Walter de Gruyter
|Founder||Walter de Gruyter|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Key people||Sven Fund (Managing Director), Anke Beck (Presisdent of Publishing), Carsten Buhr (CFO)|
|Imprints||De Gruyter Mouton,
De Gruyter Saur,
Birkhäuser, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Akademie Verlag
|Number of employees||350|
Walter de Gruyter GmbH (German: [ˈɡʁɔʏ̯tɐ] or [ˈxʁɔʏ̯tɐ]; brand name: De Gruyter) is a scholarly publishing house specializing in academic literature. The company has its roots in the bookstore of the Königlichen Realschule in Berlin, which had been granted the royal privilege to print books by King Frederick II of Prussia in 1749. In 1801 the store was taken over by Georg Reimer. In 1919, Walter de Gruyter (1862-1923) merged it with 4 other publishing houses into the company that became Verlag Walter de Gruyter & Co in 1923, and Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG in 1998.
Imprints and partnerships
Several former publishing houses have become imprints of De Gruyter. "De Gruyter Mouton" (formerly "Mouton de Gruyter") was purchased by de Gruyter in 1977. It was originally known as Mouton Publishers and based in The Hague. The imprint specializes in the field of linguistics and publishes academic journals, research monographs, reference works, multimedia publications, and bibliographies. K. G. Saur Verlag, based in Munich, was acquired by de Gruyter in 2006 and retains the imprint "De Gruyter Saur". It specializes in reference information for libraries. The Swiss publisher Birkhäuser became part of De Gruyter after its bankruptcy in 2012. In addition, De Gruyter acquired Versita in 2010 and became the third-biggest international open access publisher. In 2013 De Gruyter acquired two academic publishers: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag and Akademie Verlag.
- "A Short History of the Publishing House". Walter de Gruyter. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- "Birkhäuser". Walter de Gruyter. 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
- Fouquet-Plümscher, Doris: Aus dem Archiv des Verlages Walter de Gruyter: Briefe, Urkunden, Dokumente. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1980.