AIP Reinforces Commitment to Deliver World-Class Content, Accessibility, and Outreach

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Melville, NY, July 15, 2012 — AIP Publishing, a division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), recognizes that the STM publishing landscape is evolving, due to scientists' changing information needs, technological advancements, and emerging trends that impact the way that content is gathered, enriched, disseminated, and made discoverable. AIP is well aware of the factors driving these changes, including the proliferation of mobile devices and their increasing use to acquire scholarly information, open access publishing models, semantic search engines, and the explosion of social media for informal communication among scientists, to name a few.

AIP's value remains unchanged—Despite the changing landscape
As one of the world's premier publishers in the physical sciences, we recognize that some things need to remain constant. Our mission compels us to provide quality, reliable content to the scientific community and advance the science of physics as a publisher of leading research journals, magazines, and conference proceedings.

AIP's value is evident in the top-cited journals that we publish, which attract influential research papers and comprehensive review articles from world-renowned scientists and scholars, who in turn inspire advances from all branches of science, engineering, and technology.

Our commitment to value underlies our continued investment in outstanding, peer-reviewed content, new tools for authors and editors, and numerous projects that enhance our offerings. These efforts enable AIP to make our journals more accessible and content more discoverable, to expand our significant backfiles, preserve the integrity of our archive, and enrich our platform to enable librarians and researchers to access content anywhere, anytime, from the lab, in the field, in the classroom, or from home.

The foundation of support that AIP provides to researchers and readers through a broad range of outreach and educational programs is based on delivering value to each of AIP's constituent groups—at every point where their interests intersect the physics community.

AIP publications—Highly respected, highly cited, highly relevant
AIP journals provide the physics community with world-class content, and nowhere is their value more evident than in the extraordinary number of researchers who cite our articles in their own research papers. According to 2011 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2012), Applied Physics Letters and Journal of Applied Physics have retained their positions as the first and second most-cited journals by researchers in Applied Physics. The Journal of Chemical Physics' impact factor increased by 14%, and it once again garnered the most citations in the Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Physics category. The story is the same across our entire journal portfolio. For example, Physics of Plasmascontinues to be the most highly cited journal dedicated entirely to plasma physics, and the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy experienced a 39% jump in its impact factor. Our flagship magazine, Physics Today, saw an increase as well—an impressive 27%.

AIP's 2013 Programs and Pricing
AIP's current tiered pricing model was established in order to offer equitable prices for online access to institutions of varying size and research intensity.

For more information contact customer service (subs [at] or your AIP sales representative.

Online journal access
AIP has long been a pioneer in online publishing. In 1994, Applied Physics Letters became the first established physics journal to have an electronic version on the Web. For 18 years AIP's Scitation platform has been providing the scientific community with access to more than 580,000 top physical science articles published in AIP's journals and conference proceedings.

Beginning November 2012 our online journals will be hosted via Publishing Technology's pub2web, which offers industry-proven architecture combined with powerful semantic web technology to deliver an optimal user experience. We are collaborating with Publishing Technology to ensure that the migration from Scitation to the pub2web platform will proceed as smoothly and seamlessly as possible for our users. Supporting our digital strategy, future releases will add enhancements to functionality and interoperability. This investment serves as a foundation for fostering an environment of intelligent discoverability and effective use of content.

We continue to work closely with the library community to maintain low annual price increases; we remain sensitive to the economic pressures facing libraries as well as those which we face as society publishers. Our 2013 online journal pricing represents just a 4% increase , which applies to every title, across every tier.

AIP's backfile: A large archive of seminal physics history
Of the more than 580,000 papers AIP has published to date, close to 315,000 are part of our extensive online backfile. Because all of our backfiles now include content from Volume 1/Issue 1 (dating back to 1930) to 1998, there are no gaps between where archival coverage ends and current coverage begins.

Just a few examples of groundbreaking research include:

  • Nick Holonyak, Jr.'s paper on one of the first semiconductor lasers, "Coherent (visible) light emission" (Applied Physics Letters, 1962)
  • Freeman Dyson's seminal paper, "Stability of matter. I and II" (Journal of Mathematical Physics, 1968)
  • Luis Alvarez's breakthrough article, "Berkeley Proton Linear Accelerator" (Review of Scientific Instruments, 1955)
  • James F. Drake's James Clerk Maxwell Prize winning paper, "Parametric instabilities of electromagnetic waves in plasmas" (Physics of Fluids, 1974).

It's not surprising, given the availability of critical research like this, that up to 40% of our journal article downloads come from the extended backfile, a direct indicator of the value of this important archival information as a crucial foundation for today's researchers.

AIP Digital Archive. AIP continues to offer the backfile for sale as a one-time purchase through our Digital Archive. Institutions such as yours may want to take advantage of this option: For a single payment, the AIP Digital Archive gives library patrons permanent rights and access to the extended backfile of every AIP journal (1930–1998). This also applies to the Physics Today Digital Archive offering.

When you initiate a journal subscription, you may also opt to take the extended backfile for that title, that is, from Volume/Issue 1 to 1998.

Print subscriptions
STM publishers are adjusting their pricing models to accommodate the continuing conversion of print subscriptions to online. AIP is no exception, but we are committed to offering this option to those customers who prefer to bundle print with online access. This shift, while not unexpected, has resulted in price increases in order to maintain a viable print program.

Combination packages: Strength in numbers
Institutions that purchase multiple titles can continue to save money by subscribing to one of our discounted combination packages, AIP Select or AIP Complete. AIP Select includes a selection of core titles while AIP Complete encompasses the entire collection of AIP journals plus conference proceedings. Both packages offer the extended backfile option.

Lock in multiple-year savings
Providing AIP customers with real price stability and predictability, AIP will continue the three-year agreement program initiated last year—possibly your best hedge against future price increases, providing price caps and price protection on a number of offerings.

Commitment to growing public access
A steadfast advocate for the needs of institutions and their patrons, AIP extends considerable effort to grow public access pragmatically with various journal models. Later this year, AIP will introduce two new peer-reviewed, open access journals: JAP Materials and APL Materials.

Ongoing leadership and involvement in important industry-wide initiatives, such as CrossRef, COUNTER, ORCID, and Transfer, has enabled AIP to work for better industry standards, and to improve database interoperability, search, and discovery of scholarly articles and research data.

Strategic partnerships
AIP adds value to its relationships with the library community through strategic agreements with technology partners whose products complement our own mission. This includes a collaboration with DeepDyve, which allows individuals to read the full text of an article for 24 hours for a very low fee. Our partnership with publishing innovator SharedBook makes AIP's catalog of journals available through SharedBook's AcademicPub platform.

AIP: More than a publisher
AIP's activities go beyond publishing, and the AIP Physics Resources Center is a prime example of how AIP uses its resources to support the community and further the interests of scientific research worldwide. Offering a broad range of products and services to students, researchers, librarians, publishers, media outlets, and the public at large, AIP's Physics Resources Center is supported by a portion of our subscription revenue. Even those familiar with AIP might be surprised at the extensive number of services we deliver.

AIP's Physics Resources Center
Whether you need a photo of Albert Einstein, resources for physics students, a listing of physics jobs, or publications covering the latest news and scientific breakthroughs, AIP's Physics Resources Center is the place to turn. Here are some of the services we provide:

Promoting Science

  • Inside Science News Service
  • Science Policy Fellowships
  • Awards and Prizes

Education and Employment

  • Society of Physics Students
  • Sigma Pi Sigma honor society
  • Statistical Research Center
  • Career Network
  • Industrial Outreach


  • Niels Bohr Library and Archives
  • Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
  • Online History Exhibits


  • Physics Today
  • FYI—The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
  • History of Physics Newsletter
  • SPS Observer
  • Radiations
  • focus on (statistical data)

About AIP
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is an organization of 10 physical science societies, representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators. As one of the world's largest publishers of scientific information in physics, AIP employs innovative publishing technologies and offers publishing services for its Member Societies. AIP's suite of publications includes 15 journals, three of which are published in partnership with other organizations; magazines, including its flagship publication Physics Today; and the AIP Conference Proceedings series. Through its Physics Resources Center, AIP also delivers valuable services and expertise in education and student programs, science communications, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and other sciences.

For more information, please contact:
Adriana Acosta
Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
AIP Publishing
Tel. +1 516-576-2452
aacosta [at]