Washington, DC, and Berkeley, CA, June 9, 2006 – The Berkeley Electronic Press is pleased to announce our newest solution for persistently archiving articles and ensuring ongoing access to our scholarly journals for generations to come.
Bepress has joined Portico, a wonderful non-profit organization supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, and JSTOR. Established in response to the need for a robust, reliable means to preserve electronic scholarly journals, Portico is used by publishers such as the Oxford University Press, Elsevier, and the American Mathematical Society, among many others.
Bepress regularly sends Portico the full text and metadata of all the journals it publishes. Portico provides an ongoing, permanent online archive of bepress journals, and migrates content from one file format to another as technology changes and as file formats become obsolete. Even in the event that bepress ceases operations or is unable to deliver articles worldwide, Portico makes certain that bepress's entire scholarly journal collection is preserved for future scholars, researchers, and students.
Bepress has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to support Portico's ongoing operations.
The Berkeley Electronic Press is also pleased to participate in LOCKSS, another respected independent archive of scholarly journals.
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 the institutional repository platform that powers Digital Commons as well as the University of California's eScholarship Repository. The Company produces tools to improve scholarly communication via innovative and effective means of content production and dissemination. Bepress has a portfolio of products and services that reduces the costs of and barriers to access.
For additional information on bepress, please see: www.bepress.com.
Portico is a not-for-profit electronic-archiving service established in response to the library community's need for a robust, reliable means to preserve electronic scholarly journals. Portico was initiated by JSTOR and has been developed with the initial support of Ithaka, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Library of Congress. Portico's mission is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers and students.