A great day for Open Access in scientific publishing: the Royal Society has announced that its world-famous historical journal archive – whith the first edition of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society appearing in 1665 – has been made permanently free to access online. Nestling amongst these prestigious archive, you will find Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin, and a series of accounts of Antonij van Leeuwenhoek’s early observations using the cutting-edge instrument of these Old Times, the Microscope, including the first ‘Observations on the Animalcula Found Upon Duckweed‘ … 300 years before metagenomics.
Van Leeuwenhoek A (1712) Some Further Microscopical Observations on the Animalcula Found Upon Duckweed. Phil. Trans. 28: 160-164.