In October 1949, Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe published the first issue of the “Psychologische Rundschau,” the official journal of the German Association of Psychology, with the aim of establishing a new communication platform for psychology. The publishing companies that he approached with this idea thought that the financial risk involved was too great, and so the university assistant professor decided to establish his own publishing company. This decision proved to be visionary, as the history outlined below shows.

  1. 1949

    Publication of the first issue of the scientific journal “Psychologische Rundschau” (“Psychological Review”). Foundation of the Hogrefe Publishing Group.

  2. 1952

    Publication of the first book, “Konstitution und Entwicklung” by Wilfried Zeller.

  3. 1953

    Publication of the first test, “Intelligenz-Struktur-Test (IST)” by Rudolf Amthauer.

  4. 1954

    Founding of Testzentrale, Stuttgart (Germany).

  5. 1955

    Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe leaves his job at Göttingen University and dedicates himself full time to developing the publishing company.

  6. 1958

    The first volume of the “Handbuch der Psychologie” in 12 volumes is published.

  7. 1971

    The company moves from the private home of the founder to its own dedicated premises at Rohnsweg 25, Göttingen (Germany).

  8. 1974

    Founding of C.J. Hogrefe, Inc., Toronto (Canada).

  9. 1981

    Dr. Christine Hogrefe, daughter of the publisher, designs the company signet which includes the initials of the founder and “Psi” for psychology. This is introduced with the first volume of “Enzyklopädie der Psychologie” in 1982.

  10. 1984

    Hogrefe acquires Verlag Hans Huber. The English-language publishing activities of Hogrefe and Huber are continued in a joint company, Hogrefe & Huber Publishers Inc.

  11. 1985

    Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe joins the company management at Verlag Hans Huber.

  12. 1988

    Founding of Testzentrale of the Swiss Psychologists, as the leading provider of psychological tests in Switzerland.

  13. 1990

    Together with NFER-Nelson launched the initiative for establishing the European Test Publishers Group.

  14. 1991

    Testzentrale moves from Stuttgart to Göttingen, in a new building at Robert-Bosch-Breite 25.

  15. 1993

    Development of the “Hogrefe Test System,” a software platform for computer-based testing.

  16. 1994

    The company in Göttingen becomes Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG and the founder passes overall responsibility to his son, Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe.

    Acquisition of Beltz Test GmbH.

  17. 1995

    Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe is elected as member of the board of management of the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).

  18. 1996

    The first Hogrefe website goes online.

  19. 1998

    Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe is named an honorary member of the German Association of Psychology for “his varied activities in the development of psychology after the Second World War.”

  20. 1999

    Verlag Hans Huber acquires parts of the list of Ullstein Medical and thus expands its nursing list.

  21. 2000

    Founding of the Hogrefe Testzentrum in Prague (Czech Republic).

  22. 2001

    Founding of the umbrella company Hogrefe Verlagsgruppe GmbH.

  23. 2003

    Publication of “Explorix,” the first online test (www.explorix.de).

    The Test Agency Ltd. becomes part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group and continues as Hogrefe Ltd., Oxford (UK).

  24. 2004

    Hogrefe acquires a stake in Dansk Psykologisk Forlag Holding A/S, Copenhagen (Denmark).

  25. 2005

    Introduction of the umbrella brand “Hogrefe” and of uniform design elements for all companies in the Hogrefe group.

    Founding of Hogrefe Austria GmbH, Vienna (Austria).

  26. 2006

    Founding of Éditions Hogrefe France, Paris (France).

  27. 2007

    Founding of Hogrefe Uitgevers BV, Amsterdam (Netherlands).

  28. 2008

    Psykologiförlaget becomes part of the Hogrefe group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologiförlaget AB, Stockholm (Sweden).

  29. 2009

    Acquisition in Göttingen of a new main office building in the Merkelstrasse and of a new distribution and warehouse building in Herbert-Quandt-Strasse.

  30. 2010

    The test division of Dansk Psykologisk Forlag becomes fully part of the Hogrefe group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologisk Forlag A/S, Copenhagen (Denmark).

    Launch of the Hogrefe eLibrary.

  31. 2012

    Founding of Hogrefe Editore, Florence (Italy).

    Sale of the bookstores Huber & Lang in Bern and Zurich (Switzerland) as well as of the subscription agency to Lehmanns Media.

  32. 2013

    Psykologien Kustannus Oy in Finland becomes part of the Hogrefe group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologien Kustannus Oy, Helsinki (Finland).

    Founding of the Group Executive Board, as the top executive management team of the Hogrefe group.

  33. 2015

    CETEPP (Centro Editor de Testes e Pesquisas em Psicologia) in Brazil becomes part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group and continues as Editora Hogrefe CETEPP, São Paulo.

    New branding introduced for the entire Hogrefe group, including Verlag Hans Huber, which prior to this date had continued to use separate branding.

  34. 2017

    TEA Ediciones in Spain becomes part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group. TEA Ediciones is the leading Spanish developer and publisher of psychological tests.

    The publishing division of CEGOC in Portugal becomes also part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group and continues as Editora Hogrefe, Lda. (Lisbon).