October 2019

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Dana Compton, CSE President

October is always my favorite month of the year. The weather finally turns comfortable, even chilly some days. The leaves are beautiful, of course. And sure, apple cider and pumpkin spice everything is fine (especially in donut form). But most important, if you’re here in the DC area: I hope you are steeling yourself for a sleepy week or so as we head towards the World Series! I, for one, will be cheering for the Nats in the evenings and arming myself with extra-large coffees each morning. I hope at least some of you will be joining me!

We should have just enough time to recover from exhaustion before CSE events ramp back up in November. If you haven’t already, register now for the Publications Management Short Course on the Road in Washington, DC on November 13th. Helen Atkins, Emilie Gunn, and Brittany Swett will cover a thorough curriculum that addresses topics ranging from peer review processes and tools, to production workflow and metrics, to personnel management and leadership—and everything in between! Don’t miss it.

The CSE Board of Directors will then meet November 14th-15th for a 2-day strategic planning session. CSE’s current strategic plan was developed in 2015, and the time has come to freshen it up. Through the tireless work of our committees, many of the goals and objectives from that plan have been achieved. At the same time, our industry has seen enormous change. The Board is eager to establish new goals to guide our work moving forward, and to ensure we are providing the best possible value to our members.

Do you have ideas about how CSE can improve? Unmet professional questions or needs that CSE might be able to fulfill? Suggestions for topics or programs that CSE should be thinking about? Don’t keep them to yourself—let us know! Please get in touch with any comments that you’d like the Board to consider as we review and redevelop our strategic plan.

All of the latest CSE comings and goings are available via social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and our listserv (csel@lists.councilscienceeditors.org).

As always, I value input from CSE members. If you have a question, suggestion, or a comment, please feel free to contact me.


Register for the November Short Course on the Road

Short courses on the road maximize opportunities to participate in CSE educational offerings and provide convenient choices for you and your sponsoring organization. Learn locally with CSE as we bring the faculty and curriculum directly to you. The course content and quality are the same, and the day will include time for networking and open discussion. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion, and the course is a qualifying event for the CSE Publication Certificate Program.

Click here to learn more about the Publication Management Short Course on the Road, and to register for the November 13 event in Washington, DC!


CSE Book Club Updates

The CSE book club is currently reading The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris. Join the conversation through December 1st the Goodreads page! Our next book will be Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Learn more about the CSE book club and if you have any suggestions for books or would like to moderate a book on Goodreads, email our Subcommittee Chair Brit Stamey.


Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Ann Bledsoe Bollert
Jessica Hamilton
Chang-Huei Lin
Ilani Lorber
Cara Mayo
Kristin Mitchell
Sara Omer
Meagan Papac
Prerok Regmi
Joshua Reynolds
Nelson Santiago
Lisa Shephard
Karen Stanwood


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!

Sheila Strawn – 10 years of membership
Riaz Agha – 15 years of membership