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Information for Authors
MDPI is a publisher of scholarly 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 wide readership. MDPI.com receives more than 4.2 million monthly webpage views.
Useful Resources for Authors
- MDPI LaTeX templates (Microsoft Word Templates are available on the individual journals' Instructions for Authors pages)
- MDPI English editing services
- MDPI reference list and citations style guide
- Article Processing Charges (APC) Information
- Funding of Article Processing Charges (APCs)
- Terms and Conditions
- Policy regarding corrections and retractions
- Statement on controversial articles
- Think.Check.Submit. Advice on choosing the right journal for your research
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 the list of covered journals) and Scopus (see the list of covered journals). In 2016, 78% of all published articles were covered by the SCIE.
- for biomed titles, MDPI is working towards quick coverage in PubMed Central and PubMed (see the list of covered journals). In 2016, 47% 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)
Avoiding Surcharges from Extensive English Editing or Extensive Reformatting on Submitted Articles
Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions. 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.
Funding of APCs
Many funding agencies and institutions explicitly allow the use of research grants for the payment of APCs for publishing in open access journals. For more information on APC funding see the following page.
Discounts on APCs
MDPI provides discounts for authors under an Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) and has established agreements with over 260 institutions. If your institution does not yet participate, you may recommend the program to your librarian using the following page.
Selected articles invited by the Editorial Office are published for free. Waivers may be granted at the Publisher's discretion and should be discussed with the editorial office when submitting the article. The editorial decision making is decoupled from the authors' ability to pay the Article Processing Charges, however authors should consider in advance whether they have sufficient funds to cover the full APC.
MDPI also offers discount vouchers to selected reviewers.
General Peer-Review and Editorial Procedure
All manuscripts sent for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts (this includes research and review articles, spontaneous submissions, and invited papers). The Managing Editor of the journal will perform an initial check of the manuscript’s suitability upon receipt. The Editorial Office will then organize the peer-review process performed by independent experts and collect at least two review reports per manuscript. We ask our authors for adequate revisions (with a second round of peer-review if necessary) before a final decision is made. The final decision is made by the academic editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief of a journal or the Guest Editor of a Special Issue). Accepted articles are copy-edited and English-edited.
Editorial Decision and Revision
All the articles, reviews and communications published in MDPI journals go through the peer-review process and receive at least two review reports. The in-house editor will discuss each step of the process with the external academic editor and communicate decisions to the authors regarding the following:
Accept in Present Form: The paper is accepted without any further changes.
Accept after Minor Revisions: The paper is in principle accepted after revision based on the reviewer’s comments. Authors are given five days for minor revisions.
Reconsider after Major Revisions: The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. The author needs to provide a point by point response or provide a rebuttal if some of the reviewer’s comments cannot be revised. Usually, only one round of major revisions is allowed. Authors will be asked to resubmit the revised paper within ten days and the revised version will be returned to the reviewer for further comments.
Reject and Encourage Resubmission: An article where additional experiments are needed to support the conclusions will be rejected and the authors will be encouraged to re-submit the paper once further experiments have been conducted.
Reject: The article has serious flaws, makes no original contribution, and the paper is rejected with no offer of resubmission to the journal.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finally, MDPI is a participant in the CLOCKSS initiative to ensure a long-term preservation of the content published in its journals.
For the purposes of record-keeping, MDPI retains copies of submitted manuscripts and supporting files. However, for articles that are rejected we will comply with requests from authors to delete files.