European Association of Science Editors

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The European Association of Science Editors (EASE /ˈz/) is a non-profit membership organisation for people interested in science communication and editing. Founded in 1982, in France, EASE now has an international membership.


EASE has nearly 500 members (July 2020) who live in about 50 countries, not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world.

Members work in many disciplines and occupations: commissioning editors, academics, science translators, publishers, web and multi-media staff, indexers, statistical editors, science and technical writers, authors' editors, journalists, corporate communicators, proofreaders, production personnel, managing editors, etc. Just less than 10% of members claim to be chief editors of science journals.[citation needed]

Major conferences

EASE holds a conference every 3 or 2 years.[1] The next EASE conference will take place in 2021 in Valencia, Spain. Previous conferences:

2020 First virtual conference
2018 Bucharest, Romania
2016 Strasbourg, France[2]
2014 Split, Croatia[3]
2012 Tallinn, Estonia[4]
2009 Pisa, Italy[5]
2006 Krakow, Poland[6]
2003 Bath, United Kingdom
2003 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (joint meeting with AESE)
2000 Tours, France
1998 Washington, D.C., United States (joint meeting with CBE and AESE)
1997 Helsinki, Finland
1994 Budapest, Hungary
1991 Oxford, United Kingdom
1989 Ottawa, Canada (joint meeting with CBE and AESE)
1988 Basel, Switzerland
1985 Holmenkollen, Norway
1982 Pau, France


EASE was formed in May 1982 in Pau, France, from the European Life Science Editors' Association (ELSE) and the European Association of Earth Science Editors (Editerra). The history of these organizations goes further back:

The European Association of Editors of Biological Periodicals (EAEBP) was formed in April 1967 in Amsterdam by Miriam Balaban and others.[7] EAEBP was renamed European Life Science Editors (ELSE) at its first General Assembly, held at the Royal Society in London in 1970.[8]

The European Association of Earth Science Editors (Editerra) was formed at a meeting of the Constituent Assembly of the European Association of Earth Science Editors, held in Paris from December 2–4, 1968, under the sponsorship of Unesco and the International Union of Geological Sciences.[9][8]

ELSE joined with Editerra to form the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) in 1982.[7] Concerns of the organization included the development of international standards for science journals, guidelines for authors whose first language was not English, republishing of articles in multiple languages, and the improvement of science communication generally.[10][11]

Gender Policy Committee

At its Congress in Tallin in 2012, upon the initiative of Shirin Heidari, EASE Council established the EASE Gender Policy Committee, the first international initiative to address the gender bias in the reporting of scholarly articles in scientific journals. The EASE Gender Policy Committee works to advance gender- and sex-sensitive reporting and communication in science. Its vision is greater gender diversity in science and publishing practices for enhanced quality, diversity and transparency for science to remain at the forefront of innovation and discovery. EASE Gender Policy Committee strives to realize its vision by addressing the gender gap in scientific research and publishing, advancing sex and gender reporting, and enhancing gender diversity in editorial management on a global level and across disciplines.

Following a consultative process, the EASE Gender Policy Committee developed and published the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) Guidelines, as the first reporting guidelines to encourage systematic reporting of sex and gender dimensions in scholarly publication. The SAGER guidelines are listed in EQUATOR. They have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese, and adopted by a number of journals.


EASE is affiliated to the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), has category A liaison status with the International Organization for Standardization (Technical Committee 46/subcommittee 9) (ISO) and is represented on committees of the British Standards Institution. Through its affiliation to IUBS and IUGS the Association is also affiliated to the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) and is thereby in formal associate relations with UNESCO.[12]

EASE cooperates actively with Mediterranean Editors and Translators (MET), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE). Its other links include the African Association of Science Editors, the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists (FASEJ), the Society of English-Native-Speaking Editors (Netherlands) (SENSE), AuthorAID, and, in the UK, the Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).

See also


  1. ^ "Past EASE Conferences 1982-2003 : EASE".
  2. ^ "13th EASE Conference, 10-12 June 2016, Strasbourg, France : EASE".
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-07-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2012-07-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2012-07-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b O’Connor, Maeve (18 February 2012). "The origins of EASE" (PDF). European Science Editing. Association of Research Libraries. 38 (1): 39. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b O'Connor, Maeve. "Editerra/EAEBP/ELSE/EASE history 1975 - 2012" (PDF). European Association of Science Editors (EASE). Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  9. ^ "New Organizations : European Association of Earth Science Editors". FID News Bulletin. 19. General Secretariat of the International Federation for Documentation. 1969.
  10. ^ Balaban, Miriam (September 1975). "Cooperation among journals: A European vantage point". IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. PC-18 (3): 116–120. doi:10.1109/TPC.1975.6591169. S2CID 45632113.
  11. ^ O'Connor, Maeve (July 27, 1987). "Third World Seeks Place for lts Journals". The Scientist. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  12. ^ NGOs maintaining official relations with UNESCO[permanent dead link]

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