Royal Society digital archive – free access through Jan.2009

The Royal Society Digital Journal Archive ( is now free to access until 1 February 2009.

The Royal Society Digital Archive is easily the most
comprehensive journal archive in science and contains some of the
most significant scientific papers ever published. Covering
almost 350 years of scientific research across the disciplines it
is a priceless academic resource. The Royal Society Digital
Journal Archive, dating back to 1665 and containing approximately
52,000 articles, is available online and is FREE for a three
month period.

The development of this digital resource means that the Society’s
online collection now contains every paper ever published in the
Royal Society’s journals – from the very first peer-reviewed
paper in Philosophical Transactions in 1665 to the most recent
interdisciplinary article in Journal of the Royal Society

Seminal research papers include accounts of Michael Faraday’s
groundbreaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton’s
invention of the reflecting telescope and the first research
paper published by Stephen Hawking. The Archive provides a record
of some key scientific discoveries from the last 343 years
including: Halley’s description of ‘his comet’ in 1705; details
of the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in
1954; and Edmond Stone’s breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark
cured fevers, leading to the discovery of salicylic acid and
later the development of aspirin.

During this three month period, librarians and academics will be
able to access and download any article from this comprehensive
scientific publishing resource completely free of charge. Find
out more about the Archive at or access the Archive
directly at

Charles Lusty
The Royal Society, London

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