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About Us

Our team


The Editorial Hub Ltd was set up by Naomi Conneely and Stephanie Sacharov in early 2014 to offer peer review co-ordination and administration to publishers, institutions and societies of peer-reviewed journals and books.

With more than twenty-five years of editorial experience between them, Naomi and Stephanie offer a professional, rounded service, with expertise across a range of journal management systems.


Naomi Conneely

"To listen is to learn”

Naomi is co-founder of The Editorial Hub and has provided professional services in the publishing industry since 2004.

Working alongside her co-founder, Stephanie Sacharov, her personal goal is to provide an exceptional customer service and experience to all clients.

Her strong people skills come as a result of her working as a trained staff nurse, which eventually moved her into a new career path when she joined the pharmaceutical industry. This shift in direction took her into a sales role where she became passionate about customer service and delivery.

‘To listen is to learn’ is her primary focus, as she develops her skills and helps support new and existing clients. Her medical background and time in “Pharma” encouraged her to explore research and, ultimately, led her into publishing - an area where she is firmly remaining.


Stephanie Sacharov

 “No compromise on quality of output”

Stephanie is the co-founder of The Editorial Hub and she is jointly responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and managing new accounts.

With a background in training, a passion for research and a commitment to the sharing of knowledge to a worldwide audience, Stephanie has always been drawn to publishing. She is fully committed to working on processes that ensure the quality of published articles is not compromised by bad practices.

Stephanie started freelancing for Oxford University Press (OUP) before being invited to work as part of their in-house journals team. She still has a close relationship with OUP and is often called upon to take on some of their more complicated journals.

Stephanie’s previous experience in teaching and event organising ensures The Editorial Hub can offer excellent training and well-organised support, not only to their clients, but also to the team of freelancers.


We are lucky to work with a fantastic team of dynamic freelancers who, between them, bring a wealth of invaluable experience. They each approach their editorial roles with enthusiasm and professionalism, and their range of expertise means we are always able to find the right Managing Editor for our journals and publications, as well as unparalleled, high quality support from our Editorial Assistants.

If you are an experienced Managing Editor or have extensive experience in scholarly or academic publishing and would be interested in joining our team, please do get in touch.



Molly Barnard

Molly completed her degree in Textile Design at Falmouth University and joined the team in 2018 on a part time, freelance basis, assisting with peer review management on ScholarOne.

When not drawing or painting, Molly likes to spend as much time as possible making the most of the Cornish environment, swimming and exploring what the coast has to offer. In addition, Molly works with St John Ambulance, providing first aid at various events across the country.


Sarah Bingham

Sarah joined The Editorial Hub in 2018 and has since gained considerable knowledge in EJournalPress and Editorial Manager in reviewer selection and managing journals. Sarah has freelanced since 2008 as a PA/Business Administrator and Editorial Assistant, providing support behind the scenes in both virtual and non-virtual environments.

Outside of work, Sarah is a committed volunteer for various local charities.


Claire Boles

Claire joined The Editorial Hub in May 2018 as an Editorial Assistant.  She has enjoyed getting to know the team and the developing her knowledge to process individual journals on the ScholarOne system to meet our company’s high standards.

Claire has over 20 years of experience in administration and marketing with both international companies and small businesses. During this time, Claire has also had three children so her excellent time management is key to ensuring both her work and family life run smoothly.


Caroline Burson

Caroline joined The Editorial Hub team as an Editorial Assistant in May 2015. In that time, she has gained a wide knowledge of the role working with both large and small journals. Adapting her skills and knowledge to cater for each individual journal has been key; they all require different processes and procedures. She enjoys the variety each day brings - no two days are the same.

Caroline’s background is in sales and administration. She worked for an American company for a number of years before leaving to have children and to spend almost 10 years living in south west France.


Rachel Cleal

Rachel joined The Editorial Hub in October 2017 as an Editorial Assistant on a part-time basis, following a career break. She is competent in using both ScholarOne and eJournalPress. Rachel enjoys the amount of variety that this role has to offer, as well as relishing the chance to support a very wide variety of clients.

Prior to working with us, Rachel worked in training and in HR. She has found the customer service and IT skills that she gained in these prior roles have proved invaluable in her work for The Editorial Hub.


Susan Clifford

Susan has been working with The Editorial Hub since 2016.  In a previous career, she authored several papers herself and read many more in a role reviewing clinical evidence for NHS guidelines. She has also worked as a Health Economist. She likes working with journals and using ScholarOne Manuscripts, finding it an interesting change to see things from the “other side”.

Outside of work, she enjoys evenings at book club, holiday planning and baking sweet things.


Karen Coldwell

Karen has worked in STM journals publishing for over 20 years in both production and editorial roles. She is proficient in the use of ScholarOne and production tacking systems. She went freelance in 2016 and joined the Editorial Hub Team shortly afterwards.

When not working or studying, Karen volunteers for a local talking news for the blind group and enjoys knitting for her grandchildren.


Anouska Colledge

Anouska joined The Editorial Hub in 2015 as an Editorial Assistant. Since joining the team, she has worked on a number of journals and, more recently, books. Anouska comes from a human resources background, predominantly in telecommunications. Her previous role was at Virgin Media where she enjoyed working for 11 years.

Anouska has two children and spends a lot of time outdoors, whether it is supporting her son playing for the local football team or mucking out their pony and taking her daughter to pony club events.


Sam Conneely

Sam is currently studying for a History degree at Kent University and has been a freelancer with The Editorial Hub since 2017. He has worked with both eJournal Press and ScholarOne, with depth of experience in peer review management and reviewer selection processes on both systems.

When not studying or working, Sam is a very keen sportsman and is an active member of the Kent Falcons American football team. He is Treasurer of this 100 strong team.


Steph Curnow

Steph joined The Editorial Hub team as a freelancer in early 2018, assisting with peer review management on ScholarOne, after deciding to leave her career in academic publishing to pursue training to be a counsellor. Prior to this, Steph worked for seven years at Cambridge University Press in various editorial roles for academic journals.

Steph currently lives in Cambridge with her husband and Jarvis, the cat. When not freelancing or studying, she can be found hiking in the Lake District, going to gigs or with her nose in a good book.


Rebecca Fitchett

Rebecca has worked as a freelance editorial assistant with several journals for over seven years, gaining experience in ScholarOne, Editorial Manager, Cognos, and AllenTrack. Prior to this, she worked as a business and systems analyst in the retail industry and continues to provide this service for local businesses.

She enjoys using her previous experience to help publishers, editors and reviewers work towards efficient processes.


Melissa Fowler

After going freelance in 2016, Mel was very pleased to join The Editorial Hub team. She has been working in academic publishing ever since and is now well-versed in using both eJournalPress and ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Other than her experience in peer review, Mel worked in the medical industry and in media and accountancy as a personal assistant to senior members of the companies. This experience means she is, of course, an ideal person to support our journal editors efficiently and effectively.


Becky Gelson

Becky joined The Editorial Hub in February 2019, having started in the publishing industry in 2012 at Taylor & Francis, implementing and providing support to a variety of journals. She is highly proficient in using and configuring ScholarOne and Editorial Manager systems.

Now living in Stockholm, outside of work, she enjoys fitness and nature photography.


Rosy Hall

Having already worked as a freelance editorial assistant since 2010, Rosy joined The Editorial Hub team in early 2019. Her previous work experience was centred on customer service roles within organisations such as the Probation Service and the Hampshire Registration Service.

Outside of work, Rosy enjoys spending time outdoors with her sons, usually involving either horses or motorbikes.


Elaine Halls

Elaine has worked in the public sector for most of her working career and has naturally been drawn to roles that allow her to work closely with people in a problem-solving capacity. For many years, she has been running journals on both ScholarOne and Editorial Manager and enjoys being able to make the processes more straightforward for both the authors and editors, which results in efficiently run journals.

In her spare time, Elaine likes to draw lifelike animal portraits in coloured pencil, alongside many other crafting hobbies. She especially loves spending time with her family and dogs.


Helen Johnson

Helen is based in Oxfordshire and joined The Editorial Hub in March 2019 as a part-time Editorial Assistant. Helen offers over 32 years of experience from her personal assistant background and is extremely proficient with both ScholarOne and Editorial Manager.

Helen is happily married with one teenage daughter.  Outside of work, she can either be found helping out her daughter with her loaned horse or watching her football team, Newcastle United!


Stephanie Khio

Stephanie began her career in journal publishing in Chicago in 2014, and has worked with ScholarOne, Elsevier Editorial System, eJournalPress, and Open Journal Systems. She joined The Editorial Hub team as a freelancer in December 2018.

Aside from working in publishing, Stephanie is currently living in Spain and attempting to visit as many beaches as possible.


Mayumi Nagaishi

Mayumi is an experienced publishing professional and joined The Editorial Hub team in October 2017. For nearly 10 years, she worked as a Publisher for journals published by Japanese academic societies for Oxford University Press and as a commissioning editor for medical books and journals with Springer Nature.

When she is not working, Mayumi enjoys her time with her family.


Nikki Parsons

Nikki is a chemistry graduate with 25 years of experience in laboratories, research & development (R&D), trials and sales, working within medical, paper and water industries, as well as education.  As a published author herself, Nikki is able to fully understand and support both authors and editors during the peer review process.

She is highly experienced in peer review, reviewer selection and managing journals using several editorial management systems, including Editorial Manager, EJournalPress, Epress, and ScholarOne Manuscripts.


Kate Pearson

Kate joined The Editorial Hub in April 2019, following a career break, before which she worked in publishing for over 10 years. Kate’s first publishing roles were at Taylor & Francis as Publishing Editor for physical science journals and Managing Editor for applied science journals. She moved to IOP Publishing to be Publisher for three mathematical physics journals. Following a stint in HR, having completed an MA in Human Resources Management, Kate worked at Bioscientifica (a subsidiary of the Society for Endocrinology) as Business Development Manager in the publishing team, where she was responsible for launching new products.

For all her experience, Kate is enjoying working back in a journals editorial role once again.


Elena Pratt

Elena graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature, and has continued her studies by undertaking an MA in English Poetry at Durham University. She has been working as a freelance Managing Editor since 2018.

Ultimately, she hopes to attain a PhD in English Literature at a university abroad to aid her other goal of travelling the world as much as possible.


Rosalie Pratt

Rosalie is studying Scriptwriting and Performance at the University of East Anglia, and after university hopes to fulfil her dream of writing plays and films professionally.

While living in Norwich, she fills her time when she's not working or studying with hobbies such as cooking, live theatre, and travelling.


Lynsey Rowland

Lynsey has been working as a freelance Managing Editor since 2011, mainly dealing with ScholarOne Manuscripts for numerous journals. She joined The Editorial Hub in December 2015. She has also worked for a utilities company as Team Leader in Major Business Accounts, where she managed a team of 10 people.

She lives with her husband and two children and enjoys watching her children play football at the weekends, along with other sporting activities, such as tennis and swimming. She enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time in her house in Greece.


Lizzy Seal

Lizzy has been working in scholarly publishing since 2006 and has managed various journal portfolios at Taylor & Francis and Emerald Publishing, as well as several freelance projects along the way. Having joined The Editorial Hub in August 2018, she enjoys working with editors and authors again, but focuses on peer review management at this time.

When not working, Lizzy enjoys walking in the Yorkshire Dales with her dog Maggie, family life and yoga.


Jocelyn Serfontein

After graduating from Cambridge University, Jocelyn pursued a career in the wine trade, before doing an MBA.  She then moved to Italy and worked for 10 years in medical research and publishing for an orthopaedic professor in Milan.

Now she's back in England, Jocelyn enjoys gardening, yoga and seeing scientific publishing from the "other side of the fence"!