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Edit a theme issue

We welcome submissions of proposals for theme issues for Philosophical Transactions A (physical, mathematical and engineering sciences), Philosophical Transactions B (biological sciences), and Interface Focus (cross-disciplinary research at the interface between the physical and life sciences).

  • Create a landmark resource for your field which will be used and cited for years to come
  • Take full responsibility for planning the issue and selecting authors to ensure that your publication is high quality and influential
  • Build a network with other top researchers by working closely with your authors and reviewers, and from discussion with readers after publication
  • Become familiar with research outside your immediate expertise by bringing together contributions across disciplines
  • Flexible format means that you can encourage articles that might not be published elsewhere, e.g. new speculative hypotheses, policy-related work, review/research hybrid papers
  • Gain editorial experience by handling the peer review process and making decisions on papers. Use our efficient online submission system to streamline the process. (Philosophical Transactions only; papers are handled by the Editorial Office on Interface Focus)
  • Receive full support from dedicated Royal Society staff, on hand to guide you through every step and respond promptly to any queries from you or from authors. Receive guidance from high-profile Editorial Board members
  • Your authors will benefit from our high production values, forward thinking policies, and our collaborations with well-regarded third party providers (e.g. ScholarOne, Dryad, Publons, Figshare)
  • Authors benefit from free use of colour, and can opt to make their papers immediately free through the Royal Society’s competitively priced author-pays open access scheme
  • Benefit from the combined advantages of journal and book publishing; all papers are citable and available through the usual journal channels, but the issue as a whole can be read and purchased as a book
  • Reach a wide and relevant international readership through the Royal Society’s extensive subscription reach and extensive free access policy (e.g. to developing countries). Content is made freely available one year after publication (two years on Philosophical Transactions A)
  • Each issue receives individual marketing attention and promotion through relevant channels. You will have access to the Royal Society’s press team and their extensive contact base
  • Editors/organisers and corresponding authors receive free print copies of the issue
  • Join the authorship history of the world's longest-running scientific publisher, alongside icons such as Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Alexander Fleming, Stephen Hawking, Dorothy Hodgkin and Michael Faraday
  • Contribute to a charitable organization that directly supports the scientific community

If you would like to propose a theme issue for any of the above named journals, please contact us direct at