Allen Press Collaborates with Ecological Society to Develop Online Publication Workflow

To expedite publication, ESA has made authors responsible for copyediting before submission. After acceptance and receipt of payment, manuscripts are converted to XML and formatted according to the Ecosphere style sheet using sophisticated rules-driven automation developed by Allen Press. After the XML is typeset, author or editor revisions are made by proofreaders using XML Author for Microsoft Word and the corrected article is posted to the ESA Publications website, which is hosted and managed by Allen Press. The file goes from raw manuscript to published article in just a few days. The online article includes a fully typeset, printer-friendly PDF file and the same level of quality and color figures, graphs, charts, and photographs found in other ESA publications.

“This fully-integrated workflow significantly reduces time to publish and will enable ESA to publish more research efficiently, without sacrificing quality,” said Gerald Lillian, Allen Press CEO. “The workflow was designed to be modular and scalable. We are already working with ESA to incorporate certain elements of this workflow for other ESA journals to speed publication and simplify copyediting.”

Although Ecosphere is an online-only journal, this expedited workflow can also be used for print publications as well as for other types of electronic deliverables. The various elements can integrate seamlessly with other peer review and online journal systems. To view published articles from Ecosphere, visit

About Allen Press, Inc.

Allen Press, Inc., plays a vital role in the dissemination of knowledge and information by partnering with organizations in the scientific, technical, and medical community to promote their interests and achieve their goals. Headquartered in Lawrence, KS, Allen Press provides a comprehensive portfolio of integrated services in the broad areas of print, online, distribution, and publishing services. Founded more than 75 years ago, Allen Press is a trusted partner of scholarly societies, professional associations, and corporations worldwide.

About the Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America is the world’s largest professional organization of ecologists, representing 10,000 scientists in the United States and around the globe. Since its founding in 1915, ESA has promoted the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through ESA reports, journals, research, and expert testimony to Congress. ESA publishes four journals and convenes an annual scientific conference. ESA’s Public Affairs Office focuses on the Society’s goals of raising public awareness and ensuring the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision-making. Visit the ESA website at or find experts in ecological science at

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