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Our Mission

IOP Publishing is a society-owned scientific publisher, providing impact, recognition and value for the scientific community.

We work closely with researchers, librarians and partners worldwide to produce academic journals, books and conference series. Our aim is to cover the latest and best research in the physical sciences and beyond.

A society publisher

As a subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, any surplus made by IOP Publishing goes directly to the Institute to assist their mission to help everyone build their knowledge of physics and to provide professional support for physicists.

IOP Publishing supports global schemes such as INASP and EIFL to promote the dissemination of and engagement with science in developing and transition countries.

Find out more about some of the IOP’s initiatives to promote physics in society.


Delivering impact, recognition and value

IOP Publishing provides a range of services to help the scientific community register, validate, edit, disseminate, preserve and maximise the discoverability and authority of their research.

These services include: developing novel and innovative journals to meet new community needs; managing peer review; archiving and preserving content; hosting and distributing research online; enabling the discovery of published research; introducing new tools and systems to help authors demonstrate the impact of their work; and publicising journal papers and their authors.
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Our annual publishing report for 2019 covers all the great work we’re doing in serving our authors, referees, board members and partners.

Supporting open science

IOP Publishing is also a strong supporter of open science and open access to scientific research. We published more than 66,000 open access articles and conference proceedings papers in 2019. Our journals portfolio includes a rapidly growing number of fully open access journals, with four launched in 2018 and five in 2019. The OA programme includes the first fully open access journal in physics. The majority of subscription journals published by IOP Publishing and its partners also offer a hybrid open access option. For further information about open access publishing options with IOPP, please visit Publishing Support


IOP Publishing combines the values of a scholarly society with the technical expertise and efficiency of a substantial global publisher. Part of the scientific community, we work in close collaboration with our authors, readers and customers to ensure that what we do always serves their needs.



journals, some owned by IOP Publishing and others published in partnership


prestigious societies and research organisations with whom we partner to publish journals, books and other publications


staff in eight countries, serving our customers and the research community