October 2014

CSE Members, It’s already been a couple of weeks since the Board of Directors met in Washington, DC but I’m still feeling inspired by the stimulating conversations we had and our collective excitement about the future of the organization.

At the gym the other day, I heard a trainer tell a cycling class to “leave it on the bike” as he urged them on to maximum effort. In DC, urged on by strategic planning facilitator Rick Cristol, President of the Kellen Company, we likewise “left it on the table” in a day-and-a-half marathon discussing everything from global engagement and collaboration with other organizations to educational outreach and the intellectual capital of our membership. I can’t wait to get to work and hope to hear from many of you with your ideas as we move forward.

And in the spirit of moving forward, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey DePellegrin as the new Editor-in-Chief of Science Editor. Her term will start November 3, as she takes the helm from Patty Baskin who will now be able to devote herself to her new position as CSE Vice President. On behalf of CSE, I’d like to thank Patty for her dedication and the seemingly inexhaustible energy she invested in the journal over the past several years.

Tracey is the Executive Editor of the Genetics Society of America Journals GENETICS and G3: Genes | Genomes | Genetics. Before working with the GSA, she worked as a human factors researcher for Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, and was an adjunct faculty member in the CMU English Department.

“I’m honored to have been appointed EIC for Science Editor, where I hope to continue the scholarship and reputation for excellence that the journal is known for,” she said.  “I hope to espouse a forward-thinking approach, a firm grasp on what matters to our diverse constituents, and the means to provide an authoritative voice for resources, advice, and the latest developments affecting scientific publishing. This means discussing and providing information on topics as diverse as the states of journal data policies, ethical, legal and social issues, public access, research funding, public-private partnerships, and making sense of the ever-changing landscape.”

Request to Journal Editors from NIH

NIH Director Francis S. Collins has reached out to CSE on behalf of Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt and Nature Editor-in-Chief Phil Campbell to engage members in a current project regarding the distribution of consensus principles for its reproducibility-related efforts.

The NIH held a joint workshop in June 2014 with the Nature Publishing Group and Science on the issue of reproducibility and rigor of research findings, and journal editors representing over 30 basic/preclinical science journals that NIH-funded investigators have most often published in. The workshop focused on the common opportunities to enhance rigor and further support research that is reproducible, robust, and transparent. The journal editors at that workshop came to consensus on a set of principles to facilitate these goals.

The principles will be published in early November with a list of the journals that endorse them. At the same time, NIH anticipates that many of the journals will also publish editorials highlighting their endorsement of the principles. The statement itself will also be hosted on the NIH website, starting on the same date the editorial is published. If your journal is interested in endorsing these principles, Dr. Collins asks that you let them know and provide the following information to Rashada Alexander by COB, October 24:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Journal name(s) or learned society name or publisher name

Theme and Graphic for 2015 Annual Meeting

Program Committee co-chairs Sarah Tegen and Anna Jester have finalized the theme and graphics for the CSE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia (May 15-18). The 2015 program theme is “Dynamic Variables: Solving the New Editing/Publishing Equations.”

Science Editor Call for Managing Editor

With the new Editor-in-Chief of Science Editor selected, CSE is now looking to fill the newly created position of Managing Editor.

The managing editor will work with the Editor-in-Chief to support the Editor’s vision for the journal, run the manuscript workflow using Aries Editorial Manager journal submission software, contact authors and reviewers, and take care of production details as needed. The position includes a modest remuneration and is expected to require an average of about 8-10 hours per week.

The expected tasks and responsibilities of the Managing Editor can be viewed by clicking here.

Interested persons may apply for this position by submitting a resumé or curriculum vitae as well as a brief letter describing your suitability for the position. The deadline for submissions is November 11, 2014.

Submit your application materials by e-mail to CSE@councilscienceeditors.org.

Call for 2015 Board Nominations

CSE is currently seeking your nominations to fill three positions on the Board of Directors: Vice President, Secretary and one Director. Click here to view the position descriptions.

The CSE Board of Directors is responsible for steering the organization forward in a manner that reflects the interests of the membership. Board members provide leadership, a shared vision, a sense of mission, and are responsible for the fiscal health of CSE.

Click here to complete the nomination form. The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, November 3, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Goodell via email or phone, 214-706-1675.

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