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HeadquartersSanta Clara, California, US
Key people
Georgios Papadopoulos, chairman and founder; Marty Picco, general manager; Gordon Tibbitts, executive vice president of corporate development; Jonathan Hevenstone, senior vice president of business development; Hisham Shahtout, senior vice president of engineering
ProductsContent management, content delivery, monetization, access control and ecommerce systems
ParentJohn Wiley & Sons

Atypon Systems, LLC, is an online publishing platform provider for publishers and other providers of scientific, technical, medical, scholarly, professional, and government content. It is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It has been owned by John Wiley & Sons since 2016.

Atypon’s flagship product is Literatum, which was released in 1999. It is a comprehensive publishing and website development platform that enables content providers to deliver, market, and sell any type of digital content as well as to control the user interface and user experience of their publication websites.


The company was founded in Silicon Valley in 1996 by software engineer and Fulbright Scholar Georgios Papadopoulos, who had earlier pioneered the publication of scientific journals on the web.[1] Papadopoulos remains Atypon’s chairman.

Atypon has grown both organically and through acquisitions. It acquired Extenza e-Publishing Services[2][3] in 2005. The acquisition of eMeta in 2008[4] expanded Atypon’s product portfolio to include RightSuite, an enterprise access and commerce platform for the publishing and media industry. Atypon acquired the Metapress business from EBSCO Online in 2014, with the Metapress platform to be discontinued and customers moved to Atypon's Literatum platform.[5]

In October 2016, Atypon was purchased by academic publisher John Wiley & Sons for $120 million.[6] Atypon now operates as a separate, independent business unit of Wiley. In 2018 Wiley migrated its own Wiley Online Library to Literatum.[7]

Doubling in size since 2015, Atypon now employs more than 400 staff in ten offices and development hubs, in Santa Clara (headquarters) and Oakland, California; Hoboken, New Jersey; Rochester, New York; Birmingham, Alabama; Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece; Prague, Czech Republic; Oxford, UK; and Amman, Jordan.

Products and services[edit]

Literatum is a hosted e-publishing platform that is used to manage, deliver and monetize online content.[8] It comprises six modules for designing and building websites, hosting and managing content, managing user access, targeting advertising, simplifying e-commerce, and reporting and analyzing site activity. The platform is home to more than 13,000 journals containing almost 27 million articles. Atypon’s clients include scholarly and academic publishers such as SAGE Publishing, Taylor & Francis and the University of Chicago Press; journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine; professional societies as diverse as the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists; and state and U.S. federal government agencies, such as the National Institute of Environmental Health Services. The platform hosts publications in more than a dozen languages other than English, including Mandarin, and Japanese. Literatum was logging more than 3.2 billion user sessions annually by 2019.

RightSuite is an enterprise access and commerce platform that provides authentication, authorization, administration, registration and licensing functionality for digital goods and services. It is available as server applications and as software-as-a-service.[9]

Atypon Design Studio is a full-service in-house web design agency for designing publication websites.

Atypon sponsors two user conferences each year: Engage North America, held the day after the Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing each spring, and Engage Europe, held the first week of each December, typically in London.


Atypon's clients include:[10]


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  5. ^ "Atypon Systems acquires Metapress from EBSCO Online, Inc". Atypon Systems, Inc. 14 April 2014. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Wiley Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Atypon". Business Wire. August 18, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Wiley Online Library migrates to Atypon's Literatum platform" (Press release). Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley and Sons. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  10. ^ "Client directory". Atypon Systems. Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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