Information for Authors
Since 1996, MDPI has been publishing scholarly, peer-reviewed Open Access journals. All journals uphold a peer-reviewed, rapid, and rigorous manuscript handling and editorial process.
MDPI journals are the perfect place for you to publish your work under an Open Access license, in a fast and straightforward manner, and to reach a potentially huge number of readers. MDPI delivers 2.4 million webpage views and over 650,000 full-text downloads per month.
MDPI is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and has branch offices in Beijing and Wuhan, China.
Useful Resources for Authors
- MDPI Reference List and Citations Style Guide
- MDPI LaTeX Templates (Microsoft Word Templates are available on the individual journals' Instructions for Authors pages)
- MDPI Copyright Rights & Permissions Guide
- MDPI English Editing Guidelines for Authors
- Policy Regarding Corrections and Retractions
- Statement on Controversial Articles
- Funding of Article Processing Charges (APCs)
Manuscript Submission & Instructions for Authors
Authors and Readers Benefit from MDPI’s Pledges to:
- publish thoroughly peer-reviewed journals of high scholarly impact
- maintain a quick publication procedure — manuscripts are published within 6-8 weeks of submission, provided that no major revisions are required
- publish full open access journals — readers can access all articles published on this platform for free, including state-of-the-art review articles
- publish citation-tracked journals — MDPI is working towards quick coverage and citation-tracking of all of its journals in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE, see a list of covered journals) and Scopus (see a list of covered journals) indexing systems. In 2012, 71% of all published articles were covered by the SCIE.
- for biomed titles, MDPI is working towards quick coverage in PubMed Central and PubMed (see a list of covered journals. In 2012, 57% of all published articles were covered by PubMed.
For Authors and Readers Open Access Means:
- free availability of the literature on the Internet without any subscription or price barriers
- immediate open access once an article is released (no embargo period)
- authors retain all copyrights - authors will not be forced to sign any copyright transfer agreements
- permission of re-use the published material if proper accreditation is given (Creative Commons Attribution License)
Funding of Article Processing Charges (APCs)
Many funding agencies explicitly allow the use of research grants for the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for publishing in open access journals. In addition, numerous institutes have created central funds to cover APCs. Please see the following page for details on funding of APCs. Additionally, we are currently setting up a institutional membership scheme (as of Fall 2013). The institutional membership provides discounts on the APCs for articles published with MDPI by the corresponding or leading authors of the associated institute. The membership also allows institutes to choose payment of the APCs centrally, thereby removing part or all of the fees for individual authors. In case your institute is not listed, please inform us at email@example.com and kindly provide your library’s contact information. We will reach out to your library to discuss the possibility of a membership.
MDPI is currently setting up an institutional membership program for libraries (as of Fall 2013). The following institutes have already chosen to join the MDPI membership program. Please note that the corresponding or leading authors must be associated with the listed institutes to benefit from the discount. More institutes will be added over the next few months. In case your institute is not listed in our membership table, please inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org and kindly provide your library’s contact information. We will reach out to your library to discuss the possibility of a membership.
The MDPI institutional membership provides discounts to authors from the associated institute for a small membership fee (support-membership). The institute can decide if the APCs are to be paid centrally (central payment), or paid in full by the authors (non-central, author paid) or shared between author and institute (split payment).
|Institute||Country||Discount||Payment Type for APC||Date of Commencement||Institute Library Website|
|University of Basel||Switzerland||10-15%*||Non-central, author paid||15 September 2013||Link to Website|
|University Hospital of Basel||Switzerland||10-15%*||Non-central, author paid||15 September 2013||Link to Website|
|NC State University||United States||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 November 2013||Link to Website|
|Technical University of Munich (TU München)||Germany||10%||Non-central, author paid||15 November 2013||Link to Website|
|Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)||Austria||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 January 2014||Link to Website|
|University of Bern||Switzerland||10%||Non-central, author paid||19 December 2013||Link to Website|
|Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)||Spain||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
|University of Richmond||United States||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
|Wageningen University and Research Centre||The Netherlands||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
|University of Tübingen||Germany||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
|University of Cagliari||Italy||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
See full list of member institutes here
|Spain||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
|University and University Hospital of Zürich||Switzerland||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
|University of Amsterdam||The Netherlands||10%||Non-central, author paid||1 February 2014||Link to Website|
|Karlsruhe Institute of Technology||Germany||10%||Central payment||1 March 2014||Link to Website|
* 10% discount applies to the first 10 papers published by the institution during the year; 15% for all papers published thereafter.
Peer-Review and Editorial Procedure
All manuscripts sent for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed (this includes research and review articles, spontaneous submissions, and invited papers). The Managing Editor of a journal will perform an initial check of suitability upon receipt of the manuscript. The Editorial Offices will then organize the peer-reviewing and collect at least two review reports per manuscript. We ask our authors for adequate revision (with a second round of peer-review if necessary) before requesting the decision of an external editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief of a journal or the Guest Editor of a special issue). Accepted articles are professionally copy-edited, English proofread and edited where necessary.
Long-Term Archiving and Copies of MDPI Content
To ensure permanent access to our publications, we work with different partners to archive our content:
- A full archival copy of all publications is deposited in electronic format into e-Helvetica, the digital archive of the Swiss National Library.
- LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Save). LOCKSS system has permission to collect, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit. (MDPI LOCKSS Archival Units)
- CLOCKSS. CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.
- Life science-related journals are added into PubMed Central once eligible (see the list of currently archived journals).
- MDPI has an agreement with EBSCO Industries Inc. to have the full-text of articles included in EBSCO Host for most of the journals.
- MDPI has an agreement with Informatics India Ldt. to have the full-text articles of all its journals included in J-Gate.
- Finally, authors are encouraged to self-archive the final version of their published articles into institutional repositories (such as those listed in the Directory of Open Access Repositories). For this purpose, authors are strongly encouraged to use the final PDF version published on the website of MDPI.