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Awards received by the Institute of Physics Web sites:

Scientific American 2004 Science & Technology Web Award

Awarded to

"By taking your age and level of knowledge into consideration, can better find the personally appropriate answer to all your questions from its pool of vetted physics Web sites. Most fun is the animated “Physics Life” section, which is almost like a video game in which users point and click around town, zooming in on points where they can find hidden facts about physics at work. User participation is a hallmark of Explore their Site of the Month archive, where you'll not only find a smorgasbord of great links, but more opportunities to sound off on which sites you like best."

Computerworld Smithsonian Award 1999
At a ceremony on 12th April 1999 the Institute of Physics and Institute of Physics Publishing were awarded a commemorative medal and became Laureates of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program. Nominated for the 1999 Award for the development of their HyperCite™ technology, a case study of the Institute's Web pages now become part of the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

'The Laureates in this year's Collection are utilizing new information age tools to extend the benefits of technology to society', said Dan Morrow, Executive Director of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award Program.

A Press release for this award is available from

Sight Of The Day @!TechSightings Daily Reviews of the Best High-Tech Sights on the Net!
" The Institute of Physics [IOP], in the U.K., has this to say about itself: "The Institute of Physics is a learned society and a professional body for physicists. It is charged by Royal Charter to 'promote the advancement and dissemination of a knowledge of and education in the science of physics, pure and applied."

Whoa, dude! A Royal Charter! It doesn't get any slicker than that, does it?

But forget the fancy titles. This site is as useful and easy to navigate as the most down-to-earth commercial website you ever saw in your life. Some, but not all, of the information here is free, especially including The Internet Pilot to Physics, an excellent directory of online resources for physicists, students, and teachers,, all about (you guessed it), job listings for physicists and scientific programmers (mostly in Europe and the U.K.), and several other features of interest to those within the physics community buf of little use to those of us on the outside looking in.

For non-physicists (and for students) the IOP site is an absolutely basic, must-be-bookmarked, guide to the field, its goings-on, and other online resources available within it. The IOP's lists of books, websites, and links to other physics-related organizations or truly compendious, and cover all levels, from those rudimentary enough to make useful high school science report material (or meat for free-lance science and technology writers) up to a level of esoterica that I must admit is far beyond my own humble level of knowledge."

Corporate Web Site of the Year Award for the Second Consecutive Year
For the second year running the Institute of Physics has won the Technical Web Site of the Year Award.

"The Institute's site is simply enormous," said Conrad Taylor of the Information Design Association, reporting the judges' findings. Recognising the high standards in design, content and functionality of the Web site, Taylor noted that since winning the award last year, the Institute has added new services and content to support physicists and physics-based small businesses. The judges appreciated the site's relatively light use of graphics, dense network of navigational links and minimal use of HTML to keep the site accessible to the wide range of Web browsers used.

"It is gratifying to receive this award for the second time in a row," said Andy Stevens, chief technologist at Institute of Physics Publishing, "The judges not only recognised the quality of our interface design and implementation, but that we have added many new features and services since winning last year, including a major upgrade to our electronic journals system and significant new products like PhysicsWeb."

Exploratorium Ten Cool Sites logo The Exploratorium
"Ten Cool Sites"
Awarded to Life, the Universe and the Electron

"'An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the electron.' Learn about the discovery, or find out 'what is an electron?' Well organized and informative."

Cool Banana Award logo Cool Banana Award
Awarded to Life, the Universe and the Electron

"Over 100 years ago J.J. Thomson discovered the electron and now 100 years later we have discovered one very cool site about the electron. Life, the Universe and the Electron is a really interesting site all about (wait for it!) the electron! This is not as boring as some might think. The site manages to painlessly provide a lot of fascinating information. Boasting some interesting pictures (one of foot and mouth disease that has too be seen), information on how electrons are used in the real world and even how they help us see the smallest things to the farthest things. An all around great site. Kudos!"

Magellan 3-Star Award Symbol Magellan 3-Star Award
Awarded to the Institute of Physics web site

The McKinley Group have awarded the Institute of Physics Web site their Magellan 3-Star Award. This rating is a special mark of achievement in Magellan, which is McKinley's Internet directory, containing some 2 million sites and 40,000 reviews. This award recognises the hard work and effort that has gone into establishing and maintaining our site.

Depth: Is it comprehensive?
Ease of Exploration: Is it well organised and easy to navigate?
Net Appeal: Is it innovative? Is it thought-provoking?
Does it offer new technology or a new way of using technology?
Does it appeal to the eye?

Charlesworth Group Award Charlesworth Group Award for Electronic Journals
1996 Highly Commended
Awarded to Measurement Science and Technology

At a ceremony in London on 12 December 1996, the judges of the Charlesworth Group Award for Electronic Journals presented the Highly Commended certificate to Measurement Science and Technology, a physics research journal published by Institute of Physics Publishing. As the runner up in this inaugural competition, Measurement Science and Technology was recognised by the judges as the "clear leader among entries" employing the Portable Document Format (PDF) for online full text, and was commended for offering "a range of personalisation features such as custom menus and a filing cabinet for each user."

In its aim to recognise excellent overall design and innovation in online and parallel online journals, the Award's main judging criteria were: accessibility of the information, overall design and presentation, functionality and ease of use, innovation in relation to the purpose of the publication and ease of navigation.

Corporate Web Site of the Year Award 1996
The Institute of Physics web site won the Corporate Web Site of the Year Award at the 1996 Corporate Publishing Awards gala dinner at the Rembrandt Hotel in London on the evening of 13 February 1997.

Reporting the judges' findings, Conrad Taylor of the Information Design Association recognised the high standards in design, content and functionality of the Web site. "The site is light on graphics and uses HTML conservatively to suit a wide range of Web browsers on all platforms," said Taylor. "The home page is dense with links, as are many pages, but the site is surprisingly easy to navigate."

The judges drew particular attention to the importance of designing a Web site to serve its intended audience: "For the scientific community, the Internet is not a playground but a place to work, and the Institute of Physics uses its Web site as a medium for the online publication of 31 scholarly journals, plus related abstracts and letters, with a search engine." The judges also noted that this was the only Web site nominated to offer downloadable documents formatted for print (in PDF and PostScript formats).

The Corporate Publishing Awards were originated by Popular Communication Courses Ltd., as an independent set of awards to acknowledge the high standards achieved by the publishers of company, member and customer publications. This, the fifth year of the awards, attracted 185 entrants in ten categories.