Are certain publishers of books more reliable than other publishers?

For example, if a book is published by Routledge, like the first book cited in this answer, is that a useful indicator that the book is an honest, scholarly attempt at history?

(For what it's worth, here's a review of the book. Not universally bad, not universally good.)

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Yes, I think some publishers are more reliable than other publishers. Knowing the reliable from the unreliable is one part of being an expert in a particular field.

The expert who has come to know one publisher as less reliable only uses this as a clue that they should be looking for extra sources to confirm what they've read.

This knowledge is what makes domain experts more efficient at finding the best evidence for a particular question.

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