Transaction Publishers


Transaction Publishers was a New Jersey-based publishing house that specialized in social science books and journals. It was located on the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University.[1] Transaction was sold to Taylor & Francis in 2016 and merged with its Routledge imprint.[2][3]

Transaction Publishers
2008 conference booth
FounderAlvin Ward Gouldner, Lee Rainwater, and Irving Louis Horowitz
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationPiscataway, New Jersey
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsSocial Sciences



As of February 1, 2017, Transaction Publishers became a part of Routledge, of the Taylor & Francis Group.

Transaction was an academic publisher of the social sciences. It was founded by Irving Louis Horowitz, who served as Transaction's chairman of the board and editorial director until his death in 2012.[4][5][6]

Transaction began on July 1, 1962, as part of a multiplex grant sponsored by the Ford Foundation at Washington University in St. Louis. From beginnings as a social science magazine, Transaction: Social Science and Modern Society (later Society), Transaction Publishers evolved into a full-fledged publisher of books (Transaction Books), journals (Transaction Periodicals Consortium), and eBooks.[7]

In 1969, Transaction relocated to the newly formed Livingston College, on the Livingston campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Many editors, authors, and advisors are drawn from the faculty. Close to 200 faculty members have been authors and editors of Transaction books.[citation needed]

AldineTransaction was an imprint of Transaction Publishers. Formerly a division of Walter de Gruyter, Inc., Aldine Publishing Co. was acquired by Transaction in July 2004, and the books were then published under the imprint AldineTransaction. AldineTransaction published classic books in the fields of sociology, anthropology, economics, sociobiology, physical anthropology, and public policy. It acquired book lists from Precedent Publishers in 2009 and the Rutgers Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) in 2011.[8]

Transaction published more than 6,000 titles.[when?]

Transaction once published academic journals, including its flagship journal, Society; however, Transaction sold its journal publishing program to Springer Science+Business Media in 2007.[9]

In 2010, Penn State University announced the "Irving Louis Horowitz–Transaction Publishers Archives, 1939-2009" open for public research at Penn State's Historical Collections and Labor Archives (HCLA) of The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, University Libraries.[10] The archive documents the expansion of social science research over the past half century.


  1. ^ Inkeles, Alex, ed. (1991). On measuring democracy: Its consequences and concomitants (second printing, 1993 ed.). New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Transactions Publishers. ISBN 0-88738-881-7.
  2. ^ About Transaction
  3. ^ Educational, academic and professional publishing transactions
  4. ^ "Irving Louis Horowitz, Founder of Transaction Publishers, Dies at 82" (Press release).
  5. ^ Samuel Totten; Paul Robert Bartrop; Steven L. Jacobs (2008). Dictionary of Genocide: M-Z. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 428. ISBN 978-0-313-34644-6. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  6. ^ American Anthropological Association (1999). Anthropology news. American Anthropological Association. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  7. ^ About Transaction (
  8. ^ "Transaction Publishers Acquires Titles from Rutgers' Center for Urban Policy Research" (Press release).
  9. ^ "Springer Science+Business Media acquires complete journal program from Transaction Publishers" (Press release). EurekAlert!. 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  10. ^ "Seminal social sciences archive goes online and opens to the public". Penn State University. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  • Official website
  • Irving Louis Horowitz-Transaction Publishers Archives, 1939-2009 online searchable archive at Penn State