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International conferences and events

As a company committed to upholding the highest professional standards, CACTUS is actively involved in enriching the shared understanding of scientific communication processes and practices worldwide. To this end, we support key scientific and editorial associations, contribute to research on scientific and academic communication, and participate regularly in industry conferences.

Editage workshop for researchers in Turkey

Nov 2013

A workshop on “Writing and Presenting Research” conducted by Editage on the 25th and 26th of November 2013 at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey, was a remarkable success. The workshop sought to illustrate some of the best practices that could be observed in order to write an effective research manuscript or make a persuasive presentation.

Ravi Murugesan—experienced communicator, trainer, and published author—conducted the workshop, which was attended by over 400 graduate students, early career researchers, and a few senior researchers from ITU as well as other universities in Istanbul. The workshop constituted two sessions that were repeated on both days. Through the sessions, Ravi aimed to orient researchers to communicating effectively.

The first lecture was on Writing Research Papers. In this session, Ravi addressed topics such as ethics in scientific writing, avoiding plagiarism, choosing the right target journal, understanding the peer review process, and ways of writing a paper. He also provided tips on writing for and reaching out to the larger scientific community. The second session of the workshop expounded on Presenting at Conferences. During this session, Ravi educated the participants about scientific conferences, sharing some basic principles to be followed when preparing conference abstracts, background on visual as well as content related aspects critical to creating and designing a poster presentation, and tips on delivering an impactful oral presentation.

The participants found the lectures to be informative, interesting, and helpful. In particular, they felt that such workshops helped them develop a better understanding of the aspects that need to be considered while writing a scientific article, preparing to present a poster, or making an oral presentation.

Since 2002, Editage has promoted the dissemination of knowledge about effective scientific communication and the workshop at ITU was one such effort in this direction. Editage has successfully conducted similar trainings for researchers across the globe. Further, in keeping with the commitment toward helping researchers understand good publication practices and toward helping journals engage in open dialogue on issues concerning the research sphere, Editage launched Editage Insights, a portal exclusively dedicated to helping researchers understand and develop good publication practices.

Highlights from the 7th International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication: Possible implications for authors

Sep 2013

The International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication is perhaps the biggest, most important conference that addresses issues at the heart of scientific, technical and medical publication. Hosted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Congress is held only once every four years and represents the gathering of the best minds and thought leaders.

And, of course, Editage was there! Donald Samulack, President of U.S. Operations, and Aditya Vadrevu, Senior Manager of Services and Quality, attended a range of discussions on issues relevant to you, the author. The topics included authorship, citation, peer review, ethics, and open access. Here are some key highlights from the conference that are most relevant to the researcher community.

Peer Review

While several studies presented an analysis of peer review from the viewpoint of quality and efficiency in the journal workflow, perhaps the most interesting from an author’s perspective was a model of statistical review being used by journals like the Annals of Internal Medicine. Here, authors get to address and respond to specific statistical review comments from a specialized statistician who is asked to review manuscripts pre-selected by the journal editor and peer reviewer. Most authors are reported to have found significant improvements in their paper after this type of statistical review.  Moreover, authors find that incorporating and responding to the statistical review comments involves considerable effort but is justified by the degree of improvement in the paper.


With rapid changes in technology and journal workflow supporting online publication, are authors becoming more accepting of journals that publish online-only issues?  A study among two prominent journals in the US and Norway showed that some authors are indeed open to online-only publication, but a significant percentage would like the decision of whether the article is published in print or online to be made by an editor with the right of refusal or jointly by the editor and author.


Coercive citation—a practice where the journal editor pressurizes the author to include citations from the editor’s journal—was a topic of active discussion during the conference. Researchers from the Netherlands investigated the impact of coercive citation on the impact factor of a group of business journals. The study showed that the proportion of self-citations to these journals was indeed boosted by the practice of coercive citation. Might this kind of a study then be extended to other areas or journals? Or to a point where we begin to define ways of checking and correcting coercive citation?


As expected, the sessions on ethics invited the most enthusiastic participation and comments. Two themes stood out in these sessions: duplicate publication and plagiarism. Research on duplicate publication shows that while theMedical Subject Headings of the National Library of Medicine indicate “duplicate publication” as a separate type of publication, journals are not prompt in correcting the papers identified.  A call was made for the publishing community to be more vigilant about duplicate publication. A separate set of studies examined the growing role of software tools in the journal process for detecting plagiarism. While these tools are being adopted actively as part of the journal’s workflow, leading publishers like PLoS still find the need for human judgment in the decision.

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CACTUS presents at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Council of Science Editors and wins the “Best Poster” award

Apr 2013

CACTUS participated in the 56th Annual Meeting of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) in Montreal, Canada (May 3-6, 2013), as a sponsor, presenter, and exhibitor. This meeting was attended by editors, publishers, and specialists from different domains in the scientific publishing industry. We were represented by Donald Samulack, PhD, and Sandi McIntyre from the US office and by Clarinda Cerejo, ELS, and Remya Nambiar, ELS, from the head office in Mumbai, India.                                                                                                  
This year, the CSE adopted a very practical theme for their meeting: Communicating Science Effectively: The world depends on it. The meeting included sessions on a wide variety of industry-related topics including editorial processes, technological advances to aid publication, and author-related issues that affect publishing. In keeping with the theme, CACTUS conducted a session entitled “The east-west divide: Challenges facing eastern authors and how a global perspective can bridge the gap.” Joining Donald Samulack, President of CACTUS US Operations, as speakers for the session were Philippa Benson, President and Owner, PJB Consulting, and Boyana Konforti, Editor, Cell Reports. P. Benson set the context by describing her experiences with authors in China and the pressures they face. D. Samulack then presented the results of a CACTUS survey conducted with authors and journal editors, shedding light on the challenges East Asian authors face in getting published and the perspectives journal editors have regarding submissions from the East. B. Konforti finally tied all this information together with examples of best practices adopted by Cell Reports to make the publication process easier for authors. The session provided useful recommendations for smoother communication between authors and journals.

We also presented a poster entitled “How complete and clear are author guidelines of international English-language journals?”. The study assessed the completeness and clarity of the information conveyed in author guidelines of international English-language journals and shed light on issues that needed immediate attention. This poster won the "2013 Best Poster" award. (CACTUS has now received this distinction for the third year in a row.) Congratulations to Remya Nambiar, Managing Editor, Center of Excellence for Molecular Biology, and Priyanka Tilak, Manager, Publication Support, who authored the poster, and to others involved in this work!


Kim Pepitone, CMPP, Scientific Director at CACTUS, speaks at the 11th Annual Meeting of The International Publication Planning Association (TIPPA)

Feb 2013

CACTUS participated in the 11th Annual Meeting of The International Publication Planning Association (TIPPA) held on February 11 and 12, 2013. The meeting was attended by Donald Samulack, PhD, President of US Operations, and Kim Pepitone, CMPP, Scientific Director at CACTUS. While Don moderated two sessions, Kim delivered a talk entitled “Regulatory update: A quick glance at developments affecting publication planning.” The talk was part of a session that focused on the requirements, challenges, and value of review articles in publication planning.

CACTUS attends the Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association Conference

Feb 2013

CACTUS participated in the Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association (JTTA) Conference held in Tokyo. At the conference, CACTUS made a presentation that focused on the journal publication process—from journal selection and manuscript preparation to communication with editors—and how authors can maximize chances of acceptance.

CACTUS exhibits at the academic conferences of the Molecular Biology Society of Japan and the Japanese Biochemical Society in Japan

Dec 2012

CACTUS—represented by its academic editing brand, Editage—exhibited at the academic conferences organized by the Molecular Biology Society of Japan (MBSJ) and the Japanese Biochemical Society (JBS). The presentation, “Waves of change in scholarly publishing: Three things to watch out for,” shed light on the latest developments in the global academic publishing industry that researchers, journals, and academic publishers need to keep themselves abreast of.

CACTUS attends the 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, USA

Aug 2012

CACTUS—represented by its academic editing brand, Editage— participated in the 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The theme of the meeting was “Materials for health and medicine.”

CACTUS exhibits at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing in Arlington, Virginia, USA

May 2012

CACTUS exhibited at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) in Arlington, Virginia. This meeting brought together journal publishers, librarians, editors, and others related to the field of scholarly publishing to meet, learn, network, and exchange ideas. The meeting focused on some of the critical issues facing the international editing and publication community, centered on the theme “Social, mobile, agile, global: Are you ready?”

CACTUS wins the “Best Poster” award at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Council of Science Editors

May 2012

Editage, the academic editing brand of CACTUS, participated in the 55th Annual Meeting of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) in Seattle, Washington. Editage won the “Best Poster” award for its poster titled “Optimizing the output of a freelance editing model: Value added by an in-house reviewing team.”

CACTUS attends the 8th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals

Apr 2012

CACTUS attended the 8th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP). At the conference, CACTUS representatives spoke about the services offered by CACTUS, the team’s extensive knowledge about scholarly publication, and the good publication practices support that CACTUS offers authors.