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Focus and Scope

The Journal aims to be a leading on-line and open-access magazine that covers various aspects of environmental history in the broadest sense of the word. Emphasis is upon studies which focus on the historical relations between environmental changes and the social-historical context. Interregional and international comparative articles are getting special attention.

Contributions should be of high scientific quality. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline, papers should be easy-to-read for all disciplines of the field, which ensures their accessibility to a wider audience as well.

Geographically, the Journal is primarily – but not exclusively - focusing on NW-Europe including areas that had historical relations with that broad region. Articles with a more general geographic scope can also be published in the Journal.

The articles are published in English, French or German. Articles in French and German must have an extended English summary and should be introduced by a bilingual (English and French or German) abstract. In the latter case, the subtitles from the illustrations need to be bilingual as well.

Download the JHES Author Guidelines (pdf, 508 kB)

Correspondence and articles for review should be sent to Tim Soens (

Peer Review

To ensure scientific quality, JHES follows a strict double-blind peer-review procedure.

Submission Checklist

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (see below).


Journal for the History of Environment and Society allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

Publication Cycle

The journal is published on-line on a regular base, in an open-access format.

Journal history

Formerly Jaarboek voor Ecologische Geschiedenis (1995-2013), published by Academia Press, Ghent.

Open access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.