Brill works with HighWire to launch updated sites

May 8, 2019

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing


Scholarly publishing tech provider, HighWire, has successfully launched reskinned sites for Brill, to reflect the recent design refresh of their books and journals platform,

Brill and HighWire have been partners and collaborators for more than 15 years. HighWire currently hosts Brill products such as BrillOnline Primary Sources, Reference Works, and Bibliographies, in addition to providing access management and authentication to Brill reference sites hosted both by HighWire and other providers.

Brill required an overhaul of the front end of its product platforms to bring them up to date. Developed and hosted by HighWire, the sites are highly customized as opposed to conforming to a standard ‘off the shelf’ platform. The changes and reskins mean Brill is now equipped for the future, with sites reflective of last year’s brand design refresh, and integration into their externally hosted sites offering a seamless user experience.

Albert Schoenmaker, Senior Product Manager at Brill, said: “We needed a reliable partner to give our legacy sites a face-lift. Having worked with HighWire for several years we recognized that in addition to its standard platform solutions, HighWire can integrate highly customised requirements for publishers like us. The bespoke design and build solutions offered by the HighWire team suited our unique requirements and we were very pleased with the management of this project.”

Dan Filby, CEO at HighWire said: “This latest project was run in tight feedback loops with the Brill team to ensure smooth delivery. Through this project we’re proud to have helped one of Europe’s oldest and most respected publishers provide their customers with a set of contemporary and connected sites and we look forward to our continued partnership.”

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About Highwire
Born out of Stanford University, HighWire was established during the inception of the internet. Their expertise, rooted in our long-established industry knowledge, gives them thought-leading credibility. Their technology, at the forefront of digital knowledge management, gives their customers market-leading capabilities. More information:

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit