar.

On Monday, May 2, Keynote speaker Zoe Swann will focus on an early career scientist’s own experiences with publishing, open access, science communication, and outreach, and how professionals across all roles in science communication can use non-traditional methods in their day-to-day lives. Then Plenary speakers Lisa Janicke Hinchcliff and Roger Schonfeld follow up on Tuesday, May 3, with Recombinant Scholarly Publishing: Challenges, Trends, and Emerging Strategies. Breakout sessions will feature expert speakers on a mix of tried-and-true topics of universal interest to editorial offices, journals, authors, and reviewers, and include lessons learned during the pandemic. And, as in past years, a professional photographer will be offering updated headshots. Find more information on the Annual Meeting here.

As I noted in my recent communication, we’ll be joined in Phoenix by CSE’s new Executive Director, Lori Barker-Cummings. Lori brings 14+ years of association management experience and a focus on strategic plan implementation that I hope will be a strength for CSE as we continue the work outlined in our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Lori to the CSE community.

Although we are gearing up to be in person again soon, CSE continues to offer a vibrant array of virtual content. Check out the terrific CSE Connect conversations and webinars planned for the year and mark your calendars now.

In February, the CSE Board of Directors approved two new valuable resources for CSE members: updated guidance on preprints in the CSE White Paper on Publication Ethics and considerations in crisis management for editorial offices and scholarly publishing service providers.

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