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Berkeley Electronic Press names new Publisher

Berkeley, CA, September 8, 2008 — Society and peer-reviewed publisher and software developer, The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), announced the appointment of a new Publisher, Alison Denby. Alison will be responsible for the bepress journals publishing program, which includes 42 owned and scholarly society journals. She will report to the CEO of bepress, Gordon Tibbitts, and will be based at bepress headquarters in California.

This appointment reflects the growth and depth of bepress's journals collection and its commitment to ensuring that its partners have access to the best scholarly journals and services in their fields. Alison will support this goal by leading the expansion of bepress's journals publishing program.

Commenting on the appointment, Gordon Tibbitts said, "Alison is one of the industry's leading journal publishers. Her experience includes extensive success with acquiring successful academic journals, building and leading editorial teams, developing and implementing innovative service offerings, strategic client consultation and development, and operational optimization. We are delighted to appoint Alison: her skills and experience are a perfect fit with bepress's strategy to continue to drive the growth and development of our journals program and bepress's broader suite of services."

Alison brings close to 20 years of journals editorial and sales experience in the publishing industry to bepress. Before joining bepress, she held senior positions at John Wiley & Sons and Blackwell Publishing, where she worked closely with academic societies and journal editorial teams.

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.