Our big birthday is close. Really close. Philosophical Transactions will be 350 years old on 6th March 2015. Which begs the question, what do we want for our birthday?

Cake might be nice. Maybe a candle or two? What we really, really, want though, is for the world to share in the celebration with us. After all, the founding mission of the journal was to inform interested readers of the latest scientific discoveries and “delight in the advancement of learning“.

So what better way to mark the 350th anniversary of the world’s first science journal than to make all Royal Society content freely available, to everyone?

Yes, you read that right… readers can access our complete collection online, without the need for a subscription, between now and the end of March.

We think the Royal Society journal collection is the most comprehensive archive in science, and it certainly contains some of the most significant scientific papers ever published. Information World Review calls it “a resource that few in scientific research or history will be able to do without.

Seminal research papers include accounts of Michael Faraday’s ground-breaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton’s invention of the reflecting telescope and the first research paper published by Stephen Hawking.

Early papers contain fascinating descriptions of how Captain James Cook preserved the health of his crew aboard the HMS Endeavour and the astonishment of 18th century society at the performance of an eight year-old Mozart.

More recently, our topical publications have covered such issues as the discovery of the Higgs boson, the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases, and the latest developments in bioinspiration.

So, what are you waiting for?


And if all that isn’t enough, don’t forget that two very special issues will be published on Friday to mark the anniversary date. You can check out the full program of events on our dedicated Publishing 350 page and make sure you come back to our blog for the latest Publishing news and exclusive guest posts… coming soon!


3 Responses to “Free access to 350 years of science publishing”

  1. Diana Buja

    This is really wonderful – thank you so much! I live and work in Burundi, Africa, where access to such papers is either impossible or quite restricted.

  2. Jacob Dix

    Oh, the irony. What better way to celebrate than to make it free! Yet if it is a good thing, why make it available for only a limited time? Find a new business model to make it work indefinitely. You’d change the world. And that world would support you.