Thursday, November 23, 2017

Updated Guidelines for Authors and Translators

New versions of our Guidelines for Authors and Translators are available now.

Minor changes updated in this year’s versions consist of:

- updating the references
- emphasis on the incorrect use of the words gender and trimester (in the main body of the guidelines)
- note on the increased number of language versions (26 in total)
- note on EASE conference in Romania in June 2018

The English version of the Guidelines are published in the November edition of the EASE journal, European Science Editing (43.4), and links to all 26 versions can be found on the EASE website.

The EASE Guidelines provide simple, clear advice aimed at making international scientific communication more efficient.

This concise and readable set of editorial guidelines was first published by EASE in 2010 and is updated annually.

The document is available in 26 languages, and is aimed to help scientists worldwide in successful presentation of their research results and in correct translation of manuscripts into English. It briefly explains how to write complete, concise, and clear manuscripts, and draws attention to ethical issues: authorship criteria, plagiarism, conflict of interests, etc.

Eight appendices provide examples or more detailed information on selected topics (Abstracts, Ambiguity, Cohesion, Ethics, Plurals, Simplicity, Spelling, and Text-tables).

Widespread use of EASE Guidelines should increase the efficiency of international scientific communication.

Visit the Guidlines page to download copies now: http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines-authors-and-translators/

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Round table statement to improve animal research reporting

During September of this year, a round table convened at the LAVA-ESLAV-ECLAM conference on Reproducibility of Animal Studies in Edinburgh, to discuss more about the problems in publishing animal research.

The discussion involved representatives from journals (including F1000Research, PLOS ONE, BMJ Open Science, and The Lancet), funders (including Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust), and professional organisations (including EASE and EQUATOR).

The outcome was a statement published in BMC Veterinary Research this week, authored by a team led by Nicola Osborne. The document puts forward a pledge to improve reporting and reproducibility standards in animal research, and calls upon academics and laboratory veterinarians to drive this change.

The statement can be accessed here: Osborne et al. BMC Veterinary Research (2017) 13:314. DOI 10.1186/s12917-017-1235-9


– 8th November, 2017–

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Call for EASE Council Nominations

At the next EASE Annual General Meeting (in Bucharest, 8th June 2018), it will be time to elect a new Council to serve EASE for the next 3 years.

Council comprises a President, the immediate Past-President, two Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer, and up to seven ordinary elected members.

Do you know someone who would be great on Council?

The Nominations Committee invites members to submit suggestions for nominations. Individuals must be nominated by another member (please ask your nominee beforehand and confirm that they agree to be nominated).

The term of office will be from June 2018 until the AGM in 2021.

Council meets in-person once a year, before the AGM, either at an EASE conference or a similar event. Other meetings are held by teleconference. Council members are reimbursed their expenses for travel and accommodation for the face-to-face meeting but positions are honorary and there is no salary or fee.

We are especially looking for people with a passion for one or more of the following areas:

  • Training & skills development

  • Outreach to regional chapters

  • Research and participation in collaborative initiatives

  • Advocacy & liaison with external bodies (e.g. ISMTE)

  • Developing guidelines and other publications

  • Networking & social media



To nominate someone:


  1. Each person must be nominated by two members.

  2. The nomination must be sent to the secretary at least 90 days prior to AGM

  3. Each nomination must comprise:


    1. Name, affiliation and contact details of the two nominating members

    2. A signed letter (sent as PDF or similar) from the nominee agreeing to the nomination, stating their areas of interest and what benefits they can bring to EASE Council

    3. The cv of the nominee




Deadline for nominations is 7th February, 2018

Each nomination will be acknowledged by the secretary.

If there are more nominations then places to be filled, a ballot takes place. If a ballot is required the secretary will send a ballot form 56 days before the AGM (before 13th of April 2018) – election by simple majority of votes cast in the postal ballot – in the event of a tie, the election shall be decided by the President’s casting vote at the AGM.

- 2nd November, 2017 -