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Berkeley Electronic Press Teams with Portico to Permanently Archive Journal Content

Washington, DC, and Berkeley, CA, June 9, 2006 – The Berkeley Electronic Press is pleased to announce our newest solution for persistently archiving articles and ensuring ongoing access to our scholarly journals for generations to come.

Bepress has joined Portico, a wonderful non-profit organization supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, and JSTOR. Established in response to the need for a robust, reliable means to preserve electronic scholarly journals, Portico is used by publishers such as the Oxford University Press, Elsevier, and the American Mathematical Society, among many others.

Bepress regularly sends Portico the full text and metadata of all the journals it publishes. Portico provides an ongoing, permanent online archive of bepress journals, and migrates content from one file format to another as technology changes and as file formats become obsolete. Even in the event that bepress ceases operations or is unable to deliver articles worldwide, Portico makes certain that bepress’s entire scholarly journal collection is preserved for future scholars, researchers, and students.

Bepress has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to support Portico’s ongoing operations.

The Berkeley Electronic Press is also pleased to participate in LOCKSS, another respected independent archive of scholarly journals.

About Portico

Portico is a not-for-profit electronic-archiving service established in response to the library community’s need for a robust, reliable means to preserve electronic scholarly journals. Portico was initiated by JSTOR and has been developed with the initial support of Ithaka, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Library of Congress. Portico’s mission is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers and students.

For additional information on Portico, please see: www.portico.org.

About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.