BioOne Celebrates 20 YearsFull Score and Counting

In 1999, there was “BioX,” a not-for-profit concept with big aspirations: to provide a cost-effective path for a bioscience publisher to create a digital online presence in a financially sustainable way. A short 20—one score— years later, BioOne has weathered the tech bust of 2000, recession of 2008, and the endless parade of technological, social, and economic changes that are transforming the scholarly enterprise.

Now a proven concept, BioOne has a bright future. We continue to demonstrate that there is a need for a not-for-profit model that benefits societies, independent publishers, researchers, and libraries, and not one at the expense of the other.

We celebrate the creative energy, persistence, and support invested by the entire scientific community in the success of BioOne. Since BioOne launched its first collection of two score (40) journals in 2001, the organization has:

  • Returned over $45 million in royalties to its publishers
  • Grown to include 209 titles
  • Kept the annual cost to libraries at 90% less than the commercial average in biology
  • Reached more than 4,000 libraries and their patrons worldwide
  • Provided 26 titles open access through a sustainable fee-for-service program

From the beginning, BioOne has provided solid technology and service for publishers, researchers, and libraries, demonstrating our flexibility in response to the changing landscape. This year, BioOne celebrates its milestone by launching a new platform in true partnership with SPIE, a fellow nonprofit organization that shares our ethos for serving the scientific community.

Through 20 years of cultivation and careful husbandry, BioOne proudly serves a comprehensive collection of highly respected bioscience research that is increasingly relevant to the issues of climate change felt around the world. The organization is in an excellent position to evolve as its own environment changes, for we predict that there will be a need for a strong scholarly-aligned community three score years hence.

We cordially invite you to join the celebration by sharing your thoughts below about your own experience with BioOne. These will likewise become part of our collective history.


About BioOne

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 $65 million in royalty sharing back to its participants, with a commitment to share research more broadly, equitably, and sustainably.

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