Journals, learned societies and money : Philosophical Transactions ca. 1750–1900
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This paper investigates the finances of the Royal Society and its Philosophical Transactions, showing that in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries journal publishing was a drain on funds rather than a source of income. Even without any expectation of profit, the costs of producing Transactions nevertheless had to be covered, and the way in which this was done reflected the changing financial situation of the Society. An examination of the Society’s financial accounts and minute books reveals the tensions between the Society’s desire to promote the widespread communication of natural knowledge, and the ever-increasing cost of doing so, particularly by the late nineteenth century.
Fyfe , A 2015 , ' Journals, learned societies and money : Philosophical Transactions ca. 1750–1900 ' Notes and Records of the Royal Society , vol 69 , no. 3 , pp. 277-299 . DOI: 10.1098/rsnr.2015.0032
Notes and Records of the Royal Society
© 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2015.0032