Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society  
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Title page to volume 1 of Philosophical Transactions
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Publication details
Publication history
1665–present
Standard abbreviations
Philos. Trans. Royal Soc.

Philosophical Transactions, titled Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (often abbreviated as Phil. Trans.) from 1776, is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society. In its earliest days, it was a private venture of the Royal Society's secretary.[1][2] It became an official society publication in 1752.[3] It was established in 1665,[4] making it the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science,[2] and therefore also the world's longest-running scientific journal.[2] The use of the word philosophical in the title refers to natural philosophy, which was the equivalent of what would now be generally called science.

Current publication

In 1887 the journal expanded and divided into two separate publications, one serving the physical sciences (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences) and the other focusing on the life sciences (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences). Both journals now publish themed issues and issues resulting from papers presented at the Discussion Meetings of the Royal Society. Primary research articles are published in the sister journals Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biology Letters, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, and Interface Focus.

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