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We are delighted to announce that Energy, Sustainability and Society is now part of the BMC family of journals. The BMC website already receives over 100 million views per year and has expanded beyond biomedicine into the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering disciplines to offer a wider portfolio of subject fields on a single platform for authors considering open access publishing. Bookmark our new URL and make sure to sign up to our article alerts so you can keep up with all of the latest research and articles and read more about BMC’s pioneering spirit.

Featured article: Grid-based multi-energy systems—modelling, assessment, open source modelling frameworks and challenges

The transition to a sustainable future challenges the current energy grids with the integration of variable, distributed renewable energy sources. This paper presents the necessary aspects to consider when modelling grid-based multi-energy systems, presents three open source frameworks for modelling grid-based energy systems and points out the major challenges.


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Governing sustainability of bioenergy, biomaterial and bioproduct supply chains from forest and agricultural landscapes
Edited by: Tat Smith, Nicholas Clarke, Inge Stupak


Sustainable use of aquatic macrophytes for the production of bioenergy
Edited by: Lucie Moeller, Andreas Zehnsdorf

Biofuels and (Ir)responsible Innovation
Edited by: H.A. Romijn, A.J.K. Pols, E. de Hoop

Smart and Green Transition in Cities and Regions
Edited by: Michael Narodoslawsky, Martin Fellendorf

The bioresource challenge – A broader view on sustainable bioenergy systems coupled with substantial applications
Edited by: Ina Körner, Michael Narodoslawsky


The broader view – systems analysis for sustainable bioenergy
Edited by: Katja Bunzel, Daniela Thrän

Sustainable Energy – A Systems Approach
Edited by: Michael Narodoslawsky, Dagmar Fiedler

Cape Forum on Green and Smart Transitions in Cities and Regions: Technical and Governance Challenges
Edited by: Dagmar Fiedler, Thomas Hoppe, Johan Hurink, Maarten Arentsen

Andreas Zehnsdorf @ 50: A tribute
Edited by: Dagmar Fiedler, Lucie Moeller 


Young Researchers Forum about Sustainable Development
Edited by: Martin Dolinský, Michael Narodoslawsky

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems
Edited by: Detlef Stolten, Viktor Scherer

The Transition of Energy Systems towards Sustainability: Challenges and Lessons Learnt from the German 'Energiewende'
Edited by: Erik Gawel, Armin Grunwald, Daniela Thrän

Relevant socio-economic aspects for the diffusion of renewable energy technologies
Edited by: Martina Schaefer

Governing the Climate Challenge and Energy Transition in Cities
Edited by: Thomas Hoppe, Ellen van Bueren


Microbiology of Sustainable Biogas Production
Edited by: Sabine Kleinsteuber


Wolfgang Babel @ 75: A tribute
Edited by: Dagmar Fiedler

Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply
Edited by: Martina Schaefer

Being a woman in engineering - an interview with Daniela Thrän

Being a woman in engineering - Daniela ThränIn this interview, Energy, Sustainability and Society'Editor-in-Chief Daniela Thrän shares why she chose her career path, provides insights into her daily life as an engineer, scientist and mother, offers some advice for young women interested in engineering and more on the SpringerOpen Blog. 

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Governing sustainability of bioenergy, biomaterial and bioproduct supply chains from forest and agricultural landscapes
Edited by: Tat Smith, Nicholas Clarke, Inge Stupak

Sustainable use of aquatic macrophytes for the production of bioenergy
Edited by: Lucie Moeller, Andreas Zehnsdorf
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Biofuels and (Ir)responsible Innovation
Edited by: H.A. Romijn, A.J.K. Pols, E. de Hoop

The broader view – systems analysis for sustainable bioenergy
Edited by: Ina Körner, Michael Narodoslawsky

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Energy, Sustainability and Society has received its first impact factor

We are very pleased to announce that ESSO has now received its first Clarivate Analytics' Impact Factor, with a score of 1.625.

We are proud of this result and would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this exciting result. To our board, authors, reviewers and guest editors: we greatly appreciate your support and look forward to continuing this successful cooperation in the coming years.

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.

Energy, Sustainability and Society publishes independently peer-reviewed original research papers, review papers, forum articles, book reviews, and short communications. 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.

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Energy is one of the most important resources for the sustainable development of mankind. We all are responsible for the economical usage of the available and for the search for novel energy sources which have to be environmentally friendly and economically feasible. In light of the tragic events at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Fukushima, there has never been a better time for launching a new multidisciplinary, international BMC journal, that particularly welcomes articles from the field of novel energies. We are particularly interested in research that addresses complex issues with innovation potential at the interface of science, environment, technology and society. We are also looking for articles that concentrate on technological breakthroughs and major innovations in the emerging field of energy, work that looks into the integration of environmental and social needs with future economics, and research dealing with environmentally friendly energies rather than focusing solely on renewable energies.

Michael Narodoslawsky, Dagmar Fiedler University of Graz, Austria; UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany


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