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.
Amanda Gresens Rogers
OurBoard of Directors
Kent E. Holsinger, Chair
Joni Blake, Secretary
Catherine Murray-Rust, Treasurer
A. Townsend Peterson
James F. Williams, II
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.
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, BioOne’s first open access journal, launches in response to the urgent need for publicly available research on climate change.
Launched and incubated by BioOne since 2013, in January Elementa moves to the University of California Press, where it will continue to grow and actively promote research on critical issues of the Anthropocene. Continuing its portfolio growth, in September BioOne launches the BioOne Career Center, a new trusted destination for both jobseekers and employers across a wide array of scientific fields.