Specialist journals have proliferated in the post-War era of rapid expansion of science, but the Society’s Proceedings remains the pre-eminent generalist journal dedicated to Queensland-focused science. It is an accessible publication with a proud history of nearly annual publication for more than 130 years. It welcomes trans-disciplinary work and policy-orientated essays. The Proceedings are exchanged with numerous institutions, worldwide. Issues are published around late December each year.

An article does not need to be a full-length research article. The Society invites authors to publish reviews or opinion pieces as well as original research with experimental data in our journal. Abstracts of completed dissertations, from degrees of whatever level, will be published if content is relevant. Below are links to a Guide to Authors, ethics statements and a style sheet for Endnote bibliographic software. All articles except students’ abstracts are peer-reviewed.

Finding an article

Several search engines are available to identify an article:

  • this website – full-text searching, see search box above and explanation below
  • Scopus – keyword searching, archive at present incomplete, Elsevier has promised to index back to 1996, but this has not yet been fulfilled
  • Informit – keyword searching
  • Google Scholar, which draws upon the Informit database
  • EBSCO – holdings incomplete.

Full-text search function

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. Bugs in the first version of the software have largely been remedied.

However, the text is imperfect. When the printed copies of the Proceedings were scanned, the machine didn’t merely photograph the pages, but converted the images into text. This is to enable full text searching (beyond simply the title and author of the article). The conversion process was imperfect (as is usual with this type of process). For example, an ink blot or scratch in the paper could mean that an S within a word is rendered as $, so the search engine will not find the word in its correct form.

The only way to remedy this problem is for volunteers to compare the converted text with the original and edit out the spelling errors. A proofreading process like this is adopted by the State Library and Trove using volunteers to edit scanned pages of old newspapers. Until the text is validated in this way, any inquirer who finds difficulty in accessing a desired paper is invited to contact the Society.

Accessing articles online

All articles from 1859 to 1955 are available free of charge on the Society’s website.

Articles from 1884 – Issue I – to 1955 are available free of charge via the Biodiversity Heritage Library, see explanation below. For articles from 1956 to the present, a small copy fee is charged via our Melbourne-based agent Informit. Access to all volumes is available free to members.

Issue I (4.6MB) includes reports of the origin of the Society in 1884.

Contents pages

Table of Contents for Vol. 122 of 2017 . For Vol. 123 of 2018.

Contents pages Vols. 61-90 , 1949-1979.

Index of selected articles Vol. 78 (1966) to Vol. 117 (2011).

Special Issues 1980 to 2002. (List to come).

Author index 1859-1959 by F.S. Colliver, published in Volume LXXI (1959).


The State Library of Queensland holds a full set of the Proceedings. In addition…


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. (Incidentally, Trove’s historical web archive Pandora captures the entire website of the Royal Society of Queensland in June every year).

Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library in the U.S.A. has posted the papers from the Proceedings, from 1885 to 1926, and onwards to 1955, online.


The Queensland Museum Library holds the library of the Royal Society of Queensland and maintains a full set of the Society’s journal. Members of the Society enjoy access to this library.



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.

Intending authors are invited to contact the Editor by email: Consult the 2019 Guide to Authors before submitting a paper.


Intending authors should consult the Guide to Authors – 2019 before submitting. This document explains style and submission procedures. The Guide in general and scope in particular are largely the same as in 2018, although there have been a few changes to style. 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. Dr Diogenes Antille is Hon. Editor and can be contacted via Researchers who would like assistance from an experienced scientist or editor in preparing a draft article for publication are invited to contact the Society via the general inquiries email .

Special Issues

Springs of the Great Artesian Basin

The Society intends to publish a Special Issue on Springs of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) in late 2019.  This publication will capture articles ranging from historic and contemporary narratives, indigenous perspectives, scientific papers (geohydrology, ecology, management and conservation), thesis abstracts and opinion pieces, in a volume of some 30 items. The unique nature of a Special Issue provides an opportunity to be creative and reflective. The editors welcome styles of submission beyond the standard scientific format.  Please send your thoughts, ideas and if possible a tentative title and author details to:

Lead Editor Dr Rene Rossini [].  Submissions close in April 2019, with the final publication anticipated during 2019. Scientists, naturalists and Indigenous communities are invited to consult the special Guide to Authors – Springs and the Appendix outlining themes.


Interviews/conversations between people who have been working in springs for a long time. These submissions will preferably have a casual tone, story-telling, documenting history and perspectives, and feature photos and drawings. The editors are willing to accept transcripts of interviews or conversations between experts, and to facilitate such discussions.


Papers and contributions of a scientific, theoretical or informed opinion nature about the hydrology and geology of springs, the distribution, formation, and history of GAB springs, and the mechanisms that maintain different types of springs, govern their flow paths and dynamics, or predict their possible futures.


Papers and contributions of a scientific, theoretical or informed opinion nature about the ecology of GAB spring systems. Papers that summarise patterns of diversity, distribution and evolution in broader groups of taxa, are welcome, as well as taxa-specific accounts. This section will highlight novel and interesting stories of flora and fauna or ecosystem processes that maintain spring systems, as well as directions for future ecological research to support the conservation of these unique taxa and ecosystems.


Papers and contributions of a commentary, policy or informed opinion nature about anything regarding Australian GAB groundwater policy, governance and management, potential problems, and success stories or solutions for groundwater and biodiversity management, and the conservation of GAB springs.

Eungella rainforests and their environs

The Society also proposes to publish a Special Issue on the rainforests of the Eungella region during 2019. Please do not use the standard Guide to Authors for that issue. See Guide to Authors -Eungella and consult the Guest Editor Prof Roger Kitching of Griffith University for more information.

Preventative health

During 2018 the Society has hosted two deliberative workshops sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers – on chronic disease and youth well-being – and a third on the well-being of Indigenous and remote communities is proposed for February 2019. Papers on those issues, including epidemiological results, opinion pieces, book reviews and historical overviews will be welcome. Please do not use the standard Guide to Authors for that issue. See the Guide to Authors – Preventative Health and contact Guest Editor Dr Joseph McDowall for further information. Copy deadline 31 March 2019 (postponed from 31 December 2018).


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).


Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the right to charge a fee for reproducing copies of the work transfers to the Society. The author retains the right to be recognised as creator of their manuscript.


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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