SOURCE: The Berkeley Electronic Press

August 10, 2007 08:00 ET

The Berkeley Electronic Press ("bepress") and ProQuest to Expand bepress's Role With Digital Commons™, the World's Leading Hosted Institutional Repository

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwire - August 10, 2007) - ProQuest and The Berkeley Electronic Press ("bepress") today announced that they have reached an agreement for bepress to purchase ownership of Digital Commons™, the world's leading hosted institutional repository solution. Bepress will be adding sales and marketing staff and augmenting its existing customer support and services in addition to the hosting and technology services that it has always provided Digital Commons customers.

Bepress Chairman, Aaron Edlin, said, "Institutional Repositories are core to the bepress mission of furthering scholarly communication and thus bepress is excited at the opportunity to build a close relationship with Digital Commons customers. Developing successful and vibrant Institutional Repositories will be bepress's central focus."

ProQuest continues to believe that institutional repositories play an important role in the mission of academic libraries. In the future, it plans to offer tools that enhance or are complementary with institutional repositories. ProQuest is confident that bepress will offer a high standard of customer service for Digital Commons subscribers.

About ProQuest

ProQuest combines the strengths of two leading and historic information technology firms: ProQuest Information and Learning and CSA. The company provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group (

ProQuest's vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the preeminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest® and CSA Illumina Web-based online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, Ulrich's Serials Analysis System™, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources. For more information, visit and

About The Berkeley Electronic Press

Founded by academics in 1999, The Berkeley Electronic Press ("bepress") is both a publisher of peer-reviewed electronic journals and a software developer, having created a variety of tools to facilitate open access publication. Bepress's core mission is to promote efficient Scholarly Communication. The bepress Institutional Repository platform currently powers the eScholarship Repository of the University of California system as well as over 50 schools using Digital Commons™. Visit: for more information about bepress and its services and products.

Contact Information

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