BioOne serves more than 150 nonprofit publishers, 3,500 libraries, and millions of researchers, educators, and students around the world.
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.
In 1999, a group of librarians and publishers met to discuss a growing concern in the scholarly community: online publishing in the sciences was becoming dominated by commercial interests. This shift presented a challenge both for librarians and for small to midsize society publishers. Without a viable alternative librarians faced difficult decisions amid increasing costs for content, and societies who wanted to remain independent risked being excluded from online publishing.
Later that year BioOne was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, founded by a partnership of stakeholders and supported by members of the scholarly publishing community. Next we developed BioOne Complete, our flagship product, and its supporting business model to answer the challenges our founders had identified.
Launched in 2001, the BioOne Complete aggregation provides libraries with a cost-effective collection of curated titles and publishers with a dynamic community-based platform for distribution of their journals – benefitting researchers around the world. In addition, our novel business model reinvests precious library funds with nonprofit publishers, allowing them to remain independent.