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Producer BioOne (United States)
History 1999 to present
Disciplines Sciences

BioOne is a global collaboration of scientific societies, publishers, and libraries to maximize access to critical, peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. As a nonprofit organization operating on a cost-recovery basis, BioOne provides a balanced, low-cost alternative to restrictive commercial publishers without sacrificing the quality research, global reach, and flexible technology that librarians and their patrons require.[1]

The BioOne collection is an online, full-text database of 179 peer-reviewed scientific journals and books in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. Included publications are published by 135 scientific societies, museums, and independent presses. More than 35% of BioOne's corpus of titles are published online exclusively by BioOne and 74% are ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information.

BioOne was established in 1999 in Washington, DC, as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization by five scholarly collaborators: the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC),[2] The University of Kansas, Greater Western Library Alliance, and Allen Press. The main impetus for BioOne's creation was the common desire amongst key scholarly stakeholders for an alternative to commercial scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishing.[3] Half of the subscription fee revenue is divided between the participating publications.[2]

In 2008 BioOne provided over 1,200 global subscribing institutions with access to over 500,000 pages of content, receiving 40.7 million user hits.[citation needed] Through participation in philanthropic programs HINARI, OARE, AGORA, and eIFL, BioOne is also made available at no cost to over 2,500 institutions in the developing world.[4][5][6][7]

In 2013, collaborating with Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington, BioOne launched Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. Elementa is new nonprofit, university-affiliated journal. Publishing original research reporting new knowledge of the Earth's physical, chemical, and biological systems during this era of human impacts; feedbacks between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to environmental change, Elementa is freely available worldwide on an open-access basis. Elementa reports on fundamental advancements in research organized initially into six domains, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society (see[8]


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