BioOne News

Volume 14, Issue 2
April 2020

In this issue

  1. 1. BioOne Complete: Voices from our Community
  2. 2. In the Air on Earth Day 1970
  3. 3. BioOne Publisher Webinar: Improving the Quality of Submitted Research
  4. 4. BioOne’s Pandemic Response
  5. 5. Library Service Reminder: Update Your Contacts

BioOne Complete: Voices from our Community

This month, BioOne is delighted to share new stories from our global library and research community. From the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine to the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, this series of case studies demonstrates how BioOne content supports the work of students, practitioners, and researchers in a variety of disciplines. And, our library partners share how BioOne meets their requirements for streamlined acquisition and cost-effectiveness. Since our founding, balancing the needs of libraries and publishers has been BioOne’s mission; librarians have among their core principles “every reader his or her book.” Mission(s) accomplished.

“There really are no comparable collections to BioOne Complete. Whilst others do have some good content, it really is the uniqueness of the portfolio that sets it apart. With specialist departments that focus on conservation and wildlife medicine, it really is only BioOne that offers such a unique collection to meet their needs.” — David Frank, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

Hear from more voices from our community. Thank you to our library and publisher partners for sharing their valuable insight into how BioOne Complete supports their organizations.

In the Air on Earth Day 1970

As a southern California high school senior on April 22, 1970, my life was absorbed with plans for graduation, the all-night party at Disneyland, and college ahead. The first Earth Day, however, does not stand out in my memory. Earth Day activities did not feature in our yearbook. We had a token chapter of the radical SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), but there was no ecology club.

Although we lived in the sleepy town of Redlands—located east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino Valley—we were well aware of hippie protests in northern California. It was smog, however, that affected our lives most acutely. We could not even see the foothills of the nearby 11,400-foot San Gorgornio Mountain for more than half the year.

On the first Earth Day, as a part of “Ecology Week,” The Redlands Daily Facts featured a small article on page 3 about 40 stalwart classmates who had volunteered to pick up litter. It is, however, the mention in that article of a few homemade signs with the message “Smog Kills” that resonates most strongly with me today.

Smog defined life in southern California from the 1950s through the 1970s, with harmful effects on every living thing. In addition to smog’s noxious chemicals, change was also in the air by April 22. Eight months later, President Nixon signed the Clean Air Act, which set emissions limits and allowed the recently established Environmental Protection Administration to regulate pollutants. Whereas the quality of southern California’s air has improved steadily since 1970, smog still plagues this area. Ironically, it has taken a different threat to move the needle farthest. According to the British website Metro’s March 19, 2020 headline, “Coronavirus ends LA’s notorious smog and air pollution as people stay home and avoid roads.”

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Fifty years ago, the same edition of The Redlands Daily Facts also featured an article on page 4 about Nobel Prize winner Willard Libby’s speech presented the previous evening at the University of Redlands. Professor of chemistry at UCLA, Libby revealed his plans to establish the profession of an environmental specialist or “ecology doctor.” By 2020, Libby’s proposal has exceeded all expectations.

The ecological focus of BioOne Complete’s journals and the many related careers open to its community are the strongest evidence for how deeply the ideals of both Dr. Libby and Earth Day have taken root.

SUSAN SKOMAL, Ph.D.
President/CEO


Free Earth Day Collection from BioOne Complete
We are proud to share critical environmental research from BioOne publishers covering air and water quality, biodiversity conservation, the effects of climate change, and more. Freely accessible through May 31, 2020, we hope that students, citizen scientists, and researchers will be inspired and informed by this work. Read BioOne's Earth Day collection. 

BioOne Publisher Webinar: Improving the Quality of Submitted Research

BioOne active publishers are invited to join us on Thursday, April 30 for a one-hour webinar on improving the quality of submitted research. Healthy journals depend on quality submissions from around the globe, and language ought not to be a barrier to the dissemination of critical research. BioOne has invited Charlesworth Author Services to discuss the strategic and practical benefits of language polishing and translation services in a session tailored to the specific needs of the BioOne community. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

Session 1:
9:00AM Washington, DC
2:00PM London, UK
April 30, 2020
Session 2:
12:00PM Washington, DC
5:00PM London, UK
April 30, 2020

Register now!

You can learn more about the Charlesworth Author Services and BioOne partnership for active publishers on our website.

BioOne’s Pandemic Response

Peer-reviewed research and research libraries continue to be trusted guides during times of scientific uncertainty. As the world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, BioOne is proud to share the wealth of relevant content from our publishing partners to provide support for those working on crisis solutions. Visit our coronavirus resource page.

BioOne Staff Working Remotely
The BioOne staff continues to provide reliable service in these uncertain times. We are working remotely for the foreseeable future and are available to help. We want to be sure that we are doing everything we can to support our partners and community.

Publisher Resources
BioOne recognizes that the Covid-19 pandemic poses significant challenges to our publishing partners. Financial viability and sustainbility are more vital than ever. With this in mind, BioOne pulled together trusted publisher-specific resources that might rovide guidance through these uncertain times. We will continue to update this list on our Publisher Resources page as new resources become available.

Open Access Content
As you may know, BioOne and our publishers have made 200+ articles related to coronavirus in the three journals available via open access through 2020 in collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries.

Remote Access
BioOne Complete makes remote access easy, to support your patrons even when they are away from work or school:

Resources to Reach Users
If you are interested in reaching your users to share this information, BioOne has resources to help promote your subscription. We have several items available for your use, including user guides, flyers, and descriptive text.

Google Translate
BioOne Complete Platform tip: the platform features Google Translate, which allows researchers from all over the globe to access content in 108 languages including Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and Arabic.

Library Service Reminder: Update Your Contacts

Reminder to our librarians: BioOne is now working with Accucoms and Burgundy to support our subscribers in dedicated regions outside North America. Providing local sales and customer service support, this new arrangement will ease time zone and language challenges. Find contact details for your regional account managers here.

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