CSE Annual Conference

Short Courses


Short Course for Journal Editors - Part 1 & 2

May 2, 2014
May 3, 2014

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A TWO-DAY PROGRAM: Friday, May 2, 2014 and Saturday, May 3, 2014

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

Course Description
The 2-day Short Course for Journal Editors is designed as an introduction for newly appointed editors and a refresher for experienced colleagues, providing a comprehensive 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, publishing ethics, operating business practices, and considerations for introducing a new publication or improving an established one. The group discussions are a key feature of the course, because they provide an opportunity for detailed consideration of decision making, manuscript improvement, allegations of inappropriate behavior, and, most importantly, the issues that participants bring to the table. 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.


  • William L. Lanier, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Course Coordinator
  • Arthur J. Hilliker, PhD, Editor, Genome
  • Bruce A.F. Polsky, Principal, Hanell Consulting, LLC
  • Jody Hundley, Production Manager, Scientific Publishing, American Heart Association
  • Thomas C. Gerber, MD, Associate Editor, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Department of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and Radiology, Mayo Clinic

Program in Brief, Friday, May 2

  • Publication of the Results of Research: Peer Review and Determination of Journal Content
  • Ethical Obligations of Editors, Authors, and Reviewers
  • Organization, Composition, and Function of an Editorial Board
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Assistant Editors, Editorial Boards, and Consultants
  • Reviewers: Selection, Responsibilities, and Nurture
  • Editorial Decision Making and Communicating with Authors
  • Journal Office Operations: Supervising, Evaluation, and Beginning Production
  • Creating and Managing Small-Circulation Journals and Newsletters
  • The Business of Publishing

Program in Brief, Saturday, May 3

  • The Role of Consultants When Starting a New Publication or Improving An Existing Publication
  • Using Metrics to Improve Your Journal
  • Breakout Sessions
  • The Editor, the Editorial Office, and the Publisher
  • How to Obtain and Improve Manuscripts
  • Conflict and Misbehavior among Editors, Authors, and Reviewers
  • Independent or Supplemental Small Publications
  • Websites, Social Media, and Other Electronic Communications
  • Your Journal: Your Role, Your Flow System, Your Problems, and Your Future

Short Course for Publication Management

May 3, 2014

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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 1-day 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. Course Coordinator Amy McPherson (Publications Director and Managing Editor of the American Journal of Botany) and her experienced faculty will present and reinforce efficient and effective methods of managing a journal. 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.

The keynote session of the course will be titled "Managing to Lead." Further sessions will address managing communications and people, and organizing workflow; working with in-house and remote colleagues and an increasingly intergenerational workforce with various experience and technical expertise; working with editors-in-chief, associate editors, editorial boards, authors, and reviewers; and perspectives of editors, authors, and reviewers. Discussions will include current controversies in ethics, conflicts of interest, and open access. The course will conclude with a problem-solving and discussion period; attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions from their own experience for discussion by all faculty and other attendees.

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


  • Denis G. Baskin, PhD, Executive Editor, The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
  • Patricia K. (Patty) Baskin, MS, Executive Editor, Neurology
  • Nancy Devaux, Process Improvement Manager, Sheridan/Dartmouth Journal Services
  • Kenneth F. (Ken) Heideman, MS, Director of Publications, The American Meteorological Society
  • Amy McPherson, Publications Director and Managing Editor, American Journal of Botany

Program in Brief

  • Leadership and Teambuilding in the Workplace
  • Managing Effective Communications with Editors, Authors, Reviewers, and Staff Organizing Meetings, Electronic Communications, Greater Efficiency
  • Managing an In-house and Remote Intergenerational Workflow
  • Working with Editors-in-Chiefs, Associate Editors, Editorial Boards, Authors, Reviewers, and Vendors
  • Pride and Prejudice: Attitudes and Mindsets of Scientists on Their Roles in Journal Publishing
  • Problem-solving and Discussion Session

Short Course for Manuscript Editors

May 3, 2014

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


To introduce beginning editors to the tools of the trade and to enable seasoned editors to stay competitive in the field.

Course Description
This 1-day course is designed both for novices and for experienced editors who need to stay current in the field of scientific/medical publishing, including a review of the skills required for mechanical and substantive editing of scientific material. The 2014 course will include sessions on (1) best practices in manuscript editing, including language editing, process efficiencies, and Microsoft Word tips; (2) editing tables, including table structuring, data consolidation, and technical tips; (3) editing figures; and (4) a split session on freelancing (for independent contractors) and ethical and legal issues (for office-based editors). The course will conclude with a roundtable discussion on various issues that manuscript editors face on a regular basis. 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 (or those interested in the field) at any level of experience and expertise.


  • Stacy Christiansen, MA, Director of Manuscript Editing, JAMA
  • Elizabeth Blake, Director of Business Development, Inera, Inc.
  • Annette Flanagin, RN, MA, FAAN, Executive Managing Editor, JAMA
  • Suzanne Meyers, ELS, Proprietor, Suzanne Meyers Editing
  • Peter J. Olson, ELS, Senior Copyediting Coordinator, Dartmouth Journal Services, Course Coordinator

Program in Brief

  • Best Practices in Manuscript Editing
  • Editing Tables
  • Editing Figures
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Scientific Editing
  • Freelance Editing Forum
  • Roundtable Discussions

Short Course on Publication Ethics

May 3, 2014

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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 day-long 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 breeches of publications ethics and uses of errata, retractions, expressions of concerns, and sanctions. Although all these topics cannot be addressed thoroughly in the time allotted, faculty will handle some areas quickly and focus more on those that editors may encounter more frequently. Case studies will be used as examples for discussion, audience participation/questions will be encouraged, and resources for resolving ethical issues participants may be faced with will be presented.

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


  • Liz Wager, Publications Consultant and former Chair of the Committe on Publications Ethics (COPE)
  • Alan R. Price, PhD, CEO of Price Research Integrity Consultant Experts (P.R.I.C.E.)
  • Annette Flanagin, RN, MA, FAAN, Executive Managing Editor, JAMA and The JAMA Network
  • Eric Pesanelli, Editorial Art Manager, American Physiological Society
  • Elizabeth Blalock, Managing Editor, Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  • Patricia K. Baskin, MS, Executive Editor, Neurology

Program in Brief

  • Conflicts of interest: Authors, editors, reviewers; authorship issues
  • Research misconduct, including image fraud
  • Duplicate publication, piracy, plagiarism
  • Steps to investigate misconduct or breaches in publication ethics
  • Correcting the scientific literature and imposing sanctions
  • Case studies

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