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Papers in Canadian History and Environment is a scholar-led, open-access peer-reviewed occasional research paper series published by NiCHE. It features article-length research papers that examine any aspect of the historical relationships among people and the rest of nature in Canada. We publish in both HTML and PDF. Our partnership with York University Libraries ensures long-term digital archiving and indexing of all the papers we publish. We publish all papers under Creative Commons licenses, allowing readers to freely access new research.

What do we publish?

Papers in Canadian History and Environment seeks long-form research papers (minimum 5000 words) that explore any aspect of the intersections of the environment and history in Canada. Our disciplinary lens is capacious and we invite work from scholars across the environmental humanities and social sciences.

Because we are a Web publication, we are not constrained by the print format. Instead of publishing numbered issues featuring 3-4 articles apiece, we publish individual papers once they are ready, following a double-blind peer review process, editor feedback, and copy editing. In other words, we release tracks instead of albums. This allows for faster production and more flexible publishing timelines.

We invite manuscripts that vary in length from short theoretical essays to lengthy research articles. We especially encourage authors whose work would benefit from the Web format. Video inserts? Numerous photographs? Interactive maps? Large datasets? Web publishing can present these media in ways that print cannot.

Why publish with us?

This new publication is somewhat unconventional, but it holds many potential advantages for our authors:

  • Open access
  • Web format
  • Quick production turnaround
  • Easily shared for wide distribution
  • Published and shared across NiCHE’s existing Web platform and social networks
  • Reaches NiCHE’s audience of engaged academic and non-academic readers
  • Based on NiCHE’s track record of leadership and excellence in the field of environmental history
  • Indexed for search and metrics

We also hold to the most important practices of scholarly publishing:

  • Double-blind peer review
  • Expert faculty editors
  • Experienced editorial board
  • High-quality production and copy editing


Papers in Canadian History and Environment is collaboratively edited by a team of three editors:

Jennifer Bonnell is an assistant professor of Canadian and environmental history in the Department of History at York University. She is the author of the award-winning Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and co-editor of Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014). Bonnell’s articles and essays have appeared in The Canadian Historical ReviewThe Journal of Canadian Studies, and Museum & Society, among other publications. She has contributed to a variety of public history projects, including documentary film and television projects for the Evergreen Brick Works and Metal Dog Films, and research and public engagement work for LabSpace Studios and No9 Contemporary Art and the Environment. She is currently working on a new book, Foragers of a Modern Countryside: Honeybees, Agricultural Modernization and Environmental Change in the Great Lakes Region.

Sean Kheraj is an associate professor of Canadian and environmental history in the Department of History at York University. He is the author of Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History, winner of the 2014 CHA Clio Prize for best book in British Columbia history. His research has been published in several journals including, The Canadian Historical ReviewEnvironment and History, and Urban History Review. He is also the Director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment and the producer of Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. His writing can be found at http://seankheraj.com.

Owen Temby is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is an environmental policy specialist with current research in air pollution and fishery policy and history. Before joining UTRGV, Dr. Temby worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and Carleton University. He is the author of numerous articles in respected journals and editor (with Peter Stoett) of the book, Towards Continental Environmental Policy? North American Transnational Networks and Governance (SUNY Press, 2017). Two of his recent journal articles won the Ontario Historical Society’s Riddell Award for the best article of the year on Ontario history. Presently Dr. Temby serves as co-editor of Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine, environmental policy book review editor of Review of Policy Research, and co-editor of the SUNY Press book series, Environmental Governance: Local-Regional-Global Interactions. He is presently writing a monograph on the political history of air pollution in Ontario.

Editorial Board

Tina Adcock, Simon Fraser University

Claire Campbell, Bucknell University

Jim Clifford, University of Saskatchewan

Alan MacEachern, Western University

Josh MacFadyen, University of Prince Edward Island

Daniel Macfarlane, Western Michigan University