Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
|Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B|
|Abbreviated title (ISO 4)||Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B|
|Edited by||Linda Partridge|
|Publisher||Royal Society (United Kingdom)|
|Open access||Delayed, after 12 months|
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (or Philosophical Transactions B) is a biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Royal Society. The current editor-in-chief is Linda Partridge (University College London).
Each issue covers a specific area of the biological sciences. The themes fall into one of four cluster categories:
- Cell and Development
- Health and Disease
- Environment and Evolution
- Neuroscience and Cognition
Past issue titles include "What next for stem cell biology?", "The neurobiology of violence", "The impact of population growth on tomorrow's world", and "Human evolution, migration and history revealed by genetics, immunity and infection".
Articles can be accessed online a few months prior to the printed journal. All articles become freely accessible one year after their publication date.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society was established in 1665 by the Royal Society and is the oldest scientific journal in the English-speaking world. Henry Oldenburg was appointed as the first (joint) secretary to the Society and he was also the first editor of the Society's journal. In 1887 the journal expanded to become two separate publications, one serving the physical sciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Physical, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences, and the other focusing on the life sciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Nowadays, both journals publish themed issues and discussion meeting issues, while individual research articles are published in the sister journal Proceedings of the Royal Society.