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American Meteorological Society Expands Agreement with Sheridan and Adopts New Workflow Solution that Integrates Production and Online Hosting

Hanover, PA—The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has chosen to streamline and optimize its journal production workflow by partnering exclusively with Sheridan for all stages between accepted manuscripts and online hosting. Sheridan’s unique offering integrates production and online hosting, eliminating the traditional hand-off between the composition vendor and a third party online hosting platform to further accelerate the publishing process.

The new 5-year agreement between AMS and Sheridan, beginning in 2021, adds automated XML composition, web-based author proofing, and a fully integrated online hosting platform to the long-standing production and print services provided by Sheridan. The inclusion of online hosting in the new agreement will result in all of the AMS publications transitioning away from the Silverchair platform (currently provided via Allen Press) to Sheridan in December 2020. With all services and publications now consolidated under one company, with one contract, and one relationship, AMS is poised to contain costs, simplify vendor management, and support accelerated publication for AMS authors.

Entering its second century of service to the meteorological and atmospheric science community, the AMS remains committed to continuous enhancement for its high impact, high quality journals program. The decision to introduce web-based author proofing and editing in conjunction with an integrated hosting platform is another step forward in the ongoing AMS initiative to publish faster and improve the author experience with AMS Journals.

AMS Associate Executive Director Brian Papa shared his thoughts on the agreement: “While we’ve enjoyed a successful relationship with Sheridan for over 15 years, we are enthusiastic about what will effectively become a new workflow for AMS Journals next year. We’re choosing to eliminate hand-offs, move ourselves out of the role of managing a separate hosting arrangement, and remove delays that were inherent to our processes in the past: Instead of annotating and transmitting PDFs back and forth, authors will be able to input comments and corrections online in real time. Instead of having one company prepare articles for another company’s hosting platform, we will have one company prepare and host our content, which will help us reduce time to publication while also reducing costs in this challenging year.”

Mike Hepp, VP and Division Sales Director, Sheridan Journal Services added: “The ongoing integration of Sheridan’s production and online hosting platforms is enabling us to offer a unique advantage for our clients that combines schedule, quality, and cost enhancements, all while delivering better author and subscriber experiences. Building on the investment in the PubFactory platform and the growth in Sheridan hosting clients, these integrations will allow AMS to take advantage of the efficiencies and advancements available now and in the future by working with one company to meet all of their publishing needs.”

Only Sheridan offers journal production services, printing services, and a wholly owned online hosting platform, enabling the provider to expand its one contract–one company offering to a growing number of association and society publishers.

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