Frontiers - Kamila Markram

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Company: Frontiers, Lausanne, Switzerland
Company Description: Frontiers is an Open Access academic publisher and Open Science platform on a mission to accelerate positive societal progress through rapid and open dissemination of research. Sophisticated online software that improve how science is reviewed, published, evaluated and disseminated and a vision to make research articles freely accessible to everyone, Frontiers is disrupting scholarly publishing.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Europe, the Middle East & Africa

Nomination Title: Kamila Markram: Bringing science to the world one innovation at a time

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated entrepreneur since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Kamila Markram has led Frontiers to become one of the top 5 largest open-access publishers of research articles in a record time of 6 years and into profitability in only 4 years – by far outperforming any of the other 3,000 open-access publishers established in the last decade. Under her vision, nearly 70,000 of the world’s most elite scientists have joined the Frontiers editorial boards, making it the largest and most prestigious in the world.

Kamila is on a mission to make Frontiers not only the largest open-access publisher, but also a major accelerator of scientific progress for the benefit of all humanity – and she is doing this by changing the way traditional publishing has been done in the past by publishing quality at scale.

In the last year, she reached a milestone with this goal as several Frontiers journals were ranked the most-cited journals with in their fields and many became the largest open-access journals in the world. This could only be done through constant innovation. When Kamila co-founded Frontiers with her husband in 2007, she made a bold decision to build all services in house– a first in the publishing industry. As a result, Frontiers innovates faster than any other publisher and has designed a number of technologies such as Article Level Metrics – which are now being duplicated by other publishers.

In 2015, the innovations continued. Loop, Frontiers research network was launched. The network connects researchers to each other and is a place to share ideas and spotlight research. Designed to work as universal profile for researchers, Loop is the only network that integrates seamlessly with other journals and institutions, and in the Fall of 2015 UPM became the first university to use the technology on their platform.

Last Fall also marked the release of Author Impact Metrics. Now researchers can not only see how each of the articles are ranking, but can see their overall impact as an author. Another new release in Spring 2016 was the Digital Editorial Office. This empowered our editors from around the world by enabling them to make editorial decisions anytime and anywhere.

Kamila is always looking for new ways to promote science to the world. The launch of the Frontiers Science Hero video series in Sept 2015, which are interviews with scientists on their work and why it’s important, was one way to broaden the reach. To date we have over 50 short videos complete and many of them are picked up by media.

The Frontiers Conference Spotlight Award was also launched in the Fall of 2016. This award shines a spotlight on research and the winner receives $100,000 USD to hold a conference that highlights their specialty area – something many scientists wish they could do.

Kamila’s personal mission in life is to popularize cutting-edge science, make it understandable even to school children and elevate the status of the people behind these discoveries to the same role-model level that business, sports and entertainment leaders enjoy in society. The last year, her achievements and the innovations she launched have helped to do this in ways that have not been done before.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated entrepreneur (up to 125 words):

Kamila Markram is a neuroscientist, autism researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and the CEO and co-founder of Frontiers, a leading open-access academic publisher and research network for researchers.

Kamila obtained her MSc in Psychology, with distinction, from TU Berlin in 2003, completed her masters-thesis at Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research Frankfurt; and obtained an award-winning PhD degree in Neuroscience at the EPFL in 2006. She frequently speaks on topics related to autism, Open Science and the future of scholarly publishing, including the National Academy of Sciences, Science Foo Camp and the Euroscience Open Forum.