Online Publishing Platform & Web Development Tools


Ben Sedley


Necessity and invention

Atypon was founded in 1996, driven by the desire to democratize scientific research by expanding its availability, which meant giving scholarly publishers the software that they needed to excel in a new—and often intimidating—digital environment.

Atypon’s initial development efforts resulted in Literatum, our online publishing and website development platform, first released in 1999. What was a five-person technology startup in Silicon Valley is now an influential global organization with a team of 500 in six offices across the United States, the UK, Jordan, the Czech Republic, Greece, and China.

Technology specifically for publishers

Over the 25+ years that Literatum has been in continuous development, we’ve gained a deep understanding of what it takes to power a successful online publishing business. Our product development is driven in part by our clients’ requirements for their own businesses. New features are regularly added to meet the design, editorial, and marketing needs of our expanding client base.

A fast-growing technology company

Today Atypon has over 200 clients, including some of the world’s largest publishers; several date back to our first years in business. Literatum is home to 32 million articles in over 15,000 journals, as well as nearly half a million books, in over a dozen languages and on more than 900 publication websites. The platform logs over 5.1 billion user sessions annually.

We rival larger Silicon Valley companies in our aggressive pursuit of new technologies. Engineers comprise more than two thirds of our staff, and our ongoing, award-winning R&D team applies machine learning and AI-based technologies that keep our customers at the forefront of online publishing.

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