We believe that science and research are the fabric of modern society and researchers are our modern-day heroes. Loop was created to celebrate these researchers and their discoveries, and in doing so boost their scientific impact.
Our mission is to enhance academic reputation and impact for researchers within their communities as well as to the public.
Loop is the first research network available for integration into all journals and academic websites – making researchers discoverable across the boundaries of publishers and organizations. In addition, we maximise the readership and discoverability for researchers, enable them to stay up to date with new research and connect with their peers.
Loop can integrate into any academic website or journal. To start, Loop’s academic profiles are integrated into nature.com and the Frontiers journal series.
There are an estimated 7 million researchers in the world today, a number that is growing rapidly. Your Loop profile is a showcase of your publications and achievements and Loop disseminates your work and ensures that it reaches the people that matter.
In 2012, more than 2.5 million research articles were published. It takes too much time to find the articles that matter and stay up to date with the latest research. Time we know you don’t have. Loop makes sure you read articles that are relevant to you.
Frontiers re-launches the Frontiers Research Network as an open and integrated research network, Loop. As a stand-alone research network for academics, Loop links researchers to articles on nature.com, in addition to content on frontiersin.org, making researchers and their work discoverable from multiple independent websites.
In 2013, the Holtzbrinck Group, owner of Macmillan Science and Education, Digital Science and Nature Publishing Group, acquires an interest in Frontiers. While generally operating as independent businesses, this investment spurs common initiatives to advance the cause of Open Science for the benefit of both the research community and the broader public. Talks begin about an integrated cross-platform research network and Frontiers starts work to enable the integration of network functionality with potential publishing and academic partners. Nature Publishing Group is the first partner to do this, on nature.com.
Frontiers launches the Frontiers Research Network, allowing scientists and researchers to connect with one another and "follow" their research activity to receive updates about their publications, lectures, events, news, and other interests. Frontiers’ open-access journals are already fully integrated into the network.
Frontiers launches its Community Platform, introducing online profiles for its authors, editors and researchers as well as multi-media tools to enrich these profiles with their publications, videos, news, blogs, images and events. The platform was specifically designed to boost researchers discoverability, promote their work and provide feedback on performance with online impact metrics.
Frontiers is launched as a grassroots initiative in 2007 by Kamila Markram and Henry Markram, two neuroscientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, together with a group of neuroscientists, out of the collective desire to empower researchers in taking responsibility for scholarly publishing, democratize the entire process and provide better online tools and services to researchers in the Internet age.
Frontiers is now the 4th largest open-access scholarly publisher, with a rapidly growing number of community-driven journals covering all of academia, more than 50,000 researchers serving on the editorial boards and millions of monthly page views.