February 1, 2008


BioOne (www.bioone.org) has announced that it has signed a new agreement with Allen Press, Inc., to continue the organizations’ seven-year partnership and provide a superior new online platform through a strategic alliance with Atypon Systems, Inc. The aggregation will launch a new Web site in January with greater functionality and improved user experience.

Established in 1999 by AIBS and other cofounding organizations, BioOne is the product of innovative collaborations among scientific societies, libraries, aca­deme, and the private sector, which seek a sustainable, mission-driven alternative to commercial publishing. BioOne has three full-text collections (two subscribed and one open access) re­presenting 143 publications from 102 nonprofit societies and institutional publishers. To better serve this growing community of publishers, libraries, and end-users, BioOne leadership requested online hosting services from leading industry providers in mid-2007.

Allen Press’s response to this call was buoyed by its own recently signed agreement with Atypon Systems, which provided Allen Press with advanced online platform hosting services and robust technological tools.

Under the terms of this new agreement, Allen Press will continue to provide comprehensive customer service and support for BioOne, with a new platform build, content migration, and ongoing technological development managed by strategic partner Atypon Systems.

“BioOne’s publisher and library communities will benefit by the enhanced technology and services afforded by this partnership,” commented Susan Skomal, executive director of BioOne. “We are confident that the caliber and professionalism of Allen Press and Atypon will ensure a seamless transition.”

Allen Press Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gerald Lillian said: “We are extremely pleased to renew our partnership with BioOne and remain committed to the BioOne mission. We share their confidence that the new platform and features will meet the needs of the scientific community BioOne serves, now and into the foreseeable future.”

Atypon Systems CEO Georgios Papadopoulos said that Atypon is looking forward to bringing technological innovation to BioOne and the communities that they serve. “BioOne is a critical resource for scholars and researchers all over the world, and we are committed to enhancing their user experience on a dynamic new platform.”

BioOne, Allen Press, and Atypon Systems will begin development of the new BioOne platform in early 2008, and plan to launch the new interface in early January 2009. The new BioOne Web site will focus on enhanced administrative capabilities for both publishers and subscribing libraries, as well as a superior user experience for scholars and researchers.

BioOne brings to the Web a uniquely valuable aggregation of the full texts of high-impact bioscience research journals, including BioScience. Most of BioOne’s titles are published by small societies and noncommercial publishers. BioOne provides integrated, cost-effective access to a thoroughly linked information resource of interrelated journals focused on the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

For more information, contact Director of Publisher Relations Lauren Kane at lauren@arl.org.

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