2022 Annual Report
Year In Review
From the pages of BioOne Complete, we are reminded of the importance of biodiversity to the sustainability of our global environment. The preservation of a wide array of flora, fauna, and microorganisms is critical to ensuring the delicate balance of our planet.
This seems an apt metaphor for the importance to scholarly communications of organizations like BioOne, particularly at a time when commercial consolidation is so prevalent. The continued success of independent community-driven alternatives enhances the health and sustainability not just of its immediate participants, but of the publishing ecosystem as a whole.
Since 1999, BioOne has demonstrated the power of nonprofit collaboration, and continues today to increase the value delivered to its stakeholders – libraries, publishers, authors, researchers, and funders. Over the past two-plus decades, BioOne has returned more than $68 million back to its community of publishing partners, societies, museums, research organizations, and university presses. These organizations rely on this revenue to further their missions and remain independent.
We are grateful to all individuals and organizations that continue to support BioOne in increasing its impact and furthering its own mission for a more equitable and sustainable scholarly communications enterprise. In particular, we recognize the immense and lasting contributions of our colleague Dr. Kent Holsinger, who concluded over twenty years of service as Chair of the BioOne Board of Directors in 2022.
ALAN H. SAVITZKY, PhD.
Chair of the Board of Directors
BioOne has done what is currently considered the most necessary part of journal publishing, including the integration of various systems into the publication site. We consider it a great benefit to entrust BioOne with this work.
Zoological Society of Japan
BioOne has supported nonprofit scholarly communications since its founding in 1999. We exist for the benefit of our community, a global network of stakeholders united in a commitment to create, discover, and share research more broadly, equitably, and sustainably.
Publishing societies, museums, research institutes, and independent presses
Accessing universities, research organizations, and government agencies
Royalty-eligible hits to BioOne Complete from our community of researchers
Returned to publishing partners
Lower price than the commercial average for biological sciences journals
Worldwide average cost per download
BioOne sees sustainable scholarly publishing as an inherently collaborative enterprise connecting authors, nonprofit publishers, academic institutions, research libraries, and research funders in the common goal of maximizing access to critical research.
BioOne explores economic models and strategic partnerships that balance the needs of all stakeholders, and currently demonstrates this balance by offering financially sustainable information services in the biological sciences. BioOne supports best practices that increase operational effectiveness and technological standards that integrate its content with a global network of scholarly exchange.
Since 2001, BioOne’s flagship database of subscribed and Open Access titles has grown into an essential resource for librarians and researchers across the biosciences, and it remains our primary avenue for returning sustaining revenue to our community of nonprofit publishers.
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- Agriculture & Agronomy
- Environmental Sciences
- Geology & Paleontology
- Veterinary Sciences
- Biodiversity Conservation
- Evolutionary Biology
- Marine & Freshwater Biology
- Plant Sciences
Welcoming a New Publishing Partner
In 2022, Osmylus Scientific Publishers joined the BioOne Complete publishing community. Focused exclusively on dragonfly research, the publications Odonatologica and Notulae odonatologicae are strong complements to the aggregation’s sizable cohort of entomology journals.
“We tested BioOne as a new partner for making our journal content available on the web. And ever since, BioOne has proved as a most competent, reliable and fair partner whom we can trust. As editor and publisher I absolutely appreciate the friendly and personal contact I experience with BioOne. The clicks we were able to generate via the BioOne Complete collection have helped us to persist on safe financial grounds.”
Dr. Florian Weihrauch
Osmylus Scientific Publishers,
Odonatologica Editorial Office
BioOne Complete Archive
“The BioOne Complete Archive was a great option for us. We were able to simplify our holdings and fill in gaps left in our collection by changing subscription models, and we find that we get good use of the BioOne backfile.”
Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences
North Carolina State University Libraries
Global Visibility and Access
The critical content produced by BioOne publishers reaches a broad audience of researchers and readers thanks to a global network of partnerships and distribution channels. More than 40 consortia partners help 80% of our subscribing libraries efficiently license BioOne Complete. In addition, our participation in Research4Life brings no-cost access to readers in more than 80 countries. BioOne Complete also proudly features 33 gold Open Access titles, openly available to users worldwide.
Subscribing libraries and institutions
Hits to gold OA journals
Looking at our publisher report, I think the high rank of the article by Dr. Neelakshi Joshi has much to do with her winning the BioOne Ambassador Award. It’s great to see how these efforts help increase attention to articles. We really appreciate BioOne’s communication and marketing work.
Marlène Thibault, lic. phil.
Mountain Research and Development
New subscribing institutions
Publisher showcases and forums on current issues in scholarly communications
BioOne Ambassador Award
Awarded to early career researchers
In 2022, we continued to support the work of the next generation of excellence in science communication with the fifth annual BioOne Ambassador Award. BioOne is proud to honor early career authors who best communicate to the public the impact of their specialized research which spans the full range of subjects represented by our publishing community. Each BioOne Ambassador receives a $1,000 prize, and recognition of their achievement with a dedicated BioOne Ambassador Award Winner Showcase webpage.
Engaging with BioOne Complete Content
Expanding BioOne VISTA
Now in its second year, the BioOne VISTA content collections are driving impact and engagement. In 2022 we featured more than 300 articles from over 1,400 authors, resulting in over 31,500 hits to publisher content.
New Support for Integrated Video
The BioOne Digital Library introduced integrated video to allow for enhanced research articles and a more dynamic experience for our users.
Communicating the Value of Nonprofit Collaboration
We strongly believe in the powerful potential of partnering with other mission-driven organizations. In addition to our strong alliance with our platform partner SPIE, BioOne works closely with fellow nonprofit aggregators GeoscienceWorld and Project MUSE to identify new opportunities and collaborative responses to shared challenges. We also aim to champion the benefits of such nonprofit collaborations across the broader industry.
Together with SPIE, BioOne CEO Lauren Kane authored a case study published in Learned Publishing reflecting on the first three years of our unique partnership. Kane and other members of the BioOne team were also invited speakers at the annual meetings of ALPSP, SSP, and AU Presses, as well as the Charleston Library Conference and New Directions Seminar. At these events, we were honored to speak on the power of collaboration; nonprofit business model strategies; and Open Access explorations. These are excellent opportunities to highlight BioOne’s important work, and by extension, the needs of the community that we serve.
Lauren Kane’s session at ConTech 2022 explores how content organizations are addressing future challenges with an organizational culture of collaboration, data-driven decision-making, patience, and new perspectives.
The BioOne Ambassador Award is so important because it recognizes communication as an integral part of science. By celebrating excellent science communication efforts among early career researchers, the Award is driving change not just in how science is perceived by the public but how communication skill sets are viewed by scientists.
Increased dissemination, both within and outside the science community, of articles published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases ensures a greater benefit for wildlife heath and conservation.
Dr. Debra Bourne
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
2022 Total Revenue
2022 Total Publisher Consideration
BioOne’s 2022 Audited Financial Statements and Form 990 are available on the BioOne resources page.
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Did You Know?
BioOne is operated by just
eight full-time employees, supported by a network of strong partners
BioOne's revenue per employee (RPE) is over $1.4 million.
2022 Board of Directors
Kent E. Holsinger, Chair
Alan Savitzky, Vice Chair
Joni Blake*, Secretary
Catherine Murray-Rust, Treasurer
A. Townsend Peterson*
James F. Williams, II
(From June 2022)
(From June 2022)
(Through March 2022)
BioOne is an innovative nonprofit collaborative and the leading content aggregator in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. More than 150 global scientific societies and nonprofit publishing organizations include their journals in BioOne’s flagship product, BioOne Complete, for the benefit of 3,500 accessing institutions and millions of researchers worldwide. Since 2001, BioOne has returned more than $68 million in royalty sharing back to its participants, with a commitment to share research more broadly, equitably, and sustainably.