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Cecile Berbesi

Cecile Berbesi

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Publishing industry
Content services
Production editor
Freelancer Available
Meticulous editor and proofreader, with almost two decades of freelance and in-house experience in the UK trade and academic publishing industry.

Content & Publishing Services

Cecile Berbesi
Since April 2016
  • I wear so many hats as a freelancer that on a typical day, I can be a:

    • proofreader (English, French, Portuguese)
    • journals production coordinator
    • peer-review manager
    • pre-production coordinator
    • xml/pdf controller
    • typesetter

    Subject areas include Education, Politics & International Relations, Geography, Middle East Studies, History, Travel Writing, French and Portuguese
  • managing the production stages of a portfolio of 9 academic journals to ensure they meet the company's standards of publication time, quality and budget
  • monitoring workflow of journals articles and issues using online submission system (JAMS), spreadsheets (Excel and Trello) and ScienceOpen website
  • budgeting, outsourcing and briefing suppliers (copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters) to make sure that each article adheres to its own journal style guidelines (APA 7, CMoS 17, OSCOLA)
  • providing ad hoc support on systems, communication with contributors and editors, copyflow and articles processing
  • reporting to the journals manager and production manager
  • checking final file deliverables (xml and pdfs)
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  • overseeing the efficient operation of peer review for two major UCL Press journals, from the point of submission to acceptance/rejection
  • assessing initial submissions to determine suitability for the journals, leading to either desk rejection or assignment of manuscripts by the editors-in-chief
  • blinding papers, contacting reviewers, chasing reviewers, editors and contributors
  • tracking manuscripts and monitoring schedules using the online submission system (JAMS) and Excel/Word trackers
  • acting as the main point of liaison with the editors-in-chief, guest editors, associate editors, reviewers and contributors and reporting to the journals manager
  • preparing accepted papers for production by 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 running iThenticate reports
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • PowerPoint
    • Designing dynamic presentations
  • Excel
    • Creating production planning schedules and budget tracking spreadsheets
    • Generating graphs