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[BOAI] The OA Interviews: Kamila Markram, CEO and Co-Founder of Frontiers

From: "Richard Poynder" <richard.poynder AT>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:03:24 -0000

Based in Switzerland, the open access publisher Frontiers was founded in
2007 by Kamila and Henry Markram, who are both neuroscientists at the Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. 


A researcher-led initiative envisaged as being "by scientists, for
scientists" the mission of Frontiers was to create a 
open access scholarly publisher and social networking platform for


Like most successful open access publishers Frontiers has attracted
controversy along the way. There have been complaints, for instance, about
its peer review process (including an oft-repeated claim that its editorial
system does not allow papers to be rejected), complaints about the level of
"spam" it bombards researchers with, and complaints that its mode of
operating is inappropriately similar to the one used by multi-level
marketing company Amway.


Frontiers has also attracted criticism for publishing a number of
controversial papers, and in 2014 it was accused of caving in to specious
libel threats by retracting a legitimate paper. 


The wave of criticism reached a peak last October when Jeffrey Beall added
Frontiers to his list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory
scholarly open-access publishers".


But Frontiers has no shortage of fans and supporters, not least amongst its
army of editors and authors. It has also received public support from a
number of industry organisations. 


Supporters suspect that much of the criticism comes from researchers who
have failed to understanding, or are not comfortable with, Frontiers'
distinctive "impact-neutral" collaborative peer review process.


A detailed Q&A with CEO and Co-Founder of Frontiers Kamila Markram can be
read here:


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