Virtusales BiblioLIVE Reduces Operational Costs and Increases Journal Production for Penn State University Press


​PSU Press achieves 69% year on year increase in output with Virtusales’ BiblioLIVE publishing management system.

  • 69% year on year increase in output from 11 journals in 2011 to 64 in 2018 with one less staff member

  • Content managed at multiple levels including article, issue, volume and journal

  • Single system to manage product metadata, schedules and production costs

  • Achieving more in less time

  • Improved efficiency and productivity

  • Accurate project costs for years to come

Virtusales Publishing Solutions, the leading software supplier to publishers worldwide, is pleased to announce that the implementation of its BiblioLIVE publishing management system has enabled Penn State University Press (PSU Press) to realise substantially improved business efficiencies and productivity.

Prior to the implementation of BiblioLIVE, PSU Press were using multiple standalone spreadsheets and systems that did not communicate with each other, leading to inaccuracies throughout the journal management process and ultimately making the overall management of the business very difficult. It also made it very challenging to identify key areas for efficiency and improvements, which in turn had a massive impact on the ability for the organisation to increase the volume of journals it was able to take on.


Having looked at several systems, both book- and journal-publishing specific, PSU Press selected BiblioLIVE based on its functionality, scalability and cost-effectiveness.

We were looking for a system that would primarily help improve our efficiency and productivity. We are a not for profit organisation, so minimising costs is essential and we could see that Biblio would allow us to achieve more in less time and with fewer errors.


Diana Pesek, Journals Production Manager, Penn State University Press

BiblioLIVE is a hosted version of Virtusales’ enterprise-class Biblio3 book publishing software system. BiblioLIVE, which is available as SaaS, is a truly flexible and highly scalable publishing system that caters for publishers of all sizes, from pre-acquisition to post-publication.

The implementation of BiblioLIVE has allowed PSU Press to keep all journal specific information, contacts, and schedules in one database, giving everyone in the journals department the ability to access, update and share accurate information. There is no longer a need for individuals to keep their own date on multiple, disparate spreadsheets.

We are now also able to use a range of reports that help us reduce operational costs, save time and increase journal production within the organisation, which in turn allow us to accurately predict project costs for future years.


Diana Pesek, Journals Production Manager, Penn State University Press

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Why Virtusales

  • Publishing-specific software provider

  • Single, centralised system greatly reduces chances of errors in published works

  • Cost-effective and fully scalable

  • Cloud-based software provides remote, 24/7 access for all users

About PSU Press


Founded in 1956, Penn State University Press (PSU Press) publishes rigorously reviewed, high-quality works of scholarship, regional and contemporary interest, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences. As the publishing arm of the Pennsylvania State University and a division of the Penn State University Libraries, the Press promotes the advance of scholarship by disseminating knowledge widely in books, journals, and digital publications, using new information, interpretations and methods of analysis.