Brill completes KITLV acquisition

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Scholarly publisher Brill has completed its acquisition of KITLV Press, the Dutch publisher of Asian and Caribbean studies.

The acquisition is said to include two prestigious open-access journals—Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania (published since 1853) and New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (published since 1919)—in addition to the complete book list of around 450 titles.

'Brill is proud to have been selected by the Learned Society KITLV as the new home for this well-known list of Asian and Caribbean studies,' said Sam Bruinsma, vice president business development at Brill. 'The two long-standing and distinguished journals were on our wish list for a long time and are a wonderful addition to our collection of now nearly 200 journal titles.'

Both parties also agreed that the Learned Society KITLV will act as the open-access sponsor of the two journals taken over by Brill. Through this sponsorship, Brill and the Learned Society KITLV guarantee that the general public has access to all current and archival content, while at the same time providing contributing authors with a true open access option, free of charge, say the partners.

Brill will take on all book publishing activities from Leiden-based KITLV Press with immediate effect and will assume responsibility for the two journals starting with the 2013 volumes.