HighWire Press

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HighWire Press is a company that produces the online versions of peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. Recipient of the 2003 Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Award for "Service to Not-for-Profit Publishing", HighWire collaborates with scholarly societies, university presses and publishers to host a large body of clinical and research literature.

In 2014, majority ownership of HighWire Press was purchased by the private equity firm Accel-KKR.[1]


Founded by Stanford University Libraries in 1995, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of peer-reviewed content, with over 1300 journals and over 4 million full text articles from over 130 scholarly publishers.[2][not in citation given] HighWire-hosted publishers collectively make over 2 million articles available for free.[3]

In 1995, the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) appeared online through HighWire. Since then a number of high-impact prestigious journals have joined the service, including Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

With over 1700 journals, books, reference works and other publications on the HighWire platform,[4] the organization has grown significantly since its inception in 1995. In addition to journals, HighWire produces and hosts ebooks, conference proceedings, databases, and more.

HighWire offers publishers a comprehensive set of mobile products including mobile web, iPhone and iPad applications and ereader solutions.


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.[5]


  1. ^ Stanford University’s HighWire Press receives Growth Equity Investment from Accel-KKR
  2. ^ "HighWire Press Homepage". Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Free online full-text articles". HighWire. Stanford University. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  4. ^ "HighWire". HighWire. Stanford University. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ 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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