UC Press to Publish Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

BioOne and University of California Press are pleased to announce that as of January 2017 UC Press (ucpress.edu) will begin publishing Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (elementascience.org), the transdisciplinary open access journal published by BioOne (bioone.org) since 2013. From its launch, Elementa has facilitated collaborative, peer-reviewed research with the ultimate objective of accelerating scientific solutions to the challenges presented by our new era, in which human activity has become the dominant influence on our climate and environment.

Elementa publishes articles organized in six inaugural knowledge domains: Atmospheric Science, Earth & Environmental Science, Ecology, Ocean Science, Sustainable Engineering, and Sustainability Transitions. Authors have the opportunity to publish in one domain or across multiple domains, helping them to present their research and commentary to interested readers both in and beyond their own disciplines. Elementa’s successful incubation phase has been generously supported by BioOne partners Dartmouth College, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington—all founding institutions which host the journal’s six Editors-in-Chief.

“UC Press has demonstrated a foundational commitment to publishing scholarship that shapes public conversation about the most pressing issues of our day,” commented UC Press Director Alison Mudditt. “Elementa’s efforts to address the significant global impact of human activity on our environment are perfectly aligned with that mission. We are honored to help extend Elementa’svoice, reach, and impact in order to develop the next generation of researchers, inform activists, and drive progressive change in this next phase of its growth.”

Among its many achievements, Elementa has rapidly developed a high-quality Special Feature and Forum publication program, currently with twenty four Features and Forums in various stages of development and publication. Notably, the article “Expert opinion on extinction risk and climate change adaptation for biodiversity” benefited from extremely high article views, with over 160,000 views after only six months of publication.

“BioOne is proud that Elementa has demonstrated its ability to contribute meaningfully to the scientific discourse on human impact on the earth, following its first three years of success,” notes BioOne President and CEO, Susan Skomal, PhD. “We believe that UC Press is uniquely positioned to nurture this innovative journal and are pleased that by bringing Elementa to UC Press we are placing it at the heart of the University of California—an established world leader in research across the journal’s knowledge domains.”

UC Press has a deep organizational commitment to broadening access to scholarship that tackles some of our world’s most intractable problems. As such, Elementa will become a core part of the open access ecosystem at UC Press, alongside the journal Collabra (Collabra.org) and the open access monograph program Luminos (LuminosOA.org).


About UC Press

University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers in the nation. For more than 120 years, it has championed work that influences public discourse and challenges the status quo in multiple fields of study. At a time of dramatic change for publishing and scholarship, UC Press collaborates with scholars, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today’s knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing. Visit www.ucpress.edu.

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

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