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The Royal Society publishes high quality, peer-reviewed journals covering all scientific disciplines. This is part of our mission in relation to the dissemination, discovery and preservation of scientific findings and ideas. We offer you a range of services including rapid publication, rigorous peer review, international recognition and the option of open access publication. All our journals are compliant with funder mandates (such as Plan S). We welcome submissions of high-quality science from anywhere in the world. Whichever journal you choose we aim to make it as rewarding and as easy as possible for you.

Why publish with us?

There are many good reasons to publish with the Royal Society:

  • Support the scientific community by choosing a not-for-profit publisher
  • Join the authorship history of the world's longest-running scientific publisher
  • High visibility and impact, including the support of the Society’s media team
  • Open access options now including APC-free open access publication through Read & Publish (where eligible)
  • Ease of submission and author care: either directly to us or alternatively (for some journals) via BioRxiv
  • Rapid, rigorous and trustworthy peer review - review from experts in your field
  • A commitment to open science
  • Free deposit of data in Dryad which now covers all of science
  • High-quality publication

Find out more about the benefits of publishing with the Royal Society

Which journal?

Our journal portfolio covers all of science and the history of science. 

Please review details about each journal and its aims and scope to verify that your article is a good match. Submissions require a good standard of English and need to meet ethical requirements.

Most Royal Society journals are normally peer reviewed in a single-blind fashion (author names are not concealed, but referee names are), while Notes and Records is double-blind. Proceedings A and B and our open access journals publish peer review information (anonymous by default unless the reviewer signs their report).

Articles are published under a standard licence (where the author retains copyright) or alternately under an open access licence (CC-BY). Both licences meet the requirements of funder mandates, either through so-called ‘gold’ or ‘green’ open access.

Visit the Which journal? page for more details

Author guidelines

We provide detailed guidelines and checklists to help you prepare your article. 

We offer format-free initial submission for most of our journals, so you don’t need to worry about reformatting to our reference style.

It is important to review our ethical requirements to ensure these are satisfied.

Explore the author guidelines

We look forward to receiving your submission.

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