IOP Publishing (previously Institute of Physics Publishing) is the publishing company of the Institute of Physics. It provides publications through which scientific research is distributed worldwide, including journals, community websites, magazines, conference proceedings and books. The Institute of Physics is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to support physics through the activities of the Institute.
The main IOP Publishing headquarters is in Bristol, England, and the North American headquarters is in Philadelphia, United States. It also has regional offices in Washington, D.C., Mexico City, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sydney. It employs over 300 staff.
It was the first physics publisher to publish a journal on the internet. In 1994, the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity was published as a TeX file. In January 1996, the organisation launched the full electronic journals programme on the World Wide Web, ahead of other physics publishers.
Physics World, the monthly magazine of the Institute of Physics, was first published in October 1988. The title, published by IOP Publishing, won in the App/Digital Edition category for Association/Non-Profit (B-to-B) brands in the Eddie Digital Awards. It also picked up an honourable mention for best Design Cover in the Association/Non-Profit (B-to-B) category in the Ozzie Awards