The Edwin Mellen Press is a scholarly publishing house with offices in Lewiston, New York, and Lampeter, Wales. It was founded in 1972 by religious scholar Herbert Richardson. It describes itself as "a non-subsidy academic publisher of books in the humanities and social sciences," releasing "monographs, critical editions, collections, translations, revisionist studies, constructive essays, bibliographies, dictionaries, reference guides and dissertations." Most Mellen books are in English; many are also in French, German, Spanish, Russian, and other languages.
|Edwin Mellen Press|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Lewiston, New York|
The press's initial purpose was to publish specialized scholarship produced in Richardson's home department at the University of St. Michael's College, a Roman Catholic institution federated with the University of Toronto. Early releases included bibliographies, translations, and dissertations done by faculty and doctoral students in Toronto.
Richardson ran the press initially from the basement of his home. He named it for his grandfather, Edwin Mellen, who was a lover of books. Richardson's great-grandfather was Isaac Adams, a Massachusetts politician who invented the Adams Power Press, which revolutionized the printing industry.
Richardson expanded the press year by year, publishing works by scholars outside Toronto. By 1979, the press had grown large enough to warrant its own space, which Richardson found in Lewiston, New York, a village just across the Canada-US border near Niagara Falls. The press was soon publishing as many as 150 titles a year. In 1987, the Edwin Mellen Press opened an office in Lampeter, Wales.
The Edwin Mellen Press publishes books written at the doctoral reading level. Richardson explains that the press "values scholar-for-scholar research more than anything." While university presses often privilege submissions that will appeal to thousands of readers, Mellen's main interest is whether a work will advance knowledge even in a highly specialized area. The Press states that "the sole criterion for publication is that the manuscript must make a contribution to scholarship." 
As a result, Mellen often publishes research that would otherwise be rejected by larger university presses, even on such esoteric topics as the history of the macadamia nut industry in Hawaii or the role of parrots in fiction.
Since 1993, the Press has become notorious for suing its critics in defense of its own and its authors' reputations. Some have claimed that it has thereby further damaged its reputation, in a classic example of the Streisand Effect.
The press's litigiousness dates from 1993, when Robert West, a disgruntled former employee of Mellen Press, contacted Lingua Franca, a magazine defunct since 2001 but at that time widely read and respected in academic circles, describing Richardson as a "rogue professor" and Mellen as a "vanity press"; West urged the magazine to publish an exposé.
Lingua Franca commissioned the story to Warren St. John and published his account as the cover story for September/October 1993: "Vanity's Fare: the Peripatetic Professor and his Peculiarly Profitable Press." The article called Mellen a "quasi-vanity press cunningly disguised as an academic publishing house," and ridiculed in particular a book Mellen had published by Joseph R. Washington, Jr., an African-American professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In response, Mellen Press took legal action for libel against West and Lingua Franca, and in subsequent years against other individuals and organizations that echoed the accusations in the original article.
Notably, many of Mellen's successes in obtaining apologies, retractions or damages were in England. Prior to passage of the Defamation Act 2013, which came into force on Jan 1, 2014, English libel law was notoriously friendly to plaintiffs. The new Act includes defences of honest opinion, truth and peer-reviewed statements in scientific or academic journals, as well as protections for website owners.
The following titles from Mellen's 2016 catalog illustrate the topical breadth of its list. All have won book prizes in scholarly competitions.
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