The proliferation of specialist journals in the past few decades has meant that the Society’s Proceedings no longer enjoys the pre-eminent position that it once held. However, it remains an honoured and important publication for local scientists and particularly welcomes trans-disciplinary work. The Proceedings are exchanged with numerous institutions, worldwide. At present, issues are published around December each year.

The Society invites authors to publish their research, reviews or opinion pieces in our journal. Abstracts of completed dissertations, from degrees of whatever level, will be published if their content is relevant. Below are links to a Guide to Authors, ethics statements and a style sheet for Endnote bibliographic software.

Researchers who would like assistance from an experienced scientist or editor in preparing a draft article for publication are invited to contact the Society.

The archive of the Proceedings back to 1884 and the earlier Transactions of the Philosophical Society of Queensland back to 1859 is being made accessible by a full-text search engine. This facility is still under construction. Some volumes have not yet been indexed, some are not yet available from the agent Informit and for some articles a download fee is required. During this establishment phase, any inquirer who finds difficulty in accessing a desired paper is invited to contact the Society. Access to all previous volumes is available free of charge to members.

A printed index of selected articles between Vol. 78 (1966) and Vol. 117 (2011) plus special publications between 1980 and 2002 is also available.



Trove (the National Library of Australia master catalogue search engine) offers a keyword search, catalogue records for numerous linked libraries and links to some digital files.


Biodiversity Heritage Library

Interestingly, the Biodiversity Heritage Library in the U.S.A. has long posted the papers from the first 35 volumes of the Proceedings, from 1885 to 1926, and onwards to 1955, online. Many papers in that early series have significant contemporary interest.



The Queensland Museum Library holds the library of the Royal Society of Queensland and maintains a full set of the Society’s journal.




Peer-reviewed articles including short communications, historical reviews and opinion pieces will remain the mainstay of the Proceedings. The journal also publishes book reviews, obituaries and an edited version of the Annual Report to members.

The Society also welcomes abstracts of completed dissertations by recent students in the natural sciences from any Queensland university, especially honours and masters-by-coursework students whose work is unlikely to enter the peer-reviewed literature. Academics and supervisors are invited to encourage any student to contact the Society if their work is otherwise unlikely to be published soon.

Intending authors are invited to contact the Editor by email:

Short-form flyer: Call for papers.


Intending authors should consult the Guide to Authors before submitting. This document explains style and submission procedures. For ethics policies, consult the Ethics for Authors and Ethics for the Editor statements.

If uncertain about the suitability of the intended paper, approach the Editor for advice before submitting.

A style sheet for installing PRSQ Endnote style into Endnote bibliographic software is available.  Save the PRSQ style to your ‘styles folder’ where Endnote is installed, open Endnote and choose to use this style.  If you have a document for which you have used the old unmodified style, simply choose to reformat that document with a completely different style (such as numbered, annotated etc), then choose to update the document with the PRSQ style.  This will update the document on which you have been working.  (Assistance from the Librarian, Queensland University of Technology is acknowledged).


Minutes and reports of the Society’s historical meetings have been digitised, with the assistance of the State Library and Queensland Museum.

  • Minute books from 1883 to the 1940s are available in nine files.

Four more files include:

  • Members’ register from 1859 Member No. 1
  • Library Borrowing Book 1870-1930
  • Secretary’s notebook
  • Minute book 1868 – 1883 etc.

This is a landmark step in protecting the Society’s heritage. The fragile works were taken from their secure repository in the Museum to conservation scanning in the State Library.

(A file linking some newspaper clippings within the early minute books to their source in Trove is now available).

For lectures and presentations from December 2013 and later, refer to “News and events”.


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