CSE Certificate Program enrollees are required to complete a project showing the breadth of knowledge gained in the program. In general terms, this project should be in the form of either a feature article for Science Editor or a poster presentation at the CSE Annual Meeting or both. Enrollees may wait to submit a project until all other requirements are met or they may do the project in tandem to the program.
To see examples of the kind of project envisioned, enrollees should look at past poster presentations and review articles in Science Editor.
Here are some pertinent examples:
Research article: Optimizing the Output of a Freelance Editing Model: Value Added by an In-house Reviewing Team by Clarinda Cerejo and Naveen Rajan
Science Editor • October – December 2012 • Vol 35 • No 1 • 5 (also presented as a poster)
Survey article: CSE 2012 Survey on Research Misconduct Allegations by Debra Parrish
Science Editor • October – December 2012 • Vol 35 • No 1 • 11
Review article: Peer Review at Journals: Some Innovative Approaches by Christina Sumners
Science Editor • July – August 2010 • Vol 33 • No 4 • 115
Topics over the last few years include:
- How complete and clear are author guidelines of international English-language journals?
- Editorial burden and reader-perceived value of supporting online materials
- Affecting editor behavior with data
- Giving authors the information they want post-publication
- Factors influencing the media coverage of a large interdisciplinary journal
- Open versus blind peer review in a Danish medical journal – a randomized controlled trial
- Impact factor trends for general medical journals: non-English-language journals are lagging behind
A short description (250 words or less) of the project should be provided to the CSE Certificate Program Review Committee by completing the project submission form. Feedback will be provided on the scope and an advisor from the committee will be assigned to guide the enrollee through the project process. The role of the advisor is to ask questions and make suggestions in order to improve the scope or the methods used in the project.
Once the concept has been approved, the enrollee will submit the final project to the task committee. Again, this may be in the form of an article or text for a poster. Enrollees must not feel compelled to format a poster at this point as changes may be requested.
Once the final project has been submitted, it will be evaluated by the task committee, which will make a determination about whether more work is needed or the project is complete and passes the requirement.
NOTE: Depending on the scope of the project undertaken, there may be other individuals who should receive credit as co-authors of the project. The enrollee must be the lead “investigator” and writer. That said, give credit where credit is due. If a co-author is not in the Certificate Program but decides to enter the program later, he or she will NOT be able to use this project to fulfill his or her requirement.
Enrollees who choose to write a paper would then submit their paper to Science Editor. The “project complete” letter from the task committee should be submitted with the paper. All papers are subject to the peer review process of the Science Editor editorial board.
Enrollees who choose to present a poster at the annual meeting should submit the abstract to the Research Committee by the deadlines provided to the membership in advance of the annual meeting. Poster abstracts will undergo review by the Research Committee. Please note that if your abstract is accepted, you must present the poster at the annual meeting.
Posters presented at the conference often can be made into an article for Science Editor with very little effort. The poster is essentially the outline for the paper. Enrollees choosing to do a poster are encouraged to turn the poster into an article and submit it to Science Editor.
Completing the Program
Enrollees who complete the program requirements and have an approved project will graduate from the program. Certificates will be presented at the Awards Luncheon of the Annual Meeting and announced on the CSE Website and in Science Editor. A letter from the current CSE President will also be sent to the graduate’s immediate supervisor.
CSE Certificate Program Subcommittee
Emma Shumeyko, Chair