2018 PROGRESS REPORT

An award-winning
Open Science platform and leading
Open Access scholarly publisher.
Key facts
Frontiers is an award-winning Open Science platform and leading Open Access scholarly publisher.

Our mission is to make research results openly available to the world, thereby accelerating scientific and technological innovation, societal progress and economic growth. We empower scientists with innovative Open Science solutions that radically improve how science is published, evaluated and disseminated to researchers, innovators and the public. Access to research results and data is open, free and customized through Internet Technology, thereby enabling rapid solutions to the critical challenges we face as humanity.
Fourth most-cited publisher
3.65
Analysis of the world’s 20 largest publishers by volume, ranked by number of average citations received to articles published in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Scimago, 2018).

Frontiers ranks 4th most-cited with an average of 3.65 citations per article. When compared to multi-disciplinary publishers, Frontiers ranks as the top most-cited. Read the full analysis here.
Article Citations (total Scopus)
816,546
Articles published (total)
100,306
Articles published (per year)
Article views & downloads (total)
454,176,911
Map Views & Downloads
Open-access journals (total)
Academic disciplines (total)
64
540
Institutional Agreements (total)
117
Top institutional affiliations
Institutions
Total
Editors
86,018
Authors
344,453
Users
527,971
University of California System
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
Harvard University
University of Texas System
Chinese Academy of Sciences
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
State University System of Florida
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)
Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (HZ)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR)
University College London
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG)
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Johns Hopkins University
The State University of New York (SUNY)
Stanford University
University of Michigan
Universidade de São Paulo
University of Pittsburgh
La Sapienza University of Rome
University of Oxford
University of Toronto
University of Zurich
Imperial College London
King's College London
Università degli Studi di Padova
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Queensland
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
Monash University
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Karolinska Institutet (KI)
University of Western Australia
McGill University
The University of Melbourne
Yale University
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Columbia University
The Ohio State University
Duke University
National University of Singapore
Università degli Studi di Bologna
University of Southern California
Cornell University
University of Copenhagen
Emory University
New York University
Università degli Studi di Milano
Editors (total)
86,018
Editors’ geographical locations
World Map
43%
Europe
33%
North
America
14%
Asia
4%
Oceania
3%
South
America
1%
Africa
Authors (total)
344,453
Authors’ geographical locations
World Map
41%
Europe
26%
North
America
26%
Asia
3%
Oceania
4%
South
America
1%
Africa
News mentions of articles (total)
Twitter mentions of articles (total)
26,372
653,584
Journal Citations
Journal impact is traditionally measured via the number of citations received by the articles published within the journal. Journal Impact Factor and CiteScore, which measure average citations over a given time period, are two indicators of journal quality.
Read our full impact analysis here.
Frontiers journals in the top percentiles
Impact Factor rankings
Analysis of Impact Factor rankings. A total of 11,655 journals are indexed in the 2017-JCR (released in 2018 by Clarivate Analytics). Of the 26 Frontiers journals listed in 23 JCR categories, 21 rank in the top 30% most impactful journals. Overall, Frontiers journals rank at the 72nd Impact Factor percentile on average and reach as high as the 91st percentile.
CiteScore rankings
Analysis of CiteScore rankings. A total of 25,322 journals are indexed in the CiteScore 2017 edition (Scopus, 2018). The analysis here includes only the 22,472 journals with a full three-year publication history, that is, with published articles in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Of the 34 such Frontiers journals listed in 54 CiteScore categories, 9 rank in the top 10% most impactful journals. Overall, Frontiers journals rank at the 84th CiteScore percentile on average and as high as the 95th CiteScore percentile.
Research topics
Spotlighting research
and maximizing impact


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

Managed and disseminated on Frontiers’ customized Open Science Platform, these collections are free to access and highly visible, increasing the discoverability, readership, and citations of your research.
270,092,306
Research Topics
views & downloads (total)
Research Topics with eBooks (total)
1,527
Contributing authors (total)
190,317
Collaborative Peer Review
Rigorous, constructive,
transparent and fast


Peer review is at the heart of the publishing process, and constantly improving peer review has been a priority. Our unique system is engineered to be rigorous, yet at the same time efficient, collaborative, transparent and fair. These guiding principles are integrated into our sophisticated online review platform, the Collaborative Review Forum.
Average time
from submission to decision
90 days
Average time for online
publication of accepted articles
18 days
Collaborative Peer Review
88%
Reviewers rated our Collaborative Review Forum as good/excellent
87%
Authors rated our Collaborative 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
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
300
Science Mentors
1200
Young Minds
80
Scientific Editors
500
Authors
40
Editor's countries
6
Specialties
Frontiers for Young Minds 2016-2017: 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
28,500
Institutions
525,000
Academics
76,200,000
Searchable
publications
Innovations
When Frontiers launched we made the bold decision to build our technology in-house. This has resulted in a highly scalable digital platform which we custom-developed for the needs of our authors, reviewers, editors and readers. This allows us to consistently innovate powerful Open Science tools and Open Access publishing technologies.
2018
My Frontiers
A new editorial interface that helps authors, editors and reviewers to easily track the status of their manuscripts and assignments
New submission system
Streamlined submission system to ensure papers are being submitted to the correct journals to prevent delays
2017
AI powered reviewer recommendations
Improved suggestions for editors on the editorial board experts most relevant to manuscripts
2016
Editorial Contributions
Editorial roles showcased on Loop profiles, providing visibility and accreditation for editorial contributions
2015
Research Topic Metrics
Article views and downloads on all articles aggregated at collection level
Frontiers Research Network - Loop
Network redesigned and opened to academic platforms to maximise author impact. Partners include Nature Publishing Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and ORCID
2013
Frontiers for Young minds
Free open-access science journal for kids, reviewed by kids
2012
Frontiers Research Network
Profiles enriched with ability to connect with and stay up-to-date with researchers and content
2011
Author-Level Metrics - Pioneer
Article views and downloads on all articles aggregated at author level
2010
Digital Editorial Office
A dedicated online cockpit for editors to manage their journals, enormously enhancing efficiency, oversight and quality control
Profiles - Pioneer
Showcasing published work and career achievements for all authors, editors and reviewers and integrated into all articles and journal pages
Community Platform
Profiles enriched with multi-media tools, including events and videos
Commenting functionality & post-publication review
On all articles and multi-media content
2009
Research Topics
Themed article collections around trending research
2008
Online publishing platform Collaborative Review Forum - Pioneer
Discussion forum for authors and reviewers during peer review
Article-Level Metrics and Journal-Level Metrics - Pioneer
Quantative metrics based on article views and downloads
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.
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