PNAS launches fully redesigned, integrated site on Atypon’s publishing platform

After a quarter century of success online, PNAS launches on a new trajectory

March 16, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – March 16, 2022 – The National Academy of Sciences today announced the launch of a newly redesigned, rebranded, and updated site for their flagship journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), on Atypon’s online publishing platform, Literatum. The launch coincides with the 25th anniversary of the journal’s expansion into online publication in 1997.

The new Literatum site uses the latest advances in digital publishing to make PNAS more portable, allowing discovery and content browsing on any device; more searchable, giving users powerful new ways to find the content most relevant to them; and more author-centric, giving authors usage and citation trend data and easier article sharing. In addition, the new PNAS site unites PNAS’ journal content with their blog and podcast content from other platforms, so that visitors can find all PNAS content in one place, regardless of format.

“The new site is part of a larger project to launch PNAS into the future, which also includes revitalizing its branding and significant investment in the online-only phase that began in 2019,” said Ken Fulton, PNAS Publisher and NAS Executive Officer. “With this rebrand, we continue to welcome global and diverse audiences while advancing the accessibility and inclusivity that the future of scientific publishing demands.”

“Since its founding, PNAS has been a destination for researchers and a home for their scholarly work across scientific disciplines,” said Gordon Tibbitts, General Manager at Atypon. “Atypon is privileged to directly support their inclusive mission by helping PNAS content reach a broader audience around the world and deliver a deeper impact.”

The site’s redesign by the Atypon Design Studio opens PNAS up to a larger and more diverse population of authors and readers than ever before. Readers can now see the content they want front and center and can personalize their interactions with the journal. The redesign also recognizes the diversity of the journal’s reader and author communities by following accessibility best practices that make the site more inclusive. This includes enhanced figure views, higher-resolution images and better zoom capabilities, use of alt text, typography changes, and improved color contrast.

About the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), an official journal of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), is an authoritative source of high-impact, original research that broadly spans the biological, physical, and social sciences. The journal is global in scope and submission is open to all researchers worldwide. Since its establishment in 1914, PNAS has worked to publish only the highest quality scientific research and to make that research accessible to a broad audience. In addition, PNAS publishes non-research content, including Commentaries, Perspectives, Colloquium Papers, podcasts, and profiles of NAS members.

About Atypon

Atypon develops publishing technologies for getting mission-critical content into the hands of the practitioners and researchers who need it most. Atypon’s online publishing and website development tools let publishers manage and deliver all of the content they distribute—from standards and scholarly articles to video and online courses. Atypon’s tools for researchers let them easily author, discover, and access the content they need. Founded in 1996, Atypon is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with over 470 staff in 9 offices around the world, and is owned by Wiley.

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