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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
  • I were a lot of different hats as a freelance editor. On a typical day, I can be a:

    • project editor
    • proofreader (English, French, Portuguese)
    • pre-production coordinator
    • xml/pdf controller
    • typesetter

    For a detailed CV, please click on the 'Experience' tab of this website.
  • 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) and communicating with the contributors, journal editors and production team.
  • 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
  • Checking xml codings are accurate
  • 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 journals, 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, Associate Editors and contributors on all day-to-day aspects of running the 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)
  • Controlling quality of 150 titles/year: ensuring content is standard to and in tone with house style/industry standard, checking for plagiarism, copyediting and proofreading all 150 books (Adobe Acrobat Pro and on paper)
  • Budgeting: tracking variance to budget performance, negotiating suppliers' fees, monitoring suppliers' payments and follow-ups
  • Scheduling: implementing production planning spreadsheet, updating internal project management database
  • Managing workforce and authors: briefing every project, outsourcing UK and Indian-based suppliers, tracking the production planner and chasing-up when delays, mediating between the supplier and the author, recruiting new suppliers, answering authors and suppliers’ queries
  • Designing: typesetting ebooks and layouts (Adobe InDesign), enhancing pictures quality (Adobe Photoshop), drawing book series logos and internal maps (Adobe Illustrator)
Company Description
I.B.Tauris is a publishing company founded in 1983 whose strategy is to publish serious but accessible works in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Company website
  • Building up publisher's list of titles on 3-year forecast
  • Reading and evaluating book proposals and manuscripts submitted by authors and agents, and assessing their suitability for the list
  • Contracting electronic and book publication rights
  • Releasing up to 10 packaging and text handovers/month to production: assessing manuscript content and image quality control, liaising with external suppliers and authors
  • Preparing marketing materials: selecting cover images, writing blurbs, securing endorsements, designing flyers and yearly catalogue
Company Description
A global publishing company that specialises in academic non-fictions, especially in the Science Technical and Medical subject area
  • Formatting all 50 book layouts using templates or as per briefing
  • Compiling contents and making indexes from scratch
  • Redrawing formulas using MathMagic (Adobe InDesign) and MathType (Word 2007)
  • Designing ratios, charts, graphs and maps in Adobe Illustrator
  • Assessing technical content of PDF files and tweaking final PDF files using PitStop
Company Description
ISTE Ltd is a privately-owned IT & Engineering Sciences and Technology publisher based in London and founded in 2005.
Company website