Philosophical Transactions

The Royal Society has made a large part of its journal archive permanently free to access online.

"The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific publisher, with the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society appearing in 1665. Henry Oldenburg – Secretary of the Royal Society and first Editor of the publication – ensured that it was 'licensed by the council of the society, being first reviewed by some of the members of the same', thus making it the first ever peer-reviewed journal."

"Around 60,000 historical scientific papers are accessible via a fully searchable online archive, with papers published more than 70 years ago now becoming freely available."

At present, this means that the Philosophical Transactions from the years 1665-1935 are available free of charge. The download format is the PDF.

It is important to note that the website is subdivided in three parts: "From In 1886, the breadth and scope of scientific discovery had increased to such an extent that it became necessary to divide the journal into two, Philosophical Transactions A and B, covering the physical sciences and the life sciences respectively." This subdivision is kept up in the digital archive, with different sections and search possibilities for the period 1665-1886, the Philosophical Transactions A , and for the Philosophical Transactions B.

The digital project Philosophical Transactions is part of the Royal Society Publishing.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 10:20am
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