Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
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The Royal Society of South Australia is a Learned Society whose interest is in Science, particularly, but not only, of South Australia. The current interests of members are chiefly in the fields of botany, zoology, biochemistry, geology, geomorphology, palaeontology, geophysics, anthropology, biophysics, soil science and environmental science.
In 2004, the South Australian Museum and the Royal Society of South Australia became partners in Southern Scientific Press. This led to the amalgamation of their two professional journals. The Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia now incorporates the Records of the South Australian Museum.
The Editor, Dr Oliver Mayo, welcomes submission of papers in these fields and in other areas of fundamental science such as meteorology, genetics and epidemiology which have not often been covered in the transactions.
Papers commenting on previously published work are welcome providing they contain new data. The Transactions also publishes a small number of scientific papers with a largely historical focus because they have a particular interest to South Australia.
Instructions to Authors are available as a pdf - click here.
The Transactions are now produced electronically and in paper copy. The titles and abstracts of current and recent papers can be accessed at Ingenta Connect.
Financial members receive the Transactions as part of their subscriptions. However, financial members and subscribers need a password to access the full articles. Please contact the Society to arrange access.
pdfs of articles in both the Transactions and Records of the South Australian Museum up to 2005 are available on-line from http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/search-publications Please note that access to the journals has been temporarily suspended. A better search engine and interface is being developed which should be available soon. In the interim we apologise for any inconvenience.
Some of the older issues of the Transactions are obtainable from the Biodiversity Heritage Library http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Non-members and Institutional costs for 2010 are:
Australia OverseasPrint only $210 Print only $255 Electronic only $190 Electronic only $215 Both $240 Both $285
Most back numbers of the Transactions are available, price $5 per issue picked up or $10 posted in Australia. Complete sets of indices to the Transactions for 1877-1989, with cross-referenced key terms, may be purchased for $40.
Two volumes of Memoirs were issued between 1899 and 1912. Prices available on request.
Ideas & Endeavours: a History of the Natural Sciences in South Australia, published 1986, retail price $10 (wholesale price $7.50).
Natural History of the Adelaide Region, published 1976, reprinted 1988, retail price $22 (w/s $13).
Natural History of Eyre Peninsula, published 1985, retail price $25.00 (w/s $15).
Natural History of the Flinders Ranges, published 1996, retail price $33 (w/s $19).
Natural History of Kangaroo Island, second edition, published 2002, retail price $33 (w/s $19).
Natural History of the North East Deserts, published 1990, retail price $33 (w/s $19).
Natural History of the South East, published 1983, reprinted 1995, retail price $22 (w/s $13).
Natural History of Gulf St Vincent, published 2008. Member's price $80, retail $120 (w/s $80)
Natural History of Riverland and Murraylands, published 2009. Member's price $70, retail $100 (w/s $70)
Prices are quoted in Australian currency, and include GST. Postage must be added if not other wise indicated. Cost of postage to overseas destinations available on request. Orders should be addressed to the Honorary Treasurer, Royal Society of South Australia Inc, c/- South Australian Museum, North Terrace, SA, Australia, 5000.
The latest volume in the Natural History series, the Natural History of the Riverland and Murraylands, was launched on Nov 16 2009 by the Hon. Karlene Maywald, Minister for the River Murray and Minister for Water Security.
It is edited by Dr John Jennings, Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, and comprises a series of 15 papers written by about 50 leading authorities in their fields.
The first five chapters cover the geology and geomorphology, soils, groundwater and climate of the region, and includes a chapter devoted to the complex issues surrounding acid sulfate soils. This is particularly significant as recent low water levels in the Murray River have caused a number of impacts related to acid sulfate soils to be realised for the first time.
Chapter 6 outlines the distinctiveness of the Murray River Aboriginal culture in South Australia and describes the Aboriginal relationships with the land and riverine systems.
In contrast with these intimate cultural relationships, Chapter 7 provides an overview of the recent history of regulation and overuse of the finite water resources of the Murray River system.
Chapter 8 provides an overview of the fossils of the region while Chapters 9 to 15 detail much of the region's incredible biodiversity: its plants, freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals.
Given the crucial role the region plays in the State, the Royal Society hopes this volume will engage the interest of all South Australians, as well as those associated with up-stream activities.
Natural History of Riverland and Murraylands, published 2009. Member's price $70, retail $100
All prices are quoted in Australian currency, and include GST. Postage must be added if not otherwise indicated. Cost of postage to overseas destinations available on request. Orders should be addressed to the Honorary Treasurer, Royal Society of South Australia Inc, c/- South Australian Museum, North Terrace, SA, Australia, 5000.