LONDON, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Emerging publisher Frontiers is joining
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in a strategic alliance to advance the
global open science movement. NPG, publisher of Nature, today announces a majority investment in the Swiss-based open access
(OA) publisher Frontiers.
NPG and Frontiers will work together to empower researchers to change
the way science is communicated, through open access publication and
open science tools. Frontiers, led by CEO and neuroscientist Kamila
Markram, will continue to operate with its own platform, brands, and
Founded by scientists from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
(EPFL) in 2007, Frontiers is one of the fastest growing open access
publishers, more than doubling articles published year on year.
Frontiers now has a portfolio of open access journals in 14 fields of
science and medicine, and published over 5,000 OA articles in 2012.
Working with NPG, the journal series "Frontiers in" will significantly
expand in 2013-2014. Currently, sixty-three journals published by NPG
offer open access options or are open access and NPG published over
2000 open access articles in 2012. Bilateral links between nature.com
and frontiersin.org will ensure that open access papers are visible on
Frontiers and NPG will also be working together on innovations in open
science tools, networking, and publication processes.
Frontiers is based at EPFL in Switzerland, and works out of Innovation
Square, a technology park supporting science start-ups, and hosting R&D
divisions of large companies such as Logitech & Nestlé.
Quotes from key spokespeople
"Combining NPG's established publishing expertise with Frontiers'
innovative solutions for researchers opens up a wealth of opportunities
for transforming the landscape of science communication. Frontiers is
not only aiming to innovate in open access, but also to provide a more
transparent and constructive peer review process, and offer an
ecosystem of tools for scientists to build their academic standing." -
Dr Kamila Markram, CEO of Frontiers.
"Frontiers is innovating in many ways that are of interest to us and to
the scientific community," said Dr Philip Campbell Editor-in-Chief, Nature. "Referees and handling editors are named on published papers, which is
very unusual in the life sciences community. Nature has experimented with open peer review in the past, and we continue to
be interested in researchers' attitudes. Frontiers also encourages
non-peer reviewed open access commentary, empowering the academic
community to openly discuss some of the grand challenges of science
with a wide audience."
"In Frontiers, we have a partner who shares our desire to further
research through increasingly open communication amongst scientists.
Our alliance will accelerate both NPG and Frontiers' experiments,
improvements and innovations. We can achieve more together, and more
quickly, than either publisher could working alone." - Steven
Inchcoombe, Managing Director, Nature Publishing Group.
Frontiers is a community-oriented open access scholarly publisher and
social networking platform for researchers. Founded in 2007 by
scientists in Switzerland, its industry leading platform http://www.frontiersin.org together with a growing range of exciting and innovative open science
tools, empowers all academic research communities to steer the
evolution of science communication into the 21st century.
Frontiers has become one of the fastest-growing scholarly publishers,
with community-driven journals publishing around 500 high-quality,
peer-reviewed articles every month, and with doubling publication rates
every year. Frontiers editorial boards are served by over 25,000
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
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 http://www.nature.com.
About Macmillan Science and Education
Macmillan Science and Education is a global division of the family owned
Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Recently established, the division is
home to the Macmillan businesses which empower learning and discovery
through the provision of high quality content and services to
scientists, educationalists, students and academics around the world.
Operating in over 70 countries with some 5000 employees, the division
consists of Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Palgrave Macmillan,
Macmillan Education, Macmillan Higher Education, Digital Science,
Digital Education and Macmillan New Ventures. For more information,
please see http://www.macmillan.com
SOURCE: Nature Publishing Group
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Contact: Grace Baynes
Head of Corporate Communications, Nature Publishing Group
Gozde Zorlu Associate Communications Officer, Frontiers