University of California Press and Atypon announce Technology Partnership

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Berkeley and Santa Clara, California—September 16, 2003—University of California Press, Journals Division (UC Press) and Atypon Systems are partnering to create a new full-text online journal service that will manage and host UC Press' fast growing list of award-winning journals. The two organizations' combined core competencies will foster new opportunities to serve scholarly customers.

UC Press and the scholarly societies for which it provides publishing services, will transfer all their journals to Literatum - Atypon's complete electronic publishing system. A cost-effective solution for publishers of all sizes, Literatum has served the needs of publishers such as the Academic Press' IDEAL Library, Blackwell Publishing, Annual Reviews, and CrossRef's enhanced reference linking service. This unique software gives publishers complete, hands-on control over content production, packaging, and presentation to customers. Literatum has led the industry in innovations, including providing COUNTER compliant usage reports.

UC Press provides premium publishing services to an increasing number of scholarly societies. As such, feature-rich content management and a highly reliable hosting environment are essential criteria when selecting a new technology partner.

"We've been very impressed with ways that Atypon guarantees its software and services. This gives us not only a reliable solution, but also methods of measuring the ongoing success of the partnership," said Rebecca Simon, Journals Director at UC Press. "Moving to the Atypon platform takes us to a new dimension of services we can offer our clients and the scholarly community as a whole."

"Atypon anticipates interesting new innovations to come from this synergistic partnership with UC Press," said Georgios Papadopoulos, Atypon's CEO. "Many societies are looking to create knowledge environments and aggregated portals in their fields. Atypon's technology should help UC Press turn these plans into realities and ensure solid, cost-effective solutions for societies."

Atypon offers publishers a comprehensive set of service level agreements (SLAs), in writing. These agreements range from content turnaround time guarantees to live site performance. The publisher is also provided a suite of tools to independently measure the quality of service provided. Atypon's platform is able to offer these SLAs due to its investments in technological automation and operations management experience. Atypon's consistency has proved a cornerstone in the company's success.

"Websites like Google, which consistently deliver high quality service, have increased the expectations of Internet users. In serving their users, publishers need to meet or exceed these expectations. Our service level guarantees are the outcome of an organization wide philosophy of designing efficient processes that are measurable. Every day, Atypon measures its performance against the WMS 100 Benchmark index of the most visited internet sites in the world," explains Ravi Singh, Vice President of Corporate Development.

About Atypon

Since 1996, Atypon Systems, Inc. has focused on providing software and services to the information industry.

Atypon offers a suite of software and services for the Information Industry. Atypon's electronic publishing software, Literatum, manages content for eJournals and other digital media. Literatum powers major websites such as Blackwell Synergy, Annual Reviews, and CrossRef. Other services include PDFplus, which dynamically adds links to PDFs and LINKplus, a full service linking solution for publishers.

In addition to software, Atypon provides publishers the option of a complete outsourced hosting solution in conjunction with 17 leading technology vendors including Akamai, IBM, Dell, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.

Atypon's customers range from non-profit organizations to the world's leading publishers. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and maintains a European support office. For more information on Atypon Systems, please visit

About University of California Press

Founded in 1893, the University of California Press is one of the oldest and largest university presses in the country. The Journals Division of the Press currently publishes 33 scholarly journals, including the award-winning Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture and Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds.

The majority of California's journals are in the humanities and social sciences, with concentrations in musicology, history, cultural and area studies, sociology, law and literature. The Press owns many of the journals, however several scholarly societies, research institutes, and University departments have chosen the Press for their full complement of publishing services.

The Press also has a thriving electronic presence, with a number of dedicated journal websites, electronic sample copies and a full-text online presence. For more information, visit

Kristen Fisher
Director of Product Marketing
Atypon Systems
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Rebekah Darksmith
Assistant Journals Manager
University of California Press