Announcements

13 May 2020
COVID-19 Academic Resources Center


Since 1996, MDPI has been committed to supporting the research community by providing the latest research freely available and making relevant and useful research available as quickly as possible. The world is current experiencing a pandemic of COVID-19, and researchers are working extremely hard to understand it and find a cure.

The values MDPI holds strongly are particularly important at the moment, and we will continue to publish relevant, peer-reviewed research as quickly as possible in open access format. This means that it will immediately be available for researchers, health professionals, and the general public to read, distribute, and reuse. We believe that scientific advancements will be crucial to overcoming this pandemic, and will do everything we can to support researchers working looking for solutions.

COVID-19 Academic Resources Center contains a variety of information related to COVID-19 available from MDPI, including journal articles, special issues, and preprints, among others.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/covid-19

9 April 2020
Free Open Platforms to Support Academics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a leading Open Access publisher, MDPI is committed to fostering open scientific exchange in all forms across all disciplines. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many researchers have to stay at home and many academic conferences have been cancelled or postponed. In light of these changes, MDPI has adopted numerous initiatives that may help accelerate scientific exchange and provide support to the academics during this period.

Scholarly Community—Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

Comprehensive and Free Literature DatabaseScilit

Scilit is a comprehensive, free database for scientists that uses a new method to collate data and index scientific material. Our crawlers extract the latest data from CrossRef and PubMed on a daily basis. This means that newly published articles are immediately added to Scilit.

Display Academic AchievementsSciProfiles

SciProfiles is an innovative social network for researchers and scholars that is developed by MDPI. In line with our broad mission, the purpose of SciProfiles is to accelerate discovery and innovation by facilitating immediate access to research results and providing opportunities for academic networking.

Organize and Participate in Conferences OnlineSciforum

Sciforum is an event planning platform that supports open science by offering the opportunity to host and participate in academic conferences. It provides an environment for scholarly exchange, discussion of topics of current interest, building of networks, and establishing collaborations.

Post Early Versions of Research OutputsPreprints

Preprints is a platform dedicated to making early versions of research outputs permanently available and citable. We post original research articles and comprehensive reviews, and papers can be updated by authors at any time. Content on Preprints is not peer-reviewed, and feedback can be received from readers.

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MDPI remains committed to open science and open data and has signed a statement, along with more than thirty scholarly publishers, showing our intention to facilitate sharing of new research findings as early on as possible. The initiative sees publishers collectively removing barriers to new research, in the face of a global healthcare crisis.

25 March 2020
MDPI Comment on the COVID-19 Virus

The world is currently suffering from a global pandemic of the corona virus COVID-19. MDPI expresses its sympathies for all of those affected by the virus and stands in solidarity with medical staff and researchers treating patients and searching for scientific solutions.

MDPI has previously published papers covering corona viruses in addition to new papers on the current outbreak, see all papers here. In particular, Viruses has published a number of Special Issues and papers on the topic (see here, here, and here) as well as a forthcoming Special Issue.

Alongside journal articles, MDPI has been a strong supporter of preprints, which are increasingly being used to rapidly disseminate the latest research, and we run the preprint server Preprints.org. Our database of research articles, Scilit, is free to use and covers all publishers including preprint servers. New papers are often in search results within hours of publication and users can set up alerts for new papers.

Our main priority during this period has been the health and safety of staff, and we continue to allow staff to work at home and closely monitor the situation in all locations in which we work. Despite the restrictions, we continue to provide a full publication service and, by close collaboration with our editorial boards and making use our in-house teams, ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in publishing vital research. Fast and open publication has always been at the core of MDPI values and is now more important than ever.

We hope that a solution to the current situation will emerge soon. In the meantime, we will do our best to continue communicating vital research in all fields.

18 March 2020
MDPI Co-Signed Position Statement on Transformative Agreements

The advantages of the open access model of scientific publishing are being increasingly recognized in the scientific community. It allows new scientific evidence to be accessed from the moment of publication for free by anyone around the globe, boosting the impact of new research. In response, many funders, libraries and universities have been adopting new principles to accelerate the transition to open access.

Recently, “transformative agreements” have been negotiated between traditional publishers and various institutions. While increasing the number of open access papers, these agreements lack binding commitments to a full transition to open access, their conditions vary across different regions, and access is still limited for many users.

MDPI is a co-signatory of the recent position statement raising concerns about potential downsides of transformative agreements and how they may delay a full transition to open access. The statement highlights that these models “risk perpetuating current limitations on access, transparency and market competitiveness, while simultaneously facilitating excessive charges on the public purse”.

As a pioneering open access journal publisher, MDPI is the first to promote the importance of science being made available to everyone. Our peer-reviewed journals, covering diverse academic disciplines, are fully accessible to the public free of charge under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). This is why, along with other open access publishers, MDPI is a proud signatory of the position paper and is committed to contributing to the replacement of weak transitional agreements with “agreements with publishers that are already fully committed to open science and who offer full, immediate and transparent Open Access”.

Read the position paper here

16 March 2020
Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Awards 2020 - Open for Application

We are pleased to announce that Encyclopedia will be awarding five Outstanding Contributor Awards for researchers in 2020. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Encyclopedia Editorial Board.

Prize for Winners

  1. An official certificate;
  2. A cash award of 500 CHF or an MDPI discount voucher of 800 CHF.


Application Deadline

31 December, 2020 (Please send your application email with a list of all entries you contributed to our office before the deadline: [email protected])

Candidate Requirements

  1. Have a Ph.D. degree;
  2. Have more than three qualified entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020.

Evaluation Standards

  1. Number of entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020;
  2. Quality of entries online (including length, figure quality, and novelty);
  3. Impact of entries (including the number of likes, discussion contents, views, and downloads).

If you are a researcher and have not yet contribute entries to Encyclopedia, please do not miss this chance to highlight your research results.

21 January 2020
Meet Us at the 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2020) in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, 19–24 July, 2020


MDPI will be attending the IGARSS 2020, to be held in Hawaii, USA, 19–24 July 2020

Hosted by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2020) will be held Sunday, 19 July through Friday, 24 July, 2020 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA. The main theme of the 2020 symposium is "Remote Sensing: Global Perspectives for Local Solutions".

GARSS 2020 is offering unique perspectives, discussions, research, solutions, and an opportunity to network in a beautiful environment.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Remote Sensing

Atmosphere

Land

Sustainability

Drones

IJGI

Sensors

Geosciences

Hydrology

Applied Sciences

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth # 82). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://igarss2020.org/default.asp.

11 October 2019
Introducing SciProfiles, an Academic Social Network

MDPI is pleased to announce the release of SciProfiles, its social network platform for researchers and scholars.

The purpose of SciProfiles is aligned with MDPI’s broad mission to accelerate discovery and innovation by facilitating immediate access to research results and to serve scholars and communities by providing opportunities for academic networking.

SciProfiles also ambitions to serve as a sustainable, transparent and community-driven research evaluation system aligned with the DORA principles (https://sfdora.org/). Through their scientific profiles, academics can highlight their contribution to research communities, and measure their impact on their field, beyond publication numbers and impact factors. SciProfiles is currently a beta version and will enrich to give researchers the possibility to highlight all of their contributions to science and their scientific communities as authors, reviewers, editors, conference organizers, conference panelists, conference keynote speakers, or even as lecturers or student mentors at their University.

The classic components of popular community social networks, including follower/following, classical metrics, endorsements and recommendations (https://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/1690), comments (https://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/1397) are or will be very soon highlighted in SciProfiles as open science contributions.

To help increase the impact and visibility of articles and their authors to an appropriate audience, the platform offers a NewsFeed that includes recommendations of relevant content based on interests, publication history, saved searches or colleagues’ recommendations.

SciProfiles’ avatars are now being integrated on several MDPI platforms, meaning that you will directly access researchers’ profiles from any of the MDPI platforms:

MDPI's journal publishing website: www.mdpi.com
MDPI's conference hosting and management website: www.sciforum.net
MDPI's pre-print website : www.preprints.org
MDPI's knowledge sharing website : www.encyclopedia.pub
MDPI's books store: www.mdpi.com/books
MDPI's literature database : www.scilit.net

SciProfiles aims to serve scientific communities at large. It can be embedded into third-party websites and also welcomes integration of data from third-parties.

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/2
Dr. Franck Vazquez: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/FranckVazquez
Dr. Martyn Rittman: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/martynrittman

2 October 2019
Winners of the 2019 MDPI Writing Prize

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 MDPI Writing Prize. Entrants were asked to write on the theme "Judging research: How should research and researchers be evaluated and rewarded?" We received a large number of excellent essays from PhD students and postdocs, and the process of shortlisting and choosing winners was not an easy one. The winners demonstrated excellent writing skills alongside interesting and thought-provoking ideas.

As last year, we will begin the process of collating all entries into a book that will be available in open access format. Alongside promoting good writing skills, we see the prize as a way to promote the voices of early career researchers within broader debates and policy discussions.

Congratulations to all of the participants and especially the winners. The winners are:

1st Prize (500 CHF):
Albin Nilsson (National Centre for Nuclear Research, Warsaw, Poland)
[Read here]

2nd Prize (250 CHF):
Qi Zhang (Shandong University, Jinan, China)
[Read here]
Igor Ogashawara (Indiana University, Indianapolis, US)
[Read here]

3rd Prize (100 CHF):
Margaret Sivapragasam (Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Perak, Malaysia)
[Read here]
Arvind Sharma (The University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia)
[Read here]
Jose Flores-Guerrero (University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)
[Read here]

The MDPI Writing Prize is an annual award supported by MDPI Author Services, which provides services including language editing, reformatting, plagiarism checks, and image editing.

20 September 2019
MDPI Now Gives Scholars the Possibility to Endorse and Recommend Articles

MDPI is pleased to announce the release of a new functionality giving the possibility for researchers and scholars to endorse, and formally recommend articles to their colleagues.

MDPI was an early signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (https://sfdora.org/read/) which calls for improvement in how quality and impact of scholarly research outputs are evaluated, especially in moving beyond journal-based citation metrics (journal Impact Factor, Scopus Citescore, etc.).

MDPI supports the establishment of article-level impact metrics, including citations, views, downloads, and Altmetric scores. These measures serve as an impact indicator for research articles on a case–by-case basis, assessing paper on its own merit. However, these metrics are also subjective and can give a biased picture of the article impact: they do not directly reflect the quality or the intrinsic scientific value of the article.

In our view, community engagement with publications based on community-driven metrics can help to overcome this limitation. We have therefore launched an option for scholars to endorse articles, indicating their own assessment of its content and making a recommendation to their community. This follows our implementation of the open source Hypothesis commenting tool, which has been available for all articles published by MDPI for over a year (https://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/1397). Both endorsement and commenting are available for all previously published and forthcoming MDPI articles.

In addition to potentially serving as a sustainable solution to article assessment, endorsements will help scientific communities to identify the most relevant articles, independently of the journal in which it was published.

The code for the endorsing functionality, which relies on DOIs and ORCIDs, will be made available on GitHub with an open source license.

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, President and Founder
Dr. Franck Vazquez, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Martyn Rittman, Publishing Director

11 September 2019

Create an Entry in Encyclopedia to Get a 100 CHF Voucher in Publishing in MDPI Journals

Encyclopedia is pleased to announce that certain well-prepared entries are eligible for a 100 CHF voucher, which can be used for paper publication in any journals in MDPI. We believe that your contribution would be a great help in keeping up with scientific developments. Do not miss the chance to publish with us. Please clink here to find the detailed guideline.

Encyclopedia is a free online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as provide a comprehensive record of scientific development. If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact us via [email protected].

6 August 2019
Preprints Reaches 10,000 Posted Articles Milestone

We are pleased to announce that Preprints has passed the milestone of 10,000 posted preprints. We are delighted to have reached this after just over three years of operation. Our congratulations and thanks go to our authors and advisory board who have supported growth of the platform and been crucial to its operation.

You can find further details at https://www.preprints.org/announcement/show/37.

2 August 2019
DeepGreen Partnering with Publishers and Universities in Distributing Open Access Content to Institutional Repositories

Last week, the DeepGreen initiative in Germany started into an advanced test phase with the publishing partners S. Karger AG, SAGE Publishing, MDPI, Frontiers and De Gruyter, as well as 27 universities from all over Germany, from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences to University of Konstanz.

DeepGreen aims at lowering the barriers for open access publishing by automatically delivering metadata and full text publications from participating publishers to authorized repositories at German universities.

In preparation for a later live operation, the advanced test phase serves to gain experience with extensive data deliveries from publishers and also handling different repository software (including OPUS4, DSpace, EPrints, MyCoRe). DeepGreen thereby acts as a sophisticated platform, receiving articles published by authors affiliated with German universities and depositing these articles to respective university repositories, based on the affiliation metadata. For more information about DeepGreen: https://deepgreen.kobv.de

Karger AG has been a close cooperation partner of the DeepGreen consortium since 2016. S. Karger has more than 80 subscription-based and around 20 open access journals covering a wide spectrum in health science. DeepGreen will assign S. Karger articles to authorized institutions on the legal basis of German alliance and national licenses.

SAGE Publishing  was founded by Sara Miller McCune in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE publishes more than 1,000 journals and over 600 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne. SAGE Publishing has been a close cooperation partner of DeepGreen since 2016.

MDPI  is a scientific open access publisher and has been a partner of DeepGreen since 2017. MDPI comprises 205 peer-reviewed journals of various disciplines. All articles are published under a CC-BY license and are freely available without embargo period.

Frontiers  is a scientific open access publisher with 61 journals of over 600 academic disciplines. All articles are peer-reviewed and published freely available under CC-BY license.

De Gruyter  is an academic publisher with more than 700 subscription-based and open access journals of 29 disciplines. Articles provided by De Gruyter will be assigned to institutions with German alliance and national licenses.

There is promising communication with other publishers.

DeepGreen is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the consortium comprises six institutions: the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg, Bavarian State Library, Bavarian Library Network, University Library of the Technische Universität Berlin, University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

If you would like to know in more detail which institutions take part in the advanced test phase of DeepGreen, you can find more information here.

17 July 2019
First Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum

The University of Basel and the MDPI Sustainability Foundation are organizing the First Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum on 9th September 2019.

The aim of this event is to provide background and perspectives on Plan S to Learned Societies, which have to make well-informed decisions to transition their journals to Open Access (OA).

The BSPF will bring together several representatives of Learned societies, Plan S architects as well as representatives from various publishers and publishing platforms. After getting the big picture from cOAlition S, panel discussions will allow to better understand the diverse challenges that Learned societies are facing to transition their journals to OA as well as to identify sustainable, implementable and scalable solutions for successful Open Access transition.

For program details and registration, please follow the link below:
https://sciforum.net/conference/SustainableSolutionsToOpenAccess

28 May 2019
Meet us at the 8th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC 2019) in Tokyo, Japan


MDPI will attend WHTC 2019 in Tokyo, Japan from 2–7 June 2019.

The World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, consisting of an exhibition and various sessions, is one of the most authoritative international conferences related to hydrogen technologies. WHTC 2019 aims to provide a forum for scientific, industrial, governmental, and general audiences from all over the world to gather together and present their most recent research findings, and to offer a stimulating atmosphere to discuss and exchange ideas on frontier research topics and future possibilities in hydrogen energy technologies through oral / poster presentations and technology exhibitions. This conference will be a place for the sharing and exchange of information on hydrogen-related technologies and policies and also for deepening international cooperation while discussing the future of a low carbon society.

Our representatives will be exhibiting the open access journals Energies, Catalysts, Processes, Safety, Metals, Applied Sciences, and ChemEngineering.

If you will also be in attendance, please stop by our booth. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and to answering any questions you may have regarding open access publishing or our journals. For more information about this conference, please visit http://whtc2019.jp/index.html.

20 March 2019
Fostering Open Access Publishing Worldwide: New IOAP Participants in February and March 2019

We are pleased to welcome more universities from Poland, Italy, Germany, Brazil and other parts of the world to MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). A warm welcome to the institutions listed below, who have joined the Program in February and March this year.


James Madison University (JMU), Harrisonburg USA
Loughborough University UK
Lublin University of Technology Poland
Marquette University, Milwaukee USA
Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand
Medical College of Wisconsin USA
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń Poland
Poznań University of Life Sciences Poland
Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin Germany
Rothamsted Research, Harpenden UK
Santa Clara University (SCU)  USA
Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau Germany
University of Aveiro Portugal
University of Brasília Brazil
University of Duisburg-Essen Germany
University of Greifswald Germany
University of Molise Italy
University of Naples Parthenope Italy
University of São Paulo (USP) - São Carlos Institute of Physics Brazil
University of Szczecin Poland
University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn Poland
University West, Trollhättan Sweden
UTP University of Science and Technology, Bydgoszcz Poland
VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland Finland


Authors affiliated with these institutions can now enjoy a discount on the APC for papers accepted for publication in any MDPI journal. If you would like to learn more about our program, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/about/ioap or email us at [email protected].

5 March 2019
MDPI Joins Jisc’s Publications Router Service

We are delighted to announce our participation in Jisc’s Publication Router project, as of March 2019.

Publications Router is a Jisc service that automatically sends notifications about research articles to institutions' systems such as their repositories or CRISs, since May 2015. Through this agreement, MDPI will provide Jisc with daily feeds and information regarding published articles, which will be gathered by their system and delivered to institutions also registered to this service. Nearly all of our articles are published within 15 days of acceptance, so institutions will receive them quite promptly.

The feed will include the full text of the published version of record, with no embargo, so the articles can be exposed immediately for public view. They are accompanied by rich metadata, including confirmation of the immediate CC BY licence, minimising the need for any manual intervention or checking.

For more information about Publications Router, you may contact Jisc’s central helpdesk at [email protected]. For any queries about MDPI’s institutional agreements and collaborations, you may get in touch with MDPI’s Institutional Engagement team at [email protected], which would be very happy to hear from further UK institutions.

1 February 2019
2018 MDPI Top Reviewer AwardWinners Announced


Rigorous peer-review is the cornerstone of high quality academic publishing. Over 97,000 scholars served as reviewers for MDPI journals in 2018. We are extremely appreciative of all those who made a contribution to the editorial process in this capacity. At the beginning of every year, journal editorial offices publish a list all reviewers’ names to express our gratitude. In addition, this year the “MDPI Top Reviewer Awards” are announced, to recognize the very best reviewers for their expertise, dedication, high quality, and timely review reports. We are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2018 MDPI Top Reviewer Awards:

  • Ali Behnood
  • Andrea Pezzuolo
  • Angela Gorgoglione
  • Anna D'Auria
  • Antonio D'Andrea
  • Azhar Abbas
  • Bogdan Zagajewski
  • Chunhui Chen
  • Dominika Głąbska
  • Dominika Guzek
  • Dragan Pamucar
  • Francisco J. G. Silva
  • Frank Li
  • Gianluca Serafini
  • Gyorgy Szekely
  • Haozhi Pan
  • Helvi Heinonen-Tanski
  • José Manuel Gómez-Soberón
  • Kathy Lewis
  • Klara Kosova
  • Luis N. López De Lacalle
  • M. Z. Naser
  • Malwina Tytła
  • Masoume Amirkhani
  • Matteo Ghidelli
  • Moretti Laura
  • Petra Schneider
  • Roberto Cerchione
  • Spyros Papaefthymiou
  • Ştefan Cristian Gherghina

24 January 2019
JAMS Journals: A Low-Cost Publishing Platform


Since 2010, MDPI has run its own online submission system. More recently, we have made the software, with accompanying publishing services, available to other publishers as JAMS (Journal and Article Management System). We are now delighted to announce the launch of JAMS Journals, a standardized platform for operating open access journals at low cost.

JAMS Journals provides a comprehensive service, including a shared submission website, journal websites hosted at a URL provided by the publisher, and a full production service. There is a small setup fee and the cost for each published paper is just a few hundred Swiss francs.

The platform demonstrates that running an open access journal can be straightforward and affordable. The JAMS Journals platform is suitable for

  • small publishers or groups of scholars looking to launch their own journal;
  • existing publishers or societies seeking to explore open access options;
  • publishers looking to convert an existing subscription journal to open access.

JAMS journals launches with two journals from Canadian-based publisher Etcetera Publications:

Dr AJ Al-Rajab (President of Etcetera Publications) comments:

“In the past few months, we were working on our project to launch new open access scientific journals in the field of agricultural and environmental sciences. We decided to go with JAMS for this venture because of the high quality of their services, reasonable prices, professionalism and easy communication. Our portfolio is expected to grow rapidly during 2019 to include more titles covering different areas in agriculture and environment. MDPI earned already our complete satisfaction and we are looking for a long term cooperation.”

Alongside the new platform, we continue to provide flexible, tailored journal management solutions for existing publishers. For any questions or to request a quotation, contact Martyn Rittman ([email protected])

24 January 2019
Popularity of Preprints Continues to Grow

2018 was a great year for preprints, with increasing numbers of authors looking to make their papers available online before peer review. Along with other preprint servers, our platform Preprints.org  saw an increase in the uptake from authors, and more than double the number of announced papers compared to 2017. In fact, we recently passed two important milestones: 8000 preprints online and 30,000 authors. 

We believe that the whole research community has the opportunity to benefit from work being available online as early as possible. We thank and congratulate our authors for supporting us to make this goal a reality.

In 2019, we will be looking carefully at how to provide better value for authors, maintain efficiency while growing in size, and make sure we remain well-connected with the research community. 

If you want to participate, you can consider screening preprints or joining our advisory board. And, of course, posting your own work.

9 January 2019
Open Access Agreement between the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and MDPI

We are delighted to announce the establishment of our national Open Access agreement with the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Through this national agreement, the Austrian institutions listed below as well as FWF will cover the Article Processing Charges (APC) of manuscripts published by eligible corresponding or funded authors in MDPI journals as long as central funds are available.

All participating institutions have gained access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information as well as Funder and Grant ID details for easy identification and additional transparency. At the same time eligible authors are benefited from an APC discount which comes at no cost for the institutions.

Eligible corresponding authors affiliated with the participating institutions are prompted to choose the corresponding Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via our online submission system. The program will be selected automatically if authors submit their papers using their institutional email address. To claim their discount, FWF funded authors should choose the particular funder and add their Grant ID upon online submission of their manuscript. The institutions will then crosscheck the information and confirm the APC funding.

Eligible authors that have their APC covered by their institution or funder are advised to include the following sentence in their acknowledgments: "Open Access Funding by the [name of the institution/funder]".

The full text of the agreement is openly available online at: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2536007

For any questions about the agreement, please contact the KEMÖ Consortium at [email protected], FWF at [email protected], or the MDPI IOAP team at [email protected]

The Austrian institutions participating in this agreement are:

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • University for Continuing Education Krems
  • University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna
  • University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
  • University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
  • Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Institute of Science and Technology Austria
  • MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  • University of Graz
  • University of Linz
  • University of Salzburg
  • Graz University of Technology
  • TU Wien
  • University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
  • University of Vienna

This is our first collective agreement with a national library consortium, while the individual institutions around the world participating in our IOAP are now more than 500 - see details here: https://www.mdpi.com/about/ioap. We would be mostly interested in discussing about possible collaborations with other consortia, funders, and institutions in our mutual efforts to accelerate Open Access.

2 January 2019
Encyclopedia—the Scholarly Community Encyclopedia

We are pleased to announce the new platform Encyclopedia, which is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

We encourage authors of review articles to quote and adapt the content of their published papers to create Encyclopedia entries. You can create completely new entries on topics in which you have knowledge and expertise. There is no limit on the topics or research fields. All of science and the humanities are included. Each entry will be published directly after submission.

We also have prepared a DOI application function in Encyclopedia. Once a DOI application is approved, the entry website will announce the DOI number and a pdf version with DOI information will be automatically created.

We look forward to your contributions and hope you will make use of this service. Find more about the service at: https://encyclopedia.pub/

30 October 2018
Institutional Open Access Agreement between Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MDPI


We are delighted to announce that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is now a participant of our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). Authors funded by the BMGF can enjoy discounts on the APC, while the funder covers the costs of eligible articles centrally. BMGF also has access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information as well as Grant ID details for easy identification and additional transparency.

We hope that funded authors find the programme beneficial and we are happy to offer our IOAP to other funders that need a streamlined workflow of compliance checking and APC coverage. 

To claim their discount, BMGF funded authors should choose the particular funder and add their Grant ID upon online submission of their manuscript.

For any questions about the BMGF agreement, please contact the funder at [email protected] or the MDPI IOAP team at [email protected].

2 October 2018
MDPI Welcomes Plan S

Recently, it was announced that a group of European funders supported 10 principles that will help to expand open access, known as Plan S. MDPI warmly welcomes this move as a step towards achieving more open and accessible communication of research across all disciplines. Some aspects remain to be clarified, however the details given so far match the aims and values that MDPI has held over the past two decades.

We believe that open access publishers should be active participants in discussions around Plan S, particularly regarding potential new business models and practical aspects of implementation. MDPI supports APCs as a transparent unit of payment for article publishing, however we are committed to exploring other measures and recently signed the Jussieu Call. Sustainability is a key value for MDPI, and future funding models should have at their heart the sustainability of knowledge and research dissemination. Plan S provides an opportunity for funders and publishers to directly discuss funding of open access journals in ways that are beneficial to all parties involved.

30 August 2018
MDPI establishes Open Access agreement with Qatar National Library

We are happy to announce the establishment of an Open Access (OA) agreement with Qatar National Library (QNL). QNL is committed to supporting and helping Qatar authors publish OA at no cost. Through this national agreement, QNL will cover the Article Processing Charges (APC) of manuscripts published by Qatar-based corresponding authors in MDPI journals.

Eligible corresponding authors affiliated with Qatar research centers and universities are prompted to choose QNL as part of our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via our online submission system. The program will be selected automatically if authors submit their papers using their institutional email and/or a computer registered with the institution’s IP range. QNL will then crosscheck the information and confirm the APC funding.

Qatar authors that have their APC covered by QNL are advised to include the following sentence in their acknowledgments: "The publication of this article was funded by Qatar National Library".

For more information, please visit Open Access at QNL or email the QNL Open Access team at [email protected].

31 May 2018
2017 CiteScore™ Metrics Released

The 2017 CiteScore™ data is available now, based on citation data in the Scopus® database. The current CiteScore reflects citation activity in 2017 for articles published in 2014‒2016. Please note that the list below includes journals assigned a CiteScore in this year’s release. For a full list of journals indexed in Scopus, please see our journal list.

Thirteen of our journals received a CiteScore which is in the top 10% of the distribution in at least one of the categories (marked with * in the table below), while a further 32 journals exhibit scores that are in the first quartile of the respective categories.

To access the full data for MDPI journals, please see here. More data can also be found in SJR Scimago Journal & Country Rank.

Unlike CiteScores and the widely used Journal Impact Factors, the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) metrics are normalized in order to correct for differences in citation practices between scientific fields. Therefore, the SNIP allows direct comparison between journals specialized in different fields.

According to 2017 data, MDPI publishes six journals with an average citation impact, or SNIP, in excess of 1.500. These journals are Biomolecules, Cancers, Journal of Clinical Medicine (JCM), Marine Drugs, Remote Sensing and Sensors (see the last column in the table below).

CiteScore Data for MDPI Journals

Journal Rank (Quartile)
Category Link CiteScore 2017
2016

2015
SNIP 2017
Aerospace 43/116 (Q2) • Aerospace Engineering Link 1.23 - -  1.152
Agriculture 69/309 (Q1)

91/398 (Q1)
78/255 (Q2)
• Agronomy and Crop Science
• Plant Science
• Food Science
Link 1.93 - -  1.133
Agronomy 46/309 (Q1) • Agronomy and Crop Science Link 2.38 - -  1.115
Algorithms 22/46 (Q2)
61/125 (Q2)

60/107 (Q3)

64/114 (Q3)
• Numerical Analysis
• Computational Mathematics
• Computational Theory and Mathematics
• Theoretical Computer Science
Link 1.03 1.15 1.07  0.749
Animals 12/154 (Q1) *
48/367 (Q1)
• General Veterinary
• Animal Science and Zoology
Link 2.02 1.46 1.66  1.099
Antibiotics 6/68 (Q1) *


62/263 (Q1)
55/230 (Q1)
31/108 (Q2)
47/134 (Q2)
139/398 (Q2)
• General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
• Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology (medical)
• Microbiology (medical)
• Microbiology
• Biochemistry
Link 2.85 1.65 -  0.975
Antibodies 43/143 (Q2)
61/164 (Q2)
85/189 (Q2)
• Drug Discovery
• Immunology and Allergy
• Immunology
Link 2.85 - -  0.844
Antioxidants 23/119 (Q1)
35/169 (Q2)
100/398 (Q2)
119/367 (Q2)
102/264 (Q2)
• Clinical Biochemistry
• Physiology
• Biochemistry
• Molecular Biology
• Cell Biology
Link 3.42 - -  1.361
Applied Sciences 48/270 (Q1)
15/66 (Q1)

31/116 (Q2)
18/53 (Q2)

151/434 (Q2)

186/535 (Q2)
• General Engineering
• Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
• Instrumentation
• Process Chemistry and Technology
• General Materials Science
• Computer Science Applications
Link 1.90 - -  0.801
Biology 12/177 (Q1)*

32/186 (Q1)


10/40 (Q1)
• General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
• General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
• General Immunology and Microbiology
Link 3.48 3.02 2.78  0.961
Biomolecules 31/398 (Q1) *
41/367 (Q1)
• Biochemistry
• Molecular Biology
Link 5.72 1.67 3.08  1.542
Biosensors 20/119 (Q1) • Clinical Biochemistry Link 3.59 2.83 2.37  1.122
Brain Sciences 47/111 (Q2) • General Neuroscience Link 2.56 - -  0.695
Cancers 26/323 (Q1) *
23/191 (Q1)
• Oncology
• Cancer Research
Link 5.82 5.02 4.07  1.567
Catalysts 32/151 (Q1)

21/46 (Q2)
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
• Catalysis
Link 3.23 3.44 3.45  0.954
Crystals 76/272 (Q2)

140/434 (Q2)

127/398 (Q2)

26/64 (Q2)
• General Chemical Engineering
• General Materials Science
• Condensed Matter Physics
• Inorganic Chemistry
Link 1.97 1.89 1.47  0.745
Diagnostics 49/119 (Q2) • Clinical Biochemistry Link 2.43 - -  0.788
Diversity 30/124 (Q1)

14/52 (Q2)


83/306 (Q2)
11/29 (Q2)
• Nature and Landscape Conservation
• Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
• Ecology
• Ecological Modelling
Link 2.15 2.03 1.96  1.300
Electronics 109/644 (Q1)

26/148 (Q1)

42/224 (Q1)

50/259 (Q1)

23/96 (Q1)
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Hardware and
Architecture
• Control and Systems Engineering
• Computer Networks and Communications
• Signal Processing
Link 2.97 - -  1.227
Energies 6/73 (Q1) *
31/192 (Q1)

103/644 (Q1)

4/16 (Q1)
47/140 (Q2)
• Control and Optimization
• Energy Engineering and Power Technology
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Energy (miscellaneous)
• Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Link 3.11 2.50 2.87  1.340
Entropy 35/202 (Q1) • General Physics and Astronomy Link 2.41 1.87 1.99  1.189
Forests 17/129 (Q1) • Forestry Link 2.31 2.06 1.76  0.990
Future Internet 132/259 (Q3) • Computer Networks and Communications Link 1.25 - - -
Games 132/187 (Q3)
78/110 (Q3)

305/418 (Q3)
• Statistics and Probability
• Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
• Applied Mathematics
Link 0.61 0.87 0.57  1.038
Genes 21/91 (Q1)
74/311 (Q1)
• Genetics (clinical)
• Genetics
Link 3.49 3.62 3.18  0.374
Geosciences 32/182 (Q1)

• General Earth and Planetary Sciences Link 1.97 1.67 1.29  0.856
Information 143/251 (Q3) • Information Systems Link 1.16 0.78 0.94  1.146
Insects 27/135 (Q1) • Insect Science Link 1.85 1.81 1.38  0.719
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 80/478 (Q1)


34/106 (Q2)
• Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
• Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Link 2.41 2.38 2.42  0.931
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) 7/69 (Q1) *
61/535 (Q1)

20/163 (Q1)
9/64 (Q1)
26/151 (Q1)

89/367 (Q2)
17/46 (Q2)
• Spectroscopy
• Computer Science Applications
• Organic Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
• Molecular Biology
• Catalysis
Link 3.86 3.73 3.37  0.998
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (IJGI) 79/605 (Q1)

22/82 (Q2)

13/36 (Q2)
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
• Computers in Earth Sciences
Link 2.10 1.62 1.52  1.062
Journal of Clinical Medicine (JCM) 10/841 (Q1) * • General Medicine Link 7.07 - -  1.535
Journal of Functional Biomaterials (JFB) 43/199 (Q1)
23/77 (Q2)
• Biomedical Engineering
• Biomaterials
Link 3.47 - -  1.344
Journal of Low Po-
wer Electronics and Applications (JLPEA)
301/644 (Q2) • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Link 1.12 0.98 0.83  0.367
Journal of Personalized Medicine (JPM) 54/189 (Q2) • Medicine (miscellaneous) Link 2.61 - -  0.944
Land 50/124 (Q2)

129/306 (Q2)
36/65 (Q3)
• Nature and Landscape Conservation
• Ecology
• Global and Planetary Change
Link 1.44 - -  0.658
Life 4/94 (Q1) *
70/561 (Q1)

40/186 (Q1)


20/80 (Q2)
• Palaeontology
• Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
• General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
• Space and Planetary Science
Link 3.16 2.95 1.68  0.935
Marine Drugs 17/146 (Q1) • Drug Discovery Link 4.58 3.83 3.66  1.537
Materials 83/434 (Q1) • General Materials Science Link 3.02 3.26 3.11  1.285
Membranes 5/18 (Q2)

15/53 (Q2)

4/10 (Q2)
• Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
• Process Chemistry and Technology
• Filtration and Separation
Link 2.69 2.19 2.95  0.880
Metabolites 47/209 (Q1)

103/398 (Q2)
127/367 (Q2)
• Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
• Biochemistry
• Molecular Biology
Link 3.35 - -  0.925
Metals 155/434 (Q2) • General Materials Science Link 1.87 - -  0.955
Micromachines 105/554 (Q1)
154/644 (Q1)

64/224 (Q2)
• Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Control and Systems Engineering
Link 2.31 1.83 1.78  0.987
Minerals 33/175 (Q1)


45/208 (Q1)
• Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
• Geology
Link 2.21 2.13 1.77  1.149
Molecules 4/25 (Q1)

25/172 (Q1)
18/104 (Q1)
31/163 (Q1)
30/151 (Q1)

31/146 (Q1)
55/160 (Q2)
• Chemistry (miscellaneous)
• Pharmaceutical Science
• Analytical Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
• Drug Discovery
• Molecular Medicine
Link 3.27 3.09 2.65  1.146
Nutrients 11/255 (Q1) *
9/112 (Q1) *
• Food Science
• Nutrition and Dietetics
Link 4.35 4.29 4.07  1.403
Pathogens 38/263 (Q1)
20/108 (Q1)
9/40 (Q1)

40/164 (Q1)
110/367 (Q2)
• Infectious Diseases
• Microbiology (medical)
• General Immunology and Microbiology
• Immunology and Allergy
• Molecular Biology
Link 3.52 - -  1.166
Pharmaceuticals 14/172 (Q1) *
33/160 (Q1)
• Pharmaceutical Science
• Molecular Medicine
Link 4.12 4.90 3.64  1.370
Pharmaceutics 21/172 (Q1) • Pharmaceutical Science Link 3.68 3.83 2.68  1.092
Photonics 30/116 (Q1)
80/270 (Q2)

53/160 (Q2)
• Instrumentation
• Radiology Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
• Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Link 1.96 - -  0.817
Plants 73/561 (Q1)

48/389 (Q1)
44/306 (Q1)
• Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
• Plant Science
• Ecology
Link 3.13 - -  0.969
Polymers 17/142 (Q1)
63/359 (Q1)
• Polymers and Plastics
• General Chemistry
Link 3.30 3.74 3.37  1.213
Religions 26/389 (Q1) * • Religious Studies Link 0.56 - -  0.676
Remote Sensing 13/182 (Q1) * • General Earth and Planetary Sciences Link 4.03 3.56 3.76  1.559
Resources 19/142 (Q1)

39/261 (Q1)
• Nature and Landscape Conservation
• Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Link 2.69 - -  1.387
Scientia Pharmaceutica 92/172 (Q3) • Pharmaceutical Science Link 0.86 - -  0.513
Sensors 9/116 (Q1) *
25/160 (Q1)

100/644 (Q1)

19/104 (Q1)
113/398 (Q2)
• Instrumentation
• Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Analytical Chemistry
• Biochemistry
Link 3.23 2.78 2.21  1.550
Social Sciences 81/213 (Q2) • General Social Sciences Link 0.60 - -  0.445
Sustainability 61/605 (Q1) *

55/261 (Q1)

60/140 (Q2)
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
• Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Link 2.37 1.96 1.78  1.030
Symmetry 44/327 (Q1)
17/45 (Q2)

16/40 (Q2)

14/25 (Q2)
• General Mathematics
• Computer Science (miscellaneous)
• Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
• Chemistry (miscellaneous)
Link 1.32 1.12 0.95  0.802
Toxins 18/106 (Q1)

21/111 (Q1)
• Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
• Toxicology
Link 3.32 3.34 3.76  1.136
Vaccines 5/230 (Q1) *
13/263 (Q1) *
18/302 (Q1) *
11/146 (Q1) *
32/189 (Q1)
• Pharmacology (medical)
• Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology
• Drug Discovery
• Immunology
Link 4.88 1.23 3.76  1.255
Viruses 29/263 (Q1)
16/68 (Q1)
• Virology
• Infectious Diseases
Link 3.88 3.60 3.74  1.130
Water 66/605 (Q1)

37/191 (Q1)

43/199 (Q1)
193/398 (Q2)
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Water Science and Technology
• Aquatic Science
• Biochemistry
Link 2.29 2.05 1.96  1.007

30 April 2018
Winners of the First MDPI Writing Prize

We are pleased to announce the results of the first MDPI Writing Prize. We received a large number of entries from across the globe on the theme of “The Global Benefits of Open Research”. It was a pleasure to read so many original, well-researched and well-presented ideas, and the final choice was not an easy one. We are pleased to announce that the winners are as follows:

1st prize (500 CHF, Swiss knife and certificate)

Edmond Sanganyado, Shantou University, China

2nd prizes (250 CHF, Swiss knife and certificate)

Kamala T. Rajahgopal, Asia e University, Malaysia
Yin Zhixuan, Qingdao University of Technology, China

3rd prizes (100 CHF, Swiss knife and certificate)

Alexandra Ticea, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania
Ankur Sarker, University of Virginia, USA
Daniel Attoye, United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Congratulations to all of them! The winning entries can be downloaded by clicking on the names above. A compilation of all entries will soon be available as an open access book.

The writing prize is sponsored by the MDPI English editing service.

23 March 2018
Check for Updates: A New Function in the Article PDF Version

At MDPI, we always want to keep you up to date. Even for already published articles, some corrections or minor changes may occur. To prevent you from missing any updates, from now on you will be able to access the latest version of any manuscript by clicking on the “check for updates” logo that you can find in the PDF file, even if you have saved the file on your computer.

13 March 2018
MDPI Becoming a Member of UKSG

We are proud to announce that MDPI is now a member of UKSG, the UK´s largest scholarly communications community. Through UKSG, different stakeholders share their knowledge and experience in order to improve the knowledge and information environment for researchers. UKSG´s members include universities, publishers, content providers, intermediaries, and other similar organisations. Members participate in discussions and events on issues around scholarly communications.

The UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition is a flagship initiative from the UKSG and one of the most stimulating events in the scholarly communications calendar. It is held annually and attracts a large number of delegates. More information is available at https://www.uksg.org/events/annualconference

MDPI is delighted to be a part of this active community and we look forward to making our own contribution. We will continue to support organisations and initiatives that boost collaboration and vision within scholarly communication.

More information about UKSG can be found at https://www.uksg.org/. The full membership list is available at: https://www.uksg.org/members.

1 February 2018
MDPI Signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

The DORA initiative addresses the need for advanced approaches in the evaluation and measurement of the quality of scientific research outputs. It is a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines. MDPI proudly joins a list of more than 400 organizations around the world which support DORA’s recommendations for improving the way the quality of research results is evaluated.

More info can be found at http://www.ascb.org/dora/

19 December 2017
Announcing the MDPI English Writing Prize

 

The competition is still open until end of March! Please check out the banner for more details: https://img.mdpi.org/data/english-prize.pdf

15 December 2017
UCL Press Adopts the MDPI Editorial Platform JAMS

We are delighted to announce that UCL Press has adopted MDPI's Journal Article & Management System, JAMS, including production services. JAMS is a modular, integrated editorial platform for academic publishers. It offers flexibility, ease-of-use, and is a fully integrated solution for the end-to-end management of scholarly journals. JAMS is based on the software used to publish MDPI’s portfolio of journals. 

Ian Caswell, UCL Press Journals Manager, says he is "excited to see UCL Press and MDPI partner together to implement the JAMS submission system for all UCL Press journals. The system offered a flexible, efficient and straightforward solution for our processes from author submission to ready for publication. I am grateful for the valuable experience and support MDPI have offered and look forward to developing our programme with an effective submission system in place.” Dr Martyn Rittman, MDPI’s Publishing Services Manager, adds, “We are proud to support one of the UK’s premier university presses in their publishing operation. This is an excellent way for us at MDPI to share our experience and knowledge, and benefit the research community beyond our own journals.”

JAMS combines services that are kept separate for many publishers. The entire editorial process, production and invoicing (e.g. for open access article processing charges) are fully integrated into a single platform. This allows for efficient, fast manuscript processing. For further information about JAMS, see https://www.mdpi.com/publishing_services

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