TAYLOR AND FRANCIS ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
Taylor and Francis is an international publisher listing more than 800 journals and around 2,300 new books each year, with a books backlist of more than 20,000 titles. The books are published under the imprint of specialty printing groups including Garland, which caught my particular attention. Garland publishes some market leading titles in life sciences including Bruce Alberts' Molecular Biology of the Cell (4th Edition) and Introduction to Protein Structure (2nd Edition) by Carl Branden and John Tooze. Locating the publications is a straighforward task by following the simple menu choices from the home page. By way of quantity of titles, the most significant imprint is Routledge. The brief history given at the site outlines how the company, founded by two scholars in the 1800s, became a large public company in 1998. My bookshelf includes the 1984 title Microcomputers in Biochemical Education edited by E. J. Wood, published by Taylor and Francis, that is the subject of a commentary elsewhere in this issue. The majority of Taylor and Francis' publications are in the social sciences, and this includes a number of publications on educational research. Two of these titles are the British Educational Research Journal and the Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. I found it informative to look through listings of paper titles, and look up occasional abstracts, to see the areas of regional and global concern in educational research. One article had an intriguing main title of Ban the Computer, although in fairness this article was directed at bad usage in primary education. Another imprint within the group is CRC, familiar to many of us for their encyclopedic reference books in science and medicine. There are multiple offerings for research and teaching from the evolving Taylor and Francis group.