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Brill renews unique Open Access partnership with KITLV Society

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 12 December 2018

International publishing house Brill has renewed its partnership with the Dutch Society KITLV in the publication of two prestigious Open Access journals.

Brill and the Dutch Society for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) announce the renewal of their partnership in the publication of both internationally widely acclaimed journals The Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia (founded 1853) and The New West Indian Guide (1919). In this unique agreement Brill publishes both of its journals in Open Access, under sponsorship of the Society. At the same time the Society takes on full editorial responsibility, which is financially supported by Brill.

“This cooperation dates back to 2012 and we are delighted with this long-term renewal,” says Sam Bruinsma, Brill’s Senior Vice-president Business Development. “Its special character offers the best of both worlds: the editorial quality of our journals is being guaranteed while accepted manuscripts are published directly in Open Access without any fees for the authors, independent of their country of origin.”

Professor Susan Legêne, chair of the KITLV Society adds: “For us Brill is a publishing house that combines its role in publishing accessible contemporary research with opening up its impressive library of sometimes centuries old publications. By doing so, they are an important institute for the subject fields of the KITLV and it’s a privilege to be part of that.”

For more information, please contact Stephanie Paalvast, Program Manager Open Access at Brill, at [email protected].

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes 284 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit

About the KITLV
KITLV was founded in 1851 as a ‘Vereniging’, a members’ association. From its establishment in 1851 up to 2001, the management of the KITLV was the responsibility of the Board of the ‘Vereniging’ on behalf of its members. As of January 1st, 2001, the KITLV became an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). The ‘Vereniging’ remains the owner of all collections, which it has entrusted on 1 July 2014 to the Leiden University Library. The ‘Vereniging’ has continued its juridical position as publisher through cooperation with Brill. The goals of the ‘Vereniging’ include maintaining and expanding its collection with the aim to promote the study of the linguistics, ethnology and history Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. Dissemination and disclosure, elucidation and explanation of sources, themes and subjects relevant to the Association are important to reach and inform scientific as well as wider audiences. For further information, please visit

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