ANNUAL REPORT 2016
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Key facts
Frontiers is a leading open-access academic publisher and Open Science platform

Our mission is to empower researchers with innovative solutions that improve how science is reviewed, published, evaluated and disseminated to researchers and the public.

Our Open Science platform has been adopted by over 230,000 authors and 70,000 editors from the world’s top institutions, making our editorial board the largest and one of the most prestigious in the world.
Articles published (total)
56,000
Articles published (per year)
Article views & downloads (total)
227,000,000
Open-access journals (total)
Academic disciplines (total)
59
432
Institutional Agreements (total)
47
Top institutional affiliations
Institutions
Total
Editors
70,000
Authors
230,000
Users
320,000
National Institutes of Health
Harvard University
Chinese Academy of Sciences
The Max Planck Society
University College London
University of Michigan
Stanford University
INSERM
University of Florida
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
King’s College London
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Davis
University of Minnesota
University of Oxford
Monash University
University of Southern California
Yale University
Imperial College London
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
McGill University
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Sapienza University of Rome
University of Cambridge
University of California, San Diego
Karolinska Institute
University of Zürich
Ohio State University
The University of Queensland Australia
University of Melbourne
University of Washington
Cornell University
University of São Paulo
Duke University
Università di Padova
Emory University
University of Toronto
University of Edinburgh
Washington University in St Louis
Columbia University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
Northwestern University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Vanderbilt University
University of Naples Federico II
Pennsylvania State University
Editors’ geographical locations (total)
70,000
43%
Europe
30%
North
America
17%
Asia
5%
Oceania
4%
South
America
1%
Africa
Authors’ geographical locations (total)
230,000
40%
Europe
23%
North
America
29%
Asia
3%
Oceania
4%
South
America
1%
Africa
Article News mentions (2016)
Article Twitter mentions (2016)
6,600
91,000
Quality At Scale
2016 impact metrics show that Frontiers journals excel in terms of citations for open-access and subscription journals in their fields.

*The results are based on the 2015 Journal Citation Reports (JCR, Thomson Reuters, 2016), for articles published in 2013-2014. Read the full impact analyses here.
  • Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
    IF 4.348
    Most cited open-access Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience is the #5 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
    IF 3.392
    Most cited open-access Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience is the #4 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
    IF 5.218
    Most cited Microbiology open-access journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology is the #5 most cited open-access journal in the category of Microbiology.
    The 2015 JCR* Microbiology category included 20 open-access journals and 123 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
    IF 4.609
    Most cited open-access Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience is the #2 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
    IF 2.653
    Most cited open-access Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience is the #9 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
    IF 3.634
    Most cited open-access Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Most cited Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Most cited open-access Psychology journals in 2015
    Most cited Psychology journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience is the #1 most cited open-access journal in the categories of Psychology and Neurosciences. It is also overall the #1 most cited journal in Psychology, and the #5 most cited journal in Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. The 2015 JCR Psychology category included 19 open-access journals and 606 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Immunology
    IF 5.695
    Most cited Immunology open-access journals in 2015
    Most cited Immunology journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Immunology is the #1 most cited open-access journal in the category of Immunology, and overall the #7 most cited journal in Immunology.
    The 2015 JCR* Immunology category included 21 open-access journals and 150 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Microbiology
    IF 4.165
    Most cited Microbiology open-access journals in 2015
    Most cited Microbiology journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Microbiology is the #2 most cited open-access journal in the category of Microbiology, and overall the #8 most cited journal in Microbiology.
    The 2015 JCR* Microbiology category included 20 open-access journals and 123 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
    IF 5.154
    Most cited open-access Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience is the #10 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Neural Circuits
    IF 3.879
    Most cited open-access Neurosciences journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Neural Circuits is the #7 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
    IF 3.260
  • Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
    IF 3.047
  • Frontiers in Neurology
    IF 3.184
    Most cited Neurology open-access journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Neurology is the #1 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurology.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurology category included 16 open-access journals and 192 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Neurorobotics
    IF 1.723
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience
    IF 3.398
    Most cited Neurosciences open-access journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Neuroscience is the #3 most cited open-access journal in the category of Neurosciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Neurosciences category included 37 open-access journals and 256 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Pharmacology
    IF 4.418
    Most cited Pharmacology open-access journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Pharmacology is the #2 most cited open-access journal in the category of Pharmacology and Pharmacy.
    The 2015 JCR* Pharmacology and Pharmacy category included 26 open-access journals, 253 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Physiology
    IF 4.031
    Most cited Physiology open-access journals in 2015
    Most cited Physiology journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Physiology is the #1 most cited open-access journal in the category of Physiology, and overall the #2 most cited journal in Physiology.
    The 2015 JCR* Physiology category included 10 open-access journals and 83 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Plant Science
    IF 4.495
    Most cited Plant Sciences open-access journals in 2015
    Most cited Plant Sciences journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Plant Science is the #1 most cited open-access journal in the category of Plant Sciences, and overall the #5 most cited journal in Plant Sciences.
    The 2015 JCR* Plant Sciences category included 35 open-access journals and 209 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
  • Frontiers in Psychology
    IF 2.463
    Most cited Psychology open-access journals in 2015
    Most cited Psychology journals in 2015
    Frontiers in Psychology is the #2 most cited open-access journal in the category of Psychology, and overall the #2 most cited journal in Psychology.
    The 2015 JCR* Psychology category included 19 open-access journals and 606 overall (open-access and subscription) journals. Read the full analysis here.
Research topics
Spotlighting research
and maximizing impact


A Frontiers Research Topic is a collection of peer-reviewed articles published around a specialized theme of cutting-edge research. It unites the world’s leading experts around a topic, stimulating dialogue and collaboration and accelerating science.

Research Topics provide a highly visible channel for collaborative research – disseminated through our customised Open Science platform – enhancing both the readership and the citation of the articles.
57,000,000
Research Topics
views & downloads (total)
Research Topics with eBooks (total)
1,000
Contributing authors (2016)
32,000
Collaborative Peer Review
Rigorous, constructive,
transparent and fast


Peer review is at the heart of the Frontiers publishing process. Our award-winning Collaborative Peer Review Forum is continually improved with the latest innovative technology, including smart semantic algorithms. Our mission is to ensure efficiency, whilst safeguarding the highest quality.
Average time
from submission to decision
91 days
Average time for online
publication of accepted articles
18 days
Collaborative Peer Review
88%
Reviewers rated our Collaborative Peer Review Forum as good/excellent
87%
Authors rated our Collaborative Peer Review Forum as good/excellent
88%
Authors feel our collaborative review helped improve their paper
84%
Authors feel our collaborative review is a significant improvement over traditional peer review
Community Support
From the outset, Frontiers has been a social enterprise, actively supporting our communities through numerous programs: Chief Editors with honoraria; Associate and Review Editors with research awards, travel grants and conference support; and Authors with discounts and waivers to ensure that everyone can publish open access.
$ 1,320,000
Granted in Editorial
Honoraria in 2016
$ 3,100,000
Granted in Article Waivers
& Discounts in 2016
Frontiers for Young Minds
Science edited for kids, by kids

Frontiers for Young Minds is an open-access scientific journal written for and reviewed by 8-15 year olds.

It provides a channel for researchers to describe their work to kids and their families – in a format that also teaches kids about how science is conducted and validated — generating enthusiasm and awareness of science among children and their families.

Frontiers for Young Minds connects young people to scientists, who then collaborate to provide feedback to authors about how their articles can be improved to be better understood by kids. Frontiers for Young Minds provides a growing collection of articles on cutting edge science and on core scientific concepts to help motivate and stimulate the next generation of scientists.
Frontiers for Young Minds key figures
80
Science Mentors
250
Young Minds
50
Scientific Editors
250
Authors
22
Authors’ countries
5
Specialties
Frontiers for Young Minds 2016: selection of articles
Loop
The open network that maximizes the impact of researchers and their discoveries

Loop profiles of authors, editors and reviewers are integrated into all Frontiers research articles, journal webpages, editorial board listings, and article reviews on the Collaborative Peer Review Forum. Loop profiles guarantee transparency and accountability in the peer review process and enhance researcher recognition.

Smart algorithms connect researchers to their community and disseminate their research into a network of researchers with related interests, which greatly improves article discoverability and, ultimately, author-level and article-level impact.
Loop key figures
15,000
Institutions
320,000
Academics
50,000,000
Searchable
publications
Innovations
When Frontiers launched, we made the bold decision to build all our services in house – a first in the publishing industry. As a result, Frontiers innovates faster than any other publisher, and this dedication was recognized with the attribution of the 2014 ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing.
Frontiers innovative spirit in advancing the cause of Open Science worldwide has been acknowledged with numerous awards in 2016.
2016
50,000
articles published
Stevie Entrepreneur
of the Year Gold Award
Digital Editorial Office
v2.0 launch
2015
Loop launch,
Frontiers Research
Network v2.0
2014
ALPSP Gold Award
for Innovation in Publishing
2013
Frontiers for Young Minds
website launch
2012
Frontiers Research
Network v1.0 launch
2011
Author Impact Metrics
v1.0 launch
2010
Digital Editorial Office
v1.0 launch
2008
Article-Level Metrics
and Journal-Level Metrics
v1.0 launches
Interactive Review
v1.0 Forum launch
Frontiers, first publisher to
launch a comprehensive IT
publishing platform
Awards
Frontiers innovative spirit and entrepreneurial approach to advancing the cause of Open Science has been acknowledged with numerous awards.

The success of Frontiers is proof that the application of open-science principles to scientific publishing can provide superior services and outcomes for researchers everywhere. These awards recognise Frontiers leadership among open-access publishers, by providing a platform that is not only innovative and scalable, but also economically sustainable.
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