Challenges seeks new Editor-In-Chief , February 18, 2015 06:12

Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547) is a unique open access journal. Over the past five years, we have published research proposals, research plans, research or technology ideas, policy studies relating to science and scholarly research, and open contests aiming at solving major challenges. This kind of scholarly content is typically not published in traditional research journals.

As the term of the current Editor-in-Chief Prof. Andreas Manz, will end in 2015, you are encouraged to nominate individuals who you feel should be considered for this position. Self-nomination is also welcomed. In general, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the technical content and quality of the journal publications. The Editorial Office will carry out the majority of the administrative work, including the invitation of peer reviewers, correspondence with authors, professional copy editing, English editing of accepted manuscripts, and assistance in promoting the journal.

A full application for evaluation should include:

  1. The latest CV
  2. A description of the candidate’s vision for Challenges

Application are due 30 April 2015.

Please address communications to Challenges Editorial Office, ( Questions concerning the day-to-day operations of the journal can be addressed to Dr. Joyce Zhou, (

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Updated Impact Factors for MDPI Journals, July 30, 2014 11:50

We are pleased to announce the updated Impact Factors for the MDPI journals from the 2013 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2014). Four MDPI open access journals received their first Impact Factors.

Journals with Updated Impact Factors

Journal 2013 Impact Factor Details Category Rank
Energies 1.602 Link 43/82 (Q3) in ‘Energy & Fuels’
Entropy 1.564 Link 28/77 (Q2) in ‘Physics, Multidisciplinary’
Forests 1.139 Link 30/64 (Q2) in ‘Forestry’
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 1.993 Link 90/215 (Q2) in ‘Environmental Sciences’
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2.339 Link 52/148 (Q2) in ‘Chemistry, Multidisciplinary’
Marine Drugs 3.512 Link 10/58 (Q1) in ‘Chemistry, Medicinal’
Materials 1.879 Link 80/251 (Q2) in ‘Materials Science, Multidisciplinary’
Molecules 2.095 Link 30/58 (Q3) in ‘Chemistry, Organic’
Nutrients 3.148 Link 23/78 (Q2) in ‘Nutrition & Dietetics’
Polymers 2.505 Link 24/82 (Q2) in ‘Polymer Science’
Remote Sensing 2.623 Link 6/27 (Q1) in ‘Remote Sensing’
Sensors 2.048 Link 36/76 (Q2) in ‘Chemistry, Analytical’
15/27 (Q3) in ‘Electrochemistry’
10/57 (Q1) in ‘Instruments & Instrumentation’
Toxins 2.480 Link 43/87 (Q2) in ‘Toxicology’
Viruses 3.279 Link 15/32 (Q2) in ‘Virology’
Water 1.291 Link 36/79 (Q2) in ‘Water Resources’

Journals with First Impact Factors

Journal 2013 Impact Factor Category Ranking
Atmosphere 1.048 61/76 (Q4) in ‘Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences’.
Micromachines 1.286 29/57 (Q3) in ‘Instruments & Instrumentation’
54/73 (Q3) in ‘Nanoscience & Nanotechnology’
Sustainability 1.077 153/215 (Q3) in ‘Environmental Sciences’
Symmetry 0.918 23/55 (Q2) in ‘Multidisciplinary Sciences’


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