Brill (publisher)

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legal form NV
ISIN NL0000442523
founding 1683
Seat Leiden , NL
Number of employees 120
sales 32.18 million euros
Branch Publishing
As of December 31, 2016

Koninklijke Brill NV , or Brill for short , is an international Dutch science publisher and a company listed on Euronext Amsterdam N.V.

The Luchtmans family of booksellers in Leyden
E. J. Brill (Lith. German Museum of Books and Writing Leipzig)

The publishing house was founded on May 17, 1683 by the bookseller Jordaan Luchtman (1652–1708) in Leiden , the Netherlands , where the company is still based today. The publisher has a branch in Boston ( USA ), therefore “Leiden / Boston” is the place of publication of all Brill publications. The turnover in 2016 was around 32 million euros . Brill employs around 120 people, publishes over 100 academic journals and around 500 new books and reference works every year.

The publisher specializes in international scientific publications in the following areas:

  • History of the Middle East and Egypt
  • Asian and Islamic Studies
  • History of the Middle Ages and Modern Times
  • Religious studies
  • Classical antiquity
  • Social sciences
  • Art history
  • Science and biology
  • Human rights and humanity law
  • International law / international law

Among other things, Brill published the Encyclopaedia of Islam in English , French and German in 1913 , followed by a new edition in 1987 in English and French. The third edition, which will only appear in English, is currently being worked on.

Brill is one of the world's most renowned academic publishers and, through its own IDC Publishers branch, is also one of the most important online and microfilm providers of primary literature for scholars from the humanities and social sciences . All publications are therefore available in printed form, as microfilm / fiche and in electronic form.

In June 2014 Brill took over the Dutch publisher Rodopi . Since then, Rodopi has been an imprint of Brill. On January 1, 2017, the German publishers Ferdinand Schöningh and Wilhelm Fink were also taken over by Brill.


  • Luchtmans & Brill: Driehonderd Jaar Uitgevers en Drukkers in Leiden 1683–1983. In: Bulletin (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) , Vol. 12, No. 1 (1985)
  • JM van Ophuijsen: EJ Brill, three centuries of scholarly publishing, since 1683. Brill, Leiden 1994.
  • Paul Hoftijzer (2004): Tuta sub aegide Pallas: printer's marks through the Ages. In: Brill Annual Report 2004 , pp. 69–81 (PDF; 2.5 MB).
  • Sytze van der Veen et al .: Brill. 325 Years of Scholarly Publishing. Brill, Leiden 2008, ISBN 9789004170322 .

Web links

Commons : Brill Publishers  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Morningstar report Koninklijke Brill NV BRILL. (PDF 66kB) Euronext , October 14, 2017, accessed on October 14, 2017 .
  2. ^ Brill completes acquisition of Editions Rodopi. Brill, June 12, 2014, accessed October 14, 2017 .

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