Top-Ranked Presses
Library of Social Science works with over 220 publishers—presenting their titles to scholars, professionals and students at some of the best conferences held each year. There are many ways to evaluate a publisher. We have selected the twenty-one presses below as among the most passionate and deeply committed to reaching a title's target market.
Top-Ranked Presses
#1 POLITY
Leading international publisher in the social sciences and humanities, producing cutting-edge work of the highest quality. Particularly strong in sociology, politics, social theory, philosophy, history, gender studies, and anthropology. An academic publisher, Polity also publishes general interest titles on key issues in social, political and cultural life.
#2 BRILL
Founded in 1683, Brill publishes over 700 books per year, focusing on the humanities and social sciences. Their reference works are world renowned, as are their Primary Source Collections of pre-modern archival documents and Oriental manuscripts. The Press continues to grow, having recently acquired Nijhoff, Hotei, Global Oriental and Rodopi.
#3 DEMETER PRESS   
Founded in 2006, Demeter is an independent feminist press committed to publishing peer-reviewed scholarly work, fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction on mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family. Demeter is partnered with the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement at York University in Toronto. Named in honor of the Goddess Demeter, herstory’s most celebrated empowered and outraged mother, their books celebrate her triumphant resistance as a model for the possibility—and power—of feminist mothering.
#4 CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARS PUBLISHING         
An independent academic publishing house committed to championing original thinking, placing authors at the heart of everything they do. Unique in the balance established between editorial guidance and control retained by each author. Publishes scholarly work across a wide range of subjects, with a focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences.
#5 AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION BOOKS
Titles from the world’s largest scientific and professional organization in psychology. Books cover abnormal psychology, addiction, children and aging, education and learning, gender, organizational psychology, neuropsychology, social psychology and violence. APA Books is the prime source for psychology titles, academic or clinical.
#6 SUNY PRESS
Acclaimed international publisher of distinguished research and notable general interest works, SUNY capitalizes on the latest advances in communication to offer innovative publications to fulfill the needs of scholars, students, authors and readers around the world.
#7 VERSO BOOKS
The largest independent radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing 100 books a year. Launched at the end of the 1970s, Verso has published landmark titles by Tariq Ali, Benedict Anderson, Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, Edward Said and Eric Hobsbawm, among many other leading lights of the Left. Their books cover a broad range of subject areas: historical sociology, cultural and literary theory, the history of slavery, economic and social theory, international relations, political theory and capital.
#8 GUILFORD PRESS
Publishing over 90 new books each year, the Press has built an international reputation as a publisher in mental health, education, and the behavioral sciences. Marked by independence, stability, and commitment to quality, Guilford is dedicated to bringing well-written, solidly researched work to professionals, academics and general readers.
#9 TEACHERS COLLEGE PRESS
Committed to addressing ideas that matter most to educators, Teachers College’s books expand the dialogue between educational theory and practice. Frequently provocative, the Press’ titles cross disciplinary boundaries—discussing issues that range from early childhood to adult learning and psychology to sociology, culture and women’s studies.
#10 BAYOU PUBLISHING
Creates practical, innovative resources for families and schools that are personally relevant and professionally reliable. The relational focus of their products underscores respect, hope and communication—earning the Press an international reputation for excellence.
#11 NEW HARBINGER PUBLICATIONS
Pioneering the scientifically-sound self-help book that is today's standard. Inspiring and enlightening, their books offer real tools for real change. Research-based, clinically proven and concise, their titles are respected for their enduring quality and value.
#12 STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Books of scholarship that both extend and challenge prevailing views in the academy and society, illuminating the human condition. Their 130 new titles each year—most in the humanities and social sciences—stimulate lively debate at the frontier of scholarship, giving readers the tools to improve the world around them.
#13 SPRINGER PUBLISHING COMPANY
Celebrating 65 years in the industry, Springer is known as an innovative nursing, behavioral and health sciences, and medical publisher, offering over one hundred quality titles annually and more than twenty journals. Passionate about providing the best textbooks, professional reference and clinical books, and digital products to students, instructors, and professionals, Springer Publishing was named one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the United States by Publishers Weekly. The press continues to grow its product portfolio in nursing, psychology, social work, gerontology, public health, counseling, rehabilitation healthcare administration, and medicine.
#14 CHARLES C THOMAS PUBLISHER, LTD.
Founded in 1927, Charles C Thomas produces books for the behavioral sciences, education and special education, speech-language and hearing, as well as the biomedical sciences, rehabilitation and long-term care. Thomas is one of the largest producers of books in criminal justice and law enforcement. Their significant titles often become standard texts and classics in their respective fields.
#15 ISEAS PUBLISHING (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)
This dynamic academic press with more than 40 years’ experience is the largest publisher of academic books focusing on Southeast Asian politics, economics and social issues. Since 1970 it has issued more than 2,000 books and journals, publishing an average of 70 a year. Producing quality books and journals, the press also co-publishes with academic and trade publishers in Asia, Europe, America and Australia to disseminate important research and analyses from and about Southeast Asia to the rest of the world.
#16 HOGREFE PUBLISHING
Publishing in North America since the 1970s, Hogrefe's print and electronic journals, books and online resources focus on the areas of psychiatry and psychology. Their core publications include: a range of high-quality scientific journals in the fields of psychology, assessment, and psychiatry; reference works and manuals for practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, and counselors, including the award-winning Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs; as well as texts and teaching resources for faculty and students. As part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group they also distribute selected assessment tools, including the Rorschach® Test.
#17 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publishes works of the greatest minds in academia across all disciplines. The Press consciously acquires a coherent "list" of books in each discipline, providing focus, continuity and a basis for the development of future publications. Selecting scholarship of the highest quality, Princeton’s books are meant for both the academy and the larger reading public.
#18 PETER LANG PUBLISHING GROUP   
Publishes monographs, textbooks and journals in 35 fields, producing around 2,000 new titles a year in English, French and German. Specializes in advanced textbooks in education, media & communication, Black studies for classroom use, as well as monographs in law, literature, religion, history, cultural studies, women’s studies, postcolonial studies, linguistics, political science, and philosophy.
#19 THE NEW PRESS
Publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy. Since 1992, The New Press has brought nearly 1,000 titles into print. The press aims to broaden the audience for serious intellectual work, focusing on contemporary social issues, with an emphasis on race relations, women's issues, immigration, human rights, labor and economics, the media, education reform, and legal studies. The press has also taken a leading role in publishing on African American, Asian American, Latino, gay and lesbian, and Native American studies.
#20 INFORMATION AGE PUBLISHING
Founded in 1999 by George F. Johnson, IAP is a social science publisher of academic and scholarly book series, monographs, handbooks, encyclopedia and journals. IAP's goal is to develop a comprehensive collection of materials that break down and define specific niches that lack high-level research material—in the fields of Education, Psychology, Management, Leadership, Educational Technology, Mathematics and Black studies. Their products are offered in both print and electronic formats. IAP markets and promotes its materials to librarians, professors and professionals throughout the world.
#21 HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Founded in 1832, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company is a publisher of textbooks, instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works, and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers and adults. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, 47 Pulitzer Prize winners, 13 National Book Award winners, and more than 100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients.