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The Royal Society Journals Archive

From 'La Vana Speculatione Disingannata Dal Senso: Lettera Risponsiva Circa i Corpi Marini, che Petrificati Si Trovano in Varij Luoghi Terrestri', vol. 19, 1695, Figure CCXIX p. 181


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Journals from the Royal Society have been communicating the latest developments across all of science since 1665. The Journals Archive, launched in 2017, contains high quality full colour images of the original publications, and is significantly easier to read and more searchable than previous archive material.

The archive is a major resource for History of Science courses and also covers major works in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Maths and the broad interdisciplinary studies for which the Royal Society journals are so well known. 

With articles by scientists who were prominent in different areas of public life, the archive is a fascinating resource for all History students and researchers working on the post-enlightenment period, whatever their area of interest. Authors include Sir Christopher Wren, Benjamin Franklin, James Clerk Maxwell, Alan Turing, Kathleen Lonsdale, Stephen Hawking and Dorothy Hodgkins. 

The Journals Archive is the only way to guarantee perpetual access to all Royal Society journals from 1665 to 1996, and to access them in one place with:

  • MathML, searchable by equation
  • comprehensive metadata for indexing and discoverability
  • annotations, illustrations and additional material captured from our original collections
  • fully searchable colour pdfs
  • image plates, maps, and end matter material
  • additional content not previously available

The chemical basis of morphogenesis (ZIP) provides a sample of the archive data. The full archive contains:

  • 1,278 volumes
  • 45,883 articles
  • Over 740,000 pages


The archive is available as a one time, perpetual access purchase, we do not charge a year-on-year maintenance or administration fee. Contact your local sales rep to discuss prices.

With print copies being moved to to remote storage facilities, older journals can take up to a week to retrieve. The online archive makes the material instantly accessible to researchers. Many libraries have taken the opportunity to move to digital and to save over 50 metres of shelf space. 

If all the books in the world, except the Philosophical Transactions, were to be destroyed, it is safe to say that the foundations of physical science would remain unshaken, and that the vast intellectual progress of the last two centuries would be largely, though incompletely, recorded.

Thomas Henry Huxley FRS, 1870

If you are a researcher or student and would like the archive to be available through your library, please recommend the journals archive and we will contact your librarian.

Package subscriptions

Our package subscriptions provide access to archive material while you have an active subscription. Perpetual access is available for years you have subscribed to. Many subscribers to our journal packages have chosen to purchase the archive for their collection in order to provide readers with the highest quality, most complete set of journals from the Royal Society.

1997 onwards

We have been publishing online since 1997, so original content from these years is good quality and fully searchable. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing perpetual access to content from 1997 onwards.

The Royal Society Journals Archive

  • Highlights

    Read selected highlights from the journals archive.

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  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1756, here we collect some of his work.

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  • Thomas Henry Huxley

    Articles by T. H. Huxley who served as President of the Royal Society 1883–1885.

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  • Kathleen Lonsdale

    The life and work of one of the first women elected to the Royal Society.

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  • Isaac Newton

    Articles by Isaac Newton who served as President of the Royal Society 1703–1727.

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