Taylor & Francis is one of the leading research publishers in the world. Its key components include Taylor & Francis, Routledge, CRC Press, F1000 Research and Dovepress.
Taylor & Francis was founded in London in 1852, but its roots extend to 1798 when Richard Taylor launched the Philosophical Magazine, one of the first scientific journals produced by an independent company. It was the start of many subsequent close collaborations with scholarly societies.
Routledge was founded in London in 1852 and became successful as a publisher of fiction geared towards railway travellers. At the beginning of the 20th Century, it began focussing more closely on academic and scholarly publishing. Routledge is considered to be the leading English-language publisher of social sciences and humanities.
In 1998, Taylor & Francis acquired Routledge and the merged company became one of the top five research publishers globally. In 2003, CRC Press was acquired. CRC Press had its beginning in the Chemical Rubber Company which was founded in 1903 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA) as a purveyor of rubber laboratory aprons which then expanded to include equipment for chemical laboratories. CRC Press is best known for titles in engineering, materials science and mathematics, but also publishes computer science, business and criminal science titles.
In 2004, Taylor & Francis merged with Informa and has been the academic publishing division of Informa plc since then.
In 2017, Taylor & Francis acquired Dove Medical Press (Dovepress), which was founded in 2003 as an open access publisher specializing primarily in medical journals.
The most recent major acquisition by Taylor & Francis was F1000 Research in 2020. F1000 Research was founded in 2000 and provides open research publishing venues which support data deposition and sharing to research funders and institutions, including the European Commission, Wellcome and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as directly to researchers through its own open research publishing platform, F1000Research.