|Parent company||Nature Publishing Group|
|Country of origin||Switzerland|
|Publication types||Open access scientific journals|
|Fiction genres||Medicine, life sciences, technology|
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, 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.
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. 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. It was eventually decided that the article would not be retracted but instead was reclassified as an opinion piece.
In 2014, Frontiers received the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.
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.
Business model and partnership with Nature Publishing Group
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."
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- Peter Suber, ed. (2007-10-30). "Open Access News: New series of OA journals in neuroscience". Retrieved 2013-03-04.
- "Frontiers launches Social Networking for Scientists". Frontiers Media. 9 February 2012.
- "Events". Frontiers Media.
- "Chief specialty editor resigns from Frontiers in wake of controversial retraction". Retraction Watch.
- "Publisher issues statement of concern about HIV denial paper, launches investigation". Retraction Watch.
- "Frontiers lets HIV denial article stand, reclassifies it as "opinion"". Retraction Watch. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
- "ALPSP Annual Awards". Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.
- P., J. (2013-02-27). "Changing Nature". The Economist. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
- Baynes, Grace. "Nature Publishing Group and Frontiers form alliance to further open science". Nature Publishing Group.
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