The Biophysical Society and IOP Publishing form new partnership to create ebooks program for the biophysics community

10 Feb 2017



The Biophysical Society and IOP Publishing have forged a new publishing partnership to support the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics, through the creation of a comprehensive collection of ebooks.

The collaboration will bring the world-leading expertise and domain knowledge of the Biophysical Society into the rapidly developing IOP ebooks program, in order to build a library of content that defines biophysics and serves this growing and diverse research community.

The program will publish textbooks, monographs, reviews, and handbooks covering all areas of biophysics research, applications, education, methods, computational tools, and techniques. Subjects of the collection will include: bioenergetics; bioengineering; biological fluorescence; biopolymers in vivo; cryo-electron microscopy; exocytosis and endocytosis; intrinsically disordered proteins; mechanobiology; membrane biophysics; membrane structure and assembly; molecular biophysics; motility and cytoskeleton; nanoscale biophysics; and permeation and transport.

Through IOP’s innovative ebooks program, the new books will be available in multiple formats, including HTML, PDF, EPUB 3, and MOBI for Kindle. This means books will be available to read on different devices and with options for multimedia and mathML. Print on demand will also be available.

The content will not have digital rights management, allowing unlimited concurrent usage. The new book series will be hosted on IOPscience, which will maximize discoverability by providing journals and books content to readers on a single platform.

Rosalba Kampman, Executive Officer of the Biophysical Society, said: “The Society leads the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics, and this vision for a new collection of books developed and written by the community, for the community, absolutely supports our core mission. And collaborating closely with IOP Publishing, a society publisher that holds values in common with our own, will be an effective way to deliver this initiative to our members and the broader biophysics community.”

Jeff Lewandowski, Senior Publisher at IOP Publishing, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Biophysical Society in this exciting endeavor to create a library that defines biophysics. By combining our experience in ebooks publishing with the expertise and reputation of the Biophysical Society, this collaboration will disseminate biophysics knowledge globally and deliver impact, recognition and value to the scientific community, thereby serving the missions of both organizations.”

Commissioning of the new series is already underway, and the first titles will be published in 2019. The program will be supported by a specially selected editorial advisory board, comprising experts from the biophysics community who will identify key areas of interest for the Biophysical Society’s members and the wider community.

We welcome you to join us in the development of this program. If you would like to submit a book proposal, please contact us at ebooks@iop.org

If you are attending the Biophysical Society’s 61st Annual Meeting 11-15 February 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, please visit the IOP Publishing booth (#201) for additional information.