Frontiers Media

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Frontiers Media
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Parent company Nature Publishing Group
Founded 2007
Country of origin Switzerland
Headquarters location Lausanne
Publication types Open access scientific journals
Fiction genres Medicine, life sciences, technology
Official website www.frontiersin.org
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 and Kamila Markram, and later expanded to other academic fields. Frontiers is based on the Lausanne campus.

Journals[edit]

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 a series of another eleven journals in medicine and science.

In February 2012, the Frontiers Research Network was launched,[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] It was eventually decided that the article would not be retracted but instead was reclassified as an opinion piece.[7]

In 2014, Frontiers received the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.[8]

Peer review[edit]

Frontiers journals use open peer review, where the names of reviewers of accepted articles are made public. According to The Economist, the journals "accept 80-90% of submissions, rejecting only those which are fatally flawed", and the quality of papers is mainly judged by internet popularity once they have been published.[9]

Business model and partnership with Nature Publishing Group[edit]

According to their website, the company "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 in Frontiers.[9][10]

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