October 2015

Technical and Copy Editors Wanted! The Council of Science Editors has a very long history of including copy editors and technical editors among our members. While there are certainly other organizations that serve this core group, CSE affords them an opportunity to network and collaborate with science editors, managing editors, publishers, and publishing technology experts.

Because of the value that CSE members get from being inclusive of people from different fields, I get concerned when surveys and feedback say that we don’t offer enough for copy editors and technical editors. I have been giving that a lot of thought when it comes to the 2016 Annual Meeting program committee and the webinar offerings.

In order to offer programming, we need people from all audiences to help. Every webinar, short course or program session was conceived, developed, and implemented by a CSE member or group of members. All of us, myself included, focus on the topics that we are most interested in learning more about. I have organized a few webinars that were born from specific challenges I was trying to overcome.

So I am asking all CSE members that are copy editors, technical editors, and experts in wordsmithing to actively participate in making CSE programs more relevant to all fields. The time commitment is as big as you can handle. You know what you want to hear about and you know the experts in your field to deliver this content through the CSE programs. Help us make CSE your CSE.

If you are willing to participate on webinars, sit on committees, help with the meeting program, or write for Science Editor, email me at acochran@asce.org. We have a spot for you!

Committee Spotlight: Membership

The Membership Committee, under the leadership of Lindsey Buscher, is constantly working on ways to increase and maintain membership. The committee is also responsible for important member functions, such as the New Member and First Time Attendee reception at the Annual Meeting.

The committee administers the annual scholarship program. CSE provides free registration and travel expenses for people to attend the Annual Meeting. Each year, 60-70 people apply, with 3-5 people chosen by the membership committee. The number of people selected depends on how much money CSE has raised for the scholarship program. Consider adding a donation when you renew for 2016.

Thank you to everyone who serves on the Membership Committee:

Lindsey Buscher, Chair Kenneth Heideman
Merete Holterman, Vice Chair Lisa Kisner
Anna Jester, Board Liaison Glenn Landis
Barbara Buzzi Shari Leventhal
Detra Davis Erin Russell
Kuntan Dhanoya Mary Beth Schaeffer
Michael Friedman

Register for the Next CSE Webinar!

Got CME? Establishing a Journal-Based CME Program
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
2:00-3:30pm EST

Thinking about offering continuing education credits? CME supports lifelong learning and is important to your busy members and volunteers. The opportunity to earn CME credit can attract readers and be used to encourage peer reviewers to invest their time and energy in your review process. Learn what goes into establishing and maintaining a CME process for your society journal.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of ACCME accreditation process for societies looking to offer CME
  • Share best practices for journals offering CME credit to readers and peer reviewers
  • Share guidelines/grading system of who qualifies for CME and workflow management tips and tricks


  • Mary K. Billingsley, Managing Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Kelly A. Hadsell, Managing Editor, Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • May Piotrowski, MA, Editorial Director, Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Beth Wilson, CHCP, Director of CME, Programs and Publications, American Academy of Ophthalmology

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Call for Board of Director Nominations

This year, CSE is seeking nominations to fill three positions on the Board of Directors:

Vice President

The Nominating Committee seeks candidates who are dedicated to the future of CSE and possess the following leadership skills and attributes:

  • Master communicators who ask great questions and cultivate thought-provoking conversations that reveal the ideas that will inspire the organization’s progress.
  • Determined problem solvers who see challenges not as obstacles, but as opportunities.
  • Passionate advocates with a deep-seated commitment to CSE’s mission and whose enthusiasm can enliven and motivate their colleagues.
  • Change agents who provide the stability CSE needs to operate, while serving as a catalyst for transformational change.

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 Monday, November 2, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Cross via email or phone, 785-865-9182.

Journal Editors Needed for Research on Core Competencies

A project is currently underway, led by Dr. David Moher from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada, to outline a minimum set of core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals. The project has been approved by the University of Ottawa’s Research Ethics Board. It is international in scope and includes several key stakeholder groups, such as the Council of Science Editors, the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and the Cochrane Collaboration.

The committee is seeking the involvement of current or former scientific editors (i.e. editors who make decisions on the content and policies of a journal – including editors-in-chief and associate/academic editors) who are interested in participating in this process.

Participation includes a 15-30 minute demographic and needs assessment questionnaire. Following the assessment, you will be invited to participate in an online Delphi process consisting of 3 rounds of questionnaires spaced roughly one month apart. Each questionnaire should take you approximately 30-60 minutes to complete.

As a thank you for participating in the full process, your name will be entered into a drawing for an electronics prize valued at over $250 CAD. If you are interested in participating, please click here. For more information, please contact James Galipeau, PhD, by email or phone, 613-737-8899 x 73830.

2016 Annual Meeting Update

The CSE Program Committee is hard at work planning a super meeting for 2016. Exciting changes are coming your way.

  • The 2016 meeting is shifting a day. The program will start on Sunday evening, May 15, with the Welcome Reception and continue with programming through Monday and Tuesday. Make sure to note this on your calendar.
  • The format will be slightly revamped. We have a really fantastic keynote speaker to announce shortly. The second day plenary is being switched up with opportunities to hear from thought leaders in our industry. Stay tuned for more.
  • The program sessions are shaping up nicely with topics like emerging standards, core competencies, alternative peer review models, strategic planning, diversity in the industry, and more.

It’s not too late for you to help shape the 2016 Annual Meeting. Join us for the next call and get your ideas on the table!

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Dallas Alston, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Curt Balch, Bioscience Advising
Nancy Baldino, American Diabetes Association
Jaime Balzac, United States Coast Guard
Maureen Byko, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
Dragos Cretoiu, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Susan Galandiuk, University of Louisville
Kristen Hall-Geisler, Freelance Editor
Maren Jansen, White Heron Services, LLC
Valentina Such, American Diabetes Association
Amanda Welch

headshot-cochranBest to all,signature-cochranAngela Cochran, CSE President