Frontiers is an open-access publisher that publishes the most-cited journals in their field. Since 2007, it has attracted over 170,000 active researchers as authors and editors, launched over 55 journals and has published more than 50,000 articles. Based on scalable in-house technology, Frontiers moved scholarly publishing online with it award-winning platform and a digital editorial office. The publisher made peer-review efficient and transparent, and was a pioneer in providing impact metrics for papers and researchers.
Frontiers is the first publisher to merge open-access publishing with a research network platform to catalyze research dissemination and to bring research to the broader public, including children. Frontiers is today the fourth largest open-access publisher, and operates as an incorporated company (sociétéanonyme) based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In OpenUP, Frontiers leads in developing the exploitation plan to ensure the broad outreach of the project and promote its activities and findings among target groups identified. Frontiers also leads in exploring emerging impact indicators for researchers taking into account the academic excellence and social relevance of researchers – going beyond citations (as a merit for excellence) and social media such as Twitter etc. (as a merit for social relevance). Combining views and downloads for articles, profiles for authors this task, and altmetrics data, Frontiers leads the OpenUP team to produce a set of guidelines for effective indicators. This work will be based on existing foundation activities carried out by Frontiers (Loops) and the OpenAIRE platform, both to be further used to engage the researcher and OA communities for additional feedback.