For immediate release

Jean-Gabriel Bankier appointed president and CEO of Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress)

Berkeley, CA, January 7, 2010 -- Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced today that its board of directors has named Jean-Gabriel Bankier, bepress' current president, to be its chief executive officer.

In his new role as president and CEO of bepress, Mr. Bankier (known as "JG") will lead bepress as it expands its flagship services: Digital Commons, the world's leading hosted institutional repository, and the bepress collection of peer-reviewed journals, sold together as ResearchNow.

Mr. Bankier takes over from Gordon Tibbitts. Mr. Tibbitts, who helped transform and grow bepress over the last two years, will remain on the bepress board of directors. "Mr. Tibbitts brought to bepress his years of experience at Blackwell, and created a society publishing program that combines the best of traditional society publishing with bepress' innovative publishing model, leaving us perfectly positioned in today's journal market," according to Aaron Edlin, who is chairman and a company founder.

Bepress has grown to publish over 60 academic journals, both its own and those of several academic societies, all with its unique library- and scholar-friendly guest access model. Berkeley Electronic Press has also developed the world's leading hosted institutional repository platform, Digital Commons, which allows universities and academic societies to build online collections that showcase the full continuum of their scholarly material, from journals and conferences to digitized special collections.

"Mr. Bankier has been responsible for our success in developing Digital Commons and ExpressO, and bepress looks forward to him bringing his creativity and talent to our journal publishing business as well as continuing to drive Digital Commons to new heights," says Aaron Edlin. According to Mr. Tibbitts, "Bepress has always been a dynamic company with a unique position in the publishing arena, and a serious commitment to excellence for its clients. Mr. Bankier has been instrumental in setting this standard, and has the right expertise and spirit to take the company forward."

Mr. Bankier joined bepress in 2004 to introduce a suite of scholarly services to law schools. Since 2007 he has led Digital Commons into a period of extraordinary growth and has positioned the platform as a market leading institutional repository service with a unique suite of publishing tools. "It has been exciting to see bepress grow over the years, and stay true to its roots - innovation and a commitment to helping our users succeed," says Mr. Bankier. "I look forward to many more years of working together with our partners to develop new models for the next generation of scholarly publishing. Our mission continues to be to serve academia."

In the next few months, Berkeley Electronic Press will exhibit and present at several major conferences. Bepress cordially invites you to visit them there and meet JG in person. To find out where, see

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.