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EMBO Press to Launch on the HighWire Open Platform

Author info: HighWire Press
Post date: 30.10.2013
Post type: News

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY & STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – 30 October 2013 ‐ ‐ EMBO and HighWire are pleased to 

announce the December launch of EMBO Press, a new publishing platform for The EMBO Journal, EMBO 

Reports, Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Molecular Medicine, providing opportunities for the future 

development of the journals. 


EMBO Press will strengthen the policies of the EMBO journals to encourage transparency in the publication 

process and help researchers make better use of scientific data. In addition all four journals are being 

redesigned to maximize online functionality and access. 


The announcement coincides with a new partnership with HighWire and an expanded publishing agreement 

with Wiley that come into immediate effect. Wiley has published EMBO Molecular Medicine since 2009. As 

one of the world's leading publishers of academic content, it will provide invaluable support for editorial 

production and international marketing of the four EMBO scientific journals. 


HighWire is at the forefront of digital scholarly publishing. Many leading journals in the life sciences rely on 

its community‐based strengths and its track record for technological support and innovation, including access 

to third party developers. 


"We welcome our publishing partners to support EMBO Press and appreciate the strengths they will bring for 

the key global markets of our journals, including the United States and Asia Pacific," said Bernd Pulverer, 

Head of Scientific Publications at EMBO. "Our individual journals already have strong recognition for quality 

in the scientific community established over 30 years since the launch of The EMBO Journal and our mandate 

is to serve the scientific community. EMBO Press will allow us to provide the independence we need to 

ensure that the EMBO Press portfolio of journals stay at the forefront of technological advances and delivers 

the best possible service to the research community. In particular, it will allow EMBO to continue our 

commitment to the principles of transparent, fast and fair publication in the life sciences while maintaining 

our reputation for selectivity and quality." 


EMBO Press will include enhanced options for publishing source data, and rendering the data presented in 

figures more usable and discoverable. Researchers will be able to customize and optimize their reader 

experience. Restructuring the way papers are presented will obviate the need for a separate supplementary 

information section.  


"Many exciting developments lie ahead in publishing and we want to have a platform that supports 

technological responsiveness and high‐level support," added Pulverer. "Access to the Drupal tools integrated 

into the HighWire Press Open Platform creates new possibilities for innovation in areas like data 

presentation, semantic interlinking, article level metrics and mobile web interfaces. There will be many 

exciting technological developments in the future and we want our authors and readers to be in a position to 



"It is a very exciting time for EMBO Press,” said Tom Rump, Managing Director at HighWire. "We are pleased 

to help advance the discoverability of high quality research in the field of molecular biology in partnership 

with the EMBO team.” 


For more information see‐press  


Media Contacts: 


Barry Whyte 

Head | Public Relations and Communications 

Tel: 49 6221 8891 108/111 


Bonnie Zavon 

Public Relations 

HighWire | Stanford University 

Tel: +1 650.723.0522 



About EMBO 

EMBO is an organization of more than 1500 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The 

major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the 

exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve 

their best work.    


EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their 

mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training 

in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and 

research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science 

in Europe.  |  Twitter: @EMBOPress 


About HighWire Press    

At the forefront of strategic scholarly publishing, HighWire Press provides the latest in digital content development 

and hosting solutions to the scholarly community through its ground‐breaking HighWire Open Platform. A division 

of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire partners with influential societies, associations university presses, 

and other independent publisher organizations to produce the definitive online versions of high‐impact, peer‐

reviewed journals, books, reference works, and other scholarly content.  


Since its inception in 1995, HighWire has committed to helping publishers widely disseminate their content 

through superior innovation, integration and insight to advance and facilitate the research communication 

process. HighWire works within the scholarly community in order to meet the ever‐changing needs of today's 

online and mobile readers.  |  Twitter: @highwirepress 

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