What’s a Science Editor to Do? Discover, Discuss, Make a Difference: Take II

Those of you with a keen eye for detail might recognize the title of this article as nearly identical to my inaugural Viewpoint published in Spring 2015. I thought it fitting to write a bit of a reprisal in my last Science Editor piece and to reflect on what’s changed since the first. Building on the transformative work of previous Editor-in-Chief Patty Baskin, Science Editor was poised to find new ways to bring its content to the reader. We revamped the publication to become a true online presence—including early online and continuous publishing—plus a redesigned print and online version launched August 2016. I augmented our modern, clean look by publishing original scientific images as covers contributed to Science Editor by scientists and photographers and intended to represent the breadth of our readers. If you’ve ever ushered a journal from print to online or undertaken a major redesign, you know that the work ranges from the decidedly fun parts (e.g., collaborating with colleagues, choosing typefaces and bold cover art, understanding reader workflows) to the still-interesting-but-somewhat-less-fun-parts (e.g., retroactively tagging 6 years of Science Editor articles, user testing, bug fixing, and figuring out how to indent text in WordPress). The Science Editor Redesign Task Force responsible for the project from start-to-finish included Tony Alves, Tim Bennett, Amanda Ferguson, Jonathan Schultz, Lindsey Buscher, and me, with Patty as Chair, all supported by the CSE Board of Directors. The Board invested its resources so that members and readers would benefit, laying the groundwork for making […]

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