The present invention is a Group Publishing System (GPS) for permitting coordinated publishing, assembly and administration of texts by an unlimited number of authors or editors, each of whom may perform word processing, document assembly and editing functions on the same or different portions of a group authored project. Each user of the system also has the capability of electronically communicating through the GPS with any other user of the system working on the same project. The word-processing functions of the GPS are standardized according to pre-defined formats, and e-mail communication links are provided for communication between all users. The system displays the assembled or partially assembled product to all users and operates in multi-media (text, video, CD-ROM, audio and photographic) formats. The output of the GPS is directly viewable, printable or downloadable in publishable format.