Walter de Gruyter

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Limited liability company
(Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung)
Founded 1749; 266 years ago (1749)
Headquarters Germany, Berlin
Key people
Dr. Anke Beck, Carsten Buhr
Revenue €57,6 million (2014)
Number of employees

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 Königliche Realschule in Berlin, which had been granted the royal privilege to print books by King Frederick II of Prussia in 1749.[1] 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 in 2012.[1]

Imprints and partnerships[edit]

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 in 2006 and retains the imprint "De Gruyter Saur". It specializes in reference information for libraries. De Gruyter acquired the journals of Berkeley Electronic Press in 2011. After filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012, publisher Birkhäuser was acquired by De Gruyter.[2] In 2012 De Gruyter also acquired the open access publisher Versita.[3] Since 2014 Versita is fully integrated into the imprint "De Gruyter Open", which also hosts several so-called mega journals.[4] In 2013 De Gruyter acquired two academic publishers from Cornelsen Verlag: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag and Akademie Verlag.[5] De Gruyter is one of thirteen publishers to participate in the Knowledge Unlatched pilot, a global library consortium approach to funding open access books.[6]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Fouquet-Plümscher, Doris: Aus dem Archiv des Verlages Walter de Gruyter: Briefe, Urkunden, Dokumente. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1980.

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