Journals Overview

The Royal Society publishes ten journals covering the broad spectrum of the life sciences, physical sciences and cross-disciplinary sciences. Below is a brief overview of each journal and a link to each journal's homepage where more detailed information can be found.  Two of our journals are fully open access and the other eight all offer an open access option for authors.   


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  1. Royal Society Open Science

  2. Open Biology

  3. Biology Letters

  4. Journal of the Royal Society Interface

  5. Interface Focus

  6. Notes and Records

  7. Proceedings A

  8. Proceedings B

  9. Philosophical Transactions A

  10. Philosophical Transactions B

Royal Society Open Science

Royal Society Open Science is the Royal Society's new, fast, open access journal publishing high-quality research across all of science and mathematics. It is overseen by twelve eminent Subject Editors and operates objective peer review - publishing all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving judgement of importance and impact to the reader. It supports transparency in science, including open data and optional open peer-review. A full suite of metrics will also be available for each published article. The journal will launch in September and there will be an initial, introductory waiver on publishing fees..

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Open Biology

Open Biology is a fast, open access journal covering biology at the molecular and cellular level. Launched in Summer 2011, it is our youngest journal; it will publish research of the highest quality, ensuring a fair and speedy review process without recourse to unnecessary rounds of revision. Open Biology encourages the use of multimedia.

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Biology Letters

Launched as an independent journal in 2005, Biology Letters publishes peer-reviewed, short articles that are rapidly posted online well ahead of the printed issue. The scope of the journal is vast, covering the entire breadth of the biological sciences, but is particularly noted for the biology, evolution and ecology of whole organisms.

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Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Journal of the Royal Society Interface was launched, to huge acclaim, by the Society in 2004 as a response to the significant growth in activity and research in areas which transcend the original life sciences/physical sciences divide. It publishes cross-disciplinary articles which apply chemistry, mathematics, engineering, materials science and physics to biology and medicine; it also highlights discoveries in the life sciences which further advance the physical sciences.

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Interface Focus

Each issue of Interface Focus is devoted to a specific area at the interface of the physical and life sciences. Each chosen area defines a frontier that is advancing rapidly and, in common with the ethos of the journal, always bridges traditional scientific disciplines. Topics covered by the journal include, but are not limited to, biocomplexity, biocomputation, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biomaterials, biomechanics, bionanoscience, biophysics, chemical biology, medical physics, synthetic biology, systems biology, theoretical biology and tissue engineering.

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Notes and Records

Notes and Records of the Royal Society is the Royal Society's journal of the history of science. Each issue highlights fascinating examples of science shaping our lives, revealing reminiscences and discoveries and authoritative book reviews. Notes and Records is a visible part of the Royal Society's commitment to the history of science, technology and medicine.

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Proceedings A

Proceedings of the Royal Society A publishes the latest refereed research articles in the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences. All articles are of the highest scientific quality, with a particular emphasis on the new, emerging areas of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. The journal also selects and publishes occasional reviews, which contain interesting, innovative or exciting new ideas. Its scope is vast and spans the broad breadth of physical sciences.

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Proceedings B

Proceedings of the Royal Society B is the Royal Society's flagship international biological research journal, dedicated to the rapid publication and broad dissemination of high-quality research papers, reviews and comment and reply papers. Its scope is diverse and incorporates all areas of the biological sciences. it is particularly noted for ecology in the widest sense and behavioural and evolutionary biology. All papers are stringently peer-reviewed and the criteria for publication includes scientific excellence, originality and interest across biological disciplines.

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Philosophical Transactions A

Themed journal issues on topics of current scientific importance and general interest within the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences, edited by leading authorities and comprising original research, reviews and opinions from prominent researchers. All contributions are invited and the journal does not accept unsolicited stand-alone papers.

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Philosophical Transactions B

Themed journal issues on topics of current scientific importance and general interest within the life sciences, edited by leading authorities and comprising original research, reviews and opinions from prominent researchers. All contributions are invited and the journal does not accept unsolicited stand-alone papers.

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