Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Great News, everyone! Effective immediately until 30 July, all Royal Society Publishing‘s online journal content is available for free in celebration of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary — three and a half centuries of scientific publishing! Everything published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010 is now available to everyone with no restrictions, no daily download limits and no paywalls! Now is the time to download all those Royal Society publications you need to complete your personal library!

Here’s a special “Happy Birthday to You” for the Royal Society as played on a theremin:


  1. #1 Adrian
    June 21, 2010

    Memo to self; Must get bigger hard drive.

  2. #2 Grant
    June 21, 2010

    Could you clarify? Is what they have done is open the more recent content?

    I thought the older stuff at least was opened a while back. I wrote a blog post about their older science from the Philosophical Transactions being available on-line, at least the articles hosted via their Trailblazing website (see link on my name). My vague recollection was that I could browse the journal, at least the Philosophical Transactions anyway.

    If you like old manuscripts (I do!), another post linking to more is here:

    Reading some of the old accounts in the original form is great.

  3. #3 matthewll
    June 21, 2010

    Hi, We usually restrict access to the older content to all but package subscribers, but that restriction is currently lifted. You are always able to browse the journals’ table of contents (and abstracts, although there aren’t always abstracts available for the older material), but not usually download the PDFs. The trailblazing articles are perpetually free, as part of that feature. We’ve also highlighted a few other articles here..
    .. and here… [I’d welcome your suggestions for others to add to those lists.]

  4. #4 Chardyspal
    June 21, 2010

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you…for your birthday you are giving us a wonderful gift of knowledge.

    Thank you!

  5. #5 Grant
    June 23, 2010

    I’ve spread the word, giving a few of the correspondence from the first issue of the Phil. Transactions that struck me:

    Some of the titles and subject matter are fun to explore, e.g. A Relation of Persons Killed with Subterraneous Damps or An Account of a Very Odd Monstrous Calf.

    It’s great to have a chance to explore the old stuff.

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