November 2013

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends, the end of the year is almost here. I’m still having trouble comprehending this! I do hope that all of you have a productive push towards what I hope is a holiday break at the end of 2013.

We should be able to look back on 2013 and know that the program committee finalized a great 2014 program, SSF8 was finalized, and the marketing task force was well on its way, and numerous webinars and Science Editor articles flashed before our eyes. Meanwhile, we have updates on the posters (start your research if you have not already!) and our December webinar. I’ll have more next month about 2014 program; remember everything is bigger in Texas!

Submit Nominations for the 2014 CSE Awards

Each year, CSE recognizes important contributors to scientific communication and to CSE through our awards. Distributed at the CSE annual meeting, the three categories are: CSE Award of Meritorious Achievement, CSE Distinguished Service Award, and Certificate of Appreciation. The Awards Committee welcomes your suggestions for candidates for these awards. Learn more about each category below and submit your nominations by clicking here.

CSE Award for Meritorious Achievement
This is CSE’s highest award. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to CSE’s mission to improve scientific communication through the pursuit of high standards in all activities connected with scientific editing. The recipient should be a person or institution that the CSE membership will readily recognize as closely embracing the purposes of CSE and a symbol of what CSE stands for, but need not be a member of CSE. Click here to view past recipients.

CSE Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes excellence in the performance of specific tasks by CSE members. Recipients must be CSE members in good standing who have made outstanding contributions to CSE. Recipients must be present at the annual meeting to receive their certificates. Click here to view past recipients.

Certificate of Appreciation
The CSE Certificate of Appreciation is given to one or more CSE members who have made a laudable contribution to CSE in recent years.

Nomination Deadline: December 2, 2013

Submit your nominations today!

Next CSE Webinar: Conducting an RFP and Choosing a New Vendor, 12/12

Conducting an RFP and Choosing a New Vendor
Thursday, December 12, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Members: $99*
Non-Members: $119
*CSE Certificate Program participants receive a 20% discount
Register Here


The Request for Proposal (RFP) process is the first step in forming a partnership that will benefit both you and your chosen vendor. Unfortunately, staff who are new to the process are often uninformed about what is expected from them, and don’t know how to get the most of out of it. This webinar will cover the elements that should be included in an RFP to allow vendors to make a competitive bid, and the questions to ask potential vendors to create the best partnership for your needs. We will cover knowing when you should go out for RFP, what questions to ask before starting, what absolutely must and must not be included in your RFP, how to set realistic timeframes, and how to choose the right vendor for your association. We will analyze this from the perspective of RFPs for publishers, online platforms, and manuscript submission and tracking systems.


  • Determine the elements of an effective RFP for a manuscript tracking and peer review system.
  • Evaluate the components of the current system and describe the items to be addressed during the RFP process.
  • Identify critical information to be provided in a publisher RFP.
  • Compare and evaluate key elements of publisher offers.


Carissa Gilman, Chair, Education Committee


Kathey Alexander
Consultant in Professional and Scholarly Publishing
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Kathey Alexander established her publishing consulting business in 2001, after spending 20 years in medical publishing. Her background encompasses all aspects of commercial and society publishing and all forms of information delivery. Kathey was formerly Executive Vice President of Professional Medical Publishing at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, where she was responsible for the medical book line, more than one hundred journals (proprietary and society owned) and controlled circulation newspapers. Kathey provides a broad range of services to professional and scholarly societies and associations, including:  Strategic and operational audits to analyze performance of existing publishing programs; exploring new business opportunities; managing the society journal RFP process, from development of RFP through contract negotiation; managing the Editor-in-Chief search process; and serving as liaison between societies  and their publishers.

Jody Hundley
Production Manager, Scientific Publishing
American Heart Association
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Jody Hundley is Production Manager of Scientific Publishing at the American Heart Association, Dallas, TX. From 1991-1995, she worked as an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Journal of Veterinary Research and Production Coordinator for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg, IL. From 1995-1997, she served as Managing Editor for Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine at the American College of Emergency Physicians in Irving, TX. From 1997-2003 she was the Managing Editor of Annals of Emergency Medicine for the American College of Emergency Physicians in Irving, TX. From 2003-2006 she worked as a Managing Editor for Spectrum Healthcare Communications, a division of The Impact Group (New York City) in Bridgewater, NJ. She holds a BA in journalism from Kansas State University.

Cara Kaufman
Owner, Kaufman Wills Fusting & Company
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Cara Kaufman is Managing Partner of Kaufman Wills Fusting & Company, LLC (KWF), a leading management consultancy serving the scholarly publishing community. For more than a decade, KWF has been successfully partnering with clients to identify opportunities, address challenges, and meet the ever-changing needs of customers. Our full range of professional services include strategy  and innovation, epublishing, new media, marketing and market research, global rights and  licensing, change management and productivity, and employee recruitment. KWF Editorial Services provides managing editor services on a contractual basis.  Prior to the formation of KWF, Cara held executive positions at what is now Wolters Kluwer Health among other organizations. Cara earned a BA with Honors in English Literature from Carleton College and an MBA in Marketing and Marketing Research from DePaul University.

More information to come!

Call for 2014 Poster Abstracts

Have you noticed some interesting or disturbing trends in your publications, do you have insightful survey data, or do you have a research question about science publishing that you can put to the test? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a poster for the 2014 CSE Annual Meeting or for future CSE meetings. And don’t forget that a research project is a requirement for the new CSE Certificate in Publication Management.

CSE members and meeting attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their editorial research for presentation in the CSE 2014 Poster Session. Content must be original and individuals submitting abstracts must ensure that they will be able to attend the CSE meeting should their poster be accepted. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed by the CSE Research Committee, blinded to the identity of the presenter. Submitters will be notified whether their poster has been selected by March 1, 2014.

Please submit your abstracts by February 1, 2014 for review. For further information, please contact Mary Warner, CSE Research Committee chair.

Submit an abstract

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Heather Goodell, CSE President