IOP Publishing announces eBook programme and a new partnership with Morgan & Claypool

IOP Publishing (IOP) recently announced its entrance into the book market as part of a long-term strategy to expand its support to the research community by offering the broadest range of publishing services to authors and readers.

The IOP eBook programme will provide an additional content channel for authors looking to publish with a society publisher. The programme has been designed to meet the demands of today’s research community by delivering authoritative, high-quality books in physics.

The new portfolio will cover topics across the physical sciences and will support the needs of physicists as well as researchers from other disciplines who are working in interdisciplinary areas of research.

IOP has had a long history in books publishing and was one of the first publishers to experiment with eBooks. The company sold the books division in 2005 to focus on its journals portfolio.  However, since then the landscape and demand for eBooks has changed dramatically. IOP is now excellently positioned to serve the needs of the community.

This innovative e-first book programme is built with the future in mind. As born-digital content, free of legacy issues, it is designed to meet the needs of the research community in a changing publishing environment.

IOP has also announced a strategic partnership with Morgan and Claypool Publishers (M&C) to build a dedicated collection as part of the overall eBook program. M&C have combined an innovative editorial approach with an e-first model which has made them one of the leading innovators in high-quality book publishing.

M&C’s publishing model – which already serves the engineering and computer science communities with its Synthesis Digital Library, and the life sciences community with its Colloquium Digital Library – will be adopted to create a new physics collection.

M&C’s unique publishing model emphasizes the rapid digital publication of short books on key research topics that can be incrementally revised and expanded over time. The model makes it possible to publish tutorial works on active research areas much earlier than with traditional print book models. Its books provide access to advanced research that is much more accessible than the original research literature and provides extensive linked bibliographies for readers who wish to go further.

Olaf Ernst, Commercial Director of IOP Publishing said: “It is a natural fit for IOP, through its close relationship with the physics community, to launch a high-quality eBook programme that will complement its existing journals portfolio. We have a shared vision with M&C to serve the research community by delivering high-quality content through an innovative publishing approach. This will form the basis of a strong partnership and I very much look forward to working together on this.”

Michael Morgan, President and CEO of Morgan and Claypool, said: “We are very enthusiastic to collaborate with IOP and to benefit from its deep knowledge and commitment to the physics discipline in jointly developing a resource that we both believe will be of significant value.”

We welcome new book proposals in all branches of physics and will be actively commissioning in these areas over the coming weeks and months. If you have an idea for a new book, we would like to hear from you. In the first instance please send a summary of your proposal, detailing the topic, concept, competition and audience to, including a current biography and contact details.

(ACCESS 83, December 2012)