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  • Good morning. The title of my talk is “Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington: modernization of a century-old scientific journal”
  • I’ll start with a brief introduction to the Entomological Society of Washington (or ESW), and its flagship journal, the Proceedings of the ESW. Next, I’ll talk about several modernization efforts which have been undertaken in the last 5 years. I’ll also talk about the Society’s student award next year, and finally tell you a little about HYM Course.
  • In 1884, three entomologists from the Washington DC area formed a Society to foster the study of insects, and bring together those interested in entomology. 100 years later, Spilman published a history of the Society. You may have noticed that the Society’s seal features this cool water strider described from the DC area.
  • Annual dues for membership in the Society are only $25! The Society holds monthly meetings from October to June, and meetings are held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Recent speakers at the monthly meeting include John Wenzel, David Grimaldi, Marc Branham, and Sonny Ramaswamy.
  • The first volume of the journal was published in March 1886 and is now published quarterly.
  • The first 109 volumes are archived on the Biodiversity Heritage Library, while newer volumes starting with 110 are available on the BioOne website.
  • Subject matter published in the journal includes all aspects of original research in entomology, including systematics, taxonomy, biology, behavior, ecology, morphology, genetics, etc. Page charges are $40 for members.
  • Modernization efforts started in 2008 when I was contracted to design a new website for the Society, and register the domain name “ent-soc-wash.org”
  • The new website was based on a website I had previously designed for the Coleopterists Society, and included a membership directory and secure login area for members only
  • Here’s a quick tour of the entsocwash.org website... starting with the home page...
  • The Proceedings page...
  • The Society also publishes a Memoirs series and Miscellaneous publications...
  • Society Info has links to current and past Society officers, a couple published histories, and the bylaws....
  • A Membership area which includes the membership directory and links to the membership application and PayPal.
  • A Resources area....
  • and a member login area.
  • After login, members are redirected to an interface where they can update their contact information and areas of interest.
  • As I mentioned, the journal is online with the first 109 volumes available on BHL, and more recent volumes available via BioOne. Newly published issues are indexed by LOCKSS, and Portico
  • We’ve also recently implemented the Aries Editorial Manager, which is a secure interface for online manuscript submissions and reviews.
  • Finally, the editorial staff of the Proceedings recently asked me to research how the journal could automate the dissemination of new taxonomic treatments published in the journal to various databases, such ZooBank and EOL. We decided to implement the Plaziworkfliow, which involves the use of GoldenGATE XML markup editor software, to markup manuscripts using theTaxonX XML schema.
  • I wanted to bring your attention to the ESW-sponsored Student Award. This award was established to encourage students to submit manuscripts to PESW. The call for papers to be considered went out in April 2013. The award is open to all HS, undergrad, and graduate students. To win, a student must have his/her manuscript published in the Proceedings by Vol. 116(2).
  • Finalists will be invited to speak at ESW-sponsored symposium at ESA 2014, in Portland, OR. The winner will be announced at the symposium and will receive a $3,000 cash award.
  • The Society recently assumed sponsorship of HYM Course. Hym Course is intended for biologists interested in learning to ID parasitic and predatory wasps. The course also covers sawflies, wood wasps, bees, and ants.
  • The next HYM Course will be held at Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine from Aug 17-23, 2014. Registration is now open and applications are due in March.
  • Plans are also underway for HYM Course 2015 which will be held in Tucuman, Argentina
  • Finally, I wanted to point out some of the key contacts at the Society. Our incoming president for 2014 is Floyd Shockley, who is here in case you have any questions regarding the Society or the journal. If you’re interested in presenting at one of our meetings, you can contact Matt Buffington. Mike Gates and Steve Lingafelter are co-editors of the Proceedings.
  • In summary, modernization of the Proceedings has xxxxxx, so we hope you’ll consider it for your next publication. Also, encourage your students to submit manuscripts for the Student Award. And finally, visit the HYM Course website now if you’re interested in registering for next year’s course.
  • Thank you
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    • 1. Eugenio H. Nearns, Ph.D. USDA Postdoctoral Researcher National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution M.W. Gates M.L. Buffington K. Schulz
    • 2.  Outline  Intro ESW, PESW  Modernization efforts  Student award  HYM Course ESW seal
    • 3.  Entomological Society of Washington (ESW)  Founded 1884 ▪ C.V. Riley, L.O. Howard, E.A. Schwarz  Foster study of insects, bring together those interested  Spilman 1984 history of first 100 years ESW seal
    • 4.  Entomological Society of Washington (ESW)  Annual dues only $25  Monthly meetings ▪ October - June ▪ NMNH, Smithsonian Institution ▪ Recent speakers: John Wenzel, David Grimaldi, Marc Branham, Sonny Ramaswamy November speaker Alma Solis (SEL/USDA)
    • 5.  Proceedings of the ESW  March 1886  Published quarterly PESW Vol. 1 (1886-1889)
    • 6.  Proceedings of the ESW  March 1886  Published quarterly  Vols. 1-109 on BHL  Vols. 110-present: BioOne PESW Vol. 113(20) 2011
    • 7.  Proceedings of the ESW  March 1886  Published quarterly  Vols. 1-109 on BHL  Vols. 110-present: BioOne  Subject matter ▪ systematics, taxonomy, biology, behavior, ecology, morphology, genetics, etc.  Page charges: $40 members PESW Vol. 113(20) 2011
    • 8.  Modernization efforts  New website launched 2008 ▪ entsocwash.org entsocwash.org
    • 9.  Modernization efforts  New website launched 2008 ▪ entsocwash.org  Online membership database ▪ Membership directory ▪ Secure login area for members entsocwash.org
    • 10.  Modernization efforts  New website launched 2008 ▪ entsocwash.org  Online membership database ▪ Membership directory ▪ Secure login area for members  PayPal to pay dues, page charges entsocwash.org
    • 11.  Modernization efforts  Online access ▪ Vols. 1-109 via BHL ▪ 2008 to present via BioOne ▪ Indexed by LOCKSS, Portico
    • 12.  Modernization efforts  Online access ▪ Vols. 1-109 via BHL ▪ 2008 to present via BioOne ▪ Indexed by LOCKSS, Portico  Aries Editorial Manager ▪ Secure interface for online submissions and reviews
    • 13.  Modernization efforts  Automate the dissemination of new taxonomic treatments published in PESW to ZooBank and EOL  Adoption of Plazi workflow  XML markup of manuscripts ▪ GoldenGATE XML markup editor ▪ TaxonX XML schema GoldenGATE editor
    • 14.  ESW Student Award  Established to encourage students to submit manuscripts to PESW  Call for papers on April 2013  Open to all HS, undergrad, graduate students  Must publish in PESW by Vol. 116(2)
    • 15.  Student Award  Finalists invited to ESW symposium at ESA 2014  $3,000 cash award for winner  Encourage students to submit manuscripts
    • 16.  ESW sponsors HYM Course  Learn to ID parasitic and predatory wasps  Also covers sawflies, wood wasps, bees, and ants HYMCourse.org
    • 17.  ESW sponsors HYM Course  Learn to ID parasitic and predatory wasps  Also covers sawflies, wood wasps, bees, and ants  HYM Course 2014  Eagle Hill Institute ▪ Steuben, Maine  Aug 17-23, 2014  Applications due Mar 21 HYMCourse.org
    • 18.  HYM Course 2015  Tucuman, Argentina HYMCourse.org
    • 19.  ESW officers  David Adamski, president (2013)  Floyd Shockley, president (2014)  Matt Buffington, Program Chair  Publications committee  Mike Gates, co-editor  Steve Lingafelter, c0-editor  Thomas Henry  Wayne Mathis  Norm Woodley entsocwash.org
    • 20.  Summary  Modernization of PESW  Student Award  HYM Course 2014 registration entsocwash.org