The proliferation of specialist journals has meant that the Society’s Proceedings no longer enjoys the pre-eminent position that it once held. However, it remains an honoured and accessible publication for Queensland scientists. It particularly welcomes trans-disciplinary work and policy-orientated essays. The Proceedings are exchanged with numerous institutions, worldwide. At present, issues are published around late 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 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. All articles except abstracts are peer-reviewed.

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). However, 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. For articles after 1955 a download fee is required – administered through the Melbourne-based agent Informit – but access to all previous volumes is available free 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. (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:

Short-form flyer for 2017 issue: Call for papers.


Intending authors should consult the Guide to Authors before submitting. (The published guide relates to 2017. The 2018 version is being finalised and will be posted soon). 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).


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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