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Benefits of Publishing with MDPI

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Two decades of experience in open access publishing. Compliancy with open access mandates.
Excellent service
Personal support: one point of contact for the entire process. Assistance and coordination of invitation and review processes.
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Fast publication, due to MDPI’s unique production infrastructure.
High visibility
Global distribution and marketing via MDPI’s broad international network.
Fair APC
Competitive fees for chapter and book processing. Special contributor discounts on book purchases.

INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS

Invitation
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Project Inception and Invitation

At MDPI Books, we work hard to make high quality scientific works broadly available and strive to support authors and editors to make their book a reality. Accordingly, we are happy to consider project proposals—both for original high-quality series, and stand-alone edited volumes or monographs. Please submit your proposal here.

To ensure the best possible service, we provide personal support throughout the entire production process.

For edited volumes, MDPI will assist you by issuing a call for chapters, and further coordinate the final invitation to authors for submission of chapters.

To enable high-standard editing and production under open access philosophy, MDPI covers its editorial and production costs by collecting comparatively Chapter and Book Processing Charges (CPCs/BPCs). Many funding agencies cover the payment of open access publishing charges, including for books. In addition, numerous research institutes have created central funds to cover CPCs/BPCs. Take a look at the funding information to find funding opportunities from the beginning of your publication project.

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Manuscript Preparation

Our support for authors who wish to publish full monographs or book chapters starts before manuscript submission. The following provides guidance for putting your work together. You can use the contact page to get in touch if you need further advice.

As an author, please use the template files below to prepare your manuscript, and carefully check our formatting guideline:

Chapter Template File
Monograph Template File
Manuscript Preparation Guideline

MDPI Books are typically published in English and must be submitted in grammatically correct English, to ensure effective refereeing and quick publication. To learn more, see English Editing Guidelines for Authors. If you wish to publish your manuscript in a language other than English, please contact us.

If you are a non-native English speaker, please ensure that your manuscript is checked by an English-speaking colleague or a professional editing service. MDPI offers an English editing service.

Manuscript Preparation
Submission
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Submission

Once your chapter or monograph manuscript is ready for submission, please register and sign up in our submission system. Manuscripts should always be submitted online.

The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and that they have all read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. All co-authors can see the manuscript details in the submission system, if they register and log in using the e- mail address provided during manuscript submission.

Upon submission one of our Book Production Editors will get in touch with you to discuss your publication options and specific requirements, as well as the next steps.

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Editorial Process: Review

review procedure


MDPI Books is dedicated to high-quality scholarly publishing. Thus, all manuscripts submitted to MDPI Books are thoroughly reviewed by experts prior to publication. MDPI Books arranges the review process for edited volumes in coordination with the Academic Editors, and coordinates review for monographs with reviewers from the MDPI network. The final decision regarding acceptance of a manuscript lies with the Academic Editor for edited volumes and the Academic Consultant for monographs.

Pre-Check

Immediately after submission, manuscripts are checked by MDPI Books editorial staff. You may receive feedback at this stage, prior to peer review. At this stage, checks will be made for plagiarism, data falsification, reuse permissions for figures, inappropriate authorship credit, etc. MDPI takes publishing ethics issues very seriously and adheres to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving any credit to the original source. Reuse of text that is copied from another source must be between quotes and the original source must be cited. If a study's design or the manuscript's structure or language has been inspired by previous works, these works must be explicitly cited.

If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may publish a correction or retract the chapter or book.

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Additionally, an Academic Editor will be asked to pre-check the manuscript and to make a recommendation as to whether it can be further processed. If the Academic Editor finds that a manuscript does not fit in the context or is of poor quality, it will be rejected without further peer review.

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The publication decision for monographs is already made during the thorough pre-check. When making an editorial recommendation, Academic Consultants can select from:

  • reject
  • author revision
  • accept
Review

All manuscripts submitted to MDPI Books are reviewed by experts from the relevant field. Authors may suggest potential referees with the appropriate expertise, but note that the editors may not necessarily approach these referees.

MDPI aims to provide an efficient and high quality publishing service to authors and to the scientific community. Thus, we ask reviewers to assist by providing review reports in a timely manner—for Editions: several weeks, for monographs: several months.

Authors will typically be asked to revise their manuscript prior to a final editorial decision.

Editor Decision

When making an editorial recommendation, reviewers can select from:

  • accept
  • minor revision
  • major revision
  • reject (for edition chapters only)

The Academic Editor or Consultant makes an assessment based on the suitability of selected reviewers, the adequacy of reviewer comments and author response, and the overall scientific quality of the paper.

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Editorial Process: Production

production procedure
Copy Editing

For all manuscripts that are accepted for publication with MDPI Books, the Editorial Office carries out production, consisting of copy-editing, language editing, and conversion to a machine-readable XML format.

Language editing

Language editing is carried out by professional English editing staff and includes spelling, grammar and punctuation; rewording of ambiguous or overly-complex phrases; correct usage of common technical terms; editing of Word or LaTeX files; conformation to the MDPI house style.

Note that extensive rewriting and reordering of the manuscript and checking of field-specific terms are not included. Authors will be asked to proofread their manuscripts and make final adaptations during proofreading stage, and will also be asked to confirm the final proofs immediately prior to publication.

Graphic Design

We provide design services by our experienced designers for book covers and promotional material for print and online use.

Distribution

We work with a major distributor service to make sure our titles are listed on important wholesaler and retailer sites and the title information is sent to relevant libraries and institutions. Our books are freely available to be viewed or purchased via our Online Library, and also accessible through established channel partners and discovery engines such as Google Books. The title information is sent to international repositories and directories. We distribute publications worldwide with a unique identification number (ISBN). Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are assigned at the book and chapter level and metadata is delivered to Crossref.

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Publication Policies

Copyright

MDPI publishes all its publications in open access format, using Creative Commons licenses. This means that the scientific community and the general public have unlimited and immediate access for free to all content as soon as it is published online, with the following benefits:

  • everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all publications by MDPI
  • anyone can re-use published material provided proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given;
  • open access publication can help compliance with requirements from research institutes and research funding agencies.

The authors retain copyright of the published material and grant MDPI a license to publish it.

Chapter and Book Processing Charges

MDPI is committed to keeping its open access publication charges at a minimum level:

Edition chapters1100 CHF for accepted manuscripts
Monographsfrom 6000 CHF for accepted manuscripts, depending on the word count and services included

The costs cover the professional editorial and production processes, in addition to other costs MDPI incurs as a publisher such as ISBN registration and distribution.

MDPI has established an Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) . The IOAP provides discounts on the CPCs/BPCs for manuscripts published with MDPI by the corresponding or leading authors of the associated institute. The IOAP also allows institutes to choose payment of the CPCs/BPCs centrally, removing part or all of the fees for individual authors. If your institute is not yet listed, you may recommend the IOAP scheme with MDPI to your library here. We will reach out to your library to discuss the possibility of joining the IOAP.

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