BioOne News

Volume 14, Issue 4
October 2020

BioOne Welcomes New Title for 2021

We are proud to announce the addition of Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, the flagship journal of the Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management Society and published by Michigan State University Press, as a new subscribed titled to BioOne Complete for 2021.

This new content adds increased value to the aggregation’s existing 1.5+ million pages. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management will include all issues from 2019 through the present, and be available in XML.

With this high-caliber addition and no title departures for 2021, BioOne Complete will offer 215 full-text journals from leading scientific societies and independent presses around the world. Of BioOne Complete’s 2021 subscribed titles, 80% have Impact Factors, including Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, and 29% of publications are based outside of the United States. Furthermore, two-thirds of current titles are available in full-text XML exclusively through BioOne Complete.

In addition, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists have announced a title change for their journal, Copeia. From the publication of its first issue in 2021, the journal will be known as Ichthyology and Herpetology.

We invite our library partners to review our complete 2021 title lists and ensure all BioOne publications are discoverable for your patrons.

Year in Review

2019 Annual Report2019 was a year of sustained growth and major transitions for BioOne.

After launching BioOne Complete on a new platform in early January in partnership with The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), BioOne began preparations to internalize sales. By December we had assumed direct responsibility for sales and renewals and migrated customer data to a new CRM system also provided by SPIE.

BioOne 2019 net sales increased 3.08% over budget, to US$7,010,622. Since the first year of sales in 2001, BioOne has returned nearly $50 million to our publishing community. On mission, we have likewise kept prices affordable for institutional subscribers. As detailed in the 2019 BioOne Annual Report, BioOne Complete:

  • offered 208 journals from 155 nonprofit societies, associations, museums, and independent presses, including 26 OA titles;
  • served 1,395 institutions and continued a 94% unit-based renewal rate;
  • welcomed back three popular subscribed titles, plus a new OA title;
  • returned US$4,496,441 in royalties to participants in the subscribed collection—64% of the organization’s total net subscription revenue; and,
  • provided free access to more than 2,500 institutions in 84 nations in the developing world through the Research4Life philanthropic program.

2019 Stats-at-a-Glance

BioOne’s second Ambassador Award recognized five outstanding early career researchers for their ability to communicate complex research results beyond their disciplines. The special page profiling Ambassador Award winners highlights the achievements of Dr. Mack W. Frantz, Dr. Claudia Hermes, Dr. Jenny Hofmeister, Rhett M. Rautsaw, Ph.D. student, and, Dr. Lucrecia Souviron Priego.

BioOne would not exist without the support of its many stakeholders. We gratefully recognize the tremendous boost that Publishers Communication Group (PCG) gave BioOne and its publishers over the past 12 years, and sincerely thank the individuals and organizations whose active participation ensures that BioOne will continue to flourish and grow.



Register Now: BioOne Publisher Forum—October 22

Research4LifeDid you know that BioOne partners with Research4Life to make the BioOne Complete journals available at no cost to more than 80 countries all over the world? The initiative enables the journals of our publisher partners to reach scholars and researchers around the globe, bringing them life-changing research, and increasing awareness of your publication and society.

Research is a global enterprise and benefits from the broadest possible participation. Expanding readership generates enhanced authorship and scholarship—and informs policy-making, which is especially meaningful for the agricultural, environmental, and life sciences journals that comprise BioOne Complete.

Join BioOne and Andrea Powell of Research4Life on October 22 to learn more about this impactful program and what it means for scholars and publishers alike. We will discuss:

  • How Research4Life minimizes the knowledge gap between industrialized and developing countries
  • Eligibility criteria to gain access
  • The user experience for scholars and librarians
  • How Research4Life complements the sustainable paid access offerings of BioOne Complete
  • Benefits for BioOne publishers and societies


Andrea Powell, Outreach Director and Publisher Coordinator, Research4Life
Alexandra Frankel, Publisher Relations Associate, BioOne

Who should attend?
Representatives from BioOne societies in Publishing and Editorial, Membership, Leadership, Education, or anyone working towards expanding your society’s impact in developing countries.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Registrants who are unable to attend will also receive a link to a recording of this session.

BioOne Publisher Forum:
Supporting Researchers in Developing Countries with Research4Life

Thursday, October 22
11:00 EDT / 15:00 UTC

Register now!

Positioning Your Journals for Success in a Challenging Library Market

On August 5, 2020, BioOne hosted a publisher forum on what changing library subscription markets mean for journals, in particular the more specialized society titles that comprise the BioOne Complete collection. We were pleased to hear Mira Waller, BioOne Board Member and Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning Services at the University of Virginia, share her experience and knowledge of the library market.

To learn more about how libraries are deciding what journal subscriptions they will keep or cancel, read our blog post recapping the forum.

Active BioOne publishers who were unable to attend are invited to contact us for a link to a recording of the full session.

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.

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