Professional Organizations

The organization shown here provide valuable resources for authors and editors!

American Copy Editors Society [ACES]
The mission statement of ACES which was founded in 1997, states that “as a professional journalism organization for, by and about copy editors” with the aim to facilitate problem solving through attentiveness to, dialogue about and education regarding common problems and issues. The website has a discussion board, job bank, quizzes, resource, reference, conference and scholarship links, editing guidelines, member e-mails, member only resources, educational fund, FAQ link and ACES merchandise for purchase. The site has a nice appearance and is easy to navigate.

American Medical Writers Association [AMWA]
The mission statement of the American Medical Writers Association, which was founded in 1940 to assist medical authors, is “to promote excellence in medical communication and to provide educational resources in support of that goal. Through an extensive educational program, various publications, and unparalleled opportunities for networking, AMWA encourages and enables its members to extend their professional expertise.” The website has links to job opportunities, resource, reference, conferences, free-lance directory, membership directory, members only resources, chapters, the AMSW journal, government agencies, allied associations and AMWA merchandise for purchase. The site is nice appearance and easy to navigate.

American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors 
“The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of healthcare publication editors, and thereby expanding their
value to, and contribution of, the publications they serve.” The website is simple with links to a code of ethics, awards lists membership information and a members only web site. The site is simple and easy to navigate but has little to offer for those who are not members.

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALSP)
The mission of the ALPSP, which was formed in 1972 representing all types of nonprofit publishers and the largest trade group dedicated to scholarly and professional publishers, “is to play an active part in shaping the future of academic and professional communication, promoting Scholarship-Friendly Publishing’.” The site has links to membership, education, ASPSP position statements/papers, guidance, research and publications. The site is complex but easy to navigate.

Board of Editors in the Life Sciences [BELS] 
The intent of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS), which was founded in 1991, is “to evaluate the proficiency of manuscript editors in the life sciences and to award credentials similar to those obtainable in other professions.” In addition to the homepage that addresses the certification process, the website has links to board certified editors, the diplomat program, upcoming events, FAQs and resource links. The site is business like appearance and easy to navigate.

Committee on Publication Ethics [COPE] 
The intent of the Committee on Publication Ethics (CPOE), which was founded in 1997, is “to provide a forum for editors of peer-reviewed journals to discuss issues related to the integrity of the scientific record; it supports and encourages editors to report, catalogue and instigate investigations into ethical problems in the publication process. The major objective is to provide a sounding board for editors who were struggling with how best to deal with possible breaches in research and publication ethics.” The website has links to flowcharts, codes of ethics, cases, reports, old news, membership information, and links to resources, ethics, and talks on research and misconduct. The site is plain and easy to navigate.

CONSORT – statement for reporting RCTs
The mission of the CONSORT Statement, which originated in 1993, is “to improve the reporting of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), enabling readers to understand a trial’s design, conduct, analysis and interpretation, and to assess the validity of its results … through complete transparency from authors.” The website has links to the history, news, statement in journals, checklist, flow diagram, and explanatory documents. The site is involved but easy to navigate.

Council of Science Editors [CSE] 
The mission of the Council of Science Editors (CSE), which was originally known as the Council of Biology Editors, the CSE, which was established in 1957 by joint action of the National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is “to promote excellence in the communication of scientific information. CSE’s purpose is to serve members in the scientific, scientific publishing, and information science communities by fostering networking, education, discussion, and exchange and to be an authoritative resource on current and emerging issues in the communication of scientific information.” The site has links to publications, events, annual meeting presentations, a job bank, membership information, members only resources, reference links, editorial policies and sponsors. The site is professional in appearance and easy to navigate.

European Association of Science Editors [EASE] 
“The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an internationally-oriented community of individuals from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience who share an interest in science communication and editing.” There are links to jobs, meetings, courses, Board of Editors in Life Sciences examinations, Web Watch articles, the organization journal European Science Editing and archived PDF full text articles. The site is plain, brief and easy to navigate.

European Medical Writers Association [EMWA] 
The aim of the European Medical Writers Association, which was founded in 1989 by a small group of professional biomedical communicators, is “to provide a forum to promote standards of excellence in medical writing by furthering the professional development of members and increasing awareness of medical writing throughout Europe.” The site has links for jobs, education, the organization journal, members only pages, education, courses, conferences, and dialogue. The site is attractive and easy to navigate.

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM)
The aim of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers is to assist publishers, authors, organizations and “communications industries in the electronic environment, who are concerned with improving the dissemination, storage and retrieval of scientific, technical and medical information in their activities in disseminating the results of research in the fields of science, technology and medicine” in conjunction with the International Publishers Association (IPA). The site has links to documents including the Brussels declaration, organization statements, conference updates, resources, products and general information about the organization and the members, The site is professional and easy to navigate with numerous PDF documents available.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors [ICMJE]
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which was previously know as the Vancouver Group, “is a small working group of general medical journalists” with no open membership. The journals which are members of ICMJE include Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, JAMA, NEJM, The Lancet, The Medical Journal of Australia and New Zealand Medical Journal. The site has links to statement of purpose, ethical considerations, publishing and editing issues, manuscript preparation and publication issues, and reporting guideline links. The site is plain and takes some time to navigate.

International Council for Science (ICSU)
International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental association that includes 112 “national scientific” bodies and 29 “international scientific unions that provides a discussion forum for scientific policy issues. The site includes media and resource centers as well as information about grants, conferences, activities and members. The site is complicated but fairly easy to navigate. (I did not find any information particular to editing).

International Publishers’ Association (IPA)
The International Publishers Association, which was founded in 1896 with the primary intent of promoting and defending copyright , is an international organization promotes literacy and reading in addition to publishing freedom. The site includes information on publishing, copyright, training, literacy, reading, events and members. The site is extensive but easy to navigate with a search option. (I did not find any information particular to editing).

Nurse Author Editor 
In 1991, Nurse Author & Editor was started as a printed international publication dedicated to nurse authors, editors and reviewers and now is an electronic publication. There is no listed mission statement or goal. It has links for authors, editors, reviewers, editorial board, journal directory, newsletter issues and the publication. The site is simple and easy to navigate.

National Center for Health Statistics (USA) 
This is a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site that is available in both English and Spanish , which has the mission to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data. Welcome to the National Center for Health Statistics’ Web site, a rich source of information about America’s health. The major links are news, data topics, publications, reports, accessing data and CDC and DHSS resources. The site is involved but easy to navigate.

Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
The Office of Research Integrity which is supported by the U.S. Public Health Service espouses “integrity in biomedical and behavioral research” at 4,000 institutions throughout the world through facilitation of responsible research behavior, education, regulation and monitoring investigations into research misconduct. The site includes links to education, policies, research, and a newsletter. There is a search option that displayed six links for editing resources. The site is complex but easy to navigate.
Society for Scholarly Publishing [SSP]
The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) which was founded in 1978, is “a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing — including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors.” The site has links to members, events, annual meetings, jobs, publications, and a services directory. The site is attractive and easy to navigate.

Society for Technical Communication [STC]
The mission of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) is to advance the “theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and media. STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication” with members representing technical writers, editors, content developers, documentation specialists, technical illustrators, instructional designers, academics, information architects, usability and human factors professionals, visual designers, Web designers and developers, and translators. The site includes links to education, contests, membership directory, membership support, job information, publications, resources and supporting links. The site is simple and easy to navigate.

Thomson Scientific (ISI) 
Thomson Scientific, formerly known as Thomson ISI was established in the early 1960’s with the goal “to increase the impact of research by empowering researchers with the information they need to accelerate discovery. You can keep up to date with all our product, events and training news.” The site has academic, engineering, technology, government, pharmacology, corporate and biotechnology category links and specific links to information, products and the scientific press room. The site is involved and may be a bit challenging to navigate.

World Association of Medical Editors [WAME]
The World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), which was established in March 1995 lists the following organizational goals: “to facilitate worldwide cooperation and communication among editors of peer-reviewed medical journals; to improve editorial standards, to promote professionalism in medical editing through education, self-criticism and self-regulation; to encourage research on the principles and practice of medical editing.” The site has member information, message board, contact and meeting information, resources, topic lists of WAME information, ethics, publication, conflict of interest and more. The site is simple and easy to navigate.