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Parent companyRELX Group
FounderRobert D. Cooter and Aaron S. Edlin
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBerkeley, California

Bepress is a commercial, academic software firm owned by RELX Group. It began in 1999 as the Berkeley Electronic Press, co-founded by academics Robert Cooter and Aaron Edlin. It makes products and services to support scholarly communication, including institutional repository and publishing software. Until September 2011 it also published electronic journals.

In August 2017, Bepress was acquired by RELX Group for an undisclosed amount, reported to be around £100 million ($129.3 million).[1][2] The acquisition drew criticism from the library community.[3]


Open access publication tools

Submission and editorial management tools

Bepress portals


Bepress published electronic journals in the social sciences, law, medicine, and natural sciences, before selling the portfolio to Walter de Gruyter in September 2011.[4] It published its first journals in December 2000, with the exception of Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, which existed as a peer-reviewed academic journal prior to its incorporation into the Bepress system.[5] The journals included The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, and The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics.


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  2. ^ "Relx buys Bepress to boost academic publishing". Financial Times. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  3. ^ Breeding, Marshall (2017-09-01). "Elsevier Acquires Bepress". Smart Libraries Newsletter. 37 (9): 1–5.
  4. ^ spolanka (16 September 2011). "De Gruyter acquires 67 journals from bepress – details from De Gruyter's Sven Fund". No Shelf Required. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  5. ^ "About Bepress". Archived from the original on 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2014-06-11.