CSE Short Courses

CSE Short Courses are offered at the annual meeting in May. Information about upcoming annual meetings can be found here.

Short Course for Journal Editors

Objective: To provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of scientific journal editors.

Course Description: The Short Course for Journal Editors is designed as an introduction for newly appointed editors and a refresher for experienced colleagues, providing a survey of the roles and responsibilities of editors of scientific journals. There will be formal presentations on the fundamentals of editing, the editorial board, journal management, and publishing ethics. Participants will also have the opportunity to put forward their questions and problems for consideration by the faculty and other participants.

Who Should Attend: Editors-in-chief, editors, associate editors, and chairs of publications committees, particularly those who are new to their position or who are taking on additional responsibility.

Short Course for Publication Management

Objective: To introduce new managing editors and other publication managers to, and to reinforce seasoned publication managers in, efficient and effective methods of managing a journal.

Course Description: The Short Course on Publication Management is designed to address the wide-ranging role of managing editors and publication managers as well as the daily challenges they face. This is the basic course for those new to journal management; it is also designed to fill in the gaps and provide new ideas and perspectives to experienced managers. Topics will include organizing workflow and working with editors-in-chief, associate editors, editorial boards, authors, reviewers, and production vendors.

Who Should Attend: Managing editors and those in other management positions in the journal publishing industry.

Short Course on Journal Metrics

Objective: To explore the kinds of data available to editors and journal managers and why it is important to know this data.

Course Description: Journal managers have a plethora of data at their fingertips. This short course will look at available data and discuss what to do with it all. Participants will learn different ways to collect, analyze, and present journal data to editorial boards; how to detect trends and analyze changes; how to use data to affect change in the workflow; all about the Impact Factor and its various alternatives; and new or alternative metrics to ensure that you are painting a complete picture of your journal program.

Who Should Attend: Managing editors and those in management positions in the journal publishing industry.

Short Course on Publication Ethics

Objective: To introduce and review, for managing editors, publication managers, and journal staff, ethics issues outlined in the CSE White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications.

Course Description: The objective of this course is to address ethical issues that arise in journal publication and to consider ways of investigating and resolving breaches of publication ethics. The course will present an introduction of ethical issues for the new publication editor, managing editor, or journal staff member and a review for seasoned editors, using the CSE White Paper on Publication Ethics as a guide. It will include topics such as conflicts of interest, duplicate publication, piracy and plagiarism, human subjects, data misrepresentation, image fraud, authorship disputes, editorial independence, falsification of data, and research misconduct. Participants will learn the appropriate approaches to investigate suspicions of breaches of publications ethics and uses of errata, retractions, expressions of concerns, and sanctions.

Who Should Attend: Managing editors, publication managers, journal staff, and those in other management positions in the journal publishing industry.

Short Course for Manuscript Editors

Objective: To provide manuscript editors and copy editors with an overview of the various skills, tools, and knowledge required to prepare high-quality scientific manuscripts for publication.

Course Description: This 1-day course is designed for manuscript editors and copy editors who need to stay current in the field of scientific/medical publishing, including a review of the skills and tools required for mechanical and substantive editing of scientific material. In addition to a discussion about the basic tenets of language editing in scientific/medical texts, the course will include sessions on (1) editing journal abstracts; (2) editing statistical presentations; (3) ethical and legal issues in scientific editing, and (4) Microsoft Word tips for manuscript editors. Attendees are encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences in a room full of like-minded individuals. All attendees will receive course content as well as supplementary information electronically during the class. Attendees must furnish their own laptops to participate in this short course.

Who Should Attend: Manuscript editors and copy editors (or those interested in the field) at any level of experience and expertise.