IOP Publishing strengthens commitment to open science

‘Open physics’ program to make science more accessible, transparent and inclusive


IOP Publishing (IOPP), the society-owned publisher, has set out its commitments to supporting open science across the physical sciences with the launch of open physics.

Open physics is rooted in IOPP’s belief that conducting science more openly can accelerate scientific discovery. It combines an evolving program of publications, activities and policies to promote and support openness in physical science through wider and faster research access to broaden scientific engagement and collaboration; greater transparency to enhance scientific integrity; and broader inclusivity to expand the pool of scientific ideas.

Antonia Seymour, publishing director at IOPP, said, “Open physics encompasses all the steps we are taking to make science more accessible. It is how we disseminate high-quality research, increase its visibility and encourage reproducibility and access to data. It’s also about how we break down cultural and structural barriers to help foster inclusivity and improve diversity.

“One of our great strengths is that we’re embedded in the scientific communities we serve, and this will be key to the success of open physics. We will be building our approach collaboratively so that it works for everyone, and we’re looking forward to seeing the efforts of our shared vision accelerate scientific progress.”

To find out more about IOPP’s commitment to open physics, visit the new online hub which will be updated regularly as existing initiatives evolve and new ones develop.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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