Frontiers Media is an academic publisher of peer-reviewed open-access scientific journals currently active in science, technology, and medicine. It was founded in 2007 by a group of neuroscientists, including Henry and Kamila Markram, and later expanded to other academic fields. Frontiers is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
They publish 176 journals as of 2022. According to their about page, “Our research journals are community-driven and peer-reviewed by editorial boards of over 202,000 top researchers. Featuring pioneering technology, artificial intelligence, and rigorous quality standards, our research articles have been viewed more than 1.9 billion times, reflecting the power of open research.”
Funded by / Ownership
Frontiers is a for-profit corporation owned by Frontiers Media SA. Funding comes from digital sales of content and author fees for open-access publishing.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Frontiers publishes scientific research studies in a wide range of journals. For the most part, all of these are sound science with legitimate peer review. However, in 2015 Frontiers Media was added to Beall’s Predatory Open Access Journals list. In short, Predatory Open Access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).
Frontiers have also retracted some studies that were found to be of poor methodology and not thoroughly peer-reviewed.
Generally, we still rate Frontiers pro-science. Of the thousands of journal articles they have published, only a select few were retracted, and the act of retraction shows diligence toward credible science.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Frontiers a Pro-Science source; however, due to being an open-access publishing company, we advise caution as not all information is properly peer-reviewed. (D. Van Zandt 3/16/2018) Updated (10/01/2022)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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