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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Wendy is a customer focused, training, support, and IT consultant with over 20 years’ experience. More specifically she has over 13 years’ experience with on-line tracking systems for publishers, covering the full peer-review cycle and full production tracking workflows for both JOURNALS and BOOKS and is an expert with Editorial Manager, Scholar One, Open Journal Systems, and Open Conference Systems - all up to full configuration level. Her strengths are in building and maintaining strong customer relations, and for managing to provide solutions for complex workflows.
In addition to this Wendy has a strong background in: producing documentation for training courses, creating bespoke training courses, running site audits on new and existing journals, providing consultancy for setting up new journals, and the configuration of software to reflect the customer's workflow.
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.
Aimee joined The Editorial Hub in December 2018 as an Editorial Assistant. She has over 13 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’ 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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"!
Erin van der Merwe
Erin is a Political Science and History Graduate with 3 years’ experience in Academic Journal Publishing as a Production Editor at Oxford University Press. She is experienced in working with a diverse portfolio of journals, as well as academic societies, scholar-one, and many production tracking systems. She has recently joined Editorial Hub while embarking on a part-time postgraduate degree in International Relations.
While not working or studying Erin can be found up a mountain, dancing, or playing the cello.
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.
Hayley worked in-house within academic publishing - in the medical books department at Wiley-Blackwell in Oxford and then the rapid-publication open access journals team at Springer Healthcare near Chester - for seven years before joining The Editorial Hub in March 2017.
Originally from the Lake District, she now lives in Manchester and in her spare time enjoys running, quilting, and going to the theatre.