Frequently Asked Questions
Who can submit to Philosophical Transactions B?
Anyone can submit a theme proposal to Philosophical Transactions B. You do not need to be a Fellow of the Royal Society, or recommended by a Fellow, however we do not accept articles which are not part of a theme issue.
How do I submit a theme proposal to Philosophical Transactions B?
See our Proposal submission guidelines.
How do I submit an invited article to Philosophical Transactions B?
See our author guidelines.
How do I seek permission to reproduce material from Philosophical Transactions B?
Philosophical Transactions B has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service. To seek permission please search the relevant article and click on the permissions link. Authors do not need to seek permission to reuse their work, but must cite the source. Using material from open access articles does not require permission but must acknowledge the source. For more information please visit this website.
How do I cite Philosophical Transactions B correctly?
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B
Articles published from the first issue of 2013 follow a continuous publication format and should be cited as follows:
Bell G. 2013 Evolutionary rescue and the limits of adaptation. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 368: 20120404; doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0404
The citation no longer uses page numbers to cite an article within a volume, but instead uses a unique article identifier. This identifier comprises of the last eight digits of the DOI (or “digital object identifier”, see http://www.crossref.org/02publishers/doi_display_guidelines.html), and will be visible on every page of the article.
Several journals, such as BMJ, PLoS ONE and Physical Review Letters, already use this style of citation, so we hope our readers will be able to adopt the new notation easily.
What is the DOI?
DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. The DOI is a unique, permanent code assigned any digital item such as a journal article. Since 1999, each article published in a Royal Society journal has been assigned a unique DOI. The DOI is used by many of the major science publishers and has become an industry standard. Each DOI is assigned and maintained in a central registry managed by the International DOI Foundation. Utilising a DOI, a referenced article can be electronically located - the DOI is resolved to find the current URL of the item.
Abstracting and Indexing
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Which content is free?
Articles in this journal become free 1 year after publication. They enter the subscription paywall again between 11 and 70 years, after which they enter our free digital archive.