History

Frontiers is a Gold open-access publisher that started in 2007.

The vision behind Frontiers arose from a reaction to the restriction of knowledge distribution imposed by subscription models in academic publishing, the bias in traditional peer-review, as well as the relatively old-fashioned and low-tech services offered to researchers.

Each year 2.5 million research articles are published in one of the 30,000 scholarly journals. Many of these discoveries undergo an inefficient and long publishing process, wasting many months, even years, in the rejection cascade as the paper goes from journal to journal. This is because peer reviews have traditionally been conducted based on a selection criteria of whether the research is novel or significant in an effort to raise the impact factor of a journal. Around 80% of these discoveries are published behind pay-walls. This has led to missed opportunities and stifled innovation within the research community.

At Frontiers, we are at the forefront of revolutionizing the academic publishing industry. By building our own award-winning digital platform, we have addressed the challenges academics face in getting their papers published and provide solutions to effectively review, publish, evaluate, disseminate and communicate research findings.

Frontiers was founded by Henry Markram and Kamila Markram, two neuroscientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, with a vision to empower researchers to take publishing back into their own hands. The first open-access journal launched was Frontiers in Neuroscience in 2007. Within the first two years, Frontiers in Neuroscience and its specialty journal off-springs became the fastest-growing journal series in neuroscience. They are now run by about 4,000 of the world's top neuroscientists.

Frontiers has since launched many other community-run, open-access journals across all of academia, covering hundreds of specialty areas in Science, Health, Technology, Engineering as well as Humanities and Social Sciences, and is one of the largest and fastest-growing open-access publishers worldwide. The Frontiers publishing platform brings researchers more functionalities, services and transparency in the processing of their articles than any other publisher. Loop, the Frontiers research network, is fully integrated across the Frontiers website and since 2015 also on nature.com articles, amplifying the discoverability, dissemination, readership and impact for authors and their articles.

The twenty-first century is demanding a new approach to scholarly publishing, and Frontiers is the solution.

2016 April: Article and Author Impact metrics are available
2016 March: Frontiers launches Digital Editorial Office.
2015 October: Loop integrates ORCID to maximize impact for researchers.
2015 April: 200,000 active users on Loop, the Frontiers Research Network.
2015 March: 30,000 articles published since launch and 400th specialty section is launched.
2015 January: Launch of Loop, Frontiers Research Network v2.0, integrated into Frontiers and Nature.com. Loop is the first cross-platform open network with the goal to maximize impact for researchers and their discoveries.
2014 December: 50,000 researchers on the editorial board.
2014 November: Launch of Frontiers Advanced Article Impact Metrics v2.0 including impact on Research Topic pages.
  Frontiers starts rebranding with a new look and feel for marketing material and the website.
2014 October: Frontiers receives the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing in recognition of "innovative peer-review platform [that] brings authors and reviewers together in discussions which in turn leads to better content, speedier review process and increased transparency."
2014 September: Launched the redesigned Research Topic Pages, putting the focus on the researchers and their work.
2014 May: 20,000 articles published since launch.
2014 April: Launch of Frontiers for Young Minds, an open-access science journal for kids, reviewed by kids.
  200 E-books published.
2014 March: Launched new Article Pages with improved look, performance and redesigned article impact.
2014 February: Launch of Frontiers Review Forum v 3.0, improving ease of use for reviewers and editors and new article pages.
2014 12 new journals launched, including Frontiers in Marine Science, Frontiers in Materials, Frontiers in Nutrition, Frontiers in Medicine, Frontiers in Surgery, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Frontiers in ICT, Frontiers in Digital Humanities. Frontiers expands into Humanities and Social Sciences and by the end of 2014 covers 34 academic fields and 380 specialties across all of academia.
2013 March: 1,000 community-driven Research Topics published, covering interdisciplinary and highly specialized research.
2013 February: The Holtzbrinck Group, owner of Nature Publishing Group (NPG), acquires an interest in Frontiers. While generally operating as an independent business and publisher, Frontiers now collaborates with Holtzbrinck businesses including NPG on key initiatives to advance the cause of Open Science for the benefit of both the research community and the broader public.
  10,000 articles published since launch.
  Nine new journals launched, Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers in Public Health, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Frontiers in Physics, Frontiers in Energy Research, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, Frontiers in Earth Science, Frontiers in Environmental Science, and Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. By the end of 2013, Frontiers covers 255 specialties across all of Science, Health and Engineering.
2012 Publishing agreements with leading organizations, including Max Planck Society, the International Union of Immunological Societies, University College London and the Bone Research Society.
2012 March: 5,000 articles published since launch.
  Launch of the Frontiers Research Network v1.0, to catalyze the dissemination of research articles and facilitate research discovery and collaboration. Frontiers’ open-access journals are fully integrated into the network.
2011 December: 20,000 researchers on the editorial board.
2010 December: 10,000 researchers on the editorial board.
2010 July: Frontiers releases its updated publishing platform v2.0, including a new Interactive Review Forum v2.0. The Community Platform is also launched, introducing online profiles for authors, reviewers and editors, enriched with multi-media tools including blogs, events, news, videos; updated impact metrics; and comment options on articles.
2010 May: 1,000 articles published since launch.
2010 Ten new open-access journals open for submission: Frontiers in Psychiatry, Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Neurology, Frontiers in Physiology, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Endocrinology, Frontiers in Immunology, and Frontiers in Genetics. Frontiers expands into Medicine and by the end of 2010 covers 129 specialty areas across Science and Health.
2009 Frontiers introduces the concept of Research Topics, themed article collections spotlighting hot research topics and organized by leading researchers.
2008 January: First open-access journal Frontiers in Neuroscience opens for article submissions.
  Frontiers builds from scratch an IT platform to manage author registration, article submissions, review, publication and evaluation. The Frontiers publishing platform includes, amongst other features:
  Frontiers Interactive Review Forum v1.0, an innovative online platform for peer-review, engaging authors and reviewers in an online dialogue, and allowing for fast article processing.
  Frontiers Article-Level Metrics as well as Journal-Level Metrics v1.0, a new and objective way to measure the impact of research discoveries. Frontiers is the first publisher to launch quantitative article and journal metrics based on views and downloads of articles.
2007 June: First user registered on v1.0 system during closed beta.
2007 Frontiers is founded by Henry Markram and Kamila Markram, two neuroscientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne.