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About Us

Our team


The Editorial Hub Ltd. was set up by Stephanie Sacharov and Naomi Conneely in early 2014 to offer peer review co-ordination and administration to publishers and societies of peer-reviewed journals and books. Steph and Naomi have more than twenty-five years of editorial experience between them and offer services on a range of journal management systems.




Naomi Conneely

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

Working alongside her co-founder Stephanie, her personal goal is to provide an exceptional customer service and experience to all of their 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 services and delivery; and where she learnt a wide variety of skills.

‘To listen is to learn’ has become a primary focus for her as she helps develop and maintain new and existing clients. Her medical background and time in “Pharma” led her to explore research and ultimately into publishing, which is an area she is firmly staying in.


Stephanie Sacharov

Stephanie is the co-founder of The Editorial Hub which was established in 2014 and she is jointly responsible for the day to day running of the business and managing new accounts.

With a background in training, it was an obvious area for her to develop into and, with a passion for research and the sharing of knowledge to a worldwide audience, she moved into publishing and she is now fully committed to working on processes that ensures 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 organisation not only to their clients but also to their team of freelancers.


We are lucky to work with a fantastic team of dynamic freelancers who, between them, bring a wealth of invaluable experience to the table. They each approach their roles with enthusiasm and professionalism, and their range of expertise means we are always able to find the right Managing Editor for our journals.

If you are an experienced Managing Editor and would be interested in joining our team, please do get in touch.





Molly Barnard

Molly is about to enter her third year in full time study of Textile Design at Falmouth University and has recently joined the team in 2018 on a part time, freelance basis assisting with peer review management on ScholarOne.

When not drawing or painting - for university and as a hobby - 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. 

Prior to this, Sarah has freelanced since 2008 as a PA/Business Administrator and Editorial Assistant by providing support behind the scenes in both virtual and non-virtual environments.

Outside of work, Sarah volunteers for local charities.


Claire Boles

Claire in based in Wiltshire and Joined The Editorial Hub in May 2018 as an Editorial Assistant.  She has enjoyed getting to know the team and the process of adapting her knowledge to process individual journals on The Scholar One System to meet the Company’s high standards.

Claire is from an Administration and Marketing background over the last 20 years, where broad experience was obtained from both international and small companies. During this time, Claire has also had three children so time management is key to ensuring both 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/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 the South West of France.


Katie Chandler

Katie joined The Editorial Hub in May 2018, following a break from the world of academic publishing.  For the past three years she has been living in Cornwall and working as Business Development Manager for a Community Interest Company supporting schools.  Formerly she worked as a Publisher at Taylor & Francis Journals, managing and developing journals in the areas of mathematics, statistics, history of science and science & technology studies.  Katie has been pleasantly surprised at how quickly has been able to remember how ScholarOne Manuscripts works, and is enjoying the varied nature of journals editorial work once again.


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 now 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 customers.

Prior to this, Rachel worked in Training for several years and in HR and has found the Customer Service and IT skills that she gained in these prior roles has proved invaluable in her work for The Editorial Hub.


Susan Clifford

Susan has been working with The Editorial Hub since 2016, following a career break.  She has enjoyed learning to use ScholarOne Manuscripts, finding it a change to see things from the “other side”.

In a previous life, 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. 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 and 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 last 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 be 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 on both eJournal Press and ScholarOne gaining experience in peer review management and reviewer selection processes on both systems.

When not studying and working with the Editorial Hub, Sam is a very keen sportsman and is an active member of the Kent Falcons American football team and has just taken up the gauntlet as Treasurer of this 100 strong team.


Steph Curnow

Steph joined the Editorial Hub team as a freelancer in February 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 can she be found hiking in the Lake District, going to gigs or with a nose in a good book. 


Rebecca Fitchett

Rebecca has worked as a freelance editorial assistant with several journals for over 7 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 this previous experience to help publishers, editors, and reviewers work towards efficient processes.


Melissa Fowler

After going freelance part time 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 has worked in the Medical Industry since 2000 and in Media & Accountancy from 1997-2000 as a Personal Assistant to various senior members of the company. This experience means she is, of course, an ideal person to support our journal editors.


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, and is excited to return to this work.

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


Rosy Hall

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

Outside 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 the past few years, she has been running journals on both Scholar One and Editorial Manager and has enjoyed 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,  but 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 comes from a Personal Assistant background for over 32 years and has experience with both ScholarOne and Editorial Manager.

Helen is happily married with one teenage daughter.  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 a commissioning editor for medical books and journals in Springer Nature.

While she's not working, she enjoys her time with her little girl who is becoming a very active toddler.


Nikki Parsons

Nikki is a Chemistry Graduate with 25 years’ experience in laboratories, R&D, trials, and sales working within medical, paper, water industries, and 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 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, having worked in publishing for over 10 years. Kate’s first publishing roles were at Taylor & Francis (Publishing Editor, Physical Science Journals and then Managing Editor, Applied Science Journals) before she moved to IOP Publishing to be Publisher for 3 mathematical physics journals. Following a stint in HR (having completed an MA in Human Resources Management), Kate most recently 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.

Kate is enjoying working back in journals editorial once again.


Elena Pratt

Elena recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature, and is continuing her studies by undertaking an MA in English Poetry at Durham. Ultimately, she hopes to attain a PhD in English Literature; hopefully, this will be at a university abroad to aid her other goal of travelling the world as much as possible.


Rosalie Pratt

Rosalie is currently 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 Editorial Hub in December 2015. Her previous experience includes working for a Utilities company as a Team Leader in Major Business Accounts, where she managed a team of 10 people.

She lives with her husband and 2 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.


Will Sacharov

In 2018 William joined The Editorial Hub team after a 36 year career in the printing and design industry.  William has since gained considerable knowledge in ScholarOne and in particular reviewer selection/reviewer finding.  William is able to put his previous customer focus and project management experience to good use training new staff and supporting our editors, authors and reviewers.


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. Joining The Editorial Hub in August 2018, she is now enjoying working with Editors and Authors again but focussing on the peer review management this time.

While 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"!


Zachary Stelling

Zac has been a freelance editor since 2014, working with STM publishers, consumer-facing publications, script/screen writers, and tabletop game designers. He joined the Editorial Hub in February 2019, where he applies his experience with ScholarOne, eJournalPress, and other workflow management systems as a managing editor.

He lives in Charlotte, NC, USA, where he writes and runs tabletop games, juggles, rock climbs, and practices yoga.


Jenny Wheeler

Jenny joined Editorial Hub in March 2018. Her publishing experience includes 10 years with an STM publisher starting as a Sales administrator and progressing to Sales and Customer Services Manager during which time she established strong relationships with customers and agents both in the UK and internationally. Jenny regularly attended book fairs and has experience in both print and electronic book sales.

Jenny has also previously been involved in the editorial processes of a new publishing company which published multi-contributor books. Her role included chasing authors for their manuscripts which commenced as a manual system and then moved over to the ScholarOne editorial system. Whilst Journals are a relatively new area for Jenny, she enjoys the new challenge.

In Jenny’s younger days she worked for various airlines and spent 5 years as an overseas holiday representative. Jenny still likes to travel but also likes her home comforts.