Launching the EASE Handbook

Working as an editor can be challenging. In addition to knowing the research area and the nature of scholarly publishing, editors now need a wide range of knowledge and skills including ethics, peer review, CrossRef, managing editorial boards, authorship issues, how to work with peer reviewers, how to deal with misconduct, and what bibliometrics really means. To support its members in this complex – but fascinating – environment, EASE has provided the Science Editors Handbook since 1994. This session celebrates the launch of a fully revised Second edition, comprising 57 chapters divided into sections on: editing, nomenclature; policies and processes; peer review; ethics, and publishing and promoting.

The session will feature six brief presentations:

Introducing the new Handbook                       Pippa Smart
Editorial policies                                                Elise Langdon-Neuner
Ethics in science editing                                  Herve Maisonneuve
Managing grey literature                                   Paola de Castro
Author guidelines – nice and nasty               Elisabeth Heseltine
CPD for editors – why editors need to inquisitive        Pippa Smart

Editor biographies

Hervé Maisonneuve

Hervé Maisonneuve is an Associate Professor in Public Health. He practiced medicine for 10 years in Lyon hospitals, and has been involved for 10 years in clinical development programmes in the pharmaceutical industry. He was Director of the assessment of the French National Agency for Accreditation and Evaluation in Health (ANDEM/ANAES) and is the editor of a website for surgeons performing laparoscopy ( He teaches medical writing and has a 25 years’ experience with hospital practitioners. He has written or co-written several books in the field of writing, and has been a member of many journal editorial boards. He is the editor of

Pippa Smart

Pippa Smart is a publishing consultant with over 25 years’ experience of working within the STM publishing industry. With extensive experience of journals publishing she now advises publishers (particularly non-commercial associations) in the development of their publishing programmes, and works with journal editors on development of their journals. She provides training in editorial strategies, copyright and ethics, and has developed courses for ALPSP, WIPO and EASE. She is the editor of the new edition of the EASE Science Editors' Handbook and writes the monthly newsletter for publishers, the ALPSP Alert.