Executive Director and Publisher
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
The global audience has been fascinating. As journal publishers we are used to having a very large predominance of submissions coming from the United States, Western Europe, Australia, Japan – a relatively small number of regions and countries. So we track the submissions to bioRxiv. Right now we have submissions from 101 countries. I think that’s quite remarkable. I should also say something about usage, which has an impact on what HighWire does for us as well. The usage is now consistently over 1 million or 1.2, 1.3 accesses each month. Once again, the site is robust, we never hear from people that they can’t get on when they need to. It is a 24/7 operation. Our screening staff are on-deck at the weekends, on holidays – even on major holidays there will be someone who is looking to upload a manuscript to bioRxiv. It’s a very exciting thing but also a very humbling thing, because we realise that this is a service function and we have a lot of people who we serve.