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Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales

The Society's journal is one of the oldest peer-reviewed publications in the Southern Hemisphere.  Much innovative research of the 19th and early 20th centuries (e.g. Lawrence Hargrave's work on flight) was first brought to the attention of the scientific world through the Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales.  In the last few decades specialist journals have become preferred for highly technical work but the Journal and Proceedings remains an important publication for multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary work. 

The Journal and Proceedings are exchanged with hundreds of institutions worldwide.  Currently issues are published around June and December each year.  At the right there are links to the contents of Journals from 1969 onwards. 

The Society welcomes authors to publish their research or reviews in our Journal. Abstracts of doctoral theses  are also considered by the editorial board and are welcome. (See the Journal page for submission information.)

History of the Journal and Proceedings

Each member of the 1821 Society furnished the secretary with an alphabetical catalogue of the books in his private library and these were available on loan to other members.  At that stage the Society had no journal but some of the papers read were included in a book edited by Barron Field, one of its members, and published in London 1825.

Similarly, the Philosophical Society of 1850 had no journal, but its proceedings were reported quite extensively in the local press. In 1857 selected papers and abstracts were printed in The Sydney Magazine of Science and Art, a private commercial venture, but the arrangement lasted for only a year or two, and recourse was had again to the public press.  In 1866 appeared the Society's own publication, the Transactions of the Philosophical Society of New South Wales, 1862-1865.  The Royal Society of New South Wales initiated the yearly publication of Transactions in 1867, and ten years later the present title Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales was adopted.

The Bulletin

The Society distributes a monthly Bulletin to members, appraising them of forthcoming meetings, speakers' biographies, summaries of talks, and other news.

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Journals: 2000 - current

Journals: 1969 - 1999

Journals 1862-2000

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) in the USA has scanned most of the Transactions and Journals from 1862 to 2000.

Journal Contents: 1917 - 1968

This is a scanned copy of the Tables of Contents of the Journal & Proceedings the Royal Society of NSW from 1917 - 1968, vols 51 to 100.

Journal Index: 1862 - 1916

This is a Subject Index of the Transactions of the Philosophical Society of NSW from 1862 - 1865 and the Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of NSW from 1867 - 1916, vols. 1 - 50. (Compiled in 1975 by A.F. Day.)


Bulletins: 2007 - current




Information for authors

Authors intending to submit to the Journal can find complete information at the Authors page.