BioOne evolved from the kernel of an idea scribbled on a napkin into a $12M+ per year organization serving more than 150 nonprofit publishers, 3,500 libraries, and millions of researchers, educators, and students around the globe.


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.


We are a small, nimble team committed to innovating scholarly publishing. Although we’re headquartered in Washington, DC, you’ll find us all over the world.

Lauren Kane


Christine Orr

Director of Sales and Marketing

Beth Hutchins

Director of Operations and Technology

Chelsea Tharp

North American Sales Manager

Carol Borrmann-Begg​

Publisher Development Associate​

Maggie Grasseschi

Publishing Technology Associate

Cheryl Greer

Library Services Associate

Amanda Rogers

Publisher Development Associate​

OurBoard of Directors

BioOne’s Board of Directors is comprised of librarians, university administrators, society leaders, publishing professionals, and foresighted individuals committed to improving access to scientific research. The Board of Directors supports BioOne staff’s strategic activities and monitors the direction and impact of the organization.

Kent E. Holsinger, Chair

University of Connecticut

Alan Savitzky, Vice Chair

Utah State University

Catherine Murray-Rust, Treasurer

Georgia Tech

Joni Blake, Secretary

Greater Western Libraries Alliance (GWLA)

Raym Crow


Taran Grant

University of São Paulo

Robbie Hart

Missouri Botanical Garden

Chris Makowski

Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF)

Eric Nagy

Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia

A. Townsend Peterson

University of Kansas

Mira Waller

University of Virginia Library

James F. Williams, II

University of Colorado Boulder


A CommunityNeed

In the basement of Teller’s Restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas in 1999, a group of far-sighted librarians and publishers met to discuss a growing concern in the scholarly community – that electronic publishing in the sciences was being ceded to commercial interests. Without an alternative, this shift presented a challenge for small to mid-size society publishers. Those who wanted to remain independent risked exclusion from the online publishing arena.

With initial ideas scribbled on a napkin, the BioOne of today began to take shape: a collaborative endeavor with stakeholders from both sides of the scholarly publishing enterprise—librarians and publishers—working together to address the inequities posed by commercial journal publishing.


Later that year, BioOne was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, founded by Allen Press, AIBS, the Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium (now GWLA), The University of Kansas, and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

BioOne was also made possible by the library community, specifically the 123 libraries who pledged initial funds. Given the strained library budgets of the time, these institutions committed to invest in a project that, despite everyone’s best intentions, could very well have failed. This community support further demonstrated the demand for a viable alternative to the pricing practices of commercial publishing.

Within five years, BioOne was self-sustaining. In its seventh year, BioOne had repaid every charter supporter in full. We include a list of these supporters below and thank them wholeheartedly.


BioOne is more than a database. BioOne is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the firm belief that we achieve more when we work together and balance the needs of the whole community for a sustainable future. Our flagship product, BioOne Complete, continues to provide researchers with high-impact science, libraries with a cost-effective collection of curated content, and publishers with a dynamic, community-based platform for their journals.

With an ever-changing landscape accelerated by new technologies and business models, we know there’s more work to do—and we’re excited to face these challenges as an integral member of the scholarly community.


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We're proud of the company we keep. .

We acknowledge with gratitude the founders and charter sponsors who saw a crisis in scholarly publishing and took a risk to ameliorate it. Their original goals are at the heart of the decisions we make today.
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