HighWire Partners with Hypothesis to Integrate Annotation Across Publications


HighWire’s JCore platform to support open, online annotation for publishers who want a new way for readers to engage with their content

April 6, 2017 – Today HighWire Press and Hypothesis announce a partnership which adds open annotation capability to over 3,000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings published on HighWire’s JCore platform.

Publishers on HighWire’s JCore platform can implement and control their own annotation layers, moderated, branded, and visible across their publications.  Annotation is a fundamental activity of researchers and scholars everywhere—from taking notes, collaborating with peers, and performing pre-publication reviews, to engaging in conversations with the broader community.

Until now, annotation solutions for journals have been limited, proprietary and compartmentalized in ways that significantly constrain their utility. With the advent of a standards-based, open source and interoperable annotation paradigm, that is now changing.

“HighWire works with our with partners to create innovative, open platform solutions that improve research and scholarship and deliver more value to readers. We have supported the Annotating All Knowledge coalition since 2015.” said Dan Filby, CEO of HighWire Press. “Open annotation technology integrated with JCore supports faster research workflows and more efficient communication. We look forward to working with publishers who want to use Hypothesis to provide a new level of interactivity for their content and workflows,” added Filby.

Hypothesis, a non-profit annotation technology organization launched in 2011, is working with publishers, educators, researchers, and journalists to enable annotation across the internet.  Within scholarship, use cases include: pre-publication peer review, post-publication annotation and community review; authors’ notes over their own work including updates to previous articles, invited discussions, enhanced footnotes, corrections and errata and more. More than 70 major publishers, platforms and technology organizations have come together in support of this interoperable vision under the Annotating All Knowledge coalition.

“Hypothesis is excited to work with HighWire to deliver a powerful toolchain across publisher content,” says Dan Whaley. “By making annotation native to scholarly content at the platform level we stand the best chance of fulfilling the vision of an interoperable, collaborative layer over all scholarship.”  Dan Whaley, CEO and Founder, is presenting Hypothesis to publishers attending the HighWire Publisher’s Meeting.


Publishers working with HighWire that are interested in bringing Hypothesis annotations to their publications should contact Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships.

Related links

Web Annotation Working Group: Recommendations to Enable Annotations on the Web

Annotating All Knowledge

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