Purpose-Led Publishing

APS is a member of Purpose-Led Publishing, a coalition of society publishers who pledge to put purpose above profit.
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Purpose-Led Publishing brings together APS, AIP Publishing, and IOP Publishing to demonstrate the importance, community value, and quality of not-for-profit academic publishing. Together, the coalition members are defining a set of industry standards that underpin high-quality, ethical scholarly communications.

Members of Purpose-Led Publishing pledge to always:

  • Invest 100% of their funds back into science.
  • Publish only the content that genuinely adds to scientific knowledge.
  • Ensure publishing terms are reasonable.
  • Put research integrity ahead of profit.
  • Admit errors and set them right.

While never:

  • Relinquishing their not-for-profit status.
  • Having shareholders for whom they put profit above purpose.

Member organizations

APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities.

AIP Publishing is a wholly-owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics with a mission is to support AIP's charitable, scientific, and educational purposes through scholarly publishing activities.

IOP Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. IOP Publishing supports the Institute’s work to inspire people to develop their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of physics.


For more information about APS's involvement in Purpose-Led Publishing, please email Anna Torres.


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