IOP Publishing, the UK-based publishing company owned by the Institute of Physics, is celebrating winning a contract to publish the flagship research journals of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
IOP was appointed as publisher after an intensive selection process beating off strong competition from major, global STM publishers for the contract to publish the titles*. The win emphasizes physics' essential underlying role in astronomy. It also demonstrates the high regard in which British STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) academic publishing is held worldwide.
Kevin Marvel, AAS Executive Officer said, "IOP will be a great partner for the publication of the AAS journals. I look forward to working with IOP to truly enhance the usability and value of our journals to the research community. It should be easier to access and use the data that our authors present in our journals. IOP will work with us to expand the functionality of the journals while maintaining their high quality".
The Institute of Physics is a learned society and professional body - as is the AAS - which means that the two organizations share the similar values of service to their scientific communities and of working for a fee-based rather than a profit-driven motive.
Ken Lillywhite, business director of IOP said, "The American Astronomical Society's journals are a crucial and well-respected resource for astronomers worldwide; I am particularly pleased that the Institute of Physics' publishing company has been awarded this contract. I feel sure that this will lead to a long and fruitful relationship between our organizations.
* See note 2 for journal titles involved and dates on which IOP commences publication