A prestigious scientific legacy
The Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions, launched in 1665, is the world’s longest running scientific journal and it established the fundamental principles of scientific priority and peer review.
Our 350 year archive contains some of the most significant scientific papers ever published including articles by Sir Christopher Wren, Benjamin Franklin, James Clerk Maxwell, Alan Turing, Kathleen Lonsdale, Stephen Hawking and Dorothy Hodgkins.
We are currently in the process of digitising our journal collection to ensure easy access to the best quality versions of our archive.
We are committed to long term preservation and we guarantee perpetual access to online content paid for through a subscription.
High impact journals
We regularly publish ground-breaking research from across the biological, physical and cross-disciplinary sciences and our journals achieve high levels of citations and downloads, which are increasing year on year.
Excellent service for subscribers
In partnership with Highwire, we offer a suite of useful subscriber tools including IP address configuration, OpenURL support, mobile vouchers and COUNTER 4 /SUSHI compliant usage reports.
You will receive the highest level of customer care with assistance only a phone call away. Around 97% of our subscribers choose to renew their subscriptions each year.
Helpful features for readers
Readers can quickly and easily discover relevant articles with our sophisticated search and alert tools. Our websites are mobile-optimised, so readers can easily navigate, read and share articles on any device.
All articles have individual DOIs and are published under a continuous publication model, so can be fully cited from the moment they are published online. We use CrossMark, which ensures readers have the most recent version of an article, and are a member of CrossRef, which ensures persistent navigation to and from cited and 'cited by' articles.
We offer arrange of purchasing options including article and issue pay per view as well as individual journal subscriptions. However, our highly competitive subscription packages provide the best value for money.
Members of selected institutional consortia may also be entitled to a discount.
Our Open Access Membership schemes enable academic and research institutions, funders and corporations to actively encourage open access in scholarly communications whilst making life easier for their researchers.
We are committed to transparent pricing; our subscription prices take full account of our open access income.
In keeping with our role as the UK's national academy of science, we offer free access to readers in the developing world.