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Royal Society Journals Launched on HighWire Platform

The Royal Society of London (www.royalsociety.org) announced the launch of its new, online journal delivery platform hosted by HighWire Press (http://highwire.stanford.edu) and a new domain at http://royalsocietypublishing.org, replacing the site on MetaPress (a division of EBSCO). The platform delivers the Royal Society’s internationally renowned science journals, including the longest scientific journal archive, dating from 1665. It provides dramatically enhanced Web 2.0 functionality and library-friendly features.

Until the end of April, title-level redirects will be in place on the old MetaPress site to take users automatically to the relevant journal homepage on HighWire, where all journal content, 1665 to the present, is now loaded. To give libraries enough time to check their e-access accounts and make necessary changes, all content is open to all visitors until March 31. After that date, only subscribers will be able to access current content for Royal Society journals.

The society is writing to all subscribers with guidance on how to manage their accounts or to view and change access account details. Existing access account details, including IP addresses, were transferred from MetaPress and set up on HighWire’s subscription management and reporting system. MetaPress Usage Statistics for the period up to the redirection of users on Feb. 18 are available to download from www.metapress.com until April 30, 2009.

Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in science. The Royal Society publishes seven peer-reviewed journals and one annual.

HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, provides online site development and hosting solutions to the scholarly publishing community. HighWire produces the definitive online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content in many disciplines. Since 1995, HighWire has partnered with influential societies, university presses, and other publishers to create a vast database of fully searchable research, medical, and social science literature.

Source: Royal Society Publishing



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