About Research Topics

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Frontiers’ Research Topics are peer-reviewed article collections around cutting-edge research themes. Defined, managed and led by renowned researchers, they unite the world’s leading experts around the hottest topics, stimulating collaboration and accelerating science.

Managed and disseminated on Frontiers’ custom Open Science platform, these collections are free to access and highly visible, increasing the readership and citations for your research.

Shape the future of your field

Become a guest editor for an article collection around your own research theme. Benefit from increased impact and discoverability, a dedicated platform and support team, and rigorous peer review for every paper.

Suggest your topic here

As a guest editor you will:

  • edit an article collection around your research
  • grow your network and collaborate with leading researchers around the world
  • track impact in real-time with advanced impact metrics
  • ensure quality through rigorous, transparent and fast peer review
  • increase visibility with the possibility of a freely shareable eBook.

More impact

Thanks to Frontiers’ Open Science platform, anyone and everyone around the world will have free and unrestricted online access to your Research Topic.

Each collection has its own web page and can be searchable from multiple Frontiers journals. Plus you can track your impact in real-time with our advanced impact metrics.

More collaboration

Collaborate with colleagues from around the world to propose a topic. We encourage early career researchers to team up with more senior colleagues.

Grow your network by inviting key experts to contribute to your collection and ensure the quality of every article with our collaborative peer review – a unique online forum with real-time interactions.

More support

Managing a Research Topic is simple with our innovative technology and dedicated support team. We’ll support you through every step of the process, from defining your topic and inviting contributors to promoting your collection and tracking impact.

With Frontiers you also retain the copyright of your work by publishing under the CC-BY license.

Open Access eBooks

Frontiers is the largest publisher of open-access books as indexed in the Directory of Open-Access Books (DOAB). We create a freely shareable and downloadable eBook for the most impactful Research Topics and promote them on social media.

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Participate in the Frontiers Spotlight Award

By leading a Research Topic, you are automatically eligible for Frontiers’ Annual Spotlight Award.

Each year Frontiers grants $100,000 to the Editor(s) of an exceptionally innovative and impactful Research Topic. The grant is used to organize a conference around the theme of the winning topic.

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Discover Frontiers’ 2019 Spotlight Award winners:

Submit your topic

Suggest your topic, or ask for more information, by contacting our editorial team here

We welcome teams of guest editors to propose Research Topics. Early career researchers are encouraged to team up with senior colleagues.

Publication fees

Open Access provides free, unrestricted online access to scholarly literature to anyone in the world. Frontiers is a gold open-access publisher. This means that we maintain high quality services through Article Processing Charges (APCs). Articles accepted for publication following peer-review by our external editors will incur a publishing fee.

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