IOP Publishing honoured for its contribution to literature of physics, astronomy, and mathematics


IOP Publishing (IOPP) has been honoured with the 2022 Physics-Astronomy-Math (PAM) Division Award. Granted by the Special Libraries Association, the award recognises individuals or organisations that provide a significant contribution to the literature of physics, astronomy, or mathematics, and acknowledges work that demonstrably improves the exchange of information in one or more of these areas. IOPP was the first publisher to receive the award in 18 years.

IOPP was praised for its commitment to making their organisation and journals more inclusive, such as improving the gender and geographical diversity of editorial stakeholders and creating targets for journals to diversify their editorial boards and reviewer pools.

Scientific researchers in developing countries receive support from IOPP through their involvement in Electronic Information for Libraries, a non-profit organisation that works to help developing countries gain access to information. IOPP also participates in the International Network for Advancing Science and Policy’s Program for the Enhancement of Research Information, a program to give free or low-cost electronic journal access to authors from developing countries.

Additionally, IOPP was commended for prioritising sustainability as a signatory of the UN’s sustainable development goals and through their environmental and energy policies that promote environmental good practice.

Laurie Neuerburg, Chair of the 2022 PAM Awards Committee said: “In addition to their many forward-thinking and innovative initiatives, IOPP has had a longstanding tradition of fostering a strong partnership with PAM. I am pleased to present the 33rd PAM Division Award to IOPP for their contributions connecting scholars to literature all over the world.”

Overall, IOPP was recognised for their long history of disseminating physics information. They first began publishing in 1874, known then as the Physical Society of London, and then began working in conjunction with another society, the Institute of Physics, in 1921. For over 100 years, IOPP has been growing into a global non-profit publisher who partners with numerous academic societies and research organizations, including CERN, the American Astronomical Society, and the London Mathematical Society, to publish over 100 scholarly journals as well as proceedings and books.

Strong supporters of open physics, IOPP produces 27 fully open access journal titles and over 50 hybrid open access titles.

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