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Royal Society Journal Collection: Science in the making

A new digital journal archive from the Royal Society covering some of the most fundamental and significant discoveries in scientific history.

From 'Description of a Simple Micrometer for Measuring Small Angles with the Telescope', Tiberius Cavallo, F. R. S. vol. 81, 1791, Figure VIII, p. 294

Science in the making

The first issue of Philosophical Transactions was published by the Secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, in 1665. The journal would become a key means of establishing scientific priority, and its editorial processes would lay the groundwork for the modern practice of 'peer review'. It is the oldest continuously-published science journal in the world.

Over the last 350 years Royal Society Journals have published articles by Sir Christopher Wren, Benjamin Franklin, James Clerk Maxwell, Alan Turing, Kathleen Lonsdale, Stephen Hawking and Dorothy Hodgkins, covering major developments across the entire scientific spectrum.

Royal Society Journal Collection

For the first time, high quality copies of the original Royal Society Journals from 1665 onwards will be made available online. This new archive will include previously unpublished material including annotations and influential related documents that have so far only been available to people visiting the Royal Society.

New high resolution full colour images of all Royal Society journals will be available with extractable text for improved indexing and search. The collection will offer an improved discovery to navigate through 350 years of science in the making at the Royal Society.

As well as completing any library collection it will be a major resource for historians of science, scientists and science enthusiasts.

Contact us

Want to know more about this comprehensive online resource? Email information@royalsociety.org