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The Greater Western Library Alliance makes an investment in support of BioOne’s Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:22 AM by Lars Hagelin   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 7:26 AM ]

The Greater Western Library Alliance makes an investment in support of BioOne’s Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene
Friday, March 13, 2015

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), one of BioOne’s founding organizations, is investing $50,000 to help ensure the future of Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene; a nonprofit, open access journal, initially formed through a collaboration between BioOne and five US research universities.

With an understanding that open access aligns with the goals of science, and embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society, this nonprofit collaboration is driven by the desire to accelerate scientific discoveries, and for all content to be open in the interest of rapid and wide dissemination of research. Elementa is a multidisciplinary, rigorously peer-reviewed journal, with an outstanding editorial board focused on one of the Grand Challenges facing scientific endeavor.

GWLA recognized the benefit of collective action to promote sustainable communication 1999. Determined to be part of the solution, GWLA mobilized its then 23 large research libraries for both charter support and early subscriptions to BioOne. The consortium has remained actively involved in BioOne’s growth for the past 16 years. In Elementa, the GWLA member libraries are making a strategic investment in the future of Open Access publishing.

“BioOne is fortunate to be part of such a supportive community. By demonstrating its trust in BioOne, GWLA sets the pace for others to support the organization’s commitment to the transformative power of university libraries and nonprofit publishers working together to improve scholarly communications.”
-- Susan Skomal, President/CEO, BioOne

“As one of BioOne’s founding organizations, the Greater Western Library Alliance is enthusiastic about the potential for Elementa. Our support for this project demonstrates our commitment to investigating and creating viable open access publishing alternatives to traditional scholarly communication models.”
-- Faye Chadwell, Board Chair, GWLA, and University Librarian & OSU Press Director, Oregon State University

About GWLA

The Greater Western Library Alliance is a dynamic and project-oriented consortium of leading research libraries in the Central and Western United States. Our strategic member-driven initiatives are collaborative and innovative. They result in pragmatic outcomes that create user-focused services and programs that broadly support research, teaching and learning, outreach while influencing the scholarly communications framework.

About BioOne

Established in 1999, BioOne is the product of innovative collaboration among scientific societies, libraries, academe, and the private sector, united in the common goal of maximizing access to critical research. BioOne’s mission includes the exploration of economic models and strategic partnerships that balance the needs of all scholarly communications stakeholders. BioOne offers cost-effective access to critical scientific research through its content aggregation of 184 society, museum, and institutionally sponsored publications in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences, at bioone.org.

More information about Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene can be found at elementascience.org, or by contacting Lars Hagelin, of GWLA: lars@gwla.org, or Clare Dean of Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene: cdean@elementascience.org.