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October 8, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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California Digital Library, bepress Announce Partnership

The California Digital Library (CDL; and Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress; have announced a partnership designed to advance innovations in scholarly communication. Through the partnership, the CDL will make a suite of electronic publishing tools from bepress available to University of California researchers. The tools enable rapid and low-cost creation, management, and online publication of electronic journals, discussion papers series, and other electronic forms of scholarship.

According to the announcement, the partnership is an important development for the library's eScholarship program (, which is actively supporting new electronic publications and services for tobacco-control research, environmental science, international and area studies, and dermatology research, among others. The newly forged partnership will extend new capabilities to those and additional fields.

The bepress technology will allow, for example, multiple "e-print" repositories in the social sciences to be created and integrated, thus supporting the emergence of a primary source of information for students and researchers in either a specific or a broad-based academic discipline.

The CDL and bepress have similar motivations and visions for improving scholarly communication. Creative use of technology to quickly, efficiently, and cheaply distribute research results is chief among them. Access to research will be enhanced by rapid dissemination; by nearly unlimited additional materials such as images, animations, and original datasets; and by automating much of the editing and peer-review process.

Three University of California-Berkeley professors founded the Berkeley Electronic Press in 1999. bepress develops Internet-based software to address the problems in scholarly publishing: slow time to market, typesetting gaffes, an inequitable revenue split between contributor and publisher, and exorbitant subscription rates. In addition to licensing software tools, bepress publishes its own slate of electronic journals.

[Editor's Note: For an interview with bepress CEO Robert Cooter, see page 1 of the March 2001 issue of Information Today (]

Source: Berkeley Electronic Press

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