NPG makes majority investment in Frontiers

Nature Publishing Group has made a majority investment in Switzerland-based Open Access publisher Frontiers, in what is being described as "a strategic alliance to advance the global open science movement".

NPG and Frontiers "will work together to empower researchers to change the way science in communicated, through open access publication and open science tools", the publisher said.

Frontiers, founded in 2007 by scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), is one of the fastest-growing open access publishers with a portfolio of journals in science and medicine.

Steven Inchcoombe, managing director of Nature Publishing Group, said: "In Frontiers, we have a partner who shares our desire to further research through increasingly open communication among 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."

Nature editor-in-chief Philip Campbell said that at Frontiers referees and handling editors are named on published papers, which is very unusual in the life sciences community. "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," he added.