BioOne Appoints Heather Joseph President and COO

BioOne (http://www.BioOne.org), the new Web-based aggregation of research in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences, announced today that Heather Dalterio Joseph has been appointed President and COO, effective August 1, 2000. In this role, Joseph will lead the non-profit start-up enterprise’s business, operational, administrative, and strategic development.

Joseph has worked on a variety of innovative electronic publishing projects during the past decade. As Director of Publishing for the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), she managed the growth of Molecular Biology of the Cell, the first journal to partner with the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central initiative. She also created a system to peer review and publish multimedia content in the journal.

Before ASCB, Joseph held publishing positions with the Society for Neuroscience, where she managed the transition of The Journal of Neuroscience from print to Web publication, and at Elsevier Science. She began her work in scientific publishing at the American Astronomical Society, where she collaborated in the creation of one of the first fully electronic journals, The Electronic Astrophysical Journal Letters, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

“Over the course of her publishing career, Heather has brought together scholarly traditions and emerging technologies. Her work during the last decade has helped make electronic dissemination of research the norm,” said Alan Covich, Professor, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University, President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) , and Chair of the BioOne Board of Directors. “Her expertise and ability will give BioOne a tremendous advantage as it gears up for launch next year. Moreover, her core values and commitment assure that scientists, their societies, and the library community will be well served by the bold new BioOne publishing model.”

Joseph also participates in several professional societies, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and as a member of the Program Committee for the upcoming meeting of the Council of Science Editors.

BioOne was organized in 1999 as an innovative collaboration of biology societies and libraries to electronically publish and distribute bioscience journals. Founders of BioOne include AIBS, a federation of 73 biology societies; SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an alliance of approximately 200 libraries that promotes and facilitates expanded competition in the scientific journals market; the Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium, which represents 23 major research libraries with common objectives related to scholarly communications; the University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university; and Allen Press, a leading provider of publishing production services to societies that self-publish their journals. A Board of Directors representing societies, libraries, academe and the private sector oversees BioOne.

BioOne recently announced the first set of highly-cited, peer-reviewed journals that have licensed content to BioOne. Additional societies and journals are in the process of signing on and will be announced soon.

BioOne is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2001. Its development has been spearheaded by its founding organizations. BioOne development has been funded by SPARC and Big 12 Plus member libraries, and in-kind contributions from the University of Kansas, Allen Press and AIBS.

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