Thank you!

In December 2016 Substance turned six. It has been a long journey so far, and we are still on the way.

When I started Substance in 2010 it was a side-project of mine, aiming to provide a better web-editing experience and an ability to collaborate on structured documents online.

Today my partner Oliver and I make a living of developing Substance as a library and by helping others building their own editors.

It’s been a joy to work with so many great people and organisations! And it’s about time to say thanks!

Oliver Buchtala

Oliver and I once shared an apartment in Linz. During that time, I also worked on the first experimental versions of Substance. I remember having intense debates with Oliver in the kitchen, about the sense and nonsense of separating content from presentation, the limits of markup languages, parsers, the universe and what not.

Oliver quit his research position at the university and together we founded Substance as a company in 2014. Oliver is the most dedicated and passionate engineer I know and my best friend. Together we are Substance. Thank you Oliver!

Samo Korošec

When you spot pretty things at Substance, it’s likely that Samo was responsible for it. Thanks Samo, for the help through all those years!

Mark Horner

Mark, a Shuttleworth Fellow at the times (2011) awarded with the Shuttleworth Flash grant, which really came as a surprise. I didn’t even know about the Shuttleworth Foundation at that time. :) Thank you Mark!

By the way, this is how looked back in the old days.

Remo Rauscher

Remo created the video you just saw. Thanks Remo, the production of it was a lot of fun!

Victor Saiz

Victor was one of the first to discover Substance and contribute to its codebase. We’ve spent many hours chatting and coding. Thanks for your help! And thanks for that beautiful week in Stockholm!

Daniel Beilinson

Like Victor, Daniel has been with us since the beginning. While he’s been contributing ideas and code he’s also working on the world’s future digital archive among other exciting projects. Thank you Daniel!

Tim Baumann

Tim helped with Substance development in the early days. His contributions include an integration of PanDoc to support a wide range of output formats and an initial implementation of Operational Transformations, the foundation for realtime collaboration. Thank you Tim!


It was in late 2012 when I first met Ian Mulvany of eLife in London. A few months later, I started working with Ivan Grubisic to build a better research viewing tool, which should later be called eLife Lens. The project was widely recognised and our first use of Substance for scientific publishing. Thank you Ian, Ivan and the whole team at and around eLife; Graham Nott, Melissa Harrison, Giuliano Maciocci, Jennifer McLennan, Siân Roderick, Kornelia Korzec, Nick Duffield, Paul Shannon…

Rebecca Close Morse

Rebecca was the first external adopter of eLife Lens. She integrated the Lens Viewer at Landes Bioscience (now part of Taylor & Francis Group). Rebecca and I have been friends since then. I’m so glad we met Rebecca!

American Mathematical Society

Together with Peter Krautzberger and David Jones of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) we added advanced math support to eLife Lens. Thanks Peter and David for the collaboration! Also thanks to Felix Breuer who helped in the early stages of the project.


Together with HighWire we improved the Lens JATS Converter to support more content. HighWire piloted eLife Lens for six of their customers. Thank you John Sack and Greg Schwartz for working with us!


Adam Hyde of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) was one of the first to see the potential of Substance as a software library. As a Shuttleworth fellow he backed 6 months of Substance core development and he and Kristen Ratan continue to invest into the library through their foundation. We are so glad to be part of Coko’s mission to transform knowledge production in scholarly research.

Thanks Adam and all the Cokos out there for this awesome collaboration: Kristen Ratan, Jure Triglav, Richard Smith-Unna, Christos Kokosias, Yannis Barlas, Charlie Ablett, Juan Gutierrez, Alex Theg, Henrik Van Leeuwen, Kresten Van Leeuwen, Julien Taquet, …

Substance Consortium

In 2016 the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo), SciELO and Érudit partnered to form a consortium committed to supporting and integrating Substance. We’ve had two fantastic meetings in Montreal and are excited to help building Texture, an open source scientific editor.

Thank you Alex Garnett, Juan Pablo Alperin, Alex Smecher, Brian Owen, Kristen Ratan, Adam Hyde, Jure Triglav, Tanja Niemann, Davin Baragiotta, David Cormier, Sophy Ouch and Fabio Batalha Cunha dos Santos,…

Texture is an Open Source Scientific Editor based on JATS


Nokome Bentley is a data scientist and a man with a mission — creating a platform for creating, collaborating on, and sharing data driven content. It’s the scientific publication of the future that he’s been working on since many years.

His platform Stencila is an incredibly forward-thinking piece of software. He chose Substance for the Stencila document- and spreadsheet editors and we are helping him on the way. Thanks Nokome!


Infomaker are a leading technology provider for Scandinavian News Publishers. They are using Substance to build the next version of Newspilot, their interactive web-based news editor. Thanks to their contributions Substance supports advanced drag&drop gestures as well as custom spell-checking. Thank you Danne Lundqvist, Andreas Kihlberg and Erik Thörnqvist et al. for working with us! We can’t wait to visit you in Kalmar by the way. :)

University of California

We are working with John Chodacki and the University of California to provide a simple tool for creating better online web-forms. Thank you John for coming up with the idea of forms as a ‘Substance entry drug’. :) Also thanks to Brian Riley and Stephanie Simms for the collaboration!

And thanks to anybody else who we met and worked with over the past six years. I’m looking forward to many more exciting years to come.