About us

Our mission is to simplify the scholarly publishing process! We are a UK based software and publishing services company with the goal of streamlining the publishing process through automation and our easy-to-use platforms for authors, publishers and peer reviewers. We help publishers manage their content more efficiently and to deliver content to readers faster and with greater accuracy. With 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, we understand the pain points felt by stakeholders at each stage of the publishing process – from researchers preparing their manuscripts to peer reviewers and publishers requiring perfect XML. One by one, we address these through our publishing platforms developed in-house aided by our team of world class LaTeX and XML experts and by our copyeditors. River Valley was founded in 1988 by Dr Kaveh Bazargan, a physicist who, after publishing several research papers, set out to improve the quality and speed of publishing research. Our Head Office remains in London, complemented by 3 offices in India.

We love to innovate!

Here are just a few examples of our innovations over the years:

First book with computer generated artwork

In 1990 we created the first ever computer generated illustrations for books in the UK. We used Adobe Illustrator version 1.0!

Unique LaTeX typesetting solution

Manuscripts typed in LaTeX are complex for typesetters to paginate. In 1999 after 10 years of typesetting experience, we devised a unique coding system of “Structuring” LaTeX allowing accurate and fast delivery of the final PDF output. The system is still in use today by our typesetting team – that is why we are experts in LaTeX!

Interactive PDF design

In 2004 we designed a system allowing a graphic designer, or even a publisher, to create or modify the look of a PDF file generated from XML, without using any computer code.

One-size graphic labels

When illustrations on a page are resized, the labels resize too causing extra work for graphics operators. In 2015 we came up with a system that ensures labels always remain the correct size even when figures are resized.

A better way