MDPI supports open academic communication in all its forms, through the publication of research articles as well as by supporting, organizing and communicating the outcomes from conferences, seminars and other academic meetings. It is vital to have an open record of important academic discussions and for this reason we established Proceedings in 2017 with the aim of publishing the outputs of scholarly events. The journal has been extremely successful and we have taken the decision to create a family of proceedings journal covering different subject areas. We are therefore pleased to announce the launch of Environmental Sciences Proceedings, Engineering Proceedings, Chemistry Proceedings and Materials Proceedings. These journals will publish proceedings papers, extended abstracts, meeting reports and editorials related to scholarly events. To date, Proceedings has published more than 4700 such pieces and we look forward to expanding this number and broadening the scope with the new journals.
Materials research is an area where research and discovery move quickly. The field can change between the time a discovery is made and when it appears in a peer-reviewed journal. Face-to-face meetings are a key means of communicating discoveries and we are pleased to add additional support to scholars by launching Materials Proceedings. The new journal will help us to expand our offering to scientists in the field, adding to journals such as Materials and Polymers, and Preprints, our multidisciplinary preprint server.
Anyone interested in contributing to an MDPI proceedings journal should contact the editorial office. We look forward to working with event organizers and committees on this important project.