Transaction Publishers

Transaction Publishers

2008 conference booth
Founded 1962
Founder Alvin Ward Gouldner, Lee Rainwater, and Irving Louis Horowitz
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Piscataway, New Jersey
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics Social Sciences
Official website

Transaction Publishers is a New Jersey-based publishing house that specializes in social sciences books. Located on the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University , Transaction maintains close connections to academic life.[1]


Transaction Publishers is 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.[2][3][4] In an evaluation of twenty-one international social-science book publishers according to nineteen quality criteria, Transaction Publishers ranked sixth.

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, journals, and eBooks.[5]

In 1969, Transaction relocated to the newly formed Livingston College, on the Livingston campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Transaction mission with respect to the university has been, and continues to be, the enhancement of its social science and public policy capacities. Many editors, authors, and advisors are drawn from the faculty. Close to 200 faculty members have been authors and editors of Transaction books.

AldineTransaction is 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 are now published under the imprint AldineTransaction. AldineTransaction publishes 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.[6]

Transaction has published more than 6,000 titles, with more than 90 percent still in print.

Transaction once published academic journals, including its flagship journal, Society; however, Transaction sold its journal publishing program to Springer Science+Business Media in 2007.[7]

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.[8] 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. "Irving Louis Horowitz, Founder of Transaction Publishers, Dies at 82" (Press release).
  3. 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.
  4. American Anthropological Association (1999). Anthropology news. American Anthropological Association. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
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  6. "Transaction Publishers Acquires Titles from Rutgers' Center for Urban Policy Research" (Press release).
  7. "Springer Science+Business Media acquires complete journal program from Transaction Publishers" (Press release). EurekAlert!. 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  8. "Seminal social sciences archive goes online and opens to the public". Penn State University. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
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