Elsevier has acquired bepress, which, in the words of an insightful Scholarly Kitchen post, puts it in the position of being “a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape. This acquisition solidifies Elsevier’s efforts to “adopt and coopt open access.”
As we’ve seen in the publishing (and library) industry time and again, innovation either comes from outside or from the leaders among us ready to test a disruptive idea. Elsevier acquiring bepress (on the academic side) is very much in line with Penguin acquiring AuthorSolutions (on the trade side) a few years ago. That which disrupts (like open access and self-publishing) is at fiercely resisted by the biggest players… until it is eventually accepted and, more importantly, absorbed.
Read full press release below. For an in-depth analysis, NSR recommends the Scholarly Kitchen post .
Today, De Gruyter and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced that they have reached an agreement for De Gruyter to acquire bepress’s journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of Law, Business/Economics, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. Sven Fund, CEO of De Gruyter, answered some questions about the acquisition for NSR. View the Press Release.
NSR: What was the impetus for acquiring the BePress journal collection?
SF: One of the key pillars of De Gruyter’s strategic plan is the internationalization of our publishing operations. With the acquisition, De Gruyter establishes relationships with very prominent editors in chief, who maintain highly attractive journals. We want to maximize our opportunities within this prestigious academic community and further expand our activities.
Moreover, we increase our exposure to a number of consortia that have been working with Berkeley Academic Press, but did not yet work with De Gruyter. We are thrilled about the opportunity to liaise with them and cooperate in the future. Continue reading De Gruyter acquires 67 journals from bepress – details from De Gruyter’s Sven Fund
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