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Digital Journal Archive

 

 

The Royal Society Digital Journal Archive is easily the most comprehensive archive in science and contains some of the most significant scientific papers ever published. Covering almost 350 years of scientific research across the disciplines it is a priceless academic resource, free and exclusive to our journal package subscribers.

'With an archive stretching back to the origins of science and featuring its greatest names, this is a resource that few in scientific research or history will be able to do without.' Information World Review, December 2007

  1. Science since 1665

  2. How to access the Archive

  3. Featured articles from Philosophical Transactions

  4. Featured articles from Proceedings

  5. Digital Archive FAQs

Science since 1665

The development of the digital archive means that the Society's online collection now contains every paper ever published in the Royal Society's journals - from the very first peer-reviewed paper in Philosophical Transactions - to the most recent interdisciplinary article in Interface.

Seminal research papers include accounts of Michael Faraday's groundbreaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton's invention of the reflecting telescope and the first research paper published by Stephen Hawking.

The Archive provides a record of some key scientific discoveries from the last 340 years including: Halley's description of 'his comet' in 1705; details of the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1954; and Edmond Stone's breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark cured fevers, leading to the discovery of salicylic acid and later the development of aspirin.

It also contains papers documenting the discovery of new planets, the first descriptions of organisms through a microscope, and the first account of photography. Early papers contain fascinating descriptions of how Captain James Cook preserved the health of his crew aboard the HMS Endeavour and the astonishment of 18th century Society at the performance of an eight year-old Mozart.

Some of the more obscure papers explore rudimentary prototypes of modern day technology: trials proposed by Robert Boyle in 1665 hypothesize on the possibilities of blood transfusions, pondering 'whether a fierce dog stocked with the blood of a cowardly dog may not become more tame?', whilst a forerunner for ventilators was discussed in a paper by Robert Hooke in 1667 entitled 'An account of an experiment made by Mr Hook (sic), of preserving animals alive by blowing through their lungs with bellows.'

How to access the Archive

There are two ways to access to the Royal Society archive:

  1. The complete archive is available online at http://royalsocietypublishing.org/journals. Over 250 years of leading research is available free to the wider public, from 1665 up to 71 years from the current year.
  2. Package subscription customers have full access to the complete archive to date for the journal(s) they subscribe to (while the subscription is active) .
RS journals archive free and non free content, per time period:
 
1665 1665 - 71 years from current year 70 to 11 years from current year 1 (or 2*) to 10 years from current year previous 1 (or 2*) year(s) and current year  Present
Free  
Not Free  

*The Royal Society journals have 1 or 2 years embargo according to the title

Alternatively, permanent access to our backfiles is currently available as a one-off purchase (from year 1997 onwards only). For more information please contact Maria Romano, Journal Sales Manager, maria.romano@royalsociety.org

Package subscribers have the following access:

The complete Royal Society Digital Journal Archive - Package subscription access
  Package A Package B Package S Package H
Physical Sciences Back Journal Archive (1665 - )
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series A: Physical & Engineering Sciences (1990-1995)    
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A, Mathematical & Physical Sciences (1934-1990)    
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A, Containing Papers of a Mathematical or Physical Character (1896-1934)    
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A (1887-1895)    
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1776-1886)    
Philosophical Transactions (1665-1775)    
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical & Physical Sciences (1990-1995)    
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A, Mathematical & Physical Sciences (1934-1990)    
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A, Containing Papers of a Mathematical and Physical Character (1905-1934)    
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (1854-1905)    
Abstracts of the Papers Communicated to the Royal Society of London (1843-1854)    
Biological Sciences Back Journal Archive (1665 - )
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences (1934-1990)    
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B, Containing Papers of a Biological Character (1896-1934)    
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B (1887-1895)    
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1776-1886)    
Philosophical Transactions (1665-1775)    
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences (1934-1990)    
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Containing Papers of a Biological Character (1905-1934)    
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (1854-1905)    
Abstracts of the Papers Communicated to the Royal Society of London (1843-1854)    
Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1800-1843)    
Notes and Records Back Journal Archive (1932 - )
Notes and Records of the Royal Society    
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society      

 
Journal launch dates
Philosophical Transactions 1665
(divided into A & B) 1887
Proceedings of the Royal Society 1854
(divided into A & B) 1905
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1932
Notes and Records of the Royal Society 1938
Journal of the Royal Society Interface 2004
Biology Letters 2005
Interface Focus 2011

If you would like to take trial access to the archive, you can do so by requesting a free trial. You can also contact sales@royalsociety.org for purchase or subscription pricing information.

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