Frontiers Research Topics are highly visible peer-reviewed article collections led by the world’s leading researchers who harness collaborative knowledge on today’s biggest scientific questions.

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We welcome teams of Guest Editors to propose Research Topics, which will be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief. Early career researchers are encouraged to team up with senior colleagues.

The Spotlight Award

By leading a Research Topic, you are automatically eligible for the Frontiers Spotlight Award - where the winning team of Guest Editors receives $100,000 to organize an international scientific conference on the theme of their outstanding article collection. Explore past finalists and winners

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.

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.