A Singular Year
The year 2020 was a challenge for each of us in so many ways that it stands out as a time that defies description. As we approach March 13—the date that daily life changed for BioOne staff—I am gratified to report that the organization has held its own. We owe this security to those who continue to support BioOne, and to the fact that we had begun to take concrete steps to move forward just before Covid became a common feature of our lexicon early in the year.
As I write this first message of 2021, we are in the midst of the annual audit. This is the delightful time of year when BioOne calculates the Revenue Share earned by those journals that participated in the collection during the previous year. By the end of March, we will have distributed both the payments and a comprehensive report to each publisher. These reports include a detailed royalty statement with the pages and hits used to determine the amount earned, an historical and comparative table of performance over time, plus summaries of the most accessed articles during the year and top users of each journal by institution and country. As you review this report, I encourage you to pay particular attention to the section describing the many services available through BioOne for your own publishing program.
Moving forward is difficult even when begun while standing on dry land. When undertaken at a time of tremendous fluctuation, strategic thinking might not seem to be the intuitive choice of action. BioOne launched headfirst into a strategic-thinking initiative in March 2020 and has not looked back. This effort involved an intensive collaboration of the entire Board of Directors, staff, members of the community, and a host of consultants, coaches, disruptors, reviewers and experts from both within and outside the scholarly publishing community. The experience was grueling as well as exhilarating, and ultimately proved to be a productive use of our time. The organization is now moving forward to explore the directions that surfaced during this process. With a special nod to the creative energy of Minds Alert LLC, we are grateful to those who shared their wisdom, and welcome participation by others interested in contributing to the future of BioOne.
At the end of 2020, BioOne bid a fond farewell to Professor James Maher, Provost Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh and Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, for 13 years of stellar service on the Board of Directors. Jim brought the wisdom of many years of academic administrative leadership to BioOne, and his staunch support helped to guide the organization through the many adaptations that faced BioOne as the scholarly publishing environment has evolved.
I am pleased to announce the election of Dr. Robbie Hart as the newest addition to BioOne’s Board of Directors. Director of the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Robbie brings a fresh perspective to the range of professional expertise represented by BioOne’s leadership. We are likewise proud to include him as a winner of BioOne’s first Ambassador Award in 2018.
As we celebrate the 20th year since BioOne offered its first collection of bioscience journals, we are grateful for your support and look forward to providing the services that you need far into the future.