A better way of communicating Science

Publishing, reading and re-using scholarly content is too complicated, too expensive, and too exclusive. Front Matter tries to help address these barriers, allowing authors and readers to instead focus on the science.

Easy-to-use powerful editor

Front Matter uses the Open Source Ghost blogging software, and posts are written using the visual Ghost editor.

Contextual toolbar

Using the contextual toolbar allows you to efficiently format your text, add links and insert rich media.

Content cards

You can insert cards with special content such as images, markdown, html, galleries and embeds.

Collaborative editing

Teams can work together on a post, and users can have different roles such as author, contributor or editor.

Import from Blogs and Google Docs in beta testing

Front Matter can automatically generate blog posts from RSS feeds and Google Docs.

Editing scientific content

Authors of scientific content have specific needs not covered by the common blog editors.

References coming soon

All links will be displayed as formatted references in a reference list, with required metadata automatically fetched and stored in the background.

Persistent identifiers coming soon

All posts will automatically be registered with a DOI, including the ORCID IDs of all authors, the abstract, and the references in the metadata.

Tables and Visualizations

Front Matter integrates with the Datawrapper service to generate charts, maps, and tables, and can include a download link to the raw data.

Flexible publishing options

Front Matter uses the Open Source Pandoc universal document converter to provide multiple output formats.

Newsletter

Subscribe to the newsletter to regularly get the full content of all posts via email. An RSS feed is of course also available.

API

Content is available via a JSON REST API (in addition to the RSS feed) for publishing in an external platform.

Archive in JATS format coming soon

All content is available in JATS XML format for archiving and distribution.

Other formats coming soon

Content is also published in ePub and PDF formats. Other formats (e.g. Markdown or Microsoft Word) are available upon request.

Discovery, discussion and reuse

Published scientific content becomes part of the scholarly record. Front Matter tracks the reuse and helps users to engage in the discussion.

SEO and full-text search

Front Matter makes heavy use of schema.org and Dublin Core metadata to improve discoverability. A full-text search of all content is powered by Typesense.

Discussions

Commenting and further discussion is provided by the Front Matter discussion forum, powered by the Open Source software Discourse.

Usage Stats and Citations coming soon

Usage stats, provided by Plausible.io and citations (coming soon) track the reuse of content.

Support

Front Matter helps its registered users via a dedicated blog, its support forum and regular webinars.
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