Journal of Energy History / Revue d’histoire de l’énergie (JEHRHE) is an online and open access academic journal dedicated to all aspects of the history of energy. It is the first of its kind in French- or English-language academia, publishing articles in various formats in both of these languages, fully and immediately accessible (without embargo and without charge to the user or his/her institution). Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Unless otherwise indicated, the contents of the site are under the Creative Commons Attribution - No Commercial Use - No Modification 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. JEHRHE does not levy any charges to the author or his/her institution. JEHRHE is owned by the Fondation Groupe EDF.

Why a journal on energy history?

By shedding light on the role of energy in history, and reciprocally that of history in energy today, JEHRHE establishes a vital conversation between past and present. Energy related concerns have indeed taken on a global, complex, and even urgent nature, which calls for mobilizing all knowledge, particularly of the historical kind. Its open editorial space promotes the publication and appropriation of the key findings of historical research, along with discussion of its agenda.

JEHRHE is an editorial project led by the Committee for the History of Electricity and Energy, an organization within the Fondation Groupe EDF that is devoted to supporting and promoting historical research on energy. The Committee for a long time published Annales historiques de l'électricité (2003-2014), a specialized journal on the history of electricity that was the successor to the Bulletin d'histoire de l'électricité (1983-2000). With JEHRHE the objective is to move beyond isolated approaches focusing solely on a particular source or form of energy, which are too often treated separately from one another, in order to explore all of the possibilities for historical research focusing on energy systems in their various social, political, economic, environmental, technological, and cultural contexts. 

JEHRHE focuses on the period from the 18th century to the present, in which energy was theorized in its modern sense, and consumed in considerably increasing proportions. It nevertheless considers all historical contributions, regardless of chronology or the time period studied. For that matter, it is broadly open to the diversity of disciplines, as long as contributions take seriously the question of duration and change over time.

Its readership is primarily academic, although various sections, the “Out of the Box” section in particular, seek to reach a wider audience.


JEHRHE publishes all of its texts in open access. Its linguistic policy also aims to provide the broadest access to its publications: texts written in French are published in French and also translated into English (by the journal), while texts written in English are published in that language without a translation into French (the journal could not meet the cost).

JEHRHE charges no fee to the authors. Free access to all of the content, including English translations of French-language contributions, are made available thanks to the financial support of the Fondation Groupe EDF, which owns JEHRHE through the Committee for the History of Electricity and Energy that it has been home to since 2001. To learn more about the Committee:

JEHRHE publishes at least two issues per year. Each is structured around a Special issue coordinated by guest editors. The goal of guest editors is to promote the overall quality and coherence of the Special issue, while remaining attentive to the variety of contexts being studied (in terms of geography and energy), as well as the diversity of authors (parity in gender and career advancement).

The texts that are ready for publication are published online in between issues, with the goal being to reduce the period of time between the receipt of proposals and their availability for readers. The articles concerned are included in the table of contents for the following issue.

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