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Article Processing Charges (APC) Information

Why Does MDPI Impose Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Publishing in its Journals?

MDPI publishes all its journals in full open access format. The scientific community and the general public have unlimited and immediate access, for free, to all content published in our journals as soon as it is published online. This means that MDPI does not receive any income from selling subscriptions to print or view online versions of its journals or from charging "pay-per-view" fees. Therefore, MDPI needs to defray its editorial and production costs by collecting article processing charges (APCs) from authors' institutes or research funding bodies. MDPI is committed to keeping its open access publication charges at a minimum level. MDPI's current charges—if calculated per page—are much lower than the revenues per published page generated by traditional, subscription-based academic publishers.

How Much Does MDPI Charge to Publish in Its Journals?

The exact value of article processing charges (APCs) for each journal is given in the table below. The APC covers editorial services and production of an article. Publication in the first few issues of a new journal is usually free of charge.

Please note that the APCs for articles submitted after 1 January 2018 are going to change for several journals; see the following page for details.

English Editing and Formatting

All articles receive language editing and copy editing before publication, however for articles that require extensive language editing or reformatting, an editing charge will be applied: 250 CHF for formatting issues and see link for English editing details. To avoid surcharges, authors should carefully follow the instructions for authors and use the MS Word or LaTeX template files on the journal's instructions for authors page.

Non-native English speaking authors should consider sending their manuscripts to an English speaking colleague or using a professional English editing service prior to submission. MDPI provides an English editing service: Authors of journals with an APC of 1400 CHF or above will receive a 50% discount on MDPI English editing services if the article is finally accepted for publication. If you use an alternative service that provides a confirmation certificate, please send a copy to the Editorial Office. Authors from developing countries should consider registration with AuthorAid, a global research community that provides networking, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries.

Journal Name Basic APC (CHF) *
Actuators 350 CHF
Administrative Sciences free
Aerospace free
Agriculture 550 CHF
Agronomy 550 CHF
Algorithms 550 CHF
Animals 650 CHF
Antibiotics 550 CHF
Antibodies 350 CHF
Antioxidants 550 CHF
Applied Sciences 1200 CHF
Applied System Innovation free
Arts free
Atmosphere 1000 CHF
Atoms 350 CHF
Axioms 350 CHF
Batteries free
Behavioral Sciences 350 CHF
Beverages free
Big Data and Cognitive Computing free
Bioengineering free
Biology 650 CHF
Biomedicines free
Biomimetics free
Biomolecules 650 CHF
Biosensors 350 CHF
Brain Sciences 650 CHF
Buildings 350 CHF
C free
Cancers 850 CHF
Catalysts 1000 CHF
Cells 550 CHF
Challenges free
ChemEngineering free
Chemosensors 350 CHF
Children free
Climate 350 CHF
Coatings 850 CHF
Colloids and Interfaces free
Computation 350 CHF
Computers 350 CHF
Condensed Matter free
Cosmetics free
Cryptography free
Crystals 1000 CHF
Data free
Dentistry Journal 350 CHF
Designs free
Diagnostics 350 CHF
Diseases 350 CHF
Diversity 850 CHF
Drones free
Econometrics free
Economies free
Education Sciences 350 CHF
Electronics 350 CHF
Energies 1500 CHF
Entropy 1500 CHF
Environments free
Epigenomes free
Fermentation free
Fibers 350 CHF
Fishes free
Fluids free
Foods 550 CHF
Forests 1200 CHF
Fractal and Fractional free
Future Internet 550 CHF
Galaxies 350 CHF
Games 550 CHF
Gels free
Genealogy free
Genes 1200 CHF
Geosciences 350 CHF
Geriatrics free
Healthcare 350 CHF
High-Throughput 350 CHF
Horticulturae free
Humanities 350 CHF
Hydrology free
Informatics free
Information 350 CHF
Infrastructures free
Inorganics 350 CHF
Insects 550 CHF
Instruments free
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 1600 CHF
International Journal of Financial Studies 350 CHF
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 1800 CHF
International Journal of Neonatal Screening free
International Journal of Turbomachinery, Propulsion and Power free
Inventions free
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 900 CHF
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease free
Journal of Clinical Medicine 650 CHF
Journal of Composites Science free
Journal of Developmental Biology 350 CHF
Journal of Functional Biomaterials 350 CHF
Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology free
Journal of Fungi free
Journal of Imaging free
Journal of Intelligence free
Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications 350 CHF
Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing free
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 350 CHF
Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, Hearing and Balance Medicine free
Journal of Personalized Medicine 550 CHF
Journal of Risk and Financial Management 350 CHF
Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks 350 CHF
Land 350 CHF
Languages free
Laws 350 CHF
Life 650 CHF
Logistics free
Lubricants 350 CHF
Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction free
Machines 350 CHF
Magnetochemistry free
Marine Drugs 1800 CHF
Materials 1500 CHF
Mathematical and Computational Applications 300 CHF
Mathematics 350 CHF
Medical Sciences free
Medicines free
Membranes 650 CHF
Metabolites 850 CHF
Metals 1000 CHF
Methods and Protocols free
Microarrays 350 CHF
Micromachines 1000 CHF
Microorganisms 350 CHF
Minerals 850 CHF
Molbank 350 CHF
Molecules 1800 CHF
Multimodal Technologies and Interaction free
Nanomaterials 1200 CHF
Nitrogen free
Non-Coding RNA free
Nutrients 1600 CHF
Pathogens 650 CHF
Pharmaceuticals 850 CHF
Pharmaceutics 550 CHF
Pharmacy 350 CHF
Philosophies free
Photonics 350 CHF
Plants 550 CHF
Polymers 1400 CHF
Proceedings free
Processes 350 CHF
Proteomes 350 CHF
Publications free
Quantum Beam Science free
Quaternary free
Recycling free
Religions 350 CHF
Remote Sensing 1600 CHF
Resources 350 CHF
Risks 350 CHF
Robotics 350 CHF
Safety free
Scientia Pharmaceutica 600 CHF
Sensors 1800 CHF
Separations 350 CHF
Sinusitis free
Social Sciences free
Societies 350 CHF
Soils free
Sports 350 CHF
Sustainability 1400 CHF
Symmetry 1000 CHF
Systems 350 CHF
Technologies free
Toxics 350 CHF
Toxins 1500 CHF
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease free
Universe free
Urban Science free
Vaccines 550 CHF
Veterinary Sciences free
Viruses 1500 CHF
Vision free
Water 1400 CHF

Funding of APCs

Many funding agencies explicitly allow the use of research grants for the payment of APCs for publishing in open access journals. In addition, numerous institutes have created central funds to cover APCs. Information on article processing charges (APCs) for MDPI journals is provided here. Please see the following page for details on funding of APCs. Additionally, MDPI has established an Institutional Open Access Program. The Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) provides discounts on the APCs for articles published with MDPI by the corresponding or leading authors of the associated institute. The program also allows institutes to choose payment of the APCs centrally, thereby removing part or all of the fees for individual authors. If your institute is not yet listed, you may recommend our IOAP to your library here. We will reach out to your library to discuss the possibility of a participation.

Which Article Types are Published Free of Charge?

Editorial items (Editorials, Corrections, Additions, Retractions, Letters, Comments, etc.) are published free of charge. Article processing charges (APCs) only apply to primary content: research articles, reviews and mini reviews, communications, short notes, etc.

How Can I Transfer Funds to MDPI?

MDPI currently supports the following payment methods:

Bank, Credit Card and other Fees

For wire transfers, we ask the customer to pay the fees for both the sender and the recipient bank, so that MDPI can receive the full invoiced amount. If you wish to pay by check, please add 12 CHF check fees.

Does MDPI Offer Any Discounts or Waivers of the APC?

MDPI has an Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) which grants authors of institutes participating in the program significant discounts on Article Processing Charges (APC). In many cases, MDPI also offers discounts to previous reviewers of the journals.

Furthermore, MDPI publishes selected articles invited by the Editorial Office for free. Waivers may be granted at the Publisher's discretion. The editorial decision making is decoupled from the authors' ability to pay the Article Processing Charges in case their paper is accepted for publication.

Do I Have to Pay if My Manuscript is Rejected?

No. MDPI only sends the invoice for article processing charges (APCs) if a manuscript has been accepted for publication. The acceptance of a manuscript is based on the outcome of the peer-review procedure. The final decision as to whether a manuscript will be accepted for publication or rejected is made by an external editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief of a journal or the Guest Editor of a special issue) based on scientific merit.

Are Reprints of My Article Included In the APC?

No. The APC does not entitle the authors to receive reprints of a published article. Reprints can be ordered separately and optionally for any article that has been published in an MDPI journal. To request an offer for reprints of an article, please visit the website of the article you would like to reprint and follow the “Order Reprint” link, or send an e-mail to

Special Note Regarding Sales Tax and VAT for Authors from Switzerland

Value Added Tax (VAT, Switzerland) is not included in the article processing charges (APCs). Authors from Switzerland will have additional VAT charged in their bill. Authors from Switzerland are asked to pay directly to our main office in Basel, Switzerland and will be billed an additional 8% in VAT.

Last Change: 6 March 2013

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