Stanford's Highwire Press Previews New Search Site for Researchers and Librarians

LONDON, U.K. - December 4, 2001 - Stanford University's HighWire Press, host to the world's most influential online journal content, today announced the public beta of its newly redesigned Web site. The new HighWire site [http://highwire.stanford.edu] offers seamless, full-text access to nearly 300 highly cited journals, plus simultaneous, searchable access to all of MEDLINE. Researchers now have faster, better and more comprehensive access to online scientific, medical and social sciences information. HighWire Press is the world's largest archive of free, peer-reviewed, full-text life sciences research with over 350,000 free full-text articles.

The new HighWire site allows researchers to be more productive, focused and efficient in finding just the information they need. The new site has been enhanced to include 12 powerful new search features, advanced browsing capabilities, linguistic processing and a 4-color graphical TopicMap, which gives the researcher a sense of context while navigating HighWire's new peer-reviewed taxonomy in a tree-structured topical-database browser. Users of the site will have seamless access to both free and paid content and simplified management of content alerts.

"This past year, as scientists and publishers have debated the merits of making more of the literature free, researchers have told us what is important to the productivity and quality of their research: barrier-free access to more full-text content; easier, more comprehensive and more-precise cross-journal searching; and subject-specific, personalized email alerts," said John Sack, Director and Associate Publisher of HighWire Press. "The new HighWire site is our publishers' and HighWire Press's specific response to researchers' stated needs."

The HighWire Library of the Sciences and Medicine offers researchers and institutions a broader array of scientific content while making it easier for them to find the information they need:

  • More Content: HighWire Press now offers access to nearly 300 leading full-text journals including 80 of the 200 most frequently cited life science journals in the world, on the journals' own sites. In addition, the new site offers access to the entire content of MEDLINE, with one-click access to the full-text. The new design also makes it clear when an article is free - over 350,000 are - or accessible via a personal or institutional subscription.
  • Enhanced Search and Browse: New subject-based browsing features provide a way for researchers who are new to a field to browse articles, and for keyword-searchers to refine their searches by topic. The new HighWire site also offers an enhanced CiteTrack feature, which provides automatic updating of citation references as new articles are published. Toll-Free Linking gives researchers the full text of these cited references in any HighWire-based journal article.
  • Better Alerts: A single, comprehensive page lets a researcher create and manage both general "table of contents" alerts, as well as keyword/subject alerts in HighWire participating journals, plus all of PubMed.
  • More Timely Access: Through exclusive agreements with publishers, the HighWire site gives researchers access to online content, often ahead of scheduled print issues, and before its inclusion in other search services such as PubMed and MEDLINE.
  • Peer Reviewed Taxonomy: The new site offers researchers a rich taxonomy with more than 22,000 topic categories in a detailed hierarchy developed by professional librarians, with discipline-by-discipline peer review underway by leading researchers. Nearly 12 million articles have been categorized with almost a quarter of a billion topic entries.
  • Customization: As part of its response to researchers' need for more precision in their searching, HighWire now offers customizable "favorite" journal lists for tracking new content and more focused searching
  • Improved Subscription Management for Librarians: The new HighWire site will offer librarians the ability to manage current subscriptions and IP addresses for multiple titles, and easily obtain key information (features, prices, contact information) about HighWire-based journals.

Researchers and information professionals are welcome to preview the HighWire Library of the Sciences and Medicine December 4 - 6 at booth 107, Ground Floor, Grand Hall Olympia, London during the Online Information 2001 Conference and Exhibit, and to provide feedback that will help shape the site's formal debut. The public release of the new site is scheduled for later in December.

Stanford University's HighWire Press is the leading online publisher of the world's most influential scientific and medical publications for researchers and institutions. The new HighWire site provides a single, powerful portal to the widest variety of medical and scientific journals available anywhere. For further information, go to http://highwire.stanford.edu.

Media Contact:
Vicky Reich
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HighWire Press, Stanford University Libraries
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highwire.marketing{at}stanford.edu (email)