Royal Society journal collection: science in the making is free to access until 24th January.

Like most publishers, our content didn’t publish online first until 1997, so we have been busy updating the earlier content to make it easier to search, find and explore. In previous blog posts about the project the team have talked about the digitisation process, how we have made decisions about metadata, and the importance of language. For us this has been a massive undertaking as our content dates back to 1665!

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Now that the project is live we would like you to use it and let us know what your favourite article is by commenting below or tweeting us @RSocPublishing with #ScienceintheMaking.

You can search all of our content in the normal way but to get you started we have created a list of some influential papers published in Philosophical Transactions that are included in the archive.

My favourite is A description of certain stones figured like plants, and by some observing men esteemed to be plants petrified: Communicated to the Publisher by the same Mr. Lister, from York Novemb. 4th. 1673, but we have also included work by Alan Turing, Kathleen Lonsdale, Isaac Newton and Caroline Herschel.
Want more?
Philosophical TransactionsWe have an extended version of the archive available too, which would give your institution perpetual access to content from 1665-1996 and its own copy to include in its repository, perfect for data mining, complete with:

• An indexing database allowing for improved search
• Extended metadata and math ml
• No annual maintenance fee
• Higher resolution images

Find out more about Royal Society journal collection, including more article collections and how to recommend it to your librarian. Don’t forget to share your favourite article with us.


3 Responses to “Our new archive is live and free to use”

  1. David Langshaw

    My favourite paper is from the 1740s about the Chapel in Tottenham Court Road that was struck by lightning. Good observations (a man died because he was leaning against a door with a metal handle and lock) and good references to Benjamin Franklin’s theories. I found it when I was supposed to be looking for something else altogether. Wasted hours of my time – great fun! (sorry I don’t have a website, so I put in yours.)

  2. Megan Power

    This has been amazing to use for my research which is looking at early signs of research development and the engagement by Universities in the collectivisation of science. I was wondering – for the earliest papers, when was the metadata created and doi’s assigned?
    My earliest finding of the word ‘university’ is in 1665 which relates to Cassini’s paper on Jupiter where he is noted as being from the University of Bononia (Bolognia).

    • caitlinf

      Hello, the original DOIs for the archive articles were assigned 9 years ago when they were first online. The metadata was created in 2017 with the new version along with new DOIs for content which hadn’t been categorised correctly before.


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