When the American Chemical Society wanted to improve its e-books, it turned to GPSL
The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society, representing and providing up-to-the-minute information and resources for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.
A major part of this provision includes the ACS Symposium e-books series, which conveys complex scientific material in easily accessible digital formats. However, the complexity of information and the inconsistent format of source material provided challenges when the ACS set about reducing costs, quality and efficiency of the programme.
It partnered with GPSL to achieve a customised XML publishing system, incorporating ACS’ existing Arbortext and Documentum technology platform. The new solution was able to automate scientific material at the source and support complex data such as tables, MathML equations, references lists, chemistry charts and schemes. The flexibility of the system enables the editing and publishing of single chapters or complete books, easily and readily. Automation has also ensured an improved and consistent ongoing quality, which had previously been lacking since publications had been produced manually.
For ACL, the results have been significant, achieving savings in production costs and time, improved quality and flexibility that enables delivery of material across multi-channels.
GPSL’s CEO, Lawrie Stevens, says: “