October 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Carissa Gilman, CSE President

I have just finished day 2 of the CSE Fall Symposium, and already I can’t wait to listen to the recordings for the concurrent sessions I was unable to attend. Our 2020 Program Committee Co-chairs Emilie Gunn and Peter Olson put together a fantastic lineup of content that was topical, relevant, and timely. The moderators secured top-notch speakers, and I learned something valuable in every session. In addition, our Professional Development Committee offered dynamic roundtables that provided the opportunity to network and commiserate about the challenges and truths of the world we are navigating these days. I made some new connections, including meeting some new CSE members, and reconnected with old friends. I want to thank Peter, Emilie, our past President Dana Compton, the moderators, speakers, and attendees for making these 2 days such a success. I also want to thank our sponsors, ACS Publications, Salient Content, and Technica Editorial for helping make this event possible.

In 2 of my meetings last week, someone said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” In support of that proverb, our busy volunteers, all of whom have many other professional and personal commitments, have planned a host of other activities for the remainder of this year.

On Monday, October 26th, the CSE Book Club will begin reading our next selection, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Dana Compton has volunteered to lead our discussion of this book, which begins November 2nd. I downloaded the audiobook and began listening to it today, so I personally hope you’ll consider joining the discussion. If you are not yet a member of the CSE Book Club, you can simply create an account on Goodreads.com and search for the “Council of Science Editors Book Club” group.

On Friday, October 30th from 3-4pm Eastern, we will host our next virtual Happy Hour. Dr. David Riley of The Permanente Journal will offer a few thoughts on preprints, but as always, the discussion is open, so come prepared to bring up any topic you wish. Attendance at CSE Happy Hours is always free, so be sure to encourage your colleagues to join for a fun and educational virtual networking opportunity.

On Monday, November 2nd, we will offer CSE’s Short Course on Publication Ethics. This is one of our most popular courses, and as a result it has traveled far and wide, but this is the first time editors can enroll in this short course as a virtual offering.

And, finally, on Thursday, November 12th from 10-11am Eastern, our CSE Webinar Series will present “Understanding Open Access, Plan S, and Other Global Initiatives in the Current Publishing Ecosystem: An Overview and International Perspective During a Pandemic.” CSE Vice President Jennifer Deyton has lined up a slate of speakers to continue the discussion started in the May virtual Annual Meeting. Please visit our Events page to learn more.

We are in the midst of planning events for 2021 as well. In May, we made a verbal commitment to support editors in the scholarly publishing community as we move together through this pandemic. As I announced during the Fall Symposium, one way we are following through on that commitment is by not increasing dues for CSE members of any type for 2021 while still ensuring that you will receive all the benefits and discounts that you do now.

We will also roll out a special 2021 membership package and pricing. The 2021 package allows those experiencing financial concerns to participate fully in CSE on committees, having eligibility to vote and run for office, while benefiting from a set of discounts that we hope will help during this difficult time. If there are others you know in scholarly publishing who may be new to the field or who felt they could not budget for CSE this upcoming year, I hope you will let them know that this discount may open the door for them to be part of the CSE community.

We’ve also adjusted our group membership sizes in hopes that organizations will find enough value in the discounts offered to them to allow them to support membership for their employees.

Our committees are working hard to ensure that you continue to find education, guidance, career development, networking, and fellowship through your CSE membership. Thank you for being part of our community.


Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Maryann Diedwardo
Oki Dzivenu
Allison Leung
Christine Menias
Jessica Michaud
Sofia Navard
Raha Orfali
Robert Sykes
Catherine Wattenberg
Meg Züblin

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!

5 Years of Membership
Amanda Welch