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General FAQs

These FAQs address key questions relating to our migration from HighWire to Atypon’s Literatum publishing platform. 

For detailed information relating to library accounts and other institutional subscriptions, please refer to our FAQs for Librarians.

Why are the Royal Society journals moving to a new platform?

Our digital publishing platform is migrating from HighWire to the Literatum platform from Atypon. The move will enable us to host the same high quality content but do so in a way that improves the online experience for all users, with optimised viewing capabilities and a whole host of new features. 

Journal access will continue uninterrupted, but Librarians and Account Administrators will need to make some changes to their databases, as outlined in our migration checklist.

What are the new features?

Users will benefit from improved search functionality and the migration will ensure all journal pages can display content in a mobile-friendly format.

A robust editorial collection tool will allow users to create automated or curated topic collections.

Other key features include:

  • Improved Librarian administration tools.
  • Comprehensive reader collaboration tools.
  • Flexible access management by individual IP and IP range.
  • Enhanced, drag and drop report creation.

When is the migration happening?

  • November 2018: The cut-off date for account changes such as IP amendments, institutional logos and other administrative details is 14 November 2018. Any changes made to customer accounts after this date will not be migrated to the new platform. 
  • End of November 2018: New journal sites are launched, along with the new URL structure.
  • January 2019: Historic usage data will no longer be available to download via HighWire.

Will the migration affect journals access?

We aim to deliver a smooth transition to the new platform with minimum disruption to both individual and institutional subscriptions. Regular updates will keep anyone affected up to speed with any changes that may impact their access, as well as any necessary actions that may be required from them. Our consortia partners are being informed to ensure online subscriber access continues trouble-free. 

Will URLs change?

Yes. The URLs for journal pages are changing. From December, all URLs on the current platform will redirect to the new platform. A list of old and new URLs for each journal can be found on the journal URLs page.

Who can I contact with any other questions?

Any questions should be directed to

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