American Institute of Biological Sciences and UC Press Announce Partnership to Publish BioScience

August 22, 2008
Berkeley, California – University of California Press Journals + Digital Publishing is proud to announce that the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS), the leading broad-based US biological research, education, and advocacy organization, has selected UC Press as its new publishing partner for its flagship journal, BioScience.
Dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society, The AIBS federation boasts a membership of over 5,000 biologists and 200 professional societies and scientific organizations; the combined individual membership of the latter exceeds 250,000.  In expanding the reach and visibility of BioScience, UC Press is proud to further the public service mission of AIBS itself.

In addition, UC Press is pleased to work collaboratively with BioOne to assure broad access for libraries to the online version of BioScience.  The journal will continue to be available via the BioOne.1 collection, a full-text online package of essential biological science research journals. BioScience will also be made available for purchase as a stand-alone journal through UC Press and its online hosting platform, Caliber, beginning with Volume 59, Issue 1 in January 2009.

Since 1964, BioScience has presented readers with timely and authoritative overviews of current research in biology, accompanied by essays and discussion sections on education, public policy, history, and the conceptual underpinnings of the biological sciences. A peer-reviewed, heavily cited journal – reflected in its impact factor of 4.083 and rank of 8/70 in Biology, according to the 2007 Journal Citation Reports – BioScience publishes a range of content crucial for broad-based understanding of the field, including:
–    overview articles describing new research findings and techniques;
–    accounts of advances in biology education;
–    professionally written feature articles about the latest frontiers in biology;
–    discussions of professional issues;
–    book reviews;
–    news about AIBS;
–    Washington Watch – a policy column;
–    Eye on Education – an education column;
–    Special Sections and series that address selected topics in depth.

The journal is edited by Tim Beardsley and is written and edited for accessibility to researchers, educators, and students alike.

“AIBS is delighted to be a part of this innovative collaboration among nonprofit organizations that will allow AIBS to publish BioScience with the expertise, resources, and world-wide reach that UC Press and BioOne each bring to the table.  Our mutual goal is the broadest possible dissemination and accessibility of BioScience content in a sustainable manner. We look forward to the success of this venture.” –Richard O’Grady, Executive Director, AIBS

“AIBS is a founding organization of BioOne, and produces one of the collection’s stellar journals. The fact that UC Press is able and willing to accommodate the needs of both organizations will enhance our joint commitment to provide concrete benefits for the entire community of bioscience students and researchers.” 
– Susan Skomal Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, BioOne

“UC Press is proud to be working with both AIBS and BioOne to enable a broad range of access to BioScience” says Rebecca Simon, Associate Director, University of California Press and Director of the Journals + Digital Publishing Division. “Such collaborations between non-profit, mission-driven organizations help assure not only affordable access for libraries but sustainable models for the scholarly publishing community.”

For more information about BioScience at UC Press, please visit www.ucpressjournals.com
For more information about BioScience at BioOne please visit www.bioone.org
For more information about the American Institute of Biological Sciences please visit www.aibs.org

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