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News Release July 13, 2004
GSA Release No. 04-20
Contact: Sharon Mosher
(512) 471-4135

GeoScienceWorld appoints Executive Director, Selects HighWire Press to Build its New Portal

12 July, 2004. Alexandria, VA - GeoScienceWorld (GSW), a cooperative of top-ranked geoscience societies, announced the appointment of Donald F. "Don" Hemenway as Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization, and also announced the selection of Stanford University's HighWire Press to build its new online portal.

Mr. Hemenway, formerly Electronic Media Manager at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will take over the lead on this important initiative in August. Don brings to GSW more than 22 years of management experience in online and print publishing. "We were pleased to be able to recruit an Executive Director with a strong background in electronic publishing and an academic background in geology," said Edmund Nickless, Executive Secretary of the Geological Society of London, a GSW Board member. "We are confident that under his leadership, GeoScienceWorld will meet the goals established by the founding societies."

Slated to be the most comprehensive online resource for journals in the earth sciences, the GeoScienceWorld portal is being developed and hosted by Stanford University's preeminent electronic journals service, HighWire Press. The initial GeoScienceWorld collection will incorporate titles from 22 leading societies and institutes from six countries, including the seven founding organizations: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geological Institute, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London, Mineralogical Society of America, Society for Sedimentary Geology, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The full journal list is available at:

"We are very pleased to be working with GeoScienceWorld. This is a project with enormous potential," commented John Sack, Director of Stanford's HighWire Press. He also noted that HighWire staff and Mr. Hemenway had undertaken successful collaborations in the past. "We are also very pleased to continue to work with Don Hemenway. HighWire has been working closely with Don since his first days at Science Magazine."

The new portal, providing broad coverage across the geosciences, will launch in early 2005 with an initial 31 journals (with more titles being added at regular intervals over time), some of which have never been available electronically before. The GSW business model is designed to enable earth sciences publishers of any size to become part of the online digital publishing community, through their participation in GeoScienceWorld.

"We have been working together on this plan for several years, and we are thrilled at the wide support and commitment of non-profit society publishers to this initiative," remarked Howard Harper, Executive Director of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, a GSW Board member and Secretary. "GSW is a historic effort in bringing so many societies together to produce this non-commercial literature product geared towards facilitating research and education."

The full text, peer-reviewed, interlinked articles on GeoScienceWorld will be completely integrated with GeoRef, the premier abstracting and indexing database in the field of earth sciences. The portal will support work in both basic and applied research, as well as education in the geosciences, and will be available by subscription following an initial free trial period. Charter subscription rates for organizations of all sizes will be available this summer.

About GeoScienceWorld

GSW is a not-for-profit corporation formed by a group of geoscientific organizations in 2004 with the sole purpose of making geoscience research and information easily available to the scientific community and the public in an online digital format which facilitates education and future research. GSW represents an unprecedented collaboration of membership organizations in the geosciences. The founding members are American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geological Institute, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London, Mineralogical Society of America, Society for Sedimentary Geology, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

GSW's initial online service, the GSW Millennium Collection, will include peer-reviewed articles and other materials from about 30 high impact journals in a broad range of geoscience areas all interlinked and completely integrated with GeoRef. The digital collection will be updated continuously with the most current journal issues and for most journals will contain content starting at Year 2000. A Literature Archive will enhance the Millennium Collection.

About HighWire Press

HighWire Press is a division of the Stanford University Libraries, producing the online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. Recipient of the 2003 ALPSP Award for "Service to Not-for-Profit Publishing", HighWire partners with influential societies, university presses and other scholarly publishers to create a collection of the finest, fully searchable research and clinical literature online. Together, these partners produce nearly half of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals publishing in science, as well as a growing list of humanities and social science journals.

HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of free full-text life science articles in the world, with more than 740,000 free, full-text articles online. Since 1995, with the launch of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), to the continuous online production of hundreds of prestigious journals, such as PNAS, Science Online, and the New England Journal of Medicine, HighWire has established an outstanding reputation for helping to disseminate primary scientific information on the Web. For further information, go to or, for readers outside the U.S:

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