|Producer||BioOne (United States)|
|History||1999 to present|
BioOne is a nonprofit publisher that aims to make scientific research more accessible through a growing portfolio of products including its full-text aggregation, BioOne Complete, and open access journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 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.
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), 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. Half of the subscription fee revenue from BioOne Complete is divided between participating publishers.
BioOne Complete is a full-text aggregation of more than 180 peer-reviewed, scientific journals focused in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. For subscribing libraries, BioOne Complete offers a cost-effective, curated collection of independently published journals. Nearly three-quarters of the aggregation's titles are ranked by Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports, and 45% are available online exclusively at BioOne participation.
For its 140 nonprofit publishing participants—societies, associations, museums, research institutions, and university presses—the BioOne aggregation offers a dynamic platform, cohort affiliation, and an ancillary annual revenue stream from aggregated sales. Since 2001, BioOne has returned over 27 million dollars to its nonprofit publishers, helping them remain financially sustainable and editorially independent.
In 2013 BioOne Complete provided over 1,400 subscribing institutions with access to over 1,000,000 pages of content, receiving more than ten million hits. Through participation in philanthropic programs HINARI, OARE, AGORA, and eIFL, BioOne is also made available at no cost to over 3,500 institutions in the developing world.
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene
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 a nonprofit journal, publishing original research on the Earth's physical, chemical, and biological systems during the Anthropocene. The journal focuses on 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. Research in Elementa is organized into six domains, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society.
Each domain is led by an editor-in-chief:
- Atmospheric Science - Detlev Helmig, University of Colorado Boulder
- Earth and Environmental Science - Joel D. Blum, University of Michigan
- Ecology - Donald R. Zak, University of Michigan
- Ocean Science - Jody W. Deming, University of Washington
- Sustainable Engineering - Michael E. Chang, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Sustainability Transitions - Anne R. Kapuscinski, Dartmouth
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