World Scientific


World Scientific
Founded1981; 40 years ago (1981)
FounderPhua Kok Khoo and Doreen Liu
Country of originSingapore
Distributionself-distributed (Singapore, United States)[1]
Marston Book Services (UK)[2]
Scholarly Book Services (Canada)
Co Info (Australia)[3]
Publication typesBooks, academic journals

World Scientific Publishing is an academic publisher of scientific, technical, and medical books and journals headquartered in Singapore. The company was founded in 1981. It publishes about 600 books annually as well as 135 journals in various fields. In 1995, World Scientific co-founded the London-based Imperial College Press together with the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Company structure

The company head office is in Singapore. The Chairman and Editor-in-Chief is Dr Phua Kok Khoo, while the Managing Director is Doreen Liu. The company was co-founded by them in 1981.[4]

Imperial College Press

In 1995 the company co-founded Imperial College Press, specializing in engineering, medicine and information technology, with Imperial College London. In 2006, World Scientific assumed full ownership of Imperial College Press, under a license granted by the university. Finally in August 2016, ICP was fully incorporated into World Scientific under the new imprint, World Scientific Europe.


In 2014, the Singapore Literature Prize was accused of allegedly naming the non-fiction prize after World Scientific,[citation needed] who sponsored the category.[5] However, the official name for the 2014 Prize was “Singapore Literature Prize (Non-fiction category)” (the Prize is now called "Singapore Literature Prize (Creative Non Fiction category"[6]). A book World Scientific published, Lim Siong Guan's The Leader, The Teacher & You (2013), co-won the Prize for English Non-fiction.[7] The judges for the Singapore Literature Prize for Non-fiction were independent parties appointed by the Book Council.

See also

  • Journals published by World Scientific


  1. ^ "For Booksellers / Agents (World Scientific)". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  2. ^ "Marston Book Services". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  3. ^ "Agents (World Scientific)". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  4. ^ "Doreen Liu, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ Nanda, Akshita (7 October 2014). "Singapore Literature Prize not on same page as publishers". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Singapore Literature Prize". Singapore Book Council. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  7. ^ Martin, Mayo (4 November 2014). "S'pore Literature Prize 2014 winners announced". TODAY. MediaCorp. Retrieved 11 November 2014.

External links

  • Official website
  • World Scientific on Telegram