The Royal Society (known as the New Zealand Institute before 1933) published an annual collection of papers read before its various branches (the Transactions) in combination with accounts of the Institute’s activities, and the activities of its Board of Governors (the Proceedings) from 1869. In 1958 the Proceedings and Transactions were split and published separately.
From 1961 the Transactions were divided into four series: Botany, General, Geology and Zoology. In 1968 further changes were made when the number of publications was reduced to three when Botany and Zoology were combined into Biological Sciences. At the same time the Geology series was renamed Earth Sciences.
The first volume of the Earth Sciences series of the Transactions was published in 1970. It continued the Geology numbering sequence so the first volume was known as Volume 7.
As with the earlier series, papers were published separately, at irregular intervals and at greatly varying rates, so the first Earth Sciences paper was actually published on 8 September 1969. Only two volumes of the Earth Sciences series were produced.
The editor was Burton Wallace Collins (1916-) and the associate editors were geomorphologist Sir Charles Cotton (1885-1970) and zoologist Walter Clive Clark (1927-).
At the Annual General Meeting of Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand on 20 May 1970, an agreement was made that all further papers would be published in a unified periodical, the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. The first issue was published in June 1971, and the Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and General Transactions ceased.
In 2017 the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand was still published by the Royal Society, alongside the six scientific journals that the Society took over in 1991 when the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) was restructured.
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