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Two Decades of ArXiv Success

Ithaca, NY In an evolving repository world where institutions' efforts to preserve the digital scholarly record are often balanced among competing priorities–sustainability, open access, curation strategies and changing definitions of "how long is long enough"—the 20-year success story of ArXiv (, the physics e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics, is being noted as an example of how to get it right.  ArXiv is owned and operated by Cornell University and funded by Cornell University Library and by supporting user institutions.

In her weekly communication "Take One" Cornell University Librarian Anne Kenney reflected on arXiv's first 20 years: "The phenomenal success of arXiv can be measured by the numbers: the submission rate has grown linearly since 1991, and arXiv now accepts about 6,000 submissions per month from over 100,000 registered users and contains nearly 700,000 e-prints. At this rate of growth, arXiv could house a million e-prints in 2015.  In 2010, arXiv registered 7.4 million unique computer accesses (IP addresses), ranging from 40,000 to 90,000 per day, including users from 200 countries. Today, arXiv covers more than physics, with submissions coming from mathematicians, astrophysicists and biologists. To ensure arXiv’s future, CUL is in the process of transitioning from an exclusive initiative of CUL to a collaboratively governed, community-supported, resource." Read more:

For more information about arXiv:

Ginsparg, Paul (2011) ArXiv at 20, Nature 476, August 10, 2011

Ginsparg, Paul (2011) It was twenty years ago today... , arXiv, August 14, 2011

Fischman, Josh (2011) Anonymous FTP Achives. The First Free Research-Sharing Site, arXiv, Turns 20 With an Uncertain Future. Chronicle of Higher Education August 10, 2011