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The Royal Society, is the United Kingdom's National Academy for science. RS Publishing provides a 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 web pages.

Access to Royal Society's journals into three groups for the purposes of this offer:

I ) Biological sciences, 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, 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, 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.


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  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors will

  • 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 to 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.

Approved editors will not

  • 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

Private and confidential information


  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to Royal Society UK resources.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted Royal Society UK pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of Royal Society UK, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Make efforts to provide full citation information in line with the citation examples provided below, or with the examples provided by Royal Society UK, where possible
Note that citation styles vary by article, and using every parameter in the example is not a requirement of access; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles or projects they are working on.


<ref>{{cite journal | author=R. McNeill Alexander| author2= | journal=Dinomyte | year=2006 | volume=1 | issue=1 | title=Dinosaur Biomechanics| url= | doi=10.1098/rspb.2006.3532 | accessdate=24 March 2016 | subscription=yes | via=[[Royal Society]]}}</ref>

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