HighWire Press

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 journals, books, and other scholarly publications. Long affiliated with Stanford University , HighWire is one of the world’s largest peer-reviewed journals.

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 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 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 items available (out of 7.5 million items) 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, among many others:

  • 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 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
  • 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)
  • Journal of Cell Biology , (1955) Rockefeller University Press

The organization has grown considerably 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 icts search engine outperformed PubMed in the identification of Desired items, and yielded a number of search results Higher than When the Sami Was Performed search on PubMed. PubMed, however, was faster. [7]


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  2. Jump up^ http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/wp-content/uploads/v34n3p76.pdf
  3. Jump up^ http://highwire.org/publishers/benchpress.dtl
  4. Jump up^ Stanford University HighWire Press Receives Growth Equity Investment from Accel-KKR
  5. Jump up^ “HighWire Press Homepage” .
  6. Jump up^ “Free online full-text articles” . HighWire . 2014-01-14 . Retrieved 2014-02-03 .
  7. Jump up^ TE Vanhecke, MA Barnes, 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 .