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August 2014

Crimson exhibits at the ISMTE North American Conference 2014 from Aug 14–15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Crimson attended the 7th Annual Meeting for the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) held in Philadelphia, PA, August 14-15. The meeting was attended by around 150 STM-industry professionals ranging from managing and technical editors to freelance editorial staff.

ISMTE’s mission is “to connect the community of professionals committed to the peer review and publication of academic and scholarly journals. ISMTE provides peer-to-peer networking, education and training, research, and resources for best practices, and development of journal policy.” In that role, ISMTE “serves a unique niche within the academic, scientific, medical, technical and professional publishing industry—editorial office staff.” ISMTE provides networking and training infrastructure, studies and reports on editorial office practices, and shares editorial best practices. Through its well-established resources and platforms such as their newsletter, online resources, and meetings, ISMTE helps its members to network and communicate with others in the same profession.

The meeting ran extremely well within the tight schedule and provided relevant and sound information. The keynote address, State of the Art and Profession: An Editorial Office Update, set the tone for the two days. The panel included Kent Anderson, CEO and Publisher, Striatus/JBJS; Matt Giampoala, Executive Journals Editor, Wiley; and Jason Roberts, PhD, Senior Partner, Origin Editorial. The session delved into the challenges faced with the changing nature of STM publishing and how it affects the editorial office.

Another great session was conducted by the former chief science and health correspondent for NBC News, Robert Bazell. Currently an adjunct professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University, Robert gave an engaging talk about “Reporting on Science in the Media” followed by an interactive Q&A session.

The breakout sessions covered a variety of topics dealing with issues specific to managing editors such as Handling Appeals: Challenges and Best Practices; Large or Small: EIC Transition is a Big Deal for Journals of Any Size; Becoming a Freelance Editorial Office Professional; and Publishing 101: What We Wish We’d Known and How to Find Out More. On the other hand, topics such as For All the Tea in China: A Primer on the Publishing Landscape in China—the good, the bad, the ugly shed light on the cultural issues in STM publishing and Excel Workshop: Preparing Annual Reports provided helpful techniques for using MS Excel.

ISMTE displayed ten posters of which J&J Editorial won the best poster for Reformatting Submission Questions Increases the Accuracy of Author-Supplied Information: A Case Study. Other poster topics included

  • Anonymous Whistleblowers: a Blessing or a Curse for the Editorial Office?
  • Setting Up Cross-Journal Collaborations to Improve Reporting Standards
  • Revisiting our [International Journal of Cancer] Reviewer Project Results and Perspective
  • Developing a Metric to Monitor Editorial Office Workload
  • Author Education Strategies beyond Cultural Boundaries
  • Sowing the Seeds of ORCID®
  • Plagiarism in Submitted Manuscripts; Incidence and Characteristics
  • TrackIt: Building Emerald’s Production Tracking System (PTS)
  • Making Color Brightfield Images from Microscopes Both Publication Ready and Traceable

There were plenty of network opportunities with the speed networking session, a wine-and-cheese reception, and an excellent Exchange Forum where individual ideas and concepts were floated to the group and everyone had the chance to build upon the ideas. Different vendors presented product updates and clarified user questions through their vendor sessions. Overall, it was a very well-planned, well-executed meeting with wonderful opportunities to participate and learn from. As a company, we felt it had great value in further building our understanding of the challenges faced by the STM publishing community. If you would like to know more about how Crimson Interactive can help authors and publishers achieve their publishing goals, please contact us at

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