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Over 350 years of scientific publishing

During 2015 we celebrated the 350th anniversary of Philosophical Transactions, the world's first science journal.

Philosophical Transactions, first published in 1665, pioneered the concepts of scientific priority and peer review which, together with archiving and dissemination, provide the model for almost 30,000 scientific journals today.

Information about the activities and resources associated with this celebration can be found below.

Since this landmark occasion, we have digitised original copies of all our journals from 1665 to 1996 to create the Royal Society Journal Collection: Science in the Making. Now we are looking to bring more content related to the journals out of our archive for you to explore. Science in the Making is a unique way for you to discover, transcribe, tag and comment on referee reports, photos, correspondence and more, previously only available to people visiting our library.

Science stories

Special journal content

Debates on the future of scholarly communication

Conference on history of scientific publishing

Worldwide discussion meeting on bio-inspiration

Scientific papers written by young people

History of Philosophical Transactions