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IoP Responds to Concerns Over Four IOP Journals Moving to Taylor & Francis

:: On PAMNET, Steve Moss, VP of IoP Publishing, responds to David Stern's comments regarding the sale of four IoP journals to Taylor and Francis:

Dear David,

Please be assured that IOP will never become a "breeding ground for eventual commercial titles." This is so much the opposite of our mission.

Our primary goal is to publish journals that will benefit the Physics community. To do so effectively, we occasionally need to consolidate our resources to focus on our core strengths. This enables us to sustain the ongoing development of all of our journals and the improvement of services being provided to authors, readers and subscribers.

We are also committed to developing new journals which reflect emerging and exciting growth areas in Physics. As a not-for-profit, learned society publisher for Physics, we are dedicated to communicating the latest state of the science of Physics.

We specifically chose Taylor & Francis as the new publisher for the four titles based on our recent experience with them during the transfer of Quantitative Finance.

T&F was very efficient and effective at the transfer of the journal both from editorial and continuity of subscription fulfillment aspects. This was an absolute priority for us at IOP. We needed to be confident that our authors and our subscribers alike would have a simple transition with these journals.

David, please know that these decisions are never taken lightly. We are confident that T&F will provide a good home to the four IOP journals and will treat these titles, their readers, authors and subscribers with the respect they deserve. These journals are now quite robust, and will benefit from a publisher with a strong presence in these subject areas.

We certainly hope this will not cause libraries to reconsider IOP package purchases, given the above. As always we strive to keep our price increases at a minimum and always compare most favorably in this regard to most other publishers.

If anyone would like to discuss this further, I'm certainly available.

Regards,

Steve Moss
Vice President
Institute of Physics Publishing
215-627-0880

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