Membership Established with the University of Bayreuth, April 8, 2015 05:52

We are pleased to announce that the University of Bayreuth has joined MDPI's institutional membership program. Primary authors from the University of Bayreuth will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges as of 1 April 2015.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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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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Energies Best Paper Award 2013, March 1, 2013 10:43

With the start of 2013, Energies is instituting an annual award to recognize outstanding papers related to scientific research, technology development, engineering, and the studies in policy and management that meet the aims, scope and high standards of this journal.

We are pleased to announce the “Energies Best Paper Award” for 2013. Nominations were solicited from the Editorial Board members, with all papers published in 2009 eligible for consideration.

Article Award:

1st prize

Christopher D. Elvidge, Daniel Ziskin, Kimberly E. Baugh, Benjamin T. Tuttle, Tilottama Ghosh, Dee W. Pack, Edward H. Erwin and Mikhail Zhizhin

A Fifteen Year Record of Global Natural Gas Flaring Derived from Satellite Data

2nd prize

Ugo Bardi and Alessandro Lavacchi

A Simple Interpretation of Hubbert’s Model of Resource Exploitation

Review Award:

1st prize

Dong Jin Ham and Jae Sung Lee

Transition Metal Carbides and Nitrides as Electrode Materials for Low Temperature Fuel Cells

For more details, please refer to Best Paper Award Editorial by Prof. Dr. Enrico Sciubba (Editor-in-Chief, Energies).

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Energies Special Issue "Wind Turbines" closing up - 16 papers published, July 16, 2012 08:52

We are pleased to report that special issue "Wind Turbines" has been successfully closed. 16 papers have been published in this issue.

Professor Lance Manuel, one of the Guest Editors of this issue, says "The wide-ranging set of articles from authors all over the world reflects the growing importance of wind energy development and highlights notable research studies. The articles cover a comprehensive set of topics that deal with measurements, inflow characterization, array effects, design, reliability, control, and power for small and large wind turbines."

A new special issue on this topic is planned to be set up soon for the year 2013, aiming to further encourage scholars in this field to share their research results in a timely way.

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