Imprints and Trademarks


There are several major imprints that fall under the Brill banner: Brill | Nijhoff, Hotei Publishing, Brill | Hes & De Graaf, Brill | Rodopi, Brill | Sense and the Brill Deutschland imprints Ferdinand Schöningh, Wilhelm Fink, mentis and the recently acquired Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage. Each imprint can point to a distinguished history of publishing high quality and successful titles in their own right. You can find out more about each house on this page. At the bottom of the page, Brill´s registered trademarks are listed.

Brill | Sense

Brill | Sense is the new imprint of Sense Publishers, which became part of Brill in 2017. Brill | Sense remains one of the fastest growing publishers of books in Educational Research and related fields, with a current backlist of over 1,500 titles and more than 125 new titles published annually.

Brill | Sense publishes a blend of well-established and newer series of books that include coverage in some of the key areas of Education - with an international scope - including:

  • Adult Education
  • Art Education
  • Children Education
  • Comparative Education
  • Culture & Education
  • Education Policy & Politics
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Educational Technology
  • Educational Theory
  • Gender & Education
  • Higher Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • Language Education
  • Learning
  • Mathematics Education
  • Professional Development
  • Research Methodology
  • Science Education
  • Social Justice
  • Teacher Education
  • Youth

Each series includes a Series Editor that is recognized as one of the field’s top authorities, along with an advisory board that provides oversight to the series. Each book is also vetted by reviewers chosen for their particular expertise in the area. Many books in the Brill | Sense list are intended for classroom use in colleges and universities worldwide, often being adopted for courses year after year. Featuring a cast of top international authors that make up a veritable "Who's Who" in their specialities, Brill | Sense brings a true global perspective to its publishing efforts.

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Ferdinand Schöningh

Founded in 1847 in Paderborn, Ferdinand Schöningh specializes in History, Catholic Theology, Pedagogy, Linguistics and Literary Studies. The program comprises of highly esteemed book series published under the auspices of foundations such as Stiftung Konrad Adenauer Haus, Otto von Bismarck Stiftung and Kommission für Zeitgeschichte. It also includes the Handbook of the History of Religion, Handbook of Pedagogy and monographs on Ancient History, History of Synods, Modern History, National Socialism as well as Violence and Perpetrator History. The company publishes several journals and around 170 new titles per year. Ferdinand Schöningh is a member and shareholder of UTB, a successful German based marketing and sales organization for textbooks and academic literature.

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Wilhelm Fink

In 1962 Wilhelm Fink, previous editor of Deutsche Verlags Anstalt DVA, founded his own publishing company. Starting with a number of philological works the program, which was acquired by Ferdinand Schöningh in 1973, expanded into Philosophy, Art and Cultural Studies. Amongst others the publisher established the field Media Studies in the intellectual debate in Germany and oversaw the editing of important collected works of Johan Huizinga, Susan Taubes and Friedrich Kittler. With the University of Konstanz, Wilhelm Fink established hermeneutics as a theory in modern intellectual history. The company publishes well-known journals and around 160 new titles per year and is also a member and shareholder of UTB.

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In the 20 years since its foundation in 1998, the name of mentis Verlag stands for high-quality publications in Analytical Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind. The philosophical program focuses on the philosophy of mind and emotions, philosophy of language, logic, ethics, medical ethics and philosophy of art; the main book series are “Perspectives of Analytical Philosophy” and “ethica”. mentis combines “continental” and “transatlantic” philosophy through the international, bilingual yearbook “Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy”. In the field of literary studies, the focus is on literary theory and biopoetics. The main book series are “Explicatio” and “Poetogenesis”. The company publishes around 40 new titles per year.

  • Philosophy of Mind and Emotions
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Logic
  • Ontology
  • Epistomology & Philosophy of Science
  • Ethics & Medical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Theory of Action
  • Literary Theory
  • Theory of Lyrics
  • Biopoetics

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Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage

In March 2021 Brill announced the acquisition of the renowned German publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage ("V&R"). Founded in 1735 and headquartered in Göttingen, V&R has a superb and long-standing international reputation in the Humanities, especially in the fields of Theology and History. Since 2017 Böhlau Verlag, another high-quality humanities publisher, based in Cologne and Vienna, is also part of the V&R group.

Visit the V&R website to browse their catalog.

Brill | Rodopi

As of 1 January 2014, the international academic publishing house Editions Rodopi, which was founded in 1966 in Amsterdam, became part of Brill and continues under the imprint Brill | Rodopi. Brill | Rodopi publications cover subject areas ranging from modern history, contemporary philosophy, linguistics, theology to literature and cultural studies, theater studies, cinema, and the arts.

Although the main language of publication is English, the multilingual list includes German, French, and Spanish. Around 130 new books and 6 journals are published each year. The backlist contains around 4,000 titles.

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Brill | Rodopi Order Information and Policy.

Brill | Hes & De Graaf

As of December 31, 2013 Brill took over the publishing list of HES & DE GRAAF B.V. The list includes 600 titles and is growing with 10-15 titles a year, in the fields of book history, history of cartography and neighboring fields. Besides the separate volumes it contains six book series, including the Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici. Brill also has the exclusive global distribution rights for the highly prestigious Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem.

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Hotei Publishing

Hotei Publishing specializes in books relating to Japan and is an imprint of Brill since May 2006. Established in Leiden in the 1990s, Hotei publishes exhibition catalogues, lavishly illustrated books on Japanese print artists and painters, and a variety of other manifestations of Japanese art and culture.

Whether providing new information or shedding new light on familiar territory, Hotei presents materials in accessible language with an abundance of color illustrations of superb quality, set in an attractive design. Publisher and printer go to extreme lengths to ensure that the pictures are as close to the original as possible. All Hotei publications, equally appealing to general readers, collectors, and academics, can be characterized by their efforts to combine attractive art book publishing with a scholarly approach.

Hotei Publishing works with an international team of museum curators, art historians, and specialist authors, and produces a great number of books in close cooperation with museums worldwide. Recent highlights are Waves of renewal: Modern Japanese Prints 1900-1960 (in collaboration with Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam and Baur Collection, Geneva, 2016); Water and Shadow (about Kawase Hasui, in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2014) and The Harunobu Decade (published in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 2013).

Related Titles: Brill also publishes the book series Japanese Visual Culture, Modern Asian Art and Visual Culture and Photography in Asia.
Acquisitions Editor: Inge Klompmakers

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Brill | Nijhoff

Brill | Nijhoff is a prestigious imprint dating back to the nineteenth century. Brill | Nijhoff's portfolio focuses on areas in Public International Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and increasingly on International Relations. Its annual publication program consists of over 20 journals, 20 annuals and some 120 new book titles. Its back-list comprises of over 2,000 titles. You can view Nijhoff's titles in our catalog search. Brill | Nijhoff is a partner of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Background of Martinus Nijhoff and Brill | Nijhoff: Martinus Nijhoff was the name of a prestigious publishing house founded in the 19th century in The Hague (the Dutch poet bearing the same name was a grandson of the company’s founder). Martinus Nijhoff's publishing program focused on the humanities, the arts, as well as law. In the 1970’s the Nijhoff publishing house was acquired by Kluwer. Within Kluwer, the imprint Martinus Nijhoff Publishers was created for its publication program in international law, human rights law, humanitarian law and international relations. When the Martinus Nijhoff Publishers program came to Brill from Kluwer in 2003, MNP was retained as one of Brill’s imprints. In 2013 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of publication by Brill, and we can proudly say that in the past decade the Law program has developed into an important part of the overall Brill portfolio. Concomitant with the introduction of the new typographic style, the Martinus Nijhoff Publishers logo and branding has been replaced by Brill | Nijhoff in all books, journals, and associated marketing sites and materials.

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The following trademarks have been registered by Koninklijke Brill N.V. in various jurisdictions:

  • BORUI ('Brill' in Chinese characters)
  • mentis

The use of the abovementioned trademarks is reserved solely to Koninklijke Brill N.V. No other parties may use these trademarks in any way.

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