Frontiers is a community-rooted, open-access academic publisher

Our grand vision is to build an Open Science platform where everybody has equal opportunity to seek, share and generate knowledge, and that empowers researchers in their daily work.

Frontiers is at the forefront of building this ultimate Open Science platform. By taking publishing entirely online, we drive innovations and develop new technologies to make peer-review more efficient and transparent, provide impact metrics for articles and researchers, are the first – and only – to merge open-access publishing with a research network platform, Loop, to catalyse collaboration and research dissemination and we popularize research to the public, including kids. Our mission is to increase the reach and impact of articles and their authors.

Frontiers today publishes several of the most cited Open-access journals in the world, is today one of the largest and fastest-growing open-access publishers, receives millions of monthly page views, received the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing in 2014, has publishing agreements with many universities, and collaborates with Nature Publishing Group, Scientific American, Digital Science, OpenAire, CrossRef, OASPA, COPE, Jacobs Foundation, and others to advance Open Science worldwide.


Our 2017 analysis of journal impact shows Frontiers journals lead in citations in their fields and rank in the top Impact Factor Percentiles. The results are based on the 2016 Journal Citation Reports (JCR), released in 2017 by Clarivate Analytics (f.k.a. Thomson Reuters), for citations in 2016 of articles published in 2014-2015. Frontiers journals are listed across 20 academic categories in the 2016-JCR. Read the full analysis here.

Notably, Frontiers reached 6.4 on Journal Impact Factors and are consistently ranked among the best performing journals. Compared to all journals (subscription and open-access) Frontiers journals rank 1st most cited in 4 categories, namely Neurosciences, Psychology, Multidisciplinary Psychology, and Plant Sciences. Our journals also rank 2nd most cited in the category of Physiology, 3rd most cited in Microbiology and 5th most cited in Immunology.

Compared to just open-access journals, Frontiers journals are the 1st most cited in 6 categories (Neurosciences, Psychology, Multidisciplinary Psychology, Plant Sciences, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, and Immunology) and are 2nd most cited in 3 categories (Clinical Neurology, Endocrinology, and Microbiology).

More info:
  • Community-driven journals, with more than 55'000 world-renowned scientists and scholars as editors;
  • "Gold" open access for all articles, under the CC-BY Creative Commons license - the least restrictive CC license;
  • Research Topics spotlight the most specialized communities and enable leading researchers to manage the publication of article collections;
  • Collaborative Peer-Review: rigorous, fair, constructive, transparent and efficient as enabled by our custom-built "Review Forum" web software;
  • Impact Metrics: we pioneered online metrics for articles in 2008 and authors in 2011 and continuously improve them;
  • Tiering: high impact research articles are crowdsourced and "climb the tier" as "Focused Reviews" to reach a broader audience;
  • Frontiers for Young Minds: cutting-edge research for kids edited by kids together with top-level scientists.
  • Loop is the first open research network that takes publishing to the next level. We integrate your Loop profile into academic websites, starting with and article pages, and maximise discoverability and impact for your research.

Read more about our publishing model.
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