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HighWire Press wins award for service to nonprofit publishing

HighWire Press, a division of Stanford University Libraries, was named winner of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) 2003 Award for Service to Not-for-Profit Publishing during ceremonies held Sept. 18 at the British Library in London.

HighWire produces online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. It hosts the largest repository of free full-text life science articles in the world, with more than 600,000 free full-text articles online.

"They are truly innovative and are constantly researching new functionality for their customers. Indeed, as they get ever better at preparing our content for the web they pass on economics of scale and process efficiencies; where else would we actually see genuine cuts in costs from our suppliers?" according to the ALPSP Report 03 distributed at the awards ceremony.

ALPSP judge Charles Fry of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain added that "HighWire hosts two publisher meetings a year, which have become legendary for the degree of collegiality between publishers, editors and HighWire."

With continuous online production and support of such prestigious journals as the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Science and New England Journal of Medicine, HighWire has established an outstanding reputation as an innovative partner for scholarly societies in the online world. As a division of Stanford University, HighWire offers its affiliated publishers a unique opportunity to leverage the experience, experiments and intellect of leading society colleagues. Within the HighWire community, peers share with peers their successes and travails in the online publishing environment and brainstorm together for the collective good.

"Stanford created HighWire Press precisely for the purpose of improving scholarly publishing through more effective use of the online environment," said Michael A. Keller, university librarian and HighWire publisher. "ALPSP's award, as a form of recognition of academia's common purpose with responsible scholarly publishers, is very welcome, particularly in this time of confusion about the mission and economics of journal publication."

HighWire collaborates with influential scholarly societies, university presses and publishers to create a collection of the finest fully searchable research and clinical literature online. Together, these partners produce nearly half of the 200 most frequently cited journals publishing in science.

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Formed in 1972, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers' mission is to serve, represent and strengthen the community of not-for-profit publishers and those who work with them to disseminate academic and professional information. The association monitors national and international issues and represents the interests of members to the wider world. It helps its members and others to prepare for the challenges of the future through a program of education, training and development (



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