For immediate release

bepress journals available as The ResearchNow Collection through NESLi2

Berkeley, CA, March 31, 2008 – The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) is pleased to announce that the ResearchNow Collection, including all of the 39 bepress journals, is now available to U.K. institutions through NESLi2, the premier content licensing initiative from JISC Collections.

NESLi2 is universally acknowledged for selecting journal publishers who meet criteria for standards, quality, and accessibility. In addition to the journal articles, it is ResearchNow’s ability to present them in conjunction with the wealth of both peer-reviewed and grey literature from the institutional and subject-matter repositories hosted by bepress that is being recognized for its innovation in presenting scholarly content.

The ResearchNow Collection was selected after thorough evaluation by JISC’s Journals Working Group and other committees. As a part of NESLi2, the Collection will use JISC’s pricing bands and the JISC Model License: as a result, academic libraries in the U.K. can now obtain the collection on the best possible terms.

Libraries around the world continue to recognize bepress as a major new source of high quality and innovative journals; their increasing international readership makes that all the more the case. Gordon Tibbitts, bepress’s CEO commented: “The NESLi2 relationship will expand our international readership and draw more authors and editors to bepress journals, helping to make bepress journals richer and more valuable for the worldwide community.”

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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.