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Join the waiting list for free access to the Royal Society's scientific journals online

Account Coordinator: Sadads will be approving accounts and collecting email addresses.

The Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy for science, is offering 24 Wikipedians free access for one year to its prestigious range of scientific journals. Please note that much of the content of these journals is already freely available online, the details varying slightly between the journals – see the Royal Society Publishing webpages.

The Royal Society's journals are divided into 3 groups for the purposes of this offer:

I) Biological sciences, access for 10 editors to 6 journals, to include:

  • Philosophical Transactions B – each issue is devoted to a specific, topical area of the biological sciences
  • Proceedings B is the Royal Society's flagship biological research journal, dedicated to the fast publication and worldwide dissemination of high-quality research
  • Biology Letters publishes short, highly-innovative, cutting-edge research articles and opinion pieces accessible to scientists from across the biological sciences
  • (Open Biology is all full open access so not covered in this offer)
  • Interface Focus publishes themed issues covering cross-disciplinary research at the interface between the physical and life sciences.
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface publishes cross-disciplinary research at the interface between the physical and life sciences
  • Notes and Records - an international journal which publishes original research in the history of science, technology and medicine up to and including the 21st century

II) Physical Sciences, access for 10 editors to 5 journals, to include:

  • Philosophical Transactions A - each issue is devoted to a specific, topical area of the physical sciences.
  • Proceedings A publishes research articles across the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences
  • Interface Focus, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Notes and Records – see descriptions above

III) History of Science, access to 4 editors to 2 journals, to include:

For 2012 and 2011 impact factors, see here, and to see lists of content since 2008 collected by field, see the "Subject Collections" links above. Update: the way the applications below are going, we may adjust the numbers per group. Please keep applying!

Application conditions[edit]

The entrance to the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace, London

Please apply in the section below, after reading the following offer conditions. Applicants should...

  • Not already have free access to Royal Society journals through another library, university or organization
  • Be active in editing in the relevant areas of science
  • Have a Wikipedia account that is a minimum of 1 year old
  • Have a minimum of 1000 edits to the Wikimedia projects
  • Have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia (see Special:Preferences)

Recipients undertake to...

  • Use their Royal Society account during their free access period
  • Always provide original citation information, in addition to linking a Royal Society article
  • Not use bare links to Royal Society pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate (but note that much is free to access anyway)
  • Review WP:V, WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT, and WP:PAYWALL, and be aware that much of the content of the journals is primary research, which may not always be the most suitable source for a Wikipedia article.
  • Respect the copyrights of the Royal Society, following sections 1, 3, 6, 8, & 9 of the Royal Society’s Terms and Conditions and Wikipedia’s copyright policy.
  • Agree the Wikipedia Library’s privacy policy (allowing following for metrics) as follows:
    • Give a confirmed email address. Editors understand and agree that their name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia Library, and the Royal Society. While representatives of the Wikipedia Library are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or the Royal Society), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.
  • Complete a short survey at the end of their access period.

Recipients undertake not to…

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others
  • Mass scrape, mass download, or distribute content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Datamine metadata, such as to use for auto-created stub articles, without the consent of the Royal Society, see their page
  • Use the access provided for any commercial purpose

Applications process[edit]

The initial application period has now ended, but please join the waiting list as places may be available later.

Please apply below under the appropriate group. Initial applications will close on 25 May 2014, but later applications will go on the waiting list. Please summarize the projects where you are active, and the subject areas you work in. Please give brief details of any science-related degrees or career information (these may be emailed if you prefer). Some links to sample articles you have worked on will be useful.

Most applications are likely to be for a single group, but if you want to apply for more than one please explain your reasons at the first group you apply for, and at the 2nd or 3rd just refer to the group above.

After the application period ends, the most suitable applicants will be contacted, and the access arranged. Please note that because of the limited numbers the applications will not be granted on a first-come-first-served basis if there more more applicants than places, but the best applicants will be selected. The successful applicants will be posted on this page, and all access will begin on the same date. The edits of the recipients will be reviewed after 6 months of access, and those who are not making use on the projects of their access may have their access terminated, to be replaced by others from the waiting list. In addition, Royal Society Publishing may remove access, to individual accounts or en masse, for any reason at any time.

The applications, review process and queries about the programme will be managed by User:Johnbod (also User:Wiki at Royal Society John, Wikimedian in Residence at the Royal Society until July 2014) and Sadads of The Wikipedia Library, or replacements they nominate, liaising with Royal Society Publishing, and the decisions of these parties will be final. The project will be reviewed after the first year, and it will be decided whether or how to continue it.

Waiting list[edit]

  • Details as above, plus please say which group(s) you are interested in.
  1. codrinb (talk · contribs) Group 3. I frequently contribute to archaeology and history articles, and having access to Royal Society journals would allow me to source these articles using academic papers and books on the mentioned topics.--Codrin.B (talk) 21:21, 22 June 2014 (UTC) (NOTE:Only history of science is covered in RS journals; I'm not sure these would be helpful to you, unlike JSTOR Wiki at Royal Society John (talk) 13:59, 4 July 2014 (UTC))
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:47, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
  2. Correogsk (talk · contribs) Group 3. Interested and working in the history of psychology, neurosciences and some of the most important and scientific institutions in Mexico: El Colegio de México, El Colegio Nacional and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Thanks and best!! --Correogsk or Gustavo 07:00, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:47, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
  3. Matthias M. (talk · contribs) I am an active participant in the German chemistry wiki project and also interested in expanding the microbiology articles. Redoing the German E. coli article was my biggest endeavor so far. However, although I have some text books for common knowledge, when searching for recent papers I usually hit a paywall that I can't afford to breakthrough. Matthias M. (talk) 09:54, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:47, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
  4. OppidumNissenae (talk · contribs) Group 1, biological sciences. In 2013 I was one of the top 300 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. This is my: edit count; my interests are medical topics and other. Thanks!--OppidumNissenae (talk) 18:27, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 21:16, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
  5. TopGun (talk · contribs) Group 2. I am a Veteran editor about to complete my 8th year on the wiki and an engineer by education. I often correct / add to engineering, science and technology related articles but I haven't been able to make it my primary area of editing due to lack of access to resources and references after graduating (and hence not having library access anymore). --lTopGunl (talk) 18:34, 26 October 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 21:16, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
  6. Hippo99 (talk · contribs · count · email)/Hippo99 (talk · contribs · count · email)/Hippo99 (talk · contribs · count · email)/Hippo99 (talk · contribs · count · email): GROUP I (bio science) --- I am a PhD student writing my thesis on prehistoric food intake. Access to full content would be highly facilitating research & referencing. I have been writing contributions on Wikipedia in German, Wikipedia in English, Wikipedia in French and on Wikipedia in Spanish since 2007 (My Statistics for reference).
  7. Bramfab (talk · contribs · count · email) I write a lot on science topics, mainly earth science (geology and paleonthology) and I knwow thatRoyal Society host journals and papers that would be useful to improve the quality of the contents of my edit. Regards, --Bramfab (talk) 11:57, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

Initial applications (now closed)[edit]

  • Thanks for these! As you can see the number of applicants overall is close to the number of subscriptions offered. We will be in touch before too long. I'll start a waiting list section below. Wiki at Royal Society John (talk) 01:23, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

I agree to the offer terms above and wish to apply for free access (please sign below, giving information as described in the previous section):

Group I (biological sciences)[edit]

  1. Doc Taxon (talk) 19:34, 28 April 2014 (UTC) – for researches in en:WP:REX and its brother de:WP:BIBR, and also for worthful development of articles
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  2. WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 03:07, 29 April 2014 (UTC) primarily for article updates pertaining to genetics, especially human population genetics and behaviour genetics, and topics related to animal and human cognition
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
    DendroNaja --Dendro†NajaTalk to me! 04:47, 29 April 2014 (UTC) Do a lot of work on toxinology, venomous snakes, snake venom, ecology, and taxonomy.
    This editor has been indeffed for sockpuppetry. /~huesatlum/ 13:26, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
  3. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:13, 29 April 2014 (UTC) I write mainly ornithology and other biology articles, 50+ Featured articles, full access will help comprehensiveness. Recent articles: Eurasian Nightjar, Bohemian Waxwing. I have BSc and BA science degrees. I formerly taught, and my MA looked at student attitudes to science. Active on Birds project
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  4. User:JonRichfield. In the past four years or so I have done well over 3000 edits, and a fair proportion of my work has been on articles that I initiated. Most of the topics that I deal with are substantial, plus many RFCs (no groupie celeb touting for example). Most of my work is in a wide range of scientific and technical matters, particularly biological and computing, though I deal with a certain amount of historical and philological material as well. This often leaves me where Royal Society journals are the most desirable citations, and the abstracts even when accessible are not always adequate for good-faith citation. A good proportion of my work is in dealing with "citation wanted" material, so my requirements for reputable citations is atypically high. I am retired and cannot often reach the local university libraries where otherwise I could have got access to the desired publications, which I certainly could not afford myself, and I do not apply for any material benefit to myself nor to any third party, commercial or otherwise. In short, I could make excellent use of access to the publications, publicising their value in the process. I am thoroughly aware of my responsibilities in protecting the interests of the publisher. Thank you for your attention. JonRichfield (talk) 19:51, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  5. User:CorinneSD Since I started editing on Wikipedia in September 2012, I have made over 5,000 edits. I have an M.A. from N.Y.U. and taught English as a Second Language for 27 years before retiring. I read on a wide range of topics. As I read, I find and correct errors and work to improve sentences to make them clear and concise. When I come across something that is confusing or contradictory, I consult other editors with expertise in that area, but I would also like to check in the literature myself, and would be glad to add citations to unsourced material. I have edited articles on birds, animals, and plants, as well as on geology, mineralogy, paleontology and geography. (I took several courses in geology in college.) CorinneSD (talk) 23:56, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  6. User:SMcCandlish: Editing for 8+ years, returning after a bit of a break from editing here. In life sciences, I mostly edit feline-related and herpetology articles. I have a degree in anthropology, but am not a professional academic/researcgers (otherwise I would probably already have journal access!) I would like to use a Royal Society journals account for a fairly short period to do some focused research, and then relinquish the account so another editor can gain access. Honestly, I'd be surprised if some other applicants here aren't also interested in short-term access. Maybe one account could be set-aside for month-long access, rotating among editors who did not "make the cut" for a full year of access?  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  12:51, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  7. user:Drsoumyadeepb: Editing for an year on medicine particularly with relation to infectious disease and would focus primarily on infectious diseases and other articles related to health in LMIC nations.
    X mark.svg Not done @Drsoumyadeepb: you don't have demonstrated experience on English Wikipedia. Are you active on another Wikipedia? Can you please link to your user page there? Sadads (talk) 15:32, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  8. user:BatteryIncluded: I started editing in August 2006, I have done more than 22,000 edits, mostly in astrobiology related space missions and on abiogenesis. I have a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, a B.Sc. in cell & molecular biology and a masters in genetics. I have minors in protein synthesis and in planetary geology. --BatteryIncluded (talk) 17:23, 4 May 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:05, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  9. user:Faendalimas: Have been editing since 2006, I mainly focus on the pages involved on turtles and herpetology (about 2000 edits) and am a member of relevant projects to this. I also assist with sorting out nomenclatral issues. I have a BSc and MSc in zoology from the University of Canberra and am a well published taxonomist and paleontologist specializing in turtles, and nomenclature. Currently at the Museu de Zoologia in Sao Paulo. Faendalimas talk 12:20, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:05, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  10. AshLin (talk · contribs) Over 25,000 edits, 500 articles, 3 GAs & 28 DYKs. I work extensively on Tree of Life articles. I am in India and have no access to a decent library or online database now. AshLin (talk) 02:12, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:05, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Now closed - but please join the waiting list above.

Group II (physical sciences)[edit]

  1. Doc Taxon (talk) 19:34, 28 April 2014 (UTC) – as above
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  2. YohanN7 (talk) 12:05, 29 April 2014 (UTC) - Doing edits in math and physics articles and researching on my own for pure pleasure. Masters degree's in engineering physics and electrical engineering. Professional career as software engineer. Recent article: Group structure and the axiom of choice, mostly my work: Representation theory of the Lorentz group.
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  3. User:JonRichfield Much the same as biological sciences (mainly in computer and information theory. JonRichfield (talk) 19:51, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  4. Biswajit Banerjee Creating and editing articles on applied mechanics. Bbanerje (talk) 23:17, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  5. User:CorinneSD – as above. CorinneSD (talk) 23:57, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  6. User talk:Richard_Nowell. Live edits: 1,138. Astronomy. I have concentrated mainly on the article 'Pea galaxy', which is based on a new class of galaxy discovered through the website Galaxy Zoo. I have very few formal scientific qualifications, but I'm a dedicated amateur volunteer. 12:10 BST, 02/05/2014
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  7. Smkolins (talk · contribs) (under physical and history) been active for many years split between science and religion related articles. I've recently worked on meteor showers, WISE 0855–0714 and Kepler-186 and related articles and have 24k live edits (the user space count is mostly for sandbox development of articles.)--Smkolins (talk) 11:41, 3 May 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  8. Chjoaygame (talk) 00:05, 8 May 2014 (UTC) Principles of thermodynamics and closely related Wikipedia articles. My Wikipedia contributions analyzed here. Ph D in a scientific subject.
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  9. I am a Chemical Engineer (Master's degree) and I contribute mainly in it.wikipedia (+75,000 edits) and en.wikipedia (+3,400 edits) creating and improving pages related to: Chemical engineering, Process engineering, Chemistry, Thermodynamics. On it.wikipedia I collaborated to the creation of 7 featured articles (e.g.: it:Acqua, it:Storia dell'industria chimica, it:Fisica classica); examples of pages I created on en.wikipedia are: Gas-liquid contactor, Plate column, Falling-film column. --Daniele Pugliesi (talk) 13:48, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Now closed - but please join the waiting list above.

Group III (history of science)[edit]

  1. Doc Taxon (talk) 19:35, 28 April 2014 (UTC) – as above
    Approved will add you through the information collected in the previous email, Sadads (talk) 13:54, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
  2. User:JonRichfield Much the same as biological sciences. JonRichfield (talk) 19:51, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved will add you through the information collected in the previous email, Sadads (talk) 13:54, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
  3. czar (talk · contribs) I'm a historian of education. Active in histories of technology, engineering, computer science. czar  14:03, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect an Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 18:36, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  4. User:CorinneSD – as above. CorinneSD (talk) 23:57, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
    Approved will add you through the information collected in the previous email, Sadads (talk) 13:54, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
  5. Smkolins (talk · contribs) (under physical and history) - see above Smkolins (talk) 11:41, 3 May 2014 (UTC)
    Approved will add you through the information collected in the previous email, Sadads (talk) 13:54, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
  6. LaMona (talk · contribs) I have a growing list of articles about women artists, writers and scientists that I would like to winnow down. The Royal Society journals would allow me to do better research on women in the sciences, in particular in early modern times. Thanks for the opportunity. LaMona (talk) 22:07, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
    X mark.svg Not done @LaMona: Currently you don't have significant experience in content creation (a little over 400 edits, and a larger portion of that not around content), especially in the topic area that you say that you will be working. I would suggest using the research materials that you already have available to practice and expanding and refining articles. Unfortunately, this access is only of a limited availability Sadads (talk) 18:36, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  7. Miniapolis (talk · contribs) English WP admin who specializes in copyediting and general article improvement (which often entails inserting or formatting references). Active since late 2010; 21K non-automated edits, and interested in science and history. Thanks for your consideration and all the best, Miniapolis 00:06, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
    @Miniapolis: Hi, in your application you mostly describe yourself as doing copyediting (and that is what I see in your edit history). Could you describe in more detail how this resource might help expand your content creation efforts? Sadads (talk) 18:36, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Now closed - but please join the waiting list above.
  • Applications are now closed.
Withdrawn:
  1. EEng I am a published researcher on the subject of medical icon Phineas Gage, and there's much more to be done. EEng (talk) 06:36, 1 May 2014 (UTC) [Withdrawn -- just realized how limited the title list is]
  2. AshLin (talk · contribs) Over 25,000 edits, 500 articles, 3 GAs & 28 DYKs. I work extensively on Tree of Life articles. I am in India and have no access to a decent library or online database now. AshLin (talk) 02:12, 5 June 2014 (UTC) Withdrawn because of limited vacancies & others may have better use for it. AshLin (talk) 04:35, 21 June 2014 (UTC)