About the Journal

First published in 1976, annually since 1983, and currently in its 40th year of publication, Essays in Economic & Business History now operates as an on-line open access journal. Articles for the journal are selected by double blind review process. EEBH 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. In this same spirit, accepted articles awaiting the next print issue are made available on-line as soon as the editorial process is completed.

EEBH is listed by Cabell’s International directory, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the AEA’s EconLit, EBSCO’s Historical Abstracts, and is ranked as a '2' in the 2021 version of the UK’s Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Academic Journal Guide and as a ‘B’ in the 2019 Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List.

Emeritus Editors

James H. Soltow, 1976–1983 (volumes 1 and 2)
Edwin J. Perkins, 1984–1993 (volumes 3–12)
William R. Childs, 1994–1998 (volumes 13–17)
Michael V. Namorato, 1999-2003 (volumes 18–22)
David O. Whitten, 2004–2006 (volumes 22–24)
Lynne Pierson Doti, 2007–2009 (volumes 25–27)
Janice M. Traflet, 2010-2012 (volumes 28-30)
Jason E. Taylor, 2013 - 2018 (volumes 31-36)


While Economic History and Business History are two distinct disciplines, their similarities are stronger than their differences. Since 1975 the Economic & Business History Society has brought scholars from these two fields together through its annual meetings and through the society’s journal, Essays in Economic & Business History. EEBH aims to publish high-quality research from all areas of economic and business history, including articles in related disciplines such as financial, labor, management, organizational, and social history. We welcome both empirical and non-empirical research, as well as pieces that, despite their high level of scholarship, may not fit nicely into the usual boxes valued by other outlets in economic or business history. We welcome submissions from scholars at all career stages.

Open Access & Copyright

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


Essays does not collect any article processing (APCs) or submission charges.

Review Policy

Submissions to the journal are subject to a 'double-blind' review process: the journal sends papers out to multiple reviewers whereby the reviewers do not know the identity of the author(s), nor does the author(s) know the identity of the reviewers. We strive to get back to authors within 8 to 10 weeks of submission.

All papers are run through a plagiarism screening software prior to their being sent to reviewers.

Review Guidelines

Please discuss what you view to be the strengths and weaknesses of the paper and make suggestions as to what the author(s) can do to improve the paper. In the “for editor” box, please provide your overall recommendation—publish with minor revisions, publish only if the author(s) can satisfactorily make the suggested changes, or reject because the paper has too many fundamental flaws.