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ISMTE Award for Achievement or Innovation
With the Award for Achievement or Innovation, ISMTE aims to recognize those members who have improved their publications through exploration and innovation, pushing the boundaries of their role and expanding the meaning of what it means to be a professional managing or technical editor.
ISMTE Early Career Award
The Early Career Award recognizes the achievements of members who are in the early stages of their career with roles in scholarly publishing for 5 or fewer years. Candidates will have demonstrated excellence through a high degree of initiative and a strong commitment to learning and growth in their early roles.
ISMTE Jason Roberts Founder's Award
The Founder's Award is for those members who have reshaped our industry through an outstanding idea/contribution. Named after ISMTE's founding president, Jason Roberts, this award recognizes members who have made extraordinary steps toward defining the future of peer review management.
ISMTE Ira Salkin Scholarship
The Board established an annual scholarship in Ira Salkin’s memory which began in 2017. The objective of this scholarship is to uphold Ira’s goal of ensuring that editorial office professionals are educated and vigilant in matters of publishing ethics.
2019 Award Winners
Award for Achievement or Innovation
Brook Ashley Simpson
Brook Simpson serves as managing editor and journals social media manager at the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Recently in this role, Brook undertook a very innovative project to help disseminate the research the AGA publishes in its journals to clinical practitioners. Brook worked with the journals' editors-in-chief to select the top clinical-research papers from 2018. She then asked the authors of those papers to briefly summarize the findings, focusing on what they mean for patient care and how they will impact clinical practice in the field of gastroenterology. These summaries were included in the hardcopy supplement to the AGA's postgraduate course, held at its annual meeting. There were over 3,000 registrants of the course. The overarching goal of these summaries was to help translate research to patient care, which is a major goal of the AGA's strategic plan. Ultimately, the AGA wants to ensure that research informs clinical practice. Also, this new product could be monetized and serve as a potential new source of revenue for the organization in the future. Brook's efforts on this project demonstrate her commitment to innovative thinking and how, with a little creativity, we can bring the work we do as managing editors full circle‚ putting the research we publish to use. This project was clearly out of the scope of Brook's normal job and illustrates her ingenuity that helps extend scholarly work into everyday life.
Early Career Award
Brittany is an excellent candidate first and foremost due to the fact that her current workload includes editing policies, instructions, medical trainings, client communications, blogs, social media posts, and more. Through various job titles, she has worked in a hybrid position which supports not only the Human Resources department but also the Marketing and Training departments. Essentially anyone goes to her when their vision cannot be replicated in the format they want or they need a creative marketing or publication piece created or edited. Brittany began with Advanced Correctional Healthcare almost five years ago, and came in with an attitude of "how can I help?". She did not overstep management, but rather, went out of her way to help the executives and directors understand the reasons why certain tasks were important and necessary to review. Since that time, she has earned the trust of the executive team, which is not something to be taken lightly in the field of corrections, where we often speak on confidential and sensitive matters. Further, Brittany has taught herself to create informational images and videos, complete with grammatically perfect scripts, all to benefit the company. She naturally leads this initiative, though it was never the intent of her role. She intuitively knows what must be done and does it. Her work speaks levels and has drawn attention to the importance of an editor. It is rare to find individuals who selflessly offer to take on more work just so another can feel a sense of relief about temporarily stepping away, but Brittany does it, and her coworkers come back to work that has been improved by her input. Brittany has been instrumental in keeping our company in line with the changing world. Her creative spirit has produced dozens of well-written, clear products across various platforms. I look forward to seeing Brittany grow in her role as she continues to successfully encourage herself and her colleagues to work to a higher level.
"My work can be an isolating position. As a ghostwriter and editor, if I’m doing my job well, my presence in a text goes unnoticed to readers. This makes the ISMTE Early Career Award particularly meaningful to me. I am so appreciative for the acknowledgement and for ISMTE, where I can connect with others in the editing community who understand and can help further my skills. Thank you!"
Ira Salkin Scholarship
Christy Collins, PhD
Christy Collins is a writer and the Open Access Portfolio Manager for Humanities & Social Sciences at Routledge/Taylor & Francis, based in Melbourne. She has worked as the Academic Relations Manager for Elsevier, based in Amsterdam and in a variety of university-based roles in Australia and the Netherlands. She has broad interests and has worked in research roles in Epidemiology, Psychology, Sociology and Social Geography and has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Tasmania.
2015 Award Winners