Since the first issue of Philosophical Transactions in 1665, publishing has been at the heart of the Royal Society’s mission. We have spent over 350 years publishing innovative, multi-disciplinary scientific research from around the world. Those publishing with us join revolutionary authors such as Srinivasa Ramanujan, Kathleen Lonsdale, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Dorothy Hodgkins, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, to name but a few.
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As part of our commitment to support open access, as well as two journals already fully open access, our four transformative research journals will become fully open access upon reaching the 75% open access papers threshold. We strongly advocate open science policies and play a crucial role in supporting the research community with open science practices.
With a reputation for high quality scientific research and practices, we publish international interdisciplinary findings over the broad spectrum of science with open peer review. We support a wide range of innovative formats.
- Our Evidence Synthesis and Science Society and Policy article types allow scientific research to inform policymaking and public debate.
- Proceedings B's Biological Science Practices address scientific practices within biology that influence research quality, scientific community health and the public understanding of science.
- Open Biology's Open Questions article type highlight current developments in an area of basic biomedical science that is developing quickly and ripe for discovery. Methods and Techniques articles present new or advanced methods, software, databases, or tools and a new 'Opening Up' section of manuscripts after the 'Discussion' actively encourages authors to place their results in a wider context and discuss their broader implications.
- Royal Society Open Science publishes Registered Reports, a format of empirical article that eliminate the bias against negative results in publishing because the results are not known at the time of review, and Replication studies, attempted replications of studies previously published.
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