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Science in the Making

Richard Waller, ‘A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours, with a specimen of Each colour prefix to its proper name’, PT 16, 1686

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Since the first issue of Philosophical Transactions was published by the Secretary of the Royal Society in 1665, our journals have communicated some of the most fundamental and significant discoveries in scientific history. We are committed to preserving both the journal articles, and the fascinating documents that our history of publishing has created. We need your help to make this work as accessible as it can be. 

The creation of high quality, full colour scans of journal articles dating from 1665 to 1996 was completed in 2017 and these are now available for librarians to purchase in our Journals Archive

Now our Science in the Making digitisation project has turned its attention to the incredible range of materials created by over three centuries of publishing. Photographs from field trips, fascinating correspondence, peer reviews (including by Charles Darwin), scientific illustrations and the contributions of citizen scientists preserved in our collections are all available at Science in the Making.

Sign up for an account to join the enthusiastic community of contributors to this project. You can transcribe letters and reports that relate to breakthrough discoveries, tag the content to help other readers find it and contribute the history of science by leaving your own comments about what you find.

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