CSE Annual Conference

Short Courses

 

Short Course for Journal Editors - Part 1 & 2

May 15, 2015
May 16, 2015

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 15, 2015 and Saturday, May 16, 2015
COST: CSE Members - $570; Nonmembers - $670

Objective
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, diverse methods of information dissemination, metrics to assess performance, and considerations for introducing a new publication or improving an established one. The group discussions -some focused on themes and some of an open format-- 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.

The Short Course for Editors contains a core curriculum of lectures and group discussion topics that are essential to journal operations, and these are carried over from previous years' courses, with annual modifications. These modifications and new course topics are identified from pretesting of this year's attendees weeks before the course begins, and post-course surveys from previous course attendees. Annually, a large majority of attendees and faculty represent biomedical fields, and the primary teaching materials will be based on studies of biomedical journals. Extrapolations will be made, as appropriate, for physical sciences, basic and applied biology, and other journals, based on the interests and needs of this year's attendees.

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.

Faculty

  • 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 15

  • Course Overview, Introduction of Faculty, and Introduction of Attendees
  • 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
  • Assistant Editors, Editorial Boards, and Consultants
  • Reviewers: Selection, Responsibilities, and Nurture
  • Editorial Decision Making and Communicating with Authors
  • Open-access publishing
  • Thematic group discussions
  • Open Group Discussions

Program in Brief, Saturday, May 16

  • Introduction of the Day's Activities
  • Journal Office Operations: Supervising, Evaluation, and Beginning Production
  • The Business of Publishing
  • The Role of Consultants When Starting a New Publication or Improving An Existing Publication
  • Using Traditional and Evolving Metrics to Improve Your Journal
  • How to Obtain and Improve Manuscripts
  • Conflict and Misbehavior among Editors, Authors, and Reviewers
  • Websites, Social Media, and Other Electronic Communications
  • Journal Office Operations: Supervising, Evaluation, and Beginning Production
  • Your Journal: Your Role, Your Flow System, Your Problems, and Your Future
     
     
Short Course for Journal Editors - Part 2

May 16, 2015

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  Short Course for Journal Editors - Part 2
     

Short Course for Publication Management

May 16, 2015

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  COST: CSE Members - $350; Nonmembers - $450

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 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; understanding the production process and working effectively with vendors; managing and collaborating with editors-in-chief, associate editors, editorial boards, authors, and reviewers; and understanding and appreciating the various 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.

Faculty

  • 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
     

Short Course on Journal Metrics

May 16, 2015

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

   
  COST: CSE Members - $350; Nonmembers - $450

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

Course DescriptionJournal managers have a plethora of data at their fingertips. The research and funding communities are requiring more metrics to show the impact of their research dollars. This 1-day 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; detect trends and analyze changes; how to use online usage data for marketing the journal; all about the Impact Factor and its various alternatives; explore the needs of the researchers in providing metrics to funders and tenure board; using metrics to drive new product development; and look at new or alternative metrics to ensure that you are painting a complete picture of your journal program.

Who Should Attend? Journal managers, editors-in-chief, managing editors, associate editors, and chairs of publications committees

Faculty

  • Angela Cochran, Director, Journals, American Society of Civil Engineers, Course Coordinator
  • Carissa Gilman, Managing Editor, American Cancer Society
  • Glenn Landis, Editorial Director, Blood, American Society of Hematology
  • Sara Rouhi, Product Sales Manager, Altmetric
  • Phill Jones, Head of Publisher Outreach, DigitalScience
     

Short Course for Manuscript Editors

May 16, 2015

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

   
  COST: CSE Members - $350; Nonmembers - $450

Objective
To introduce beginning manuscript 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 2015 course will include sessions on (1) Microsoft Word tips for manuscript editors; (2) editing tables, including table structuring, data consolidation, and technical tips; (3) editing figures; and (4) ethical and legal issues in scientific editing. 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.

Faculty

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

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