Frontiers Media

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Frontiers Media
Frontiers Logo 2.png
Parent company Nature Publishing Group
Founded 2007
Publication types Open access scientific journals
Fiction genres Medicine, life sciences, technology
Official website
Frontiers is based in the EPFL Innovation Park of the Lausanne campus (Switzerland).

Frontiers Media S.A. is an academic publisher of peer-reviewed open access scientific journals[1] currently active in science, technology, and medicine.

It was founded in 2007 by a group of neuroscientists,[2] including Henry[3] and Kamila Markram,[4] and later expanded to other academic fields. Frontiers is based on the Lausanne campus.


The first journal published was Frontiers in Neuroscience, which opened for submission as a beta version in 2007, and for official submissions in January 2008. In 2010, Frontiers launched another eleven journals in medicine and science.

In February 2012, the Frontiers Research Network was launched,[5] a social networking platform for researchers, intended to disseminate the open access articles published in the Frontiers journals, and to provide related conferences, blogs, news, video lectures and job postings.[6]

In 2013, Frontiers in Psychology retracted a controversial article linking climate change denialism and "conspiracist ideation"; the retraction was itself also controversial and led to the resignations of at least three editors [1]. In 2014, Frontiers in Public Health published a controversial article that supported HIV denialism; the publisher later issued a statement of concern and announced an investigation into the review process of the article [2]. Because of these and other editorial issues, Frontiers has frequently been suggested to Jeffrey Beall as being a predatory open-access publisher, though he states that it does not meet the criteria. [3]

In 2014, Frontiers received the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. [4]

Business model and partnership with Nature Publishing Group[edit]

According to the Frontiers website, the company, Frontiers Media, "operates the open-access publishing on an author-pay business model, but has a commercial mandate to develop multiple revenue streams that can be used to support open-access publishing, as well as a technology mandate to ensure that scientists benefit from cutting edge IT technologies."

In 2013, Nature Publishing Group bought a controlling stake[7] in Frontiers.[8]


  1. ^ "Members: OA Professional Publishing Organizations". Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ Peter Suber, ed. (2007-10-30). "Open Access News: New series of OA journals in neuroscience". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Henry Markram biography". Frontiers Media S.A. Retrieved 2013-03-04. [not in citation given]
  4. ^ "Kamila Markram biography". Frontiers Media S.A. Retrieved 2013-03-04. [not in citation given]
  5. ^ Frontiers announcement: "Frontiers launches Social Networking for Scientists". 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Frontiers "events". 
  7. ^ "Scientific Publishing: Changing Nature". The Economist. 2013-02-27. 
  8. ^ Baynes, Grace. "Nature Publishing Group and Frontiers form alliance to further open science". Nature Publishing Group. 

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