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Routledge is a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the humanities and social sciences. It is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, which is in turn owned by Informa.


Routledge is a British publishing house that has operated under a succession of company names and latterly as a prolific publisher for the academic market globally and an academic imprint.[1][2] Its origins may be traced back to the 19th-century London bookseller George Routledge. He later founded a publishing company in partnership in 1851 with his brother-in-law, first formally incorporated under the name George Routledge & Co. For the remainder of the century the firm continued to grow and expand its range of popular illustrated fiction, travel and reference titles, undergoing some further partnership and name changes in the process. However, by 1902 the company was running close to bankruptcy, but following a successful restructuring was able to recover and began to acquire and merge with other publishing companies. These early 20th-century acquisitions and mergers brought with them lists of notable scholarly titles, and it is from 1912 onwards as Routledge & Kegan Paul that the company became increasingly concentrated on and involved with the academic and scholarly publishing arena. It was soon particularly known for its titles in the social sciences fields.

In 1985 Routledge & Kegan Paul joined with Associated Book Publishers (ABP),[3] which was later acquired by International Thomson in 1987. Under Thomson's ownership Routledge's name and operations were retained, and in 1996 a management buyout financed by the European private equity firm Cinven saw Routledge operating as an independent concern once more. Two years later in 1998 Cinven and Routledge's directors accepted a deal for Routledge's acquisition by Taylor & Francis Group (T&F), with the Routledge name being retained as an imprint and subdivision.[4][2]

In 2004 T&F became a division within Informa plc after a merger; Routledge continues as a publishing arm and imprint under the T&F division, with a majority of its titles' range issued as academic humanities and social sciences books.

Publishing output

Routledge publishes some 1200 journals and around 3,000 new books each year. The books backlist has over 50,000 titles in print, with many famous book series, including the Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy series with over 125 books.

Terrorism, political violence and security journals

Conflict, Security and Development | Critical Studies on Terrorism | Democracy and Security | Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide | Intelligence and National Security | Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma | Journal of Applied Security Research | Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism | Journal of Strategic Studies | Peace and Conflict | Political Communication | Rusi Journal | Security Studies | Small Wars and Insurgencies | Studies in Conflict and Terrorism | Survival | Terrorism and Political Violence | Third World Quarterly

External links


  1. Clark, Giles N. and Angus Phillips 2008 Inside Book Publishing 4th edition, Taylor & Francis e-Library collection. Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge. p. xv.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cope, Nigel 'Books merger yields windfall of £6m' The Independent, 5 November 1998.
  3. Whipp, Richard, 'Human Resource Management, Competition and Strategy: Some Productive Tensions' Paul Blyton and Peter Turnbull (eds.) Reassessing Human Resource Management London: SAGE Publications, 1992:47.
  4. Clark, Giles N. and Angus Phillips 2008 Inside Book Publishing 4th edition, Taylor & Francis e-Library collection. Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge. p. xvi.