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 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. The Presidential Address and the Society’s Annual Report are peer-reviewed by Council.

Finding articles online by year

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

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

1884-1955: Articles from 1884 to 1955 are available free of charge via the Biodiversity Heritage Library; see explanation below.

1956-2018: A small copy fee is charged via our Melbourne-based agent Informit. Access to all volumes is available free to members.

2019 – Volume 124: (to come)

2019 – Eungella Special Issue Vol 125: (to come) on the rainforests of the Eungella region during 2019. Guest Editor Prof Roger Kitching of Griffith University is assembling the volume. Consult the dedicated page.

2019 – Springs Special Issue Vol 126: (to come). A Special Issue on Springs of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is due to be published early in 2020.  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 25 items. Lead Editor Dr Renee Rossini [renee.rossini AT].  Consult the dedicated page for this Special Issue.

2019 – Preventative Health Special Issue Vol 127: (to come)

2019 – Rangelands Special Issue Vol 128: (to come).

Finding an article by search engine

Several search engines are available to identify an article:

  • this website – full-text searching, see search box above and explanation below
  • Scopus – keyword searching, Elsevier has indexed back to 1996
  • Informit – keyword searching and purchase of individual papers.
  • Google Scholar, which draws upon the Informit database – keyword searching
  • 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. 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 to compare the converted text with the original manually 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.

Finding an article by Contents page

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).

Finding an article in libraries

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.


Oyster recruitment – Proceedings 122 of 2017 – Educational resource

One paper, by Member Dr Ben Diggles entitled “Annual pattern of settlement of Sydney Rock oyster spat in Pumicestone Passage“, is available for download here as it is deemed a suitable source of data sets for classes in biology under Queensland’s 2019 senior secondary syllabus. Supplementary data and a spreadsheet with spatfall field data referred to in the article and charts with data on Leaf oysters and a Time series are also available, along with an Invertebrate Report dated September 2019.



Peer-reviewed articles including research articles, short communications, historical reviews and opinion pieces will remain the mainstay of the Proceedings. The journal also publishes book reviews and obituaries.

The Society also welcomes abstracts of completed dissertations by recent students in the sciences from any Queensland university, especially honours and masters-by-coursework students whose work is unlikely to enter the peer-reviewed literature.

Intending authors are invited to contact the Editor by email: . Consult the 2019 Guide to Authors before submitting a paper. (Please note that the 2020 Guide to Authors will specify the APA method of referencing).


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 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 Issue – Preventative health (volume 127)

During 2018 and 2019 the Society hosted three deliberative workshops sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers – on chronic disease, youth well-being and the well-being of Indigenous and remote communities. Papers on those issues, including epidemiological results, opinion pieces, book reviews and historical overviews are welcome. See the Guide to Authors – Preventative Health and contact Guest Editor Dr Joseph McDowall for further information. Copy deadline 30 November 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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