October 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

“Open Access.”   It is a term we are all familiar with and one which can elicit strong visceral emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other.  While it is a single term it is made up of two words, and for this month’s column I thought it might be helpful to take a brief look at each of them separately.   “Open” refers to a lack of constraints on the ability of consumers to read the results of the latest research that traditionally has been behind subscription firewalls, and much of the debate around the open-access concept has been with regard to that piece of it.  But what about “access?”  How do people obtain content in a form that is readable using widely available technology?  In the past only print could assure continued accessibility of archived material. That, of course, is no longer an exclusive or in most cases the best preservation modality.   The electronic realm is now front and center in that regard.  Ventures such as Portico, LOCKSS and CLOCKSS now exist for the purpose of long-term preservation of content and metadata, the look and feel of content as it was originally produced, or a combination of the two. They work through the cooperation and participation of publishers and are among the best solutions for content preservation now available.  Do they represent a solution for 50 or 100 years from now? Surely, these entities will continue to evolve and other advanced technologies will become available.  We’d do well to remember, though, that the availability, in perpetuity, of archived content in a form that is easily accessible and readable using the technology of the day (which will likely be very different from what is in use now – remember 8-track tapes?) is absolutely essential if “open access” is to have real value well into the future.

Here’s what’s happening:

CSE 2013 Annual Conference

Save The Date for the CSE Annual
Conference in Montreal, Canada!

Communicate Science Effectively:  The World Depends On It!
May 3 – 6, 2013

Make Your Reservations Now at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel:

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomes you to the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet.  The hotel offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service.  When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the CSE Annual Meeting to receive the negotiated rate of $189 Canadian plus tax per night for single/double occupancy.

Book your room online now at the CSE group rate of $189 Canadian!

CSE Sponsorship Committee Needs Volunteers

The 2013 Annual Meeting might seem like something in the distant future, but for the Sponsorship Committee now is the time when we spring into action to make sure that the meeting attracts exciting exhibitors and sponsors. But, we need your help in order to break last year’s record and attract even more support for the Annual Meeting and number of other programs, retreats, workshops, special projects, and services that CSE offers to its members year-round.

By joining the Sponsorship Committee you can make a difference and be there as CSE continues to grow and give back to its members and the scientific publishing community. E-mail today to Sponsorship Committee Chair, Milka Kostic, who is waiting to hear from you and would love to have you on board!

Know someone who deserves an award?

Each year CSE recognizes important contributors to scientific journalism and to CSE.  Three award categories are described below. The Awards Committee welcomes your suggestions for candidates for these awards. Learn more about the awards and submit your suggestions 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.

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.

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.

Join the Discussion—What Questions Do You Have for Science Editors?

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KenHeideman2012Best to all,

Ken Heideman Signature
Ken Heideman, CSE President