November 2021

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Mary Billingsley, CSE President

In the hustle and bustle ahead of the CSE Fall Symposium and my own organization’s annual ‎meeting, I neglected to draft an October president’s letter. Please forgive me and let this ‎message stand in for two. This year’s fall symposium, our second iteration of this virtual event, was very different from the original and a new format for CSE: ‎two days of in-depth discussion of timely and practical topics with hands-on workshops ‎designed to equip attendees with actionable measures to pursue with their own journals and ‎organizations. Thank you to Kelly Hadsell and Heather Stains for chairing our wonderful ‎Program Committee and envisioning something entirely new. And thank you to the volunteers ‎who served as topic leads: Anna Jester, Emilie Gunn, Jessica Pettitt, and Emma Shumeyko. If ‎you were among those who were able to participate, I hope you found the content to be as ‎engaging and applicable as I did.


With the 2021 Fall Symposium now in our rearview, we turn our attention to the Annual ‎Meeting. There are still a few weeks left to submit a session proposal idea for 2022. Sessions ‎should aim to serve those in the scientific, scientific publishing, and information science ‎‎communities and fit within at least one of the following broad categories: Editorial; ‎Production; Business; ‎Career Development; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); Scholarly ‎Publishing Industry; Ethics; Policy; or ‎Other. CSE is particularly interested in topics that are ‎timely, practical, and relevant to the membership.‎ To learn more and submit your ideas, click here.


I am also pleased to share that the CSE Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan for ‎‎2022-2025. Although strategic plan development was initiated under Dana Compton’s ‎leadership in 2019, synthesizing the resulting report into an actionable roadmap was put on ‎hold due to the pandemic and the need to recalibrate the organization for a virtual-first ‎environment. In the spring of 2021, Carissa Gilman and the executive committee prioritized ‎moving the strategic plan forward. The world has changed since the original planning session, ‎so the action plan reflects modified operational priorities and greater emphasis on DEI efforts. This plan is a first step in helping the organization pause, ‎evaluate, and implement new or updated processes. While tactical in nature, the greater ‎strategic direction is to increase clarity, participation, and representation. The key areas are as ‎follows: membership, organizational structure, finances, alliances/collaborations, and DEI, ‎which is both its own objective and a theme marbled throughout the plan. We look forward to ‎sharing more with you in the coming months.

Call for 2022 Board of Directors Nominations

Would you or one of your colleagues like to become a leader in the Council of Science Editors (CSE)? The CSE Nominations Committee is currently seeking your nominations to fill three positions on the Board of Directors: Vice President, Treasurer-elect, and one Director. Click here to view the position descriptions and submit a nomination.


Please take a few moments and think about whether you or someone you know is ready to become a CSE leader. To submit your own name or that of a colleague, please click here to complete the nomination form. The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, December 17, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Van Wasshnova via email or Carissa Gilman, Nominating Committee chair, via email.

Register for the Advanced Short Course on Publication Management

Friday, December 3, 2021
11:00 – 4:45 PM ET

Members: $249 | Worldwide Flex Members: $314 | Non-Members: $349
Learn More & Register

The Advanced Short Course on Publication Management is designed to address the challenges facing managing editors and publication managers who are already experienced in managing a journal or publication program. Previous enrollment in the more basic Short Course on Publication Management is encouraged but is not a prerequisite. The course presumes familiarity with basic areas of management including managing people, communications, and workflow; an understanding of production processes and interactions with vendors; and experience working with editorial boards or other publication bodies as well as editors-in-chief, authors, reviewers, and other stakeholders. Discussions may cover topics related to leadership, vision, and strategic planning; effective meeting planning; media training, including social media; verbal and nonverbal communications in the business world; change management, including interactions with parent organizations; staff development and mentoring; data sources for reporting and third party metrics; and recent developments and challenges in publishing. Discussions will include opportunities for attendees to share practical strategies, and attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions or topics for discussion. Active participation and exchange of ideas are encouraged.

Listen to the Newest CSE S.P.E.A.K. Episode

If you’ve not yet listened to the first four episodes of CSE’s podcast series S.P.E.A.K., Scientific Publishing Exchange Around Knowledge, be sure to check them out!


The latest episode features Meredith Adinolfi, VP of Publishing Operations, Cell Press/Elsevier, and a co-host for the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s podcast, and is on Advancing an Early Career, Remotely.


Meredith discusses ways early-career professionals can get acclimated to their publishing career in a virtual environment. How to shape the expectations for new professionals or post-graduate students adapting to living and working remotely. Tips, advice, and methods to confidently advance an early career in scholarly publishing despite working outside a traditional office space.

Time to Renew Your CSE Membership!

With 2022 quickly approaching, it’s now time to renew your CSE membership! In 2021, we continued to adapt to the uncertainty of our personal and professional environments wrought by the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. But that did not deter our dedicated members who met the added challenges to continue delivering high-quality professional development and educational programming you come to expect.

A full listing of membership levels (individual and group) and their benefits can be viewed here.


Please renew your membership through your member portal. Should you have questions or need support, please

Call for DEI Policies & Practices Submissions

Has your journal or organization issued a statement about policies and practices related ‎to diversity, ‎equity, and inclusion? Please consider sharing your efforts with our ‎community by completing our DEI Resources Submission Form. And review what’s currently been collected on our resources webpage.

Peer Review Congress – Call for Research and Abstracts
September 8-10, 2022


Read the editorial, learn more about submissions, and watch recording of virtual symposium, “Advancing the Science of Scientific Publishing: Call for Research and Abstracts for the Ninth Peer Review Congress”

Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE! 

Melissa Avery
Dawn Bielawski
Kelly Church
Jeff Cichocki
Diane Drexler
Jingshan Du
Jane Fairbanks
Lisa Fortier
Patrick Kempf
Kevin Lisankie
Dawn Melley
Tammie Nelson
Nicky Penttila
Alfonso Romero-Sandoval
Carlos Alfredo Sandoval-Castro
Katie Sullivan
Anna Walker
Ulrika Winnberg

CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!
Each month, CSE will recognize its members celebrating a milestone anniversary. We are grateful for your continued involvement in our Council!
5 Years of Membership
Sharon Chua
10 Years of Membership
Judith Connors
15 Years of Membership
Deborah Goggin
Lori Monteleone