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Cecile Berbesi

Cecile Berbesi

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Media & Communication Industry
Content Services
Porto Portugal
Freelancer Available
A fast, reliable freelance editor with over 15 years' experience in the UK trade and academic publishing industry. Whether you are an author, publishing house, academic or else, I can help you to ready your content for publication.

Content & Publishing Services - Editor

Cecile Berbesi
Since April 2016
  • My professional expertise covers the following duties in the areas of the Humanities in trade and academic publishing industry:

    • project management
    • proofreading (English, French, Portuguese)
    • typesetting
    • xml/pdf check for digital publications
    • pre-production coordination
    • peer-review management

    For a detailed CV, please click on the 'Experience' tab of this website. Examples of freelance roles are listed below
  • Supervising the production stages of 9 journals published on weekly, monthly and bi-annually bases, online and on print
  • ensuring the production of academic articles is progressing smoothly by updating the online the submission system (JAMS)
  • Outsourcing and briefing suppliers (copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters) to ensure that each article adheres to its journal style guidelines (APA, CMos, Orcola)
  • reporting to the Journal Manager and Production Manager
  • overseeing the efficient operation of peer review for the London Review of Education and Research for All for UCL Press, from the point of submission to acceptance/rejection (e.g. tracking manuscripts, monitoring schedules, blinding papers, contacting reviewers, chasing reviewers and editors)
  • assessing initial submissions to determine suitability for the journal, leading to either rejection without review or assignment of manuscripts to the Editors-in-Chief
  • acting as the main point of liaison with the Editors-in-Chief, Guest Editors and Associate Editors on all day-to-day aspects of running their journals, and reporting to the Journals Manager
  • navigating and operating the online submission system (JAMS) and IT platforms to understand and appraise the manuscripts' workflow
  • preparing accepted papers for production (e.g. checking that permission for image reproduction has been granted, papers adhere to the journal style, ethics and other declarations have been obtained, and plagiarism is avoided by producing iThenticate reports).

Adobe Creative Suite

  • InDesign
    • Typesetting books, catalogues and flyers
    • Creating styles and templates from scratch, following a brief or based on predefined styles
    • Generating print-ready PDFs with press quality settings on
  • Acrobat Pro
    • Amending text and images using advanced editing tools directly in unlocked PDFs
    • Tagging PDF files with comments and queries
    • Transforming Adobe PDF files into ebooks and slide presentations
    • Combining PDF files to reveal text amendments
    • Extracting, replacing, adding pages to PDF files
  • Photoshop
    • Optimising images for press
    • Tweaking images
    • Manipulating and amending scanned or PDF text
  • Illustrator
    • Converting graphs, timelines and other numerical-type of illustrations (png, excel or pdf files) into high-quality eps files
    • Drawing maps and graphs from screen grabs, pictures or scans
    • Designing logos and banners

Microsoft Office

  • Word
    • Formatting layouts using styles and templates
    • Using track changes and including comments and queries
    • Compiling mathematical formulas, table of contents, indexes, glossary
    • Comparing and merging Word documents
  • Excel,
    • Creating production planning schedules and budget tracking spreadsheets
    • Generating graphs
  • Powerpoint
    • Designing dynamic presentations

Web Tools

  • iThenticate, JAMS
    • user knowledge of both the peer-review and production interfaces of JAMS
    • generation of plagiarism reports
  • Google Analytics, Statcounter
    analyses and tracking of followers flow data to increase blog visibility by actioning online campaign, such as social media engagement and improving SEO tagging
  • Wordpress, Blogger
    Le Stitch en Folie [blog - discontinued]

    • writing engaging contents on a weekly basis
    • branding by designing bespoke banner/logo and web layout using HTML or Illustrator
    • retouching/refocusing, optimising pictures to improve faster streaming

BA Publishing Studies

Paris West University Nanterre La Défense

June 2004
Book publishing history; editorial/management; marketing/bookshop/eBook; design (InDesign layout); printing processes; copyediting; proofreading; cultural affairs and book events

MA English

Paris West University Nanterre La Défense

September 2003
English History, Literature and Linguistics
Ma thesis on ‘Witch-Hunt in England in the 16th and 17th centuries’