Case Study

American Chemical Society reduces time to market from 2 weeks to 7 hours

An XML solution to automate 92% of composition and QA, cutting the production cycle from weeks to hours and delivering 100% ROI within 1 year.

Case Study

ACS teamed with GPSL to deliver an automated XML solution based on ACS's existing Arbortext and Documentum technology platform.

The ACS Journal Composition Automation initiative aimed to achieve the following goals across all of their journal publications:

  • Retain control of their data and the publication process
  • Reduce time to publication and market for existing and new products
  • Reduce production and operational costs
  • Automate all typographical quality assurance processes in the publishing workflow

GPSL worked to overcome the complexities associated with large page volumes and complex scientific material to deliver an automated solution, which met their goals and delivered:

  • High throughput, with no intervention during composition process
  • No loss of quality for auto-composed articles
  • Ability to handle special scientific elements such as complex tables, MathML equations, references lists, chemistry charts and schemes
  • Integration with existing Documentum CMS
  • Integration with third party composition vendor workflows

  • 92% automation of composition and QA
  • Reduced time to market from 2 weeks to 7 hours
  • 1-year payback on solution
  • Reduces ACS’s need to outsource composition
  • Enables multi-channel delivery of journal articles


Arbortext Publishing Engine

Arbortext Advanced Print Publisher

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information. They have more than 150,000 members in 140+ countries.

American Chemical Society

ACS is recognized as a leading publisher of authoritative scientific information. Their 50+ peer-reviewed journals are ranked the “most-trusted, most-cited and most-read.”


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