Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis
Parent company Informa
Status Active
Founded 1852 (1852)
Founder William Francis and Richard Taylor
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location Milton Park, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
Distribution Worldwide
Key people Roger Horton (CEO);[1][2] Ian Bannerman (MD, Journals);[2] Jeremy North (MD, Books);[2] Christoph Chesher (Group Sales Director).[2]
Publication types Peer-reviewed books & journals
Nonfiction topics Humanities, Social Science, Behavioural Science, Education, Law, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Fiction genres Non-Fiction. Academic & Scholarly
Imprints Routledge (Humanities, Social science, Education & Law); Taylor & Francis, CRC Press & Garland Science (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

£447.4M in 2015;[3]

£408.9M in 2014.[4]
Number of employees 1,800[5]
Official website www.taylorandfrancisgroup.com
Previous Taylor & Francis logo from a 1900 publication

Taylor & Francis Group is an international company originating in the United Kingdom that publishes books and academic journals. It is a division of Informa plc, a United Kingdom-based publisher and conference company.[6]


The company was founded in 1852 when William Francis joined Richard Taylor in his publishing business. Taylor initially founded his company in 1798. Their subjects covered include agriculture, chemistry, education, engineering, geography, law, mathematics, medicine, and social sciences.[7]

From 1917 to 1930 Francis' son, Richard Taunton Francis (1883–1930) was sole partner in the firm.[8]

In 1965 Taylor & Francis launched Wykeham Publications and began book publishing. In 1988 it acquired Hemisphere Publishing and the company was renamed Taylor & Francis Group to reflect the growing number of imprints. In 1990 Taylor & Francis exited from the printing business to concentrate on publishing. In 1998 Taylor & Francis Group went public on the London Stock Exchange and in the same year the group purchased its academic publishing rival Routledge for £90 million.[9] Acquisitions of other publishers has remained a core part of the group’s business strategy.[9] Taylor & Francis merged with Informa in 2004 to create a new company called T&F Informa, since renamed back to Informa.[9] Taylor & Francis Group is now the academic publishing arm of Informa.[4]

Taylor & Francis publishes more than 2,400 journals, and approximately 6,500 new books each year, with a backlist of over 110,000 titles available in print and digital formats.[3] It uses the Routledge imprint for its publishing in humanities, social sciences, behavioural sciences, law and education and the Taylor & Francis, CRC Press and Garland Science imprints for its publishing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.[4] Although generally considered the smallest of the 'Big Four' STEM publishers,[10] its Routledge imprint is claimed to be the largest global academic publisher within humanities and social sciences.[11][12] The journals and e-books have been delivered through the Taylor & Francis Online website since June 2011. Prior to that they were provided through the Informaworld website.[13] Taylor & Francis operates a number of platforms for its digital content including Routledge Handbooks Online,[14] the Routledge Performance Archive,[15] Secret Intelligence Files[16] and CRC Netbase.[17] Taylor & Francis offers Open Access publishing options in both its books[18] and journals[19] divisions and through its Cogent Open Access journals imprint.[3]

The group has approximately 1,800 employees[5] located in at least 18 offices worldwide. Its head office is based in Milton Park, Abingdon in the United Kingdom, with other offices in Stockholm, Leiden, New York, Boca Raton, Philadelphia, Kentucky, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Melbourne, Sydney, Cape Town, Tokyo and New Delhi.[5][20]

The old Taylor and Francis logo depicts a hand pouring oil into a lit lamp, along with the Latin phrase "alere flammam" - to feed the flame (of knowledge). The modern logo is a stylised oil lamp in a circle.

In 2013, the entire board of the Journal of Library Administration resigned in a dispute over author licensing agreements.[21]

Acquired companies and discontinued imprints

See also


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  2. 1 2 3 4 "Academic Publishing Senior Management Team". Informa.
  3. 1 2 3 "Results for 12 months to 31st December 2015" (PDF).
  4. 1 2 3 "UNDERSTANDING INFORMA Annual Report and Financial Statements 2014" (PDF).
  5. 1 2 3 "Informa: About Academic Publishing".
  6. About Us, Taylor & Francis, UK.
  7. Brock, W.H. & Meadows, A.J. (1998). The Lamp Of Learning: Taylor & Francis And Two Centuries Of Publishing. Taylor & Francis.
  8. BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Academic Publishing Industry: A Story of Merger and Acquisition - Taylor & Francis.
  10. Larivière, Vincent; Haustein, Stefanie; Mongeon, Philippe (2015-06-10). "The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era". PLOS ONE. 10 (6): e0127502. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127502. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 4465327Freely accessible. PMID 26061978.
  11. "Outsell HSS Market Size Share Forecast" (PDF).
  12. "Publishing With Us - Routledge". Taylor & Francis Group. 2016.
  13. "Taylor & Francis Online – FAQs" (PDF). Taylor & Francis Group. 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  14. "Routledge Handbooks Online". www.routledgehandbooks.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  15. "Home". www.routledgeperformancearchive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  16. "Home Page - Secret Intelligence Files". www.secretintelligencefiles.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  17. "CRCnetBASE". www.crcnetbase.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  18. "Routledge Books Open Access".
  19. "Open Access".
  20. "Informa Office Locator: Company = Taylor & Francis". http://informa.com/contact-us/office-locator/?company=Taylor+%26+Francis&view=List&keywords=
  21. Dupuis, John. "Journal of Library Administration editorial board resigns over author rights". ScienceBlogs. ScienceBlogs LLC. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  22. 1 2 " Swets & Zeitlinger sells Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers", 6 November 2003.
  23. "Bertoli Mitchell arranges the sale of Acumen Publishing to Taylor & Francis".
  24. "Welcome to the Criminology & Criminal Justice Textbook Catalog".
  25. "Routledge Architecture".
  27. 1 2 "Informa Pays £20M for Ashgate Publishing".
  28. "New Books from Auerbach Publications".
  29. "Baywood Publishing is now a part of Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis". routledge.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  30. "Bellwether Publishing Journals Join Geography Market Leader Routledge/Taylor & Francis for 2013".
  31. "Bibliomotion Acquired by Taylor & Francis".
  32. "Bloomsbury Journals Join Routledge".
  33. Quayle Munro advises shareholders of Cavendish Publishing on sale to Informa
  34. Taylor & Francis Group
  35. "Donhead Publishing".
  36. "Earthscan acquired by Taylor & Francis".
  37. Mary H. Munroe (2004). "Taylor & Francis Timeline". The Academic Publishing Industry: A Story of Merger and Acquisition. Archived from the original on October 2014 via Northern Illinois University.
  38. Global Publishing Leaders 2013: Informa
  39. "Taylor and Francis announce acquisition of Frank Cass & Co", 28 July 2003.
  40. "Taylor & Francis Group plc acquires Gordon and Breach Publishing Group", 14 February 2001).
  41. "Routledge Welcomes Ashgate".
  42. "Bertoli Mitchell advises the shareholders of Greengage Press on sale to Taylor & Francis".
  43. "Our History Taylor & Francis".
  44. "Thomas Webster leaves Hodder Education following sale of HE and Health Sciences lists". September 2, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  45. "Holcomb Hathaway is now part of Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis". routledge.com. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  46. "Taylor & Francis Group LLC acquires Landes Bioscience". Taylor & Francis. June 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  47. "Routledge Welcomes Left Coast Press".
  48. Joshua Farrington, "T&F buys Manson Publishing", The Bookseller, 10 April 2013.
  49. "Taylor & Francis acquires Marcel Dekker", 20 November 2003.
  50. "Routledge Welcomes M. E. Sharpe". Archived from the original on 13 July 2015.
  51. "Routledge Welcomes Paradigm".
  52. 1 2 News Archive - 2003 News
  53. "Bertoli Mitchell arranges the sale of Pickering and Chatto to Taylor & Francis". bertolimitchell.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  54. "Productivity Press: About Us". productivitypress.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  55. "Taylor & Francis Group Acquires Pyrczak Publishing". routledge.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  56. "Bertoli Mitchell arranges the sale of Radcliffe Healthcare to Taylor & Francis".
  57. "RFF Press".
  58. "St Jerome is now part of Routledge Books".
  59. "Bertoli Mitchell arranges the sale of Willan Publishing to Taylor & Francis".
  60. "Willan Publishing is Now Routledge".

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