October 2017

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Irma, Jose, Maria, Ophelia, Atlas, Nuns, Tubbs. Just a few short weeks ago, these were just words to us.  Today, these names represent extreme devastation for so many people-some of them, no doubt, our friends, family, and colleagues. We’ve read stories of heroism, loss, and hope. For me, though, the thing that’s not getting enough airtime is how humans shaping our environment have influenced these tragedies. Certainly climate change, manifest in warmer ocean temperatures, contributes to fiercer hurricanes. Or building communities in areas that are prone to fires, and those fires made worse by changes in growing seasons. It certainly seems to me that scientific research, the ecosystem in which we thrive, can provide more of the answers to the question of what can we do to reduce the threat that humans pose to our planet. That’s one of the reasons why I’m thrilled to announce that Prof. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the Pennsylvania State University, will be our Keynote Speaker at the 2018 CSE Annual Meeting, to be held May 5-8 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His message about climate science couldn’t be more important, and I hope you will join us there.

As Science Editors, we all contribute to the research and publishing ecosystem. One aspect that’s of growing importance is wider availability of the published literature, and October 23-29 we celebrate Open Access week with numerous events around the globe. Take some time to learn about the ins and outs of these important influencers of our businesses.

Finally, I want to wish ORCID a very happy 5th birthday! ORCID now has nearly 4 million iDs of researchers. That’s 4 million scientists who can more easily get credit for the work they do. I hope you and your organization are supporting this important effort.

Best wishes for a Happy Halloween!

Register for the November Webinar!

On November 28, CSE will offer its final webinar of 2017 called “Copyediting Your Way to Effective Communication.”

Communicating science effectively is challenging but indisputably important. Copyediting is the behind-the-scenes process in publication that ensures accurate and successful communication between authors and readers. But there is more to this process than just crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s: copy editors themselves must entail effective communication with authors; science is made and published by international researchers; publishers are faced with the decision of hiring an in-house copy editor or outsourcing the copyediting process. How should I ask? What should be changed? Who do we hire? Join us! This webinar session may help you answer some questions.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Call for CSE Award Nominations

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.

Science Editor Call for Submissions

Science Editor is seeking submissions of articles on current topics or initiatives of interest in journal publishing. For more information, including length requirements and deadlines, visit the Call for Submissions on the Science Editor site.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Jennifer Dennis-Wall Tayaba Khan
Deborah Fallon Marti Sinclair
Jill Jackson Karen Wylie

headshot-tegenBest to all,signature-tegenSarah Tegen, PhD, CSE President