|Founder||Phua Kok Khoo and Doreen Liu|
|Country of origin||Singapore|
|Distribution||self-distributed (Singapore, United States)|
Marston Book Services (UK)
Scholarly Book Services (Canada)
Co Info (Australia)
|Publication types||Books, 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.
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, who sponsored the category. 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"). A book World Scientific published, Lim Siong Guan's The Leader, The Teacher & You (2013), co-won the Prize for English Non-fiction. The judges for the Singapore Literature Prize for Non-fiction were independent parties appointed by the Book Council.