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Newsletter - Frontiers in Immunology

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IUIS-FIM Newsletter April 15th, 2011

Subject: Requests for Special Topic Proposals

Dear Society Member,

Frontiers in Immunology was just launched a few months ago and it is now the official journal of the

International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), as you may know. Accordingly, we would like to

make you aware of the possibility for you to propose a Special Topic in your research area. This is an

opportunity for you to ‘take ownership’ of this new scientific publishing paradigm!

Frontiers is an Open Access, Swiss-based international scientific publisher. It was designed and is run by

scientists for scientists - over 15 000 of the highest impact scientists in the world are editors in

Frontiers. You can find out more about Frontiers at:

It is important for us to be able to bring together our peers, competitors as well as colleagues, to focus on

their research areas, hypotheses or questions - normally we do this through small conferences or holding

sessions at major conferences. Frontiers Special Topics was conceived to give researchers the

opportunity to bring their own community together and into focus. Special Topics are not at all the same

as special issues of other journals. Special Issues are usually strategically selected by a publisher

according to their agenda. It is the researcher’s agenda that is important in Frontiers, and articles are not

invited, but carefully selected (as in a conference) from article proposals and rigorously peer-reviewed.

Special Topics are meant to be an encyclopedic coverage of a focused research area with a collection of

a minimum of 10 articles of any type (Original Research, Methods, Hypothesis & Theory, Reviews, etc.).

A Live System: Frontiers created a special IT platform to manage and present Special Topics, making it

easy to host a Special Topic using this platform. Each Special Topic gets a dedicated homepage on the

Frontiers website, where all articles are aggregated. In the upcoming versions of Frontiers, it will be

possible to initiate discussions, blogs, collaborations and share data. It is not a one-off affair. The site can

become a hotbed of continued discussion, and regularly updated with new articles - much like a repeated

annual conference.

E-books: Special Topics will also be compiled into an e-book for widespread dissemination to promote

the focused research area. The e-books can be sent to all major foundations that fund the particular area

of research, to Frontiers’ network of international journalists, and to any list of organizations the

organizers propose.

Encyclopedia: Frontiers has started building a state-of-the-art, freely accessible multimedia research

encyclopedia for release in 2013 that will aggregate Special Topics into an easy readable, navigable and

educational form. The Frontiers Research Encyclopedia will select all those highly successful Special

Topics to define the research categories to be covered, and work with you to make a concise synthesis

for lay consumption. It will become the ultimate reference source for scientists, educators, funders, the

scholarly public, and policy makers (also on iPad and other like systems).

So, Frontiers Special Topics are an opportunity for you to bring your research area to critical mass, to

intensify collaborations, to promote the research area to funders, to make sure that the research area is

represented in the knowledge base of academia, and to make each discovery in science count in the

education of future scholars. As the ultimate continuous reference source by leading scientists, Special

Topic articles will also become highly cited articles.

Like all research published with Frontiers, all Special Topic articles are freely available on the Internet and

submitted to PubMed Central and other archiving facilities. Article contributions to Special Topics receive

reduced article publication fees, which sustain our open access policy and philosophy.

Typically, Frontiers Special Topics are co-hosted by several leading scientists. If you are interested in this

opportunity, please contact the Frontiers Editorial Office (

for further instructions on how to submit your proposal, which will be reviewed by the Specialty Chief

Editors and has to be approved by them. The most important part of your job, as a Special Topics Host

Editor, will be to ‘spread the word’ to all of your friends as to this special publishing opportunity!

All the best regards./Kendall & Seppo

Seppo Meri, MD, PhD, Professor of Immunology, Secretary General, International Union of

Immunological Societies (IUIS), Department of Bacteriology & Immunology, PO Box 21, Haartman

Institute (Haartmaninkatu 3), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

tel 358-9-191 26758, fax 358-9-191 26382,

Kendall A. Smith, M.D., Rochelle Belfer Professor of Medicine & Immunology, Chief, Division Of

Immunology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 407 East 61st St., RR-503, New York, NY,


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