The 2014 CSE annual meeting convened 2–5 May in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting theme, “4D Publishing: Data, Decision, Difference, Direction,” sought to capture the broad array of issues facing journal editors and publishers today. We hope that you learned something new and took home practical solutions that can be applied to your organizations.
We were fortunate to have benefited from an engaged and energetic program committee and to have hosted the meeting in such a great location. The program included 32 concurrent sessions, a keynote, and a plenary.
A new networking event, “Dinner Conversations,” gave speakers and attendees the opportunity to socialize in a relaxed and informal setting. The location of the Marriott Rivercenter, the meeting hotel, gave attendees the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk, the vibrant shops and restaurants, and the historic Alamo.
The meeting opened with our keynote speaker, Siva Vaidhyanathan, chair of the Department of Media Studies of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, who gave an insightful and engaging talk billed in the program as “Big Data and Publishing—the Legal, Ethical, and Intellectual Implications for Editors.” His remarks illustrated some of the misconceptions regarding big data, beginning with an attempt to define it and then highlighting its limitations and promises.
The next morning, Howard Bauchner, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), discussed the evolution of JAMA and the JAMA Network during his plenary talk, “Evolving Issues in Scholarly Publishing: Open Access, Data Transparency, the Digital World”. Bauchner described how his journal has embraced risk and adapted in the digital age.
At the core of the 2014 annual meeting were the numerous concurrent sessions, developed and organized by moderators with the guidance of the program committee. The program committee and moderators worked tirelessly to create thought-provoking and educational sessions with expert speakers. Much of the success of the meeting is owed to these moderators.
The success of the program also relied on the support of the CSE Board of Directors, particularly the president during our tenure, Heather Goodell. Her guidance was invaluable throughout the meeting planning. Andrew Van Wasshnova and David Stumph, of the Kellen Company, helped to organize our efforts throughout the year and managed the meeting logistics. They did a superb job, and we thank them for their kindness and inexhaustible enthusiasm.
Last but not least, thanks to all those who attended and participated. We hope that you found the experience intellectually stimulating, engaging, and rewarding. We look forward to seeing you for another great CSE meeting in Philadelphia, 15–18 May 2015.
KRISTI OVERGAARD is a publishing consultant, Barrington, Illinois, and was program chair for the 2014 CSE annual meeting; CHRISTINE CASEY is deputy editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, and was program vice chair for the 2014 CSE annual meeting.