The Royal Society

Founded in 1660, The Royal Society is the national academy of sciences of the UK and the Commonwealth. The Society plays an influential role in national and international science policy and is dedicated to promoting excellence in science. Fellows and Foreign Members, who are elected for life on the basis of scientific excellence, have included Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Hodgkin, Francis Crick, James Watson, Stephen Hawking, and Tim Berners Lee. Today there are approximately 1,450 Fellows and Foreign Members, including more than 80 Nobel Laureates.

The Royal Society publishes ten, high quality peer-reviewed journals covering: biological, cross disciplinary and physical sciences; history and philosophy of science; and cross-disciplinary research. The Royal Society is a member of Crossref and, partnering with Portico, Lockss and Clockss  guarantees perpetual access and long term preservation to its articles in electronic format.

All Royal Society journals are available by subscription, either as individual titles, in discipline clusters or as an entire journals package. The RS journals offer:

  • Highly cited and regarded scientific journals subject to stringent peer-review
  • Up to 15% discount on single journal subscription prices when subscribing to a journal package
  • Free access to the journal archive when subscribing to a journal package
  • Sophisticated searching facilities and individual articles DOIs from 1665
  • Articles bear the CrossMark ® which ensures that readers are on the most recent version of an article
  • Counter4/ SUSHI compliant usage stats downloadable from our online host HighWire Press
  • One-off archive purchase available for 1665-1996 in ‘The Royal Society Collection: Science In The Making’

All journals are available in both online or print + online versions and the subscribers may access fully citable articles up to 10 weeks before publication of the printed journal issue through FirstCite,® the Royal Society’s Early Online Publishing service.

Journal Packages

The ten journals published by the Royal Society are available as single subscriptions or included in the following packages that come with free online access to the relevant online archive dating back to 1665.

Package S: The Excellence in Science Collection beginning 1665
Includes 10 journals, available online only or print + online:

  • Biology Letters (online only)
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
  • Interface Focus
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science
  • Open Biology (open access journal, online only)
  • Open Science (open access journal, online only)

Package A: The Physical Sciences Collection beginning 1665
Includes 4 journals, available online only or print + online:

  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
  • Interface Focus
  • Open Science (open access journal, online only)

Package B: The Biological Sciences Collections beginning 1665
Includes 7 journals, available online only or print + online:

  • Biology Letters
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
  • Interface Focus
  • Open Biology (open access)
  • Open Science (open access journal, online only)

Package H: The History of Science Collection 
Includes 2 journals, available online only or print + online:

  • Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science
  • Biographical Memoirs

Consortia Policy

The Royal Society is available to negotiate agreements with national and local consortia, offering customized packages that takes into consideration multiple factors such as the number of sites involved, with the objective to increase the availability of peer-reviewed content amongst the scientific community.

These are some of the standard parameters used:

  • Number of member institutions
  • Multiple years contract for three years
  • Fixed price cap for the duration of the contract, lower than the standard yearly increase from the publisher’s catalogue
  • Perpetual Access guaranteed after the termination of contract
  • “Opt-out” clause in case of superior or irresistible force (force majeure)

Impact Factors

Please see the latest catalogue for the latest Impact Factors.

Further Information

For further information, quotations, contracts, trial activation and technical support please contact us through the Request Info form above or by writing an email to sales@royalsociety.org