BioOne Announces Early Publisher Commitments to Subscribe to Open Pilot

WASHINGTON D.C. – BioOne, the leading nonprofit aggregator in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences, is proud to announce the first wave of publishing partners to commit to its 2026 Subscribe to Open (S2O) pilot. To date, 20 titles from 13 societies, museums, and independent presses have confirmed their participation, with up to 50 more eligible to join throughout the 2024 signup year. The effort represents a significant opportunity for BioOne to more broadly and equitably provide access to critical content while ensuring a sustainable source of revenue for its independent journal publishers.

To date, confirmed participating publishers include:

    ● American Malacological Society
    ● The Brazilian Society of Herpetology
    ● British Arachnological Society
    ● British Cactus and Succulent Society
    ● Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board
    ● The Helminthological Society of Washington
    ● International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
    ● Kentucky Academy of Science
    ● Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris
    ● National Shellfisheries Association
    ● Nature Kenya/East African Natural History Society
    ● Netherlands Ornithologists’ Union
    ● The Raptor Research Foundation

A current list of S2O pilot publishers and associated titles is available on the BioOne website, and will be continuously updated with new additions throughout 2024. The final participant list will be shared with our library community in early 2025 for a 2026 pilot term start. BioOne Complete will remain a single, mixed-model collection of subscribed, S2O, and gold OA titles.

“We are thrilled to participate in BioOne’s S2O pilot, which achieves our Open Access aims while protecting the crucial royalties on which our society relies,” said Taran Grant, Editor in Chief of the South American Journal of Herpetology. “We are thankful for BioOne’s foresight and the backing of the library community in helping us to increase access to this important research without compromising our financial sustainability.”

“BioOne is gratified by the early support for our Subscribe to Open pilot, from our valued publishing partners, library supporters, and the community at large,” said Lauren Kane, BioOne President/CEO. “Their engagement is a powerful reminder of how much more can be achieved in collaboration than in siloes.”

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

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