The 2019 Council of Science Editors Annual Meeting
Every year, the Council of Science Editors hosts an annual meeting that brings together hundreds of scholarly publishing professionals from across the globe. Publishers, vendors, managing editors, production editors, and academic editors come together to share their knowledge and experiences with each other to encourage professional development, increase professional networks, and to help shape the future of scholarly publishing.
J&J Editorial is deeply involved with CSE. Some highlights of J&J’s contributions to CSE in 2019 include:
- Jennifer Deyton sits on the Board of Directors and is faculty for CSE’s Short Courses on Publication Management.
- Brittany Swett is also a Short Course faculty, and is the co-chair of the Marketing Committee.
- Brit Stamey sits on the Program Committee and the Professional Development Committee, is Chair of the Book Club Sub-Committee, and is a member of the CSE Certificate Program.
- Jennifer Cox is an active member on the CSE Editorial Policy Committee and is enrolled in the CSE Certification Program. She has also contributed an article to CSE’s Science Editor magazine to be published imminently.
- Carolyn de Court is co-chair of the CSE Professional Development Committee, a member of the CSE Program Planning Committee, and is currently enrolled in the CSE Certificate Program.
At the 2019 meeting, J&J staff also presented and moderated several informative sessions:
- Speaker: “Data-Driven Best Practices for Peer Review and Author Guidelines in the Editorial Office.” In this session, we will hear from Managing Editors and Publishing Professionals on best practices for Author Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines. We will focus on data-driven best practices for the editorial office.
- Moderator: “The Ethics of GDPR”
- Speaker: “2 Sides of the Same Coin: What Does Production Need from Editorial and What Does Editorial Need from Production?” This session will examine the bridge between Editorial and Production while exploring ways both sides help each other and maybe even clash. What does each department expect and need from the other side? How do both sides feed off each other’s strengths? During the session, we hope to explore the answers to these questions with the aim of improving communication and bridging the gap between Editorial and Production.
Carolyn de Court
- Moderator: “Funding Mandates: Looking at Plan S and Beyond.” – A great deal has happened in the last 2 years in regards to funder mandates for Open Access. The big news regarding Europe’s Plan S has made waves and sowed confusion about how to comply. United Statesbased private Funders have announced new OA policies and the White House OSTP is reviewing the 2013 Holdren Memo under pressure to reduce the 12 month embargo. This session will serve as an update of the landscape of funder mandates, OA policies, and what publishers are doing in response.
- Moderator: “Diversity and Inclusion from Research to Post-Publication.” This session will explore work on diversity and inclusion (D&I) going on throughout the entire life cycle of scholarly publications — from original research to getting published and back to the discovery of papers by researchers. We will showcase updates from professionals working in the D&I space from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and offer practical ideas of how these professionals and their organizations are working toward their goals. Racquel Jemison of the ACS Scholars Program and Kamela Heyward-Rotimi of the Knowledge Exchange Research Group (KERG) will speak to the challenges of outreach to underrepresented communities of researchers and helping these researchers be able to publish their work; Erika Valenti of Emerald Publishing and Deborah Poff of the Committee on Publication Ethics will discuss their work in publishing and balancing the needs of multiple parties in scholarly publishing while encouraging increased diversity and inclusion; and Harrison W. Inefuku from Iowa State University will discuss the role librarians can play in working with scholarly publications to encourage greater diversity of identities throughout STEM publishing. Bring your ideas and questions for a lively discussion that brings together researchers, publishers, and librarians working to increase diversity across the entire scholarly record.
- Speaker: “Streamlining the Process – What’s Worked.” Streamlining the process from submission through production/publication. The session will focus on ways to save time and money. Pathogens and Immunity has adopted a philosophy to serve the needs of scientists in order to facilitate the publication process, offering short lead times and accepting a paper for review in any format (reformatting/styling is not required until a manuscript is accepted). J&J will discuss ways to streamline when onboarding projects and new employees; best practices in transitioning and using submission systems; and revising and updating protocols and style sheets. Editors from ASTRO will discuss their new coauthor COI verification workflow, as well as ways they have streamlined the press release and article publicity processes.
- Faculty: “Short Course on Publication Management.” 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 newer to journal management. This year’s experienced faculty will reinforce efficient and effective methods for managing a journal by focusing on such topics as communications and personnel management, navigating relationships with EICs and Societies, peer review processes and tools, journal production workflow, essential metrics, ethical best practices, and effective leadership. Attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions from their own experience for discussion by faculty and other attendees. Active participation and exchange of ideas are encouraged.
- Faculty: “Advanced Short Course on Publication Management.” The Advanced Short Course on Publication Management is designed to address the challenges facing managing editors and publication managers who are already experienced in managing a journal or publication program. Previous enrollment in the more basic Short Course on Publication Management is encouraged but is not a prerequisite. The course presumes familiarity with basic areas of management including managing people, communications, and workflow; an understanding of production processes and interactions with vendors; and experience working with editorial boards or other publication bodies as well as editors-in-chief, authors, reviewers, and other stakeholders. Discussions may cover topics related to leadership, vision, and strategic planning; effective meeting planning; media training, including social media; verbal and nonverbal communications in the business world; change management, including interactions with parent organizations; staff development and mentoring; data sources for reporting and third party metrics; and recent developments and challenges in publishing. Discussions will include opportunities for attendees to share practical strategies, and attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions or topics for discussion. Active participation and exchange of ideas are encouraged.
J&J also exhibits every year at CSE. Our booth is a place for prospective clients to find out about J&J Editorial and the services we provide. It’s also a great place for our existing clients to stop by and say hello!