Thursday, 27 October 2011

Royal Historical Journals Free Access

Researching historical medical and scientific matters has been greatly enhanced with the news today that the Royal Society has digitised and made available journals greater than 70 years old for free access.

The Royal Society journal was founded in 1665 and eminent scientists and men of enquiring minds have been submitting information to the Society ever since (women also submitted but much later in the piece). The journals are searchable at  Historical Journal Search

You are able to access PDF copies of articles such as this one:

An Account of Several Persons Seized with the Goal-Fever, Working in Newgate; And of the Manner, in Which the Infection Was Communicated to One Intire Family; by John Pringle, M. D. F. R. S.Phil. Trans. 1753 48:42-55; doi:10.1098/rstl.1753.0007  ( spelling as per the journal)

It is interesting to look at the evolution of science since 1665. The Journal is the first ever peer reviewed journal and it is fantastic that everyone have been granted free access.

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