Suggest a Research Topic 

Contact the Frontiers Editorial Office and our team will help you define the scope and mission of your Research Topic. Your project will then be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief of your chosen journal’s Specialty section for approval.

If your Research Topic is accepted, you will become a Topic Editor. A dedicated homepage for your collection will be launched on the Frontiers website from which you can send a Call for Participation. Our team will guide you through every step of the process and assist you in managing the peer review process. 

Organizing a Research Topic is free and all major article types published within a collection qualify for discounted article processing charges.

Entry criteria 

Every Research Topic that closes within the award period (one calendar year), and is completed with at least 10 articles, will be considered for the Spotlight Award.
 

Spotlight Award 2018

Research Topics finalized by December 31, 2017 will be eligible for the 2018 Frontiers Spotlight Award. The winning Research Topic will be announced in September 2018 and the conference hosted in 2019.

 
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Spotlight Award 2019

Research Topics finalized by December 31, 2018 will be eligible for the 2019 Frontiers Spotlight Award. The winning Research Topic will be announced in 2019 and the conference hosted in 2020.

 
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Judging process

Shortlisted entries will be evaluated based on the following considerations:

  • Academic excellence
  • Frontiers’ article-level impact metrics
  • Frontiers’ author-level impact metrics
  • Altmetric score
  • Interdisciplinary reach
  • International reach
  • Subject novelty

The Jury of Frontiers’ Editorial Board members will choose the final winning Research Topic.