November 2014

CSE Members, I just returned from Brazil where President-Elect Angela Cochran and I presented talks on behalf of CSE at the Workshop de Editoração Cientíca in Campos do Jordão.

We were warmly welcomed by our colleagues from ABEC (Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors) and had productive discussions about partnering on some educational offerings for the 2015 meeting in Costão do Santinho. We also resolved to make a couple of changes to our certificate program that will make it logistically easier for editors outside the US and Canada. “Obrigado!” to CSE members and ABEC officers President Sigmar de Mello Rode and General Secretary Ana Marlene Freits de Morais for their efforts and a great conference. We look forward to seeing them and other ABEC members at the CSE annual meeting in Philadelphia in May.

Proposed New Vision and Mission Statements

Our recent strategic planning in September included a review of the current CSE vision and mission statements. Based on his experience with other associations, Kellen facilitator Rick Cristol suggested that the CSE vision statement should be an aspirational goal, expressing what the organization sees itself becoming.  The mission statement is typically a short public-facing statement explaining why the association exists.

Following considerable discussion, the vision and mission statements were proposed and agreed to by the board, and will be sent out to the membership for a vote in the coming weeks:

  • New vision statement: To be indispensable in the communication of science.
  • New mission statement: To serve editorial professionals in the sciences by providing a network for career development, education, and resources for best practices.

Sponsor/Exhibit at the 2015 Annual Meeting!

Secure your spot to join us in Philadelphia, PA for the 2015 CSE Annual Meeting, taking place May 15-18 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel! Our momentum continues to build each year, and last year was no exception, as we hosted another record-setting number of attendees. Don’t miss out in 2015, as it’s sure to be another great meeting in the “City of Brotherly Love!”

Click here to review our sponsorship and exhibitor options.

Submit Nominations for the 2015 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 Representatives to Other Organizations

To promote cooperation and transfer information between CSE and other entities with common objectives, CSE appoints representatives to a number of designated organizations. The role of each representative is to provide meeting summaries, communications, and reports of accomplishments to the Board of Directors that might be of interest to CSE members. Currently, we are looking for representatives to the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), BELS (Board of Editors in the Life Sciences), and the Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE). If you are an active member of any of these organizations, attend their meetings, and are interested in serving as a CSE representative, please contact Andrew Van Wasshnova.

Thank you to those who are already serving in this capacity. Our current representatives are:

AAAS – Barbara Gastel
AAP/PSP – Diane Scott-Lichter
ACSERepresentative Needed
BELSRepresentative Needed
Chicago Collaborative – Michael Fitzgerald
EASERepresentative Needed
ABEC – Angela Cochran
ICMJE – Christine Laine
Elizabeth Blalock
AESE – Michael Friedman
WAME – Tom Lange
AMWARepresentative Needed
WCCC – Anna Jester

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

James Culver
Ruth Oniang’o African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
Julie Anderson
Elizabeth Guertin American Society of Civil Engineers
Rajashree Ranganathan American Society of Civil Engineers
Bonnie Abrams Editage/Cactus Communications
Jennifer Barnes Da Vinci Research Solutions
Herbert Kimura University of Brasilia


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