Following the experimental tradition of the EHESS, the publishing house seeks to publicize work that: explores new fields of knowledge; demonstrates the plurality of research methods and the diverse ways of conducting research and fieldwork, and engages with different historical periods within the social sciences.
Editions de l'EHESS, which translates as EHESS Publishing, publishes the findings of innovative research, both from first-time authors and established researchers, the work discussed may have been conducted within the School, elsewhere in France, or overseas. Editions de l'EHESS has been the home for the published work of some of the school’s “big names”: Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jean-Pierre Vernant, François Furet, Jacques Revel, Didier Fassin, Jean-Louis Fabiani amongst others. Many of France’s most renowned historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and philosophers feature in the publication's back catalogue.
The publishing house organizes meetings and debates relating to its publications. It also sets up major cross-cutting projects on questions concerning the social sciences research community of today. It is a leader in the discussion of the future of publishing in the social sciences.