Today, De Gruyter and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced that they have reached an agreement for De Gruyter to acquire bepressâ€™s journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of Law, Business/Economics, Humanities, and Natural Sciences.Â Sven Fund, CEO of De Gruyter, answered some questions about the acquisition for NSR.Â View the Press Release
NSR: What was the impetus for acquiring the BePress journal collection?
SF: One of the key pillars of De Gruyterâ€™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.
I received a nice email from De Gruyter about their e-dition service.Â De Gruyter e-dition makes over 60,000 backlist titles from De Gruyterâ€™s 260+ year publishing history available for purchase.Â This includes titles no longer available in print and titles that would otherwise not be converted to digital format.Â At a customerâ€™s request, a formerly unavailable title will now be available both in electronic format (exclusively for libraries and institutions) and/or as a hardcover reprint. Where retro-digitization of material is required, the title will be delivered to the recipient within a maximum of ten weeks.
More information is also available on the De Gruyter web site.
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