Switzerland-based open access publisher Frontiers has launched a social network for academics which - uniquely, it says - integrates into third-party websites.
The network, named Loop, is said to have been inspired by the principles of open science on which Frontiers was established, by a group of researchers, in 2007.
Loop makes scientists and academics discoverable via their published content, and across all participating publishers and organisations. Its features include detailed impact metrics, monitored 24 hours a day, on each researcher’s personal profile. Meanwhile algorithms will ensure that research is highlighted to relevant Loop members based on their interests and their own publication history, so that articles and their authors get maximum impact.
The first publishing partner for Loop is Nature Publishing Group, which has owned a majority stake in Frontiers for the past two years.
Kamila Markram, co-founder and c.e.o. of Frontiers, said: “Our mission has always been to spotlight the people behind the research in the most open and effective way possible to increase their work’s impact, and with Loop we are offering this opportunity. We are excited to announce that our first partner is Nature Publishing Group, with whom we share these same principles”.
Researchers can register at Loop for free via http://loop.frontiersin.org/
Frontiers won the Gold Award for Innovation at the Assocation of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conference last autumn.