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De Gruyter Enters Strategic Partnership with Berghahn Books

Berlin/Oxford/Boston/Brooklyn, June 28, 2022

De Gruyter is pleased to announce a new eBook distribution agreement with independent publisher Berghahn Books. The strategic partnership entails hosting and worldwide distribution of more than 2,000 frontlist, backlist and archive titles published by Berghahn via At least 20% of Berghahn’s total frontlist collection will be exclusively available as DRM-free through De Gruyter.

Berghahn Books is a family-run publishing house that produces more than 125 new titles a year, including in the areas of History, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Migration and Development, and Film. Founded in 1994 by Marion Berghahn, the house prides itself in identifying and adopting titles that promote the ideals of equality and tolerance in both theory and application.

De Gruyter is proud to further cement its commitment to supporting and sustaining independent, commercial publishers with a progressive mission through this new partnership. The synergy in vision and a deep commitment to advancing title access with a user-centric approach in mind ensures that the partnership will flourish prosperously.

Berghahn Books is the latest partner to join De Gruyter’s University Press Library (UPL), which allows libraries to purchase the complete frontlist collection of leading academic presses in multi-user access. The University Press Library started out in 2014 as a pilot with three university presses. Today, 20 academic presses are part of UPL.

“De Gruyter has always been an advocate of supporting high-quality independent publishing houses such as Berghahn Books,” said Steve Fallon, VP Americas and Strategic Partnerships, De Gruyter. “The rigorous peer-review process and subject-area focus makes Berghahn Books an excellent addition to De Gruyter’s University Press Library business model. With the new award-winning platform and exclusivity of 20% of Berghahn’s frontlist, De Gruyter aims to prioritize access and increase visibility for Berghahn and other partner titles by ensuring that users have access to their titles at the point of purchase.”

“As an independent academic publisher, we are thrilled to join other mission-driven presses as part of De Gruyter’s University Press Library,” said Vivian Berghahn, Managing Director, Berghahn Books. “Our partnership with De Gruyter not only expands the global reach and discoverability of more than 2,000 Berghahn titles but also allows us to better serve libraries more widely with collection-level access to the innovative, high-quality research they could previously only purchase at a single-title level.”

De Gruyter publishes first-class scholarship and has done so for more than 270 years. An international, independent publisher headquartered in Berlin – with offices in Boston, Beijing, Basel, Vienna, Warsaw, and Munich – it publishes more than 1,300 new book titles each year and more than 900 journals in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Law. The publishing house also offers a wide range of digital media, including Open Access journals and books. The group includes the imprints De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Saur, Düsseldorf University Press, Deutscher Kunstverlag (DKV), and Jovis Verlag, as well as the publishing services provider Sciendo. For more information, visit

Founded in 1994, Berghahn Books is a leading independent publisher of scholarly books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Its program, which includes 40 journals and more than 125 new book titles a year, focuses on Anthropology and Archaeology; European History; Environmental Studies; Film Studies; Gender Studies; and Refugee and Migration Studies. A peer-review press, Berghahn is committed to the highest academic standards and seeks to enable innovative contributions to the scholarship in its fields of specialty. With offices in New York and Oxford, Berghahn maintains close links to the academic communities of Europe, North America, and all other parts of the world, pursuing a mission to advance quality research across national and disciplinary boundaries. For more information, visit

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