What are Research Topics?

Successful researchers rely now more than ever on meaningful exchanges with colleagues, on vibrant discussions of their own work, and on keeping up to date with the progress in their research fields. Frontiers created Research Topics to allow multiple researchers to engage with each other in a constructive and impactful way. A Frontiers Research Topic gives researchers the opportunity to engage in a collaborative project by representing different perspectives, methods, and results in a specific emerging or evolving area - all in a forum moderated by the specialists in the field, and published in a full open access journal.


A Frontiers Research Topic can range from a highly focused collection in a niche area to a broad coverage of a fast-moving field of research. They are a definitive snapshot of a field; a curated collection of linked articles that will serve as a standard reference for researchers. Any Frontiers article type can be submitted to a Research Topic including Original Research, Methods, Hypothesis & Theory, Reviews, etc. Research Topics are a fantastic opportunity to intensify collaborations, to promote an emerging research area to colleagues and funding agencies, and to link researchers together to make the most of their research output.