About the Journal

JHES-Journal for the History of Environment and Society is an open access journal that welcomes submissions on articles concerning Environmental History. JHES is published in collaboration with Brepols Publishers and can be obtained both online and in print.

The Journal for the History of Environment and Society (JHES) is an independent journal with a double-blind reviewing policy.

In its approach to environmental history JHES privileges comparative approaches as well as societal contextualisation. By looking at well-defined historical configurations of human actors and natural “actants”, bound together by social, economic and power relations, and interacting through technologies, institutions, perceptions and representations, we hope to foster our understanding of environmental history.

The Journal is also available in golden open access at Brepols Publishers Online.

Correspondence and articles for review should be sent to Tim Soens (tim.soens@uantwerpen.be).

Download the JHES Author Guidelines (pdf, 508 kB)


Editorial Board

Tim Soens, University of Antwerp - Centre for Urban History, Belgium

Raf De Bont, Maastricht University - History, The Netherlands

Maïka De Keyzer, KU Leuven - History Research Unit, Belgium

Liesbeth van de Grift, Utrecht University - Department of History and Art History, The Netherlands

Isabelle Parmentier, University of Namur - Department of History, Belgium

Violette Pouillard, Ghent University - Department of History, Belgium | Université libre de Bruxelles, Mondes Modernes et contemporains, Belgium

Erik Thoen, Ghent University - Department of History, Belgium

Christophe Verbruggen, Ghent University - Department of History, Belgium

Donald Weber, Amsab-Institute of Social History, Belgium


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.

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

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

The Journal is the successor of the Belgian-Dutch 'Jaarboek voor Ecologische Geschiedenis' (published since 1995).


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.


Journal History

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