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is an academic publisher
Academic publishing describes the subfield of publishing which distributes academic research and scholarship. Most academic work is published in journal article, book or thesis form. The part of academic written output that is not formally published but merely printed up or posted is often called...
based in Hauppauge, New York
Hauppauge is a hamlet and CDP in the Town of Islip and the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population of the CDP was 20,100 at the time of the 2000 census....
of books and journals
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for an academic audience. The company focuses on science, political science, European and Asian studies, and security studies. It was founded in 1985 in New York by Frank Columbus, former Vice-President of Plenum Publishing. On his death in 2010 at age 69, his wife Nadya Columbus became the editor-in-chief.
The publisher has been criticized for republishing public domain material in their journals (often chapters taken from early 20th century non-scholarly books) and for so-called "cross publication," where the same paper is republished in more than one collection. In an evaluation of twenty-one international social-science book publishers that attempted to determine the market penetration of publishers in influencing policy level bureaucrats, Nova Publishers ranked 17th out of 21 publishers.