BioOne News

Volume 17, Issue 4
December 2023
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Dear BioOne Community,

As we look forward to the year ahead and reflect on all that we have accomplished – together – over the last 12 months, I am filled with gratitude for your trust and collaboration.

You may have already heard the recently announced exciting news that BioOne will embark on a Subscribe to Open (S2O) pilot in 2026 with an inaugural group of exclusive titles. This is a considerable milestone for the organization, and demonstrates our commitment to providing an equitable and sustainable path to open for the small society and independent publishers with which we partner.

We discuss this pilot and plans for the year ahead later in this newsletter. Here, I would like to underscore our commitment to transparently sharing our progress and lessons learned from the onset. Simply put, we are on this journey together.

As I write this letter, the news of BioOne’s S2O pilot is just a week old. And yet I am floored by the messages of interest and support already received, not just from our immediate partners but from all corners of the ecosystem.

On behalf of the BioOne staff and Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support: of our team, our mission, and our pursuit of a more equitable, accessible, and impactful future.

With warm wishes for the holiday season and a happy, healthy 2024 ahead,

Lauren Kane

In This Issue:

BioOne Announces Subscribe to Open Pilot

Earlier this month, BioOne announced a bold plan to offer up to 80 society titles as part of a Subscribe to Open (S2O) pilot beginning in January 2026.

This decision, unanimously endorsed by the BioOne Board of Directors, follows 18 months of careful feasibility analysis and extensive interviews with BioOne’s community of society and library partners in search of an equitable and sustainable path to open.

Excellence in Science Communication:
2023 BioOne Ambassador Forum

As technology allows researchers to share information faster and further, the art of scientific communication is an increasingly important skill in the modern research landscape. Honored for their ability to clearly and creatively communicate the impact of their work, the 2023 BioOne Ambassadors came together in a recent forum to share their experience as early-career researchers and in communicating their specialized research.


  • Dr. Xochitl Clare, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington
  • Dr. Chelsea Kross, Course Leader, National Conservation Training Center
  • Dr. Leilton Luna, Research Associate, Penn State University
  • Dr. Nidia Mendoza-Díaz, Postdoctoral Researcher, Instituto de Ecología, UNAM
  • Dr. Kelsey Moore, Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Publishing Highlights

Collection Update:
Candoella Moving to Open Access in 2024

BioOne publishing partner The Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva (CJBG) has announced that Candoella will be made fully open access, following the Diamond Open Access model, beginning January 1, 2024. At that time, all content published in Candoella available via BioOne Complete, including the backfile from volume 65 (2010 – current), will be available under an Open Access license. With this update, BioOne Complete’s Open Access collection will include 35 titles for 2024.

Photo: 2023 Ambassador Dr. Xochitl Clare

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2024 BioOne Ambassador Award

Now in its seventh year, the BioOne Ambassador Award recognizes the work of early-career researchers in the BioOne community and accelerates dissemination of their research in our partner journals to a broader audience. This program celebrates the next generation of excellence in science communication, and is an impactful way to support emerging scientists and the research to which they – and our publishing partners – are so dedicated.

Nominations for the BioOne Ambassador Award are now open. Eligible nominees are submitted by their journal’s editors, who have already received a link to the form via email. If you have any questions about this prestigious award, contact our team at

New Additions to the ESA eBook Collection

We are pleased to announce the incorporation of two new titles into the ESA eBook Collection, thus expanding the collection to a total of 163 titles. The introduction of Handbook on Turfgrass Insects (First Edition) and An Atlas of Ixodid Tick Ultrastructure enhances the comprehensive nature of the collection, effectively addressing the educational, professional, and scientific requirements of entomologists, zoologists, and researchers in correlated disciplines.

These new titles further enhance the collection, which serves the scientific needs of entomologists, zoologists, and researchers in related disciplines.

Library and Community Partners

BioOne Welcomes…

The following libraries have been among the first to adopt the ESA eBook Collection:

  • ETH Zurich
  • New York State Library
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
  • Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”
  • University of Saskatchewan

New and returning subscribers to BioOne Complete & the BioOne Complete Archive:

  • Campbellsville University
  • Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)
  • HeBIS-Konsortium
  • Northeastern University
  • Royal Danish Consortium
  • University of South Africa
  • Wildlife Institute of India

Visit BioOne at an Upcoming Conference

We’re looking forward to connecting with our community of librarians in the new year to share more information about the BioOne Complete collection and exciting news about new options available on the BioOne Digital Library. Schedule a meeting with us at one of our upcoming conferences:

  • ER&L’s 19th Annual Conference
    March 3-6, 2024
  • UKSG Annual Conference
    April 8-10, 2024

Recent Topics in BioOne VISTA

November 2023 – Fisheries Science & Aquaculture

October 2023 – Migratory Birds

Top & Trending Research Collections

October’s Free Top & Trending Research

Our most recent Top & Trending Research collection is free to read through the month of December.

Visit the Article Collection Archive

Browse past editions of BioOne VISTA, Top & Trending Research, and other content collections.

Upcoming Article Collections

A new edition of Top & Trending Research will be released in early January, and upcoming editions of BioOne VISTA will feature topics including food and beverages and polar regions. Join our email list to get these collections in your inbox.

Field Notes

Lauren Kane at Platform Strategies 2023: Stable but Unsustainable: Leadership Roundtable

What are the primary challenges and concerns of leaders for a scholarly publishing organization in the current era? What issues consume the majority of that executive’s attention? How do these leaders manage increasing ecosystem complexity? Lauren Kane joined this roundtable discussion hosted by Silverchair, and featuring industry leaders.

English Bird Names Project from the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) announced that in an effort to address past wrongs and engage far more people in the enjoyment, protection, and study of birds, it will change all English bird names currently named after people within its geographic jurisdiction. The AOS will also change the process by which English names are selected for bird species.

BioOne applauds this admirable step toward inclusion by our publishing partners at the American Ornithological Society.

BioOne Partners In the News:

Giant Koala Fossils in the Journal of Paleontology

Solving Botanical Mysteries in Systematic Botany
Paleontologists Unveil Ancient Rhino Relatives in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Invasive Asian Longhorned Ticks in the Journal of Medical Entomology

Upcoming Events

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