Impelsys Inc., a market pioneer in digital publishing, education technology and healthcare solutions has today announced a collaborative partnership with Digital Science, a leader in scholarly technology. The partnership will include the integration of Altmetric badges, Dimensions badges and the Figshare Viewer with the latest version of its flagship journal distribution platform, iPC Scholar 2.0.

A valuable addition to the measurement of research dissemination and influence, the Altmetric and Dimensions badges will be an embed option for publishers who host their journals on the iPC Scholar 2.0 platform. The badges will provide authors and visitors with an at-a-glance summary of online engagement and scholarly citations for individual articles. Users will be able to click on the badges to view further detail about the attention a publication has received – including where it has been referenced in the news, policy documents, patent records, and on social media.

The alliance will also see iPC Scholar 2.0 offer the Figshare Viewer to its customers, enabling journals to help researchers to preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, images and videos. Figshare is a cloud-based platform that makes it easy to upload supplementary data and helps researchers to get credit for all of their work, not just the resulting publication. 

Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO at Impelsys, said: “The scholarly landscape is becoming increasingly open and connected. We are committed to ensuring that our publishers can benefit from this evolving ecosystem. We are delighted to partner with Digital Science, which allows us to extend their powerful technologies and services to publishers hosted on our iPC Scholar platform.”

Adrian Stanley, Managing Director, Publishers at Digital Science, commented: “We are really pleased that Impelsys now allows for the easy implementation of these market-leading Digital Science services. All of these tools support scholars in making their research more open and discoverable, whilst ensuring they are able to better track and showcase the influence of their work. We look forward to seeing these integrations benefit users in the global markets that Impelsys serves.”

Impelsys announced the release of version 2.0 of its flagship platform, iPC Scholar at the Frankfurt Book Fair earlier today. Some of the key showcased features include a modernized UI offering an intuitive and holistic user experience, support for learning workflows, JATS support on both online and offline journal readers and integration with smart tools from Digital Science among other features designed to address unique business challenges encountered by new-age publishers.

About Impelsys

Operating since 2001, Impelsys is a purpose-driven business committed to its vision of making the world a better place by helping spread knowledge through technology. Impelsys today is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

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About Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company working to make research more efficient. We invest in, nurture and support innovative businesses and technologies that make all parts of the research process more open and effective. Our portfolio includes brands including Altmetric, Anywhere Access, Dimensions, Figshare, ReadCube, Symplectic, IFI Claims, GRID, Overleaf, CC Technology, Gigantum, Ripeta and Writefull. We believe that together, we can help researchers make a difference. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

About Dimensions

Dimensions is a modern, innovative, linked research knowledge system that re-imagines discovery and access to research. Developed by Digital Science in collaboration with over 100 leading research organizations around the world, Dimensions brings together grants, publications, citations, alternative metrics, clinical trials and patents to deliver a platform that enables users to find and access the most relevant information faster, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of research, and gather insights to inform future strategy. Visit Dimensions’ website at and find us on Twitter @DSDimensions.

About Figshare

Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. Figshare’s aim is to become the place where all academics make their research openly available. It provides a secure cloud based storage space for research outputs and encourages its users to manage their research in a more organized manner, so that it can be easily made open to comply with funder mandates. Openly available research outputs will mean that academia can truly reproduce and build on top of the research of others. Visit

About Altmetric

Altmetric’s mission is to track and analyze the online activity around scholarly literature. We collate what people are saying about published research outputs in scholarly and non-scholarly forums like the mainstream media, policy documents, social networks, and blogs to provide a more robust picture of the influence and reach of scholarly work. Altmetric works with some of the biggest publishers, funders, and institutions around the world to deliver this data in an accessible and reliable format. Altmetric is supported by Digital Science. Find out more at and follow us on Twitter @altmetric.

Few weeks from now, the world’s biggest gathering  of the publishing and related industries will take place at Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt Book Fair, by statistics and impact is undoubtedly the world’s biggest book fair, it takes place in October usually and this year the dates are 16 to 20 October. Taking place on the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds, Frankfurt Book Fair is the most significant marketing event in the print and digital content industry that facilitates great number of international sales of rights and licences.

Publishing professionals, writers, creative professionals and fans come from all over the world to network, hold discussions, negotiate, make decisions, and to be in awe of the grandeur of the fair and celebrate. Close to 7,500 exhibitors showcase their latest offerings at the fair, exhibitors mainly constitute of publishers, agents, booksellers, service providers, professional and trade associations, institutions, software and multimedia suppliers and they come from over 100 countries across the world. About 285,000 visitors visited Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2018.

Norway is 2019 the Guest of Honour of Frankfurter Buchmesse this year. Norwegians read more than any other European nationality, and the country has produced three winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The guest country will present its literature and culture at the fair in Frankfurt, as well as in many other locations throughout Germany. 

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s most important trading place for printed and digital content, but it is also an incredible social and cultural experience that offers a wide range of exciting events. Some interesting and informative events at the messe this year are…

Cosplay – Gourmet Gallery – Frankfurt Audio – Frankfurt Kids – Frankfurt EDU – BOOKFEST

Click here to know more about the highlight events at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

While these are some of the highlight events at the fair, there are some 2243 odd other events (as of now) listed in the website, now imagine the magnitude of the event and the impact it would have around the world. . Impelsys has two speaking sessions this time as well, below is the information about the sessions. The sessions are informative and free to attend, you could also visit our booth at J47, Hall 4.2 to know about Impelsys Innovations Lab and the release of iPC Scholar version 2.0.

Impelsys Innovations Lab is a recently launched initiative where we will be working on various emerging and disruptive technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Big Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), IT Infrastructure, and Cloud Computing Services. Also at FBF 2019, iPC Scholar, Impelsys’ flagship content delivery platform for eBooks, journals, videos and courses, will be released with feature updates, it will have advanced support for content and learning delivery.

Speaking Sessions at FBF 2019 from Impelsys’ Leadership Team

New frontiers in Publishing and Education – Winning in the digital era Effective Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation strategies with iPC Scholar
Day 1: 16th October 2019 

11:00 – 11:30 am

Venue: Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

Speaker: Kotesh Govindaraju – EVP and Head of Americas – Impelsys Inc.

Day 1: 16th October 2019 

03:30 – 4:00 pm

Venue: Academic and Business Information Stage, Hall 4.2, N101

Speaker: Stefan Kend – EVP and Head of EMEA & APAC – Impelsys Inc.

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important international event for the publishing industry, as well as a key trendsetter for society and a major cultural festival. The platform it provides for business opportunities, networking, education and entertainment for industry professionals and culture fans is exhaustive and unrivalled. Nowhere else would we meet more number of professionals from the media and publishing industry than at Frankfurt Book Fair. Professionals use this opportunity to expand their network and open up new business opportunities, to market their products or hunt for the right suppliers. It’s the biggest gathering of the publishing world, a global melting pot of everything that happens in the industry, a place to be for publishing professionals and literature fans from around the world.


Impelsys Inc, a leading technology company providing digital products and services to publishers, education providers and enterprises worldwide has entered into a business partnership with SAPnet, South Africa’s leading producer and supplier of bibliographic and other content rich metadata. The partnership will enable SAPnet to resell Impelsys’ flagship digital content and learning delivery infrastructure, iPublishCentral in the African region.

SAPnet is one of the leading producers and suppliers of bibliographic and other content rich metadata in South Africa. The organization is one of the longest running sales statistics service providers for books across the globe, operating for over a decade now. SAPnet supplies enriched data on products encompassing books, music, video, television, technology, and also manufacturing industries.

The partnership will open doors to a range of new market opportunities for Impelsys, leveraging on SAPnet’s regional expertise. Impelsys, in the form of iPublishCentral, will bring into the equation a bellwether, time-tested technology infrastructure that is powering digital content and learning strategies for global publishers and education providers to the region through SAPnet’s regional reseller network.

“Publishing and learning industry worldwide have been leveraging new technologies every day, the time is ripe for Africa now” said Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO of Impelsys. “The industry here is ready to test and implement advanced technologies. SAPnet being the leader in metadata services and Impelsys now ready to explore the region, this collaboration is strategic to both of us, and we believe our combined efforts will benefit all the publishing entities in the region”

Speaking on the occasion, Freda van Wyk, CEO SAPnet, said, ”With the constant changes in the organizational learning landscape there is a growing demand to support eBook and online content solutions in this region. SAPnet is looking forward to work with Impelsys to offer a potent combination of regional market expertise and market-tested global technology solutions to publishers, professional associations, university presses, non- government entities and education providers”

About Impelsys

Impelsys is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution.

Impelsys also provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from ebooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to or visit

About SAPnet

SAPnet is South Africa’s leading producer and supplier of bibliographic and other content rich metadata. SAPnet consists of one of the world’s foremost metadata management and editing teams. SAPnet is one of the longest running sales statistics service provider for books across the globe, running for nearly a decade now. The organization supplies enriched data on products encompassing books, music, video, television, technology, and also manufacturing industries.

By: Impelsys, Posted on: 20/04/2017


Keywords are a powerful tool for search engine optimization that help enhance ebook sales for publishers and retailers. However, the power of keywords has never been realised, for some reasons publishers have never really used keywords on the metadata of their ebooks. An estimate says that around less than 20% of publishers have experimented with keywords, and that too not in a planned manner. Keywords are a piece of metadata which help in search engine optimization (SEO), and can solely boost the visibility of an ebook in search ranking, hence directly multiplying the number of sales.

Keywords are basically words or phrases entered into the metadata of the book, along with title, author name, book description, published date, ISBN and other information that create a unique online sales identity for the item. These keywords, which are usually a set of 5-10 are taken from the content of the book and should be able to reproduce some basic information about the book when combined together. We make a list of keywords that are most relevant with the content of the book, but this is not the final list we use.

Finding the right set of keywords for metadata is not as simple as collating a list of most relevant words from the content. People who search online for books will not enter the keywords on the search engine which would be similar to the keywords you have chosen. To look into how consumers are searching for a particular category of books online, the simplest way is to do the search by yourself and observe the search engine’s suggestion, this gives an insight on the current trend of searches. Real readers use casual words instead of heavy ones, e.g., a gripping tale of homicide would be commonly searched as a ‘murder mystery’.

Another way of finding common keywords is to look at social reviews. Goodreads is the top online book review platform, besides we can also scan other popular social sites like twitter for reader opinions, this helps us in understanding the reader’s view and the language and terms they use frequently,  which is casual, honest and authentic. All these exercises will give us a crude information on the most common terms used online to search for a particular book or genre. After this we make a concoction of keywords from the two sources, the first source being the list which we created from the book. The final list of keywords should have an equal weightage from both the lists, the first list consists of keywords deeply relevant with the book’s content, and the second list consists of keywords used by readers to find the content. So the final list should be a hybrid of both.

The next step is settling-in the keywords into the book’s product page and testing their competency afterwards. Testing the competency is an exercise similar to finding the common search terms on search engines. We perform the search (in our retail portal or Amazon, iBookstore, or Google Play) using the keywords we have integrated into the product page and observe the result to see where our product lies. It usually takes time to bear the fruit of any SEO exercise, it may take months. The big online retailers have their own algorithm of keywords against which they compare our list of keywords.

SEO is an exercise which takes a lot of patience. Along with SEO, publishers can also promote their ebooks through social media and blogs, which again help increasing the credibility of the ebook in the eye of the search engines. In the battle of content discovery consistency and authenticity is the key, we continually monitor the performance of the product and optimize the metadata, and also keep the chatter live about the product on internet.