One of the Royal Society’s Open Access members, the University of St Andrews, have been awarded £790k funding to study Philosophical Transactions. The first science journal in the world, it was begun in 1665 and academics say its immense duration is ‘unique in the history of publishing’. Dr Aileen Fyfe, an international expert on the history of publishing the sciences, said, “Philosophical Transactions is the most famous scientific journal in the history of science, yet the details of the commercial, economic and editorial practices which lie behind the ground-breaking research published in its pages have barely been studied.
It is hoped the study will deepen understanding of how much scientific publications have changed over the last 350 years. Your institution can also gain access to Philosophical Transactions by registering for a free institutional trial.