About Royal Society Publishing

  1. Introduction

  2. International science journals

  3. Royal Society media service

  4. Online submission system

  5. Open and free access

  6. CrossRef active reference linking

  7. Seeking permission to re-use content

  8. Our publishing partners


This site provides a range of services and facilities including access to the Society's journals, news of recently published science and the opportunity to purchase our publications online.


International science journals

Royal Society Open Science is an online, fully open access journal. It publishes articles from across the whole of science, engineering and mathematics. It operates objective, and optionally open, peer review.

Open Biology is an online, fully open access journal. It publishes articles covering biology at the molecular and cellular level.

Biology Letters  publishes short, innovative, cutting-edge research articles and opinion pieces, accessible to scientists from across the biological sciences.

Journal of the Royal Society Interface  publishes contributions from the interface between the physical and life sciences.

Interface Focus  publishes themed issues from the interface between the physical and life sciences.

Proceedings A  publishes the latest research in all aspects of the physical sciences.

Proceedings B  publishes high-quality research articles across the full spectrum of the biological sciences.

Philosophical Transactions A  and Philosophical Transactions B  publish topical theme issues, reviews and the Society's internationally acclaimed Discussion Meetings

Notes and Records  reports on the most current research and archival activities in the field of History and Philosophy of Science.

View our journal portfolio in the journals section of this website. 


Royal Society media service

The Royal Society has a dedicated press office that continually works to bring Royal Society Publishing to the attention of the national and international media. As a result, articles published in our journals are regularly highlighted by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The BBC, The Times, Reuters, Nature, New Scientist, as well as by a range of other print, online and broadcast media.


Online submission system

All journal articles are submitted via Manuscript Central. For more information, please see the authors section of this website.


Open and free access

In keeping with our role as the UK's national academy of science, The Royal Society is committed to the widest possible dissemination of research outputs. Consequently, our own publishing operation is one of the most open access of all science publishers. We offer the following types of open access to our journal articles;

Gold open access:
Through our open access programme, authors may have their article made freely available to all, immediately upon publication, by payment of an article processing charge. Such articles are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which allows authors to post the final published version on repositories as soon as the article is published. We also deposit them in PubMedCentral on the author's behalf.

We also offer an open access membership programme that enables academic and research institutions, funders and corporations to actively encourage open access in scholarly communication. Our membership programme grants a saving of 25% on all article-processing charges, allowing authors to publish more content as open access, growing the institution's research exposure and citation of articles.

Green open access:
Authors may deposit a pre-print of their article in a repository at any time, or a final, accepted manuscript version (post-print) from 12 months after the date of publication.

Free access:
Recent articles more than 12 months old (biological sciences) and 24 months old (physical sciences) are freely available to all. Recent articles are defined as those published within the last 10 years.

Developing world access:
We are partners in a number of international schemes operated by the UN and WHO to make scientific journal articles available immediately and free of charge to the world's poorest nations. We currently belong to the following schemes: PERii/INASP, HINARI, AGORA and OARE.

Compatibility with funding body requirements:
Our Open Access policies are fully compliant with the requirements of a range of funders including the Wellcome Trust, RCUK, HEFCE, NIH and HHMI.


CrossRef active reference linking

CrossRef has now become the industry standard service which provides direct linking between the bibliographic references in online journals from all major publishers. It allows readers to click on a linked reference in one of our articles and go directly to the article being referenced on another publisher's site. Similarly, the journals of participating publishers can link back to cited articles in Royal Society journals.


Seeking permission to re-use content

To seek permission for re-use of journal content please search for the relevant article and click on the permissions link.

For re-use of other Royal Society content, please contact the relevant department via http://royalsociety.org/Contact-us/


Our publishing partners

Publishing is a complex industry requiring a collaboration between a wide variety of services. We are grateful to our many publishing partners.