American Chemical Society wins award for Atypon powered journals website

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SANTA CLARA, 27 February 2009--The American Chemical Society's new publications website, built using Atypon's Literatum software, has been awarded the 2008 PROSE award for best eProduct/Website or Platform.

Conferred by the Association of American Publishers and judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals, the PROSE (Professional and Scholarly Excellence) awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing.

The award recognizes the quality and advanced functionality of the Society's new dynamic web-delivery platform ( as well as the web edition of their research discovery tool, CAS SciFinder. Contributing to this success, Atypon worked closely with the ACS's publications and information technology divisions throughout 2008 to develop the new platform for the Society's 34 peer-reviewed research journals, and help integrate it with ACS's existing technology infrastructure and enterprise applications.

The new site offers a significantly improved user experience that better engages the reader, offering improved searching and browsing, cleaner journal pages and article interface, and additional features for librarians--in short, a better online journal for ACS members and the global community of research scientists who rely on ACS content. The new journal platform runs on Atypon's Literatum software--the product of over 10 years of experience, quality engineering and customer-led enhancements--and is controlled and managed through a comprehensive integrated admin tool.

A number of different initiatives went into the creation of the new site, including IT infrastructure updates, the definition and build of an entirely new user interface, and the preparation and migration of approximately 750,000 ACS articles. Atypon also facilitated the transition to a dynamic XML workflow for processing the 30,000+ articles the ACS publishes each year.

Chris Beckett, VP of Sales and Marketing of Atypon Systems, commented: "The new American Chemical Society site is one of the most interesting and innovative sites we have developed. It has raised the bar as to how chemistry content can be engagingly presented. The award is testament to the hard work and commitment of both parties in developing an exceptional site."

About Atypon

Since 1996, Atypon Systems, Inc. has provided software, hosting, and systems development to the information industry, allowing publishers to grow their business by providing superior technology and service that supports the electronic exchange of scholarly information. Atypon's solutions include Atypon Premium, a complete e-publishing solution for publishers who wish to manage the entire process of delivering and managing their content online, and Atypon Link, a cost effective, aggregated hosting platform for publishers who require a well managed, outsourced e-publishing service. For further information visit

About the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society--the world's largest scientific society--is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.