The complete archive of the Royal Society publications, including some of the most significant scientific papers published, is available free online until the end of November. The Royal Society Digital Archive is easily the most comprehensive archive in science and contains some of the most significant scientific papers ever published.
The development of the digital archive means that the Society’s online collection now contains every paper ever published in the Royal Society’s journals since 1665 – from the very first peer-reviewed paper in Philosophical Transactions – to the most recent interdisciplinary article in J. R. Soc. Interface.
Seminal research papers include accounts of Michael Faraday’s groundbreaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton’s invention of the reflecting telescope and the first research paper published by Stephen Hawking. The Archive provides a record of some key scientific discoveries from the last 340 years including: Halley’s description of ‘his comet’ in 1705; details of the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1954; and Edmond Stone’s breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark cured fevers, leading to the discovery of salicylic acid and later the development of aspirin.