The complete archive of the Royal Society journals, including some of the most significant scientific papers ever published since 1665, is to be made freely available electronically for the first time today (14th September 2006) for a two month period.
The archive contains seminal research papers including accounts of Michael Faraday's ground-breaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton's invention of the reflecting telescope, and the first research paper published by Stephen Hawking.
The Society's online collection, which until now only extended back to 1997, contains every paper published in the Royal Society journals from the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions in 1665, to the most recent addition, Interface.
The above news release continued here.
Free registration may be required. Click here to visit the Archives.
Note: Open Access items in the past year have 'a pair of spectacles' icon next to them. Prior to that - from the pages I've looked at - far more articles are accessible.
Also, it may be that the Royal Society are still updating their archives (one of the reason this post has been held back a bit).
John Latter / Jorolat