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 thirty years of editorial experience between them, Naomi and Stephanie offer a professional, rounded service, with expertise across a range of journal management systems.
"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.
“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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Heather began her career in Microbiology with the NHS, later moving into the private sector. When her children started school, she began working in education, initially as support staff and later as a science technician. For the last 10 years she has also been an exams invigilator. Heather now enjoys working freelance with The Editorial Hub.
Living in Hampshire with her husband and dog, Heather enjoys learning Tai Chi and is a keen crafter. She also volunteers for Milestones museum, mainly helping with ‘make do and mend’.
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.
Jodie joined The Editorial Hub in 2019 bringing with her 9 years’ experience working with all areas of academic peer review. She has worked on several large society journals across both Editorial Manager and ScholarOne. She is enjoying the variety of work that her new role with The Editorial Hub offers.
Jodie enjoys spending time with her family at the weekends and supporting her children with their football teams.
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.
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 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.
Sylvia joined The Editorial Hub in 2019 bringing with her 16 years of experience working within all areas of academic peer review. She has previously worked for two scientific journals on ScholarOne. She is enjoying the flexibility of work that her new role with The Editorial Hub offers.
She lives in Kent and enjoys spending time with her daughter and family. When she is not busy running her online baby clothing business, she enjoys going to the gym.
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.
Sarah has worked as a freelance Editorial Assistant since 2015 after graduating from the University of Southampton in Biomedical Sciences. She has worked on a variety of journals and has experience on a number of different systems, including Editorial Manager and ScholarOne.
Outside of work, Sarah volunteers for Girlguiding and enjoys sewing and baking.
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!
Peta joined The Editorial Hub in 2020 having worked as a freelance Editorial Assistant for over 5 years working on a range of journals within the industry, mostly using Editorial Manager. She is very excited to be widening her knowledge in all areas of academic peer review with The Editorial Hub.
Away from academic peer review, Peta also owns and runs her own Children’s Performing Arts school at weekends and is a qualified civil funeral celebrant. She loves spending time with her husband and three grown up children and her two dogs Bilko & Arnold.
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.
Aimee joined The Editorial Hub in December 2018 as an Editorial Assistant. She has over 14 years experience in academic publishing, working as a Managing Editor at Taylor & Francis, and more recently as Head of Open Research at Emerald. Aimee is really enjoying being more hands on with manuscripts again and having daily interaction with authors.
Aimee lives in West Yorkshire with her husband, two children and dog Yogi. When not freelancing Aimee helps her husband run a family business.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Debs has been working in scholarly publishing since 2007 in various capacities and is proficient in the use of ScholarOne Manuscripts, Editorial Manager, and eJournalPress. Since going freelance full time in 2012, Debs has worked as a Managing Editor with several companies both in the US and UK, and was delighted to join The Editorial Hub team in 2016.
Aside from her experience with peer review management, Debs has been working in online marketing since 2013 and currently runs the social media accounts for two companies. She is also a screen writer, avid hiker, and occasional blogger. She can generally be found drinking tea with her partner in her Oxford home.