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.

New Style Author Toolkit!

Hot on the heels of the Peer Reviewer toolkit, comes a revised Author Toolkit!

In the same style as the PR Toolkit, I have organised all the resources in the toolkit into some main themes and collected them together in different pages.

The main themes of the modules are:

General Writing Tips
Peer Review for Authors
Publishing and Editorial Issues
Ethics for Authors
Other Resources

There is not much new in it yet, but I will be adding new content to the toolkit in the near future, especially an entire module devoted to Open Access, ‘predatory’ journals, pros and cons and more.

http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/ease-toolkit-authors/

Feel free to message me if you would like to be involved in expanding it, or have any comments/questions.

Thanks!

Duncan

PubMed Journal Selection Webinar

Join staff of the U.S. National Library of Medicine to learn how journals are selected for MEDLINE and PubMed Central, how NLM has responded to an evolving scholarly communication ecosystem, and how to use NLM resources in assessing the quality of a publication.

“PubMed Journal Selection and the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication.”
Date and time: Friday, October 6, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT

This Webinar is intended for librarians and other information specialists who work with PubMed. Participants may receive one MLA continuing education credit.

By the end of this Webinar, participants should be able to:


If you are interested in joining, registration is on the NNLM site, here
: https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-journal-selection-and-changing-landscape-scholarly-communication/7780

 

Metadata 2020 Collaboration

Metadata 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metadata 2020 is a new global initiative, organised to draw together people and organisations from all over the world. Its goal is to rally and support the academic community around the critical issue of sharing richer metadata for research communications.

The collaboration, which is being overseen by Crossref, involves researchers, publishers, aggregators, service providers, librarians, and funders who will commit to improving the quality and interoperability of their metadata. Crucially, Metadata 2020 aims to enhance communication between the different communities involved in scholarly communications, through sharing stories and resources, providing education and support to everyone seeking to improve their metadata.

The role of Editors is key in this collaboration, given our very hands-on involvement in adding the metadata into the ecosystem, our perspective on the use of metadata in publishing, and the nature of our interaction with so many scholarly communications groups who produce, use, and work with metadata.

Across the full research community, we struggle with a consistency in the formats and quality of metadata. Properly structuring metadata makes it easy to find, retrieve and coordinate information for individuals and cross-organisational platforms.

For example, in many instances, publishers and data repositories set up metadata feeds to Crossref or Datacite when they launch, but do not go back to update any of the configurations later if any change to data forms or workflows are made. Another example addresses attitudes in attention to detail and the global impact it may have – if there are mistakes in the content of metadata, corrections tend to receive less care and oversight than they should, relative to how much it is actually worth to all of us. And as a final example: in a blog post on the University of Cambridge Schol Comms blog, Dr Danny Kingsley writes:

“Researchers cannot be expected to share their data at the end of their research project if they are unable to locate their data, if the data is not correctly labelled or if it lacks metadata to make the data re-usable.”

 

The reality is that most scholarly communications infrastructure is based on the metadata, so quality is key to all of our success. It is our shared responsibility, and through increasing awareness of its value, and implementation of high quality practices, we will see shared benefits.

Metadata 2020 is taking the approach of organizing smaller community-focused groups for funders, data repos, researchers, etc. to help articulate specific case studies on the financial and community benefits of better metadata. It would be great to have your help!

Find out more at www.metadata2020.org, follow @Metadata2020 on Twitter, and email info@metadata2020.org to participate.

EASE Peer Reviewing Group – join the discussion!

We have added two big developments on the EASE site relating to peer review this week.

EASE Peer Reviewing Group

We are delighted to announce the formation of a new EASE working group looking at Peer Review. This group will be looking at guidelines, good practice, the culture of review and how to recognise and reward reviewers – and many other topics.

There is a public forum for discussion of peer review topics (open for non members as well as members) so please do take a look and encourage your colleagues to contribute – see http://www.ease.org.uk/strategy-groups/peer-review-committee

We will be discussing several topics during peer review week – we’d love to hear your views on all the tricky reviewing issues.

EASE Peer Reviewers’ toolkit

To coordinate with Peer review Week, the EASE Peer Review Working Group has assembled a selection of resources on the peer review process

http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/peer-reviewer-toolkit/

Those new to the peer review process – and those not so new – may find these links useful, so visit the website and bookmark the page!

If you know of any other resources that we should add to the site, please let us know.

Final Call for Abstracts!

A final reminder that the deadline for abstracts for presentations is 15th September, 2017.

Deadline for poster abstracts is 1st April, 2018.

Presentation sessions should address any issues around the theme of the conference: ‘Balancing Innovation and Tradition in Science Editing’.

Please see the Programme for the list of specified sessions.

Speakers will have a 10-20 minute slot within their chosen session.

*Please submit a session title and 200-word abstract, including the title of the session you wish to speak in, by 15th September 2017

Poster presentations can address any aspects of science editing and publishing.

If you wish to submit a poster, please submit a title and 200-word abstract by 1st April 2018

All submissions should be sent by email to either the EASE Secretariat Tea Marasovic, or to the Conference Chair, Joan Marsh.

EASE Conference announcements!

We are delighted to announce some further details of our 14th EASE conference, to be held in June, 2018.

The University of Bucharest has kindly agreed to host our conference. Prof Liviu Papadima, Vice-rector, will provide facilities in the Faculty of Law, Boulevard. M. Kogalniceanu.

We are also pleased to bring you the first draft of the conference programme, to give you an idea of the topics and sessions we will be bringing you at the event.

We have added several new pages to our website to cover everything conference-related, and will be regularly updating it as we finalise further details.

Please visit our Bucharest 2018 homepage for more information.

http://www.ease.org.uk/ease-events/14th-ease-conference-bucharest-2018/

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)

ESE 43(3) – August 2017

“If research was a transport business, we would be appalled by these data.
Half the goods carried would be badly designed, half lost in
shipping, and half of the remainder broken by the time they
arrived.” – Chalmers and Glasziou
(quoted in Rewarding systematic approaches to reducing research waste, Hilton, ESE 43.3)

The August issue of European Science Editing is published, and if you are an EASE member, should be in your hands as we speak. Members and journal subscribers can access all current journal content online now. For non subscribers, all articles become open for free access after six months of publication.

This issue of the journal features an original article by Quan-Hoang Vuong et. al., looking at academic productivity in Vietnam; a viewpoint from Moira Hudson, giving an author’s editor’s perspective on formatting manuscripts for journal submission; an essay on the role of editors in reducing waste in research by Rhiannon Howe; and in keeping with that theme, an Editorial from John Hilton on the rewards of a systematic approach to waste reduction in research.

The Editorial is open access, for all readers to download in full now

 

HEIRRI announce training program pilot testers

HEIRRI have announced the selection of two institutions to pilot test their training program scholarships.

The Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (Pan African University, Algeria) and Centre for Studies in Science Policy (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) will test two of the training programme courses being developed by the organisation, chosen from a list including Dialogical Reflection on Research and Innovation; Facilitating Reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation; and Considering Responsible Research and Innovation by Design.

The HEIRRI project will also provide funding to two more institutions to pilot their courses: Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel (Germany) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).

These institutions will actively participate in the development process of the materials, giving feedback on the materials and their use in their institutions.

More information can be found on the HEIRRI website here

14th EASE Conference – Venue announcement and last call for abstracts!


We are pleased to announce the venue for the 14th EASE Conference!

The event will be held at the Law School at the University of Bucharest, Romania, 8-10th June 2018. Registration will open in January 2018 and there are discounts for EASE members to attend

We also make a final call for abstract submissions to the conference. The event will focus on balancing innovation and tradition in science editing, and we invite papers, posters and talks to address this topic.

If you wish to submit a paper, please send your title and a 200-word abstract to Tea by 15th September.

Keep an eye on our main conference page for further announcements to the agenda, hotel details and events around the conference itself:

http://www.ease.org.uk/ease-events/14th-ease-conference-bucharest-2018/