arXiv.org recognized for improving scientific research

06/20/17

arXiv.org has received 2017 Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division Award from the Special Libraries Association for its key contributions to the communication of scientific research.

Cornell University Library, which supports and stewards arXiv, was also recognized for its commitment to the online repository and for serving as a model to the library community.

“It is a great honor for the arXiv team to receive the Special Library Association’s PAM Division Award,” said Oya Y. Rieger, arXiv Program Director. “We’d like to dedicate this award to 210 member libraries from all around the world for recognizing arXiv’s importance and significance for their scientists through their contributions to the service’s sustainability.” 

The PAM Division Award is given annually for a significant contribution to the literature of physics, mathematics or astronomy, or to honor work that demonstrably improves the exchange of information in those fields.

“The PAM Division is honored to bestow the PAM Division Award to such an essential resource for the higher education and research communities,” said Elizabeth Brown, chair of the SLA PAM Division. “The vision and leadership of arXiv in providing openly accessible content is a model for other disciplines and research activities. This use of arXiv beyond the initial communities it has served is indicative of the need for openly available tools for all areas of research.”

arXiv.org, the influential pre-print repository of scientific research, is in the first phase of a three-year effort to modernize its aging code to ensure that the service continues to serve its essential role in facilitating science based on the needs of the user community, as well as responding to evolving scholarly communication practices. PAM, founded in 1972, focuses on all aspects of librarianship in the fields of physics, astronomy, and mathematics, with particular emphasis on the control, dissemination, and retrieval of knowledge and information in those areas. 

arXiv.org, now in its 26th year, is maintained and operated by Cornell University Library with guidance from the Scientific Advisory Board, the Member Advisory Board and numerous subject moderators. Its financial support comes from the Simons Foundation, Cornell University Library and a global collective of 200 institutional members.  Additional funds are provided by the Sloan Foundation in support of the next-gen arXiv initiative.