About Royal Society Publishing

High quality, open and ethical publishing

Recognising, publishing, and promoting excellence in science are part of our core values as a not-for-profit society publisher. The income we generate goes back into supporting the global scientific community, helping to address global challenges such as the climate crisis through research grants, scientific meetings and science policy.

Our leading hybrid and open access journals are committed to broad coverage of all science, and specialise in publishing cross disciplinary research and the proceedings of our scientific meetings. We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world supporting the diverse breadth of scientific expertise on a global scale. 

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.

Our Royal Society Open Access Equity scheme supports tens of thousands of researchers based in over 100 low- and middle-income countries and territories. Visit our dedicated webpage for a full list of countries and territories with free access and/or automatic APC waivers.

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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