An interdisciplinary forum for research, development & implementation of sustainable energy systems


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ESSO accepted to ESCI

We are delighted to announce that Energy, Sustainability and Society has been selected for inclusion in the new Thomson Reuters service: “Emerging Sources Citation Index” (ESCI)

Aims and scope

This international peer-reviewed open access journal offers a forum for discourse on systemic challenges at the intersection of energy, sustainability and society for natural scientists, engineers, social and political scientists and industry experts. It is the particular aim of this journal to publish inter- and cross-disciplinary papers that provide a substantial contribution to the holistic innovation of sustainable energy systems.

The scope of the journal encompasses the whole innovation process, ranging from scientific research to both innovative approaches for technology implementation and the analysis of economic, social and environmental impacts of sustainable energy systems. We particularly welcome papers that integrate at least two dimensions of the energy, sustainability and society nexus and contribute to new holistic system solutions for the development of novel future energy. The journal strives to publish early scientific opinions on issues which are just emerging and require crosscutting and creative thinking.

Therefore, the journal covers papers in complex topics dealing with

  • Research, development and implementation of sustainable energy sources and systems, including for instance bio-refineries, carbon capture, reuse systems.
  • From start to finish the efficient supply of resources by means of their technological cascading conversion, via their storage and distribution through to their end-use.
  • The development of regionally adapted sustainable energy and material supply systems and discourse on how to transform urban settlements into smart cities.
  • Systemic approaches to link information technologies with energy technologies that meet the social and environmental criteria for sustainable development.
  • Political and economic frameworks to improve the environmental, economic and social performance of energy systems.
  • Concepts for discovering novel energy sources, energy mixes and energy systems requiring a large variety of technological solutions, sophisticated computer simulations, novel laboratory technologies, large-scale research facilities, as well as scenario development and national and international networks.
  • And in general inform about the complex interactions between energy, sustainable development and societal change.

Energy, Sustainability and Society publishes independently peer-reviewed original full-length research papers, review papers, as well as book reviews. Of special interest are the Short Communications on innovative approaches. From time to time, the journal publishes special topical or conference issues that concentrate on specific areas. We also launched a series of Virtual Special Issues, which are constantly up-dated and focus on a selection of topics that, in our opinion, are pivotal for the future development of the energy-sustainability-society nexus.  

We partner with scientists from the Helmholtz Association and the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia), as the topics of the journal reflect their research field and focus.