Information for Librarians and Information Specialists


MDPI Overview

MDPI was founded by researchers in Basel, Switzerland in 1996 as an institute to collect and preserve rare chemical research samples. The acronym originally stood for “Molecular Diversity Preservation International”. In the same year the journal Molecules was launched. Over the years more journals were created and in 2006 it was decided to professionalize the publication project. It was subsequently gradually separated from the samples preservation initiative and in 2010 a separate legal entity (MDPI AG) was setup in Basel as a professional publishing house. The acronym now stands for “Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute”. All manuscripts submitted to the more than 110 MDPI journals undergo thorough expert peer-review before possible publication and are published under an open access license. This means that all the full-text of the published articles are freely available on without any restriction.

We currently receive about 2,000 manuscripts and publish around 800 papers per month. More than 100 full-time in-house editors take care of organizing the peer-review of manuscripts, as well as the copy-editing, English editing and production of accepted articles. The peer-review procedure is overseen by the external Editors-in-Chief of the journals. More recently, the MDPI Magazine was created to highlight articles that are of interest to a broader audience. MDPI is also exploring the possibility of publishing e-books in the humanities and social sciences.

Institutional Membership

MDPI is currently setting up an institutional membership scheme for libraries (as of Fall 2013). More information is available on If you are interested in discussing possible ways to better serve your institute, please contact Mr. Alistair Freeland, E-mail:, Tel. +41 61 683 77 34.

Promotional Material

MDPI has a large number of promotional materials readily available for free. Please contact to request free copies of posters and flyers. We are also able to provide Swiss knives with MDPI branding for 12 CHF per piece (the price for a comparable product in shops: 20 CHF). Here are a few example of our promotional products:

Chemical Structures

We have a daily updated SDF file available for download. It includes information on chemical structures published in some of our journals.

Indexing & Metadata Format

MDPI collaborates with a number of indexing and abstracting services. There are several ways to automatically access and index content from We also have several feeds in place to deliver content and metadata directly to indexing partners — please contact for additional information.

  1. Through CrossRef using DOI numbers. MDPI is a member of CrossRef and we register a DOI number and deposit the metadata for all articles. The DOI number prefix assigned to MDPI is '10.3390'. Note that articles published the same day are delivered to CrossRef overnight and might therefore be available only the next day. There are several ways to request metadata from CrossRef, for example one easy method is using CURL (available for Linux and Windows). Here is an example of using CURL for the paper with the DOI 10.3390/s130912044:
    curl -L -H "Accept: application/unixref+xml" ""
  2. Through the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) interface. MDPI maintains an OAI-PMH interface for metadata sharing and harvesting. The OAI-PMH service can be accessed at We readily provide the metadata in Dublin Core format (oai_dc set) and in AGRIS format for a number of journals related to agronomy and agriculture (oai_agris set). We are able to provide customized sets with the metadata that suits your needs. Please contact for more information and to discuss the possibility of setting up a specialized OAI set.
  3. Through customized e-feeds. We maintain several electronic feeds to partnering indexing databases. E-feeds usually deliver content via File Transfer Protocol (FTP), WebDAV or HTML forms. We can deliver full-text content as well as metadata. Usually the metadata is prepared in XML format. We readily support PubMed and DOAJ XML formats, but can easily create additional export filters in text, XML or spreadsheet formats. Please contact for more information and to discuss the possibility to setup an e-feed.
  4. Through manual download from the search results page at You can download up to 1000 articles per search result. To ease the process, first set the “Articles per Page” to the maximum number of 200.

  5. Through page scrapping. MDPI provides standardized metadata in Dublin Core, PRISM and Google Scholar formats that are embedded in the source code of the article's abstract pages. We provide the following vocabulary:

    Dublin Core Format

    • dc.title (title of the article)
    • dc.creator (authors' full names, one author per entry)
    • dc.type (type of article, i.e. article, review, communication, etc.)
    • dc.source (full citation in the following format: Sensors 2013, Vol. 13, Pages 12044-12069)
    • (publication date in the format yyyy-mm-dd)
    • dc.identifier (DOI number)
    • dc.publisher (name of the publisher, i.e. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)
    • dc.rights (open access license, i.e.
    • dc.format (mime type of the official full-text format, i.e. application/pdf)
    • dc.language (code for the article's language, i.e. en)
    • dc.description (abstract of the paper)
    • dc.subject (keywords for the paper, one keyword per entry)

    PRISM Format

    • prism.publicationName (full name of the journal, e.g. Sensors)
    • prism.publicationDate (publication date in the format yyyy-mm-dd)
    • prism.volume (volume number)
    • prism.number (issue number)
    • prism.section (type of article, i.e. article, review, communication, etc.)
    • prism.startingPage (first page or article number)
    • prism.endingPage (last page, if available)

    Google Scholar Format

    • citation_journal_title (full name of the journal, e.g. Sensors)
    • citation_publisher (name of the publisher, i.e. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)
    • citation_authors (authors' full names as one entry in the following format: Larios, Diego F.; Barbancho, Julio ; Sevillano, José L.; Rodríguez, Gustavo ; Molina, Francisco J.; Gasull, Virginia G.; Mora-Merchan, Javier M.; León, Carlos)
    • citation_title (title of the article)
    • citation_date (publication date in the format yyyy-mm-dd)
    • citation_volume (volume number)
    • citation_issue (issue number)
    • citation_firstpage (first page or article number)
    • citation_lastpage (last page, if available)
    • citation_doi (article's doi number)
    • citation_id (unique ID for each article)
    • citation_abstract_html_url (URL to the article's abstract page)
    • citation_pdf_url (URL to the article's PDF full-text)

Last updated: 22 April 2014