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BioOne™ Licensed for VIVA Libraries

The Virtual Library of Virginia

For Immediate Release (July 27, 2004):

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is pleased to announce that the first new product acquired with the additional funds allocated by the General Assembly will provide Virginia’s students and faculty with unlimited access to BioOne™, a unique collection of full-text, peer-reviewed bioscience research journals. The sixty-nine high-impact journals in BioOne™ are published by non-commercial publishers and small societies representing a wide variety of related fields in biology, ecology and environmental science. A complete list of titles is available from the BioOne™ Web site at

By entering into this subscription on behalf of nonprofit higher education in Virginia, the VIVA membership signals its strong support for cost-effective alternatives to commercial scientific publishing. The American Institute of Biological Sciences, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the University of Kansas, Greater Western Library Alliance, and Allen Press, Inc. collaborated in producing BioOne™ specifically to encourage publication in non-commercial venues as an alternative to increasingly more costly for-profit publishers.

“Providing access to scholarly journal literature through a sustainable cost model is an important goal for all institutions participating in VIVA,” said John Ulmschneider of Virginia Commonwealth University. “VIVA institutions are using their strength in the marketplace to promote new avenues for scholarly communication that serve the scientific community with the same quality and integrity, but at much less cost.”

Coverage is from 2000 forward and issues will be posted online before they appear in print. The database provides articles in both HTML and PDF formats. BioOne™ supports reference linking to articles in its own journal collection and to cited articles in other databases that support open linking. As a sponsoring member of CrossRef, BioOne will soon assign a unique identifier (DOI) to new articles, with coverage of back issues to be completed in 12-18 months. The collection aims to grow to 200 titles and all back years will remain archived and accessible. This new subscription provides essential access to scholarly scientific literature for students and scholars engaged in biosciences disciplines across the Commonwealth. Access to this key literature bolsters the infrastructure for the Commonwealth’s research capabilities, enhances economic development, and provides essential resources to support the education of students in the nursing and allied health fields.

The new subscription becomes available in August 2004 and provides unlimited access for all of the public institutions and participating private nonprofit colleges and universities. Seven of the private colleges and universities have elected to participate in this contract at this time – Averett University, Ferrum College, Hampden-Sydney College, Lynchburg College, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, and Virginia Wesleyan College.

VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia, is the consortium of the libraries of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities at 52 campuses within the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, 30 independent private, non-profit institutions and The Library of Virginia participate where possible. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative, and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia’s academic libraries serving the higher education community. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) sponsors VIVA, with support from the General Assembly and the local institutions.

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For additional information contact:
Katherine A. Perry
VIVA Director
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Tel: 703-993-4652




VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).