Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
|Parent company||Wolters Kluwer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Publication types||books, journals|
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is an imprint of the publishing conglomerate Wolters Kluwer. Under the LWW brand, Wolters Kluwer publishes scientific, technical, and medical content such as textbooks, reference works, and over 275 scientific journals (most of which are medical or other public health journals). Publications are aimed at physicians, nurses, clinicians, and students.
LWW grew out of the gradual consolidation of various earlier independent publishers by Wolters Kluwer. The latter bought J. B. Lippincott & Co. of Philadelphia in 1990; it merged Lippincott with the Raven Press (another acquired asset) to form Lippincott-Raven in 1995. In 1997 and 1998, Wolters Kluwer acquired Thomson Science, Waverly, and Plenum and merged the medical publications of each with Lippincott-Raven. In 1998, Wolters Kluwer bought Williams & Wilkins of Baltimore and merged it into Lippincott-Raven to form LWW. In 2002 LWW ceased being an operating company and completed the path to being simply a brand of the conglomerate.
Lippincott had its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with other United States locations in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, New York, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Ambler, Pennsylvania, as well as locations in London, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Most of those offices are still in service under Wolters Kluwer.
The publisher had its origins in a Philadelphia bookstall opened by Benjamin Warner and Jacob Johnson in 1792. Joshua Ballinger Lippincott assumed control of the firm in 1836. In 1978, the company (then named J. B. Lippincott Company) was sold to Harper & Row, at which point it began to focus its publishing activities exclusively in health care; in 1990, it was sold to Wolters Kluwer. It was later merged with Raven Press in 1995 to become Lippincott-Raven Publishers, which then merged with Williams & Wilkins, ultimately forming Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in 1998.
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