Concentration in the publishing business

This post tries to collect information about the concentration of market power with science publishers. If you want to contribute, please leave comments stating who bought whom in which year and a URL giving proof about the deal, in case you have one.

The examples I start with are from linguistics and manl concern German publishing houses.

Niemeyer, Oldenburgh, Akademie-Verlag -> De Gruyter GmbH

Metzler -> Springer

Kluwer Academic Publishing -> Springer

Routledge -> Taylor & Francis (a division of Informa plc, whose biggest investor (7.77%) is BlackRock)

Böhlau (2017) -> Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Bonn University Press/Mainz University Press/Universitätsverlag Osnabrück/Vienna University Press -> V & R unipress -> Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Source: https://www.vandenhoeck-ruprecht-verlage.com/verlage/

Blackwell publishing (2007) -> Wiley-Blackwell, owned by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (publically traded but controlled by the Wiley family via preference shares )

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3 Responses to Concentration in the publishing business

  1. Pingback: Zombie Lingua, Elsevier and what profit-oriented publishers are good for | Free Science Blog

  2. Martin Schäfer says:

    Maybe we should also add the type company if that is known, e.g., De Gruyter GmbH?

    And maybe we should also have a list of independent publisher at the bottom, to stop rechecking?

    In any event, here are two more cases:

    Böhlau (2017) -> Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

    Bonn University Press/Mainz University Press/Universitätsverlag Osnabrück/ Vienna University Press -> V & R unipress -> Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
    Source: https://www.vandenhoeck-ruprecht-verlage.com/verlage/

    Blackwell publishing (2007) -> Wiley-Blackwell, owned by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (publically traded but controlled by the Wiley family via preference shares )

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