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During 2017, we witnessed another important milestone as arXiv logged its one billionth download. Since its inception in 1991 with a focus on the high energy physics community, arXiv has significantly expanded both its subject coverage and user base.  We recently added Electrical Engineering and Systems Science (EESS) and Economics (Econ) as new subject domains. During 2017, the repository saw 123,523 new submissions and submissions and over 187 million downloads from all over the world. arXiv has an international scope, with submissions and readership from around the world, and collaborations with U.S. and foreign professional societies and other international organizations.

Next Generation arXiv

Based on a series of vision-setting processes that were held during 2016, in 2017 we have embarked on the next-generation arXiv (arXiv-NG) initiative with a cornerstone grant of $450,000 from the Sloan Foundation to improve the service’s core infrastructure. The ongoing Phase I planning activities (December 2016-May 2018) aim to evaluate different scenarios for the overall development and replacement process, settle on a specific one, and initiate technical development work. Based on our evaluation, we have decided to pursue a strategy of incremental and modular renewal of the existing arXiv system (“Classic Renewal”), rather than building an entirely new system and migrating to it. After assessing various technology components and partnership options, we are now in the process of finalizing an architecture and implementing some key technology components. An integral part of the arXiv-NG initiative is to consider new organizational and staffing models to ensure continuity in operations. Sustainability principles are at the heart of the arXiv-NG initiative. We anticipate that gradual transition to a next-generation arXiv (arXiv-NG) will require an additional two years. As we continue developing arXiv-NG, we are committed to continue arXiv's robust services. 

arXiv: Financial Update 

arXiv's funding and governance for the current operation is based on a membership program that engages libraries and research laboratories worldwide that represent the repository's heaviest institutional users. Currently, we have 221 members representing 27 countries. arXiv's 2018-2022 sustainability plan includes the following sources of funding: