Humana Press

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Humana Press
FounderThomas L. Lanigan and Julia Lanigan
SuccessorSpringer Science+Business Media
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationTotowa, New Jersey
Publication typesBooks and journals
Nonfiction topicsScience, technology, and medical

Humana Press was an American academic publisher of science, technology, and medical books and journals founded in 1976. It was bought by Springer Science+Business Media in 2006.


Humana published more than 100 new books and 25 journals per year,[when?] with a back list of approximately 1,500 titles in areas such as molecular biology, neuroscience, cancer research, pathology, and medicine.[1]

The company was founded in 1976 in Clifton, New Jersey by Thomas L. Lanigan and his wife, Julia Lanigan, both chemists, and published its first book in 1977. The company was acquired by Springer Science+Business Media in the fall of 2006 and continues to publish titles in a range of book series under the Humana Press imprint.[2] The company's employees remained at its Totowa, NJ home until June 2008, when they were moved to the Springer offices in New York City.[citation needed]

Following the research areas of interest of its founders, Humana publications focused the areas of molecular biology and medicine. Humana’s flagship product was the Methods in Molecular Biology book series, which produced more than 1200 published volumes, more than 33,000 individual protocols, and an extensive online database, Springer Protocols.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Humana Press Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine website, accessed October 15, 2007.
  2. ^ Publishers Weekly. Archived 2008-03-19 at the Wayback Machine "Springer Buys Humana; Blackwell Adds Brandywine." September 5, 2006.

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