Is _Environmental History_ in Decline?

16 08 2011

The American Historical Review was the most cited journal in history in 2010, garnering one in every eight citations to a history journal in 2010, according to a Journal Citation Reports analysis of references to 1,000 articles from 43 history journals. Read more here.

Does anybody know why the impact factor for the journal Environmental History peaked in 2006? Environmental history is one the hottest fields in history, so I would be curious to know why citations of articles in that journal have fallen so dramatically since 2006. Have other journals in the field of environmental history appeared? Or is there less interest in environmental history? I’m not an expert on this field, although I am a sympathetic observer, so I would be interested to know what the heck is going on.

Background: Copublished by the American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society in association with Oxford University Press, Environmental History is the successor publication to the journals of the two organizations, Environmental History Review and Forest & Conservation History. Environmental History Review was published from 1976 to 1989 as Environmental Review. Forest & Conservation History was published from 1957 to 1958 as the Forest History Newsletter, from 1959 to 1974 as Forest History, and from 1975 to 1989 as the Journal of Forest History.