HighWire Press

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HighWire Press is a US company that provides digital content development and hosting services and solutions to ~140 influential societies, university presses and independent publishers that produce high-impact journals, books, and other scholarly publications. Long affiliated with Stanford University, HighWire is online host to more than 3500 peer-reviewed journals and thousands of scholarly books.

HighWire was the recipient of the 2003 Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Award for "Service to Not-for-Profit Publishing", and was named one of the "Ten to Watch" organizations in the Scientific, Technical & Medical information space in 2014 by Outsell.[1] Founding Director, John Sack, was awarded the Council of Science Editors (CSE) 2011 Award for Meritorious Achievement.[2]

HighWire also offers Bench>Press,[3] a highly customizable peer-review manuscript submission and tracking system, used by ~65 publishers.

In 2014, majority ownership of HighWire Press was purchased by the private equity firm Accel-KKR.[4]


Founded by Stanford University Libraries in 1995, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of peer-reviewed content, with over 3500 journals from scholarly publishers.[5] HighWire-hosted publishers collectively make over 2 million articles available (out of 7.5 million articles) freely accessible.[6]

In 1995, the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) (1905) published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was the first to launch online on the HighWire platform. Since then, a number of other journals use the technology service to develop and host their online content. Titles include Science (1880) American Association for the Advancement of Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), (1914) National Academy of Sciences, ELife from elifesciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (the oldest continuously published journal) from the Royal Society, American Journal of Botany, (1914) by the Botanical Society of America, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1952) by the American Society for Nutrition, Blood (1945) by the American Society of Hematology, The BMJ (British Medical Journal), (1840) BMJ Group, UK, The EMBO Journal, (1982) by the European Molecular Biology Organization, Germany, The FASEB Journal , (1987) Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, (1903), and Journal of Cell Biology, (1955) Rockefeller University Press, among many others.

The organization has grown significantly since its inception in 1995. In addition to journals, HighWire produces and hosts ebooks, conference proceedings, databases, and more. They use open source technologies, such as Drupal, as part of the front end of the newest version of the websites.


While HighWire is primarily a hosting facility, a 2007 study showed that its search engine outperformed PubMed in the identification of desired articles, and yielded a higher number of search results than when the same search was performed on PubMed. PubMed, however, was faster.[7]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/wp-content/uploads/v34n3p76.pdf
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Stanford University’s HighWire Press receives Growth Equity Investment from Accel-KKR
  5. ^ "HighWire Press Homepage". 
  6. ^ "Free online full-text articles". HighWire. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  7. ^ Vanhecke TE, Barnes MA, Zimmerman J, Shoichet S (2007). "PubMed vs. HighWire Press: a head-to-head comparison of two medical literature search engines". Comput. Biol. Med. 37 (9): 1252–8. doi:10.1016/j.compbiomed.2006.11.012. PMID 17184763. 

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