The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience in science communication and editing.

Updated Guidelines for Authors and Translators

New versions of our Guidelines for Authors and Translators are available now.

Minor changes updated in this year’s versions consist of:

– updating the references
– emphasis on the incorrect use of the words gender and trimester (in the main body of the guidelines)
– note on the increased number of language versions (26 in total)
– note on EASE conference in Romania in June 2018

The English version of the Guidelines are published in the November edition of the EASE journal, European Science Editing (43.4), and links to all 26 versions can be found on the EASE website.

The EASE Guidelines provide simple, clear advice aimed at making international scientific communication more efficient.

This concise and readable set of editorial guidelines was first published by EASE in 2010 and is updated annually.

The document is available in 26 languages, and is aimed to help scientists worldwide in successful presentation of their research results and in correct translation of manuscripts into English. It briefly explains how to write complete, concise, and clear manuscripts, and draws attention to ethical issues: authorship criteria, plagiarism, conflict of interests, etc.

Eight appendices provide examples or more detailed information on selected topics (Abstracts, Ambiguity, Cohesion, Ethics, Plurals, Simplicity, Spelling, and Text-tables).

Widespread use of EASE Guidelines should increase the efficiency of international scientific communication.

Visit the Guidlines page to download copies now: http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines-authors-and-translators/

Round table statement to improve animal research reporting

During September of this year, a round table convened at the LAVA-ESLAV-ECLAM conference on Reproducibility of Animal Studies in Edinburgh, to discuss more about the problems in publishing animal research.

The discussion involved representatives from journals (including F1000Research, PLOS ONE, BMJ Open Science, and The Lancet), funders (including Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust), and professional organisations (including EASE and EQUATOR).

The outcome was a statement published in BMC Veterinary Research this week, authored by a team led by Nicola Osborne. The document puts forward a pledge to improve reporting and reproducibility standards in animal research, and calls upon academics and laboratory veterinarians to drive this change.

The statement can be accessed here: Osborne et al. BMC Veterinary Research (2017) 13:314. DOI 10.1186/s12917-017-1235-9

– 8th November, 2017–

Member offer – Online Editors’ course and resource

A newly-launched online resource and training course for Editors on How to publish better content is available from PSP Consulting.

EASE members can sign up at the introductory offer of £200. State that you are an EASE member when booking to obtain the discount.

The course provides an online resource for editors in all disciplines, covering topics such as improving submissions, detecting problem submissions, improving peer review and creating strategic plans. Course modules also include short guide booklets covering the topics, interactive quizzes, and case studies.

Find out more at at https://www.pspconsulting.org/training/online-editor-s-course/

EASE are pleased to officially endorse this course, which we feel offers excellent expert guidance on a wealth of valuable publishing skills and situations.

(The decision to endorse the course was made following strict EASE guidelines for endorsement: Pippa Smart at PSP is on EASE Council but was not involved in the endorsement)

Bulgarian translation of EASE Guidelines now available

A Bulgarian translation of the EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators is now available. 

EASE would like to thank Sergey Glinkov of the Library of the Varna Medical University, Bulgaria for the translation.

New ICMJE Conflicts of Interest form

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) have improved their Conflicts of Interest form, which is much improved and author-friendly, with a section at the end that generates a disclosure statement for the author based on what he/she has ticked on the form.

The form can be downloaded from here: http://www.icmje.org/coi_disclosure.pdf

Split Conference: Full programme now available

The next EASE Conference will take place in Split, Croatia from 13-15 June 2014.

Ana Marusic has kindly arranged the use of facilities at the School of Medicine of the University of Split and we are very grateful to the University authorities for allowing this.

Registration will open soon.

The full programme is now available (pdf).

Split Conference: Plenary session abstracts

We are delighted that Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt has agreed to be our Keynote speaker.  Tim is an inspirational speaker whose enthusiasm for science shines through. He just wants to know "how things work!"  We have invited him to reflect on the current state of science and how he thinks it may develop, including science publishing.

The other plenary speakers will be Milena Zic-Fuchs (Croatia), Doug Altman (UK) and Jacob Rosenberg (Denmark). 

Plenary session abstracts are now available.

Split Conference: Poster prize

Anyone wishing to present a poster at the EASE General Assemble and Conference should submit a title and 200-word abstract by 1 April 2014.

Abstracts may be submitted through the registration website once this is open. 

A prize will be awarded for the best poster.

Split Conference: KCSE/EASE Bursaries

Two bursaries are available for the 2014 EASE conference, each offering free registration and £200 towards travel and accommodation.  Bursaries are open to all existing EASE members, including sponsored members and students, but not those working for commercial companies. 

Applicants must make a case for why they need a bursary.

Applications should be emailed to the EASE secretary, email secretary@ease.org.uk and will be judged by a committee. 

Closing date for applications:  28th February 2014.

Split Conference: Reduced hotel rates

EASE has negotiated a special conference rate with the Radisson Blu for those attending the 2014 General Assembly and Conference. To benefit, please book as soon as possible (and before 11 April 2014) mentioning that you are a conference participant. Rates are as follows:

€ 134, 00 for a guest room with balcony; € 164, 00 for a deluxe room with balcony; and € 184, 00 for a deluxe room with sea view and balcony.