These days, with funding for research far from assured, scientists are seeking alternative careers that provide opportunities for them to continue using their scientific training and remain in touch with their fields. One such alternative is journal publishing, a natural venue for those researchers who have a way with words.

The 1,200-member, Chicago-based Council of Biology Editors, established in 1957 by a joint action of the National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, provides resources for journal editors in the life sciences, offers a means for them to collaborate, and fosters "effective communication practices," according to its mission statement.

The group sponsors an annual meeting (next year's gathering, scheduled to take place in Kansas City, Mo., in May, will focus on the challenges of the electronic aspects of publishing) and publishes a style manual for life-sciences journals, as well as a newsletter.

Council of Biology Editors

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