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The Royal Society has today announced that its world-famous historical journal archive – which includes the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal – is now permanently free through online access.

The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific publisher, with the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society appearing in 1665.

While the Royal Society Journal has a definite scientific focus, there are numerous insurance related documents including documents on natural disasters, commercial insurance concerns and health  and life insurance issues in the Journal’s over 60,000 historical scientific papers. This data archive is fully searchable, with papers published more than 70 years ago.

Some of the notable Treasures in the archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated account of his electrical kite experiment.