September 2010

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

This monthly e-message is one way we hope to keep you informed about Council of Science Editor Activities. Remember, if you have comments or suggestions related to CSE activities, please contact me at

Here’s what’s happening:

The CSE Sponsorship Committee Needs You

What do you look forward to the most about membership with The Council of Science Editors (CSE)? For me the Annual Meeting and the educational programs that are offered through CSE are the highlights of my membership. These programs would not be possible if weren’t for the funds that our sponsors and exhibitors provide to CSE to help make these outstanding programs and services possible. That said, the Sponsorship Committee plays the vital role of obtaining this funding for CSE’s educational programs and services. We now ask for your support and assistance.

The Sponsorship Committee is currently seeking members who would be willing to serve on the Committee that is essential to providing support to the major activities of CSE. As the current chair of the Committee, I welcome those willing to actively participate on the Committee in 2010-2011 and help make our programs and services even stronger.

Briefly, the Sponsorship Committee coordinates and performs the activities necessary to obtain funding from corporations, societies, associations, and other groups to support CSE activities and programs.

The Committee’s major responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Obtaining sponsorship at various levels for the Annual Meeting, securing exhibitors and organizing the Annual Meeting exhibits.
  2. Securing grants for publications, educational programs, retreats, workshops, and other special projects as directed by the Board.

As one can see, the Sponsorship Committee is of vital importance to the Annual meeting, and virtually all educational programs and publications of the CSE. Thus, the Sponsorship Committee is key to all CSE members and the major activities of the CSE. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Sponsorship Committee this year please contact Barbara Campaigne at I look forward to hearing from you. In addition, we always welcome suggestions for potential sponsors and exhibitors so please feel free to send me an e-mail if you have suggestions for the Committee.

CSE and COPE (Council of Publication Ethics)

CSE’s Editorial Policy Committee has begun collaborations with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on a number of initiatives. The groups are currently working together to develop a joint session for the CSE’s 2011 Annual Meeting. Look for future news items on other exciting events.

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)

AIBS, a membership organization serving biologists and society through Public Policy, Education, Publications, and Scientific Peer Review (, is surveying biologists about their information needs. Any CSE members who are biologists who wish to participate in this survey can go to the following link before Friday, September 24th.

CSE Web Site Committee

With increased technical support from CSE’s new management staff, volunteers will now be able to focus on updating current content and adding new content to the site. The CSE Board approved the following updated description and charge of the Web Committee:


The Web Committee consists of a chair, vice chair, and 4 to 8 other members. Members serve staggered terms to ensure continuity. The chairs of the Administration, Editorial Policy, Education, Membership, Program, and Publications Committees serve as ex officio members of the Web Committee, as does the Editor of Science Editor.


The Web Committee is responsible for monitoring, editing, and updating web content on an ongoing basis and in conjunction with Resource Center technical staff.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Providing frequent reports to the CSE Board of Directors and working with the Board to accomplish the editorial activities surrounding the Web site.
  • Tracking analytics and developing strategies for driving users to the CSE Web site.
  • Interacting with the Social Media Subcommittee to promote the Web site via social media tools.
  • Working with the editor of Science Editor to upload content on the Web site.
  • Brainstorming ideas for new content and functionality on the Web site, in accordance with CSE’s mission and strategic vision.
  • Guiding the design and appearance of the Web site.
  • Creating editorial policies that will guide the healthy development of CSE’s Web site.
  • Ensuring timely updating of CSE’s Web site.
  • Responding to requests from the CSE Board of Directors for adding information to the Web site.
  • Receiving and replying to e-mail concerning the Web site content and policies.

If you are interested being the Chair or a member of the new Web Site Committee, please send an e-mail to CSE’s Executive Director, David Stumph at

CSE International Scholarships – Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to receive submissions has been extended to October 8, 2010 for International Scholarship Applications.

The Council of Science Editors International Scholarship Program provides support for editors from developing nations to attend CSE Annual Meetings. Several scholarships will be offered to CSE’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The scholarships are intended for editors in developing countries who contribute to the editorial content of journals in the sciences, medicine, or health care. Applications from others who work in the field of scientific publications will also be considered. Recipients of the 2011 CSE International Scholarships will participate in a session during the annual meeting and may be asked to write a summary of their experience for possible publication in the CSE journal Science Editor.

For eligibility requirements and to apply for a scholarship, please go to [].

A full scholarship–approximately $3,500–will cover conference registration, room and board, and travel expenses. However, every dollar counts and whether you can make a $15 or $1,000 donation it will help bring us closer to our goal. The deadline to donate to the CSE International Scholarship Program is approaching. We are requesting that donations be made by October 1, 2010. Don’t miss your opportunity to support our cause. For more information or to donate online please go to [ &Item=13694&LoginPref=1].

CSE Social Networking

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Christine Laine, CSE President