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Frontiers launches Loop, the next-generation social networking platform for the academic community

Frontiers launches Loop, the next-generation social networking platform for the academic community

Loop opens integration into third-party websites and first partners with Nature Publishing Group.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, January 12th, 2015 – Frontiers is pleased to announce the release of Loop, a social network for academics. Loop’s architecture is inspired by the principles of open science and as such is the only network that integrates into third-party websites.

For the first time, scientists and academics are discoverable via their published content and across all participating publishers and organizations. Kamila Markram, co-founder and CEO of Frontiers says “Our mission has always been to spotlight the people behind the research in the most open and effective way possible to increase their work’s impact, and with Loop we are offering this opportunity. We are excited to announce that our first partner is Nature Publishing Group, with whom we share these same principles”.

The platform offers a rich set of features. Detailed impact metrics, monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, are available on each researcher’s profile. Machine-learning algorithms ensure that relevant research is highlighted to members based on their interests and publication history, thus disseminating articles to the people that matter and increasing the impact of those articles and their authors. Steven Inchcoombe, CEO, Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan: “We were looking for a solution for author profiles, but with Loop we have tapped into entirely new dimensions.”

Starting today, anyone can register for a free account and access Loop:
http://loop.frontiersin.org/


Editorial contact
Kevin Baumer
Communications Department | Frontiers
Email: Kevin.Baumer@frontiersin.org
Telephone: +41 21 510 1704

About Loop
Loop is the very first open, cross-platform network for researchers and academics. Born out of Frontiers, the first seeds were planted in 2010 with the launch of the Frontiers online profiles. This transformed into the Frontiers Research Network in 2012, with the final re-launch in 2015 of Loop as a standalone research network. Loop profiles are available for integration into all journals and academic websites, allowing for the discoverability of researchers and their work across multiple domains. Loop is committed to enhancing the academic reputation and impact of researchers within an international community, enabling them to stay up-to-date with new research and connecting them to their peers. For more information, visit:

About Frontiers
Frontiers is a leading community-driven open-access publisher. Established by scientists in 2007, Frontiers drives innovations in peer review, post-publication review, impact metrics for articles and authors, democratic evaluation of the best research papers, research networking and a growing ecosystem of open-science tools. The "Frontiers in" journal series has published 25,000 peer-reviewed articles across 51 journals and more than 380 academic disciplines, which receive 6 million monthly views, and are supported by over 170,000 leading researchers worldwide. Frontiers for Young Minds, a philanthropic initiative by Frontiers, is a science journal that involves young people in the review of articles. In 2014, Frontiers won the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing. For more information, visit: 
www.frontiersin.org

About Nature Publishing Group
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific information online and in print and part of Macmillan Science and Education. NPG is dedicated to serving the scientific community and the wider scientifically interested general public. NPG is a global company with principal offices in London, New York and Tokyo, and 22 offices in cities worldwide. For more information, please go to: www.nature.com