About Challenges


Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547) is a unique, international, scientific, open access journal intended to create a forum for integrating diverse scholarly discourse from all professions and research areas—including, but not limited to, the physical sciences, health sciences, public health, ecology, technology, anthropology, political/social/environmental sciences, philosophy, geography, spirituality, human culture, history/tradition, architecture/design, arts, ethics, and Indigenous governance and sciences—ultimately aimed at improving all aspects of life on our planet.

To promote interdisciplinary discourse, all submissions to Challenges, regardless of discipline, profession, or perspective, should articulate the ways in which their submission is relevant to some (or preferably, many) of the grand challenges of our time, and/or ways in which the work could contribute to planetary health.

To encourage novel and exploratory ideas, Challenges publishes scholarly content which is typically not publishable in traditional research journals, such as research proposals (funded and unfunded), registered reports (study protocols prior to experiments being conducted), research plans (e.g., a protocol for a systematic review, further research of a technology application, etc.), research or technology ideas, creative or novel perspectives, policy studies relating to science and scholarly research, open contests aimed at solving grand challenges, prize announcements, description of prototypes, calls for (or descriptions of) international research collaborations or complementary support, etc.

Manuscripts submitted to Challenges must comply with the highest scientific standards and will be peer-reviewed before a decision regarding publication in the journal is made. For funded research proposals, the peer review process will not be necessary and manuscripts will be published after copy-editing and with comments from the grant reviewers, if available. In addition, authors will benefit from discounts on publication charges if they subsequently submit a paper related to the research project to another MDPI journal.


We welcome manuscripts that discuss any aspects of personal, environmental, economic, and societal health, encouraging diverse perspectives from across many dimensions of the arts and the sciences, to explore novel solutions and new normative values to improve planetary health. It is our hope that Challenges will facilitate collaborative vision and shared agendas that drive activity to link virtually every endeavor aimed at solving the interconnected challenges of our time—large and small alike—for the flourishing of people, places, and planet.

  • Research proposals; research plans; research ideas
  • Registered reports
  • Open problems, grand challenges, and collaborative efforts or competitive solving of these issues
  • Perspectives; ideas; solutions; discovery protocols
  • Prototypes; routes; procedures
  • Calls for, or description of, research collaborations or complementary support
  • Models; computation; theory and experiments
  • Open consultation, crowdsourcing in the scholarly context
  • Ideas or procedures aimed at accelerating research, development and production
  • Intellectual resources
  • Creative ideas and perspectives, including those that integrate the arts and sciences

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

Challenges is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Challenges will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2022 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Announcements regarding academic activities such as conferences are published for free in the News & Announcements section of the journal. Advertisement can be either published or placed on the pertinent website. Contact e-mail address is .


Editorial Office

Ms. Fanny Fang
Managing Editor

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