Need Help with Peer Review?

By Stephanie Sacharov, The Editorial Hub

The Editorial Hub was set up in 2014 by Stephanie Sacharov and Naomi Conneely – who have more than twenty-five years of editorial experience between them – to offer peer review co-ordination and administration services to publishers and societies of peer-reviewed journals and books. The Editorial Hub quickly grew to become a globally recognised brand due to both their editorial expertise and quality of service, and they now work with some of the leading publishing houses worldwide with clients based across Europe, America, and Australasia.

The Editorial Hub offers services on a range of journal management systems such as Editorial Manager, ScholarOne Manuscripts, Open Journal Systems, and eJournalPress. Although they specialise in journal peer review administration, they also offer services for books, conference proceedings, and books of abstracts.

  • Peer review management

Working with editors to ensure that manuscripts move through the peer review process as swiftly as possible. Their expertise in using online journal management systems means they are also able to assist users in resolving system related problems.

  • Journal mailbox management

Handling all administrative related correspondence such as author enquires, reviewer extension requests, undeliverable email notifications, etc. leaving the editors free to focus on the research.

  • Journal reports

Collating and analysing statistics such as submission numbers, processing times, and rejection rates.

  • Transitioning accepted manuscripts

Developing a close relationship with production editors to ensure a seamless transition for accepted manuscripts from the end of peer review to the start of the publication process.

  • General site admin and trouble-shooting

Keeping on top of the day-to-day running of the journal and working with editors, authors, and reviewers to ensure that peer review runs smoothly.

  • Board meeting attendance and minute taking

Being on hand to offer insights from their experience on specific journals, but also from their extensive experience working in the scholarly publishing industry.

  • In-house editorial training

Providing system orientation services for new editors, including helping to ease the transition from manual/spreadsheet submission to online peer review.

The Editorial Hub firmly believe that the most important part of any project is to understand the client’s needs and to achieve their targets efficiently. To this end, they work with a handpicked team of publishing professionals whose wealth of experience enables them to ensure fast turnaround times for their clients whilst retaining a high standard. This is borne out by their client feedback:

  • Cambridge University Press

“The team’s knowledge of ScholarOne Manuscripts is incredibly comprehensive, as evidenced by their proficiency in running reports and training Editorial Board Members in the use of the system. Editorial Hub has been quick to win the confidence of our Editors and we have no reservations in recommending their services.”

  • BDS Publishing

“The Editorial Hub team did an excellent job of managing our multi-contributor book program in ScholarOne.  They are always professional and friendly as well as highly efficient.  As a start-up publisher, not only was it comforting to know that this part of the editorial workflow was in safe hands but it allowed us to concentrate our limited resources on growing and managing other parts of the business.”

  • The Marine Biological Association

“The JMBA Editor-in-Chief (EiC) has been delighted with the improvement in our processing time, which has improved significantly as well as with the professionalism of the EH staff, who are friendly and helpful and quick to chase up issues such as when manuscripts get ‘stuck’. They also liaise very efficiently with myself, the EiC and our Journals Management Board to ensure our manuscript processing is optimised.”

As well as the professional services they offer, The Editorial Hub is an active member of the publishing community. They regularly host Local Group Meetings for the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors in both London and Oxford, have a blog devoted to industry knowledge, and many useful resources on their website such as a glossary and calendar of industry events.

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