September 2016

Staying Connected …A Time to Volunteer.

Wow! Fall came quickly this year. Here in Minnesota, we’ve had a few chilly nights and I’ve had to put an extra blanket on the bed. Leaves are starting to turn and the calendar proclaims that fall will officially arrive this week. Many CSE members are caught up in academic schedules again with the beginning of the academic year. Before you get that schedule thoroughly crammed, consider including a little bit of time to volunteer for a CSE committee. Most committee members find volunteering gives them the chance to make contributions at a moderate level they can enjoy and, more importantly, to create a larger personal network with other professionals in the field of science editing.

I recently received a letter from a CSE member who is ending another commitment and asked how she can volunteer most effectively. My answer to her, which I will share with all of you, was “I’m excited that you would like to volunteer for CSE! There are lots of ways you can help out. Of course, we can always use suggestions for articles for Science Editor (SE), and the way to do that is to contact the editor, Tracey DePellegrin, whose contact information is on the SE site. We really do need people to help review projects for the Certificate Program and the way to do that would be to join the Education Committee and volunteer for the Certificate Program Subcommittee. The way to get involved with the CSE Annual Meeting is to volunteer for the Program Committee, which meets monthly by conference calls to plan the program, or to volunteer for the Sponsorship, Marketing, and Membership committees, which all influence the quality of the Annual Meeting. Simply email Andrew Van Wasshnova to let him know of your interest in a particular committee or to find out which one especially needs members.”

Last Chance to Register for Today’s CSE Webinar, “Recognition for Peer Reviewers”

The publishing community is working toward more meaningful and innovative ways to give reviewers credit for the essential work they provide to scholarly publishing. In conjunction with Peer Review Week 2016, this Webinar will focus on some innovative approaches publishers are taking to acknowledge the contributions of their peer reviewer communities. These include working with individual journals to create a culture of peer reviewer recognition using targeted, journal-specific efforts, building systemic networks of recognition throughout a publisher community, or by integrating with organizations like Publons or ORCID that connect peer review activity to broader publication and research activity. Peer review is just one piece of the research continuum, and individuals that participate in this process should be recognized for their contributions!

Register now!

Membership Survey in Your Inbox: Let Us Know What You Think

Within the past few days, you will have received the CSE 2016 Membership Survey in your email. The survey is an important tool to help us better understand members’ current needs and opinions about CSE activities, operations, and member benefits. Please take 10 minutes to give us your honest feedback about your experiences as a CSE member. Those who complete the survey and provide an email address will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. The survey closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 7. The information we receive on the surveys will be discussed at the CSE Board of Directors meeting held this fall; this is your opportunity to provide input about how CSE can help YOU with your career!

Free Science Editor Web Site During September!

We are celebrating the new online version of Science Editor by making it free to all during the month of September. At the beginning of October, all content under one-year old will be accessible to members only. The Web version will feature Early Online articles (posted online as they are accepted), an intuitive interface, and special collections. You can search numerous topics including Copyright, Ethics, Marketing, and Production. You can also see several years of back content in both PDF and in HTML formats and share articles with your colleagues via social media. Keep checking back often for the latest posted articles.

And those Early Online articles? You can also read them in the new print version that will be appearing in your mailboxes around October 1. Enjoy the beautiful new cover and page layouts.

Peer Review Week 2016

Peer Review Week 2016 will be held this week (September 19-25) to celebrate and recognize peer review. Peer Review Week is an opportunity for journals to thank peer reviewers in a public way. Watch the Peer Review Week Web site and the Twitter hashtag #PeerRevWk16 for more resources and the event calendar. Also, go to Science Editor to read early online articles on peer review.

CSE Short Course on Publication Ethics Being Offered November 16 in Washington, DC

The CSE Short Course on Publication Ethics will ‘go on the road’ in November. The course will be held at the American Chemical Society on November 16. Registration information will be forthcoming; watch your email for the link to the registration Web site.

Save May 20-23 for the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego

We’d like to remind everyone that next year’s Annual Meeting, themed “Setting Sail: Navigating the Future of Science Publishing,” will be held May 20-23 in San Diego. We have lined up two special general session speakers, Mary-Claire King, PhD, well known for discovering breast cancer genes and portrayed by Helen Hunt in the movie Decoding Annie Parker, and Marcia McNutt, PhD, geophysicist, president of the National Academy of Sciences, and former EIC of the journal Science. As with the 2016 meeting, CSE Short Courses will be taught on Saturday and Sunday; the general and concurrent sessions will be held on Monday and Tuesday.

2017 International Peer Review Congress

Hold the dates of September 10-12, 2017, for the International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication, to be held in Chicago. Abstracts are due February 15, 2017; for additional information, visit their website.

Welcome the Newest Members of CSE!

Rachel Lowery Susan Rockwell
Bonnie Lynch Ayako Watanbe
Yaroslav Mozghovyi

headshot-baskinBest to all,signature-baskinPatricia Baskin, MS, CSE President