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Earth Sciences History

The Journal of the History of Earth Sciences Society

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About the Journal

Earth Sciences History promotes and publishes historical work on all areas of the earth sciences – including geology, geography, geophysics, oceanography, paleontology, meteorology, and climatology.

The journal honors and encourages a variety of approaches to historical study: biography, history of ideas, social history, and histories of institutions, organizations, and techniques.

Articles are peer reviewed.

Issues are published twice per year (one volume per year). The online version is identical to the print version.

The journal is included in ISI Web of Knowledge products (Science Citations Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Zoological Record, Current Contents - Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences, and Current Contents - Social & Behavioural Sciences).

ISSN: 0736-623X (print), 1944-6187 (online).



Earth Sciences History is available to Society members in print and online formats. The online format is identical to the print format.

Online subscriptions include access to all back issues for the duration of the subscription (and if the subscription lapses, the former subscriber maintains online access to those volumes published during the online-subscription period).

To subscribe, please visit the membership page.


Back Issues

Back issues are available in several formats:

  • Individual copies of printed issues
  • Complete run (printed copies)
  • Complete run (online access - requires current subscription)
  • Individual articles (for download)

Please visit the Archives page for additional information.


Manuscript Submission

Scholarly articles, eloges, and book reviews are all welcome.

Please refer to the authors page for guidelines and other information. (Author guidelines were updated in February 2016)


Publication History

Within ten months of its founding, HESS published volume 1 of Earth Sciences History. That 67-page journal contained nine articles, a variety of book reviews, and a calendar of events. By 1983, two issues were being produced each year, and the size of the journal essentially tripled.

Beginning in 2008, the journal (including its earlier issues) became available online.

Special issues have been devoted to the history of European geology, Australian and New Zealand geoscience, geology in the northeastern U.S., biogeography, oceanography, and other topics.

Authors have represented many nations, from Europe to Australia and from the U.S. to the former Soviet Union.

The current editorial board consists of scholars from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom.