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Peter Lang
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Founded 1970 (1970), Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Founder Peter Lang
Country of origin Switzerland
Headquarters location Pieterlen and Bern
Publication types Books, academic journals, textbooks
Official website

Peter Lang is an academic publisher specializing in the humanities and social sciences. It has its headquarters in Pieterlen and Bern, Switzerland, with offices in Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Dublin, Oxford, Vienna, and Warsaw.[1][2]

Peter Lang publishes over 1,800 academic titles annually, both in print and digital formats, with a backlist of over 55,000 books.[3] It has its complete online journals collection available on Ingentaconnect[2] and distributes its digital textbooks globally through Kortext.[4]

Peter Lang is known to publish many dissertations and other works as books with little or no editorial review, and is sometimes considered as a vanity publisher.[5]

Areas of publication[edit]

The company specializes in the following twelve subject areas:[1]

  • Economics and Management
  • Education
  • English Language and Literatures
  • German Language and Literatures
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Theology


The company was founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1970 by Swiss editor Peter Lang. It started as an academic publisher specialising in PhD theses and similar academic works.[6] Since 1982 it has an American subsidiary, Peter Lang Publishing USA, specializing in textbooks for classroom use in education,[7] media and communication, and Black studies, as well as monographs in the humanities and social sciences.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Peter Lang Website
  2. ^ a b "Peter Lang Academic Publishing Group". IngentaConnect. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  3. ^ Peter Lang Press Releases
  4. ^ "Peter Lang und Kortext kooperieren". BuchMarkt. 2014-11-25. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Reviews: American art is European art," American Studies in Scandinavia, 41(2):116, 2009
  6. ^ "Gedruckt wird das Werk nur ehrenhalber". Berliner Zeitung. 1996-11-28. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Critics Choice Awards". American Educational Studies Association. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Peter Lang Publishing". American Libraries Buyers Guide. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Peter Lang". YBP Library Services. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 

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