Physics World Weekly Podcast

Physics World Weekly Podcast

Purpose-Led Publishing: Antonia Seymour outlines the role of not-for-profit publishers

April 18, 2024

Purpose-Led Publishing is a coalition of three not-for-profit scientific publishers: IOP Publishing, AIP Publishing and the American Physical Society.

The coalition launched earlier this year, and its members have promised that they will continue to reinvest 100% of their funds back into science. Members have also pledged to “publish only the content that genuinely adds to scientific knowledge,” and have also promised to “put research integrity ahead of profit”.

This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Antonia Seymour, who is chief executive of IOP Publishing. She played an important role in the creation of Purpose-Led Publishing and argues that scientists, science and society all benefit when physicists publish in not-for-profit journals.

Audio engagement

Also in this episode, we meet Corragh-May White who is surveying podcast listeners to try to work out the best ways for using audio to get people engaged in science. She is doing a master’s degree in science communication at the University of the West of England and is making short science podcasts in different styles for her subjects to listen to.

If you would like to take part in the 20-minute survey, you can contact White at for more information.