CSE Publication Certificate Program

Pub CertificateThe ever-evolving scholarly publishing market requires editors to master new technologies, navigate library consolidations and open access mandates, and address the demands of an Internet-savvy customer base. The Council of Science Editors (CSE) Publication Certificate Program delivers the fundamentals of scholarly publishing while challenging editorial professionals to creatively tackle emerging issues.

CSE is both widely-recognized and widely-respected within scholarly publishing as an advisory body and an authoritative resource for publishers, researchers, authors, and editors.

CSE’s Publication Certificate was developed for professionals committed to the field and those earlier in their careers who are seeking professional development–with the imprimatur of CSE upon completion of the program’s requirements. It’s time to get started!

Applying for the Program

Applicants must be members of CSE. The application fee is $75. Once accepted into the program, participants will be eligible to receive a 20% discount upon request by contacting [email protected] on related activities (webinars, conferences, short courses) until the requirements are fulfilled.

Click here to apply.

Completing the Program

Participants must complete the following requirements within a five-year period:

  • Attend two CSE Annual Conferences
    Full registration is required. Enrollees may attend any sessions over the two-day conference.
  • Attend three CSE webinars
    At least two must be live and one may be recorded.
  • Attend two CSE short courses 
    • Publication Management
    • Advanced Publication Management
    • Journal Editors
    • Manuscript Editors
    • Publication Ethics
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility
  • Complete a research project and format its presentation in one of the following ways:
    • Poster presentation for a professional society meeting
    • Research article for publication in a periodical
    • Talk or presentation for a professional society meeting or webinar. Note: Slides and talking points would need to be submitted for the Certificate Program Subcommittee's evaluation.
  • Enrollees must follow these instructions for submitting a proposed project topic prior to beginning their research.
  • Successful completion of the certificate program is dependent on the Certificate Program Subcommittee’s evaluation of the final project. Enrollees are encouraged to submit their final projects to either the CSE annual meeting Research Committee (poster), Program Committee (presentation), or Science Editor (research article).

Click here to view a list of Certificate Program graduates and their final project.

Who Should Enroll

Editorial professionals working in scholarly publishing who are eager to:

  • Challenge themselves by completing CSE certificate requirements
  • Round out, or update, their education, experience, and industry knowledge
  • Connect with others in the field
  • Demonstrate to employers their commitment to a career in scholarly publishing
  • Enhance their resumes when applying for a new position or promotion
  • Explore educational and professional

Click here to submit your projects. 

Help with Project Ideas and More

Participants may request a mentor for the CSE’s mentorship program when enrolling in the certificate program. In addition, a CSE Connect will be held twice a year to discuss the Certificate Program, and generate project ideas. You are always welcome to submit ideas in advance for advice: [email protected]