Publishing 350: from foundation to future

2015 marks the 350th anniversary of the launch of Philosophical Transactions - the world's first journal dedicated to science.

Philosophical Transactions pioneered the concepts of scientific priority and peer review which, together with archiving and dissemination, provide the model for almost 30,000 scientific journals today.

This tremendous innovation replaced an inefficient system of personal communications between scientists with a permanent and widely accessible archive of peer-reviewed articles.

From its foundation to the present day, the scientific journal has enabled the international communication of ideas and discoveries, providing the information infrastructure crucial to the progress of science.

The Royal Society is organising a variety of events to celebrate the 350th anniversary, including a free exhibition showcasing Philosophical Transactions from its seventeenth century origins all the way through to the modern journal it is today.

To find out more please visit: https://royalsociety.org/publishing350/

 

Source: The Royal Society