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31 January 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #8 - Altmetric and Flat Fee Agreement

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

MDPI and Digital Science Meeting

At MDPI, we are committed to providing our authors with the essential tools to publish, promote, and track their research. In line with this commitment, we have established a longstanding collaboration with Digital Science, a company specializing in research data and analytical insights for the research community. Our collaboration integrates their Altmetric tool, offering us and our authors the ability to track a variety of sources that monitor and report attention surrounding publications.

As part of our collaboration, we recently hosted Cathy Holland, Director of Global Publisher Business Development, and Helen Cooke, Managing Director of Publisher Sales, from Digital Science, at our MDPI headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.


Left to right: Facundo Santomé (Senior Marketing Manager, MDPI), Constanze Shelhorn (Indexing Manager, MDPI), Cathy Holland (Director of Global Publisher Business Development, Digital Science), Helen Cooke (Managing Director of Publisher Sales, Digital Science), and Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) in front of MDPI headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

During our meeting, we discussed MDPI’s publishing philosophy and explored further avenues for collaboration. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Digital Science, aiming to improve our services yet further and meet the needs of our authors more closely than ever.

What is Altmetric?

You will notice that MDPI articles feature an Altmetric score, a colourful doughnut capturing the score in the upper right corner of the article page. This score represents ‘alternative metrics,’ as distinct from traditional metrics such as Impact Factor, CiteScore, and Scimago Journal Rank.

Altmetrics complement traditional citation-based metrics by capturing online discussions related to a specific research topic. By analyzing both sets of data, we can obtain a comprehensive understanding of the attention a particular research output receives and the sources in which it is mentioned.

“Almetric provides visual insights into where research is being discussed”

Sources Tracked by Altmetric


Altmetric badge showing the Altmetric score and colour-coded mention sources.

Altmetric monitors various sources, categorizing them into segments such as policy documents, peer reviews, Wikipedia, news and blogs, and social media, among other sources. Each category is identifiable by a specific colour.

The Altmetric badge provides visual insights into where the research is being discussed. A more colourful badge indicates broader mentions across multiple platforms. Such tracking enables us to gauge the extent of an article’s online dissemination, noting that increased visibility may correlate with higher citation rates.

Read more:

Impactful Research

Ten High-Altmetric Articles Published by MDPI

As at 30 January 2024, Altmetric has tracked 670,500 MDPI research outputs from MDPI, resulting in over 4.3 million mentions. This includes over 71,894 mentions in policy and patents and 294,714 mentions in news and blogs, with some achieving an Altmetric score as high as 28,754.

So, what is a good Altmetric score? There are various ways to put this score into context. You can find out more about the score in context and how to evaluate your work by this means.

Here are ten MDPI papers ranking in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

“Accuracy in Wrist-Worn, Sensor-Based Measurements of Heart Rate and Energy Expenditure in a Diverse Cohort”

J. Pers. Med. 2017, 7(2), 3; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm7020003

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/20477344

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 253 news stories from 209 outlets including Forbes, BBC, and Fox News.

“Daylight Saving Time and Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Meta-Analysis”

J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(3), 404; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm8030404

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/57654628

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 295 news stories from 207 outlets including Forbes, The Atlantic, and New York Times.

“The Preliminary Analysis of Cave Lion Cubs Panthera spelaea (Goldfuss, 1810) from the Permafrost of Siberia”

Quaternary 2021, 4(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/quat4030024

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/111086701

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 182 news stories from 134 outlets including CBC News, CNN, and National Geographic.

“Not the Cat’s Meow? The Impact of Posing with Cats on Female Perceptions of Male Dateability”

Animals 2020, 10(6), 1007; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10061007

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/83796184

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 124 news stories from 98 outlets including VICE, CNN and The Guardian.

“Behaviour and Welfare Impacts of Releasing Elephants from Overnight Tethers: A Zimbabwean Case Study”

Animals 2022, 12(15), 1933; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12151933

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/133463915

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 192 news stories from 186 outlets.

How do I use altmetrics?

Altmetric Explorer provides a detailed step-by-step guide and instruction video for first-time users of the tool. The guide includes useful diagrams that make it easy to get started.

Sharing Research Online

For research to be tracked across different sources, Altmetric needs a research output with a persistent identifier: a DOI, ISBN, PubMed ID, handle ID, etc. When sharing research, it is important to include a link to the original research output.

“An Update on Eukaryotic Viruses Revived from Ancient Permafrost”

Viruses 2023, 15(2), 564; https://doi.org/10.3390/v15020564

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/142929875

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 250 news stories from 180 outlets including CTV, Fox News, and CNN.

“The Global Problem of Insufficient Sleep and Its Serious Public Health Implications”

Healthcare 2019, 7(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7010001

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/53406248

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 252 news stories from 168 outlets including BBC, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes.

“A Detailed Review Study on Potential Effects of Microplastics and Additives of Concern on Human Health”

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1212; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041212

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/86529137

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 197 news stories from 150 outlets including BBC, The Tribune, and World Economic Forum.

“An Empirical Study of Chronic Diseases in the United States: A Visual Analytics Approach to Public Health”

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(3), 431; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030431

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/34714141

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 232 news stories from 149 outlets including Forbes, New York Times, and Harvard Business Review.

“Garden Scraps: Agonistic Interactions between Hedgehogs and Sympatric Mammals in Urban Gardens”

Animals 2023, 13(4), 590; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13040590

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/142934305

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 172 news stories from 168 outlets including BBC.

Inside MDPI

MDPI Annual Meeting Celebrations in China

On Thursday 25 January, over 1,300 MDPI colleagues from our two offices in Beijing gathered to kick off MDPI’s traditional ‘Annual Meetings.’ These celebrations take place in MDPI’s offices across China, including Dalian, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Nanjing.

The evenings include performances, informative talks and presentations, awards, and entertainment, providing an ideal platform to recognize our colleagues, celebrate their achievements, and set our sights on the future.

“It is essential that we stay connected and share best practices”

I sent a video congratulating everyone on their work and sharing our vision of building MDPI into the most trusted OA publisher, highlighting the roles each of us has to play in achieving that goal.

Unfortunately I could not join in person, but you may recall my recent trip, when I visited our offices in Beijing and Wuhan, which I look forward to visiting again this year.

Although our headquarters are in Basel, Switzerland, and we are expanding throughout Europe and North America, the majority of MDPI’s workforce is in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including offices in Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and newly opened office in South Korea. It is essential that as a global organization, we stay connected and share best practices in order to grow collectively and continue providing the exceptional service to our authors.

The Annual Meeting is a moment to reflect and enjoy the year’s hard work and dedication.

I extend our best wishes to all for the Chinese New Year (Xīnnián kuàilè)!

Coming Together for Science

MDPI and TU Delft Adopt Flat Fee Model in Extended Partnership

We are excited to announce a renewed three-year partnership with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. This collaboration introduces a fixed lump-sum fee, covering publishing costs from 2024 to 2026.

“This initiative reflects our dedication to transparent and inclusive publishing”

TU Delft-affiliated authors will enjoy cost-free publishing in any MDPI journal during this period, aligning with our commitment to removing barriers for open access publishing. The agreement supports Plan S compliance and facilitates a seamless publishing process for TU Delft corresponding authors. This initiative reflects our dedication to transparent and inclusive publishing, providing stability and predictability both for authors and for institutions.

For further details on our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), please contact us.

Benefits to MDPI’s IOAP

At MDPI we have a long tradition of partnerships, including our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). IOAP supports institutions through simplification, access, transparency, APC discounts, and institutional repository deposits. The program simplifies administrative processes, offers central payment, and allows easy opting in and out. Participants gain free access to Susy, MDPI’s online submission system, with extensive article metadata and exportable data. APC discounts and Book Processing Charge discounts are available for affiliated authors. Automated deposits to institutional repositories and streamlined matching of papers to IOAP participants enhance the overall experience.

For further information, see our IOAP FAQ.

Closing Thoughts

Reflections on the 2024 APE Conference

MDPI was proud to co-sponsor the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) 2024 Conference that took place in Berlin, Germany, from 9–10 January 2024.

The conference theme, ‘Keep the Conversation Going!’, explored the evolving landscape of scholarly communication. APE is one of the key conferences I make a point to attend each year. January offers a valuable opportunity to engage with new contacts, reconnect with familiar faces, and participate in impactful discussions and presentations among professionals, scholars, and practitioners in the field.

“It's fascinating to see how other publishers are leveraging AI”

Highlights

Some of the standout panels for me include: the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the publishing industry. It was encouraging to hear the current status quo, though I was eager also to learn about the exciting projects planned for 2024 and beyond. These will allow us to track progress in subsequent years. At MDPI, we remain committed to promoting Open–Access (OA) content on SDGs through scientific articles and books. Furthermore, we extend our commitment to sustainability by financially supporting researchers through initiatives such as the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, as well as waiving the APC for feature papers on each SDG.

In recent years, discussions on AI have become increasingly prominent at such conferences. It’s fascinating to see how other publishers are leveraging AI to meet the evolving needs of their audiences while at the same time using it to safeguard the scientific process. Other engaging panels that I enjoyed included updates on transformation beyond transformative agreements, the principles of lean change, incentive structures related to research integrity, and the panel on reviewer incentives.

“We can share best practices and lessons learned”

Incorporating MDPI’s Insights into Conferences

I must confess that I sometimes feel overlooked when MDPI is not invited to participate in crucial industry discussions. As the leading open access publisher and the third-largest publisher overall, we possess extensive experience in many of these areas and can offer valuable contributions to these discussions. We can share best practices, lessons learned, and our thinking about future trajectories. For instance, in panels discussing reviewer incentives, at MDPI we offer a discount voucher to reviewers for future submissions, reflecting our commitment to fostering a robust peer review process. In 2022 alone, MDPI collected over 1.4 million peer review reports, informing the decision-making processes of our editors. Given our expertise in these areas, it would be natural to include MDPI in such discussions. I therefore extend an invitation to future conference organizers to consider MDPI for speaking engagements and collaborative opportunities.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

23 January 2024
Acknowledgment of the Reviewers of Agronomy in 2023

In recognizing the exceptional efforts of our reviewers in 2023, we express our sincere gratitude for upholding the high standards of Agronomy. Their commitment ensured the rigorous peer review that is integral to quality academic publishing.

In 2023, Agronomy received 11,396 review reports, from 6,930 reviewers. This past year, we worked with reviewers from 108 countries and regions, reflecting the diversity in our collaboration with research communities. Their dedication shapes scholarly discourse and advances global research. The editorial team expresses gratitude for the vital role played by each reviewer in the Agronomy family throughout 2023, and we look forward to their continued support in 2024.

The following are the reviewers who have consented to show their names:

A. Abdul Kader Jailani Kiwon Lee
Aamir Shakoor Kiyosumi Hori
Abazar Ghorbani Kleomenis Kalogeropoulos
Abdallah Hassanin Klikocka Hanna
Abdallah Tageldein Mansour Knut Solhaug
Abdel Razzaq Mohammad Al Tawaha Komil Astanakulov
Abdelaaty Shahat Komla Ganyo
Abdelali Boussakouran Konstantinos Kasiotis
Abdelaziz Htitiou Kordali Saban
Abdelghani Nabloussi Kostas Ioannidis
Abdel-Moety Salama Kresimir Pavlic
Abdelnaser Elzaawely Kristijan Franin
Abdel-Nasser El-Sheshtawy Kristijan Lenac
Abdelraouf Ali Kristina Laužikė
Abdul Gafur Krisztián Balogh
Abdul Ghafoor Krisztina Bela
Abdul Jalal Krunoslav Mirosavljević
Abdul Kaium Krystyna Ciarkowska
Abdul Mannan Kseniia Nepeina
Abdul Sattar Kuldeepsingh A. Kalariya
Abdullah Ulas Kun Li
Abdullahi Alhassan Kun Zhang
Abdulwahab Hafez Kyriakos Giannoulis
Abhik Patra Lacrimioara Senila
Abolfazl Nasseri Ladislav Holik
Abolghassem Emamverdian Laima Česonienė
Aboyeji Christopher Larisa Fedoreyeva
Abraham Loera-Muro László Csambalik
Abu El Eyuoon Abu Zied Amin Laszlo Fodorpataki
Adam Masłoń László Orlóci
Adam Rajsz Laszlo Radocz
Ádám Tölgyesi Laura De Palma
Adão Santos Laura Depalo
Adarsh K. Gupta Laura Luongo
Adelaide Perdigão Laura Meno Fariñas
Adelina Dumitras Leandro Cordova
Adetoso Adetoro Leandro de Godoy
Adham Al-Sagheer Lei Dong
Adijailton De Souza Lei Zhang
Adil Mihoub Lenka Lackóová
Adilet Sugirbay Leon Higley
Adilson Souza Leon Muntean
Aditi Satpute Léon Parent
Adnan Noor Shah Leonardo Conti
Adnane Beniaich Leonardo Micheli
Adnane El Yaacoubi Leonardo Ornella
Adolfo Peña-Acevedo Leonardo Rossi
Adre Minnaar-Ontong Leonid Kaluzhskiy
Adriana Sestras Leonid Perelomov
Adriano Saquet Leonidas Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Adrienn Széles Lerato Seleteng-Kose
Aftab Jamal Leslaw Teper
Agathos Filintas Leszek Sieczko
Agnieszka Gniazdowska-Piekarska Levente Levei
Agnieszka Rosińska Liang Huang
Agnieszka Rutkowska Liangliang Liu
Agnieszka Synowiec Liaqat Shah
Agnieszka Szewczyk Libo Zhang
Agnieszka Wysocka-Czubaszek Lida Fuentes-Viveros
Agossou Gadedjisso-Tossou Lidia Lomovatskaya
Ahmad Ali Lihua Wang
Ahmad Khan Lijian Zheng
Ahmad Omar Li-Jun Huang
Ahmed Abdelkhalek Lili Lei
Ahmed Abou-Shady Lin Huang
Ahmed Aioub Lin Li
Ahmed Ateya Lina Butkevičienė
Ahmed Awad Lin-Fu Liang
Ahmed Chacón-Iznaga Linjun Yao
Ahmed Darwish Linxuan Li
Ahmed Eid Lira Gaysina
Ahmed Elbeltagi Liv Severino
Ahmed El-Sawah Li-Wei Liu
Ahmed El-Shafei Lixia Wang
Ahmed Gad Liyun Liu
Ahmed Khadr Long Qian
Ahmed Kheir Longlong Zhao
Ahmed Nour El-Deen Loredana Sigillo
Ahmed Shaaban Lorella Navazio
Ahmed Yousef Lorena Barra-Bucarei
Ahmet Celen Lorena Parra
Aikaterni Molla Lorenzo Barbanti
Aivars Aboltins Louise Egerton Warburton
Ajaz A Lone Lu Feng
Akebe Luther King Abia Luambo Jeffrey Ramarumo
Akhilesh Kumar Pandey Ľubomír Lichner
Akihiro Yamamoto Luca Incrocci
Alaa El-Dein Omara Lucas Braos
Alba Du Toit Lucia Bailoni
Alberto Jorge Oliverira Lopes Lucia Cattani
Alberto Pardossi Lucian Copolovici
Alberto Sassu Lucie Jezerska
Alejandro Pereira-Santana Ludovina Galego
Alejandro Pérez Pastor Ludwika Tomaszewska-Hetman
Aleksandar Ašonja Luigi Alessandrino
Aleksandar Shkondrov Luis Aristizabal
Aleksandar Simić Luis Conceição
Aleksandr Ignatov Luis Eduardo Akiyoshi Sanches Suzuki
Aleksandra Mikhailidi Luis Miguel Igreja Aires
Aleksandra Radanovic Luis Roca-Pérez
Aleksandra Trzewik Luis Viteri
Aleksandra Wilczyńska Łukasz Gryko
Aleksey Rogachev M C Grafton
Aleksey Troitsky M. Arun
Alena Zhelezova M. Sameiro Gonçalves
Alessandro Giraudo Madeleine Günthardt-Goerg
Alessandro Suardi Madhab Sen
Alessia Corami Magdalena Jastrzębska
Alessia Farina Magdalena Knežević
Alessio Castagnoli Magdalena Piekutowska
Alexander Deryabin Magdalena Rys
Alexander Fedotov Magdalena Ryżak
Alexander Kartashov Magdalena Szeliga
Alexander Lukatkin Maged Mohammed
Alexander Mraz Maha Krayem
Alexander Smirnov Mahdi Hasanlou
Alexander Uzhinskiy Mahdi Jalali
Alexander Voronkov Mahfouz Abd-Elgawad
Alexandre Jardim Mahfuz Rahman
Alexandre Santos Mahmoud F. Seleiman
Alexandros Spournias Mahmoud Nasr
Alexandru Apahidean Mahmut Camlica
Alexey Andreychev Maikel Castellano-Pozo
Alexey Kutyrev Maja Meseldzija
Alexey Morgounov Maksim Moskovskiy
Alexey Panov Małgorzata Baćmaga
Alfredo Emilio Rubio-Casal Małgorzata Grzelak
Ali Mashaallah Kermani Małgorzata Holka
Ali Raza Małgorzata Reda
Alicia Ayerdi Gotor Mamdouh Awad-Allah
Alicia Maroto Mamdouh Eissa
Alicja Pecio Mamdouh El Haj Assad
Aliki Kapazoglou Manjit Kaur
Alina Calin Manne Munikumar
Alina Momot Manoj Kumar
Alina Stachurska-Swakoń Mansor Hakiman
Alina Truta Manuel Martinez -Estevez
Alireza Pour-Aboughadareh Manuel Melendo Luque
Alireza Tarinejad Manuel Moncada
Aliya Naz Manuel Pramsohler
Alla Solovyeva Manzar Abbas
Alma Delia Roman-Gutierrez Maorun Fu
Alok Sharma Mara Quaglia
Alsu Lubyanova Marcel Miranda
Alvaro Iván Peña Neira Marcello Cutuli
Amal Elgharbawy Marcelo Becker
Amalio Santacruz-Varela Marcelo Silva
Amin Zehtabian Márcia Araújo
Amine Dahane Marcia Astorga–Eló
Amine Rkhaila Marcin Różewicz
Amine Saddik Marcin Siłuch
Aminur Rahman Marcin Widomski
Amir Benzaoui Marcio Basilio
Amira Lbrahim Marcio Martinello Sanches
Amit Singh Marcio Mesquita
Amjad Hussain Marco Pietrella
Amr Mohamed Marco Savona
Amr Tolba Marcos Schimalski
Amro Amara Marcos Vinícius da Silva
Ana Angelica Feregrino-Perez Marek Brennensthul
Ana Cazacu Marek Bury
Ana Coelho Marques Marek Rašovský
Ana Elisa Rato Margarita Bakaeva
Ana Gonzalez Margherita Beruto
Ana Hortência Fonseca Castro María Ayelén Pagani
Ana Luisa Garcia Oliveira María C. Florido
Ana Marta-Costa Maria Carola Fiore
Ana Mutis Tejos Maria Chernysheva
Ana Tomić Maria de Fátima Oliveira
Anabel Fernandez Maria Dinu
Anamaria Vâtcă Maria do Carmo Horta
Anamika Pandey Maria Elena Latino
Anastasia Nikologianni Maria Fomicheva
Anastasios Alatzas Maria Geneva
Anastasios Darras Maria Isabella Sifola
Anastasiya Popova María Jesús Navarro
Anatoliy Kazak Maria Joé Delgado Iniesta
Anayat Mir Maria Manuela Silva
Anbes Tenaye Kidane Maria Menshakova
ANCA BABEȘ María Pérez-Fernández
André Chanzy Maria Perez-Lopez
Andrea Battistoni María Pilar González-Hernández
Andrea Mastinu María Sánchez-Coronado
Andrea Neri Maria Strano
Andrea Peruzzi Maria Teresa Ceccherini
Andrea Toledo Mariana Grohar
Andreas Pacholski Mariana Hristova
Andrei Kuzin Mariana Saucedo-García
Andres Barajas-Solano Marianna Makádi
Andres Hirigoyen Marianna Molnárová
Andres Sanabria-Velazquez Mariano Fos
Andrew Gichira Marie Bipfubusa
Andrew J Marijenka Tabaković
Andrew Macrae Marina Koether
Andrey Belov Marina Roumiantseva
Andrey Bogomolov Mario Salazar
Andrey Nagdalian Mario Sraka
Andrey Yurkov Marioara Nicoleta Filimon
Andrzej Blecharczyk Mariola Kozłowska
Andrzej Kasperski Mariola Michałowska
Andrzej Klasa Mariola Staniak
Andrzej Kotyra Marios Spiliotopoulos
Andrzej Salata Mariusz Kormanek
Andrzej Wysokinski Mariusz Kulik
Andrzej Zolnowski Mark Mazzola
Anestis Karkanis Mark Nelson
Aneta Sulborska-Różycka Mark Widrlechner
Ángel Antonio Carbonell-Barrachina Marketta Rinne
Ángel Javier Aguirre de Juana Marko Karoglan
Angel Llamas Marko Kostić
Angela Bisio Markus Eitle
Angela Méndez-Yáñez Marlena Kycko
Angela Piergiovanni Marta Cebulska
Angélica Bautista‐Cruz Marta Stankiewicz-Kosyl
Angelo Mazzaglia Martin Potgieter
Ani Akpinar Martin Raspor
Anil Khar Martinez-Pacheco Mauro M.
Anil Meher Martis Georgiana
Anilkumar C. Marwa M. Ragaey
Anirban Bhar Marwa Moumni
Anirudha Chattopadhyay Maryam Mohammadi-Aragh
Anis Elaoud Maryna Nehrey
Anita Liška Marzena Gibczyńska
Anita Osvalde Marzena Sujkowska-Rybkowska
Anita Silvana Ilak Peršurić Marzieh Alizadeh
Anjana J. Atapattu masoud nobahar
Anjana Vala Masoud Shams-Bakhsh
Ankica Sarajlić Massimo Blandino
Anna Brilkina Massimo Brambilla
Anna Jama-Rodzeńska Massimo Fagnano
Anna Jaroszewska Massimo Zacchini
Anna Kitaeva Matei Marcel
Anna Maria Mercuri Matia Mainardis
Anna Szakiel Matteo Garau
Anna Tsyganova Maura Calliera
Anna Vetrova Maurizio Capuana
Anna Zavarzina Maurizio Mulas
Annapia Ferrara Mauro Martínez
Anne Anderson Mauro Maver
Antonio Blanco Mautusi Mitra
Antonio Cabrera Ariza Maximilian Lackner
Antonio Comparetti Mayank Gururani
Antonio Di Martino Md. Mazharul Islam
Antonio Lidón Md. Abu Ayub Siddique
Antonio Ortiz Md. Arif Sakil
António Ribeiro Md. Humayun Kabir
Antonio Santos-Rufo Md. Nurul Matin
Antonio Satriani Medhat Elnaggar
Antônio Souto Megan House
Antonio Zapata Sierra Mehdi Rezaei
Antonios Augustinos Mehmet Yaman
Anuj Kumar Mehmet Zahit Yeken
Anuradha Singh Mekala Venkatachalam
Anurag Malik Meng Xu
Anusorn Cherdthong Mercè Llugany
Aobo Huang Mercedes Fourment
Aparna Phalke Michael Grodowitz
Apoorv Tiwari Michael Newton
Arabela Untea Michael Silveira Thebaldi
Arafat Abdel Latef Michael Vrahnakis
Arbindra Timilsina Michail Orfanoudakis
Aristidis Matsoukis Michal Kalina
Arkadiusz Artyszak Michał Napierała
Arkadiusz Stępień Michał Stępień
Armando Robledo-Olivo Michał Tomaszewski
Armindo Melo Michel Brondani
Áron Béni Michele De Santis
Áron Török Michelle Yoo
Árpád Székely Miguel Ángel González Moreno
Artem Manyakhin Miguel Martínez-Téllez
Artur Banach Miguel Segura-Castruita
Artyom Gusarov Miguel Valdes
Arun Shanker Mihaela Kavran
Arvind Negi Mikhail Beklemishev
Asad Rokhzadi Mikhail Komissarov
Ashok Kumar Milan Koszel
Ashvinkumar Katral Milan R. Nikolić
Ashwani Aggarwal Milana Trifunović-Momčilov
Asif Iqbal Milena Đorđević
Asmaa Abdelbaki Milena Kercheva
Asmaa Abdella Milica Aćimović
Asmuni Mohd Ikmal Ming Guo
Asya Ovsepyan Ming-Der Lin
Atefeh Sabouri Mingxing Cheng
Attila Nagy Mingxiong Ou
Atul Saini Mingyuan Du
Audrius Kačergius Mioara Bercu
Augusto Costa Miona Belović
Aurel Maxim Mira Ionica
Aurelio Ciancio Mircea Muntean
Aurelio Scavo Mirela Florina Calinescu
Ayesha Mustafa Mirela Tomaš-Simin
Aytug Tuncel Miriam Bazzicalupo
Babar Hussain Mirjam Vujadinovic Mandic
Babar Iqbal Mirjana Ljubojević
Babić Vojka Miroslav Juráček
Baher Amer Miroslav Šlosár
Bai Lianyang Miroslava Rakocevic
Baji Shaik Mirosław Wyszkowski
Balwinder Kumar Mitra Serajazari
Baolong Wang Mladen Petreš
Baowei Guo Mohamad Awad
Bappa Das Mohamad Fairus Rabuni
Barbara Breza-Boruta Mohamad Hesam Shahrajabian
Barbara Frąszczak Mohamed AbdelRahman
Barbara Futa Mohamed Addi
Barbara Jagosz Mohamed Ait-El-Mokhtar
Barbara Karleuša Mohamed Anli
Barbara Wiewióra Mohamed Attia
Barbara Wiśniowska-Kielian Mohamed El Gharous
Barlin Olivares Campos Mohamed Elsayed
Bartłomiej Cieślik Mohamed El-Soda
Bashir Adelodun Mohamed Ewis Abdelaziz
Bashistha Kanth Mohamed Fadl
Beata Cieniawska Mohamed Kalaba
Beata Łabaz Mohamed Magdy Mansour
Beata Michalska-Klimczak Mohamed Mohamed
Beatrice Farda Mohamed Mohamed Kamara
Bed Prakash Bhatta Mohamed Sharaf
Behnam Asgari Lajayer Mohammad Alebrahim
Belaghihalli Gnanesh Mohammad Ghorbani
Ben Ingram Mohammad Mehdizadeh
Beppe Benedetto Consentino Mohammad Reza Rahdari
Berger Andres Mohammad Sadat-Hosseini
Bernardo Chaves Cordoba Mohammad Saidur Rhaman
Bernardo Ernesto Lechner Mohammadmehdi Maharlooei
Bikarma Singh Mohammed Ali
Biljana Balen Mohammed Aourach
Biljana Lončar Mohammed Ibrahim
Bimal Ghimire Mohammed Mechee
Bin Guo Mohd. Kamran Khan
Bin Wu Mohsen Ramadan
Bin Yang Moises Roberto Vallejo Perez
Binbin Zhang Mona Alwahibi
Bing Liu Mónica Ramírez-Mella
Bingjian Cui Monika Sporek
Birol Akbaş Morgan Brisse
Biser Hristov Mortaza Khodaeiaminjan
Bishnu Prasad Kandel Moses Aborisade
Blazo Lalevic Mostafa Shooshtari
Bo He Mouna Ghorbel
Bo Xu Mountasser Douma
Bofang Yan Mourad Jbene
Bogdan Kulig Mpho Mafa
Bo-Keun Ha Müge Şahin
Bonifacio Mostacedo Muhammad Abdul Rehman Rashid
Boris Boiarskii Muhammad Abdullah Saleem
Boris Kozlovsky Muhammad Adnan Bodlah
Borislav Banjac Muhammad Afzal
Bouayad Noureddin Muhammad Ahsan Asghar
Boyu Kuang Muhammad Anwar
Bozena Debska Muhammad Azeem
Bozidar Benko Muhammad Faheem Adil
Branislav Olah Muhammad Fasih Khalid
Branislav Šiler Muhammad Hassan
Burak Kaleci Muhammad Ishaq Asif Rehmani
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Camilo López-Cristoffanini Muhammad Moshiur Rahman
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Farman Ali Rudo Ngara
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Fayuan Wang Saddam Saqib
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Fedor Lisetskii Sahil Mehta
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Felipe Garcés Fiallos Sajid Ali
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Francisco Jesús Gálvez-Sánchez Sanjoy Bordolui
François Guerineau Santiago García-López
Francois Regis Goebel Santosh Kumar Upadhyay
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Gabriel-Alexandru Constantin Seong-Hoon Kim
Gabriella Rossi Serdar Bilen
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Gavin McNicol Sergio Argento
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Georg Hausner Sergiy Lavrenko
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Georgescu Emil Se-Woon Hong
Georgina V. Bingham Seyed Mohammad Hojjati
Gerardo Vázquez-Marrufo Seyed Mohammad Nasir Mousavi
Gerhard Moitzi Shahbaz Khan
Gerhard Soja Shahid Abbasi
Germán Ávila-Sákar Shahram Torabian
Ghada Mahmoud Shai Kendler
Ghada Sahbeni Shajin Prince
Gheorghe Cristian Popescu Shamel Alam-Eldein
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Gyuhwa Chung Snezana Andjelkovic
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Hrvoje Kutnjak Tarek Abdelghany
Huang Li Taslima Zahan
Huatao Chen Tatiana Abashina
Hubert Hirwa Tatiana Canata
Hubert Sytykiewicz Tatiana Komarova
Hui Sun Tatiana Matveeva
Hung-Pin Huang Tatjana G. Shibaeva
Hussein Shimelis Tatjana Košmerl
Hussein Touliabah Tatjana Popović Milovanović
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Hyun-Woo Park Tchalla Korohou
Ibrahim Al-Ashkar Tej Bahadur Shahi
Ibrahim Hmmam Teng Yang
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Ileana Vera Reyes Thomas Marler
I-Ling Lai Thomas Wilkes
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Irina Arhipova Tomasz Piechota
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2 January 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #7 - Nobel Laureates Entrust MDPI with Their Research

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Nobel Prize Laureates Entrust MDPI with Their Research

The Nobel Prize stands as a hallmark of distinction, honouring ground-breaking research across disciplines. Annually, the Nobel Prizes are awarded in six categories: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine or Physiology, Literature, Peace, and Economic Sciences.

Through the years, renowned scholars have entrusted MDPI with their work. As at December 2023, 26 Nobel laureates have contributed to more than 75 articles across 25 MDPI journals, including: Antibiotics, Applied Sciences, Biology, Biomedicines, Cancers, Catalysts, Cells, Crystals, Entropy, Games, IJMS, Life, Materials, Micromachines, Molecules, Pharmaceuticals, PharmaceuticsPhotonics, Quantum Beam Science, Remote Sensing, Sensors, Solids, Universe, Vaccines, and Viruses.

The best of the best trust us with their work.

Nobel Prize Laureates Who Have Published with MDPI

We are proud to list the names of Pierre Agostini, Hiroshi Amano, Werner Arber, Aaron Ciechanover, Robert H. Grubbs, Oliver Hart, Gerard ‘t Hooft, Michael Houghton, Harald zur Hausen, Katalin Karikó, Jean-Marie Lehn, Gérard Mourou, Ferid Murad, Shuji Nakamura, William Nordhaus, Kostya S. Novoselov, Giorgio Parisi, Charles M. Rice, Alvin E. Roth, Donna Strickland, K. Barry Sharpless, George F. Smoot, Anne L’Huillier, Drew Weissman, Kurt Wüthrich, Ada Yonath.

The privilege of hosting such contributors resonates deeply with our editorial teams. For instance, in this interview, the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Universe speaks on the significance of publishing a paper by Nobel laureate Gerard ’t Hooft within the journal.

2023 Nobel Prize Winners Published by MDPI

Nobel Prize Winners, 2023: Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman, Anne L’Huillier (Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach)

Three laureates from the 2023 Nobel Prize cohort have trusted MDPI as their publishing platform. Notably, in a 2022 Pharmaceutics paper, molecular biologist Katalin Karikó and her team presented a methodology for evaluating mRNA capping efficiency, pivotal for therapeutic applications. Pharmaceutics had previously dedicated a Special Issue to “mRNA Therapeutics: A Themed Issue in Honor of Professor Katalin Karikó”, spotlighting ten articles from August 2021 to February 2022.

In the journal Vaccines, Professor Drew Weissman, collaborating with scholars from Pennsylvania University and George Mason University, contributed an influential review titled “Nanomaterial Delivery Systems for mRNA Vaccines”. His collaborative efforts spanned five papers across MDPI journals between 2021 and 2023.

Furthermore, Anne L'Huillier of Lund University, only the fifth female recipient of the Physics Prize, co-authored an article in Applied Sciences focusing on "Advanced EUV and X-Ray Optics". Similarly, Pierre Agostini, an Emeritus Professor from Ohio State University, co-authored an article featured in the special issue "Attosecond Science and Technology: Principles and Applications".

We extend heartfelt congratulations to all Nobel Prize laureates and express sincere gratitude for their confidence in MDPI as a platform for their scholarly contributions.

Read more:

Impactful Research

MDPI Journals Newly Indexed in 2023

The aim of indexing is to enhance the quality and credibility of published research, ensuring that researchers access the most credible resources available. While the principle behind citation indexing is straightforward, it remains one of the most dependable methods for tracking an idea's evolution across various scientific disciplines.

Throughout the year, MDPI works to expand the reach of our publications across premier multidisciplinary databases like Web of Science, Scopus, EBSCO, and ProQuest. This initiative is spearheaded by MDPI's Indexing team, under the leadership of Dr. Constanze Schelhorn.

In 2023, MDPI achieved 54 new acceptances in Scopus, 29 in Web of Science, 52 in EBSCO, and 83 in DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals.

The team prioritizes ensuring that our journals feature in numerous specialized databases, including PMC, PubMed, MEDLINE, Inspec, CAS, and FSTA, among others. Currently, MDPI collaborates with over 65 renowned international databases, consistently enhancing our database affiliations annually.

MDPI’s journals are indexed in all major global databases.

Furthermore, we collaborate with universities and government organizations to list our journals in country-specific ranking lists and relevant institutional repositories. This ensures compliance with requirements often set by funders or institutions for authors to publish in specific journals.

Web of Science Adds 24 MDPI Journals to Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

Clarivate recently analysed MDPI’s new journals, resulting in 24 journals, mainly established in 2020, being added to the ESCI in November and December 2023. Additionally, five journals passed this assessment earlier in the year. For a complete list of our journals in Web of Science, refer here. Journals in the ESCI meet 24 quality criteria, ensuring editorial rigor. They may be considered for inclusion in broader indices like the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), or the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), based on four impact criteria.

Read more:

Inside MDPI

MDPI Appoints New Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Alistair Freeland returned to MDPI and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in November 2023, a position he previously held from 2013 to 2019. He succeeds Dr. Yu Lin, who will remain a member of MDPI’s Board of Directors, overseeing significant financial decisions for the company. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Yu Lin for his service as COO.

Alistair brings extensive experience not only in scholarly publishing but also in technology and business management. Prior to rejoining MDPI, he was associated with SIX Group, the entity responsible for Switzerland's financial market infrastructure. There, he played a pivotal role in developing the blockchain-based platform SDX (SIX Digital Exchange), which has gained traction among major Swiss banks and the Swiss National Bank.

As COO, Alistair will collaborate with the MDPI management team to improve the practices and services we offer to scholarly communities. I am pleased to welcome Alistair back to MDPI and look forward to his contributions going forward.

Coming Together for Science

MDPI’s 2024 In-Person Academic Events Schedule

MDPI's Conference Team is dedicated to organizing and hosting in-person academic events across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America. We recognize conferences as invaluable platforms for scientific collaboration, scholarly exchange, discussions on contemporary topics, networking, and forging collaborations.

Here's a glimpse of the notable events we currently have scheduled for 2024:

14–16 February, 2024
Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses
Location: Barcelona, Spain
We are honoured to feature Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Charles M. Rice and ‘Distinguished Senior Virologist’ Prof. Luis Enjuanes as keynote speakers for this 5th edition.
Event details

24–26 April, 2024
4th MMCS – Harnessing the Power of New Drug Modalities 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Esteemed speakers include Prof. Arun K. Ghosh, the mind behind the Darunavir molecule, and Prof. Paul Brennan, CSO of Alzheimer's Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute.
Event details

28–31 May, 2024
Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future
Location:
Athens, Greece
We look forward to welcoming renowned experts like Prof. Damià Barceló, Prof. Minna Hakkareinen, and Prof. Armando J. D. Silvestre to this event.
Event details

1–4 August, 2024
The 1st International Conference on AI Sensors & The 10th International Symposium on Sensor Science
Location: Singapore
The AI Sensors 2024 Conference will unite innovators and experts in the realms of sensors, sensing technology, and artificial intelligence.
Event details

Upcoming events with details to be announced:

  • September 2024, Materials 2024 – Basel, Switzerland
  • 1921 September 2024, International Conference on Nanomaterials Sciences 2024 – Beijing, China
  • October 2024, ncRNA 2024 – Basel, Switzerland
  • November 2024, Pharmaceuticals 2024 – Barcelona, Spain
  • 2226 November 2024, International Conference on Science of Electronics – Wuhan, China
  • Stay tuned for more details on the Sustainable Publishing Forum 2024.

Click here for all upcoming MDPI events.

Organize Your Event with MDPI’s Sciforum

Sciforum is MDPI’s platform dedicated to the organization of scientific events. In line with our mission to promote science, Sciforum supports scholars, societies, research networks, and universities at all stages of organizing in-person events, virtual events and webinars. Our platforms are efficient, user-friendly, and cost-effective. We handle all steps related to event management. Contact us for details.

Closing Thoughts

Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024

As we approach 2024, I reflect on the incredible journey we’ve had together at MDPI this year. The past 12 months have been marked by ambitious projects and initiatives to improve our internal processes, and a commitment to continue delivering top-notch services to our stakeholders. I’d like to thank each and every one of our staff members for contributing to the positive experiences our stakeholders have reported in our surveys. Your dedication to speed, efficiency, and effective communication with our stakeholders is very much recognized and appreciated.

Becoming a stronger organisation

While we have encountered challenges in 2023, it’s important to understand that these are a part of our growth process. Difficulties provide us with opportunities to reflect, address problems at their roots, and ultimately evolve into a stronger organization. Our stakeholders expect us to overcome tough times, and it’s an expectation that we have for ourselves.

I extend my sincere appreciation to every MDPI employee, from our editorial office and IT department to marketing, indexing, IOAP, societies, Scientific Office board, products, production, conferences, finance, operations, admin, and beyond. To our newest team members, a warm welcome; to our longstanding colleagues, your dedication is invaluable.

“I am committed to taking MDPI to a new level of excellence.”

Interacting with many of you during my visits to our offices and representing MDPI at external events has been a personal highlight. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Lin for entrusting me with the role of CEO of MDPI. Looking forward, I am committed to working closely with our management team to lead MDPI and take it to a new level of excellence, aiming to establish it as the most trusted publisher in open access worldwide. This is a collective endeavour, with each of us shaping MDPI’s reputation. I therefore encourage us to take pride in our work, as it represents not only our craft but also MDPI as a whole.

Accountability and communication

As we look forward to 2024, there’s a lot to be excited about. Together, we’ll navigate challenges, seize growth opportunities, and refine our practices. To solidify MDPI’s position as the premier open access publisher globally, we must bolster accountability, improve stakeholder communication, share MDPI’s best practices, champion the open access philosophy, and educate stakeholders about our mission, methodologies, and motivations.

Thank you for engaging with the CEO Letter over the past six months of 2023. I will continue to release this newsletter as a method of sharing the great work being done at MDPI. Please feel free to connect directly with any insights or questions.

Here’s to a joyous and prosperous 2024!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

21 December 2023
Meet Us at the International Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG 31), 12–17 January 2024, San Diego, USA


Conference:
International Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG 31)
Date: 12–17 January 2024
Location: San Diego, CA, USA

MDPI will be attending the International Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG 31) as an exhibitor; we welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) will bring together leading genetic scientists and researchers involved in plant and animal research. With 62 countries represented, the Plant & Animal Genome Conference facilitates the international exchange of information. Approximately 39% of the attendees travel to PAG from outside the USA, making the conference a truly global event. A total of 73% checked “Plant” and 27% checked “Animal” as their areas of interest.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Plants;
  • Agriculture;
  • Agronomy;
  • Life;
  • Horticulturae;
  • Grasses;
  • Birds;
  • Animals;
  • Veterinary Sciences;
  • Seeds;
  • CIMB.

If you plan to attend this conference, please contact us online. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.intlpag.org/31/.

15 December 2023
Editorial Board Members from Agronomy Featured in the 2023 Highly Cited Researchers List Published by Clarivate

Recently, ClarivateTM revealed its 2023 list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM—individuals at universities, research institutes, and commercial organizations.

The scientists who were selected for this year’s list of Highly Cited Researchers published highly cited papers in the 11-year period from January 2012 to December 2022, with citation frequency in the top 1% of academic subjects and the same year of publication in the Web of ScienceTM database. This year, 7125 Highly Cited Researcher 2023 designations were issued to 6849 individuals, representing just 1 in 1000 researchers worldwide. This means that these researchers have demonstrated an incredible level of significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields over the last decade. The list is truly global, spanning 67 countries or regions and spread across a diverse range of research sciences and social sciences.

According to our statistics, 9 members of the Editorial Board of Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395) were selected for the list of Highly Cited Researchers by ClarivateTM in 2023. They are being recognized for their high-quality scientific research achievements and outstanding contributions to their professional fields. The Agronomy Editorial Office sincerely congratulates all elected editorial members and hopes that they continue to have an academically productive relationship with the journal.

30 November 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #6 - MDPI Spain Summit and ResearchGate

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

MDPI Spain Summit


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) gives the opening speech at the MDPI Spain Summit.

On Friday 10 November 2023 I was in Barcelona, Spain, to deliver the opening presentation and participate in a panel at MDPI’s Spain Summit, a two-day event, inspired by our salon events in China.

With 16 Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) and 20 Editorial Board Members (EBMs) in attendance, the event, organized by our conference team and Barcelona office, featured presentations on open access (OA), MDPI, and publishing market trends in Spain.

The event provided a great opportunity to engage with stakeholders from various MDPI journals, including Nutrients, Vaccines, Buildings, IJMS, and others. We were able to gather feedback and have open conversations around manuscript quality, the peer-review process, and journal development, as well as accreditation agencies.

The main objective of this Summit was to bring together Editors representing MDPI journals across various disciplines within Spanish universities and research centers, primarily from the Barcelona area. The aim was to facilitate an open and fruitful discussion regarding the development of their journals, the future of OA in Spain, and to provide meaningful interactions and networking opportunities.

Connecting with Editorial Board Members


Stefan Tochev in conversation with Summit participants: "Our EBMs are passionate about the journals they serve."

Interacting with our EBMs in person provides a valuable opportunity to show how important it is to us to connect with them, hear their perspectives on their journals and learn more about their own experience collaborating with MDPI.

From my conversations, it was clear that our EBMs are passionate about the journals they serve. I know the advice they provide may sometimes involve just small tweaks, but these can lead to important improvements. As the saying goes, small hinges swing open big doors.

As at November 2023, MDPI has over 6,300 EBMs affiliated with Spanish institutions, with more than 30 of them serving as EiCs or section EiCs. Furthermore, over 68,000 Spanish scholars have contributed as reviewers in MDPI journals.

Open Access in Spain

In 2023, Spain implemented legislation mandating immediate OA for all publicly funded research, aligning with the EU’s Plan S initiative to expedite the transition to OA. The Spanish government also approved a four-year, €23.8 million annual budget for the first national OA strategy, aiming to make publicly funded research freely accessible upon publication. This strategy aims to strengthen the quality and transparency of research in Spain, and to help promote movement towards a digital, low-carbon economy.

For further details of Spain's OA policy and the history of government mandates, click here.

Spain has already seen a notable decline in subscription-only articles, decreasing by 62% over a 10-year period, while gold OA increased by 42%. Green OA slightly decreased, suggesting a shift towards publishing in gold OA journals rather than traditional subscription-based ones. Here are some statistics from Scopus. 

A big thank-you to the various MDPI teams, including our conference team and the Barcelona office, for organizing this very successful event!


MDPI colleagues from various offices gathered to host and support the first MDPI Spain Summit, in Barcelona, Spain.

I think this type of gathering has the potential to become an annual event in various locations. For example, Manchester could be an option, as we have over 30 EiCs and over 3,000 EBMs in the UK, a top market for MDPI that publishes high-quality research.

Impactful Research

769 Editorial Board Members of MDPI Journals Recognized as Highly Cited Researchers in 2023

Congratulations to our 769 Editorial Board Members from 40 countries/territories who have been awarded Highly Cited Researcher status for 2023 by Clarivate. This recognition is based on their outstanding scientific research contributions and significant influence in various fields, as evidenced by Web of Science data.

Click here to view the full list of 769 Editorial Board Members.

Clarivate's Highly Cited ResearchersTM list identifies individuals with exceptional impact in scientific and social science domains over the past decade. Their papers rank in the top 1% of citations in 21 fields analysed in ‘Essential Science Indicators,’ showcasing their substantial influence.

This year, 7,125 Highly Cited Researcher 2023 designations were issued to 6,849 individuals from 67 countries, representing just 1 in 1,000 researchers worldwide.

These researchers demonstrate exceptional influence, representing a small fraction of contributors pushing the boundaries of knowledge, contributing to global well-being, sustainability, and security.

Congratulations to these scholars for their remarkable achievement: we are honoured to have them on board with our journals!

Inside MDPI

Corporate Marketing and Communications Strategy Session


Members of MDPI’s Corporate Marketing & Communications team.

For the past few years, I have led the Corporate Marketing & Communications department in our annual strategy session.

This typically involves 2–3 days of focused sessions covering key topics including budgeting, hiring targets, campaign reviews, and planning for the upcoming year, department strategy, and structure.

We are constantly exploring ways to optimize the Corporate Marketing & Communications department to support MDPI’s primary objectives and better convey the MDPI story while serving the scholarly community.

The strategy session also serves as a team-building activity, during which the team voted on bowling!

Strategy Session

In this strategy session, we looked at how to align our teams in order to better streamline our content with our campaigns, build a dedicated marketing team to strategically support our core MDPI products, expand our communications teams and functionalities to focus on company-critical campaigns and press releases, align our new brand design system with our marketing initiatives, set up a community and engagement team to support various teams with their outreach and communication efforts, and increase our use of data in the evaluation of campaign performance.

To grow in these areas, we will be hiring for various positions, including those of Public Relations Manager, Communications Manager, Internal Communications Manager, Campaign Manager, Marketing Associate, and Editorial Engagement Manager.

I am grateful for the way our Corporate Marketing & Communications department has grown and gelled over the years, and I look forward to supporting the department teams and their ideas for the future.

Coming Together for Science

ResearchGate and MDPI Partner to Boost the Visibility of Open Access Content through Journal Home


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) and Sören Hofmayer (Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, ResearchGate) meet in Berlin, Germany to take their ongoing discussion further.

When I assumed the role of CEO at MDPI, my primary focus was to initiate the building of essential partnerships and collaborations within our industry. After all, I am a firm believer in achieving our goals by helping others achieve theirs and focusing on co-opetition wherever there is an opportunity. I first touched on the notion of co-opetition in MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #3, particularly when discussing collaborations with Elsevier.

In light of this, Sören Hofmayer (Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at ResearchGate) and I connected recently to continue a discussion that had been ongoing for months. I was quickly brought up to speed and felt there was an opportunity for MDPI journals to pilot the Journal Home service that ResearchGate had launched. This would provide a new way for MDPI to engage with authors and readers and amplify the visibility of our journals.

While I receive many offers and opportunities for discussions with vendors, I am a firm believer that timing is everything, and in this case, the time for us is now. Sören and I met in person during my recent visit to Berlin and decided to proceed with piloting ten MDPI journals with the Journal Home service.

The press release below provides further details.

Press Release: Berlin (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland), 15 November 2023

ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, and MDPI, the largest open access publisher in the world and a pioneer in open access publishing, today announced a partnership that will see ten of MDPI’s open access journals benefit from an enhanced presence on ResearchGate through its innovative Journal Home offering.  

This new partnership will expand the reach and visibility of MDPI’s participating flagship journals with ResearchGate’s highly relevant community of more than 25 million researchers globally.

Around 210,000 version-of-record articles from these 10 titles will be readily available on ResearchGate, including the full archive material and all new articles as they are published. These journals also benefit from enhanced brand visibility, with dedicated journal profiles, prominent representation on all associated article pages and all relevant touchpoints across the ResearchGate network – keeping the journals top-of-mind with their reader and author audiences. All articles covered by the new partnership will automatically be added to the authors’ publication records in ResearchGate. This not only reduces MDPI authors’ needs for direct management but also offers them valuable insights into the impact of their work, including data about readership and citations.

Closing Thoughts

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) listening to music as he writes at a coffee shop in Basel, Switzerland.

November is dedicated to raising awareness of various men’s health issues. I have been fortunate to have positive male role models in my life, and I strive to share my experiences with others.

I used to take part in Movember, growing my moustache throughout November to raise awareness and funds and to help “change the face of men’s health.” With male family and friends impacted by physical and mental health issues, I have recently become more interested in men’s overall well-being.

Men often face stigma involving the perceived need always to be strong and have things figured out. Recently, I’ve had meaningful conversations with male friends and colleagues about issues we rarely discuss, and it was a positive experience.

Various factors impact men’s health and well-being, all too easily leading to risky health behaviours including a lack of health awareness, poor health education, and negative, culturally induced, behaviour patterns in our work and personal lives. I hope we can break down these barriers in our work environment.

Healthy men help build healthy families and a healthy society

Men are less likely than women to seek help with their physical and mental health struggles. This is a reminder to prioritize your overall well-being. I hope that as men, we will continue to open up to one another, becoming vulnerable in order to share what we are going through. By sharing and by supporting each other, we can learn and grow together. You are not alone, and when you fall, you can still get up and stand tall.

From one broski to another, you are loved and appreciated. I hope this mindset carries into December and beyond.

Mindfulness

Our content team recently released a handful of articles on mindfulness, a practice that I believe provides a good opportunity for stress release and self-reflection:

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

21 November 2023
769 Editorial Board Members of MDPI Journals Achieve Highly Cited Researcher Recognition in 2023


We extend our sincere congratulations to the 769 Editorial Board Members of our journals – from 40 different countries/territories – who have been recognized as Highly Cited Researchers for the year 2023 by Clarivate. They are being recognized for their high-quality scientific research achievements and outstanding contributions to their professional fields, as indicated by Web of Science data.

Clarivate's annual list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM identifies the most highly cited scientists for the past decade who stand out for their significant and broad influence in various scientific and social science domains. Their impactful papers are among the top 1 per cent in the citation distribution of one or more of 21 fields analyzed in the "Essential Science Indicators", distinguishing them as hugely influential among their peers.

This year, 7,125 Highly Cited Researcher 2023 designations were issued to 6,849 individuals from 67 countries, representing just 1 in 1,000 researchers worldwide.

This means that these researchers have demonstrated an incredible level of significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields over the last decade. They represent a small fraction of the researcher population whose contributions disproportionately push the boundaries of knowledge, enhancing global well-being, sustainability, and security.

Congratulations to the scholars for their noteworthy achievement – we are honored to have them on board with our journals!


Abate, Antonio
Aguilera, Ruth V.
Ahmed, Warish
Ahn, Myung-Ju
An, Qiaoshi
Anasori, Babak
Andersson, Dan I.
Angeletti, Silvia
Annabi, Nasim
Antinori, Spinello
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Asa, Sylvia L.
Astruc, Didier
Atala, Anthony
Atanasov, Atanas G.
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Bandodkar, Amay J.
Banks, William A.
Bao, Yan-Ping
Barba, Francisco J.
Barnes, Peter J.
Barnholtz-Sloan, Jill S.
Barrow, Colin J.
Bashir, Ali Kashif
Basit, Abdul W.
Bassetti, Matteo
Batley, Jacqueline
Battino, Maurizio
Behnood, Ali
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Biondi, Antonio
Bjarnsholt, Thomas
Blaschke, Thomas
Blay, Jean-Yves
Blumwald, Eduardo
Blunt, John W.
Boczkaj, Grzegorz
Bogers, Marcel
Bonomo, Robert A.
Boyd, Robert W.
Boyer, Cyrille
Braeckmans, Kevin
Bragazzi, Nicola Luigi
Bu, Wenbo
Bursać Kovačević, Danijela
Bush, Ashley I.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cai, Xingjuan
Cambria, Erik
Cao, Guozhong
Cao, Xingzhong
Capasso, Raffaele
Carvalho, Andre F.
Casper, Jonathan
Castellanos-Gomez, Andres
Cavalli, Giacomo
Chai, Siang-Piao
Chan, Jasper Fuk-Woo
Chan, Timothy A.
Chang, Chih-Hao
Chang, Guoqing
Chao, Dongliang
Chen, Bo
Chen, Chaoji
Chen, Fahu
Chen, Gang
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Jun
Chen, Jun
Chen, Jun
Chen, Lidong
Chen, Lingxin
Chen, Min
Chen, Mou
Chen, Peng
Chen, Qian
Chen, Qianwang
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Shuangming
Chen, Wei
Chen, Xiaobo
Chen, Yimin
Chen, Yu
Chen, Yulin
Chen, Zhong
Chen, Zonghai
Cheng, Gong
Cheng, Huanyu
Cheng, Laifei
Cheng, Qiang
Chew, Kit Wayne
Chiclana, Francisco
Choi, Wonyong
Choi, Young Hae
Chowdhary, Anuradha
Cichocki, Andrzej
Clevers, Hans
Coops, Nicholas C.
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Costanza, Robert
Creutzig, Felix
Crommie, Michael F.
Cuadrado, Antonio
Cui, Haiying
Cui, Yi
Curigliano, Giuseppe
Dai, Sheng
Dai, Shifeng
Daiber, Andreas
Davies, Michael J.
Davis, Thomas P.
Dawson, Ted M.
de la Fuente-Nunez, Cesar
Delord, Jean-Pierre
Demaria, Marco
Deng, Xiangzheng
Desneux, Nicolas
Dikic, Ivan
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Ding, Aijun
Ding, Jianxun
Dokmeci, Mehmet Remzi
Dolgui, Alexandre
Dong, Chung-Li
Dou, Shi Xue
Dragicevic, Tomislav
Du, Bo
Du, Qian
Du, Yonghua
Duan, Xidong
Dufresne, Alain
Dummer, Reinhard
Edwards, David
Elaissari, Abdelhamid
ElMasry, Gamal
Enjuanes, Luis
Fabbro, Doriano
Facchetti, Antonio
Fan, Junliang
Fan, Kelong
Fan, Xiulin
Fan, Zhanxi
Fang, Baizeng
Fang, Chuanglin
Fang, Yongjin
Fasano, Alessio
Feng, Liangzhu
Feng, Xuning
Fensholt, Rasmus
Ferdinandy, Péter
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Filippi, Massimo
Flavian, Carlos
Fortino, Giancarlo
Fowler, Michael
Franceschi, Claudio
Frattini, Federico
Friston, Karl J.
Fu, Gengtao
Gai, Francesco
Gaisford, Simon
Galanakis, Charis M.
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gan, Ren-You
Gao, Feng
Gao, Huijun
Gao, Huile
Gao, Peng
Gao, Wei
Garbe, Claus
Garg, Abhishek D.
Gasbarrini, Antonio
Gastaldelli, Amalia
Gautier, Emmanuel L.
Genevet, Patrice
Geng, Yong
Gerdts, Gunnar
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Ghaffari, Roozbeh
Ghamisi, Pedram
Giacobbe, Daniele Roberto
Giampieri, Francesca
Gillies, Robert J.
Godos, Justyna
Gogotsi, Yury
Golding, Nick
Gong, Jinlong
Gong, Peng
Gong, Yongji
Govindan, Kannan
Gozal, David
Grancini, Giulia
Grant, William B.
Graus, Francesc
Green, Douglas R.
Grosso, Giuseppe
Gu, Meng
Gu, Zhanjun
Guan, Cao
Gueimonde, Miguel
Gui, Guan
Guigo, Roderic
Guo, Hengyu
Guo, Jianping
Guo, Lin
Guo, Song
Guo, Yan
Guo, Zaiping
Gupta, Rangan
Gutzmer, Ralf
Haase, Dagmar
Hagger, Martin S.
Hall, C. Michael
Han, Fudong
Han, Heesup
Hanes, Justin
Hartung, Hans-Peter
He, Bao-Jie  
He, Debiao
He, Hongwen
He, Jiaqing
He, Jie
He, Jr-Hau
He, Qiong
He, Xiangming
He, Xijun
He, Zhili
Heneka, Michael T.
Herrera, Francisco
Herrera-Estrella, Luis
Herrera-Viedma, Enrique
Hetz, Claudio
Holick, Michael F.
Hong, Danfeng
Hong, Xuechuan
Hsueh, Po-Ren
Hu, Bin
Hu, Enyuan
Hu, Jin-Song
Hu, Weida
Hu, Wenbin
Hu, Xiaosong
Huang, Baibiao
Huang, Hongwei
Huang, Jianliang
Huang, Jianping
Huang, Peng
Huang, Xin
Hubacek, Klaus
Hussain, Saddam
Italiano, Antoine
Iwata, Hiroji
Jaeschke, Hartmut
Jain, Atul

Jaiswal, Amit K.
Jankovic, Joseph
Janssens, Ivan A.
Jelezko, Fedor
Jeon, Byong-Hun
Ji, Guangbin
Ji, Qiang
Ji, Wei
Ji, Xiaobo
Ji, Xiaoyuan
Jiang, Bin
Jiang, Hong
Jiang, Junjun
Jiang, Lianzhou
Jiang, Qing
Jiang, Shibo
Jiang, Yuyan
Jiang, Zhongyi
Jiao, Licheng
Jin, Shi
Jin, Zhong
Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh
Kamal, Mohammad Amjad
Kaner, Richard B.
Kaneti, Yusuf Valentino
Kang, Zhenhui
Karagiannidis, George K.
Karniadakis, George Em
Karp, Peter D.
Kataoka, Kazunori
Katritch, Vsevolod
Kawi, Sibudjing
Kepp, Oliver
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kiessling, Fabian
Kildishev, Alexander V.
Kim, Haegyeom
Kim, Jeonghun
Kim, Jin-Hoi
Kim, Jong Seung
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Kirkwood, John M.
Kivshar, Yuri
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Ko, Wen-Chien
Kong, Baohua
Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.
Koonin, Eugene V.
Kroemer, Guido
Kuang, Dai-Bin
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kuhn, Jens H.
Kumar, Prashant
Kumar, Sudhir
Kurths, Juergen
Kurzrock, Razelle
Kuzyakov, Yakov
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lan, Ke
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Landi, Francesco
Lavie, Carl J.
Laxminarayan, Ramanan
Lee, Chengkuo
Lee, Jechan
Lee, Jin-Wook
Lee, Pooi See
Lee, Sang Soo
Lehmann, Johannes
Lei, Yaguo
Li, Bin
Li, Chunzhong
Li, Dongsheng
Li, Feng
Li, Hai
Li, Heng
Li, Hongyi
Li, Hui
Li, Jinghong
Li, Jun
Li, Li
Li, Linlin
Li, Neng
Li, Ning
Li, Shuai
Li, Shutao
Li, Wei
Li, Wentao
Li, Xiang
Li, Xuecao
Li, Xuelong
Li, Yat
Li, Yurui
Li, Zhijun
Liang, Chao
Liang, Shuquan
Liaw, Peter K.
Lin, Jun
Lin, Yuehe
Lippi, Giuseppe
Lister, Ryan
Liu, Chengmei
Liu, Gang
Liu, Hong
Liu, Hui
Liu, Jian
Liu, Jinyan
Liu, Jun
Liu, Meilin
Liu, Pan
Liu, Wei
Liu, Xianhu
Liu, Xiaoping
Liu, Xuejun
Liu, Yang
Liu, Yu
Liu, Yuan
Lonardo, Amedeo
Long, Hualou
Long, Ying
Lu, Bingan
Lu, Junling
Lu, Lu
Lu, Nanshu
Lu, Rongxing
Lucey, Brian
Lucieer, Arko
Lugato, Emanuele
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Yangchao
Luo, Yi
Luo, Zisheng
Lv, Wei
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Haile
Ma, Jianmin
Ma, Jun
Ma, Tianyi
Ma, Wei
Ma, Yanming
Madabhushi, Anant
Mahmoudi, Morteza
Mai, Liqiang
Mai, Wenjie
Makridakis, Spyros
Mandala, Mario
Mantovani, Alberto
Mao, Jianfeng
Mao, Like
Mardani, Abbas
Mathivanan, Suresh
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McCabe, Matthew F.
McCauley, Darren
McClements, David Julian
Mei, Lin
Melenhorst, Jan Joseph
Melero, Ignacio
Meyerholz, David K.
Mierlo, Joeri Van
Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.
Mittler, Ron
Mu, Shichun
Mubarak, Mohammad S.
Mueller, Lukas A.
Muhammad, Khan
Mumtaz, Shahid
Munekata, Paulo Eduardo Sichetti
Nakagawa, Shinichi
Nauen, Ralf
Newman, David J.
Niaura, Raymond S.
Nidheesh, P. V.
Niu, Ben
Nussinov, Ruth
O'Connor, David
Odintsov, Sergei D.
Omri, Anis
Orsini, Nicola
Ostrikov, Kostya (Ken)
Oswald, Isabelle P.
Oudard, Stephane
Ouyang, Minggao
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pan, Anlian
Pan, Anqiang
Pan, Caofeng
Pan, Genxing
Pan, Likun
Pan, Quan-Ke
Pan, Xiaoqing
Pandolfi, Pier Paolo
Parati, Gianfranco
Pateiro, Mirian
Peng, Qiang
Peng, Qing
Peng, Shushi
Perc, Matjaz
Perlin, David S.
Perlman, Stanley
Petruzzelli, Antonio Messeni
Pitt, Bertram
Pöhlmann, Stefan
Polasky, Stephen
Pommier, Yves
Poor, H. Vincent
Potenza, Marc N.
Preat, Veronique
Prinsep, Michele R.
Pu, Kanyi
Putnik, Predrag
Qin, Yuanwei
Qiu, Jieshan
Qu, Xiaogang
Ragauskas, Arthur J.
Ramakrishna, Seeram
Ramkissoon, Haywantee
Ran, Jingrun
Rao, Zhonghao
Recio, Isidra
Ren, Jinsong
Rengel, Zed
Rho, Junsuk
Riahi, Keywan
Ribeiro-Soriano, Domingo
Richardson, Paul G.
Robert, Caroline
Rocca, Maria A.
Rodriguez-Manas, Leocadio
Rojas, Orlando J.
Rojo, Teofilo
Roubaud, David
Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Saliba, Michael
Sander, Chris
Sangaiah, Arun Kumar
Santamouris, Mattheos
Santoro, Gabriele
Scaldaferri, Franco
Schatzberg, Alan F.
Schwab, Matthias
Schweizer, Frank
Scolyer, Richard A.
Scott, Daniel
Serruys, Patrick W.
Setzer, William N.
Shahzad, Babar
Shao, Shuai
Shao, Zongping
Shen, Guozhen
Shen, Liyin

Shen, Zexiang
Shi, Peng
Shi, Yi
Siano, Pierluigi
Simões, Manuel
Sing, Swee Leong
Singh, Vijay P.
Smagghe, Guy
Smith, Lee
Soffietti, Riccardo
Song, Houbing
Song, Jibin
Song, Yu
Sood, Anil K.
Souto, Eliana B.
Stadler, Marc
Stanley, H. Eugene
Stephanopoulos, Gregory
Sternberg, Cora N.
Stoumpos, Constantinos C.
Stunnenberg, Hendrik G.
Su, Shiliang
Sun, Baoguo
Sun, Cuixia
Sun, Fengchun
Sun, Hongqi
Sun, Jie
Sun, Lijun
Sun, Litao
Sun, Runcang
Sun, Yanjuan
Sun, Zaicheng
Sun, Zhipei
Sureda, Antoni
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Tan, Chaoliang
Tan, Weihong
Tang, Chuan-He
Tang, Chuyang
Tang, Dianping
Tang, Yongbing
Tanzi, Rudolph E.
Terpos, Evangelos
Teschendorff, Andrew E.
Tian, He
Timsit, Jean-Francois
Tiwari, Aviral Kumar
Tohge, Takayuki
Tousoulis, Dimitris
Tran, Lam-Son Phan
Tress, Wolfgang
Trivedi, Pankaj
Tsao, Rong
Tully, Mark A.
Tung, Chen-Ho
Van der Bruggen, Bart
Vandenbroucke, Roosmarijn E.
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varsani, Arvind
Vatanen, Tommi
Verbeke, Kristin
Vermote, Eric
Verpoorte, Robert
Vieta, Eduard
Vincent, Jean-Louis
Vita, Antonio
Wan, Jiafu
Wan, Shaohua
Wanek, Wolfgang
Wang, Bin
Wang, Bo
Wang, Chao
Wang, Chuanyi
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Dan
Wang, Feng
Wang, Gongming
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Haihui
Wang, Hao
Wang, Huanqing
Wang, Huanting
Wang, Hui
Wang, Jian
Wang, Jie
Wang, Jing
Wang, John
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Lianzhou
Wang, Lihui
Wang, Meng
Wang, Peng
Wang, Pengfei
Wang, Qi
Wang, Qi
Wang, Qiang
Wang, Qilin
Wang, Qin
Wang, Qing
Wang, Shaojian
Wang, Sibo
Wang, Tao
Wang, Ying
Wang, Yong
Wang, Zhen
Wang, Zhong Lin
Wang, Zhongrui
Wang, Zifa
Wang, Zuankai
Wei, Haotong
Wei, Leyi
Wei, Zhixiang
Wei, Zhongbao
Weissleder, Ralph
Weitschies, Werner
Wen, Guanghui
Wesemael, Bas van
Willerslev, Eske
Witlox, Frank
Wu, Haijun
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Jun
Wu, Qinglin
Wu, Shuilin
Wu, Xiaojun
Wu, Yongzhen
Wu, Yuping
Wu, Zheng-Guang
Wu, Zhong-Shuai
Xia, Jianguo (Jeff)
Xia, Meimei
Xia, Xinhui
Xia, Yongyao
Xia, Zhiguo
Xiang, Quanjun
Xiao, Fuyuan
Xiao, Jie
Xin, Sen
Xing, Baoshan
Xing, Wei
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Hui
Xu, Li Da
Xu, Ping
Xu, Yi-Jun
Xu, Zhenjiang Zech
Yan, Chong
Yan, He
Yan, Huaicheng
Yan, Kai
Yan, Ruqiang
Yang, Bing
Yang, Chenguang
Yang, Hongshun
Yang, Hui
Yang, Jian
Yang, Jianping
Yang, Jie
Yang, Jun
Yang, Kai
Yang, Shihe
Yang, Xiaofeng
Yang, Xinsong
Yang, Yun-Gui
Yao, Yonggang
Yigitcanlar, Tan
Yin, Shen
Yin, Shou-Wei
Yin, Yulong
Yin, Zongyou
Yokoya, Naoto
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Guihua
Yu, Jun
Yu, Le
Yu, Minghao
Yu, Shu-Hong
Yu, Wei
Yu, Wenwu
Yuan, Qiangqiang
Yuan, Yifei
Yuan, Yuan
Yuen, Chau
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhai, Tianyou
Zhang, Bing
Zhang, Dengsong
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Fusuo
Zhang, Guangyu
Zhang, Guowen
Zhang, Hengjie
Zhang, Hongjie
Zhang, Hui
Zhang, Lai-Chang
Zhang, Lefei
Zhang, Lei
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Lijun
Zhang, Min
Zhang, Peng
Zhang, Qiang
Zhang, Qiaobao
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Shicheng
Zhang, Shujun
Zhang, Tierui
Zhang, Wei
Zhang, Weili
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Xiaodong
Zhang, Xiaogang
Zhang, Xiaoling
Zhang, Yang
Zhang, Yaobin
Zhang, Yi
Zhang, Yi-Zhou
Zhang, Yong
Zhang, Yu Shrike
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhang, Yuelin
Zhang, Zheng
Zhang, Zhicheng
Zhang, Zhien
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Jie
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zhao, Qing
Zhao, Yi
Zheng, Hao
Zheng, Weitao
Zheng, Yufeng
Zhong, Cheng
Zhou, Jie
Zhou, Jizhong
Zhou, Kun
Zhou, Liang
Zhou, Peng
Zhou, Qi
Zhou, Wei
Zhou, Weiqi
Zhu, Chengzhou
Zhu, Hongwei
Zhu, Junfa
Zhu, Jun-Jie
Zhu, Lei
Zhu, Mingshan
Zhu, Quanxin
Zhu, Yi
Zhu, Yongfa
Zhu, Zhe
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zou, Quan
Zou, Ruqiang
Zuo, Chao

1 November 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #5 - OA Week, UK, and Strategy

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Open Access Week 2023 – the Global Drive to Open Continues

As the world's largest open-access (OA) publisher, we believe that unrestricted access to research findings is the cornerstone of transparency, efficiency, and quality control across scientific disciplines. At MDPI, we provide free, immediate access to scientific papers, empowering scientists to examine, validate, replicate, and build upon existing results. This minimizes redundancy, optimizes resources, and fosters innovative approaches.

International OA Week, held from 23 to 29 October 2023, provided a unique opportunity to link the global movement toward open sharing and open science with the progress of policy changes at the local level. Our mission, during OA Week and all the year round, is to offer educational resources highlighting the benefits of open-access publishing. The MDPI Blog is a valuable resource for information on open access and open science.

Core principles of OA publishing

Accessibility, transparency, and collaboration are core principles of OA publishing. OA aims to break down barriers that have traditionally restricted research access, ensuring that knowledge is available to all, regardless of financial situation or institutional affiliations. Our commitment to diverse pathways for OA publishing worldwide includes discounts for researchers. You can learn more about how MDPI supports scientific communities here.

One of the key strengths of OA publishing is its ability to facilitate interdisciplinary research. By removing paywalls and promoting knowledge-sharing across disciplines, OA encourages collaboration and innovation. Researchers from various fields can access and build upon each others’ work, fostering a holistic approach to addressing complex global challenges.

OA holds the potential to democratize knowledge, advance science, and drive positive societal change.

Policy driving change

Governments, institutions, and funding agencies have recognized the transformative potential of OA and have implemented policies to promote it. These policies often require publicly funded research to be made openly accessible, accelerating the growth of OA repositories and journals. Check out our spotlights on OA policies in the USEU and China

OA publishing is continuously evolving, with community-driven models and technologies shaping its future. Initiatives such as “Plan S” and “cOAlition S” promote OA publishing from the perspective of national funders, requiring grantees to publish their research openly. A new policy announced by the US administration last year mandates that, with effect from January 2026, all US federally funded research should be freely and immediately available after publication.

Additionally, preprint servers such as MDPI's Preprints.org, which allow researchers to share their findings before formal peer review, have gained popularity, enhancing the speed at which new knowledge is disseminated. The rise of blockchain technology is also being explored to ensure transparency and authenticity in scholarly publishing.

For more than two decades, OA publishing has been revolutionizing academic publishing by promoting accessibility, transparency, and collaboration. Its support for interdisciplinary research, evolving policies, and innovative practices all contribute to its growing influence in the global research community. As OA continues to expand, it holds the potential to democratize knowledge, advance science, and drive positive societal change.

MDPI is proud to lead the transition to open access.

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Impactful Research

Spotlight on Smart Cities

Smart cities will serve as a cornerstone for future human development. Their implementation will help us tackle many of the significant challenges we are facing – climate change, ageing populations, waste management, public safety, travel, and so on. Recognising the importance of this multifaceted field, MDPI launched the inaugural issue of Smart Cities in 2018 to provide an advanced forum for research into smart technology and society. Here we take a look at how this journal has developed, and its impact in this exciting field.

As at 30 October, 2023, Smart Cities has published 421 papers and has an Impact Factor of 6.4. It also has a CiteScore of 8.5, and more than one quarter of its published papers – 124 – have been cited 10 times or more.

Highly cited papers in Smart Cities

Below are several highly cited papers recently published in Smart Cities. Citation metrics are current as at 31 October 2023.

1. “Introducing the “15-Minute City”: Sustainability, Resilience and Place Identity in Future Post-Pandemic Cities
Authors: Carlos Moreno, Zaheer Allam, Didier Chabaud, Catherine Gall and Florent Pratlong
Smart Cities 2021, 4(1), 93-111; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities4010006
Citations: Crossref (338), Scopus (366), Web of Science (270), Google Scholar (710)
The paper discusses the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 on cities, including increasing inequalities and rising unemployment. It introduces the concept of the "15-Minute City," a form of "chrono-urbanism," as a response to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

2. “A Review on Electric Vehicles: Technologies and Challenges
Authors: Julio A. Sanguesa, Vicente Torres-Sanz, Piedad Garrido, Francisco J. Martinez and Johann M. Marquez-Barja
Smart Cities 2021, 4(1), 372-404; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities4010022
Citations: Crossref (359), Scopus (363), Web of Science (268), Google Scholar (558)
This paper provides an overview of the progress in Electric Vehicles (EVs), focusing on battery technology, charging methods, and emerging research challenges. It also analyzes the global EV market and its future outlook.

3. “IoT in Smart Cities: A Survey of Technologies, Practices and Challenges
Authors: Abbas Shah Syed, Daniel Sierra-Sosa, Anup Kumar and Adel Elmaghraby
Smart Cities 2021, 4(2), 429-475; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities4020024
Citations: Crossref (121), Scopus (151), Web of Science (91), Google Scholar (215)
This paper gives an overview of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of Smart Cities, discussing the fundamental components, technologies, architectures, networking technologies, and artificial algorithms that underpin IoT-based Smart City systems.

4. “Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Smart Grid: A Survey
Authors: Olufemi A. Omitaomu and Haoran Niu
Smart Cities 2021, 4(2), 548-568; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities4020029
Citations: Crossref (76), Scopus (94), Web of Science (57), Google Scholar (120)
This survey paper reviews the utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques in the context of the smart grid. It covers various applications of AI in load forecasting, power grid stability assessment, fault detection, and security issues in the smart grid and power systems.

5. “The Metaverse as a Virtual Form of Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges for Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability in Urban Futures
Authors: Zaheer Allam, Ayyoob Sharifi, Simon Elias Bibri, David Sydney Jones and John Krogstie
Smart Cities 2022, 5(3), 771-801; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities5030040
Citations: Crossref (72), Scopus (75), Web of Science (43), Google Scholar (176)
This paper discusses the concept of the Metaverse, a virtual world introduced by Meta (formerly Facebook), and its potential impact on urban life. It explores how emerging technologies such as AI, Big Data, IoT, and Digital Twins could reshape urban design and services in the context of the Metaverse.

Testimonial

“It was indeed a great and pleasant experience with MDPI regarding our recent publication. The submission process was very straightforward and less time-consuming than the norm. The review process was very fast compared to many other open access journals, which is praiseworthy. The support from the Editorial Office during the revision process was highly useful as well. We look forward to publishing with MDPI in the future, and I will most definitely recommend MDPI to my colleagues and collaborators. – Dr. Luís Rosa, University of Minho

Article in Smart Cities: Mobile Networks and Internet of Things Infrastructures to Characterize Smart Human Mobility

Inside MDPI

MDPI Manchester office, UK Visit


Allie Shi (Editorial Director, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Jamie Anderson (Manchester Office Manager, MDPI), Michael O’Sullivan (Senior Scientific Officer, MDPI), Hushneara Akhtar, and Becky Castellon (IOAP Team Lead, MDPI), dining out in Manchester, UK.

In October, I visited MDPI’s new office in Manchester. During the visit, I connected with our English Editing (EE) managers, Scientific Officer, members of the Editorial team, the Marketing team, and IOAP Team Lead.

Our Manchester office focuses primarily on EE services and provides local support for the UK market. Additionally, we regularly visit Editorial Board members and participate in local conferences.

I would like to thank Jamie Anderson, Manchester Office Manager, and her team, for their deep commitment to our Manchester staff and to MDPI’s impact on the UK market.

The UK by numbers

The UK is a hub for the world’s top universities, making it a key market for MDPI and the publishing world in general. It is home to two of the top-five-ranked universities globally, 11 in the top 100, and 15 in the top 200.

As a result, the UK plays a key role in MDPI’s global market. As at October 2023, it ranks as the seventh-largest contributor to the total number of papers published by MDPI. We have 3,500 Editorial Board members affiliated with UK institutions, including 34 serving as Editors-in-Chief (EiCs). Our commitment to collaboration with institutions is evident in the UK, where we have successfully established some 60 Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) agreements with esteemed institutions, such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh, and more.

According to InCites Dataset + ESCI for the period 2018–2022, as at October 2023, nearly 65% of UK papers are now published as OA. Just over 10% of total OA publications are by UK authors. UK papers are known for their high quality, with an average of 11 citations per paper. Furthermore, 2.16% of UK papers are in the top 1% of cited papers, and 14.61% are in the top 10% of cited papers, showcasing their impact.

We are currently hiring EEs in various locations worldwide.

English Editing at MDPI

Our English Editing (EE) department consists of two main branches, Quality Control and Learning and Development, reflecting our priorities. We are continuously enhancing the quality of our English Editing services and have raised the relevant standards, which now extend to company-wide communications. English editors participate in international interviews, conduct English assessments, and provide colleagues with presentations on ways to improve their use of written and spoken English.

While expanding, the EE department has proactively refocused its efforts on the quality of our work and how the English Editing department can benefit the company more broadly. We currently have approximately 140 full-time English Editors based across five offices worldwide, supplemented by over 700 freelance English editors.

Our Manchester office serves as the hub for the EE Department, with EE Managers situated there, except for Kurtis Jackson, who serves as the Head of EE and is located in our Basel office. Manchester EEs play a critical role in establishing and developing EE teams in our other offices, overseeing management and recruitment. The EE department plays a vital role in MDPI’s operations, as it is the department that touches every published paper. If this work interests you, I encourage you to explore our available EE positions, whether you are seeking full-time or freelance opportunities.

Testimonials

“MDPI provides an excellent service compared to any other previously used services. It delivers fast and high-quality results but at an affordable price.” – Ardha Apriyanto, University of Potsdam

“In my role as a professor, I consider that MDPI Author Services offer an excellent quality in the editing of Western academic writing while maintaining the required standards of clarity, precision and rigor. Additionally, delivery times are fast compared to other available services.” – Jesus Insuasti, University of Nariño

Read more:

Coming Together for Science

STM and Frankfurt Book Fair

Attending STM

MDPI has been a proud sponsor of the STM Conference for several years. The STM Conference is a dynamic event featuring interactive sessions, expert panellists, idea-sharing, and ample networking opportunities. On 16 October, the event kicked off with arrival drinks, sponsored by MDPI, followed by a welcoming dinner, providing a great chance to connect and network with industry professionals. The following day was filled with speakers, sessions, and further opportunities to connect. STM exemplifies the collaborative spirit of the scientific community, with session topics including achieving open, visible, and impactful research at scale; maintaining research integrity in a rapidly changing world; and exploring the impact of ever-evolving technology in the scholarly community.

Meeting with Web of Science

On a personal note, one of the highlights of STM was a candid and productive conversation with Nandita Quaderi, Editor-in-Chief and SVP at Web of Science. During our discussion, we talked about MDPI, Web of Science, the IJERPH delisting, and ways of moving forward. This open conversation aimed at fostering better collaboration for the future.

“We discussed ways to improve our communication and collaboration.”

I appreciated our frank discussion and felt that Nandita wholeheartedly supports open access. She also expressed her appreciation for the monthly CEO Letter, which she sees as a way to add personality to the MDPI brand and provide insight into the great work we do at MDPI. While we highlighted the positives, we also discussed ways to improve our communication and collaboration moving forward. This meeting alone made the trip worthwhile, and I hope Nandita doesn’t mind my sharing that she found our chat to be “the most honest and constructive discussion” she’s had with someone from MDPI in recent years.

75th Frankfurt Book Fair


Jelena Milojevic (Book Editor, MDPI), Jovana Dubajic (Book Editor, MDPI), Evan Escamilla (Project Manager, MDPI), Laura Wagner (Head of Books, MDPI), and Jenny Knowles (Commissioning Editor, MDPI), at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

For the 75th time, the Frankfurter Buchmesse opened its doors in October to celebrate exciting stories and their authors. If you haven’t yet had the chance to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair, I highly recommend it. It’s the largest book fair in the world, attracting thousands of visitors from around the globe. This is the place to gain valuable industry insights from top-class publishing professionals, connect with publishers directly, and learn about the latest trends in publishing.

MDPI Books

Our Books team was also present at the Frankfurt Book Fair, networking and learning from various panels. Did you know that our MDPI Books department publishes OA Books?

The book publishing program includes monographs, book series, edited books and reprints of special issues and topical collections, among other book types.

If you have a book proposal you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact our Books team to understand the benefits and methods of publishing your next book with the OA model.

Closing Thoughts

MDPI Strategy Meeting

As the newly appointed CEO, this is my first year leading the MDPI Senior Management Strategy session. I saw it as an opportunity to explore what MDPI has the potential to become in the next five years. Guided by the vision of its founder and President, Dr. Shu-kun Lin, the company has accomplished remarkable feats over the past 27 years and currently holds the position as the world’s third-largest academic publisher, following Springer Nature and Elsevier.

Our primary objective is to build upon the milestones of the past decades and consolidate MDPI’s position as well-established publishing brand. The two-day meeting emphasized the importance of communicating MDPI’s values more actively via its brand and adopting a straightforward yet impactful approach to managing MDPI as a mature academic publisher.

“Our primary objective is to consolidate MDPI’s position as well-established publishing brand”

As the world’s number one open-access publisher, MDPI has long been a game-changer in the scholarly community, serving millions of authors. The challenge in being a trailblazer is the need to continuously improve and at the same time explore the next blue-ocean strategy, while also maintaining the smooth operation of the business. Our collection model, featuring guest-curated thematic topics in the form of Special Issues, has disrupted the industry. Other publishers closely study us and attempt to replicate our models. The future of this collection model is something we are actively addressing – while, of course, looking ahead to what comes next!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

19 October 2023
Open Access Week 2023 – the Global Drive to Open Continues


MDPI has been a strong proponent of the open access publishing model right from the beginning. As one of the pioneering fully open access publishers, we firmly believe that unrestricted access to research findings forms the foundation for better transparency, efficiency, and quality control across all scientific disciplines.

In December 2022, we reached a significant milestone by surpassing one million articles published. That is one million articles freely available to all, to circulate and build upon!

Offering free and immediate access to scientific papers empowers scientists to examine, validate, replicate, and expand upon existing results. This not only helps prevent redundancy and optimizes how resources are used but also paves the way for innovative new approaches.

The International Open Access Week takes place from 23 to 29 October 2023, providing a unique opportunity to connect the global movement towards open sharing and open science with the progress of policy transformations at the local level.

Our goal, during Open Access Week as well as throughout the year, is to offer resources for educating people about the benefits of open access publishing. The MDPI Blog offers a wealth of information around open access and open science.

Promoting the values of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration

Open access publishing embodies the fundamental values of democratizing knowledge and fostering global accessibility. It aims to break down barriers that have traditionally limited access to scholarly work, ensuring that knowledge is available to all, regardless of their financial or institutional affiliations. 

Discounts are part of our commitment to ensuring there are diverse pathways to Open Access publishing for researchers worldwide. MDPI supports scientific communities in several different ways. 

One of the key strengths of open access publishing lies in its ability to facilitate interdisciplinary research. By removing paywalls and promoting the sharing of knowledge across disciplines, OA encourages collaboration and innovation. Researchers from diverse fields can access and build upon each other's work, fostering a holistic approach to addressing complex global challenges. 

Funders' policies are getting aligned with open science

Governments, institutions, and funding agencies have recognized the transformative potential of open access and have implemented policies to promote it. These policies often mandate that publicly funded research should be made openly accessible. Such initiatives have accelerated the growth of open access repositories and journals, reinforcing the commitment to open access principles. Check our spotlights on OA policies in the USEU and China

Open access publishing is continually evolving, with innovative and community-driven models and technologies shaping its future. Initiatives like "Plan S" and "cOAlition S" promote the adoption of OA publishing from the national funders’ perspective by requiring grantees to publish their research openly. A new policy announced by the US administration last year requires that, as of January 2026, all US federally funded research be made freely and immediately available after publication. 

Additionally, preprint servers such as MDPI's Preprints.org, which allow researchers to share their findings before formal peer review, have gained popularity, enhancing the speed at which new knowledge is disseminated. The rise of blockchain technology is also being explored to ensure transparency and authenticity in scholarly publishing. 

For more than twenty years, open access scholarly publishing has been revolutionizing academia by promoting the values of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration. Its support for interdisciplinary research, evolving policies, and innovative practices all contribute to its growing influence in the global research community. As open access continues to expand, it holds the potential to democratize knowledge, advance science, and drive positive societal change. 

MDPI is proud to be a leader in the transition to open access.

11 October 2023
Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka Appointed Section Editor-in-Chief of the Section “Plant-Crop Biology and Biochemistry” in Agronomy

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka has been appointed Editor-in-Chief for the Section “Plant-Crop Biology and Biochemistry” in Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395).

Name: Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka

Affiliation: Research Unit Induced Resistance and Plant Bioprotection, University of Reims, EA 4707 USC INRAe 1488, SFR Condorcet FR CNRS 3417, 51100 Reims, France

Interests: plant–microbe interaction; stress physiology plants responses to biotic and abiotic stress; crop protection; biological control

We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka as the Editor-in-Chief for this Section, and we look forward to him leading Agronomy to achieve many more milestones.

Agronomy Editorial Office

2 October 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #4 - MDPI Presence in China

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Open Access in China

It is Saturday, 23 September, and I have just returned from an unforgettable 12-day trip to China, visiting our main offices in Beijing and Wuhan. In the wake of a packed and very enjoyable agenda of internal and external meetings, I would like to use this edition of the CEO Letter to showcase how MDPI supports the scholarly community in China.

Coincidentally, Jack McKenna, Communications Associate from MDPI’s corporate content team, has just released a blog article discussing China’s open access (OA) policy. It is a timely read, providing a concise overview of the development of the OA movement in China and reflecting on its future. I shall draw some content from Jack’s piece and use this edition of the CEO Letter to highlight the various ways in which MDPI is involved in this market. And it would be remiss of me not to include some pictures and highlights from my travels!

Open Access Policy in China

As per Jack’s post, in 2020, China became the world’s leading producer of research articles. Today, China is experiencing a “substantial growth rate in OA [Open Access] publication”. This growth is supported by the State’s commitment to research & development and its policy “requiring the promotion of open science”.

Over the past two decades, there have been gradual developments in China’s OA framework, with repositories and platforms being developed in a consistent manner. Currently, key institutions across China – including the National Science Library, the National Science and Technology Library, and the Natural Science Foundation of China – support OA. The State aims to establish consistent policies across government agencies – a framework for a more encompassing embrace of OA across institutions.

In China, the number of subscription-only articles decreased by nearly 30% over the 10-year period of 2011–2021, while gold OA increased by 22%. Between 2017 and 2020 alone, China published 800,921 academic papers in an OA format.

In 2023, as the leading publisher of academic research, China is pursuing “self-reliance”. Therefore, the State will be establishing consistent policies across government agencies, including those related to OA. Additionally, it will want to ensure that Chinese people can access the research that is supported by Chinese funding and produced by Chinese academics. For this reason, “Open Access is a matter of priority in China”.

MDPI Offices in China

 While the history of MDPI begins in Basel, Switzerland, the story of MDPI’s founder is very much rooted in China. Dr. Shu-kun Lin, Founder and President of MDPI, graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University in 1982. He also studied physical chemistry at the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1982–1986; MSc in 1985), and at the University of Louisville, USA (1987–1989). Dr. Lin completed his doctorate in organic chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) in 1992.


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) at MDPI’s Wuhan office.

In 2002, MDPI’s Basel headquarters moved to Matthäusstrasse 11, 4052 Basel, and Dr. Lin opened an editorial office in Qingdao, China, which launched the journal Marine Drugs in the following year. Below is a list of MDPI’s current offices in China and their respective dates of inauguration:

  • 2008: Beijing (Tongzhou, Haidian)
  • 2013: Wuhan (Hankou, Guanggu)
  • 2019: Tianjin
  • 2021: Dalian
  • 2021: Nanjing

Our Strength is in Our People

With over 6,000 MDPI staff, across 20 offices in 11 countries, MDPI is able to offer authors responsive and efficient round-the-clock support, enabling a rapid publication process.

In my experience, stakeholders are genuinely surprised when they realize the extent of our global operations. My response is to reiterate that our people are our strength. This is why we have fast and efficient processes and top-notch responsiveness. Our global presence ensures that your manuscript is constantly attended to, rather than sitting on someone’s desk. We prioritize our authors’ needs and act quickly to move things through the various stages of publication. MDPI is built on speed, convenience, and competence, which I believe are core pillars for success in any industry. We continually strive to improve our systems and processes on the basis of these core strengths. We literally have over 6,000 staff worldwide dedicated to serving your needs. It’s not magic: it’s people; it’s real.

Impactful Research

MDPI Awards

To support the academic community, and especially young researchers, and also to enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals offer various awards in specific fields. We serve the scientific community by funding research to facilitate the development of sustainable global solutions through our annual World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award.

In 2022, MDPI made awards totalling over US$1 million in recognition and support of researchers worldwide.

Across our journal catalogue, we have granted over 2,000 awards to recognize and support researchers from all disciplines. Since 2016, these awards have served as a source of recognition, acknowledging the impact of research by heightening the influence of talented individuals. The award types mainly include the Young Investigator Award, the Best PhD Thesis Award, the Best Paper Award, and the Outstanding Reviewer Award.

To learn more about MDPI Awards and to find out which are currently available, please click here.

MDPI Awards to Scholars from China

Since 2021, there have been 23 Best Paper Awards granted to authors affiliated with Chinese institutions, identifying their papers as having high-quality scientific impact. A total of 45 Chinese scholars have received awards such as the Young Investigator Award, the Best PhD Thesis Award, the Outstanding Reviewer Award, and the Tu Youyou Award, among others. Prizes for these awards include MDPI grants for paid publications, totalling over CHF 70,000 for scholars affiliated with Chinese institutions.

MDPI’s Tu Youyou Award


Prof. Tu Youyou (left), Dr. Shu-Kun Lin (President, MDPI).

In 2015, Professor Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.” In order to commemorate Professor Tu’s contributions to human health and to promote the passion and spirit conveyed by her experiences, MDPI in 2016 established the ‘Tu Youyou Award’, which runs biennially to recognize outstanding scholars dedicated to the research of natural products and medicinal chemistry.

The 2022 Tu Youyou Award was granted to Prof. Dr. Xiaoguang Lei of Peking University. Click here to access the interview with the winner.

2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Professor Youyou Tu

Professor Tu’s work was celebrated in a Special Issue from Molecules on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The Special Issue: 'Artemisinin (Qinghaosu): Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor Youyou Tu on the Occasion of her 80th Anniversary” was created five years before she won the Nobel Prize, highlighting the visibility MDPI provides researchers and their work.

Highly Cited Articles by Chinese Scholars Published in MDPI

Click here to access the most cited MDPI papers published by scholars affiliated with Chinese institutions. This list presents the most influential research from the more than 287,000 MDPI papers published by Chinese scholars. With over 9 million total citations, I encourage you to maximize your visibility and impact by publishing with MDPI, the number one most cited open access publisher.

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Inside MDPI

Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) with the Beijing Marketing team.

Marketing Department in China

During my visit to our offices in Beijing and Wuhan, I had the opportunity to meet with, and to present to, our local marketing teams. These teams are responsible for various journal-related and corporate promotional activities, including newsletters, conferences, seminars, author training, journal awards, content creation, digital marketing, and social media.

I was pleased by the ambition and curiosity of our marketing colleagues. They showed a strong desire to collaborate and acquire knowledge and tactics to effectively market and promote MDPI-journal-related activities. I presented some of the principles and objectives that we apply in the Corporate Marketing and Communications department, and used the opportunity to strengthen our collaborative communications across offices.

Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) with the Wuhan Marketing team.

Coming Together for Science

Collaborations, Scholarships and Meetings

MDPI maintains partnerships with nearly 190 learned societies and over 800 institutions and consortia, helping to facilitate the transition to OA publishing. Our commitment to working with institutions is evident in China, where we have successfully established over 35 Institutional Open Access Programs (IOAP) with esteemed institutions such as the Tsinghua University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Our institutional partnerships, waiver programs, and article processing cost discounts create diverse pathways to OA publishing for researchers worldwide.

Scholarships in China

Since 2021, several MDPI journals (Sensors, Photonics, Coatings, Materials, Energies, and Journal of Fungi) have funded full scholarships for four Master’s and five Ph.D. projects in China. These scholarships align with Tianjin University, Wuhan University of Technology, Central South University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the China University of Petroleum (Beijing).

Meeting with the Society of Chinese University Journals (CUJS)


Prof. Tieming Zhang (President of CUJS, centre) and MDPI colleagues at CUJS office.

I am pleased to have participated in some highly productive meetings during my visit to China, including one with the Society of Chinese University Journals (CUJS). The meeting involved Prof. Tieming Zhang (President of CUJS), Assoc. Prof. Xin Zhang (Vice President and Secretary General), and Dr. Fei Gao (Executive Member of CUJS). Alongside my colleagues Dr. Guoshi Liu, Dr. Giulia Stefenelli, and Anita Sun, I represented MDPI and held an open discussion to address any questions regarding OA and MDPI.

We discussed several methods for collaboration, including a workshop on the future of peer review, MDPI sponsoring a funding grant for early-career researchers, and transitioning journals from diamond to gold OA. I am thankful for the opportunity to have met our colleagues at CUJS in person and feel very confident about our future collaborations in support of OA publishing in China.

MDPI hosts free academic seminars, author training sessions, and academic conferences as part of its commitment to enrich and support the scholarly community. CUJS often stages academic events (e.g., conferences, editor training, and editor competitions), and I believe there are great opportunities for CUJS and MDPI to collaborate accordingly.

Meeting with National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC)


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Officers, MDPI), Anita Sun (PR Manager, MDPI) and Dr. Guoshi Liu (Managing Director, MDPI) at the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

We also visited the NSLC Director, Xiwen Liu, and colleagues Ying Jin, Zhesi Shen, and Sichao Tong. Following our introductions, we gave a presentation on the history and editorial process at MDPI, discussing specific details related to MDPI’s business and data. We highlighted the status of our  IOAP collaborations in China and the makeup of our author base, specifically in China, and drew attention to the fact that MDPI has published research by authors from every country in the world. We then discussed the design indicators, calculation methods and implementation purposes of the ‘Early Warning Journal List’ and how we can have open communication to provide any data regarding MDPI journals. I am pleased to report that we reached a consensus on future communications, and am grateful to NSLC for hosting us in their offices.

In-person meetings with stakeholders provide an invaluable opportunity to communicate what MDPI is about and the various ways in which we serve the scholarly community. While digital marketing and online communication are essential, they are no replacement for the understanding and trust that come about through in-person interactions.

The Numbers

As at September 2023, China holds the largest position in MDPI’s global market, ranking as the largest contributor to the total number of papers published by MDPI.

At this point in time, there were more than 847,000 China mainland scholars who have published with MDPI, 51 of whom are Section-Editors-in-Chief (SEiC) of MDPI journals, with seven serving as Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) for journals such as Air, Big Data and Cognitive Computing, Blockchains, Future, Nanoenergy Advances, and Targets.

Our growth and presence in China are a true testament to the service we provide to the scholarly community, and to the relationships we foster through collaborative activities. We look forward to continuing to support the growth of the scholarly community in China, providing a valuable and trusted experience with MDPI.

Closing Thoughts

Final Reflections on our MDPI Offices in Beijing and Wuhan


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Constanze Schelhorn (Indexing Manager, MDPI), Jiale Shang (Admin, Tongzhou, MDPI) at Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing.

I spent approximately two weeks visiting some of our offices in China, and the first word that comes to mind when describing my experience is ‘hospitality.’ My colleagues and I were met with enthusiasm and delight at the airport by the Tongzhou Admin team (thank you, Jiale Shang, and thank you, Eric Wang, for keeping us organized on this trip!) and were taken care of with great attention. From hotels to transportation, dinners, and meetings, our stay was catered for perfectly.

Perhaps this is where MDPI’s focus on customers and service originates. At our core, we are a service company that provides a publishing platform for its authors. It’s therefore no surprise that authors consistently rate their experience with MDPI very highly.

95% of submitting authors rate their overall experience with the MDPI publication process as Excellent or Good (Springer Nature report 90%).

91% of submitting authors rate their overall experience with the MDPI peer review process as Excellent or Good.

Speed/Efficiency and Editorial Relationship are two key reasons underlying this high satisfaction score. ‘Editorial Relationship’ can be further explored, but in the past month, the most commonly noted aspects were the professionalism, kindness, availability, communicativeness, and personalized assistance provided by our editorial staff throughout the process. These attributes are at the core of our work across all our offices and continents.

Hospitality and Service

Just as our Chinese colleagues strove to keep us engaged by showing us the city sights (thank you, Thea Pan, and Jason Wu from the Wuhan Marketing team!) and sharing a variety of wonderful meals, our editorial staff are committed to serving our authors throughout their publishing journey. Our aim is to place the author at the centre of everything we do, eager to welcome our ‘guests’ and provide them with a pleasant publishing experience.

I asked my colleague Francis Wu (Senior Publisher, Wuhan office) where this hospitality originates. He responded that it is part of Chinese culture. I reflected long and deep on this answer. China is a vast country, and when visitors arrive, hosts want to ensure they feel welcomed and taken care of in order to maximize their time and visit. I can’t think of a better analogy for how I would want our authors to feel when they visit MDPI for their publishing needs. A company culture that prioritizes service, something that goes beyond products and productivity, and focuses on the overall experience. Over 6,000 people, across all MDPI offices, are ready, willing and able to go the extra mile for their colleagues and their customers. This is something I am truly proud of.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

6 September 2023
Recap of Awards Granted to Scholars in 2022


MDPI is committed to supporting the academic community, nurturing talent and advancing science. Awards are an important part of the research landscape and play a vital role in helping academics gain recognition, especially young researchers as they embark on new research avenues.

In 2022, our journals presented a total number of 394 Awards, including Travel Awards, Young Investigator Awards, Best PhD Thesis Awards, Best Paper Awards, and Outstanding Reviewer Awards, with several winners announced for some of the awards. The total prize sum amounted to just under 580,000 Swiss francs (CHF), or approximately 650,000 US dollars. Overall, more than 720 scholars were awarded.

The majority of the awards were dedicated to young researchers in relatively early stages of their careers. This encompassed 66 of the afore-mentioned Travel Awards, 60 Young Investigator Awards, supporting research projects and conference attendance, as well as 51 Best PhD Thesis Awards. Additionally, 113 Best Paper Awards were given by our journals. The selection committees were entrusted with identifying the most impactful and novel research and review articles published in their journal within a given year.

MDPI will continue its support and recognition for the academic community moving forward, sponsoring new awards across disciplines. To learn more about all the awardees and their research projects in your field of study, please visit the following pages:

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

31 August 2023
Meet Us at the XVIII World Water Congress, 11–15 September 2023, Beijing, China

Conference: XVIII World Water Congress
Date: 11–15 September 2023
Location: Beijing China-Germany International Convention and Exhibition Center (Beijing Guoce International Convention and Exhibition), Beijing, China

The World Water Congress is one of the world's largest congresses linking water policy makers, researchers and policy practitioners. Since 1973, the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) has held a World Water Congress every three years in various locations around the world. This influential event has been successfully held 17 times. During the Congress, heads of international organizations, high-level government officials, experts, scholars, entrepreneurs and economists from all over the world share their knowledge, experience and practice regarding a wide range of topics related to water.

With the theme of “Water for All: Harmony between Humans and Nature”, the XVIII World Water Congress aims to promote coordination and balance between the water needs of humans and nature. The Congress will facilitate knowledge and experience sharing, focusing on investigating the relationship between water, humans and nature, identifying and reconciling all water-related factors in a coordinated manner, and making and implementing water management strategies and polices using systematic approaches.

MDPI will be attending the XVIII World Water Congress as an exhibitor (booth #C22). We welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Water;
  • Land;
  • Agronomy;
  • Hydrology;
  • Resources;
  • World;
  • Climate.

If you plan to attend this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth at #C22. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://www.worldwatercongress.com/.

30 August 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #3 - Sustainability and Co-opetition

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Our Commitment to Sustainability

As a pioneer in academic open access publishing since 1996, MDPI has always been dedicated to facilitating scientific exchange across all disciplines. Our approach to open science is guided by principles such as Open Access (OA), Timeliness and Efficiency, Simplicity, High-Quality Service, Flexibility, and a commitment to Sustainability. This commitment involves preserving published papers for the long term and supporting the future of science through partnerships, sponsorships, and awards.

In this edition of the CEO Letter, I will delve into MDPI’s various sustainability initiatives. As a leader in OA publishing, we are able to provide the public with a significant amount of environment-related content at no cost.

MDPI and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2020, the SDG Publishers Compact was launched to accelerate implementation of the SDGs by promoting content that informs, develops, and inspires action. MDPI joined this initiative in 2021 and subsequently launched the MDPI SDG Hub in 2022, offering free access to recent research within the scope of each of the 17 SDGs. We also support authors from underrepresented communities by waiving publication charges for selected SDG-related papers. Detailed sustainability practices and supported publications are available in the report under each Goal page.

“More than 80% of MDPI articles and reviews published in 2022 relate to the Sustainable Development Goals.” [source: InCites, Accessed on 21.08.2023]

As at August 2023, MDPI boasts 14 journals dedicated to sustainability-related topics. Our first journal in this area, Sustainability, has published over 29,000 articles on the SDGs, accumulating over 240,000 citations (source: InCites, as at 1 January 2023). These journals serve as vital platforms for researchers to share insights and address environmental challenges. In addition:

MDPI journals specializing in sustainability-related topics:

  • 2009: Sustainability
  • 2012: Resources
  • 2013: Climate
  • 2014: Environments
  • 2016: Recycling
  • 2019: Clean Technologies
  • 2020: Sustainable Chemistry
  • 2021: Wind, Biomass, Conservation, Pollutants, Solar
  • 2022: Waste, Microplastics

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Impactful Research

Highly Cited Articles in Sustainability

In 2022, content published in Sustainability and indexed in Journal Citation Reports (JCR) received nearly 190,000 citations. This highlights the fact that Sustainability publishes highly cited research articles related to environmental sciences and SDG-related topics such as climate action.

We are pleased to share that Sustainability received a 2022 CiteScore of 5.8, marking a 16% increase from the 2021 metric. Specifically, the CiteScore positions Sustainability as follows: Q1 (27 out of 163) in the “Environmental Science (miscellaneous)” category, and Q1 (101 out of 779) in the “Geography Planning and Development” category. For additional journal statistics, please visit here.

“Sustainability received a 2022 CiteScore of 5.8”

While MDPI journals such as Climate and Atmosphere have a distinct focus on atmosphere pollution and its impact on climate processes, journals like Sustainability, Environments, Water, Remote Sensing, and IJERPH publish content related to climate change. These journals have published over 32,300 articles related to SDG 13: Climate Action.

Highly Cited Papers in Sustainability

Below are several highly cited papers published in Sustainability over the past three years. Citation metrics are current as at 15 August 2023.

1. “A Global Assessment: Can Renewable Energy Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050?
Authors: Jerry L. Holechek, Hatim M. E. Geli, Mohammed N. Sawalhah, and Raul Valdez
Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4792; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084792
Citations: Crossref (97), Scopus (91), Web of Science (82), Google Scholar (125)

This paper addresses one of the most significant challenges of climate change – achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2050. The meta-analysis suggests that while difficult, this transition is possible through the concerted application of pathways, lifestyle changes, and global cooperation.

2. “Anxiety and the Ecological Crisis: An Analysis of Eco-Anxiety and Climate Anxiety
Author: Panu Pihkala
Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 7836; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197836
Citations: Crossref (144), Scopus (121), Web of Science (159), Google Scholar (382)

This paper has received substantial media attention, including coverage by The Guardian, BBC, Vice, and CNBC. An interview with Dr. Panu Pihkala, a leading interdisciplinary researcher on the topic, can be found on MDPI’s podcast: Insight Faster, Episode 1.

3. “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Its Mitigation Strategies: A Review
Authors: Gurdeep Singh Malhi, Manpreet Kaur, and Prashant Kaushik
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1318; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031318
Citations: Crossref (207), Scopus (221), Web of Science (186), Google Scholar (355)

This paper reviews literature on climate change, addressing its causes, future projections, impact on agriculture, including plant physiology, growth, productivity, pest infestation, and the economic implications of mitigation strategies.

4. Impacts of Plastic Pollution on Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Development Goals, and Need to Focus on Circular Economy and Policy Interventions
Authors: Rakesh Kumar, Anurag Verma, Arkajyoti Shome, Rama Sinha, Srishti Sinha, Prakash Kumar Jha, Ritesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Shubham, Shreyas Das, Prabhakar Sharma, and P. V. Vara Prasad
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9963; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179963
Citations: Crossref (134), Scopus (136), Web of Science (113), Google Scholar (184)

This review aims to assess the adverse effects of plastic pollution on ecosystems, link the management of plastic with the SDGs, and propose policy measures using transdisciplinary approaches. Empowering communities to reduce plastic use is crucial. Addressing global plastic pollution is a priority.

Sustainability is an international, cross-disciplinary, open access journal that explores environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. It provides a forward-looking platform for research on sustainability and sustainable development, and is published semi-monthly online by MDPI. Sustainability is affiliated with The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).

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Inside MDPI

President of Ireland Authors Editorial in MDPI Journal Sustainability

It’s a very special occasion when the president of a country takes the initiative to write an editorial for a journal. Michael D. Higgins, President of the Republic of Ireland, has contributed his insights to a forthcoming Special Issue in Sustainability:

This Special Issue, focusing on “making sustainable development happen” at grassroots levels, allows for perspectives from, and on, the major world faiths, exploring how challenges have been conceptualised and addressed, in addition to case studies of faith-based sustainability initiatives in practice.

The experience of faith institutions and communities in translating theological and moral commitments to sustainable development into action is now a topic we must examine with urgency; one on which I am so glad this Special Issue focuses.

As President of Ireland, I very much support this Special Issue of Sustainability. It is my great hope that the contents of the papers contained herein will assist in making sustainable development happen at grassroots levels across the world so that we can cooperate together, people of faith and of none, to ensure a just, inclusive and sustainable future for all on our fragile planet.

Read the completed editorial here:

Special Issue “Faith and Sustainable Development: Exploring Practice, Progress and Challenges among Faith Communities and Institutions”: Foreword by the President of Ireland
Author: Michael D. Higgins
Sustainability 2023, 15(12), 9683; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15129683

Coming Together for Science

The World Sustainability Forum 2023

The World Sustainability Forum (WSF) is a biennial MDPI event focused on sustainability. WSF 2023 marks the tenth anniversary of the conference series, taking place on 14 September. For the first time, the event will be hosted as a 24-hour conference across three locations – Singapore, Basel in Switzerland, and Toronto in Canada – alongside virtual streaming.

This unique format allows us to span three time zones, providing live coverage of critical sustainability-related topics throughout the day:

  • The Singapore Hub, chaired by Professor Horn Mun Cheah and Associate Professor Renee Tan, will explore “Sustainability for Social and Community Impact”.
  • The Basel Hub, chaired by Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak and Dr. Lela Mélon, will delve into “Sustainability in the industry, and at university and corporate settings”.
  • The Toronto Hub, led by Dr. Umberto Berardi, will discuss “The Sustainable Built Environment”.

MDPI Sustainability Foundation: Recognizing Excellence in Sustainability Research

The MDPI Sustainability Foundation supports researchers through two sustainability-focused awards:

  1. The World Sustainability Award, amounting to USD 100,000, is given to senior researchers.
  2. The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, valued at USD 20,000, sponsored by the journal Sustainability, is presented to early-career researchers.

The winners of the Sustainability Foundation will be formally awarded during the WSF2023 on 14 September. Interviews with the award winners and finalists are available below.

2023 World Sustainability Award Winners

  1. Professor Michael R. Templeton
  2. Professor Tom Lyon
  3. Dr Krithi K. Karanth

Interviews with 2023 Emerging Sustainability Leader Award Finalists

  • Dr. Bahareh Kamranzad
  • Dr. Youjin Kim
  • Dr. Julia Lohmann

As a hybrid event, WSF23 provides scholars with the option to attend in person at one of the conference sites or, for a more sustainable approach, virtually. All sessions will be recorded and archived for future access. Registration is open until 3 September 2023, with in-person and virtual tickets available here.

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Closing Thoughts

“Co-opetition”: Collaboration Plus Healthy Competition – A Visit to Elsevier

I firmly believe in fostering collaboration and at the same time promoting healthy competition within the academic publishing industry. The market offers ample room for publishers and related companies to provide valuable services and products that enrich the academic community. While MDPI is recognized for its efficient and streamlined processes –thanks to our over 6,000 colleagues, in-house tools, and initiatives that support the author journey – our ethos has always involved learning from and collaborating with other organizations.

MDPI’s Interaction with Elsevier

In January 2023, I had a brief conversation with Judy Verses, President of Global Academic and Government Markets at Elsevier, following her participation in a panel discussion at the Academic Publishers Europe event in Berlin. One of the highlights for me was Judy’s insight into the impact of research, particularly her emphasis on the role of collaboration, including policy and showing the impact of research to influence on funding decisions.

“Such collaborations drive forward-looking strategies to elevate our support for the scholarly community”

Judy and I resumed our discussion in August, when I visited Elsevier's office to review current projects, such as our recent agreement with Science Direct and the continued indexing of MDPI journals in Scopus (indexing database owned by Elsevier). We also explored possible opportunities for the future, including a potential collaboration to expand MDPI’s Scilit data infrastructure. This endeavour aims to aggregate and provide access to scholarly metadata encompassing journal articles, conference papers, books, preprints, and more. While these discussions are ongoing, the underlying principle remains that such collaborations drive forward-looking strategies to elevate our services and support for the scholarly community.

It was great that Judy and I acknowledged the merits of 'co-opetition,' a concept based of the belief that fostering cooperation alongside healthy competition can lead to shared advancements for both individual companies and the industry at large.

‘Fully OA’ Organizations Dedicated to Open Access

MDPI proudly aligns with the ‘Fully OA’ group, a collaborative initiative comprising nine organizations dedicated to Open Access. Our monthly meetings, including an OASPA representative, serve as platforms to share non-confidential information, resources, and projects. These gatherings also facilitate discussions on topics relevant to fully OA organizations. Occasionally, joint actions spring from these interactions, such as collaborative blog posts on pertinent subjects and joint statements, such as a recent response to the House Appropriations Committee.

This display of cooperation among competing entities forms a strategic alliance focused on nurturing the best interests of the OA publishing model.

As I wrap up this third edition of the CEO Letter, I encourage you to seize opportunities for collaboration and contribute to advancing our shared academic culture. As the African proverb has it, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

29 August 2023
Agronomy | Most Cited Special Issues


We are pleased to share the most cited Special Issues published by Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395). These Special Issues are ranked by the average number of citations (total number of citations divided by the number of papers). The data are for the last 36 months.

You are welcome to browse the Special Issues and the articles published in them that are of interest to you. In addition, you can find more highly cited and viewed Special Issues and articles published in Agronomy here.

1. “Molecular Genetic Improvement of Crop Drought Tolerance
Edited by Bu-Jun Shi
Average Citations: 16.6 | Number of Papers: 10

2. “Applications of Deep Learning in Smart Agriculture
Edited by Saeid Homayouni, Yacine Bouroubi and Karem Chokmani
Average Citations: 14.07 | Number of Papers: 14

3. “Biochar from Agricultural Residues for Sustainable Farming and Recultivation
Edited by Lukas Trakal
Average Citations: 14.07 | Number of Papers: 15

4. “Remote Sensing in Agriculture
Edited by Vijay Singh
Average Citations: 11.77 | Number of Papers: 13

5. “Use of Bio-Fertilizers to Improve Crop Quality and Yield
Edited by Elisa Gamalero, Simone Cantamessa and Patrizia Cesaro
Average Citations: 11.45 | Number of Papers: 11

6. “Crop Yield Prediction in Precision Agriculture
Edited by Miklós Neményi and Anikó Nyéki
Average Citations: 11.4 | Number of Papers: 10

7. “Omics Approaches for Crop Improvement
Edited by Roxana Yockteng, Andrés J. Cortés and María Ángeles Castillejo
Average Citations: 11 | Number of Papers: 11

8. “Worldwide Trends in Agronomy Research: Bibliometric Studies
Edited by Francisco Manzano Agugliaro and Esther Salmerón-Manzano
Average Citations: 9.82 | Number of Papers: 11

9. “Management of Forest Pests and Diseases
Edited by Manuel Nieves-Cordones and Francisco Rubio
Average Citations: 9 | Number of Papers: 10

10. “The Tripartite of Soilless Systems, Growing Media, and Plants through An Intensive Crop Production Scheme
Edited by Nikos Tzortzakis, Daniele Massa and Bart Vandecasteele
Average Citations: 8.4 | Number of Papers: 15

28 August 2023
Meet Us at the 2023 ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting, 29 October–1 November 2023, St. Louis, USA


Conference: 2023 ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting
Date: 29 October–1 November 2023
Place: St. Louis, MO, USA

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) support their members and certified professionals by providing peer-reviewed research publications through the Online Library, educational programs, certifications, meetings, and science policy initiatives. A common thread across the programs and services of ASA, CSSA, SSSA is the dissemination and transfer of scientific knowledge to advance the profession.

The ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting offers a chance for leading scientists, researchers, educators, policymakers, students, exhibitors, and government institutions to gather to discuss cutting-edge developments in agronomy, crops, and soil science and features groundbreaking research.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.acsmeetings.org/about.

18 August 2023
Meet Us at the XII European Congress of Entomology (ECE 2023), 16–20 October 2023, Crete, Greece


Conference: XII European Congress of Entomology (ECE 2023)
Date: 16–20 October 2023
Place: Crete, Greece

MDPI journals will be attending the XII European Congress of Entomology as exhibitors. This meeting will be held in Crete, Greece, from 16 to 20 October 2023.

ECE 2023 aims to gather scientists from around the globe and provide a unique opportunity to exchange information and to communicate research results on a wide range of topics. The ECE 2023 audience consists of researchers and academics from a diverse range of entomology-related fields, as well as policymakers, field agronomists, crop protection experts, medical practitioners, engineers, social scientists, and artists. The congress program will include invited lectures from international experts, numerous symposia, oral and poster sessions, and satellite seminars. In addition, the congress is undoubtedly the ideal meeting place to network and interact, helping to establish the starting point for future collaborations and breakthrough innovations in entomology.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://ece2023.com/.

15 August 2023
Meet Us at the 14th National Conference on Biodiversity—1st International Conference on Mediterranean Biodiversity, 13–15 September 2023, Lecce, Italy


MDPI journals will be attending the 14th National Conference on Biodiversity 1st International Conference on Mediterranean Biodiversity as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Lecce, Italy from 13 to 15 September 2023.

The 14th National Conference on Biodiversity will be organized by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (DiSTeBA) of the University of Salento in collaboration with the Academy of Mediterranean Biodiversity Sciences (ASBM) in order to continue the discussion and dialogue initiated more than 25 years ago, among scientists, institutional and policymakers, on issues related to the mutually complementary domains of the biodiversity: biodiversity at the intraspecific level, at the interspecific level, and at the entire ecosystem level. The aim is to help promote the advancement of knowledge based on the rigor of the scientific method. In particular, the 14th National Biodiversity Conference will be a showcase for studies and research focusing on “Biodiversity, Resilience and Climate Change”.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference and our booth, please visit https://leccebiodiversity2023.com/.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Young Investigator Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


MDPI’s Young Investigator Awards recognize promising junior researchers, acknowledge their contributions, and enhance communication among scientists. We are proud to present the winners for the year 2022 in biology and life sciences. The winners were selected by the journals’ Award Evaluation Committee.

We warmly congratulate the awarded young investigators for their outstanding contributions. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Agriculture:

  • Thomas Hartinger, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria

Agronomy:

  • Leontina Lipan, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain

Animals:

  • Daniel Stec, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Brain Sciences:

  • Dibyadeep Datta, Yale Medical School, USA
  • Giacomo Valle, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Morgan H. James, Rutgers University, USA

Foods:

  • Xiaonan Lu, McGill University, Canada

Genes:

  • Alfredo Iacoangeli, King's College London, UK
  • Elisa De Franco, University of Exeter, UK
  • Riccardo Pecori, German Cancer Research Center, Germany
  • Vanessa Silva, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal

Horticulturae:

  • Massimiliano Renna, University of Bari Aldo Moro at Bari, Italy

Insects:

  • Adam G. Dolezal, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States

Microorganisms:

  • Carla Rodrigues, Institut Pasteur, France
  • Lorena Rodriguez-Rubio, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Kevin Solomon, University of Delaware, USA

Nutrients:

  • Colleen Deane, University of Southampton, UK

Toxins:

  • Paz Otero Fuertes, University of Vigo, Spain

Pathogens:

  • Marta Giovanetti, National Reference Laboratory of Flavivirus in the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil
  • Carrie M. Long, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), USA

Vaccines:

  • Carina Joe, University of Oxford, UK

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


We are proud to recognize the winners of MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in biology and life sciences for their outstanding presentations.

MDPI journals regularly offer travel awards to encourage junior scientists to present their latest research at academic conferences in specific fields, which helps to increase their influence.

The winners mentioned below were carefully selected by the journal editors based on an outline of their research and the work to be presented at an academic conference.

We would like to warmly congratulate the winners of the 2022 Travel Awards and wish them the greatest success in their future research endeavors. MDPI will continue to enhance communication among scientists.

Brain Sciences:

  • Liloia Donato, University of Turin, Italy
  • Roberta Bettoni, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Diversity:

  • Vanessa Silva, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal

IJMS:

  • Carlo Matera, University of Milan, Italy
  • Elisabetta Coppi, University of Florence, Italy
  • Ilaria Tonazzini, Nanoscience Institute—National Research Council (CNR) @ NEST in Pisa, Italy

MPs:

  • Pere Catala, University Eye Clinic Maastricht, Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands

Sports:

  • Angela Blasimann, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Angelo Sabag, Western Sydney University, Australia

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


In order to acknowledge our reviewers, who demonstrate diligence, professionalism, and timeliness when generously dedicating their time to reviewing manuscripts, MDPI journals regularly offer outstanding reviewer awards to scholars who participate in the peer review process.

We are proud to recognize the winners for the year 2022 in biology and life sciences for their outstanding contributions, among extensive competition, by presenting them with an Outstanding Reviewer Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners on their achievements. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Agronomy:

  • Ewa Ropelewska, The National Institute of Horticultural Research, Poland
  • Marek Rašovský, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Prakash Jha, Kansas State University, USA
  • Vasileios Greveniotis, Institute of Industrial and Forage Crops, Greece

Biology:

  • Alberto Collareta, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Francisco Curate, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Gianpiero Greco, University of Study of Bari, Italy
  • Luca Poli, University of Study of Bari, Italy
  • Shaohua Chen, South China Agricultural University, China

Brain Sciences:

  • Chong Chen, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

Children:

  • Marco Sapienza, University of Catania, Italy
  • Sabina Barrios-Fernández, University of Extremadura, Spain

Diversity:

  • Corrado Battisti, Torre Flavia LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) Station, Italy
  • Daniel Stec, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Emilia Grzędzicka, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Igor Zelnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Endocrines:

  • Eva S. Liu, 1Harvard Medical School, USA 2Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA

Fermentation:

  • Aleksandra Szydlowska, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS), Poland
  • Mohamed Ali Abdel-Rahman, Al-Azhar University, Egypt

Fishes:

  • Andrew G. Jeffs, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mohamed Samy-Kamal, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain

Foods:

  • Baskaran Stephen Inbaraj, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
  • Marzena Włodarczyk-Stasiak, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland
  • Minaxi Sharma, Haute Ecole Provinciale de Hainaut-Condorcet, Belgium
  • Viviani Ruffo de Oliveira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

Genes:

  • Federico Manuel Giorgi, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Jan Bocianowski, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Magdalena Mroczek, Center for Cardiovascular Genetics and Gene Diagnostics, Switzerland

IJMS:

  • Keigi Fujiwara, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
  • Tomasz W. Kaminski, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Takujiro Homma, Yamagata University, Japan
  • William Bryan Terzaghi, Wilkes University, United States
  • Zong-jie Cui, Beijing Normal University, China

Insects:

  • Abraão Almeida Santos, University of Florida, USA
  • Agata Kaczmarek, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Miguel A. García-Martínez, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Life:

  • Andrei S. Rodin, Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute, USA
  • Kazuhiko Kotani, Jichi Medical University, Japan

Metabolites:

  • Jianing Mi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Nguyen Phuoc Long, Inje University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea
  • Xian Luo, University of Alberta, Canada

Pathogens:

  • Guillaume Fiches, Ohio State University, USA
  • Jianxuan Wu, Gilead Sciences, USA
  • Tomasz M. Karpiński, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poland

Plants:

  • Alicia Ayerdi Gotor, Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle, France
  • Andrea Mastinu, University of Brescia, Italy
  • Edyta Paczos-Grzeda, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland
  • Narayan Bhusal, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • Mohsen Hesami, University of Guelph, Canada

Toxins:

  • Christian Müller, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Margarita Fernández-Tejedor, IRTA, Spain

Vaccines:

  • Christian Napoli, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy
  • Federico Marchesi, University of Parma, Italy
  • Roger E. Thomas, University of Calgary, Canada

Veterinary Sciences:

  • Fun-In Wang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Valeria Grieco, University of Milan, Italy

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Best PhD Thesis Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


MDPI’s Best PhD Thesis Awards are presented to recognize the young scholars who are judged to have completed the most outstanding PhD thesis in their field of research and to encourage them to continue their outstanding work and further contributions to their field.

We would like to warmly congratulate the winners of the 2022 Best PhD Thesis Awards and wish them success in their future research endeavors. MDPI will continue to enhance communication among scientists.

Brain Sciences:

  • “CYP2D in the Brain Alters Response to Drugs and Neurotoxins”
    by Marlaina R. Stocco, University of California, USA
  • “Neural Encoding of Prior Experience in Sensorimotor Behavior”
    by Nicolas Meirhaeghe, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone, France
  • “Perinatal Stem Cell: Epigenetic, Biological and Differentiative Characteristics”
    by Giulia Gaggi, University "G.D'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Genes:

  • “Uncovering the Genetic Variation Involved in Asthma Exacerbations through Multiple Genomic Approaches”
    by Esther Herrera Luis, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain

Veterinary Sciences:

  • “Development of Novel Tools for Monitoring Antimicrobial Resistance in Complex Microbial Communities and Their Application to Improving Our Stewardship of Antimicrobials in Livestock”
    by Ashenafi Feyisa Beyi, Iowa State University, United States

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s Best Paper Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced in 2022


The purpose of our Best Paper Awards is to promote and recognize the most impactful contributions published within MDPI journals.

The editors of each journal carefully selected reviews and research papers through a rigorous judging process based on criteria such as scientific merit, overall impact, and the quality of presentation.

We are honored to present the winners for the year 2022 in biology and life sciences, who were selected amongst extensive competition, and congratulate the authors for their outstanding scientific publications. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Agronomy:

Biology:

Brain Sciences:

Diversity:

Genes:    

IJMS:     

Insects:  

Life:

Metabolites:          

MPs:

Pathogens:

Plants:

Toxins:

Vaccines:               

Veterinary Sciences:

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

7 August 2023
Agronomy | Feature Papers in Section “Crop Breeding and Genetics”

1. “A Single Seed Protein Extraction Protocol for Characterizing Brassica Seed Storage Proteins”
by Mahmudur Rahman, Lei Liu and Bronwyn J. Barkla
Agronomy 2021, 11(1), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11010107
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/1/107

2. “Investigating Combined Drought- and Heat Stress Effects in Wheat under Controlled Conditions by Dynamic Image-Based Phenotyping”
by Lamis Osama Anwar Abdelhakim, Eva Rosenqvist, Bernd Wollenweber, Ioannis Spyroglou, Carl-Otto Ottosen and Klára Panzarová
Agronomy 2021, 11(2), 364; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020364
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/2/364

3. “Modern Approaches for the Genetic Improvement of Rice, Wheat and Maize for Abiotic Constraints-Related Traits: A Comparative Overview”
by Elena Benavente and Estela Giménez
Agronomy 2021, 11(2), 376; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020376
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/2/376

4. “Sweet Corn Research around the World 2015–2020”
by Pedro Revilla, Calli M. Anibas and William F. Tracy
Agronomy 2021, 11(3), 534; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11030534
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/3/534

5. “Genetic Diversity of Soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) with Black Seed Coats and Green Cotyledons in Korean Germplasm”
by Hyun Jo, Ji Yun Lee, Hyeontae Cho, Hong Jib Choi, Chang Ki Son, Jeong Suk Bae, Kristin Bilyeu, Jong Tae Song and Jeong-Dong Lee
Agronomy 2021, 11(3), 581; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11030581
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/3/581

6. “The Effect of TIBA and NPA on Shoot Regeneration of Cannabis sativa L. Epicotyl Explants”
by Mariola Dreger and Milena Szalata
Agronomy 2022, 12(1), 104; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12010104
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/1/104

7. “Utilizing Genomic Selection for Wheat Population Development and Improvement”
by Lance F. Merrick, Andrew W. Herr, Karansher S. Sandhu, Dennis N. Lozada and Arron H. Carter
Agronomy 2022, 12(2), 522; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12020522
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/2/522

8. “Towards Heat Tolerant Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus L.) by Utilizing Plant Genetic Resources”
by Svenja Bomers, Eva M. Sehr, Eveline Adam, Philipp von Gehren, Karin Hansel-Hohl, Noémie Prat  and Alexandra Ribarits
Agronomy 2022, 12(3), 612; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12030612
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/3/612

28 July 2023
Meet Us at the 118th Congress of the Italian Botanical Society, 13–16 September 2023, Pisa, Italy


MDPI will attend the 118th Congress of the Italian Botanical Society. This event will be hosted by the Italian Botanical Society and will take place from 13 to 16 September 2023 in Pisa, Italy.

There will be speeches by internationally renowned experts in various fields of botany. The conference will introduce several innovations to ensure fair representation of all cultural areas of the association and to maximize the impact of the posters. Each full workshop exchange and each brief oral poster presentation will be associated with 1 of 42 keywords (6–8 from each macro theme), covering the diversity of research areas represented by the Social Work Group.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth and speak with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit https://www.societabotanicaitaliana.it/118/eng/detail.asp?idn=5035.

27 July 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #2 - Open Peer-Review and IJERPH

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Open Peer Review Reports

Continuing the topic of openness from my inaugural monthly CEO letter, in these Opening Thoughts, I highlight the growth and importance of open peer-review reports at MDPI. Open peer reports align with the principles of open science, making the publishing process more transparent and facilitating rigorous peer review.

MDPI journals operate an open peer-review option by default, allowing authors to publish review reports and author responses (often referred to as open reports) together with the published paper. Publishing the reviewer reports and author responses together with the article provides greater transparency and trust for readers, as this allows them to track the editorial decision-making process. Open peer-review also encourages reviewers and editors to provide high-quality comments, as these will be made public if the article is accepted for publication.

Start and Growth of Open Peer Review at MDPI

The MDPI journal Life was a pioneer in offering this opportunity to its authors in 2014. The first MDPI article with peer-review reports openly published was a review by the Nobel Laureate Werner Arber, in which the review reports were published as supplementary material. By 2018, open peer-review was available across all MDPI journals. As such, MDPI authors have embraced the open peer-review model, providing a steady increase in the number of MDPI articles. As of 2023, approximately one-third (34.0%) of MDPI articles were published with open review reports.

As at July 2023, the percentage of MDPI articles published with open peer review has increased to 36.2% of the total papers published in 2023 so far, indicating ongoing growth in adoption.

Open peer review continues to play a critical role in the assessment of the peer-review process in Life. For further insights, please see the recent editorial by Dr. Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto, the former Editor-in-Chief of Life, who spearheaded the implementation of the open peer-review process.

Benefits of Open Peer Review

The benefits of open peer review include increased transparency, trust and constructive feedback. To promote open communication further and increase the robustness of the peer-review process, we encourage reviewers to sign their reports so that their name appears on the review report (this process is referred to as open identity). The default option is for reviewers to remain anonymous; however, by signing the reports, reviewers receive direct credit for their contribution to the peer-review process and show their commitment towards open science.

As the leading open access publisher, MDPI remains committed to promoting open peer-review and encourages authors to choose this approach. Our goal is to provide a rigorous and transparent peer-review process that benefits the scientific community, and we believe that open peer-review is a vital step in fostering openness and collaboration in scientific communication.

Impactful Research

MDPI Papers Cited in the News – IJERPH edition

Every month, our corporate marketing team compiles data from Altmetrics to create a list of MDPI papers that have been cited in the news. This list continues to grow as renowned news outlets regularly reference research published by MDPI in their articles.

During 2022, a total of 111,965 MDPI research papers were mentioned in prominent news outlets such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Guardian, the BBC, CNN, Time, and Harvard Business Review.

Highly Cited Journal Publications

IJERPH, known for publishing impactful research, received the most news mentions among all MDPI journals in 2022, based on Altmetrics data:

  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: 3509 mentions
  • Nutrients: 2698 mentions
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences: 1701 mentions
  • Journal of Clinical Medicine: 1131 mentions
  • Viruses: 1111 mentions

These numbers show the recognition and impact of the articles published in IJERPH. For a more detailed view of the journal’s most cited and viewed papers, you can visit here. In total, IJERPH has garnered over 28,000 mentions in prominent news outlets, and as at July 2023, an impressive count of over 17,000 papers cited 10 times or more. These figures highlight the impactful contribution of IJERPH publications to the scientific community.

Example of Recent Mentions

During May and June 2023, a noteworthy selection of articles from IJERPH was cited in news articles, including:

The Washington Post: “Bringing nature inside can improve your health. Here’s how to do it.”
IJERPH paper:Physiological Benefits of Viewing Nature: A Systematic Review of Indoor Experiments

Harvard Business Review: “How to Take Better Breaks at Work, According to Research
IJERPH paper:Canine-Assisted Therapy Improves Well-Being in Nurses

National Geographic: “Lyme disease is spreading fast—but a vaccine may be on the way
IJERPH paper:Range Expansion of Tick Disease Vectors in North America: Implications for Spread of Tick-Borne Disease

Inside MDPI

MDPI Develops an Artificial Intelligence Tool to Enhance the Peer-Review Process

At MDPI, we believe that rigorous peer-review is the corner-stone of high-quality academic publishing. We are grateful to the scholars who generously dedicate their time to peer-review articles submitted to MDPI journals. Their contributions are invaluable to the advancement of science.

Peer-review is a critical part of the publication process, ensuring that MDPI upholds the highest quality standards for the papers we publish. Every manuscript submitted to our journals undergoes a comprehensive peer-review process conducted by subject-matter experts.

To further enhance our peer-review process, our Data Analytics team has developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool designed to support the selection of reviewers. This proprietary tool utilizes Natural Language Processing (NLP), a specially designed AI language model, to extract information from the title and abstract of submitted papers. It then searches our database for similar manuscripts and suggests potential reviewers based on this analysis. Integrated with MDPI's submission system (SuSy), the AI tool cross-references the suggested candidates with our reviewer database to verify their invitation status and availability.

The goal of this tool is to provide better targeted peer-review invitations, reducing the number of emails sent for each paper and increasing the efficiency of our editorial staff.

In the near future, our Data Analytics team plans to deploy similar AI projects to improve other critical aspects of our services, offering an enhanced experience to our authors and readers.

Click here to learn about MDPI’s review process, including procedures, responsibilities, and benefits.

Read more:

Coming Together for Science

The Future of IJERPH

On 5 July 2023, Prof. Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou, the founding Editor-in-Chief of IJERPH, along with five Section Editors in Chief (Prof. Dr. Germán Vicente-Rodríguez, Prof. Dr. Karl Goodkin, Prof. Dr. William A. Toscano, Prof. Dr. Jimmy T. Efird, and Prof. Dr. William Douglas Evans), gathered in Basel to discuss the future of the journal. The meeting provided an opportunity to address the recent decision by The Web of Science to delist IJERPH due to the journal failing the Content Relevance criterion, and propose best strategies that will ensure high scientific rigor as well as a clear scope and aim of IJERPH, going forward.

While the delisting is disappointing for IJERPH, as well as for our authors, academic editors, and the entire scientific community supporting our journal, we see it as an opportunity to reflect and prepare for the future direction of the journal.

Since its launch in 2004, IJERPH’s vision and mission have evolved to be more complete and comprehensive in engaging scientific communities. In light of this, we will refresh the journal’s aims and scope, ensuring they align with the organic expansion of IJERPH. Additionally, we will restructure the journal sections into broader categories, encouraging collaborative research and transdisciplinary approaches for authors. This is designed to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among diverse fields, contributing to a holistic understanding of health promotion and disease prevention. We are confident that these next steps will enhance the scientific strength and societal impact of our journal.

Journal Achievements

In addition to the productive discussions, we took the time to celebrate some of the remarkable achievements of IJERPH, which I highlight below:

  • Founded by Prof. Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou in 2004
  • Indexed in PubMed in 2008
  • Received its first Impact Factor in 2012
  • Published its 5000th paper in 2017
  • Over 60,000 papers published as at June 30, 2023
  • 131,628,173 paper views in 2018–2022
  • Over 28,000 mentions in prominent news outlets
  • 17,000 papers cited 10 times or more as at June 30, 2023
  • No.1 journal in the 2022 Google Scholar Metrics in the category of Public Health
  • Awarded several editions of Young Investigator Awards, Travel Awards, and Outstanding Reviewer Awards since 2018.

These achievements showcase the journal’s significant contributions to the field and its impact on global health. We are proud of the exceptional work accomplished by the IJERPH team and look forward to building upon this success in the years to come.

Closing Thoughts

MDPI’s Impact in Spain

During the past month, I had the opportunity to visit our new office building in Barcelona, where I met with our local colleagues to discuss the ways we serve the scholarly community, particularly in Spain. The multi-functional office plays a vital role in supporting various business needs, including editorial, design, conference management, data analytics, journal relationship management, publishing partnerships, and collaborations with societies.

Spain holds a significant position in MDPI’s global market, ranking as the fourth-largest contributor to the total number of papers published by MDPI as at July 2023, ranking next to Italy, the USA, and China, with Germany completing the top five.

The Numbers

Out of the 1,680,000 total MDPI articles published as at 25 July, almost 80,000 articles are contributed by Spanish authors, representing nearly 40,000 unique authors affiliated with Spanish institutions. Remarkably, over 6,300 of these authors hold editorial board member (EBM) positions within MDPI journals, with 30 of them serving as Editors-in-Chief (EiCs).

Our commitment to working with institutions is very evident in Spain, where we have successfully established over 40 Institutional Open Access Programs (IOAP) with esteemed institutions such as the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, the University of Navarre, and Complutense University of Madrid.

Over the past five years, we have successfully organized eight in-person conferences in Barcelona, attracting over 1,150 registrations, with two forthcoming events scheduled for 2024. Barcelona's excellent connectivity to international airports makes it easily accessible to participants from around the world. Its welcoming atmosphere provides us with the perfect environment for knowledge-sharing, networking, and contributing to the local economy.

Our growth and presence in Spain are a true testament to the incredible service we provide to the scholarly community and the relationships we foster through responsive and collaborative communication. We look forward to continuing to support Spanish scholars, providing them a valuable and trusted experience with MDPI, the leader in open access publishing.

Testimonials

I close this letter as I did in the first edition, by sharing testimonials from our stakeholders. Here are a few IJERPH testimonials from a Spanish guest editor and an author:

Guest Editor
“I want to thank the kindness, attention and professionalism of the MDPI team throughout the editorial process of the Special Issue. I believe that it is a very professional and quality editorial process.”
- Professor Víctor Arufe-Giráldez, University of A Coruña
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Physical Education: Present and Future
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Author
“I want to thank the rigor of the revisions made to the manuscripts to improve their quality, the support to the authors for the editor assignment system they have and the follow-up they carry out, for the speed in answering and in carrying out the entire process of the revision, and for doing all this at an affordable price.”
- Dr. María Paz García-Caro, University of Granada
Article in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Factors Associated with Suicide Attempts and Suicides in the General Population of Andalusia (Spain)

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

20 July 2023
Meet Us at the 2023 National Plant Biology Congress, 2–6 August 2023, Lanzhou, China


MDPI will be attending the 2023 National Plant Biology Congress as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Lanzhou, China, from 2 to 6 August 2023.

The conference is jointly organized by the Chinese Society of Genetics, Chinese Society of Cell Biology, China Crop Society, Chinese Society of Botany, and Chinese Society of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology. The conference is scheduled to be held in Lanzhou, Gansu, China. Domestic experts, scholars, and outstanding young scientists who have made outstanding achievements in related fields of plant biology will be invited to give academic reports. The conference aims to promote exchanges and cooperation among plant scientists, promote the transformation and application of plant scientific research achievements in agricultural production practice, and help the revitalization of the seed industry.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference and our booth, please visit the following link: http://www.ncpb.net/home/index/index.html.

11 July 2023
MDPI’s Newly Launched Journals in June 2023

With the first issue released in June 2023, five new MDPI journals disseminating multi-disciplinary science are due to launch, which will cover the subjects of medicine & pharmacology, biology and physical sciences.

The newly launched journals will be overseen by professional Editorial Board Members and Editors to ensure an accurate and rapid publication, rigorous peer review and broad visibility.

Please feel free to browse and discover more about the new journals below.

Journal Founding Editor-in-Chief Journal topics (selected)
Prof. Dr. Jun Ma, Peking University, China| Editorial | view inaugural issue growth and development;
diet and nutrients; school health promotion policies and practices; child health and care; adolescent health and wellbeing | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Bernd Rehm, Griffith University, Australia | Editorial | view inaugural issue DNA and gene synthesis; synthetic transcription factors; protein engineering; viral engineering; metabolic engineering | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Varsha Gandhi, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA | Editorial | view inaugural issue lymphatics; cancers associated with lymphocytes and lymphoblasts; lymphatic tissues; lymphoma; lymphoid leukemia | view journal scope | submit an article
Dr. Bradley Turner, University of Melbourne, Australia | Editorial | view inaugural issue multiple sclerosis; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; primary lateral sclerosis; atherosclerosis; systemic sclerosis | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Clemens Burda, Case Western Reserve University, USA | Editorial | view inaugural issue Gamma ray, X-ray, and UV–Vis spectroscopies; NIR/mid-infrared/Raman spectroscopy; microwave and THz spectroscopy; high-resolution gas-phase atomic, molecular, and cluster spectroscopy; MS, NMR, and EPR spectroscopy | view journal scope | submit an article

We wish to thank everyone who has supported the development of open access publishing. You are welcome to submit an application to the New Journal Committee ([email protected]) if you would like to create more new journals.

3 July 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #1 - Open Access and Impactful Research

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

The Future is Open, and MDPI is Leading the Way

I strongly believe in a future that embraces openness, where open source, open information, and open access (OA) take center stage. This belief that led me to join MDPI in 2020, and I am honored to have recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this capacity, and operating in close liaison with Dr. Lin and MDPI’s senior management, I shall work to build on Dr. Lin’s achievements of the past quarter-century. In this role, I will focus on communication initiatives to promote MDPI's remarkable work and continue to build our company as a trusted leader in OA publishing. For over two decades, MDPI has been at the forefront of reshaping the academic publishing landscape, with OA surpassing subscription-based publishing in 2020. This trajectory is deeply rooted in our history and reflects our unwavering commitment and vision for an open future.

1 Million Published Articles

2023 began with a remarkable achievement for MDPI, as we became the first OA publisher to reach the milestone of 1 million published articles. This represents 2.7 million unique authors who have trusted us with their work, or about a third of all researchers worldwide. As the world's most cited OA publisher, we are proud in sharing these significant milestones.

Our mission remains unchanged: to make science open and accessible to all. We understand the importance of knowledge access, empowering researchers to stay at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. Our diverse range of journals covers a wide spectrum of disciplines, offering cutting-edge insights, trusted tools, and crucial knowledge to address global challenges.

Liberating Science

As the world’s leading OA publisher, MDPI is actively liberating science. We are committed to eliminating the frustrations researchers and the general public face when accessing information, ensuring it is not locked behind paywalls. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to information, and our commitment to open access publishing drives our work.

In this inaugural edition of Insights: The CEO's Letter, I draw inspiration from the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. Its stated mission reminds us that true impact is achieved when knowledge is widely and readily available to society:

"Our mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the information is not made widely and readily available to society”

Impactful Research

MDPI Publishes Impactful Research: Recognized by Leading Indexing Databases

MDPI journals are indexed in every single top database in the world.

As of June 2023, we have 214 journals indexed within Web of Science, 223 indexed within Scopus, 87 indexed within PubMed and PMC, and 17 indexed within MEDLINE, and these numbers increase every month. We constantly strive to expand the coverage of our journals within leading multi-disciplinary and scope-specific databases, resulting in an incredibly broad range of journals that are indexed within a variety of databases. MDPI has active relationships with approximately 65 well-known databases around the world, and we continue to expand our portfolio every year so that your work can be found, cited, and referenced with ease.

Continued Growth of MDPI Journals

The 2022 Scopus and Web of Science journal citation metrics were officially released in June, and I am pleased to report that 31 MDPI journals received their first CiteScore, taking the total number of journals with a CiteScore to 216. The number of MDPI journals receiving an Impact Factor (IF) also continues to grow with 111 receiving their first, by being covered in the ESCI, bringing our total number of journals with an IF to 208 of which 41 journals received an IF above 4.0. Looking at 2022 CiteScores in the Scopus database, 80% of MDPI journals have a score that ranks them in Q1 or Q2 in at least one subject category.

Publishing impactful science would not be possible without all of our authors, editors and reviewers. Thank you for your contribution and continued support! Together we share the latest scientific insights faster and ensure that your work is accessible to all.

Read more

Interview with Indexing Manager—Constanze Shelhorn

Inside MDPI

Preprints.org: Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

At MDPI, we are dedicated to driving the advancement of science. Through our initiative, Preprints.org, researchers can publish their work and gain valuable feedback from the broader research community, ensuring rapid progress in their respective fields. This is particularly crucial during times of health and climate challenges, where timely dissemination of findings is essential.

Increased Visibility for Preprints

I am pleased to share that Clarivate recognizes the significance of preprints and has taken a crucial step to enhance their visibility. Clarivate has added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science, encompassing preprints published not only on Preprints.org but also on other reputable repositories.

Looking ahead, the future of preprints appears promising, bolstered by the recent indexing announcement from the Web of Science. As a result, preprints will receive increased visibility, serving as a valuable resource for staying informed about the latest research developments.

Read more

What are Preprints?
The Pros and Cons of Preprints
Preprints and COVID-19
Preprints—The Future of Open Access Publishing?

Coming Together for Science

The First International Conference on Antioxidants: Sources, Methods, Health Benefits and Industrial Applications

In this edition of ‘Coming Together for Science,’ I am pleased to highlight the First International Conference on Antioxidants organized by our conference team in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. The conference attracted over 130 attendees, who engaged in 42 talks, and 89 poster presentations spread across several sessions.

Working Together

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Alessandra Napolitano (Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Naples, Italy) and Prof. Dr. Rosa M. Lamuela Raventos (Department of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Gastronomy, University of Barcelona, Spain) as chairs, and supported by the committee members, 10 invited keynote speakers, poster presenters, and all the attendees, this dedicated group of academics came together to discuss the natural sources, methodologies, health benefits, and industrial applications of antioxidants.

Especially noteworthy is the positive feedback received from attendees, with 94% rating the overall organization of the conference as good or excellent. I particularly love the picture above, capturing the gathering of some of the participants. You can browse through more photos in the event gallery located here.

Managing Events With Sciforum

If you are considering hosting your own academic event, I highly recommend checking out Sciforum, MDPI's event management platform. Sciforum simplifies the entire process, making it easy to host your own event by allowing you to focus on what really matters: Science!

Read more

Sciforum: forthcoming events
Spotlight on Antioxidants

Closing Thoughts

Stefan Tochev, Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Dr. Eric O. Freed, Peter Roth, Wynne Wang, Allison Yang

Viruses and Editorial Quality: Acknowledging the Dedication of our Viruses Journal Team

During a June meeting with Dr. Eric O. Freed, the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of our journal Viruses, I was reminded of the exceptional dedication of our editorial board. Meeting with Eric is a pleasure, as he has a strong commitment and clear vision for the journal. Over the course of two days, we gained a deep understanding of the journal’s expectations and focus on strategic growth, editorial board representation, and engagement.

I am pleased to share that Viruses holds a CiteScore of 7.1 (an increase of 7.57% versus the 2021 metric) and an Impact Factor of 4.7. You can view the journal statistics here. Viruses publishes highly cited papers, and is indexed in renowned databases such as Scopus, SCIE (Web of Science), PubMed, and others, and maintains affiliations with prestigious societies. Moreover, the Viruses team has recently announced an exciting upcoming event titled ‘Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses,’ scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 14–16 February 2024.

Testimonials

If you notice my enthusiasm regarding our editorial service, it’s because the surveys and testimonials we receive speak volumes about the experiences of our authors, reviewers, and guest editors who collaborate with MDPI. The purpose of these letters is to highlight the exceptional work that we do and the experiences we create for the scholars – thus, let me end with this testimonial from an author:

“It was a great pleasure to publish in Viruses Special Issue [Emerging Viruses in Aquaculture]. The submission process was easy. Guest editors were very helpful and provided all the guidance and support as needed. The handling of the manuscript by the Editorial Team was very fast, efficient, and professional. The reviewer’s comments were insightful, and the publication processes were remarkably rapid.”
Ms. Magdalena Stachnik, Państwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny | PIWet

Article in Viruses: Emerging Viral Pathogens in Sturgeon Aquaculture in Poland: Focus on Herpesviruses and Mimivirus Detection

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

28 June 2023
2022 Impact Factors for MDPI Journals

The 2022 citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and we’re pleased to announce the following results for MDPI journals:

We are thrilled to announce that 90% of our ranked MDPI journals, specifically 86 out of 96 (captured in the table below), are performing above average in Q1 or Q2. This year, Clarivate has expanded its Impact Factor (IF) awards to include journals in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), providing greater transparency for the full set of journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. As a result, 111 of MDPI journals have received their first IF in 2023, with 37 journals surpassing an IF of 3.0. In total, 208 MDPI journals have been honored with an IF.

Clarivate explains that by "expanding the coverage but holding to highly selective standards, the [Impact Factor] is now a reliable indicator of trustworthiness, as well as a measure of scholarly impact, at the journal level."

Please visit our blog post where we discuss the release of the latest citation metrics with our Indexing Manager, Dr. Constanze Schelhorn, to find out what's different this time around and how to make use of different metrics available.

Journal Impact Factor Rank Quartile Category
Vaccines 7.8 Q1 Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Antioxidants 7.0 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemistry, Medicinal
Cells 6.0 Q2 Cell Biology
Nutrients 5.9 Q1 Nutrition & Dietetics
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 5.6 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 5.6 Q2 Business
Biomolecules 5.5 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biosensors 5.4 Q1 Chemistry, Analytical
Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Fractal and Fractional 5.4 Q1 Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Marine Drugs 5.4 Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Pharmaceutics 5.4 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Nanomaterials 5.3 Q1 Physics, Applied
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Cancers 5.2 Q2 Oncology
Foods 5.2 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Polymers 5.0 Q1 Polymer Science
Remote Sensing 5.0 Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Q2 Remote Sensing
Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
Environmental Sciences
Antibiotics 4.8 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Infectious Diseases
Drones 4.8 Q2 Remote Sensing
Journal of Functional Biomaterials 4.8 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Materials Science, Biomaterials
Biomedicines 4.7 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Journal of Fungi 4.7 Q2 Mycology
Microbiology
Viruses 4.7 Q2 Virology
Bioengineering 4.6 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Gels 4.6 Q1 Polymer Science
Molecules 4.6 Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Pharmaceuticals 4.6 Q2 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Chemistry, Medicinal
Toxics 4.6 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Environmental Sciences
Biomimetics 4.5 Q1 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Q2 Materials Science, Biomaterials
Microorganisms 4.5 Q2 Microbiology
Plants 4.5 Q1 Plant Sciences
Biology 4.2 Q2 Biology
Chemosensors 4.2 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Electrochemistry
Membranes 4.2 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Polymer Science
Toxins 4.2 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Food Science & Technology
Metabolites 4.2 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Batteries 4.0 Q2 Electrochemistry
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Q3 Energy & Fuels
Catalysts 3.9 Q2 Chemistry, Physical
Journal of Clinical Medicine 3.9 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Land 3.9 Q2 Environmental Studies
Sensors 3.9 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Sustainability 3.9 Q2 Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Buildings 3.8 Q2 Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Agronomy 3.7 Q1 Agronomy
Q2 Plant Sciences
Fermentation 3.7 Q2 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Pathogens 3.7 Q2 Microbiology
Agriculture 3.6 Q1 Agronomy
Diagnostics 3.6 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Genes 3.5 Q2 Genetics & Heredity
Journal of Intelligence 3.5 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Lubricants 3.5 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Processes 3.5 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Coatings 3.4 Q2 Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Physics, Applied
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 3.4 Q2 Geography, Physical
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Materials 3.4 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Micromachines 3.4 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Physics, Applied
Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Water 3.4 Q2 Water Resources
Environmental Sciences
Brain Sciences 3.3 Q3 Neurosciences
Energies 3.2 Q3 Energy & Fuels
Fire 3.2 Q1 Forestry
Q2 Ecology
Life 3.2 Q2 Biology
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 3.1 Q3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Horticulturae 3.1 Q1 Horticulture
Animals 3.0 Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Veterinary Sciences
Insects 3.0 Q1 Entomology
Atmosphere 2.9 Q3 Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Electronics 2.9 Q2 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Physics, Applied
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Forests 2.9 Q1 Forestry
Inorganics 2.9 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.9 Q1 Engineering, Marine
Q2 Oceanography
Engineering, Ocean
Metals 2.9 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease 2.9 Q2 Tropical Medicine
Parasitology
Q3 Infectious Diseases
Universe 2.9 Q2 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Physics, Particles & Fields
Healthcare 2.8 Q2 Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Q3 Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Applied Sciences 2.7 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Physics, Applied
Q3 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Crystals 2.7 Q2 Crystallography
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Entropy 2.7 Q2 Physics, Multidisciplinary
Magnetochemistry 2.7 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Q3 Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Symmetry 2.7 Q2 Multidisciplinary Sciences
Actuators 2.6 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Engineering, Mechanical
Aerospace 2.6 Q1 Engineering, Aerospace
Behavioral Sciences 2.6 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Current Oncology 2.6 Q3 Oncology
Machines 2.6 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Q3 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Medicina 2.6 Q3 Medicine, General & Internal
Separations 2.6 Q3 Chemistry, Analytical
Minerals 2.5 Q2 Mining & Mineral Processing
Mineralogy
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Children 2.4 Q2 Pediatrics
Diversity 2.4 Q2 Biodiversity Conservation
Q3 Ecology
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 2.4 Q3 Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Mathematics 2.4 Q1 Mathematics
Photonics 2.4 Q3 Optics
Veterinary Sciences 2.4 Q1 Veterinary Sciences
Fishes 2.3 Q2 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Fisheries
Axioms 2.0 Q2 Mathematics, Applied
Systems 1.9 Q2 Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Tomography 1.9 Q3 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging


Note: The Journal of Personalized Medicine's Impact Factor was omitted in the original release and will be assigned separately. Please find the data on the journal webpage in due course.

Source: 2022 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports TM (Clarivate, 2023)

 

14 June 2023
Meet Us at the International Conference Innovations for Sustainable Crop Production in the Mediterranean Region (ISPAMED), 12–13 July 2023, Palermo, Italy


We are pleased to announce and invite you to join the International Conference Innovations for Sustainable Crop Production in the Mediterranean Region (ISPAMED), organized by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), University of Palermo, Italy. ISPAMED will be held at the Main Lecture Hall “Gian Pietro Ballatore” of the SAAF from 12 to 13 July 2023. Attendance at ISPAMED will be free of charge for 20 young researchers (under 35) selected by a scientific committee.

The conference will provide a platform for agricultural scientists and agronomists to discuss current challenges and share their latest research achievements in agricultural science. The topics of the conference will be organized around the following sessions:

  • Climate change, biodiversity and Mediterranean production;
  • Enhancement of water resources and food safety;
  • Economic aspects, sustainable crop production and consumption models;
  • Emerging and re-emerging plant diseases in the context of climate change;
  • Sustainable greenhouse production systems for vegetable crops.

After the conference, all participants will be encouraged to submit a full paper to a dedicated Special Issue in Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395, Impact Factor: 3.949): “Innovations for Sustainable Crop Production in the Mediterranean Region”. Manuscripts submitted to the Special Issue will be published with a 15% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC).

We look forward to your participation.

To find out more about the conference, please visit the following link: https://www.ispamed.org/.

13 June 2023
Agronomy Receives an Updated CiteScore of 5.2


We are pleased to inform you that Agronomy‘s 2022 CiteScore is 5.2. Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395) now ranks in Q1 in the “Agronomy and Crop Science”, ranked 76th among 376 titles in the category.

Our journal continues to build momentum in agronomy and agroecology. We would like to extend our congratulations to all concerned.

For more journal statistics, please visit https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/stats.

29 May 2023
Interview with Dr. Leontina Lipan—Winner of the Agronomy 2022 Young Investigator Award

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Agronomy 2022 Young Investigator Award—Dr. Leontina Lipan.


Name:
Dr. Leontina Lipan

Affiliation: Miguel Hernández University, Spain

Interests: food quality; food safety; bioactive compounds; sensory analysis; consumer acceptance of food products; almonds; nuts; tropical fruits; water stress; stress markers; water scarcity; deficit irrigation strategies; spray drying; microencapsulation; probiotic bacteria

 

 

 

We would like to thank the award committee for selecting one winner from a large number of exceptional candidates, Dr. Leontina Lipan. We will continue to reward scholars with the Young Investigator Award to express our acknowledgment of their support for our journal Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395). We wish them every success in their careers.

The following is a short interview with Dr. Leontina Lipan:

1. How did you become interested in your current area of research?

My interest in research in the agro-food area increased gradually, beginning when I enrolled in the proteomics research group led by Prof. Dr. Ramona Suharoschi during the second year of my bachelor’s degree in food engineering at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I was fascinated by the idea of exploring new ways to enhance food safety and quality through scientific research.

Then, in the third year of my bachelor's degree, I obtained an Erasmus scholarship at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain, where I gained valuable international experience and exposure to different research methods. This experience motivated me to apply for an internship in the US, where I worked as a scientific assistant at the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission. During my internship, I contributed to several projects that combined different fields, including agronomy, horticulture, and food science applied to apples, cherries, pears, and peaches.

After this enriching experience, I chose to enroll in a Ph.D. program at Miguel Hernández University, Spain, with the research group led by renowned professor and scientific researcher Prof. Dr. Ángel Carbonell, where I focused on studying the effects of water deficit irrigation strategies on almond quality and the opinion of European consumers' regarding hydro-sustainable almonds.

Finally, my interest in science drove me as a young researcher, and currently I am pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship (founded by the Ministerio de Universidades and European Union—Next Generation EU) in Fruit Production Program (IRTA—Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology), with a focus on advanced techniques to predict the behavior of nuts (almonds, hazelnuts) in industrialization processes among others.
 
2. What are the struggles that come with being an early career researcher?

When it comes to struggles there are plenty of them, but I will list 3 of the most important in my opinion: (i) limited funding, which can make it challenging to conduct research and compete with more established researchers; (ii) stability; and (iii) publication record. Managing all these struggles can be time-consuming, and can lead to burnout and a loss of motivation, which can cause early career researchers to abandon their research careers altogether.
 
3. Could you describe any particularly interesting or unexpected results that you have discovered in your research so far?

One of the most interesting and unexpected results I have discovered in my research so far was during my doctoral thesis, where we found that certain water deficit irrigation strategies led to an improvement in almond quality and also in processed almonds, despite the decreased water availability. This was unexpected because it is commonly believed that water stress negatively affects crop yield and quality; however, the level of stress makes the difference in this case. Additionally, we found that consumers were willing to pay more for hydro-sustainable almonds, indicating a growing interest in environmentally friendly and sustainable agricultural practices. These results were not only surprising, but also have significant implications for the agricultural industry and highlight the importance of sustainable water management practices in agriculture.
 
4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far?

The most valuable lesson I've learned so far is the importance of collaboration and networking in scientific research. All my publications are co-signed by many authors (and this is another struggle, because sometimes you can be penalized/receive a lower score in a competition if you have more than x authors) because my research involved many collaborators from different areas. I have learned that by working with others, we can develop more robust research projects and gain insights that we may have overlooked on our own. Networking has also allowed me to connect with other researchers and industry professionals, providing an opportunity to know some wonderful people.
 
5. What is your motivation for research?

My motivation for research is driven by my passion for finding solutions that can help industries and sectors to produce food in a sustainable manner, ensuring that everyone has access to safe and healthy food. I know they are big words, and kind of difficult to fulfill, but I believe that research is to create a better world, and every researcher contributes to this goal.
 
6. We hope that the Young Investigator Award will open new opportunities for you. How does an Award like this one help to support the career of a young/early career researcher like you?

Winning the Young Investigator Award has been a great surprise, honor, and significant achievement for me. We all seek validation and approval for our actions, whether it is from our parents, relatives, friends, or supervisors (in this case). In my case, winning this award was a validation that I was on the right track with my research, and that my work has been recognized by the scientific community. You were asking me before about what my motivation for research is, so this recognition has been incredibly motivating and encouraging for me. Additionally, this will support my career, because this award has provided me with greater visibility and exposure within the scientific community, which can lead to new collaborations and opportunities for funding and research partnerships.
 
7. What qualities do you think young scientists need?

There are plenty of qualities required, but I believe the most important is to have a passion for their field of research and a dedication to make meaningful contributions to science and society; in this way, they can handle the struggles I have commented on before. Besides, they must have a strong work ethic, they need to be open-minded and receptive to feedback, and finally, possess the ability to manage their time effectively.
 
8. What are your plans for the future, and how do you hope to build upon your current work?

As a young researcher, I am always looking for new challenges and opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills. In the future, I plan to continue my research in these fields, particularly in the area of sustainable food production, nuts quality and industry, as well as consumer science. I hope to have the chance to build upon my current work by exploring new research questions and methods, collaborating with other scientists, and applying my findings to real-world problems.
 
9. As the winner of this award, would you like to take a moment to share your thoughts with the readers, or express gratitude towards those who have played a significant role in your research accomplishments?

Yes, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Agronomy for awarding me the young investigator award, and of course to the scientific committee for their evaluation.

I would also like to thank:

  • Dr. Ramona Suharoschi, who was the one initiating me in the research field;
  • Dr. Ángel Carbonell, who gave me the chance to learn from the best and the responsibility to carry out my own research;
  • Dr. Esther Sendra and Dr. Agustí Romero, who are my mentors in this new chapter of my research career;
  • Dr. Francisca Hernández, Prof. Dr. David López Lluch, Dr. Arturo Torrecillas, Dr. Laura Vázquez, Dr. Iván García Tejero, Dr. Mireia Corell, Dr. Xavier Miarnau, Dr. Mercè Rovira, Dr. Ignasi Batlle, and Dr. Luis Asin, among others, who were/are always open to answer my numerous questions.

I would also like to thank Dr. Marina Cano, Hanán Issa and all my colleagues for their support and guidance throughout my career. Their encouragement and feedback have been and continue to be instrumental in shaping my research, helping me to achieve this award.

Lastly, I would like to thank José A. Granero and my family and friends for their unwavering support and encouragement, which have been critical in keeping me motivated and focused on my research goals.

19 May 2023
2023 International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for Biological Diversity will be celebrated on 22 May 2023, under the theme “From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity”, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity refers to the diversity of all life forms on Earth, including genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity. Biological diversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilizations; however, the loss of biodiversity threatens everything, including our health. We hope that the established MDPI journals on life sciences and biology, including Biology, Diversity, Fishes, Birds, Insects, Water, Forests, Grasses, Life, Seeds, Agriculture, and Agronomy, will provide suitable communication platforms. The aim is to strengthen scientific cooperation in response to the International Day for Biological Diversity and to embrace the potential to promote sustainable development.

Avifaunal Diversity and Abundance in the Proposed Sarasalai Mangrove Reserve, Jaffna, Sri Lanka”
by Nitharsan Aloysius, Shashi Madhushanka and Chathuri Chandrika
Birds 2023, 4(1), 103-116; https://doi.org/10.3390/birds4010009

Perils of Underestimating Species Diversity: Revisiting Systematics of Psammocambeva Catfishes (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) from the Rio Paraíba do Sul Basin, South-Eastern Brazil
by Wilson J. E. M. Costa, José Leonardo Mattos, Paulo J. Vilardo, Pedro F. Amorim and Axel M. Katz
Taxonomy 2022, 2(4), 491-523; https://doi.org/10.3390/taxonomy2040032

Environmental DNA Metabarcoding: A Novel Contrivance for Documenting Terrestrial Biodiversity
by Shahnawaz Hassan, Sabreena, Peter Poczai, Bashir Ah Ganai, Waleed Hassan Almalki, Abdul Gafur and R. Z. Sayyed
Biology 2022, 11(9), 1297; https://doi.org/10.3390/biology11091297

Dam Construction Impacts Fish Biodiversity in a Subtropical River Network, China
by Xiongjun Liu, Julian D. Olden, Ruiwen Wu, Shan Ouyang and Xiaoping Wu
Diversity 2022, 14(6), 476; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14060476

Human Communities in Protected Natural Areas and Biodiversity Conservation
by Elizabeth Olmos-Martínez, Heidi Leticia Romero-Schmidt, María del Carmen Blázquez, Camilo Arias-González and Alfredo Ortega-Rubio
Diversity 2022, 14(6), 441; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14060441

Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the Population Structure and Genetic Diversity of Erythroneurini in the Typical Karst Rocky Ecosystem, Southwest China”
by Chen Xiaoxiao, Jia Jiang, Ni Zhang, Xiao Yang, Yongkuan Chi and Yuehua Song
Insects 2022, 13(6), 499; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects13060499

Application of Ecological Restoration Technologies for the Improvement of Biodiversity and Ecosystem in the River”
by Li Pushuang, Dan Li, Xiaoqing Sun, Zhaosheng Chu, Ting Xia and Binghui Zheng
Water 2022, 14(9), 1402; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14091402

Conservation-Status Gaps for Marine Top-Fished Commercial Species
by Imanol Miqueleiz, Rafael Miranda, Arturo Hugo Ariño and Elena Ojea
Fishes 2022, 7(1), 2; https://doi.org/10.3390/fishes7010002

Special Issue: “Elasmobranch Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
Edited by: Dr. Fabrizio Serena and Dr. Fabio Fiorentino
Special Issue: “Systematics, Evolution, and Diversity of Dance Flies (Diptera, Empidoidea)
Edited by: Dr. Christophe Daugeron

Special Issue: “Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Ecology of Mediterranean Plants
Edited by: Dr. Saverio Sciandrello, Dr. Carmelo Maria Musarella and Dr. Ricardo Quinto-Canas
Special Issue: “Macro-Ecology, Macro-Evolution and Conservation of Animals and Plants
Edited by: Prof. Dr. Youhua Chen, Prof. Dr. Kaiwen Pan and Prof. Dr. Xiaohong Chen

International Day for Biological Diversity

Date and time: 22 May 2023, 9–11 a.m. (CEST)

This is a free webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.

16 May 2023
Meet Us at the 19th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society, 18–22 June 2023, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Conference: 19th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society

Date: 18–22 June 2023

Place: Niagara Falls Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2G 3Y9

Booth: #T12

MDPI will be attending the 19th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society, which will be held from 18 to 22 June 2023 in downtown Niagara Falls, Canada, at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.

The conference is the official annual meeting of the Metabolomics Society, and the largest metabolomics meeting worldwide. It will cover the major scientific themes of: technology advances; computational metabolomics, statistics, and bioinformatics; metabolomics in health and disease; and metabolomics of plants, food, environment and microbes. A special theme for this conference will focus on mental health, drug addiction and medicinal cannabis. The scientific program will include plenary and keynote talks, three parallel scientific sessions, interactive poster sessions, sponsor lunches, other networking events and a specially organized parallel session to promote metabolomics research in industry. A strong line-up of both introductory and advanced workshops will take place on Sunday, 18 June, and the morning of Monday, 19 June. To complement the exciting scientific program, the conference will offer a welcome reception, vibrant early career events, a conference dinner and other engaging social activities.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Please do not hesitate to reach out ([email protected]) if you plan on attending this conference. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you might have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.metabolomics2023.org/.

16 May 2023
Meet Us at the MDPI International Day for Biological Diversity Webinar 2023, 22 May 2023


To commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity 2023, MDPI is launching a special webinar to encourage researchers to come together, take action, and highlight how the exchange of findings facilitates efforts to raise awareness of all life.

Biological diversity is often understood in terms of the wide variety of plants, animals, and microorganisms. We aim to encourage connection and collaboration among biological scientists and the international open access community to share and show support for biodiversity.

The webinar aims to encourage connections and collaboration among biological researchers and the international open access community to share and celebrate the role biological diversity plays in our lives.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the MDPI International Day for Biological Diversity Webinar 2023.

Conference secretariat: Ms. Shun Li
Date and time: 22 May 2023, 9:00 a.m. CEST

Register now for free!

This is a free webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Unable to attend? Register anyway and we will let you know when the recording is available to watch. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Luca Sebastiani, Crop Science Research Centre – Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa, Italy;
  • Dr. P. C. Abhilash, Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, India;
  • Dr. Vittorio Capozzi, Department of Agricultural, University of Foggia, Italy.

Program

Speaker/Presentation Time in CEST
Introduction 9:00–9:10 a.m.
Prof. Dr. Luca Sebastiani
Tree Crop Biodiversity: from research to agricultural solutions
9.10–9:40 a.m.
Dr. P. C. Abhilash 
Wild and Lesser Utilized Plants for Food Security
9:40–10:10 a.m.
Dr. Vittorio Capozzi 10:10–10:40 a.m.
Q&A Session 10:40–11:00 a.m.

 Relevant Special Issues:

Agronomy 
"Wild Crop Relatives and Associated Biocultural and Traditional Agronomic Practices for Food and Nutritional Security"
Edited by: Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash, Ajeet Singh,Rama Kant Dubey, Hailin Zhang and Othmane Merah
Submission deadline: 23 June 2023 

Insects
"Pollinator Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services"
Edited by: Daniele Sommaggio and María Pérez-Marcos
Submission deadline: 30 September 2023

"Arthropod Trophic Associations in Natural, Urban, Agricultural, Aquatic and Forest Ecosystems: Destabilizing Agent"
Edited by: Erifili P. Nika and Nickolas G. Kavallieratos
Submission deadline: 31 December 2023

Forests
"Wildlife in Forest Habitats"
Edited by: Jakub Borkowski
Submission deadline: 10 July 2023

"Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Forests"
Edited by: Margarita Arianoutsou, Nikolaos Fyllas and Josep Peñuelas
Submission deadline: 5 August 2023

Land
"Feature Papers for Land, Biodiversity, and Human Wellbeing Section"
Edited by: Sean Sloan, Andrea Belgrano and Stephen Blake
Submission deadline: 5 July 2023

"Perspective on Habitat Degradation, Biodiversity Loss, Climate Change, and Landscape Change"
Edited by: Vanessa Adams
Submission deadline: 26 September 2023

Water
"Biodiversity and Functionality of Plankton Communities"
Edited by: Natalia Kuczyńska-Kippen and Maria Špoljar
Submission deadline: 30 June 2023

"Impacts of Human Activities and Climate Change on Freshwater Fish, Volume II"
Edited by: Pietro Volta, Erik Jeppesen, Vanessa De Santis and Mustafa Korkmaz
Submission deadline: 25 September 2023

JoF
"Fungal Biodiversity and Ecology, 3rd Edition"
Edited by: Lei Cai
Submission deadline: 1 September 2023

"Macromycetes of the Northern Hemisphere: Phylogeny, Taxonomy, Diversity, Distribution, Ecology, Conservation"
Edited by: Vladimír Antonín
Submission deadline: 20 August 2023

13 March 2023
MDPI’s Newly Launched Journals in December 2022

As a leading open access publisher, MDPI provides scholars with a high-quality and rich academic exchange platform by continuously expanding into new and exciting research areas.

In December 2022, MDPI launched five new journals, covering multiple subjects such as life sciences, biology, medicine and pharmacology, social sciences and humanities. These new journals are being edited by established scholars across the world.

Journal

Founding Editor-in-Chief

Journal Topics (Selected)

Prof. Dr. Fabio Gresta, University of Messina, Italy| Editorial | view inaugural issue

grass/forage/turf production; grassland management; pasture monitoring; grazing and livestock; grass agro-ecosystems| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Christos G. Athanassiou, University of Thessaly, Greece| Editorial | view inaugural issue

pesticides; fungicides; herbicides; fertilizers; soil conditioners| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Stephen H. Safe, Texas A&M University, USA| Editorial | view inaugural issue

receptor structure; receptor function; receptor signaling; receptor expression and regulation; receptor interactions with drugs| view journal scope | submit an article

Dr. Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde, University of Mons-UMONS, Belgium| Editorial | view inaugural issue

drug discovery; medicinal chemistry; preclinical and clinical research; marketed drugs; intellectual property and regulatory affairs| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Heather Kanuka, University of Alberta, Canada| Editorial | view inaugural issue

higher education; tertiary education; policy and practice in higher education; educational leadership in higher education; educational administration and management in higher education| view journal scope | submit an article

If you are interested in creating more open access journals with us to publish cutting-edge research, please send your journal proposal application to [email protected].

7 March 2023
Displaying Co-Authors’ Email Addresses on the Webpage of Published Papers

MDPI is pleased to announce that we now display the co-authors’ email addresses in addition to the corresponding author’s email address on the webpage of published papers, protected by Captcha. For more information about this change, please visit the journal’s instructions for authors page. 

We believe this change will facilitate academic discussions and advance our cause of open science and research. The corresponding authors are responsible for communicating with their co-authors and indicating in our system (https://susy.mdpi.com/) if co-authors would prefer for their email addresses not to be displayed.

16 February 2023
Increasing Visibility for Preprints.org – Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

On 9 February 2023, Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics, added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science platform, streamlining the research process by allowing researchers to locate and link to preprints alongside other trusted content in the database.

The Preprint Citation Index will act as a bridge to connect cutting-edge preprints with peer-reviewed journal articles published within the Web of Science Core Collection. Alerts can be easily set to monitor new research across several repositories and authors will also be able to include preprints on their Web of Science Research Profile to more accurately display their various research outputs.

As of its launch, the Preprint Citation Index will provide nearly two million preprints from various repositories, including MDPI’s own Preprints.org.

MDPI's Preprints Platform – Preprints.org

To advance Open Science and the fast dissemination of research, MDPI offers researchers a free multidisciplinary preprint platform. Preprints.org accepts submissions from all research areas and offers authors high visibility, permanent archiving, article-level Metrics and immediately citable content by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to all preprints.

During submission to any MDPI journal, authors have the option to share their research as a preprint. After an initial screening, the manuscript is available online in 48 hours or less. Once online, preprints can be downloaded, shared, commented on, and cited, providing authors maximum visibility.

We invite you to join the ranks of the over 100k researchers using Preprints.org and share your research.

For more information, please visit Preprints.org.

24 January 2023
Agronomy | Editor’s Choice Articles in Q4 of 2022


The Editor’s Choice Articles are based on recommendations by the scientific editors of MDPI journals from around the world. Editors select a small number of articles that have recently been published in the journal that they believe will be particularly interesting to authors, or important in this field. The aim is to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting work published in the various research areas of the journal.

We are pleased to present the Editor’s Choice Articles published in Q4 of 2022, and we hope that these papers can help and provide a reference for your academic research. A carefully curated list of high-quality articles can be found below:

1. “How Much Phosphorus Uptake Is Required for Achieving Maximum Maize Grain Yield? Part 1: Luxury Consumption and Implications for Yield”
by Chiara Di Lorenzo, Francesca Colombo, Simone Biella, Creina Stockley and Patrizia Restani
Agronomy 2023, 13(1),95; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13010095
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/13/1/95

2. “Impacts of Biochar on Trifolium incarnatum and Lolium multiflorum: Soil Nutrient Retention and Loss in Sandy Loam Amended with Dairy Manure”
by Cosette B. Taggart, James P. Muir, Jeff A. Brady, Eunsung Kan, Adam B. Mitchell and Olabiyi Obayomi
Agronomy 2023, 13(1), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13010026
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/13/1/26

3. “Evaluation of Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation for Environmentally Sustainable Weed Management”
by Ram B. Khadka, Andres D. Sanabria-Velazquez, John Cardina and Sally A. Miller
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 3147; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12123147
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/3147

4. “Honey Bee Exposure to the Fungicide Propiconazole in Lowbush Blueberry Fields”
by Francis Andrew Drummond
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 3081; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12123081
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/3081

5. “Toxicity and Preventive Activity of Chitosan, Equisetum arvense, Lecithin and Salix Cortex against Plasmopara viticola, the Causal Agent of Downy Mildew in Grapevine”
by Diego Llamazares De Miguel, Amaia Mena-Petite and Ana María Díez-Navajas
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 3139; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12123139
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/3139

6. “Development of a Low-Cost Open-Source Platform for Smart Irrigation Systems”
by Francisco Puig, Juan Antonio Rodríguez Díaz and María Auxiliadora Soriano
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 2909; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12122909
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/2909

7. “Metabolism Reorganization in Kale (Brassica oleracea L. var acephala) Populations with Divergent Glucosinolate Content under Thermal Stresses”
by María Díaz-Urbano, Pablo Velasco, María Elena Cartea and Víctor M. Rodríguez
Agronomy 2022, 12(11), 2652; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12112652
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/11/2652

8. “Growth and Forage Value of Two Forage Rice Cultivars According to Harvest Time in Reclaimed Land of South Korea”
by Yeongmi Jang, Khulan Sharavdorj, Priscilla Nadalin, Suhwan Lee and Jinwoong Cho
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 3118; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12123118
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/3118

9. “Edge-Compatible Deep Learning Models for Detection of Pest Outbreaks in Viticulture”
by João Gonçalves, Eduardo Silva, Pedro Faria, Telmo Nogueira, Ana Ferreira, Cristina Carlos and Luís Rosado
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 3052; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12123052
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/3052

10. “Yield Predictive Worth of Pre-Flowering and Post-Flowering Indicators of Nitrogen Economy in High Yielding Winter Wheat”
by Witold Szczepaniak, Witold Grzebisz and Jarosław Potarzycki
Agronomy 2023, 13(1), 122; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13010122
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/13/1/122

11. “The Response of Weeds and Apple Trees to Beneficial Soil Microorganisms and Mineral Fertilizers Applied in Orchards”
by Jerzy Lisek, Lidia Sas-Paszt, Augustyn Mika and Anna Lisek
Agronomy 2022, 12(11), 2882; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12112882
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/11/2882

12. “Impacts of Alexandrian Clover Living Mulch on the Yield, Phenolic Content, and Antioxidant Capacity of Leek and Shallot”
by Andrzej Sałata, Renata Nurzyńska-Wierdak, Andrzej Kalisz and Héctor Moreno-Ramón
Agronomy 2022, 12(11), 2602; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12112602
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/11/2602

13. “Diversity of Polish Oat Cultivars with a Glance at Breeding History and Perspectives”
by Aneta Koroluk, Edyta Paczos-Grzęda, Sylwia Sowa, Maja Boczkowska and Joanna Toporowska
Agronomy 2022, 12(10), 2423; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12102423
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/10/2423

14. “Assessment of a Low-Cost Portable Device for Gas Concentration Monitoring in Livestock Housing”
by Provvidenza Rita D’Urso, Claudia Arcidiacono and Giovanni Cascone
Agronomy 2023, 13(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13010005
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/13/1/5

15. “Different Suitability of Olive Cultivars Resistant to Xylella fastidiosa to the Super-Intensive Planting System”
by Salvatore Camposeo, Anna Maria Stellacci, Cristina Romero Trigueros, Salem Alhajj Ali and Gaetano Alessandro Vivaldi
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 3157; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12123157
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/3157

16. “Characterization of Leaf Transcriptome of Grafted Tomato Seedlings after Rhizospheric Inoculation with Azospirillum baldaniorum or Paraburkholderia graminis
by Federica Caradonia, Matteo Buti, Alessia Flore, Roberto Gatti, Caterina Morcia, Valeria Terzi, Domenico Ronga, Lionel Moulin, Enrico Francia and Justyna Anna Milc
Agronomy 2022, 12(10), 2537; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12102537
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/10/2537

17. “Water Stress Effects on the Morphological, Physiological Characteristics of Maize (Zea mays L.), and on Environmental Cost”
by Maria Laskari, George Menexes, Ilias Kalfas, Ioannis Gatzolis and Christos Dordas
Agronomy 2022, 12(10), 2386; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12102386
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/10/2386

18. “Simulation of Multi-Species Plant Communities in Perturbed and Nutrient-Limited Grasslands: Development of the Growth Model ModVege”
by Francesca Piseddu, Raphaël Martin, Ermes Movedi, Frédérique Louault, Roberto Confalonieri and Gianni Bellocchi 
Agronomy 2022, 12(10), 2468; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12102468
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/10/2468

19. “Special Microbial Communities Enhanced the Role of Aged Biochar in Reducing Cd Accumulation in Rice”
by Xueyun Deng, Changzhi Long, Le Chen, Yanli Du, Zhengwei Zhang, Li Gan and Yongjun Zeng
Agronomy 2023, 13(1), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13010081
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/13/1/81

20. “Genetic Diversity and Population Differentiation of Dongxiang Wild Rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) Based on SNP Markers”
by Yuanyuan Nie, Guihua Hou, Hui Xia, Lei Wang, Jianguo Lei, Hong Chen, Liang Chen and Lijun Luo
Agronomy 2022, 12(12), 3056; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12123056
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/12/3056

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If you are an active researcher in the field of agronomy science and are interested in joining the Editorial Board, please do not hesitate to get in touch ([email protected]).

22 December 2022
Special Issue Mentor Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative—the MDPI Special Issue Mentor Program.

This program will enable early career researchers (who must hold a Ph.D. in a related field) to experience editing a Special Issue in MDPI journals, under the mentorship of our experienced Editorial Board Members or other experienced scientists. The mentor program will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to gain editorial experience, and to cultivate their ability to edit scientific research.

The mentee’s responsibilities include:

  • Proposing a Special Issue title and assisting the mentor in preparing a summary (around 200–400 words) and 3–10 keywords describing the background, importance, and goal of the Issue;
  • Writing a brief promotion plan for the Special Issue;
  • Preparing a list of scholars who may be interested in the Issue and personally e-mailing invitations on behalf of Guest Editors;
  • Writing an editorial for the online Special Issue together with the mentor.

The mentor’s responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a final check before the Special Issue is published online;
  • Performing editorial control of the Special Issue and quality control of the publications, both of which must be carried out in a timely manner;
  • Providing suggestions to younger scholars if they have any doubts or concerns regarding submissions;
  • Organizing video calls with young scholars and the Editorial Office regularly to discuss problems and improvement suggestions for the Special Issue;
  • Making and submitting decisions regarding submissions with the assistance of mentees.

Certificates and awards:
After the Special Issue closes, the Editorial Office will provide official certificates for all the mentors and early career researchers.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your Special Issue proposal to the Editorial Office of a journal you choose, and we will discuss the process (i.e., mentor collaboration, Special Issue topic feasibility analysis, etc.) in further detail. The full list of MDPI journals is as follows: https://www.mdpi.com/about/journals.

In addition to the new Special Issue Mentor Program, we will continue to welcome all Special Issue proposals focusing on hot research topics.

14 December 2022
"Thanks a Million!" – One Million Articles Published in MDPI Journals

MDPI has just become the first open access (OA) publisher to reach the milestone of one million articles published. That is one million articles freely available to all, to circulate and build upon! We are proud to share this special moment with the global scientific community.

This landmark has been reached thanks to the immeasurable support of more than 600,000 expert reviewers, 66,000 editorial board members and 6700 hard-working colleagues across MDPI’s global offices.

Within more than 25 years of publishing, our journals received 2.1 million manuscripts and generated 4.6 million peer review reports to get to one million papers published.

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Reaching the milestone of one million articles published reinforces our mission to remove any existing barriers and to make scientific research accessible to all. Since its inception, MDPI’s goal has been to create reliable processes to make science open. This is a path towards facilitating the dissemination of novel insights in scientific communities.

Regular feedback from authors and reviewers shows that our service is greatly appreciated and needed. At the same time, the feedback helps us identify areas for further improvement.

As it stands, a significant share of published research findings remain closed access. More than half of the content published with the most well-known legacy publishers stays behind a paywall, and that is not including articles published in hybrid OA journals, or made available months or years after publication.

A new policy announced by the US administration in August 2022 requires that, as of January 2026, all US federally funded research be made freely and immediately available after publication. While the new policy does not mandate articles be published under an open access license, it is aligned with the open access movement in removing all barriers to research. Similarly, some of the most advanced research institutions in the world intend to have all funded research articles published in open access by 2025.

MDPI is proud to be the leading agent of the transition to open access.

"Thanks a Million" to all the contributors!

8 December 2022
MDPI Sustainability Foundation: New Look and Nominations for the 2023 Sustainability Awards Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the website of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation has been revamped! For the past couple of months, our UX UI team and front-end developers have been working hard to launch the website in time for the opening of the Sustainability Awards nominations.

The website is not the only thing that has had a remodeling. Indeed, the format of the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award (ESLA) has been updated. ESLA is now a competition open to individual researchers or start-ups founded by researchers under the age of 35. Nominee applications will go through 2 rounds of selection until the final 3 are decided. The finalists will then be invited to give pitch presentations during the Award Ceremony to win either first place (10,000 USD) or runner-up (2 x 5000 USD).

The World Sustainability Award, on the other hand, remains the same: a total prize money of 100,000 USD is up for grabs by senior individual researchers or groups of researchers from the international research community.

Nominations for both the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader award are now open! Check out our new website for more information on how to nominate.

7 December 2022
Agronomy | Special Issue Mentor Program


We are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative—The Special Issue Mentor Program.

This program will enable early career researchers (required to hold a Ph.D. in a related field) to gain experience editing a Special Issue in MDPI journals under the mentorship of our experienced Editorial Board Members or other experienced scientists. The mentor program will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to cultivate their ability to edit and process scientific research.

The mentee’s responsibilities include:

  • Proposing a Special Issue title and, with the assistance of the mentor, preparing a summary (around 200–400 words) and 3–10 keywords describing the background, importance, and goal of the Special Issue;
  • Writing a brief promotion plan for the Special Issue;
  • Preparing a list of scholars who may be interested in the Special Issue and personally e-mailing the invitations on behalf of Guest Editors;
  • Writing an editorial for the online Special Issue together with the mentor.

The mentor’s responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a final check before the Special Issue is published online;
  • Performing editorial control of the Special issue and quality control of the publications in a timely manner;
  • Providing suggestions to younger scholars if they have any doubts or concerns regarding submissions;
  • Organizing video calls with young scholars and the Editorial Office regularly to discuss problems and improvement suggestions for the Special Issue;
  • Making and submitting decisions for the submissions under the assistance of mentees.

Certificates and Awards:
After the Special Issue closes, the Editorial Office will provide official certificates for all the mentors and early career researchers.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your Special Issue proposal to the Agronomy Editorial Office ([email protected]), and we will discuss the process (i.e., mentor collaboration, Special Issue topic feasibility analysis, etc.) in further detail.

In addition to the new Special Issue Mentor Program, the Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395) will continue to welcome all Special Issue proposals focusing on hot research topics.

29 November 2022
Editorial Board Members from Agronomy Featured in the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List Published by Clarivate


Recently, ClarivateTM revealed its 2022 list of Highly Cited Researchers™—Individuals at universities, research institutes and commercial organizations.

The scientists who were selected into this year’s list of Highly Cited Researchers have published highly cited papers in the 11-year period from January 2011 to December 2021, with citation frequency in the top 1% of academic subjects and the same year of publication in the Web of ScienceTM database. Based on Web of Science Citation data, 6,938 researchers from across the globe who have demonstrated a disproportionate level of significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields over the last decade have been awarded Highly Cited Researcher 2022 designations. The list is truly global, spanning 69 countries or regions and spread across a diverse range of research sciences and social sciences.

According to statistics, seven members of the Editorial Board of Agronomy (ISSN: 2076-3921) have been selected into the list of Highly Cited Researchers of Clarivate in 2022. They are being recognized for their high-quality scientific research achievements and outstanding contributions to professional fields. The Agronomy journal office sincerely congratulates all elected Editorial Board Members and hopes that they continue to have an academically productive relationship with the journal.

Name

Affiliation

Dr. Gamal Elmasry

  1. Suez Canal University, Egypt
  2. Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (IRTA), Spain

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Batley

The University of Western Australia, Australia

Prof. Dr. Atul K. Jain

University of Illinois, USA

Dr. Emanuele Lugato

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy

Dr. David O'Connor

Royal Agricultural University, UK

Prof. Dr. David Edwards

The University of Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Rajeev K. Varshney

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

23 November 2022
Editorial Board Members from Agronomy Featured in Stanford’s List of the World's Top 2% Scientists


Scientists at Stanford University have recently published an update of the list of the top 2% most widely cited scientists—The World’s Top 2% Scientists.

The timeframe of the statistical data of this list is from 1960 to 2022, and it is divided into two lists: "Lifetime Scientific Influence Ranking" and "2022 Annual Scientific Influence Ranking". The "Lifetime Scientific Influence Ranking" includes a comprehensive influence performance of scientists during their careers, and the "2022 Annual Influence Ranking" highlights the academic influence of scientists in the previous year. This ranking, considered the most prestigious worldwide, is based on the bibliometric information contained in the Scopus database and includes more than 200,000 researchers from the more than 10 million scientists considered to be active worldwide, with 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields taken into account.

We are pleased to share that 116 Editorial Board Members from MDPI’s journal Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395) were featured in Stanford’s List of the World's Top 2% Scientists.

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Peter Langridge (Editor-in-Chief)

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Urrbrae, SA 5064, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert (Section Editor-in-Chief)

  1. Plant Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University, East Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
  2. Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), University of Oslo, 0372 Oslo, Norway
  3. Livadopa Farm, Sivas Festos, 70200 Crete, Greece

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Cornelia Rumpel (Section Editor-in-Chief)

CNRS, Campus AgroParisTech, Batiment EGER, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Leslie A. Weston (Section Editor-in-Chief)

Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University, Wagga 2678, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Priti Krishna (Section Editor-in-Chief)

School of Science, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Youssef Rouphael (Section Editor-in-Chief)

Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, 80055 Portici, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Antonios Chrysargyris

Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol 3036, Cyprus

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Abad Chabbi

French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), URP3F, F-86600 Lusignan, France

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Adrian C. Newton

  1. The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, Scotland, UK
  2. Visiting Professor of Cereal Pathology, SRUC, Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Ajay Kumar

Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Alan H. Schulman

Luonnonvarakeskus, LUKE, Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Alfonso Albacete

Institute for Agri-Food Research and Development of Murcia (IMIDA), Department of Plant Production and Agrotechnology, C/ Mayor s/n, E-30150 La Alberca, Murcia, Spain

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Andreas Stahl

Univ Giessen, IFZ Res Ctr Biosyst Land Use & Nutr, Dept Plant Breeding, Heinrich Buff Ring 26-32, D-35392 Giessen, Germany

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Baohua Zhang

College of Artificial Intelligence, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Robert P. Larkin

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, New England Plant, Soil, and Water Laboratory, Orono, ME 04469, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Bhupinder Pal Singh

NSW Department of Primary Industries, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Menangle, NSW 2568, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Brion Duffy

Head, Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Research Group, Institute of Natural Resource Sciences, Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, Life Sciences and Facility Management Department, Grüental Campus, P.O. Box, CH-8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Bo Zhu 

Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Chengdao Li 

Western Barley Genetics Alliance, Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Salvatore Ceccarelli

Independent Researcher, Corso Mazzini 256, 63100 Ascoli Piceno, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Chao Chen

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Cristina Patanè

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto per la BioEconomia (IBE), 95126 Catania, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Di Wu

College of Resources and Environmental Science, China Agricultural Unversity, Beijing 100193, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Dale Sanders

Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. David Edwards

School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth 6009, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. David Houben

UniLaSalle, AGHYLE, 60026 Beauvais, France

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. David O'Connor

School of Real Estate and Land Management, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester GL7 1RS, UK

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. David Uriarte Hernandez

Department of Horticulture, Centre for Research and Technological Development of Extremadura (CICYTEX), 6007 Badajoz, Spain

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Diego Rubiales

Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, Avenida Menendez Pidal s/n, 14004 Cordoba, Spain

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Savvas

Laboratory of Vegetable Production, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka

Research Unit Induced Resistance and Plant Bioprotection, University of Reims, EA 4707 USC INRAe 1488, SFR Condorcet FR CNRS 3417, 51100 Reims, France

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Emanuele Lugato

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), 21027 Ispra, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Fatima Maria De Souza Moreira

Departamento de Ciência do solo, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Lavras, Brazil

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Francesco Montemurro

Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (CREA-OF), Monsampolo del Tronto (AP), 00198 Roma, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Peng Fu

Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Gamal Elmasry

  1. Agricultural Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522, Egypt
  2. Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (IRTA), Finca Camps I Armet S/N, 17121 Monells, Spain

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Colla

Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Guijun Yang

  1. Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, Beijing, China
  2. National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, Beijing, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Hailin Zhang

College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Key Laboratory of Farming System, Ministry of Agriculture of China, Beijing 100193, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Harbans Bariana

Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Plant Breeding Institute, The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Helder Fraga

Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB), Institute for Innovation, Capacity Building and Sustainability of Agri-Food Production (Inov4Agro), University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Hongliang Wang

West Yuanmingyuan Road, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Ian J. Tetlow

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Biological Science, Summerlee Science Complex, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G2W1, Canada

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Atul K. Jain

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, 105 South Gregory Street, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Jiafa Luo

Land & Environment, AgResearch, Hamilton, New Zealand

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Jian Zhang

  1. Department of Biology, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada
  2. Faculty of Agronomy, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun 131018, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Jin Zhao

College of Resources and Environmental Science, China Agricultural Unversity, Beijing 100193, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Jörg Schaller

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), 15374 Müncheberg, Germany

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. John P. Thompson

Centre for Crop Health, Insititute for Life Sciences and the Environmenty, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Jorge F. S. Ferreira

Agricultural Water Efficiency and Salinity Research Unit (US Salinity Lab), Riverside, CA, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Jinyang Wang

College of Resources and Environment Science, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Turnau

Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale, Département de Sciences Biologiques, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC J3V 4H8, Canada

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Heike Knicker

Department of Biogeochemistry, Plant and Microbial Ecology, Spanish National Research Council, 41012 Seville, Spain

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Lammert Bastiaans

Centre for Crop System Analysis, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 430, 6700 AK Wageningen, the Netherlands

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Xiaobing Liu

Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130102, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Xiangnan Li

Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130102, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Luca Ruiu

Dipartimento di Agraria, Sezione di Patologia vegetale ed Entomologia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Via Enrico de Nicola, 07100 Sassari (SS), Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Lukas Van Zwieten

NSW Department of Primary Industries, 1243 Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar, NSW 2477, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Michael Heinrich

Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy Group, Department of Pharmaceutics, UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX, UK

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Miriam Muñoz-Rojas

University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Manish K. Pandey

Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology (CEGSB), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Md Ali Babar

Department of Agronomy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Marco Scortichini

Council for Agricultural Research and Economics-Research Centre for Olive, Fruit and Citrus Crops, Via di Fioranello, 52, I-00134 Roma, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Mariangela Diacono

Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Center for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA), Via Celso Ulpiani 5, 70125 Bari, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Muhammad Saleem

Department of Biological Sciences, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Fred Muehlbauer

USDA‐ARS, Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit, Pullman, WA 99164, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Meixue Zhou

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Naeem Khan

Department of Agronomy, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Nazim Gruda

INRES—Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Division of Horticultural Sciences, University of Bonn, 53121 Bonn, Germany

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Henry T. Nguyen

Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Nicolas Desneux

INRAE, Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, 06000 Nice, France

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Nigel G. Halford

Rothamsted Research, Department of Plant Sciences, Harpenden, UK

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Nirit Bernstein

Institute of Soil Water and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization - Volcani Center, Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Noam Alkan

Department of Postharvest Science, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, HaMaccabim Road 68, P.O. Box 15159, Rishon LeZion 7505101, Israel

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Othmane Merah

  1. Agro-Industrial Chemistry Laboratory (LCA), University of Toulouse, 31030 Toulouse, France
  2. Biological Engineering Department, Paul Sabatier University, 32000 Auch, France

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Pascal Jouquet

Institute of Research for Development, 32 av. H. Varagnat, 93143 Bondy, France

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Peter R. Ryan

CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Petr Smýkal

Department of Botany, Palacky University, 771 47 Olomouc, Czech Republic

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Petronia Carillo

Department of Enviromental Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” Via Vivaldi 43, 81100 Caserta, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Philippe Debaeke

INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), UMR AGIR, CS 52627, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France

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Dr. Pilar Prieto

Dpto. de Mejora Genética Vegetal, Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible, Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Avenida Menéndez Pidal s/n. Campus Alameda del Obispo,14004 Córdoba, Spain

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Rajeev K. Varshney

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru 502 324, AP, India

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Dr. Riccardo Velasco

CREA - Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology, viale XXVIII Aprile 26, 31015 Conegliano, TV, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Richard Webster

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden AL5 2JQ, UK

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Dr. Roberto Sorrentino

Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria (CREA), Centro di Ricerca Ceralicoltura e Colture industriali / Cereal and Industrial Crops Centre. Via Torrino, 2 - 81100 Caserta (CE), Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Roland Gerhards

Department of Weed Science, University of Hohenheim, Otto‐Sander‐Str. 5, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany

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Dr. Tomasz Głąb

Department of Machinery Exploitation, Ergonomics and Production Processes, University of Agriculture in Krakow, ul. Balicka 116B, 31-149 Krakow, Poland

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Dr. Sheng Chen

The UWA Institute of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia, Shenton Park, WA, Australia

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Shri Mohan Jain

Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, PL-27, Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Baskaran Stephen Inbaraj

Department of Food Science, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City 24205, Taiwan

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Prof. Dr. Stefano Amaducci

Department of Sustainable Crop Production, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Emilia Parmense 84, 29122 Piacenza, Italy

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Prof. Dr. Stefano Cesco

Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bolzano, Piazza Università 5, I-39100 Bolzano, Italy

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Prof. Dr. Stefano Musacchi

Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Wenatchee, WA 98801, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Susana Redondo-Gómez

Departamento de Biología Vegetal y Ecología, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Sevilla, 41004 Seville, Spain

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Prof. Dr. Tran Dang Xuan

Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Program, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 739-8529, Japan

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus

Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry, Regensburg Center for Biochemistry, University of Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg, Germany

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Thomas Nemecek

Agroscope, Research Division Agroecology and Environment, Life Cycle Assessment Group, Reckenholzstrasse 191, CH-8046 Zurich, Switzerland

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Prof. Dr. C. Eduardo Vallejos

Department of Horticultural Sciences, and Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program, University of Florida, 1253 Fifield Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-0690, USA

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Dr. Moshe Reuveni

Plant Sciences, Ornamental Plants and Agricultural Biotechnology Unit, Agricultural Research Organization of Israel, The Volcani Centre, Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel

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Dr. Vittorio Farina

Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences (SAAF), University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 4, ingresso H, 90128 Palermo, Italy

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Dr. Vladimir Nekrasov

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden AL5 2JQ, Hertfordshire, UK

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Prof. Dr. Jinman Wang

School of Land Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Wei Wu

Hainan Key Laboratory for Sustainable, Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Forestry, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, Hainan, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. William Cox

School of Integrated Plant Sciences, Unit of Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Weijun Zhou

College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Zijingang Campus, 866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou 310058, China

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Dr. Yanbo Huang

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Genetics and Sustainable Agriculture Research Unit, Mississippi State, MI, USA

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Dr. Jianjun Yang

Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China

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Prof. Dr. Wei Zhang

Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changsha 410125, China

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Dr. Wei Zhang

South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, China

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Prof. Dr. Weijian Zhang

Center for Crop Management & Farming System, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China

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Dr. Zhigang Li

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Zhengqin Xiong

College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, 1 Weigang Rd, Nanjing 210095, China

Dr. Fernando Rubiera González

Prof. Dr. Zvi Peleg

The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot 7610001, Israel

3 November 2022
Agronomy | Editor’s Choice Articles in Q3 of 2022


The Editor’s Choice Articles are based on recommendations by the scientific editors of MDPI journals from around the world. Editors select a small number of articles that have recently been published in the journal that they believe will be particularly interesting to authors, or important in this field. The aim is to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting work published in the various research areas of the journal.

We are pleased to present the Editor’s Choice Articles published in Q3 of 2022 and we hope that these papers can help and provide a reference for your academic research. A carefully curated list of high-quality articles can be found below:

1. “Exploring the Genetic Diversity of Carrot Genotypes through Phenotypically and Genetically Detailed Germplasm Collection”
by Singh, Davinder, Tarsem Singh Dhillon, Talha Javed, Rajinder Singh, Jalpa Dobaria, Surender Kumar Dhankhar, Farzad Kianersi, Baber Ali, Peter Poczai and Uttam Kumar
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1921; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081921
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1921

2. “Suitability of Early Blight Forecasting Systems for Detecting First Symptoms in Potato Crops of NW Spain”
by Meno, Laura, Isaac Kwesi Abuley, Olga Escuredo and M. Carmen Seijo
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1611; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071611
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1611

3. “Comparison of the Effects of Chemical Topping Agent Sprayed by a UAV and a Boom Sprayer on Cotton Growth”
by Dou, Zechen, Zhihao Fang, Xiaoqiang Han, Yapeng Liu, Li Duan, Muhammad Zeeshan and Muhammad Arshad
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1625; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071625
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1625

4. “The Problem of Weed Infestation of Agricultural Plantations vs. the Assumptions of the European Biodiversity Strategy”
by Kubiak, Adrianna, Agnieszka Wolna-Maruwka, Alicja Niewiadomska and Agnieszka A. Pilarska
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1808; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081808
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1808

5. “Chitosan and Titanium Dioxide Are More Effective in Improving Seed Yield and Quality in Nanoparticle Compared to Non-Structured Form: A Case Study in Five Milk Thistle Ecotypes (Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.)”
by Jafari, Samira, Sadegh Mousavi-Fard, Abdolhossein Rezaei Nejad, Hasan Mumivand, Karim Sorkheh, Nikolaos Nikoloudakis and Dimitrios Fanourakis
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1827; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081827
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1827

6. “Interactive Effects of Tillage Systems and Nitrogen Fertilizer Rates on the Performance of Mustard-Boro-aman Rice Cropping Systems under Conservation Agriculture Practices”
by Salahin, Nazmus, Md. Khairul Alam, Nirmal Chandra Shil, Abu Taher Mohammad Anwarul Islam Mondol, Md. Jahangir Alam, Mohamed I. Kobeasy, Ahmed Gaber and Sharif Ahmed
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1671; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071671
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1671

7. “Effect of Soil Regenerative Practice on Selected Soil Physical Properties and Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) Yield”
by Adamczewska-Sowińska, Katarzyna, Wiesław Wojciechowski, Magdalena Krygier and Józef Sowiński
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1686; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071686
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1686

8. “From an Introduced Pulse Variety to the Principal Local Agricultural Industry: A Case Study of Red Kidney Beans in Kelan, China”
by Ma, Jiliang, Nawab Khan, Jin Gong, Xiaopeng Hao, Xuzhen Cheng, Xin Chen, Jianwu Chang and Huijie Zhang
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1717; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071717
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1717

9. “Tillage and Urea Fertilizer Application Impacts on Soil C Fractions and Sequestration”
by Vilakazi, Bonginkosi S., Rebecca Zengeni and Paramu Mafongoya
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1725; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071725
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1725

10. “Mobile Plant Disease Classifier, Trained with a Small Number of Images by the End User
by Petrellis, Nikos, Christos Antonopoulos, Georgios Keramidas and Nikolaos Voros
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1732; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081732
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1732

11. “Germplasm Innovation and Establishment of Comprehensive Evaluation System for Hedgerow Garden Chrysanthemum”
by Yong Zhao et al.
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1736; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081736
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1736

12. “Real-Time Localization and Mapping Utilizing Multi-Sensor Fusion and Visual–IMU–Wheel Odometry for Agricultural Robots in Unstructured, Dynamic and GPS–Denied Greenhouse Environments”
by Yan, Yaxuan, Baohua Zhang, Jun Zhou, Yibo Zhang and Xiao’ang Liu
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1740; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081740
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1740

13. “Soil Available Nitrogen and Yield Effect under Different Combinations of Urease/Nitrate Inhibitor in Wheat/Maize Rotation System”
by Cui, Xiumin, Jingquan Wang, Jiahui Wang, Yun Li, Yanhong Lou, Yuping Zhuge and Yuxiu Don
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1888; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081888
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1888

14. “Soil Salinity Prediction Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems under Semi-Arid Environments Irrigated with Salty Non-Conventional Water Resources”
by Pedrero Salcedo Francisco, Pedro Pérez Cutillas, Faissal Aziz, Marina Llobet Escabias, Harm Boesveld, Harm Bartholomeus and Anas Tallou
Agronomy 2022, 12(9), 2022; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12092022
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/9/2022

15. “The Effect of Different Nitrogen Fertilizer Rates, Sowing Density, and Plant Growth Regulator Application on the Quality and Milling Value of Triticum durum Desf. Grain”
by Bożek Kamila Sabina, Krystyna Żuk-Gołaszewska, Jarosław Bojarczuk and Janusz Gołaszewski
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1622; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071622
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1622

16. “Grain Dehydration Characteristics of Old and Modern Maize Hybrids and Their Response to Different Planting Densities”
by Guo, Huaihuai, Xiaofang Yu, Julin Gao, Daling Ma, Shuping Hu and Xian Wang
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1640; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071640
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1640

17. “Hydraulic Trait Variation with Tree Height Affects Fruit Quality of Walnut Trees under Drought Stress”
by Chen, Tuqiang, Guiqing Xu, Jinyao Li and Haifang Hu
Agronomy 2022, 12(7), 1647; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12071647
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/7/1647

18. “High-Resolution Mapping and Assessment of Salt-Affectedness on Arable Lands by the Combination of Ensemble Learning and Multivariate Geostatistics”
by Hateffard Fatemeh, Kitti Balog, Tibor Tóth, János Mészáros, Mátyás Árvai, Zsófia Adrienn Kovács, Nóra Szűcs-Vásárhelyi, Sándor Koós, Péter László and Tibor József Nováket
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1858; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081858
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1858

19. “New Flowering and Architecture Traits Mediated by Multiplex CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing in Hexaploid Camelina sativa
by Bellec Yannick, Anouchka Guyon-Debast, Tracy François, Lionel Gissot, Eric Biot, Fabien Nogué, Jean-Denis Faure and Mark Tepfer
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1873; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081873
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1873

20. “Performance of Forage Cactus Intercropped with Arboreal Legumes and Fertilized with Different Manure Sources”
by Saraiva Felipe Martins, José Carlos Batista Dubeux Jr., Márcio Vieira da Cunha, Rômulo Simões Cezar Menezes, Mércia Virginia Ferreira dos Santos, Dayanne Camelo and Ivan Ferraz
Agronomy 2022, 12(8), 1887; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12081887
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/12/8/1887

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the research groups that submitted to Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395). We would appreciate it if you would circulate this document among your colleagues and network. Furthermore, the following opportunities for collaboration may be of interest:

Submitting a manuscript:
Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395) is an open access journal that publishes spotlights, reviews, original research contributions, and short communications. Papers may be submitted via the following link: 
https://susy.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload/1e711d8559383072b59ba95a24676a90?form%5Bjournal_id%5D=34.

Launching a Special Issue:
You have the opportunity to propose hot topics and edit a Special Issue together with experts in the field: https://www.mdpi.com/journalproposal/sendproposalspecialissue/agronomy.

Joining the Editorial Board:
If you are an active researcher in the field of agronomy science and are interested in joining the Editorial Board, please do not hesitate to get in touch ([email protected]).

Agronomy Editorial Office

28 September 2022
Peer Review Week 2022 – Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research

Peer Review Week began 19 September 2022 under the theme of “Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research”. Through various blog articles, podcast, and webinar, we discussed this crucial subject throughout the week, celebrating the essential role peer review plays in maintaining research quality.

To begin, we held a Webinar on the topic. Professor Peter W. Choate and Dr. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi joined Dr. Ioana Craciun, one of MDPI’s scientific officers, for an in-depth discussion.

We invite you to view the event recording:

During the week, the MDPI Blog in a series articles highlighted how good Peer Review safeguards research integrity. The following topics were covered:

In a new edition of Insight Faster, an MDPI podcast, we were delighted to talk to the co-chairs of the Peer Review Week committee, Jayashree Rajagopalan (Senior Manager of Global Community Engagement for CACTUS) and Danielle Padula (Head of Marketing and Community Development at Scholastica) to get their take on this year’s event and its related topics.

You can find the Podcast here.

We hope you enjoy the contents!

27 September 2022
Meet Us at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting, 13–16 November 2022, Vancouver, Canada


MDPI will be attending the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting, held in Vancouver, Canada, from 13 to 16 November 2022.

The 2022 Joint Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Entomological Society of America (ESA), Entomological Society of Canada (ESC), and the Entomological Society of British Columbia (ESBC). The theme for the Joint Meeting is “Entomology as Inspiration: Insects through Art, Science, and Culture”.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Agriculture (leading journal);
  • Insects (leading journal);
  • Crops;
  • Agronomy;
  • Animals;
  • Biology;
  • JZBG.

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us at our booth: #616. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting, or contact the Insects Editorial Office at [email protected].

9 September 2022
Agronomy | Top 10 Cited Articles in 2020–2021


1. “Plant Secondary Metabolite Biosynthesis and Transcriptional Regulation in Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stress Conditions”
by Rahmatullah Jan et al.
Agronomy 2021, 11(5), 968; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11050968
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/5/968

2. “Intercropping—A Low Input Agricultural Strategy for Food and Environmental Security”
by Sagar Maitra et al.
Agronomy 2021, 11(2), 343; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020343
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/2/343

3. “Factors That Influence Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Soils as Well as Their Representation in Simulation Models: A Review”
by Cong Wang et al.
Agronomy 2021; 11(4), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11040770
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/4/770

4. “Plant Growth Stimulation by Microbial Consortia”
by Gustavo Santoyo et al.
Agronomy 2021, 11(2), 219; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11020219
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/2/219

5. “Biochar and Its Broad Impacts in Soil Quality and Fertility, Nutrient Leaching and Crop Productivity: A Review”
by Hiba M. Alkharabsheh et al.
Agronomy 2021; 11(5), 993; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11050993
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/5/993

6. “From Smart Farming towards Agriculture 5.0: A Review on Crop Data Management”
by Verónica Saiz-Rubio et al.
Agronomy 2020, 10(2), 207; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10020207
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/10/2/207

7. “Remote Sensing for Precision Agriculture: Sentinel-2 Improved Features and Applications”
By Joel Segarra et al.
Agronomy 2020, 10(5), 641; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10050641
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/10/5/641 

8. “Insights into the Physiological and Biochemical Impacts of Salt Stress on Plant Growth and Development”
by Muhammad Adnan Shahid et al.
Agronomy 2020, 10(7), 938; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10070938
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/10/7/938

9. “Is Phytomelatonin a New Plant Hormone?”
by Marino B. Arnao et al.
Agronomy 2020, 10(1), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10010095
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/10/1/95

10. “Using YOLOv3 Algorithm with Pre- and Post-Processing for Apple Detection in Fruit-Harvesting Robot”
by Anna Kuznetsova et al.
Agronomy 2020, 10(7), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10071016
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/10/7/1016

26 August 2022
Recruiting Section Editors-in-Chief for Agronomy


To develop different research areas and continue to attract high-quality papers, Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395) is recruiting Section Editors-in-Chief (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/sections). At present, the following Sections have not yet found suitable scholars to lead them:

We are now recruiting Section Editors-in-Chief (SEiC) for these Sections. If you are an active researcher in one of the aforementioned fields and are passionate about publishing cutting-edge research, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]. You can find more information on our homepage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy.

The Section Editor-in-Chief has the following responsibilities:

  • Making decisions on whether a manuscript can be accepted based on the reports we collect;
  • Reviewing a small number of papers per year and managing the Section together with other journal editors;
  • Promoting Agronomy and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences.

Agronomy is an international, scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. The Spanish Society of Plant Physiology (SEFV) is affiliated with Agronomy and their members receive a discount on the article processing charges.

We believe that by combining our rigorous editorial policies with your expertise, we can build a high-quality journal. We thank you in advance for your interest and look forward to collaborating with you in the future.

Agronomy Editorial Office

30 June 2022
Free Media Partnership with XVIII EUCARPIA Biometrics in Plant Breeding Conference, 21–23 September 2022, Paris, France

We welcome you to the 18th meeting of the EUCARPIA Biometrics in Plant Breeding, organized by the GQE-Le Moulon Research Unit (INRAE, Paris-Saclay University, CNRS and AgroParisTech), which will take place from 21 to 23 September 2022 in Paris-Saclay University Campus, France. More information and a preliminary program will be available soon. Below is a first glimpse into the main scientific topics of the meeting:

  • Gene–environment interaction and crop growth modeling;
  • Multi-omics data integration;
  • Deep learning;
  • Non-additive genetic effects;
  • Diversity management;
  • High-throughput phenotyping.

Leading scientists in all these areas have been invited to present inspiring lectures. We also welcome contributions from participants on these topics. The meeting will provide great opportunities for discussions with leading experts and to meet researchers and breeders from a variety of companies and research institutes. The conference will be preceded by the Satellite Workshop on Phenomic Selection, which will also be held at ENS Paris-Saclay.

For more information, you can access the conference website at the following link: https://eucarpiabiom22.sciencesconf.org.

We look forward to seeing you in France in September 2022!

29 June 2022
Meet Us at the Joint Seminar of the FAO CIHEAM Networks on Pasture and Forage Crops and on Sheep and Goat Nutrition, 27–29 September 2022, Catania, Italy


Seminar name:
Joint Seminar of the FAO CIHEAM Networks on Pasture and Forage Crops and on Sheep and Goat Nutrition
Date: 27–29 September 2022
Place: Catania, Italy
Link: https://faociheam2022.org/

The Mediterranean Basin is highly affected by climate change, while certain countries still need to increase livestock production in order to achieve food self-sufficiency. Producing better is an urgent issue.

In this respect, ruminants have an asset: they can be fed on plants, plant parts, and agroindustrial byproducts that are not directly recoverable for humans.

Mediterranean landscapes are composed of an agro-silvo-pastoral mosaic, which offers opportunities for interactions between livestock production, agriculture, and natural areas. Mediterranean grasslands are an important source of forage; cultivated forage, possibly associated with perennial or annual crops, provides high-quality feed for periods of high nutrient requirements; agroindustry produces a variety of typical byproducts which may be included in ruminant diets.

This joint seminar on ruminant nutrition and Mediterranean pastures and forage crops subnetworks aims at exploring various opportunities in terms of novel or underexploited local feed resources, which could be valued better in the future and used to secure small ruminant feeding systems and boost animal production. Joining these two subnetworks gives the opportunity to consider the question from two complementary points of view, thus encouraging system approaches.

28 June 2022
2021 Impact Factors - Released

The 2021 citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and we’re pleased to announce the following results for MDPI journals:

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Antioxidants 7.675 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemistry, Medicinal
Cells 7.666 Q2 Cell Biology
Nutrients 6.706 Q1 Nutrition & Dietetics
Cancers 6.575 Q1 Oncology
Pharmaceutics 6.525 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 6.208 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Marine Drugs 6.085 Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biomolecules 6.064 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Batteries * 5.938 Q2 Electrochemistry
Energy & Fuels
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Viruses 5.818 Q2 Virology
Biosensors 5.743 Q1 Chemistry, Analytical
Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Fungi 5.724 Q1 Mycology
Q2 Microbiology
Nanomaterials 5.719 Q1 Physics, Applied
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Metabolites 5.581 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 5.561 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Drones * 5.532 Q2 Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing 5.349 Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
Q2 Remote Sensing
Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 5.318 Q2 Business
Antibiotics 5.222 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Infectious Diseases
Pharmaceuticals 5.215 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Chemistry, Medicinal
Biology 5.168 Q1 Biology
Fermentation 5.123 Q2 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Toxins 5.075 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Food Science & Technology
Bioengineering * 5.046 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Polymers 4.967 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.964 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Vaccines 4.961 Q2 Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.927 Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Microorganisms 4.926 Q2 Microbiology
Journal of Functional Biomaterials * 4.901 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Materials Science, Biomaterials
Biomedicines 4.757 Q2 Medicine, Research & Experimental
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Plants 4.658 Q1 Plant Sciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 4.614 Q1 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Membranes 4.562 Q1 Polymer Science
Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Pathogens 4.531 Q2 Microbiology
Catalysts 4.501 Q2 Chemistry, Physical
Toxics 4.472 Q2 Toxicology
Environmental Sciences
Gels 4.432 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 4.415 Q2 Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Chemosensors 4.229 Q1 Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Electrochemistry
Genes 4.141 Q2 Genetics & Heredity
Diagnostics 3.992 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Agronomy 3.949 Q1 Agronomy
Plant Sciences
Land 3.905 Q2 Environmental Studies
Sustainability 3.889 Q2 Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
Q4 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Sensors 3.847 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Materials 3.748 Q1 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Biomimetics * 3.743 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Q3 Materials Science, Biomaterials
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease * 3.711 Q1 Tropical Medicine
Q2 Parasitology
Q3 Infectious Diseases
Lubricants * 3.584 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Fractal and Fractional 3.577 Q1 Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Water 3.530 Q2 Water Resources
Q3 Environmental Sciences
Micromachines 3.523 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Physics, Applied
Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 3.508 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Health Care Sciences & Services
Agriculture 3.408 Q1 Agronomy
Processes 3.352 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Separations 3.344 Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Magnetochemistry 3.336 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Q3 Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Brain Sciences 3.333 Q3 Neurosciences
Buildings 3.324 Q2 Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Forests 3.282 Q1 Forestry
Energies 3.252 Q3 Energy & Fuels
Life 3.251 Q2 Biology
Coatings 3.236 Q2 Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Physics, Applied
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Animals 3.231 Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Veterinary Sciences
Journal of Intelligence * 3.176 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Fishes 3.170 Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Q2 Fisheries
Healthcare 3.160 Q2 Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Inorganics * 3.149 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Insects 3.139 Q1 Entomology
Atmosphere 3.110 Q3 Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Current Oncology 3.109 Q3 Oncology
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 3.099 Q2 Geography, Physical
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Diversity 3.029 Q2 Biodiversity Conservation
Ecology
Tomography 3.000 Q3 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 2.976 Q3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Medicina 2.948 Q3 Medicine, General & Internal
Symmetry 2.940 Q2 Multidisciplinary Sciences
Horticulturae 2.923 Q1 Horticulture
Machines 2.899 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Systems * 2.895 Q2 Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Applied Sciences 2.838 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Physics, Applied
Q3 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Children 2.835 Q2 Pediatrics
Minerals 2.818 Q2 Mining & Mineral Processing
Mineralogy
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Universe 2.813 Q2 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Q3 Physics, Particles & Fields
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.744 Q1 Engineering, Marine
Q2 Oceanography
Engineering, Ocean
Entropy 2.738 Q2 Physics, Multidisciplinary
Fire * 2.726 Q2 Forestry
Q3 Ecology
Metals 2.695 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Electronics 2.690 Q3 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Computer Science, Information Systems
Physics, Applied
Crystals 2.670 Q2 Crystallography
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Aerospace 2.660 Q1 Engineering, Aerospace
Mathematics 2.592 Q1 Mathematics
Photonics 2.536 Q3 Optics
Actuators 2.523 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Q3 Engineering, Mechanical
Veterinary Sciences 2.518 Q2 Veterinary Sciences
Behavioral Sciences * 2.286 Q3 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Axioms * 1.824 Q2 Mathematics, Applied

For more information on Impact Factors and what it means to index academic journals, please visit our related blog posts.

 

* Journals given their first Impact Factor in 2022

Source: 2021 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports TM (Clarivate, 2022)

 

20 June 2022
Meet Us at the 15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ISPA2022), 26­–29 June 2022, Minneapolis, USA


The 15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture will highlight significant research and applications in precision agriculture and showcase emerging technologies and information management for agriculture. Oral and poster presentations and exhibits will be taking place to foster discussion and the exchange of the latest findings in precision agriculture. Sessions will present information on key topics for scientists, crop consultants, advisors, extension personnel, agronomists, producers, and other practitioners.

The ISPA aims to:

  • Organize and conduct international conferences related to precision agriculture, such as the International Conference on Precision Agriculture, European Conference on Precision Agriculture, and other related events;
  • Develop and maintain a web portal to communicate the latest developments in precision agriculture;
  • Maintain a member list server to connect with society members;
  • Publish regular ISPA e-newsletters for members and other subscribers;
  • Provide members with opportunities for publication of original scientific research in the society’s sponsored, peer-reviewed journal (International Journal of Precision Agriculture).

We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis from 26 to 29 June 2022!

Social Media Handles:
Twitter: @IntoSoPA
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9 June 2022
2021 CiteScores - Released


The 2021 citation metrics have been officially released in Scopus!

We are pleased to announce that 182 MDPI journals are included, of which:

● 21 journals received their first CiteScore.
● 85% of journals increased their CiteScore from 2020.
● 155 journals (85%) ranked above average, in at least one category.

The following 65 MDPI journals (36%) ranked among the top 25% of journals, in at least one category:

Journal

CiteScore

Quartile

Category

Non-coding RNA

10.1

Q1

Genetics

Journal of Functional Biomaterials

10.0

Q1

Biomedical Engineering

Marine Drugs

8.1

Q1

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)

Batteries

7.9

Q1

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nutrients

7.9

Q1

Nutrition and Dietetics

Remote Sensing

7.4

Q1

General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Drones

7.2

Q1

Computer Science Applications

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

6.9

Q1

Inorganic Chemistry

Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks

6.9

Q1

Computer Networks and Communications

Cells

6.7

Q1

General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

Nanomaterials

6.6

Q1

General Chemical Engineering

Toxins

6.6

Q1

Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

Viruses

6.6

Q1

Infectious Diseases

Antioxidants

6.5

Q1

Food Science

Fibers

6.5

Q1

Civil and Structural Engineering

Resources

6.4

Q1

Nature and Landscape Conservation

Sensors

6.4

Q1

Instrumentation

Big Data and Cognitive Computing

6.1

Q1

Management Information Systems

Molecules

5.9

Q1

Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Polymers

5.7

Q1

Polymers and Plastics

Biosensors

5.6

Q1

Engineering (miscellaneous)

Catalysts

5.5

Q1

General Environmental Science

Smart Cities

5.5

Q1

Urban Studies

Future Internet

5.4

Q2

Computer Networks and Communications

Beverages

5.3

Q1

Food Science

Fermentation

5.3

Q1

Plant Science

Environments

5.2

Q1

Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Inventions

5.2

Q1

General Engineering

Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity

5.1

Q1

Development

Colloids and Interfaces

5.0

Q1

Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Energies

5.0

Q1

Control and Optimization

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

5.0

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

Sustainability

5.0

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

Fire

4.9

Q1

Forestry

Robotics

4.9

Q1

Control and Optimization

Soil Systems

4.9

Q1

Soil Science

Geosciences

4.8

Q1

General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing

4.8

Q1

Mechanical Engineering

Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease

4.8

Q1

Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Water

4.8

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

4.5

Q1

Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Sports

4.5

Q1

Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Entropy

4.4

Q1

Mathematical Physics

Journal of Clinical Medicine

4.4

Q1

General Medicine

Symmetry

4.3

Q1

General Mathematics

Cosmetics

4.2

Q1

Surgery

Foods

4.1

Q1

Health Professions (miscellaneous)

Journal of Fungi

4.1

Q1

Plant Science

ChemEngineering

4.0

Q1

General Engineering

Forests

4.0

Q1

Forestry

Journal of Intelligence

4.0

Q1

Education

Antibiotics

3.9

Q1

General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics

Cryptography

3.9

Q1

Applied Mathematics

Behavioral Sciences

3.8

Q1

Development

Buildings

3.8

Q1

Architecture

Metals

3.8

Q1

Metals and Alloys

Publications

3.5

Q1

Communication

Social Sciences

3.4

Q1

General Social Sciences

Mathematics

2.9

Q1

General Mathematics

Fractal and Fractional

2.8

Q1

Analysis

Animals

2.7

Q1

General Veterinary

Axioms

2.6

Q1

Algebra and Number Theory

Heritage

1.8

Q1

Conservation

Religions

1.0

Q1

Religious Studies

Philosophies

0.9

Q1

Philosophy

Source: 2021 CiteScores™ (Elsevier)

2 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in “Biology & Life Sciences”—Winners Announced

In order to acknowledge our reviewers, who so generously dedicate their time to reviewing papers and demonstrate diligence, professionalism, and timeliness when reviewing manuscripts, MDPI journals regularly offer outstanding reviewer awards to scholars who participate in the peer-review process.

We are proud to recognize winners for the year 2021 in the “Biology & Life Sciences” category for their outstanding contributions among extensive competition by presenting them with an Outstanding Reviewer Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners on their achievement.

MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Biology:

  • Enrico Vito Perrino, CIHEAM, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy
  • Dhirendra Kumar, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, USA
  • Carlos A. Viegas, Univesity of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Yuri Shavrukov, Flinders University, Australia
  • Bipin Gaihre, Mayo Clinic, USA

Brain Sciences:

  • Craig D. Workman, University of Iowa, USA
  • Vivian Ciaramitaro, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
  • Yang Zhang, University of Minnesota, USA

Cells:

  • Bonam Srinivasa Reddy, Université de Paris, France
  • Homma Takujiro, Yamagata University, Japan
  • Hwang, In Koo, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Kobeissy Firas, University of Florida, USA
  • Rebelo, Sandra, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Diversity:

  • Günter Gollmann, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Stephan Koblmüller, University of Graz, Austria
  • Emiliano Mori, Istituto di Ricerca sugli Ecosistemi Terrestri, Italy

Horticulturae:

  • Joshua D. Klein, Agricultural Research Organization—The Volcani Center, Israel
  • Ana Cristina S Figueiredo, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Insects:

  • Carmelo Peter Bonsignore, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy
  • Klaus H. Hoffmann, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Ivan Milosavljević, University of California, USA

Metabolites:

  • Remigiusz Bachor, University of Wrocław, Poland
  • Nguyen Phuoc Long, Inje University College of Medicine, South Korea
  • Chi Chen, University of Minnesota, USA

Nutrients:

  • Jadwiga Hamułka, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Grace Campbell, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Nicholas Norwitz, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Stefan Kabisch, Charité University Hospital Berlin, Germany
  • Luis Rodrigo, University of Oviedo, Spain

Veterinary Sciences:

  • Carlos Viegas, Univesity of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Arvind Sharma, The University of Queensland, Australia

2 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Young Investigator Awards in “Biology & Life Sciences”—Winners Announced

MDPI’s Young Investigator Awards recognize promising junior researchers, acknowledge their contributions, and enhance communication among scientists. We are proud to present the 2021 winners in the “Biology & Life Sciences” category. The winners were selected by the journals’ editors.

We warmly congratulate the awarded young investigators for their outstanding contributions.

MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Agriculture:

  • Carlos Guzmán, University of Cordoba, Spain

Animals:

  • Katharina Hohlbaum, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Cells:

  • Uri Ben-David, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Diversity:

  • Enrico Lunghi, Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China

Foods:

  • Guodong Zhang, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Horticulturae:

  • Luke Bell, Temperate Horticulture, University of Reading, UK

International Journal of Molecular Sciences:

  • Alessandro D’Urso, University of Catania, Italy.
  • Apostolos Zaravinos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Cesar de la Fuente-Nunez, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Maria Teresa Caccamo, Messina University, Italy
  • Tiziana Bonifacino, University of Genoa, Italy

Journal of Fungi:

  • Federico Baltar, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Rebecca Drummond, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Miriam Oses-Ruiz, Public University of Navarre, Spain

Life:

  • João Pedro da Silva Machado Lobo, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Vincenzo Russo, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy

Metabolites:

  • Gabriele Rocchetti, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Italy

Nutrients:

  • Fiona Lavelle, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • Matthew Snelson, Monash University, Australia

Pathogens:

  • Si Ming Man, Australian National University, Australia
  • Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, University of Hong Kong, China

Plants:

  • Stefania Sut, University of Padova, Italy
  • Mohamed Ahmed El-Esawi, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt

Vaccines:

  • Nicholas M. Provine, University of Oxford, UK

Viruses:

  • Nicholas S. Heaton, Duke University, USA

2 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Travel Awards in “Biology & Life Sciences”—Winners Announced

We are proud to recognize the winners of MDPI’s 2021 Travel Awards in the “Biology & Life Sciences” category for their outstanding presentations and to present them with the prize.

MDPI journals regularly offer travel awards to encourage talented junior scientists to present their latest research at academic conferences in specific fields, which helps to increase their influence.

The winners mentioned below were carefully selected by the journal editors based on an outline of their research and the work to be presented at an academic conference.

We would like to warmly congratulate the winners of 2021 Travel Awards and wish them the greatest success with their future research endeavors. MDPI will continue to enhance communication among scientists.

Agriculture:

  • Zahra Bitarafan, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway
  • Nikolaos Tsoulias, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Germany

Fermentation:

  • Michela Verni, University of Bari, Italy
  • Philipp Demling, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Horticulturae:

  • Jagveer Singh, Punjab Agricultural University, India
  • Ibrar Hussain, State University of Londrina, Brazil

Microorganisms:

  • Francis Muchaamba, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Methods and Protocols:

  • Tanja Eisemann, SBP Medical Discovery Institute, USA

Nutrients:

  • Mrinalini Dey, National Institute for Health Research, UK
  • Ben Kirk, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Kirrilly Pursey, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Dieuwertje Kok, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • Hanna Huber, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Marlene Lages, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Zohra S. Lassi, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Rik Olde Engberink, Amsterdam University Medicial Center, the Netherlands
  • Sarah Warkentin, University of Porto (ISPUP), Portugal
  • Álvaro Hernáez, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
  • Leila Abdelhamid, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Maria Michela Cesare, University of Siena, Italy
  • Kaisa Hiippala, University of Helsinki, Finland

Pathogens:

  • Vanessa Silva, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Hejun Liu, Scripps Research Institute, USA
  • Tomokazu Tamura, Princeton University, USA

Toxins:

  • Cecilie Knudsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Laura Biessy, Cawthron Institute, New Zealand
  • Marcelo Mendes Rabelo, University of Florida, USA

Vaccines:

  • Hee Chun Chung, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Alejandro Marin Lopez, Yale University, USA

2 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Best Paper Awards in “Biology & Life Sciences”—Winners Announced

The purpose of our Best Paper Awards is to promote and recognize the most impactful contributions published within MDPI journals.

The editors of each journal carefully selected reviews and research papers through a rigorous judging process based on criteria such as the scientific merit, overall impact, and the quality of presentation of the papers published in the journal last year.

We are honored to present the winners in the subject areas of “Biology & Life Sciences”, who were selected amongst extensive competition, and congratulate the authors for their outstanding scientific publications.

MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Animals:

by Wenchao Liu, Yilin Yuan, Chenyu Sun, Balamuralikrishnan Balasubramanian, Zhihui Zhao and Lilong An

Animals 2019, 9(8), 506, doi 10.3390/ani9080506

by Peter Coals, Dawn Burnham, Andrew Loveridge, David W. Macdonald, Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes, Vivienne L. Williams and John A. Vucetich

Animals 2019, 9(2), 52; doi 10.3390/ani9020052

by Giovanni Sogari, Mario Amato, Ilaria Biasato, Silvana Chiesa and Laura Gasco

Animals 2019, 9(4), 119; doi 10.3390/ani9040119

Antibodies:

by Mark L. Chiu; Dennis R. Goulet; Alexey Teplyakov and Gary L. Gilliland

Antibodies 2019, 8(4), 55; doi 10.3390/antib8040055

Antioxidants:

by Luca Frattaruolo, Gabriele Carullo, Matteo Brindisi, Sarah Mazzotta, Luca Bellissimo, Vittoria Rago, Rosita Curcio, Vincenza Dolce, Francesca Aiello and Anna Rita Cappello

Antioxidants 2019, 8(6), 186; doi 10.3390/antiox8060186

by Chunhe Gu, Kate Howell, Frank R. Dunshea and Hafiz A. R. Suleria

Antioxidants 2019, 8(9), 405; doi 10.3390/antiox8090405

by Spyridon A. Petropoulos, Ângela Fernandes, Maria Inês Dias, Ioannis B. Vasilakoglou, Konstantinos Petrotos, Lillian Barros and Isabel C. F. R. Ferreira

Antioxidants 2019, 8(8), 293; doi 10.3390/antiox8080293

by Rubén Domínguez, Mirian Pateiro, Mohammed Gagaoua, Francisco J. Barba, Wangang Zhang and José M. Lorenzo

Antioxidants 2019, 8(10), 429; doi 10.3390/antiox8100429

Biology:

by Michael H. Hastings, Elizabeth S. Maywood and Marco Brancaccio

Biology 2019, 8(1), 13; doi 10.3390/biology8010013

by Gail D. Schwieterman, Daniel P. Crear, Brooke N. Anderson, Danielle R. Lavoie, James A. Sulikowski, Peter G. Bushnell and Richard W. Brill

Biology 2019, 8(3), 56; doi 10.3390/biology8030056

Biomolecules:

by Shuichi Nakamura and Tohru Minamino

Biomolecules 2019, 9(7), 279; doi 10.3390/biom9070279

by Dmitrii Usoltsev, Vera Sitnikovaandrey Kajava and Mayya Uspenskaya

Biomolecules 2019, 9(8), 359; doi 10.3390/biom9080359

by Gerhard Liebisch, Josef Ecker, Sebastian Roth, Sabine Schweizer, Veronika Öttl, Hans-Frieder Schött, Hongsup Yoon, Dirk Haller, Ernst Holler, Ralph Burkhardt and Silke Matysik

Biomolecules 2019, 9(4), 121; doi 10.3390/biom9040121

by Anna Janaszewska, Joanna Lazniewska, Przemysław Trzepiński, Monika Marcinkowska and Barbara Klajnert-Maculewicz

Biomolecules 2019, 9(8), 330; doi 10.3390/biom9080330

Cells:

by Heng Sheng Sow, Jiang Ren, Marcel Camps, Ferry Ossendorp and Peter ten Dijke

Cells 2019, 8(4), 320; doi 10.3390/cells8040320

by Dinender K. Singla, Taylor A. Johnson and Zahra Tavakoli Dargani

Cells 2019, 8(10), 1224; doi 10.3390/cells8101224

by Laura M. Doyle and Michael Zhuo Wang

Cells 2019, 8(7), 727; doi 10.3390/cells8070727

by Yu Han, Xuezhou Li, Yanbo Zhang, Yuping Han, Fei Chang and Jianxun Ding

Cells 2019, 8(8), 886; doi 10.3390/cells8080886

Genes:

by Sarah B. Kingan, Haynes Heaton, Juliana Cudini, Christine C. Lambert, Primo Baybayan, Brendan D. Galvin, Richard Durbin, Jonas Korlach and Mara K. N. Lawniczak

Genes 2019, 10(1), 62; doi 10.3390/genes10010062

by Katherine E Bohnsack, Claudia Höbartner and Markus T Bohnsack

Genes 2019, 10(2), 102; doi 10.3390/genes10020102

by Laura M. Boykin, Peter Sseruwagi, Titus Alicai, Elijah Ateka, Ibrahim Umar Mohammed, Jo-Ann L. Stanton, Charles Kayuki, Deogratius Mark, Tarcisius Fute, Joel Erasto, Hilda Bachwenkizi, Brenda Muga, Naomi Mumo, Jenniffer Mwangi, Phillip Abidrabo, Geoffrey Okao-Okuja, Geresemu Omuut, Jacinta Akol, Hellen B. Apio, Francis Osingada, Monica A. Kehoe, David Eccles, Anders Savill, Stephen Lamb, Tonny Kinene, Christopher B. Rawle, Abishek Muralidhar, Kirsty Mayall, Fred Tairo and Joseph Ndunguru

Genes 2019, 10(9), 632; doi 10.3390/genes10090632

by Elamin Hafiz Baillo, Roy Njoroge Kimotho, Zhengbin Zhang and Ping Xu

Genes 2019, 10(10), 771; doi 10.3390/genes10100771

Horticulturae:

by Lida Fuentes, Carlos R. Figueroa and Monika Valdenegro

Horticulturae 2019, 5(2), 45; doi 10.3390/horticulturae5020045

by Marta Guarise, Gigliola Borgonovo, Angela Bassoli and Antonio Ferrante

Horticulturae 2019, 5(1), 13; doi 10.3390/horticulturae5010013

Insects:

by Rik Clymans, Vincent Van Kerckvoorde, Eva Bangels, Wannes Akkermans, Ammar Alhmedi, Patrick De Clercq, Tim Beliën and Dany bylemans

Insects 2019, 10(7), 200; doi 10.3390/insects10070200

by Marc Kenis, Hannalene du Plessis, Johnnie Van den Berg, Malick Niango Ba, Georg Goergen, Koffi Eric Kwadjo, Ibrahim Baoua, Tadele Tefera, Alan Buddie, Giovanni Cafà, Lisa Offord, Ivan Rwomushana and Andrew Polaszek

Insects 2019, 10(4), 92; doi 10.3390/insects10040092

by Rafael R. da Costa, Haofu Hu, Hongjie Li and Michael Poulsen

Insects 2019, 10(4), 87; doi 10.3390/insects10040087

International Journal of Molecular Sciences:

by Rüdiger Hardeland

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(5), 1223; doi 10.3390/ijms20051223

by Elise Lévy, Nadine El Banna, Dorothée Baïlle, Amélie Heneman-Masurel, Sandrine Truchet, Human Rezaei, Meng-Er Huang, Vincent Béringue, Davy Martin and Laurence Vernis

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(16), 3896; doi 10.3390/ijms20163896

by Beatriz Herrero-Fernandez, Raquel Gomez-Bris, Beatriz Somovilla-Crespo and Jose Maria Gonzalez-Granado

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(21), 5293; doi 10.3390/ijms20215293

by Claudia Beaurivage, Elena Naumovska, Yee Xiang Chang, Edo D. Elstak, Arnaud Nicolas, Heidi Wouters, Guido van Moolenbroek, Henriëtte L. Lanz, Sebastiaan J. Trietsch, Jos Joore, Paul Vulto, Richard A.J. Janssen, Kai S. Erdmann, Jan Stallen and Dorota Kurek

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(22), 5661; doi 10.3390/ijms20225661

by Maiko Okano, Masanori Oshi, Ali Linsk Butash, Eriko Katsuta, Kazunoshin Tachibana, Katsuharu Saito, Hirokazu Okayama, Xuan Peng, Li Yan, Koji Kono, Toru Ohtake and Kazuaki Takabe

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(17), 4197; doi 10.3390/ijms20174197

by Shaista Afroz, Rieko Arakaki, Takuma Iwasa, Masamitsu Oshima, Maki Hosoki, Miho Inoue, Otto Baba, Yoshihiro Okayama and Yoshizo Matsuka

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(3), 711; doi 10.3390/ijms20030711

Life:

by Márió Gajdács, Zoltán Bátori, Marianna Ábrók, Andrea Lázár and Katalin Burián

Life 2020, 10(2), 16; doi 10.3390/life10020016

by Carla Ferreira, Catarina Almeida, Sandra Tenreiro and Alexandre Quintas

Life 2020, 10(6), 86; doi 10.3390/life10060086

Nutrients:

by Ronald D. Hills, Benjamin A. Pontefract, Hillary R. Mishcon, Cody A. Black, Steven C. Sutton and Cory R. Theberge

Nutrients 2019, 11(7), 1613; doi 10.3390/nu11071613

by Harri Hemilä and Elizabeth Chalker

Nutrients 2019, 11(4), 708; doi 10.3390/nu11040708

by Humaira Jamshed, Robbie A. Beyl, Deborah L. Della Manna, Eddy S. Yang, Eric Ravussin and Courtney M. Peterson

Nutrients 2019, 11(6), 1234; doi 10.3390/nu11061234

Pathogens:

by Israr Kha, Naeem Ullah, Lajia Zha, Yanrui Bai, Ashiq Khan, Tang Zhao, Tuanjie Che and Chunjiang Zhang

Pathogens 2019, 8(3), 126; doi 10.3390/pathogens8030126

by Spyridoula-Angeliki Nikou,Nessim Kichik, Rhys Brown, Nicole O. Ponde, Jemima Ho, Julian R. Naglik and Jonathan P. Richardson

Pathogens 2019, 8(2), 53; doi 10.3390/pathogens8020053

by Steven Batinovic, Flavia Wassef, Sarah A. Knowler, Daniel T.F. Rice, Cassandra R. Stanton, Jayson Rose, Joseph Tucci, Tadashi Nittami, Antony Vinh, Grant R. Drummond, Christopher G. Sobey, Hiu Tat Chan, Robert J. Seviour, Steve Petrovski and Ashley E. Franks

Pathogens 2019, 8(3), 100; doi 10.3390/pathogens8030100

Plants:

by Muhammad Hammad Saleem, Johan Potgieter and Khalid Mahmood Arif 

Plants 20198(11), 468; doi 10.3390/plants8110468

by Ida Linić, Dunja Šamec, Jiří Grúz, Valerija Vujčić Bok, Miroslav Strnad and Branka Salopek-Sondi

Plants 20198(6), 155; doi 10.3390/plants8060155

by Marie Agatha Mohn, Besarta Thaqi and Katrin Fischer-Schrader

Plants 20198(3), 67; doi 10.3390/plants8030067

by Chiara Biselliandrea Volante, Francesca Desiderio, Alessandro Tondelli, Alberto Gianinetti, Franca Finocchiaro, Federica Taddei, Laura Gazza, Daniela Sgrulletta, Luigi Cattivelli and Giampiero Valè

Plants 20198(8), 292; doi 10.3390/plants8080292

12 May 2022
Agronomy 2021 Best Cover Award

Dear Colleagues,

Authors are increasingly interested in having their papers published as a cover story in Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395). There were a total of 12 cover stories published in 2021. These cover stories reported important research results or innovative methods and presented impressive images. To reward the authors who have published important research results in Agronomy, we are announcing the Agronomy 2021 Best Cover Award.

One cover story will be chosen from the stories published in 2021 and will receive CHF 100.

The criteria that will be considered for selection are as follows:

  • Importance, or innovation of the research;
  • Quality of the cover image.

The vote will be open from 10 May 2022 to 30 June 2022.

Please cast your vote here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PBHWY28.

The winners will be announced on the journal website on 30 June 2022.

Agronomy Editorial Office

29 March 2022
Meet Us Online at the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Agronomy, 26–28 October 2022


We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Agronomy (IECAG2022), which will take place from 26 to 28 October 2022. The e-conference format is designed to facilitate the dissemination and discussion of advances in agronomy research and innovation in a post-pandemic environment, where travelling is likely to remain a challenge for many of us.

Scientists working in the agriculture and agronomy fields (from breeding/selection technologies to sustainable soil management, sustainable resilient horticultural production and/or arable farming systems, but also exploring sustainable management of permanent and rotational grassland and weed management, precision and digital agriculture or organic and regenerative farming systems, among other topics) are encouraged to join this event and share their findings with colleagues from all over the world.

Only abstracts will be accepted for the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Agronomy. All accepted abstracts will be available online for discussion during the time of the conference (26–28 October 2022). During the 3-day event, a program for oral presentations will be organized from selected abstracts. After the conference, participants of IECAG2022 are encouraged to contribute with a full manuscript to our Special Issue related to the conference in the journal Agronomy (ISSN: 2073-4395). Full manuscript submissions will undergo the usual process of each journal, including peer review. The conference participants will be granted a 20% discount on the publishing fees. 

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission: 1 July 2022;
  • Acceptance notification: 29 July 2022;
  • Early bird registration: 2 September 2022;
  • Covering author registration: 23 September 2022. 

While our virtual conference will be a different experience from traditional in-person meetings, it will ensure that we (1) can meet irrespective of the COVID-19 situation, (2) allow access for those who for other reasons are unable to travel, and (3) can have a carbon-neutral event. Your presentation will be accessible to researchers around the world and will be more inclusive because of the absence of registration fees and travel costs. Any questions may be addressed to the conference secretariat ([email protected]).

We thank you in advance for attending this conference, and we look forward to a fruitful event. 

IECAG2022 Conference Secretariat

Email: [email protected]

Conference website: https://iecag2022.sciforum.net/

28 March 2022
Agronomy | New Section “Agroecology Innovation: Achieving System Resilience” Established


The Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395) editorial team is pleased to announce the launch of a new Section, “Agroecology Innovation: Achieving System Resilience”. This Section aims to rapidly publish original articles, critical reviews, and short communications in agroecology-related knowledge across all disciplines.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Agroecosystem management;
  • Agroecosystem function (including soil health and degradation);
  • Agroecosystem biogeochemistry;
  • Agroecosystem ecology;
  • Agroecosystem processes;
  • Agroecosystem services;
  • Agricultural systems (including sustainable landscapes and land use);
  • Agroecological policies and economics;
  • Agroecology environment (including greenhouse gas, climate change);
  • Ecological modelling;
  • Agrometeorology;
  • Agroecosystem biodiversity, agroecosystem conservation and restoration of agricultural plants;
  • Crop ecophysiology.

We are currently recruiting Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors for this new Section. If you would like to build a platform to provide the scientific community in your area with the opportunity to work on an interconnected set of papers on an innovative topic(s), please do not hesitate to join us.

To apply for these positions, recommend potential candidates, or request further information, please contact the Agronomy Editorial Office ([email protected]).

We also welcome you to submit related work in our sections: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/sections.

Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy) is an international, scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal published monthly online by MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The journal has been indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE: Web of Science), Scopus, PubAg, AGRIS, and many other databases. Citations are available on PubMed; full texts are archived in PubMed Central. Agronomy has a Journal Impact Factor of 3.417, ranking Q2 (“Agronomy and Crop Science”) in the Web of Science.

3 March 2022
Meet Us at the Colloquium “Precision Farming at the Service of Transition: How to Drastically and Effectively Reduce Agrochemicals Use in Farms and Enhance Smart and Sustainable Farming Systems”, 31 March–1 April 2022

31 March—First day of the Conference

Managing agriculture with less water and fewer pesticides: the promises of precision agriculture are attractive—but is it a dream or reality? 

Some experts believe it is possible, given that precision agriculture encompasses a set of techniques and practices that rely on the integration of information and communication technologies to observe, monitor, and manage farming activities as well as other links in the supply chain. 

The central feature of precision agriculture is that it is based on the search for agronomic optimization at the level of the cultivated plant (or animal in the case of livestock), notably using new technologies. 

However, other experts argue that while precision farming seeks to optimize its use of water and inputs (with good intentions), it is, in fact, an extension of the logic of so-called “conventional” agriculture, which seeks to treat symptoms rather than restore natural balances at a larger scale. For these experts, agroecological farms generally offer farmers better medium-term economic results than so-called “conventional” farms. This is particularly the case for organic farms at the end of their transition. They, therefore, advocate public impact studies, which are necessary to verify the announced benefits and to measure the environmental and social impacts. 

Faced with an ecological and social emergency, it is necessary to initiate a real transition of systems towards agroecological practices and to take advantage of the know-how of precision agriculture while advocating environmental preservation. 

The first day of the Conference titled “Precision Agriculture for Transition: How to Drastically and Effectively Reduce the Use of Pesticides”, will address precision agriculture and the ecological transition. Experts in the field will debate this issue and identify the best alternatives and solutions for the future. 

1 April—Second day of the Conference

Modern agriculture is facing several major challenges, including how to substantially increase agricultural production by at least 50% by 2050 to feed the growing world population while preserving the environment. In other words, the question remains on how to feed present generations without compromising the future. Given the development of increasingly virulent strains of plant diseases and the resistance of some of these diseases to agrochemicals, it is crucial to develop integrated plant protection strategies for effective and timely phytosanitary treatments to ensure sustainable and profitable farming activities.

The Colloquium “Precision Farming at the Service of Transition” aims at promoting and encouraging scientific debates and sharing of experiences around various themes, including recent scientific and technological research in precision agriculture and the factors involved in adopting these technologies. We should also not forget the use and development of data, which are becoming increasingly numerous and diverse in the digital world, and the various challenges linked to a rapid transition to sustainable digital/precision agriculture.

Presentation and discussion of these topics will undoubtedly allow experts participating in the conference to discuss all of these issues.

1 March 2022
Meet Us at the Working Group on Integrated Control in Citrus Fruit Crops Meeting, Napflio, Greece, 46 April 2022

On behalf of the International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants, West Palearctic Regional Section (IOBC-WPRS), we are happy to invite you to the next meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Control in Citrus Fruit Crops, which will take place from 4 to 6 April 2022 in Napflio, Greece (http://web.nitlab.inf.uth.gr/iobc_citrus). 

The meeting is co-organized by IRTA, HAO-DEMETER, the University of Thessaly, the Benaki Phytopathological Institute, and the Directorate of Rural Development and Veterinary of Argolida. 

The meeting includes three keynote speakers, invited presentations by prominent scientists in plant pathology, insect biological control, and climatic population modeling (http://web.nitlab.inf.uth.gr/iobc_citrus/index.php/keynote-speakers/#page-content). In addition, the scientific program includes roundtable discussions on hot topics in citrus plant protection, such as new and emerging pests and diseases. The program includes oral and poster presentations that span across the whole continuum of the biological control and integrated pest management of citrus, and it is expected to bring together scientists from Europe, the Mediterranean, and other countries. 

The participation of students is highly supported, with special registration fees. Scientists from African countries may also receive special registration prices (http://web.nitlab.inf.uth.gr/iobc_citrus/index.php/registration-and-fees/#page-content). 

The venue of the meeting will be in the landmark hotel of Amalia Nafplio (https://amalia.gr/amalia-nafplio). There will be special accommodation prices only for participants of the IOBC meeting Working Group on Integrated Control in Citrus Fruit Crops (http://web.nitlab.inf.uth.gr/iobc_citrus/index.php/accommodation/#pagecontent). 

Finally, the Organizing Committee has developed an appealing social program that includes several events and visits to some of the most renowned, ancient ruins of the Peloponnese, such as Mycenae. 

Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions and early registration is on 15 February 2022. Cancellations until 15 March will be refunded 100%, except for EUR 20 of the administration fee. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Nafplio. 

Dr. Antonios Avgoustinos—Local Organizing Committee Chairman, [email protected]

Dr. María Teresa Martínez Ferrer—Convenor of the IOBC Working Group Integrated Control in Citrus Fruit Crops, [email protected]

Prof. Dr. Nikolaos Papadopoulos—IOBC-WPRS Liaison Officer, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, [email protected]

30 December 2021
Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Section “Innovative Cropping Systems” in Agronomy

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert has been appointed Editor-in-Chief for the Section “Innovative Cropping Systems” in Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). 

Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert

Name: Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert

Affiliation:
1. Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia
2. Centre for Organics Research (COR), Southern Cross University, Australia
3. Stocksbridge Technology Centre (STC), UK

Interests: soil management; crop protection; crop breeding for low input systems; ‘low input’ and organic agricultural systems development; nutritional quality of organic and low input dairy production systems; food quality and safety assurance; food processing technology; nutritional control of gastrointestinal diseases in monogastric farm animals (pigs/poultry). 

The following is a short Q&A with Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert, who shared his vision for the Section with us, as well as his views of the research area:

1. What appealed to you about the journal that made you want to take the role as its Section Editor-in-Chief?

The opportunity and the ability to support rapid Open Access Publishing of information on Agronomic innovations. Providing rapid free-of-charge access to such information is essential to address the massive challenges for agricultural production and food security.

2. What is your vision for the journal?

To become the leading academic journal for high quality agronomic research focused on reducing the environmental impacts, improving the resilience, resource use efficiency, and maintaining and/or increasing yields of crop production systems in order to provide food security for future generations. To become a principal source of agronomic information for agricultural advisors, agricultural input, technology, and service providers. 

3. What does the future of this field of research look like?

Extremely challenging, given that agronomic research is increasingly driven by the interest and objectives of agricultural input providers, food processors, traders, retailers, and not the interests/needs of farmers and consumers. 

4. What do you think of the development of Open Access in the publishing field?

I think it is essential to provide fair access to information globally and should become the “ethical norm” for the publication of research. The publication fees can be a barrier preventing participation by scientists especially those based in developing countries. This barrier could be effectively lowered by a “fee waiver for excellence” scheme for contributions from academics in developing countries.

We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert as the Editor-in-Chief for this Section, and we look forward to him leading Agronomy to achieve many more milestones.

Agronomy Editorial Office

29 December 2021
Welcoming New Members to the Editorial Board of Agronomy

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following 39 recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395):

Dr. Juliette Bloor—French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAE), Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA), France;

Dr. Hongliang Wang—China Agricultural University, China;

Prof. Dr. Jin Zhao—China Agricultural University, China;

Prof. Dr. Di Wu—China Agricultural University, China;

Prof. Dr. Ganghua Li—Nanjing Agricultural University, China;

Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert—Southern Cross University, Australia;

Dr. Peng Fu—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA;

Dr. Dimitrios D. Alexakis—Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece;

Dr. Michela Janni—Istituto dei Materiali per l’Elettronica e il Magnetismo (IMEM-CNR)–Parco Area delle Scienze, Italy;

Dr. Qi Deng—Chinese Academy of Sciences, China;

Dr. Roberto Marani—Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing, National Research Council of Italy, Italy;

Prof. Dr. Shulan Zhang—Northwest A&F University, China;

Prof. Dr. Fuyong Wu—Northwest A&F University, China;

Prof. Dr. Guijun Yang—Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, China;

Prof. Dr. Fenliang Fan—Chinese Academy of Agricultral Science, China;

Dr. Sheng Chen—The University of Western Australia, Australia;

Dr. Hussein Abdel-Haleem—USDA-ARS, US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, USA;

Prof. Dr. Pedro A. Aguilera—University of Almería, Spain;

Prof. Dr. Shan Lin—China Agricultural University, China;

Dr. Thomas E. Marler—University of Guam, USA;

Dr. David O'Connor—Royal Agricultural University, UK;

Dr. Sergey Blagodatsky—Institute for Plant Production and Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics, Germany;

Dr. Jinyang Wang—Nanjing Agricultural University, China;

Dr. Fatima Maria De Souza Moreira—Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil;

Prof. Dr. Aying Zhang—Nanjing Agricultural University, China;

Prof. Dr. Xiaobing Liu—Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China;

Prof. Dr. Marcelo Menossi—University of Campinas, Brazil;

Prof. Dr. Juan Moral—University of Córdoba, Spain;

Dr. Fengjie Sun—Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, USA;

Dr. Yash Dang—The University of Queensland, Australia;

Dr. Ilias Travlos—Agricultural University of Athens, Greece;

Prof. Dr. Søren Kjærsgaard Rasmussen—University of Copenhagen, Denmark;

Dr. Martin J Wubben—Genetics and Sustainable Agriculture Research, USDA-ARS, USA;

Dr. Ivan Ingelbrecht—International Atomic Energy Agency, Joint FAO/IAEA Centre for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Austria;

Dr. María Ángeles Ferrer Ayala—Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain;

Dr. Ainong Shi—University of Arkansas, USA;

Dr. Nicolas Desneux—INRAE, Université Côte d'Azur, France;

Prof. Dr. Francisco A. P. Campos—Federal |University of Ceara, Brazil;

Dr. Yuanming Zhang—Huazhong Agricultural University, China.

6 December 2021
Agronomy Editorial Board Members Receive "2021 Highly Cited Researchers" Distinction

It is our pleasure to announce that five Agronomy Editorial Board Members have been listed as 2021 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate. This corresponds to being in the top 1% of the most-cited researchers for that publication year.

  1. Name: Prof. Dr. David Edwards

Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia, Australia
Interests: genomics; bioinformatics; wheat; brassica; and legumes

  1. Name: Dr. Bhupinder Pal Singh

Affiliation: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Australia
Interests: soil organic matter; soil biogeochemistry; soil carbon and nutrient cycling; greenhouse gas emissions; plant–soil interaction; biochar; soil carbon functionality; tillage and stubble management; and organic amendments

  1. Name: Dr. Wei Zhang

Affiliation: South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Interests: soil carbon, nitrogen, and/or phosphorus cycles; atmospheric N deposition; greenhouse gas (e.g., CO2, CH4, and N2O) fluxes from soil; soil ecological process and environmental change; and soil fertility

  1. Name: Dr. Nicolas Desneux

Affiliation: INRAE, Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, France
Interests: arthropod ecology; community ecology; ecotoxicology; biological control; integrated pest management; sublethal effects; and parasitoid specialization

  1. Name: Dr. Rajeev K. Varshney

Affiliation: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India
Interests: molecular markers; molecular breeding; gene discovery; applied genomics; legumes; and abiotic stresses

The 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list has been announced by the Web of Science at: https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2021/.

22 November 2021
722 MDPI Editorial Board Members Receiving "2021 Highly Cited Researchers" Distinction

It is our great honor to congratulate the Editorial Board Members and Editors in MDPI's journals who have been distinguished as 2021 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate, according to Web of Science data. We herewith express our gratitude for the immense impact the named researchers continue to make on scientific progress and on our journals' development.

Clarivate's annual list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM identifies the most highly cited scientists for the past decade. Their impactful papers are among the top 1 per cent in the citation distribution of one or more of 22 fields analyzed in the "Essential Science Indicators", distinguishing them as hugely influential among their peers.

Abate, Antonio
Abatzoglou, John T.
Abbaszadeh, Mostafa
Acharya, U. Rajendra
Acharya, Viral V.
Agarwal, Ravi P.
Ahn, Myung-Ju
Airoldi, Laura
Ali, Imran
Allakhverdiev, Suleyman I.
Aluko, Rotimi E.
Anasori, Babak
Andersson, Dan I.
Andes, David
Anker, Stefan D.
Apergis, Nicholas
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Arqub, Omar Abu
Aschner, Michael
Assaraf, Yehuda G.
Astruc, Didier
Atala, Anthony
Atanasov, Atanas G.
Atangana, Abdon
Bahram, Mohammad
Bakris, George L.
Balandin, Alexander A.
Baleanu, Dumitru
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Bando, Yoshio
Banks, William A.
Bansal-Travers, Maansi
Barba, Francisco J.
Barros, Lillian
Basit, Abdul W.
Baskonus, Haci Mehmet
Bassetti, Matteo
Battino, Maurizio
Bell, Jordana T.
Bellomo, Nicola
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Benelli, Giovanni
Benjakul, Soottawat
Bhatnagar, Amit
Biddle, Stuart J. H.
Biondi, Antonio
Biondi-Zoccai, Giuseppe
Bjarnsholt, Thomas
Blaabjerg, Frede
Blaschke, Thomas
Blay, Jean-Yves
Blumwald, Eduardo
Blunt, John W.
Boffetta, Paolo
Bogers, Marcel
Bonomo, Robert A.
Bowman, David M.J.S.
Boyer, Cyrille
Brestic, Marian
Brevik, Eric C.
Buhalis, Dimitrios
Burdick, Jason A.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cai, Xingjuan
Cai, Jianchao
Calhoun, Vince D.
Calin, George
Cao, Jinde
Cao, Guozhong
Carvalho, Andre F.
Castellanos-Gomez, Andres
Cerqueira, Miguel Ângelo Parente Ribeiro
Chang, Jo-Shu
Chang, Chih-Hao
Chastin, Sebastien
Chau, Kwok-wing
Chemat, Farid
Chen, Xiaobo
Chen, YangQuan
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Chaoji
Chen, Min
Chen, Qi
Chen, Jun
Chen, Xi
Chen, Peng
Chen, Yulin
Chen, Bo
Chen, Chen
Chen, Zhi-Gang
Chen, Wei-Hsin
Chen, Gang
Chen, Yongsheng
Chen, Xiang
Chen, Yimin
Chen, Runsheng
Chen, Lidong
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Qian
Chen, Yu
Chen, Shuangming
Chiclana, Francisco
Cho, Sun Young
Choi, Wonyong
Chowdhary, Anuradha
Choyke, Peter L.
Cichocki, Andrzej
Corella, Dolores
Corma, Avelino
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Costanza, Robert
Crommie, Michael F.
Cui, Yi
Cui, Haiying
Cui, Qinghua
Cummings, Kenneth Michael
Dai, Shifeng
Dai, Sheng
Daiber, Andreas
Davis, Steven J.
Dawson, Ted M.
de la Fuente-Nunez, Cesar
Decker, Eric Andrew
Dekel, Avishai
Demaria, Marco
Deng, Yong
Deng, Xiangzheng
DePinho, Ronald A.
Desneux, Nicolas
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Ding, Aijun
Dionysiou, Dionysios D.
Dokmeci, Mehmet Remzi
Dolgui, Alexandre
Dong, Fan
Dou, Shi Xue
Dou, Letian
Du, Qian
Du, Bo
Dube, Shanta Rishi
Dufresne, Alain
Dummer, Reinhard
Dupont, Didier
Edwards, David
Elaissari, Abdelhamid
Elhoseny, Mohamed
Ellahi, Rahmat
Ellis, Erle C.
ElMasry, Gamal
Esteller, Manel
Estévez, Mario
Fabbro, Doriano
Facchetti, Antonio
Fan, Zhanxi
Fang, Chuanglin
Fasano, Alessio
Fečkan, Michal
Felser, Claudia
Feng, Liangzhu
Fensholt, Rasmus
Ferdinandy, Péter
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Ferreira, Isabel C. F. R.
Filippi, Massimo
Fisher, Helen
Fortino, Giancarlo
Fosso Wamba, Samuel
Franceschi, Claudio
Fujita, Hamido
Fujita, Masayuki
Gai, Francesco
Gaisford, Simon
Galanakis, Charis M.
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gan, Ren-You
Gan, Lihua
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gao, Bin
Gao, Feng
Gao, Minrui
Gao, Huijun
Gao, Wei
Gao, Huile
Garbe, Claus
Garcia, Hermenegildo
Gasbarrini, Antonio
Gasco, Laura
Gautret, Philippe
Geng, Yong
Gerdts, Gunnar
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Ghadimi, Noradin
Ghaffari, Roozbeh
Ghamisi, Pedram
Giampieri, Francesca
Glick, Bernard R.
Gnant, Michael
Goel, Ajay
Gogotsi, Yury
Goldewijk, Kees Klein
Gong, Jinlong
Gong, Yongji
Govindan, Kannan
Granato, Daniel
Grancini, Giulia
Green, Douglas R.
Grosso, Giuseppe
Gu, Ke
Guan, Cao
Guastella, Adam J.
Guerrero, Josep M.
Gui, Guan
Guizani, Mohsen
Guo, Zaiping
Gupta, Rangan
Gutzmer, Ralf
Haase, Dagmar
Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz
Hagemann, Stefan
Hagger, Martin
Hamblin, Michael R.
Hammoudeh, Shawkat
Han, Heesup
Hanes, Justin
Harrison, Roy M.
Hartung, Hans-Peter
Hasanuzzaman, Mirza
He, Jr-Hau
He, Hongwen
He, Jiaqing
He, Debiao
Henseler, Jörg
Herrera, Francisco
Herrera-Viedma, Enrique
Hetz, Claudio
Ho Kim, Jung
Holmes, Elaine
Hossain, Ekram
Hsueh, Po-Ren
Hu, Xiaosong
Hu, Wenbin
Huang, Jianping
Huang, Hongwei
Huang, Yu
Huang, Jianying
Huang, Peng
Huang, Baibiao
Huang, Shaoming
Hubacek, Klaus

Iqbal, Hafiz M. N.
Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi
Izzo, Angelo A.
Jacobson, Kenneth A.
Jain, Atul
Jankovic, Joseph
Jelezko, Fedor
Ji, Xiaobo
Ji, Guangbin
Jiang, Hai-Long
Jiang, Lei
Jiang, Junjun
Jiang, Qing
Jiang, Shibo
Jin, Shi
Jones, Peter A.
Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh
Kaner, Richard B.
Kannan, Kurunthachalam
Kappos, Ludwig
Karagiannidis, George K.
Karimi, Hamid Reza
Karimi-Maleh, Hassan
Karp, Peter D.
Kataoka, Kazunori
Katritch, Vsevolod
Kawi, Sibudjing
Keesstra, Saskia
Kepp, Oliver
Keyzers, Robert A.
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kiessling, Fabian
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Kim, Haegyeom
Kim, Jeonghun
Kim, Jong Seung
Kirkwood, John M.
Kisi, Ozgur
Kivshar, Yuri
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Ko, Wen-Chien
Konopleva, Marina Y.
Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.
Koonin, Eugene V.
Kou, Gang
Krausmann, Fridolin
Krebs, Frederik C.
Kroemer, Guido
Kuca, Kamil
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kuhn, Jens H.
Kumar, Devendra
Kumar, Alan Prem
Kumar, Sudhir
Kumar Sangaiah, Arun
Kurths, Juergen
Kuznetsov, Nikolay V.
Kuzyakov, Yakov
Kwan, Mei-Po
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lam, James
Lammers, Twan
Lamuela-Raventos, Rosa M.
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Landi, Francesco
Laurent, Sophie
Lavie, Carl J.
Laxminarayan, Ramanan
Lee, Sang Soo
Lee, Jin-Wook
Lee, Pooi See
Lehmann, Johannes
Lei, Yaguo
Lei, Ting
Leng, Lijian
Leung, Dennis Y. C.
Leung, Victor C. M.
Levine, Ross
Li, Wei
Li, Jie
Li, Jinghong
Li, Jun
Li, Heng
Li, Gang
Li, Yat
Li, Peng
Li, Hailong
Li, Changpin
Li, Yan
Li, Yurui
Li, Xiaodi
Li, Hong
Li, Shutao
Li, Hongyi
Li, Zhijun
Li, Peiyue
Lin, Yuehe
Lin, Hongjun
Lin, Lin
Lip, Gregory Y. H.
Liu, Jian
Liu, Meng
Liu, Hong
Liu, Tao
Liu, Lei
Liu, Jianxing
Liu, Wei
Liu, Gang
Liu, Yang
Liu, Peide
Lockhart, Shawn R.
Long, Hualou
Löscher, Wolfgang
Lu, Jun
Lu, Jianquan
Lu, Nanshu
Lucey, Brian
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Jun
Luo, Yi
Luo, Jingshan
Luo, Yangchao
Lupton, Deborah
Luque, Rafael
Lv, Wei
Lvov, Yuri M.
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Tianyi
Ma, Jun
Ma, Jiayi
Ma, Wen-Xiu
Ma, Yanming
Maggioni, Aldo Pietro
Mahmood, Nasir
Mahmoudi, Morteza
Mai, Liqiang
Mallavarapu, Megharaj
Mandala, Mario
Mardani, Abbas
Marengo, Jose
Maria Rossolini, Gian
Martinoia, Enrico
Mathiesen, Brian Vad
Mathivanan, Suresh
Mattick, John S.
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McCabe, Matthew E.
McCauley, Darren
McClements, David Julian
Melcher, Karsten
Melenhorst, Jan Joseph
Melero, Ignacio
Mezzetti, Bruno
Mirjalili, Seyedali
Mishchenko, Artem
Mittler, Ron
Moreau, Philippe
Motohashi, Hozumi
Mousavi Khaneghah, Amin
Mu, Shichun
Mueller, Lukas A.
Mueller-Roeber, Bernd
Muenzel, Thomas
Muhammad, Khan
Munger, J. William
Nauen, Ralf
Naushad, Mu.
Negri, Eva
Nemeroff, Charles B.
Newman, David J.
Niaura, Raymond S.
Nie, Feiping
Nieto, Juan J.
Novara, Agata
Nunkoo, Robin
Ogino, Shuji
Olabi, Abdul-Ghani
Ong, Hwai Chyuan
O'Regan, Donal
Orsini, Nicola
Ouyang, Minggao
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pacher, Pal
Pan, Xiaoqing
Pan, Likun
Pan, Quan-Ke
Pang, Huan
Pavela, Roman
Pedrycz, Witold
Pei, Yanzhong
Peng, Shushi
Peng, Qing
Peng, Mugen
Perc, Matjaz
Perez-Alvarez, Jose Angel
Perlin, David S.
Piquero, Alex R.
Polasky, Stephen
Pommier, Yves
Poor, H. Vincent
Postolache, Mihai
Potenza, Marc N.
Poulter, Benjamin
Preat, Veronique
Prinsep, Michele R.
Pu, Hong-Bin
Putnik, Predrag
Qiu, Jieshan
Qu, Xiaogang
Quiles, José L.
Rabczuk, Timon
Ramakrishna, Seeram
Ramkissoon, Haywantee
Ran, Jingrun
Recio, Isidra
Reiter, Russel J.
Remuzzi, Giuseppe
Ren, Jinsong
Ren, Jun
Riahi, Keywan
Richardson, Paul G.
Rignot, Eric
Rimm, David
Rinn, John L.
Robert, Caroline
Rodriguez, Rosa M.
Rojo, Teofilo
Ros, Emilio
Rosen, Marc A.
Roubaud, David
Russo, Alessandro
Russo, Gian Luigi

Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Sander, Chris
Santamouris, Mattheos
Santoro, Gabriele
Saraiva, Jorge A.
Sarchiapone, Marco
Scalbert, Augustin
Schloter, Michael
Schneider, Gisbert
Schubert, Ulrich S.
Schulz, Rainer
Schwab, Matthias
Schweizer, Frank
Scolyer, Richard A.
Scorrano, Luca
Scott, David
Scott, Stuart A.
Scott, Daniel
Serra-Majem, Lluis
Sethi, Gautam
Shabala, Sergey
Shaheen, Sabry M.
Shao, Zongping
Sharma, Gaurav
Shen, Guozhen
Shen, Hao
Sheremet, Mikhail A.
Shi, Peng
Shi, Yumeng
Shoenfeld, Yehuda
Siano, Pierluigi
Sillanpaa, Mika
Simões, Manuel
Simpson, Richard J.
Singh, Bhupinder Pal
Singh, Vijay P.
Smagghe, Guy
Song, Yu
Song, Houbing
Sood, Anil K.
Srivastava, Hari M.
Stadler, Marc
Stadler, Peter F.
Stanley, H. Eugene
Stoumpos, Constantinos C.
Strano, Michael S.
Stunnenberg, Hendrik G.
Su, [email protected]
Su, Chun-Yi
Subramanian, S. V.
Sun, Zhipei
Sun, Fengchun
Sun, Hongqi
Sunderland, Elsie M.
Suzuki, Nobuhiro
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Szabo, Csaba
Szallasi, Arpad
Szolnoki, Attila
Tacke, Frank
Tan, Weihong
Tan, Chaoliang
Tang, Hua
Tang, Chuyang
Tang, Chuan-He
Tanzi, Rudolph E.
Teichmann, Sarah
Telenti, Amalio
Thakur, Vijay Kumar
Thiele, Holger
Tian, Jie
Tohge, Takayuki
Tran, Lam-Son Phan
Truhlar, Donald G.
Tsao, Rong
Tsuda, Kenichi
Tukker, Arnold
Tung, Chen-Ho
Turskis, Zenonas
Urquhart, Andrew
Valko, Marian
Van Breusegem, Frank
Van de Wiele, Tom
van der Werf, Guido
van Wesemael, Bas
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varma, Rajender S.
Varsani, Arvind
Varshney, Rajeev K.
Vasilakis, Nikos
Vasilakos, Athanasios V.
Vasquez, Juan C.
Vatanen, Tommi
Ventura, Marco
Vermote, Eric
Veronese, Nicola
Verpoorte, Robert
Vethaak, A. Dick
Vieta, Eduard
Vincent, Jean-Louis
Wagner, Wolfgang
Walton, Vaughn M.
Wan, Jiafu
Wan, Shaohua
Wang, Qi
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Meng
Wang, Tao
Wang, Yuan
Wang, Xin
Wang, Chao
Wang, Yong
Wang, Jun
Wang, Erkang
Wang, Sibo
Wang, Jian
Wang, Ning
Wang, John
Wang, Qin
Wang, Shaojian
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Huanting
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Gongming
Wang, Zhong Lin
Wang, Lianzhou
Wang, Shaobin
Wang, Yang
Wang, Zifa
Wei, Zhixiang
Wei, Leyi
Weissleder, Ralph
Wen, Guanghui
Wiens, John J.
Wigneron, Jean-Pierre
Willerslev, Eske
Wishart, David S.
Witlox, Frank
Wu, Jun
Wu, Tom
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Haijun
Wu, Zhongbiao
Wu, Zhong-Shuai
Wu, Zheng-Guang
Xia, Meimei
Xia, Xinhui
Xiang, Quanjun
Xiao, Jianbo
Xiao, Jie
Xie, Jian-Hua
Xin, Sen
Xing, Baoshan
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Bin
Xu, Li Da
Xu, Yi-Jun
Xu, Hui
Xu, Zeshui
Yamauchi, Yusuke
Yan, Huaicheng
Yan, Kai
Yang, Chenguang
Yang, Xiao-Jun
Yang, Bing
Yang, Yun-Gui
Yang, Jie
Yang, Jian
Yang, Xinsong
Yang, Shihe
Yang, Yi
Yang, Yang
Yao, Jen-Chih
Yao, Yonggang
Yazyev, Oleg
Yin, Yulong
Yin, Zongyou
Yin, Shen
Yin, Ya-xia
Yin, Shou-Wei
Ying, Guang-Guo
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Shu-Hong
Yu, Jun
Yu, Guihua
Yu, Wenwu
Yu, Guocan
Yu, Minghao
Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J.
Zavadskas, Edmundas Kazimieras
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhai, Tianyou
Zhang, Wei
Zhang, Binlin
Zhang, Shujun
Zhang, Guoping
Zhang, Zengqiang
Zhang, Yu Shrike
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Guowen
Zhang, Min
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhang, Shaoqing
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Weili
Zhang, Xiaodong
Zhang, Zhien
Zhang, Tierui
Zhang, Hongjie
Zhang, Dengsong
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Dan
Zhang, Yu-Dong
Zhang, Fusuo
Zhao, Yi
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zheng, Hao
Zheng, Gengfeng
Zhong, Cheng
Zhou, Weiqi
Zhou, Qi
Zhou, Jizhong
Zhu, Hongwei
Zhu, Chengzhou
Zhu, Junfa
Zhu, Zhe
Zhu, Quanxin
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zhuang, Xiaoying
Zou, Quan

The full list of 2021 Highly Cited Researchers  can be accessed at the following webpage in the Web of ScienceTM https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2021/.

--- Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) is a Clarivate product.

16 November 2021
Topical Advisory Panel Established to Support Editorial Board

Academic editors play a crucial role in leading our journals and ensuring that each article undergoes a robust and timely peer-review. With the launch of Topics this year and addition of Topic Editors to our family of academic editors, we decided it would be a good time to restructure our academic boards, thus providing more clarity and support for each role. MDPI is pleased to announce the launch of a new position—Topical Advisory Panel Member, that will replace the previous position of Topics Board Member. The Topical Advisory Panel will be comprised of early career researchers eager to gain experience in editorial work.

The main responsibility of the new members of the Topical Advisory Panel is to regularly provide support to Guest Editors, Topic Editors, and Section Board Members. The responsibilities of the Topical Advisory Panel are available here: https://www.mdpi.com/editors.

Each year, the members’ performances are evaluated, and outstanding members are promoted to the Editorial Board by the Editor-in-Chief.

To qualify as a Topical Advisory Panel Member, applicants must:

  • Have expertise and experience in the field related to the journal;
  • Have received a Ph.D. in the last 10 years, approximately;
  • Have at least 6-8 published papers in the last 5 years as first author or corresponding author;
  • Currently hold an independent research position in academia or a government institute.

If you are interested in this role, please contact the editorial office by email.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

25 October 2021
Open Access Week 2021 | It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity, 25–31 October

Founded in 1996, MDPI was one of the first fully Open Access publisher. Over 25 years MDPI has grown to become the largest Open Access publisher globally, publishing over 160,000 articles across more than 350 journals in 2020. At the core, MDPI was founded in response to a pressing need of fast publication and inclusion. The scholar was set at the centre of the publication process for the first time. Acting as a service provider, rather than a product provider, MDPI exists to help scientists achive their objective to disseminate research results. At MDPI, we believe scientists deserve a better service from the publishing world.

The International Open Access Week (Open Access Week), founded by the SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Alliance and student partners in 2008, has been successfully running for 13 years. As an advocate and pioneer of open access publishing, MDPI actively responds to the call of International Open Access Week. This year’s theme of “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” highlights the Recommendation’s call for equitable participation from all authors and readers.

For the last 25 years, MDPI has been committed to disseminating open research. Here is a video showing MDPI’s Commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity for More than 25 Years.

International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress in the building of more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussions and actions that need to be continued, year in and year out. MDPI has always aimed to provide professional and efficient publishing services to scholars around the world.

Our mission is to make scientific research accessible to everyone; this year, we interview and hold discussions with open science ambassadors on how to build an equal and inclusive environment for open science. Academic editors help us collaborate with more institutions to advocate for open access ideas.

Read our anniversary blog post: "Sharing 'Collective Human Knowledge': The Benefits of Open Access Publication"

Besides this, our scientific community is a key driver of our success and MDPI’s remarkable growth. Despite the pandemic, we have prepared online conferences and workshops to gather scholars from different communities.

The Basel Sustainable Publishing online forum provides an equal opportunity for stakeholders and researchers from multi-cultural environments to exchange ideas and eliminate barriers to participation.

Conference date: 25 October 2021, online
Conference website: https://bspf2021.sciforum.net/
Main topics: MDPI discusses the current dilemma of open access science from various perspectives such as governments, libraries, and publishers, and related measures on how to change the status quo of discrimination from a global perspective.

We aim to support equality, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications. We collaborate with universities and key laboratories and have scholarly communications with researchers, teachers, and students on open access workshops.

  • 25 October 2021
    Energies journal and Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 28 October 2021
    Machines journal and State Key Laboratory of Traction Power, Southwest Jiaotong University
  • 29 October 2021
    Processes journal and Beijing Institute of Technology
  • 29 October 2021
    Coatings journal and Wuhan University of Technology

MDPI is committed to providing open access and high-quality publishing services for scholars and promoting rapid dissemination of academic achievements. We hope to promote the practices and policies of open access publishing and diversify the dissemination of academic achievements.

23 September 2021
2020 MDPI Top Reviewer Award—Winners Announced


Rigorous peer-review is the cornerstone of high-quality academic publishing. Over 369,916 scholars served as reviewers for MDPI journals in 2020. 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 of all reviewers’ names to express our gratitude. In addition, this year, the MDPI Top Reviewer Award was announced, to recognize the very best reviewers for their expertise and dedication, and their high-quality, and timely review reports. We are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2020 MDPI Top Reviewer Award:

  • Adriana Burlea-Schiopoiu;
  • Alban Kuriqi;
  • Álvaro González-Vila;
  • Alessandro Alaimo;
  • Alexey Beskopylny;
  • Alexander Yu Churyumov;
  • Alberto Fernández-Isabel;
  • Andrea Mastinu;
  • Antonios N. Papadopoulos;
  • Anton Rassõlkin;
  • Antonio Humberto Hamad Minervino;
  • Arkadiusz Matwijczuk;
  • Artur Słomka;
  • Baojie He;
  • Bartłomiej Potaniec;
  • Bojan Đurin;
  • Camilo Arturo Rodriguez Diaz;
  • Carmelo Maria Musarella;
  • Chiachung Chen;
  • Chiman Kwan;
  • Cristian Busu;
  • Danil Pimenov;
  • Dan-Cristian Dabija;
  • Delfín Ortega-Sánchez;
  • Demetrio Antonio Zema;
  • Denis Butusov;
  • Elena Lucchi;
  • Gaurab Dutta;
  • Livia Anastasiu;
  • M. R. Safaei.

For more information about how to become a reviewer of MDPI journals, please see: www.mdpi.com/reviewers.

22 September 2021
Recruiting Reviewer Board Members for Agronomy

The journal Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395) is recruiting Reviewer Board Members. The main responsibility of the new members of the Reviewer Board is to regularly provide timely, high-quality reports on the submitted manuscripts. The responsibilities of the reviewers are available at https://www.mdpi.com/reviewers.

Agronomy is an international, scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. The Spanish Society of Plant Physiology (SEFV) is affiliated with Agronomy, and their members receive a discount on the article processing charges. The Impact Factor of Agronomy recently increased to 3.417, and the journal was ranked 18/91 (Q1) in the "Agronomy" category. The aims and scope of the journal can be found here.

The benefits of joining the Reviewer Board of Agronomy are as follows:

  • We will announce your entry information on the journal's reviewer board;
  • We will offer you a discount code (up to CHF 100) if a comprehensive and timely report is provided. The voucher can be used for your future publications in all MDPI journals;
  • You will receive a personalized reviewer certificate;
  • You will have the ability to adjust your review frequency based on your schedule in our system;
  • Reviewer Board Members may be presented with the possibility of joining the Editorial Board of the journal (subject to the approval of the Editor-in-Chief).

If you are interested in becoming a Reviewer Board Member (RBM) of Agronomy, please send your application, including a full academic CV, to the Agronomy Editorial Office ([email protected]).

For more information about Agronomy, please visit the website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy.

22 September 2021
MDPI Joins SDG Publishers Compact

UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. In 2020 the SDG Publishers Compact was launched, aimed to inspire publishers and accelerate progress to achieve the 17 goals by 2030. Members of the programme are committed to support the publication of materials that will promote and inspire actions towards SDGs.

MDPI is an eager advocate of SDGs and has already been supporting the programme by creating Special Issues and publishing a series of books on SDGs prior to joining the Compact in 2021. MDPI's Sustainability Foundation initiated the World Sustainability Awards in 2016. We fully support UN's goals to promote sustainable actions that make the world a better place for all and, as part of its commitment, we will focus our actions on SDG10: Reduced Inequalities whilst promoting all 17 SDGs. For more details, please visit the programme’s website: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdg-publishers-compact/.

Joining this initiative was a unanimous decision. MDPI has in its core values the dissemination of science for all, breaking the wall between research access and under-represented members of the scientific community and the general population. To support this initiative further and continue to support under-represented scientists, MDPI will take a series of actions that will be announced once ready.

The first action MDPI takes is to nominate Dr. Liliane Auwerter as the coordinator of the programme. Dr. Auwerter studied Environmental Process Technology (UTFPR, Brazil), obtained her MSc degree in Water and Environmental Engineering (University of Surrey, UK) and in 2020 completed her PhD in self-healing low-friction materials for water transport (Imperial College London, UK), always focusing on diverse scientific projects that would potentially bring sustainability to industrial processes. As a student in Brazil, she engaged in volunteering activities focused on environmental education and took part in the Millennial Development Goals meetings held at the university.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Liliane Auwerter
Scientific Officer
[email protected]

18 September 2021
Topic “Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition for Sustainable Agriculture”—Open for Submission


We are pleased to announce the Topic “Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition for Sustainable Agriculture” (https://www.mdpi.com/topics/Fertility_Nutrition_Agriculture).

This collection invites contributions on new agricultural practices that maintain or restore soil life and fertility; new methods and technologies for mineral and organic feeding and plant fertilization; new sources of, and processes for, providing healthy food without negative impacts on the soil; the use of cultivars that efficiently valorize soil resources; and the use of plant cover or crop associations. Contributions concerning biocontrol and soilborne disease are also welcome.

The relevant journals are Horticulturae, Plants, Agronomy, Agriculture, and Sustainability. The submission deadline is 31 December 2022. Contributions to the topic are welcome.

3 August 2021
Announcement on Japanese Consumption Tax (JCT)

This serves to announce to our valued authors based in Japan that value-added tax, or consumption tax will now be imposed on article processing fees and other service fees for all papers submitted, or resubmitted (assigned new paper IDs), effective from 15 August 2021. The change is in accordance with the Japanese "Act for Partial Revision of the Income Tax Act and Other Acts" (Act No. 9 of 2015), which includes a revision of consumption taxation on cross-border supplies of services such as digital content distribution.

For additional information from the National Tax Agency please see here ("Cross-border supplies of electronic services").

Contact: Setsuko Nishihara, MDPI Tokyo

30 June 2021
2020 Impact Factors - Released

The 2020 citation metrics have been officially released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR)!

We are pleased to announce that 85 MDPI journals are included, of which:

  • 10 journals received their first impact factor
  • 96% of journals increased their impact factor from 2019
  • 32 journals (38%) ranked among the top 25% of journals, in at least one category
Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Cancers 6.639 Q1 • Oncology
Cells 6.600 Q2 • Cell Biology
Pharmaceutics 6.321 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Antioxidants 6.313 Q1 • Food Science & Technology 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Biomedicines 6.081 Q1 • Medicine, Research & Experimental
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 5.924 Q1 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Pharmaceuticals 5.863 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Journal of Fungi 5.816 Q1 • Mycology
• Microbiology
Nutrients 5.719 Q1 • Nutrition & Dietetics
Biosensors 5.519 Q1 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Marine Drugs 5.118 Q1 • Chemistry, Medicinal
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biology 5.079 Q1 • Biology
Nanomaterials 5.076 Q1 • Physics, Applied
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Viruses 5.048 Q2 • Virology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 4.945 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
• Health Care Sciences & Services
Metabolites 4.932 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biomolecules 4.879 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Remote Sensing 4.848 Q1 • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Q2 • Remote Sensing
• Imaging Science & Photographic Technology 
• Environmental Sciences
Gels * 4.702 Q1 • Polymer Science
Antibiotics 4.639 Q2 • Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Toxins 4.546 Q1 • Toxicology
• Food Science & Technology
Vaccines 4.422 Q2 • Immunology
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.412 Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 4.350 Q2 • Food Science & Technology
Polymers 4.329 Q1 • Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.242 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
Toxics 4.146 Q2 • Toxicology
• Environmental Sciences
Catalysts 4.146 Q2 • Chemistry, Physical
Microorganisms 4.128 Q2 • Microbiology
Membranes 4.106 Q1 • Polymer Science
Q2 • Engineering, Chemical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Chemistry, Physical
Genes 4.096 Q2 • Genetics & Heredity
Fermentation * 3.975 Q2 • Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease * 3.948 Q2 • Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Plants 3.935 Q1 • Plant Sciences
Life 3.817 Q2 • Biology
Diagnostics 3.706 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Current Oncology 3.677 Q3 • Oncology
Materials 3.623 Q1 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Physics, Applied 
• Physics, Condensed Matter
Sensors 3.576 Q1 • Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Pathogens 3.492 Q2 • Microbiology
Agronomy 3.417 Q1 • Agronomy
• Plant Sciences
Chemosensors 3.398 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 • Electrochemistry
Land 3.398 Q2 • Environmental Studies
Brain Sciences 3.394 Q3 • Neurosciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 3.390 Q1 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Tomography 3.358 Q2 • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Fractal and Fractional * 3.313 Q1 • Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Sustainability 3.251 Q2 • Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
• Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 • Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Water 3.103 Q2 • Water Resources
• Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 3.049 Q3 • Business
Energies 3.004 Q3 • Energy & Fuels
Agriculture 2.925 Q1 • Agronomy
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2.899 Q2 • Geography, Physical
• Computer Science, Information Systems
Q3 • Remote Sensing
Micromachines 2.891 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Coatings 2.881 Q2 • Materials Science, Coatings & Films
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Children 2.863 Q2 • Pediatrics
Processes 2.847 Q3 • Engineering, Chemical
Separations 2.777 Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
Insects 2.769 Q1 • Entomology
Animals 2.752 Q1 • Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
• Veterinary Sciences
Symmetry 2.713 Q2 • Multidisciplinary Sciences
Atmosphere 2.686 Q3 • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
• Environmental Sciences
Applied Sciences 2.679 Q2 • Engineering, Multidisciplinary
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Photonics 2.676 Q2 • Optics
Buildings * 2.648 Q2 • Construction & Building Technology
• Engineering, Civil
Healthcare 2.645 Q2 • Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Q3 • Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Minerals 2.644 Q2 • Mining & Mineral Processing
• Mineralogy
• Geochemistry & Geophysics
Forests 2.634 Q1 • Forestry
Crystals 2.589 Q2 • Crystallography
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Entropy 2.524 Q2 • Physics, Multidisciplinary
Diversity 2.465 Q2 • Biodiversity Conservation
Q3 • Ecology
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.458 Q2 • Oceanography
• Engineering, Marine 
• Engineering, Ocean
Medicina 2.430 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Machines * 2.428 Q2 • Engineering, Mechanical
Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Electronics 2.397 Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
• Computer Science, Information Systems 
• Physics, Applied
Fishes * 2.385 Q2 • Fisheries
• Marine & Freshwater Biology
Metals 2.351 Q2 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Horticulturae * 2.331 Q1 • Horticulture
Veterinary Sciences * 2.304 Q1 • Veterinary Sciences
Universe 2.278 Q3 • Physics, Particles & Fields
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mathematics 2.258 Q1 • Mathematics
Magnetochemistry 2.193 Q3 • Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 2.081 Q4 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Actuators 1.994 Q3 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Engineering, Mechanical
Aerospace * 1.659 Q2 • Engineering, Aerospace

* Journals given their first Impact Factor in 2021

Source: 2020 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports ® (Clarivate, 2021)

25 June 2021
Recruiting Editorial Board Members for Agronomy

Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395) is an international and cross-disciplinary scholarly journal on agronomy and agroecology published monthly online by MDPI. Agronomy is recruiting Editorial Board Members whose research interests are related to agronomy and agroecology. Please find more details at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/sections.

We already have some highly renowned experts on our Editorial Board, and we are looking for more excellent scholars in this field to join us. If you are interested in this position or know of any potential candidates who you would like to recommend, please contact the Agronomy Editorial Office ([email protected]). We look forward to hearing from you.

The main responsibilities of Editorial Board Members are as follows: 

  • Pre-screening submissions and making decisions on whether a manuscript should be accepted or rejected for processing, as well as suggesting additional reviewers if necessary;
  • Acting as Guest Editor of a Special Issue in your particular field of expertise, or recommending potential topics and Guest Editors;
  • Promoting Agronomy and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences;
  • Advising on the journal’s development. 

Agronomy Editorial Office

25 June 2021
Welcoming the New Editorial Board Members of Agronomy

We welcome the following 68 recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Agronomy:

Prof. Dr. Guang-Wei Ding, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD, USA
Prof. Dr. Cherubino Leonardi, University of Catania, Unict, Italy
Dr. Ping An, Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan
Dr. Xian Xue, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr. Catherine Picon-Cochard, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAE), Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA), France
Prof. Dr. Carmen Galan, University of Cordoba, Spain
Prof. Dr. Susana Redondo-Gómez, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Dr. Sanja Cavar Zeljkovic, Crop Research Institute & Crop Research Institute, Šlechtitelů 29, 78371 Olomouc, Czech Republic , Czech Republic
Dr. Hamid Ashrafi, North Carolina State University, USA
Dr. Jiafa Luo, Land & Environment, AgResearch, Hamilton, New Zealand
Prof. Dr. Martin Gierus, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria
Dr. Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, Aeres University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Dr. Rajko Vidrih, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Zengming Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr. Maria Arlene Adviento-Borbe, United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, USA
Prof. Dr. Shahjahan Khan, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Prof. Pedro Palencia, Oviedo University, Spain
Dr. Massimiliano Probo, Grazing System - Animal Production Systems and Animal Health - Agroscope (CH), Switzerland
Dr. Baohua Zhang, Agricultural University, China
Dr. Frédéric Marsolais, London Research and Development Centre, Canada
Prof. Dr. Wei Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Prof. Dr. Murat Kacira, The University of Arizonadisabled, USA
Dr. Miguel-Ángel Muñoz-García, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Dr. Francesca Taranto, Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (CNR-IBBR), Italy
Prof. Dr. Jesús Martín-Gil, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Dr. Francesca Valerio, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Bari, Italy
Dr. Chenggen Chu, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Washington, DC, USA
Prof. Dr. C.B. Rajashekar, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66503, USA
Dr. Víctor Manuel Rodríguez, CSIC - Mision Biologica de Galicia, Pontevedra, Spain
Dr. Baskaran Stephen Inbaraj, Catholic University, Hsinchuang, Taiwan
Dr. Sanghamitra Majumdar, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Little Rock, AR, USA
Dr. Zalmen Henkin, Agricultural Research Organization of Israel, Bet Dagan, Israel
Dr. Zhigang Li, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Prof. Dr. Stephen J. Novak, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725, USA
Dr. Michael O'Donovan, Animal and Grassland Innovation Centre, Ireland
Prof. Dr. Helena Freitas, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Prof. Dr. Marjana Regvar, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. José Luis Santiago Blanco, CSIC, Spain
Dr. Shuyu Liu, Texas A&M University/AgriLife Research, USA
Dr. Susana Pascual, Plant Protection Department Spanish National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), Spain
Prof. Dr. Pedro Talhinhas, Universidade de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, Portugal
Dr. Xiangchao Gan, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
Dr. Marta Francisco, Spanish National Research Council-Misión Biológica de Galicia, Spain
Dr. Arno Rosemarin, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Dr. Eliseu José Guedes Pereira, Federal University of Viçosa, 36570-900 Viçosa, MG, Brazil
Dr. Maria Céu Lavado da Silva, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Oeiras, Portugal
Dr. Ivo Toševski, CABI, Switzerland
Dr. Sergio Molinari, Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council of Italy (IPSP-CNR), Bari, Italy
Dr. Michel Lecoq, CIRAD, France
Dr. Robert Lascano, USDA ARS Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, USA
Prof. Dr. Mario Cunha, University of Porto (FCUP), Portugal
Prof. Dr. Zhi Min Yang, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
Prof. Dr. Fabio Francesco Nocito, Università degli Studi du Milano, 20122 Milano, Italy
Dr. Rebekah Oliver, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA
Dr. Ricardo Bressan-Smith, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Brazil

Further details about the Editorial Board can be found at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/editors.

Agronomy Editorial Office

25 June 2021
Welcoming the New Section Editors-in-Chief in Agronomy

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Christos Athanassiou has been appointed as Section Editor-in-Chief of " Pest and Disease Management” in Agronomy.

Prof. Dr. Christos Athanassiou

AffiliationLaboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, Crop Production and Rural Environment, Department of Agriculture, University of Thessaly, Greece

Interests: pheromones and semiochemicals; insect parasitoids; population ecology; sampling and trapping; invasive biology; integrated pest management; microbial control; chemical control

We are also pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Pedro Javier Zapata has been appointed as Section Editor-in-Chief of "Agricultural Engineering" in Agronomy.

Prof. Dr. Pedro Javier Zapata

AffiliationDepartment of AgriFood Technology, EPSO, University Miguel Hernández, Spain

Interests: postharvest; fruit quality; antioxidants; bioactive compounds; eco-friendly technologies

We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Christos Athanassiou and Prof. Dr. Pedro Javier Zapata in taking up their roles as Section Editors-in-Chief and look forward to them leading Agronomy to achieve many more milestones.

Agronomy Editorial Office

25 June 2021
Agronomy 2019–2020 Best Cover Awards—Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Agronomy 2019–2020 Best Cover Awards. In total, 24 cover stories published from 2019 to 2020 in Agronomy were considered for these awards.

The winners are as follows:

The winners of the “Agronomy 2019–2020 Best Cover Awards”, in no particular order, will receive 100 CHF each.

Congratulations to the winners for their excellent research!

Agronomy Editorial Office

25 June 2021
Agronomy Has Received an Increased CiteScore of 2.6

 It is our great pleasure to announce that Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395) has received an increased CiteScore (2020 Scopus data) of 2.6 for the year 2020, which equals the rank of 119/347 (Q2) in "Agronomy and Crop Science"

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We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all the authors, reviewers, and editors who have contributed to the journal and enabled this achievement!

Agronomy Editorial Office

28 April 2021
Book BuilderCompile a Customized E-Book from Your Favorite MDPI Open Access Content

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We invite you to make yourself familiar with the new tool! The Book Builder can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/books/book_builder.

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The Book Builder allows Guest Editors of MDPI journals to create a reprint from a successfully completed Special Issue or Topical Collection in book format. If you are a Guest Editor for an MDPI journal, you can use the new tool  to create an PDF document which includes all articles published in the Special Issue as well as a book cover and table of contents.

For Special Issues containing a minimum of 5 articles, the Guest Editor can request its publication on the MDPI Book platform. Published reprints are assigned an ISBN and DOI.

In addition to the PDF copy of the Reprint Book, as a token of our gratitude, MDPI offers every Guest Editor one (1) complimentary print copy (via print-on-demand). All contributors benefit from a discount on orders of any additional print copies, to share with colleagues or libraries or others.

 



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15 April 2021
MDPI Celebrates Company Milestone With 25th Anniversary Page
"We exist to help scientists achieve their own objectives"


In June of this year, MDPI will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its foundation. To mark this significant milestone, we have created a 25th Anniversary page on our website that evokes the development of our company over the past quarter-century.

MDPI has been a pioneer of Open Access publishing ever since the concept was first created.

In a wide-ranging interview, our CEO Delia Mihaila reflects on the company’s 25th anniversary and its contribution to the world of scientific publishing.

Delia considers how MDPI has evolved since starting life in 1996 as a visionary ‘project’ run out of an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, by Dr. Shu-Kun Lin. A chemist who was passionate about the long-term preservation of rare chemical sample, Dr. Lin was determined to help scholars publish their findings as quickly as possible and make their research results available to as wide a readership as possible worldwide. That determination remains unchanged 25 years later.

Today, MDPI is an international organization with over 4,000 employees based on three continents and in ten countries, and ranks among the world's top four academic publishers.

MDPI's mission is to accelerate access to new scientific research, delivering insight faster for researchers worldwide. Read more here about the company's remarkable success story and what the Open Access publishing model can offer the global scientific community.

31 March 2021
Recruiting Editorial Board Members for Agronomy

Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395), is an international and cross-disciplinary scholarly journal on agronomy and agroecology published monthly online by MDPI. Agronomy is recruiting Editorial Board Members whose research interests are related to agronomy and agroecology. Please find more details at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/sections.

We already have some highly renowned experts on our Editorial Board, and we are looking for more excellent scholars in this field to join us. If you are interested in this position or know of any potential candidates you would like to recommend, please contact the Agronomy Editorial Office ([email protected]). 

The main responsibilities of Editorial Board Members are as follows: 

  • Pre-screening submissions and making decisions on whether a manuscript should be accepted or rejected for processing, as well as suggesting additional reviewers if necessary;
  • Acting as Guest Editor of a Special Issue in your particular field of expertise, or recommending potential topics and Guest Editors;
  • Promoting Agronomy and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences;
  • Advising on the journal’s development. 

We look forward to hearing from you.
Agronomy Editorial Office

 

31 March 2021
Welcoming New Members to the Editorial Board of Agronomy

We welcome the following 40 recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Agronomy:

Dr. Javier Terol, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias IVIA, Valencia, Spain
Prof. Dr. Xiangnan Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130102, China
Dr. Junhua Peng, Hunan Agricultural University, China
Prof. Jianlong Li, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Dr. Chiara Corbari, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Dr. Daozhi Gong, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China
Prof. Dr. Siegrid Steinkellner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
Dr. J. Antonio Cortinas Rguez, University of Vigo, 32002 Ourense, Spain
Dr. Massimo Zaccardelli, CREA Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Italy
Dr. Francesc Xavier Prenafeta Boldú, Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), Spain
Dr. Yang Zhu, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
Dr. Jörg Schaller, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
Prof. Dr. Linchuan Fang, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
Prof. Dr. Luis Hernández-Callejo, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
Dr. Rose Brodrick, CSIRO Agriculture and Food , Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
Dr. Jorge Ferreira, US Salinity Laboratory, USA
Dr. Guillem Pérez-Jordà, University of Valencia, Spain
Dr. Niels P. Louwaars, Wageningen University and Plantum, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Dr. Marie France Corio-Costet, Department of Plant Health and Environment, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France
Prof. Michael Heinrich, UCL School of Pharmacy, UK
Dr. Carla Gentile, University of Palermo | UNIPA, Palermo, Italy
Prof. Dr. Cinzia Margherita Bertea, University of Torino, Italy
Dr. Aiming Qi, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Dr. Jorge Paz-Ferreiro, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Longjiang Fan, Zhejiang University, China
Dr. Koki Toyota, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Dr. Jie Zhao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr. Danilo Scordia, University of Catania, Italy
Prof. Dr. Gniewko Niedbała, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
Dr. Ivan Francisco Garcia Tejero, Andalusian Institute of Teaching and Agricultural Researcher (IFAPA), Spain
Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Sobocińska, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Poland
Prof. Dr. Rosa Maria Fanelli, University of Molise, Italy
Prof. Dr. Piotr Prus, UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Dr. Antonia María Rojano-Delgado, University Cordoba, 14014 Cordoba, Spain
Dr. Marco Medici, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Dr. Andrea Liliana Clavijo McCormick, Massey University, New Zealand
Dr. Gianluca Allegro, University of Bologna, Italy
Dr. Xiangjun Zou, South China Agricultural University, China
Prof. Dr. Witold Grzebisz, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
Prof. Dr. Francis Drummond, University of Maine, USA

Further details about the Editorial Board can be found at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/editors.

11 March 2021
Agronomy | 10th Anniversary Best Paper Award—Winners Announced

The editorial team would like to congratulate the winners of the Agronomy 10th Anniversary Best Paper Award, who were chosen by a Selection Committee chaired by the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Peter Langridge. Following a review process by the Evaluation Committee, six winners were selected. The winners of the “Agronomy 10th Anniversary Best Paper Award” are as follows:

Article:

The First Award: (800 CHF + a certificate)

Long-Term Effects of Biochar-Based Organic Amendments on Soil Microbial Parameters
Martin Brtnicky, Tereza Dokulilova, Jiri Holatko, Vaclav Pecina, Antonin Kintl, Oldrich Latal, Tomas Vyhnanek, Jitka Prichystalova and Rahul Datta
Agronomy 2019, 9(11), 747; doi:10.3390/agronomy9110747
Available Online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/11/747
It was a very pleasant experience to publish the present work with the cooperation of Agronomy. I appreciate being able to work with a high-quality professional team at Agronomy, who rapidly moved us through the review and proof correction process. I hope more and more influential articles will be published in Agronomy in the future.

The Second Award: (600 CHF + a certificate)

Effect of Gibberellic Acid on Growth, Yield, and Quality of Leaf Lettuce and Rocket Grown in a Floating System
Alessandro Miceli, Alessandra Moncada, Leo Sabatino and Filippo Vetrano
Agronomy 2019, 9(7), 382; doi:10.3390/agronomy9070382
Available Online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/7/382
I’m very honored to accept The Second Award of Agronomy 10th Anniversary Best Paper Awards.  I accept this award on behalf of the co-authors who helped in preparing the paper. I would like to thank the colleagues of SAAF department of the University of Palermo who supported the efforts for developing this research, the Editors and the reviewers of Agronomy for their suggestions that helped to improve the article, all the readers of Agronomy who have spent their time in reading this article and, of course, my family.

The Third Award: (300 CHF + a certificate)

Biomass Prediction of Heterogeneous Temperate Grasslands Using an SfM Approach Based on UAV Imaging
Esther Grüner, Thomas Astor and Michael Wachendorf
Agronomy 2019, 9(2), 54; doi:10.3390/agronomy9020054
Available Online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/2/54

“Thank you very much for selecting our paper for the „The Third Award of Agronomy 10th Anniversary Best Paper Awards“. I feel very honored and would also like to thank those who have supported my collegues and me to achieve this goal. It means a lot to us that the innovative topic of remote sensing is becoming increasingly important in agriculture and that we have been able to make our contribution.”

Review:

The First Award: (800 CHF + a certificate)

Plant Biostimulants: Importance of the Quality and Yield of Horticultural Crops and the Improvement of Plant Tolerance to Abiotic Stress—A Review
Magdalena Drobek, Magdalena Frąc and Justyna Cybulska
Agronomy 2019, 9(6), 335; doi:10.3390/agronomy9060335
Available Online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/6/335
“It is a big honor to obtain such eminent distinction. We are very grateful to Agronomy Editorial Office for selection our review article from between other excellent publications. I believe that our work will make a contribution to the broad recognizability of Agronomy journal. We also hope that our review about the influence of biostimulants on the quality of fruit and vegetables will help in spreading knowledge about scientific evidences of advantageous features of such agents and application of biostimulants will becoming popular between fruit and vegetable planters.”

The Second Award: (600 CHF + a certificate)

Increasing Sustainability of Growing Media Constituents and Stand-Alone Substrates in Soilless Culture Systems
Nazim S. Gruda
Agronomy 2019, 9(6), 298; doi:10.3390/agronomy9060298
Available Online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/6/298
"This award is a recognition for soilless culture and shows us how vital such systems in today horticulture are. Soilless culture is the key component of more intensive yet sustainable agriculture. We need research in crucial areas such as precision cultivation of high-quality products, and novel, environmental-friendly and climate-smart growing media to realise its potential. The interaction with well-qualified, independent reviewers within the fast track of the journal is appreciated. Hopefully, more papers on this topic will be published in Agronomy in the future."

The Third Award: (300 CHF + a certificate)

Microalgal Biostimulants and Biofertilisers in Crop Productions
Domenico Ronga, Elisa Biazzi, Katia Parati, Domenico Carminati, Elio Carminati and Aldo Tava
Agronomy 2019, 9(4), 192; doi:10.3390/agronomy9040192
Available Online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/4/192
“I am extremely honoured to be receiving this important award ‘The Third Award of Agronomy 10th Anniversary Best Paper Awards’. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work, regarding the valorisation and the use of microalgae as biostimulants and biofertilisers in crop productions.”

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the Agronomy 10th Anniversary Best Paper Award. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our authors for their continued support of Agronomy.

Editor-in-Chief,
Prof. Dr. Peter Langridge, Agronomy

10 March 2021
Journal Selector: Helping to Find the Right MDPI Journal for Your Article


At MDPI, we strive to make your online publication process seamless and efficient. To achieve this, our team is continuously developing tools and features to make the user experience useful and convenient.

As the number of academic papers continues to grow, so does the need to analyze and work with them on a large scale. This prompted us to design a new feature aimed at helping researchers find journals that are relevant to their publication by matching their abstract topic. In this regard, we designed a similarity model that automatically identifies the most suitable academic journals for your paper.

We are pleased to introduce Journal Selector, a new feature that measures similarity in academic contexts. By simply entering the title and/or abstract into our Journal Selector, the author will see a list of the most related scientific journals published by MDPI. This method helps authors select the correct journals for their papers, highlighting the time of publication and citability.

The methodology is known as representation learning, where words are represented as vectors in hyperspace. Representation helps us differentiate between different concepts within articles, and in turn, helps us identify similarities between them.

We used an advanced machine learning model to better capture the semantic meanings of words. This helps the algorithm make better predictions by leveraging scientific text representation. In turn, this ensures high precision, helping authors decide which journal they should submit their paper to.

The goal is to support authors to publish their work in the most suitable journal for their research, as fast as possible, accelerating their career progress.

Contact: Andrea Perlato, Head of Data Analytics, MDPI (email)

8 February 2021
Agronomy | 10th Anniversary Outstanding Reviewer Award—Winners Announced

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Agronomy 10th Anniversary Outstanding Reviewer Award. The Agronomy Editorial Board and Editorial Team would like to gratefully acknowledge the time and energy dedicated by reviewers in checking the manuscripts submitted to Agronomy. It is due to their efforts that the high quality of the journal and quick turnaround are maintained.

Prof. Dr. Imre J. Holb

Affiliation: Institute of Horticulture, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary.

“I greatly appreciate your decision to grant me with your prestigious award of “Agronomy 10th Anniversary Outstanding Reviewer Award”. It is a great pleasure to review manuscripts for the journal of Agronomy (MDPI). I will do my best to review manuscripts for Agronomy in the future too. I also hope that my work as a reviewer will increase further the scientific value of Agronomy.”

Dr. Ioannis Mylonas
Affiliation: Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, Hellenic Agricultural Organization-Demeter, Greece.

“I am especially appreciative and pleased to have been selected to receive the “Agronomy 10th Anniversary Outstanding Reviewer Award”. It is an honor for me that my work in reviewing has been recognized in this way by the Agronomy Award Committee, and I promise that I will continue my efforts.”

Prof. Dr. Janusz Podleśny
Affiliation: Department of Forage Crop Production, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, Pulawy, Poland.

“I want to thank you for giving me the award as a reviewer of Agronomy on the 10th anniversary of this journal. It is an important distinction and a great honor for me considering the high renown Agronomy has. I am glad, that my work as a reviewer caused the increase of published papers quality and could be an indication for young scientist preparing and submitting manuscripts to the Agronomy. I suppose these aspects gained recognition among participants of Award Committee. At the end, I would like to wish you many valuable and interesting papers and keeping the high rank of Agronomy in the future, as well as health and further success for whole Redactors team in the 2021.”

Dr. Nikolaos Tsakirpaloglou
Affiliation: The Crop Genome Editing Laboratory (CGEL), Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, USA.

“When I first joined the Reviewer Board of Agronomy back in March 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 virus (or COVID-19 as it is widely known) had already landed on the shores of the US and we were all puzzled and rather worried to a certain extent, based on the news from Europe and elsewhere, for the development and advancement of the disease in the society. Despite the overall unrest and challenges of everyday life since then, I was fortunate to receive invitations for reviewing manuscripts for the Agronomy and other MDPI journals that enabled me to stay focused and positive, whilst expanding my knowledge in the broader area of crop improvement and agriculture, in general. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the journal Award Committee for this unanticipated recognition, as well as the editors that I communicated with the past few months. I hope that 2021 will be a better year for all of us. Until then, stay safe and stay healthy!”

The above awardees have been selected by the Editor-in-Chief of Agronomy, Prof. Dr. Peter Langridge. Each of them will receive 500 CHF, an offer to publish a paper free of charge in Agronomy before 31 June 2021, and a certificate to recognize their outstanding work.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Peter Langridge
Editor-in-Chief, Agronomy

 

11 January 2021
Recruiting Editorial Board Members for Agronomy

To expand our contribution and impact on the fields of agronomy and agroecology, we are recruiting scientists to join our Editorial Board. We encourage applications from researchers with a background in a wide range of subject areas (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/sections).

Should you decide to serve on the Agronomy Editorial Board, you would be responsible for some of the following tasks depending on your availability:

  1. Helping review 6–10 manuscripts per year, include making pre-check decision, first decision, and final decision;
  2. You may choose to help edit a Special Issue on a topic related to your research;
  3. Promoting Agronomy and published papers at conferences that you attend or organize.

Benefits for Agronomy Editorial Board Members include the following:

  1. You can publish one paper per year free of charge;
  2. A recognition certificate as an Editorial Board Member of Agronomy;
  3. We may apply travel grants for conferences that you attend or organize;
  4. Additional sponsorships are offered by Agronomy for conferences that you organize.

Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395; CODEN: ABSGGL) is an international, scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. Its impact factor is 2.603 (2019), and it has been indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)-Web of Science, Scopus, and other databases. For more information about Agronomy, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy.

To apply or request further information, please contact the Agronomy Editorial Office ([email protected]).

22 December 2020
Welcoming New Members to the Editorial Board of Agronomy

We welcome the following 22 recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Agronomy:

Dr. Jana Okleštková, Palacký University, Czech Republic

Dr. Christina Eynck, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Dr. Betty Benrey, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Dr. Adamo Domenico Rombolà, University of Bologna, Italy

Prof. Dr. Mark P. Widrlechner, Iowa State University, USA

Dr. Sabine Tausz-Posch, CQUniversity, Australia

Dr. Salvatore Ceccarelli, Bioversity International, Italy

Dr. Arnd Jürgen Kuhn, Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, Germany

Dr. Rodolfo Gentili, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Prof. Nikolaos Papadopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece

Dr. Vladimir Nekrasov, Hertfordshire, UK

Prof. Ana I Ribeiro-Barros, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (UNL), Portugal

Dr. Stéphane Bourque, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France

Prof. Dr. Nazim Gruda, University of Bonn, Germany

Dr. Emanuele Radicetti, University of Tuscia, Italy

Dr. Sophie Parks, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia

Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France

Dr. Siegbert Melzer, University of Kiel, Germany

Dr. Nunzio Fiorentino, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Dr. Fabienne Micheli, Cirad, France

Dr. Victor Gaba, Agricultural Research Organization—The Volcani Center, Israel

Dr. Vicente J. Febres, University of Florida, USA

We look forward to their contributions to the journal.

15 December 2020
MDPI adopts C4DISC principles to improve diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications

MDPI is proud to adopt the principles of the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) to support building equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications.

The C4DISC represents organizations and individuals working in scholarly communications and is focused on addressing issues of diversity and inclusion within the publishing industry.

MDPI’s Managing Editors encourage the Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors to appoint diverse expert Editorial Boards. This is also reflective in our multi-national and inclusive workplace. We are proud to create equal opportunities without regard to gender, ethnicity, geographic location, sexual orientation, age, disability, political beliefs, religion, or socio-economic status. There is no place for discrimination in our workplace and editors of MDPI journals are to uphold these principles in high regard.

Representatives from C4DISC meet monthly, and have started to implement initiatives to shed light and improve on the lack of diversity in scholarly communications. Some of the initiatives include developing a joint statement of principles; conducting market research; providing training resources, best practices, toolkits, and documentation for our collective memberships; and establishing outreach programs, curricula, events, and publications.

The Coalition is committed to:

  • eliminating barriers to participation, extending equitable opportunities across all stakeholders, and ensuring that our practices and policies promote equitable treatment and do not allow, condone, or result in discrimination;
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14 December 2020
Article Layout and Templates Revised for Future Volumes

At MDPI we have slightly revised the layout for articles to be published in the 2021 Volume, starting at the end of December 2020. As of today, the article templates available for download on ‘Instructions for Authors’ pages have been updated.

The most noticeable change can be found on the first page of the article, where a left-hand column has been created to include the following front matter elements: (i) the recommended citation style for the article, (ii) the publishing history, (iii) as well as the Creative Commons Attribution license used (iv) a standard note regarding affiliations. At the same time, the extra spacing on the left means the authors’ affiliations are now more clearly set apart than before. Other front matter key elements such as journal logo, article type, article title, authors, abstract and keywords remain unchanged.

The blank column on the left runs through all pages in an article; as a result, the main text is slightly more condensed, which improve reader friendliness for smaller screens. Small figures/tables are aligned on the left with standard indenture, while large figures/tables are centered and covering the full width of the page. The revised layout was applied in the article pictured below, to serve as an example:

1) Information is displayed in the left information bar.


2) In the main text, there is a blank column on the left.


3) Small tables/figures are aligned on the left, large tables/figures are centered.

11 December 2020
2020 "Highly Cited Researchers" on MDPI Journal's Editorial Boards

We are pleased to acknowledge that many academic editors who have made an impact on MDPI journals as editorial board members, editors-in-chief, or section editors, are recognized as 2020 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate.

Highly Cited Researchers highlights the top 1% of researchers, by citations, in one or more of the 22 fields used in Clarivate Analytics Essential Science Indicators. We offer our congratulations to 279 academic editors of MDPI journals who were recognized as the most influential scholars in their fields in 2020.


Adams, Dave
Agarwal, Ravi P.
Ahn, Choon Ki
Ahn, Myung-Ju
Albrecht, Randy A.
Andersson, Dan I.
Anker, Stefan D.
Apergis, Nicholas
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Artaxo, Paulo
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Barba, Francisco J.
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Benelli, Giovanni
Bhatnagar, Amit
Bialystok, Ellen
Blaabjerg, Frede
Blay, Jean-Yves
Bogers, Marcel
Bolton, Declan J.
Boyer, Cyrille
Brocca, Luca
Bruix, Jordi
Buhalis, Dimitrios
Burdick, Jason A.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cabrerizo-Lorite, Francisco Javier
Cai, Jianchao
Calhoun, Vince D.
Cantu, Robert C.
Cerqueira, Miguel
Chang, Jo-Shu
Chau, Kwok-wing
Chemat, Farid
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Jun
Chen, Min
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Wei
Chen, Wei-Hsin
Chen, Xiaofeng
Chen, Yangkang
Chen, Zhi-Gang
Chiclana, Francisco
Corella, Dolores
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Cummings, Kenneth Michael
Dai, Shifeng
Decker, Eric A.
DePinho, Ronald A.
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Dincer, Ibrahim
Du, Yihong
Dupont, Didier
Edwards, David
Ellahi, Rahmat
Ellis, Erle C.
ElMasry, Gamal
Esteller, Manel
Estruch, Ramón
Fang, Chuanglin
Fasano, Alessio
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Ferreira, Isabel
Fortino, Giancarlo
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gao, Bin
Gao, Feng
Gao, Wei
Garbe, Claus
García, Hermenegildo
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Giampieri, Francesca
Giralt, Sergio A.
Glanz, Karen
Goldewijk, Kees Klein
Gössling, Stefan
Govindan, Kannan
Granato, Daniel
Grosso, Giuseppe
Grosso, Giuseppe
Guerrero, Josep M.
Haase, Dagmar
Hagger, Martin S.
Hamblin, Michael R.
Han, Heesup
Jankovic, Joseph
Janotti, Anderson

Jiang, Hai-Long
Kalaji, Hazem M.
Kalantar-Zadeh, Kourosh
Kaner, Richard B.
Karimi, Hamid Reza
Kataoka, Kazunori
Keesstra, Saskia
Kepp, Oliver
Kerminen, Veli-Matti
Keyzers, Robert A.
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Klemeš, Jiří Jaromír
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Konopleva, Marina Y.
Krammer, Florian
Krebs, Frederik C.
Kroemer, Guido
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kurths, Juergen
Kurzrock, Razelle
Kuznetsov, Nikolay V.
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lam, James
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Lee, Sangmoon
Leung, Victor C. M.
Li, Jinghong
Li, Yurui
Lindahl, José M. Merigó
Lip, Gregory Y. H.
Loh, Xian Jun
Long, Hualou
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Jingshan
Luque, Rafael
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Jun
Ma, Wen-Xiu
Ma, Yanming
Maeda, Keisuke
Makarova, Kira
Mantovani, Alberto
Martín-Belloso, Olga
Martinoia, Enrico
Marzband, Mousa
Masclaux-Daubresse, Celine
Masson, Patrick
Mateos, María Victoria
Mathiesen, Brian Vad
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McArthur, Grant A.
McCauley, Darren
Medlock, Jolyon M.
Melero, Ignacio
Mezzetti, Bruno
Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.
Moran, Daniel
Mueller, Lukas A.
Mueller-Roeber, Bernd
Naushad, Mu
Nemeroff, Charles B.
Nieto, Juan J.
O'Donnell, Colm
Ogino, Shuji
Olabi, Abdul-Ghani
O'Regan, Donal
Orsini, Nicola
Oswald, Isabelle P.
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pahl-Wostl, Claudia
Pang, Huan
Payne, James E.
Peng, Shushi
Perc, Matjaz
Perez-Alvarez, Jose Angel
Piquero, Alex R.
Ploss, Alexander
Postolache, Mihai
Pradhan, Biswajeet
Prinsep, Michele R.
Qian, Dong
Qu, Xiaogang
Reiter, Russel J.
Riahi, Keywan
Richter, Andreas
Rignot, Eric
Robert, Caroline
Ros, Emilio
Rosell, Rafael

Rosen, Marc A.
Rossolini, Gian Maria
Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Sakthivel, Rathinasamy
Schwab, Matthias
Scolyer, Richard A.
Serra-Majem, Lluis
Sethi, Gautam
Seto, Karen C.
Settele, Josef
Seymour, John F.
Shi, Peng
Siano, Pierluigi
Sillanpää, Mika
Simal-Gandara, Jesus
Smagghe, Guy
Srivastava, Hari M.
Stadler, Peter F.
Sun, Fengchun
Sunderland, Elsie M.
Suzuki, Nobuhiro
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Tan, Weihong
Teixeira, José António
Thakur, Vijay Kumar
Tong, Shilu
Tornabene, Francesco
Tsao, Rong
Tukker, Arnold
Turskis, Zenonas
Uversky, Vladimir N.
van Wesemael, Bas
Van Zwieten, Lukas
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varma, Rajender S.
Varshney, Rajeev K.
Vasquez, Juan C.
Velicogna, Isabella
Vieta, Eduard
Wade, Timothy J.
Wagner, Wolfgang
Wamba, Samuel Fosso
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Qi
Wang, Tao
Wang, Yuan
Wiens, John J.
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Tom
Wu, Zhongbiao
Xia, Xinhui
Xiao, Wenjiao
Xin, Sen
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Bin
Xu, Zeshui
Yan, Huaicheng
Yang, Bing
Yang, Hongxing
Yang, Jie
Yang, Xiao-Jun
Yin, Shen
Ying, Guang-Guo
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Guihua
Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J.
Zavadskas, EdmundasKazimieras
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zhu, Zhe
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zou, Quan

The full list of 2020 Highly Cited Researchers  can be accessed on https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2020/

--- Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) is a Clarivate product.

10 December 2020
Welcome to the 1st International Electronic Conference on Agronomy (IECAG 2021)


Dear scientists, researchers, and authors,

We are pleased to announce that the 1st International Electronic Conference on Agronomy (IECAG 2021), chaired by Prof. Dr. Youssef Rouphael, will be held on https://iecag2021.sciforum.net from 3 to 17 May 2021.

This conference aims to provide leading scientists working in the field of agronomy with a platform where they can share and discuss the latest research and promote the advancement of this exciting and rapidly changing field. We hope to encourage discovery across the discipline as we cover the following seven topics, as listed below:

  • Application of New Breeding Technologies to Crop Improvement
  • Sustainable Management Practices for Soil Health and Food Security
  • Agronomic Innovations for Sustainable Intensification of Horticultural Production Systems
  • Challenges in Grassland Agro-Ecology in a Global Change Context
  • Weed Invasion, Biology and Management in Agricultural Settings
  • Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems
  • Precision and Digital Agriculture

We proudly invite the global community of scholars to join IECAG 2021 to present their latest research and developments and share novel ideas on all multidisciplinary aspects of agronomy. Thanks to the flexibility of our innovative electronic platform, you are welcome both to upload and present your work and to attend the conference completely free of charge. We are also considering creating a Special Issue for selected conference papers in our journal Agronomy (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/Agronomy/special_issues/IECAG2021). In this case, papers published in this Special Issue would receive a 20% discount on the article processing charge.

IECAG 2021 offers you the opportunity to participate in an international scholarly conference without the concerns and expense of travelling—all you need is access to the Internet. During the conference period, you will be able to upload papers, posters, and presentations (including videos) and to comment on other presentations and otherwise engage with fellow scholars in real time. In this way, the conference offers a novel opportunity to exchange opinions and views within the scholarly community and to discuss papers and the latest research in a discussion forum. A number of live online sessions are planned throughout the duration of the conference. During each session, participants will have the possibility to ask questions during the Q&A session. The live sessions are free for authors. Authors with submissions to IECAG 2021 will be given priority for registration (with no extra cost) to the live online sessions with our keynote speakers.

Time Schedule:

  • Abstract Deadline: 31 January 2021
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification Deadline: 20 February 2021
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 31 March 2021
  • Conference: 3–17 May 2021

Paper Submission Guidelines:

For information about the procedures for submission, peer review, revision, and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the section “Instructions for Authors” at the website (https://sciforum.net/conference/IECAG2021).We look forward to receiving your research papers and to welcoming you to our 1st International Electronic Conference on Agronomy (IECAG 2021).Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Youssef Rouphael
University of Naples Federico II

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Alicia Ren
Ms. Leda Xuan
Ms. Gris Guo
Email: [email protected]

28 September 2020
Welcoming New Members to the Editorial Board of Agronomy

We welcome the following 34 recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Agronomy:

Prof. Dr. Thomas E. Reagan, Louisiana State University, USA

Dr. Anita Ierna, National Research Council (CNR-IBE), Italy

Prof. Richard Webster, Rothamsted Research, UK

Prof. Dr. Carlos Iglesias, North Carolina State University, USA

Dr. Ward Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Dr. Luke Moe, University of Kentucky, USA

Prof. Dr. Massimo Fagnano, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Dr. Pavlos Tsouvaltzis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Dr. Victor Galea, The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr. Jianjun Yang, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Prof. Dr. José L.S. Pereira, Agrarian School of Viseu, Portugal

Dr. Joseph Robins, Utah State Univ., USA

Dr. Andreas Stahl, Univ Giessen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Zvi Peleg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Prof. Dr. Enrico Porceddu, Tuscia University, Italy

Dr. David W. Archer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USA

Dr. Antonios Zambounis, Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, Greece

Dr. Giacomo Mangini, Italian National Research Council, Italy

Dr. Ivan Hiltpold, Agroscope, Switzerland

Dr. Yuba Kandel, Iowa State University, USA

Dr. Carlos Miranda, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain

Dr. Katja Klumpp, INRA, France

Prof. Dr. Amanda Kennedy, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Prof. Dr. Jacynthe Dessureault-Rompré, Laval University, Canada

Dr. Maik Veste, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg, Germany

Dr. Fred Muehlbauer, USDA‐ARS, USA

Dr. Nikolaos Ntoulas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

Dr. Federico Vita, University of Florence, Italy

Dr. Riccardo Velasco, CREA - Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology, Italy

Dr. Naeem Khan, University of Florida, USA

Prof. Dr. Lech Wojciech Szajdak, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Dr. Ashraf Tubeileh, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Prof. Dr. Jose Beltrao, Unversity of Algarve, Portugal

Dr. Juan Jose Rios, Centro de Edafologia y Biologia Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS-CSIC), Spain

9 July 2020
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29 June 2020
Updated Impact Factors Released in the Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate)

The updated citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), published by Clarivate. The recent release of the JCR includes seventy-one MDPI titles. Out of these, 18 titles are newcomers, receiving a first Journal Impact Factor which is based on citation activity in 2019: Actuators, Agriculture, Biology, Biomedicines, Biosensors, Chemosensors, Children, Healthcare, Journal of Fungi, Journal of Personalized Medicine (JPM), Land, Life, Magnetochemistry, Membranes, Pharmaceuticals, Photonics, Separations and Toxics.

  • Out of the previously listed journals, a total of 72 percent boast an increased Impact Factor.
  • 25 journals are ranked among the top 25% of journals in at least one of the categories they are ranked for.
  • Articles published in 2019 in MDPI journals account for approximately 17 percent of of articles published in gold Open Access journals covered in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).

First Impact Factors

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category Details
Actuators 1.957 31/64 (Q2) • Instruments & Instrumentation Link
Agriculture 2.072 25/91 (Q2) • Agronomy Link
Biology 3.796 19/93 (Q1) • Biology Link
Biomedicines  4.717 30/138 (Q1)
36/270 (Q1)
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Link
Biosensors 3.240 24/86 (Q2) • Chemistry, Analytical Link
Chemosensors 3.108 16/64 (Q1)
27/86 (Q2)
13/27 (Q2)
• Instruments & Instrumentation
• Chemistry, Analytical
• Electrochemistry
Link
Children 2.078 50/128 (Q2) • Pediatrics Link
Healthcare 1.916 62/102 (Q3)
45/87 (Q3)
• Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
• Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Link
Journal of Fungi 4.621 5/29 (Q1)
31/135 (Q1)
• Mycology
• Microbiology
Link
Journal of Personalized Medicine 4.433 24/165 (Q1)
10/102 (Q1)
• Medicine, General & Internal
• Health Care Sciences & Services
Link
Land 2.429 58/123 (Q2) • Environmental Studies (SSCI) Link
Life 2.991 26/93 (Q2)
109/267 (Q2)
• Biology
• Microbiology
Link
Magnetochemistry 1.947 22/45 (Q2)
109/159 (Q3)
201/314 (Q3)
• Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
• Chemistry, Physical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Membranes 3.094 53/143 (Q2)
129/314 (Q2)
23/89 (Q2)
• Engineering, Chemical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Polymer Science
Link
Pharmaceuticals 4.286 49/270 (Q1) • Pharmacology & Pharmacy Link
Photonics 2.140 48/97 (Q2) • Optics Link
Separations 1.900 53/86 (Q3) • Chemistry, Analytical Link
Toxics 3.271 32/92 (Q2)
92/265 (Q2)
• Toxicology
• Environmental Sciences
Link

Updated Impact Factors

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category Details
Agronomy 2.603 18/91 (Q1)
65/234 (Q2)
• Agronomy
• Plant Sciences
Link
Animals 2.323 10/63 (Q1)
14/142 (Q1)
• Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
• Veterinary Sciences
Link
Antibiotics 3.893 23/93 (Q1)
64/270 (Q1)
• Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Link
Antioxidants 5.014 10/139 (Q1)
56/297 (Q1)
7/61 (Q1)
• Food Science & Technology
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Link
Applied Sciences 2.474 161/314 (Q3)
32/91 (Q2)
88/177 (Q2)
62/154 (Q2)
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Engineering, Multidisciplinary
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Physics, Applied
Link
Atmosphere 2.397 48/93 (Q3) • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences Link
Biomolecules 4.082 98/297 (Q2) • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Link
Brain Sciences 3.332 113/271 (Q2) • Neurosciences Link
Cancers 6.126 37/244 (Q1) • Oncology Link
Catalysts 3.520 65/159 (Q2) • Chemistry, Physical Link
Cells 4.366 70/195 (Q2) • Cell Biology Link
Coatings 2.436 10/21 (Q2) • Materials Science, Coatings & Films Link
Crystals 2.404 10/26 (Q2)
165/314 (Q3)
• Crystallography
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Diagnostics 3.110 39/165 (Q1) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Diversity 1.402 119/168 (Q3) • Ecology Link
Electronics 2.412 125/266 (Q2) • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Link
Energies 2.702 63/112 (Q3) • Energy & Fuels Link
Entropy 2.494 33/85 (Q2) • Physics, Multidisciplinary Link
Foods 4.092 27/139 (Q1) • Food Science & Technology Link
Forests 2.221 17/68 (Q1) • Forestry Link
Genes 3.759 53/177 (Q2) • Genetics & Heredity Link
Insects 2.220 18/101 (Q1) • Entomology Link
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 2.849 58/193 (Q2)

32/170 (Q1)

105/265 (Q2)
• Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
• Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Link
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) 4.556 74/297 (Q1)
48/177 (Q2)
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Link
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (IJGI) 2.239 31/50 (Q3)
18/30 (Q3)
• Geography, Physical
• Remote Sensing
Link
Journal of Clinical Medicine 3.303 36/165 (Q1) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.033 31/66 (Q2) • Oceanography Link
Marine Drugs 4.073 16/61 (Q2) • Chemistry, Medicinal Link
Materials 3.057 132/314 (Q2) • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary Link
Mathematics 1.747 28/324 (Q1) • Mathematics Link
Medicina 1.205 107/165 (Q3) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Metabolites 4.097 95/297 (Q2) • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Link
Metals 2.117 18/79 (Q1)
185/314 (Q3)
• Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Micromachines 2.523 56/92 (Q3)
23/64 (Q2)
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Link
Microorganisms 4.152 37/135 (Q2) • Microbiology Link
Minerals 2.380 6/21 (Q2)
11/30 (Q2)
• Mining & Mineral Processing
• Mineralogy
Link
Molecules 3.267 70/177 (Q2)
141/297 (Q2)
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Link
Nanomaterials 4.324 89/314 (Q2)
42/103 (Q2)
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Link
Nutrients 4.546 17/89 (Q1) • Nutrition & Dietetics Link
Pathogens 3.018 65/135 (Q2) • Microbiology Link
Pharmaceutics 4.421 44/270 (Q1) • Pharmacology & Pharmacy Link
Plants 2.762 58/234 (Q1) • Plant Sciences Link
Polymers 3.426 16/89 (Q1) • Polymer Science Link
Processes 2.753 59/143 (Q2) • Engineering, Chemical Link
Remote Sensing 4.509 9/30 (Q2) • Remote Sensing Link
Sensors 3.275 22/86 (Q2)
77/266 (Q2)
15/64 (Q1)
• Chemistry, Analytical
• Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Link
Sustainability 2.576 120/265 (Q2)
26/41 (Q3)

53/123 (Q2)
6/8 (Q3)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
• Environmental Studies (SSCI)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Link
Symmetry 2.645 29/71 (Q2) • Multidisciplinary Sciences Link
Toxins 3.531 21/92 (Q1)
34/139 (Q1)
• Toxicology
• Food Science & Technology
Link
Universe 1.752 18/29 (Q3)
42/68 (Q3)
• Physics, Particles & Fields
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
Link
Vaccines 4.086 57/158 (Q2)
50/138 (Q2)
• Immunology
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
Link
Viruses 3.816 12/37 (Q2) • Virology Link
Water 2.544 31/94 (Q2) • Water Resources Link

Source: Clarivate 2020, InCites Journal Citation Reports®.

16 June 2020
2019 Best Paper Awards: Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce that the following papers have been selected to receive the Agronomy Best Paper Awards of 2019:

[Article]

Title: Microbial Consortia versus Single-Strain Inoculants: An Advantage in PGPM-Assisted Tomato Production?

Author: Klára Bradáčová, Andrea S. Florea, Asher Bar-Tal, Dror Minz, Uri Yermiyahu,

Raneen Shawahna, Judith Kraut-Cohen, Avihai Zolti, Ran Erel, K. Dietel, Markus Weinmann,

Beate Zimmermann, Nils Berger, Uwe Ludewig, Guenter Neumann, and Gheorghe Poşta

Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/2/105

[Review]

Title: Biostimulants Application in Horticultural Crops under Abiotic Stress Conditions

Authors: Roberta Bulgari, Giulia Franzoni, and Antonio Ferrante

Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/9/6/306

We believe that the above papers represent valuable contributions to Agronomy and the scientific literature and warmly congratulate Ms. Klára Bradáčová and Dr. Giulia Franzoni and their colleagues. In recognition of their accomplishments, each of the corresponding authors will be granted a certificate and the chance to publish two papers (either review papers or research articles) free of charge in Agronomy by the end of 2020 (after the completion of the normal peer-review process).

Agronomy Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052, Basel, Switzerland
[email protected]
www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy

13 May 2020
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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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