Over 450,000 e-books and e-journal contributions, over 15 million database entries, and some 17,000 open-access journal articles are available as of today at De Gruyter Online. "The integration of Birkhäuser and Versita content is the capstone of our platform migration," says Sven Fund, Managing Director of De Gruyter. "Now customers can access all publications from one platform, including all content from De Gruyter and from our partners Harvard University Press and Sellier European Law Publishers. Beginning in 2013, the platform will also feature content from the publishing houses Böhlau and Otto Schmidt."
The consolidation of all content at a single platform offers scholars enormous advantages, as re-search can now be conducted conveniently from one interface, regardless of the publication format or distribution model. Furthermore, there are a range of helpful features at De Gruyter Online to make day-to-day use easier, including alerting services that inform users about new releases in a specific field, as well as export interfaces for all major citation services.
Thanks to its "integrated publishing" strategy, the Berlin-based academic publisher is now prepared to move from the mere sale of books, journals, and databases to a wider range of purchase and distribution models. "We're convinced that old forms of production will be made obsolete by the new digital environment," Fund adds. "We thus offer purchase models tailored to all forms of need, from individual articles or chapters to our entire portfolio of new publications."
With the integration of some 17,000 open-access articles from the Versita imprint, De Gruyter is also catering to the desire of scholars to have access to high-quality commercial and open-access content from a single search interface.