Nature Publishing Group has purchased a majority investment in open-access publisher Frontiers, the Nature News Blog reports. Kamila Markram, a Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne neuroscientist, co-founded the company in 2007 and it now publishes 14 journals, which put out a total of 5,000 articles last year.

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