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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

31 January 2024
Acknowledgment of the Reviewers of Genes in 2023

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

In 2023, Genes received 6364 review reports, from 4390 reviewers. This past year, we worked with reviewers from 96 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 Genes 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 Kusumadewi Yulita
A. Z. M. Salem
Ladislav Paule
A.K. Thiruvenkadan Laima Česonienė
Abdallah Hassanin Lalu Muhammad Irham
Abdallah Tageldein Mansour Larisa Fedoreyeva
Abdul Ghafoor Larry Croft
Abdullah Assiri Laszlo Bodai
Abdullah Gibriel Laura Kvist
Abhik Ghosh Laura-Marinela Ailioaie
Abhinav Jain Laurence Lebaron-Jacobs
Abhirup Shaw Leandro Castro
Ada Wróblewska Lei Guo
Adam Whisnant Leire Pedrosa
Adarsh K. Gupta Leon Higley
Adina Stoian Leonard Koolman
Aditya Sharma Leonid Bystrykh
Adrian Man Leonor Jacobo-Albavera
Adrian Marciszak Letizia Bernardo
Afshan Fathima Nawas Liliya Doronina
Agata Zmijewska Liming Hou
Aggeliki Vervenioti Lin Huang
Agnieszka Dąbrowska Linda Peters
Agnieszka Owczarczyk-Saczonek Linda Petijová
Agnieszka Rusak Lindsay Michalovicz
Ahlam Alhusaini Lionel Frangeul
Ahmed Aioub Liton Saha
Ahmed Ateya Liudmila Lysenko
Ahmed Bakillah Livia Cosentino
Ahmed Elmasry Livija Šimičević
Aida Petca Liyun Liu
Aiman Hina Ljiljana Kuzmanovic
Aisha Farhana lmansour Mansour
Akinori Morita Logan Cole
Akio Masuda Lord Gowans
Akiyoshi Takami Lorena Ciumărnean
Alba Rodríguez-Meira Lorenzo Franceschetti
Aldo Ferreira-Hermosillo Lothar Brecker
Alejandro Saettone Loukas Chatzis
Aleksandar Rakic Luca Bertolaccini
Aleksandra Jovanović Galović Luca Ermini
Aleksandra M Pavlovic Luca Fontanesi
Aleksandra Starosz Luca Magistrelli
Alessandra Crisá Luca Potestio
Alessandra Maria Vitale Luca Redaelli De Zinis
Alessandro Lucchesi Lucas Doretto
Alessia Faggian Lucia Vieira Hoffmann
Alex Merrick Luciano Marasco
Alexandr Ceasovschih Lucie Tamisier
Alexandre Gaspar-Maia Lucky Poh Wah Goh
Alexandros Tsakogiannis Ludmila Kazdova
Alexei Slepzof Luigi De Masi
Alexey Kotov Luis G. Celis-Regalado
Alexey Morgounov Luis Jacinto-Alemán
Alexis Murillo Carrasco Luis Rey
Alexsandra Christianne Malaquias Luis Soto-Rojas
Ali Abu Almaaty Luísa Carvalho
Ali Dehshahri Luiz Miletti
Ali El-Raghi Luka Clarke
Ali Raza Lukas Lacina
Ali Waryah Lukasz Dobrek
Alicia Ayerdi Gotor Lusi Zhang
Alicia Romero-Lorca Lyubov Getmantseva
Alina Popp Lyudmila Khrabrova
Alina Stachurska-Swakoń M. Gonzalo Claros
Aline Fernanda de Souza M. Miftahudin
Alireza Tarinejad Maciej Frant
Allen Titus Madankumar Ghatge
Alma Del Villar-Martínez Madhab Sen
Alok Sahu Madhusmita Panigrahy
Alsu Saifitdinova Madya Dr. Nur Faeza Abu Kassim
Alvaro Gallego-Martinez Magdalena Hurkacz
Álvaro Plaza Reyes Magdalena Mroczek
Amalio Santacruz-Varela Magdalena Rys
Amelia Ramon-Lopez Magdalena Stachnik
Amir Ariff Magdalena Szymanska
Amir Shemirani Mahmoud Khalifa
Amira Goma Mahmoud Younis
Amira Ibrahim Mai Mostafa
Amirreza Haghighi Maikel Castellano-Pozo
Amit Singh Maja Lazarevic
Amjad Hussain Majida Charif
Amritlal Mandal Makoto Takei
Ana Buzaleh Małgorzata Godala
Ana Carla Santos Malkhan Gurjar
Ana Catarina Torres Mamoru Yamada
Ana Florencia Vega-Benedetti Manikandan Samidurai
Ana Leticia Fornari Caprara Manish Kumar
Anastasia A. Anashkina Manman Shen
Anastasia Nijnik Manohar Kugaji
Anastasiya Kazantseva Manoj K. Sekhwal
Andre Pasqua Tavares Manoj Saxena
André Pereira Manosh Biswas
Andrea Bianconi Manouchehr Khazandi
Andrea Brancaccio Mansoor Hussain
Andreas Brodehl Mansoor-Ali Vaali-Mohammed
Andrei Gradinaru Manuela Lanzafame
Andreia Garces Manuela Rabaglio
Andrej Belančić Marc Girondot
Andrey Markov Marcelo Moura
Andrey Sudarikov Marcin Różewicz
Andrii Gorash Marco Antonio López-Carlos
Andrzej Kasperski Marco Dolci
Angel Arturo Guevara Garcia Marco Zedda
Angela Alleyne Marcos Herkenhoff
Angela Riveroll Marcus Mareel
Angeliki Katsafadou Marek Pieszka
Aniello Maiese Margarita Terentjeva
Anikó Bozsik Margherita Bernardeschi
Anil Kumar Vijjamarri Maria Calado
Anilkumar C. Maria De Fatima Oliveira
Ankit Dwivedi Maria de la Paz Santangelo
Anna Barbaro Maria Fomicheva
Anna Hurst Maria Greabu
Anna Kasprzyk María Islas-Osuna
Anna Papadopoulou María Jesús Costas
Anna Paradowska-Stolarz Maria Julia Lamberti
Anna Rita Rossi Maria Llambi
Anna Szakiel Maria Luisa Dettori
Anna Timofeeva María Luna Luna
Anna Wysokińska Maria Michela Pallotta
Annabelle Lewis María Pérez-Fernández
Anne Chiaramello Maria Pia Ferraz
Anne-Sophie Van Laere Maria Pina Concas
Anoop Kumar Maria Radanova
Anthony Kusalik Maria Rubtsova
Anton Tyurin Maria Spletter
Antonella Minelli Maria V. Chatziathanasiadou
Antonio Blanco Maria V. T. Lobo
Antonio Marco Mariana Floria
Antonio Pazos Mariann Harangi
Anuradha Singh Marianna Domán
Aobo Huang Mariella D'Angiò
Apoorv Tiwari Marie-Louise Kampmann
Arancha Llama-Palacios Mariia Ivanova
Ardha Apriyanto Maristella Mastore
Ari Meerson Mariusz Hartman
Aris Kaltsas Mariya Smetanina
Arley Camargo Marja Steenman
Arman Rahimmi Mark Samuels
Arong Gaowa Marko Spasic
Arrigo Cicero Markus Wolfien
Arsen Arakelyan Marloes Dekker Nitert
Arthur Lustig Marta Pawłowska
Artur Gurgul Martin Svoboda
Arun De Martina Torricelli
Arun Kumar Hanumana Gouda Patil Masaaki Wachi
Arun Renganathan Masahiro Kaneda
Arun Sridhar Masashi Mizuguchi
Asad Shah Masayuki Takeda
Asher Ornoy Massimiliano Ammirabile
Ashis Mondal Matea Zajc Petranović
Ashish Jain Mati Pääsuke
Ashvinkumar Katral Matteo Lener
Asmaa Abdella Matthias Müller
Asmat Ullah Maurice van den Hoff
Atsushi Fukushima Maurizio Badiani
Attila Zsolnai Mauro Lago-Docampo
Atul Chander Mayra Eduardoff
Atul Pandey Md Ashraful Islam
Babak Pakbin MD Mazharul Islam
Babar Usman Md Mustafizur Rahman
Bacem MNASRI Megan Tesch
Bakhytzhan Bekmanov Mehdi Moghanibashi
Balázs Egyed Mehmet Boz
Baojun Tang Mehmet Bülbül
Barbara Jagosz Mehmet Karaca
Barbara Ruaro Mehmet Sezgin
Barbara van Asch Mehmet Yaman
Barry Palmer Mehraju Lone
Bartłomiej Górski Meiji Soe Aung
Bartosz Jan Płachno Mel Camelo
Basveshwar Gawali Meng Wu
Beatrice Paradiso Mengdi Bao
Beatrice Turcq Meng-jia Lau
Beatriz Puisac Mengqi Ma
Bed Prakash Bhatta Mengxi Shen
Beenu Moza Jalali Michael Kim
bekir kabasakal Michael S. Adamowicz
Benjamin Cull Michael Sticherling
Benjamín Floran Garduño Michele Costanzo
Benjamin Rolles Michelle Lowe
Berit Hippe Miguel A. Ortega
Bert Ely Miguel Angel Alcántara Ortigoza
Bert Hoeksema Mihaela Niculae
Bertrand Kaeffer Mihai Cristian Dumitrascu
Bharat Bhusan Patnaik Mihajlo Erdeljan
Bhargav Patel Min Li
Bijayalaxmi Mohanty Min Wook Joo
Bin Wu Ming Gao
bin yu Mingsong Kang
Bindiya Sachdev Mingxing Cheng
Bing Liu Mirna Jovanović
Bingxian Xie Miroslaw Tyrka
Bo Zhou Mitchell Holland
Bogna Grygiel-Górniak Mohamed Ali
Bogomir Milojevic mohamed attia
Bohao Fang Mohamed El-Soda
Bojin Bojinov mohamed gaballa
Boleslaw T. Karwowski Mohamed Mohamed kamara
Brenda Lopez Ruiz Mohamed Sharaf
Brian Babigumira Mohammad Athar
Brigitte Bruijns Mohammad Bagher Hassanpouraghdam
Brunella Franco Mohammad Mobashir
Bruno Rossini Mohammad Sadat-Hosseini
Cai Chen Mohammadreza Mohammadabadi
Caio Carlos Mohammed Ali
Candan Hizel Mohammed Elmogy
Carla Maria Calò Mohit k Midha
Carlos Calderon-Ospina Mohsen Niazian
Carlos Loncoman Mona Batish
Carlos Prada Quirogaa Monica Mendoza-Rodriguez
Carlos Sanz García Monika Łopuszańska-Dawid
Carmen Callejas Monika Peshevska-Sekulovska
Carsten Carlberg Monika Ruszala
Cecilia Bender Monirul Islam
Cees Noordam Monther Sadder
Celal Bulgay Mouna Ghorbel
Celestino Quintela-Sabaris Muhammad Abdel Ghafar
Cesare Danesino Muhammad Afzal
Chang-Hyun Kim Muhammad Faisal Nadeem
Chan-Yen Kuo Muhammad Fasih Khalid
Chao Shen Muhammad Hassan
Charles Hensel Muhammad Mahmood
Cheng Liu Muhammad Sattar
Cheng Wang Muhammad Sohail
Chenghao Chen Muhammed Batir
Chengquan Ma Mukesh Choudhary
Chetta Massimiliano Nader Cohan
Chiara Moltrasio Nader Tanideh
Chiew-Yen Wong Nadim Tayeh
Chih-Po Chiang Nadine Darwiche
Chin Jian Yang Nagehan Desen Köycü
Chinnamani Prasannakumar Naman Vatsa
Chris DeVera Nan Yang
Christian Barbato Nancy E. Lozoya-Pérez
Christof Albert Bertram Narongchai Autsavapromporn
Christophe Escudé Naser Alsharairi
Christopher Bellas Natalia Garcia-Giralt
Chryssanthi Antoniadou Natalia Repkina
Chunce Guo Nataliya Babyshkina
Chung Lin Lee Navid Abedpoor
Chuntian Zhang Navid Ghavi Hossein-Zadeh
Cintia Fridman Nazar Shapoval
Cinzia Volonté Neal Davies
Clara Valero Nebi Bilir
Claudia Bita-Nicolae Nebuchadnezzar Akbar
Cláudia Gomes Neda Baghban
Claudia Melis Neeraj Chauhan
Claudia Villicaña Nejc Umek
Claudiu Popescu Neluwa-Liyanage Indika
Claus Børsting Nenad Bukvic
Clesivan dosa Sntos Nerivania Godeiro
Clint Rhode Netty Salindeho
Concha (Concepción) Gómez-Mena Nicola Marziliano
Cong Fei Nicolas Bourmeyster
Corina C.G. Benschop Nicoletta Coccaro
Corina Ene Nicoletta Cordani
Corina Hayano-Kanashiro Nikee Awasthee
Coro Paisan-Ruiz Nikola Štoković
Corrado Zengarini Nikolaos Remmas
Cosimo Cumbo Nikolaos Solomakos
Costas Batargias Nikolay Barashkov
Cristian Canales-Aguirre Nikoletta Nagy
Cruciat Gheorghe Nirmalya Dasgupta
Crystel Bonnet Noélia Custódio
Csaba Bojtor Noemi Salmeri
Csaba Hancz Noman Shakoor
Cydne Holt Nutricati Eliana
Cyril Bauland Nycolas Levy-Pereira
Dae-Wui Yoon Olga Baranova
Dajana Kučić Grgić Olga Echeverri
Daniel Lindegger Olga Shchagina
Daniel Meier Olga Uphyrkina
Daniel Potaczek Ömer Faruk Coskun
Daniel Vogt Onur Yilmaz
Daniela Iancu Orsolya Borsai
Daniela Piancatelli Ottmar Distl
Daniela Zuccarello Oumaima Ammar
Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska Özhan Şimşek
Daria Budzyńska Ozkan Kaya
Dario Giorgio Pablo Ezequiel Flores-Kanter
Dariusz Piwczyński Pablo Luna-Nevarez
David Groth Pablo Octavio-Aguilar
David Haymer Pablo Serrano-Lorenzo
David Higgs Padmanaban Mohanan
David P Lin Pan Zhang
David Ramiro-Cortijo Panagiotis Katsonis
David Varillas Delgado Pankaj Kaushal
Dawei Zhou Paolo Biagi
Dayna Dreger Paolo Compagnucci
Debasish Dey Paolo Fattorini
Debbie Guest Paolo Zambonelli
Debdeep Dutta Paride Rizzo
Débora Meira Parviz Heidari
Deborah Good Pascal Escher
Dediu Lorena Pasquale Scarcia
Deen Mohammad Deepo Patricia Wadowski
Deepak Kumar Patrick Arbuthnot
Deepika Yadav Patrik Viana
De-Li Shi Paula Ludovico
Demin Cai Paulina Mertowska
Denilce Lopes Paulo Ricardo Gazzola Zen
Desire Casares Marfil Pavel Marozik
Deyong Jia Payam Behzadi
Deyvid Marques Pedro Lorite
Deze Kong Pedro Piedras
Dhananjay Pandey Pei Li
Dhananjay Yadav Pei-Cheng Huang
Diana Paiva Perumal Renukadevi
Diego Estrada-Luna Pervin Elvan Tokgun
Dillon Mintoff Peter Lunt
Dimitri Kakabadse Peter Piko
Dimitrina Miteva Peter Sharp
Dimosthenis Kizis Péter Szentesi
Dimosthenis Lykouras Petr Masliukov
Dinesh Gawande Philip Chilibeck
Dingze Mang Philip Hublitz
Dipto Sinha Photini Mylona
Dirk Montag Pia Moller Martensen
Dmitry Verbenko Pierluigi Scalia
Dmitry Zhdanov Pierre-Simon Jouk
Doaa Zineldeen Piotr Androsiuk
Do-Hwan Lim Piotr Szymczyk
Domagoj Vidosavljevic Pir Noman Ahmad
Domenico Di Raimondo Pirola Carlos
Donald A. Hunter Polina Drozdova
Dong-Gwan Kim Ponti Donatella
Dongrui Ma Poonam Sharma
Dongsheng Lei Pradeepa Silva
Doytcho Dimov Prajish Iyer
Dragica Selakovic Prashant Kaushik
Durmuş Koç Pratibha Gopalkrishna
Dzmitry Shcharbin Praveen Rajendran
ebrahim Asadi Preeti Dabas
Edith Claros Priyojit Das
Eduardo Larriba Przemysław Chmielewski
Edward C. Webb Pu Xue
Ekaterina Ilgisonis Pushpa Joshi
Ekaterina Sheshukova Qi Guojun
El Chérif Ibrahim Qibin Yu
Elena Apostolova Qifei Li
Elena Carra Qin Xiang Ng
Elena Drosopoulou Qingming Fang
Elena Panizza Qingxiang Guo
Elena Tchetina Qiqi Tian
Eleni Mavrogonatou Qiusheng Yuan
Elenko Popov Qiuwang Zhang
Eleonóra Spekker Quan Pan
Elina Yankova-Tsvetkova Radmila Jankovic
Elisa Azuara-Liceaga Radu Tamaian
Elisabeth Liebler-Tenorio Rafael Baltiérrez-Hoyos
Elizabeth-Barbara Tatsi Rafael Kretschmer
Elnaz Pashaei Rafael Lemos
Előd Nagy Rafael Rivera-Bustamante
Elpidius Rukambile Rafał Świechowski
Elsayed Mansour Raffaele Pellegrino
Elżbieta Krzęcio-Nieczyporuk Raghuveera Goel
Emanuele Berrilli Ragionieri Lapo
Emanuelle Farias Rahul Mannan
Emilia Severin Raja Singh Paulraj
Emilio Di Maria Rajan Iyyappan
Emina Sudar-Milovanovic Rajendra Acharya
Emrah Güler Rajkishor Pandey
Emre Yörük Raju Balaji
Enas El-Ballat Rakesh Chandra Joshi
Enrico Ruiz Rakesh Kumar
Eric Ramirez Raminderjit Kaur
Erifili Nika Ramya Ravindranathan
Erika Albuquerque Rana Youness
Erika Guerrero Ranjeet Kumar
Erna Karalija Rasmieh Hamid
Esmaeil Miraeiz Rathnakumar Kumaragurubaran
Estela Sanguesa Raveendar Sebastin
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Fleischer Kotey Saddam Saqib
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Frank Dean Sandip Ghuge
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Gabriela Coux Sandrine Laurance
Gabriela Goujgoulova Sankha Bhattacharya
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Galina Smolikova Sarah Rennie
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Gema Navarrete Satoshi Kishigami
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Genki Terashi Saumya Shah
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Geonildo Disner Scott Ness
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George Sangster Sebastian Pita
George Thompson Seham Elkassas
Georgy Romanov Sena Ardicli
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Gerhard Steger Sergei Tshernyshev
German Perez Sergei Turanov
Germana Meroni Sergio Argento
Ghassan Ghssein Seyed Abbas Rafat
Gianandrea Pasquinelli Seyed Mohammad Nasir Mousavi
Gilbert Nchongboh Chofong Shakeel Ahmad
Giovanna Lattanzi Sharath Gaddelapati
Giovanna Linguiti Shasha Yin
Giovanni Buonaiuto Shedrach Pewan
Giovanni Levi Sheikh Nizamuddin
Giulio Vicini Sheng Qin
Giuseppe Iacomino Shengshuai Shan
Giuseppe Petito Sherif Karam
Giuseppe Pizzolanti Shibani Mohapatra
Glauco Chisci Shifeng Xue
Gningnini Alain Kone Shihan Huo
Gokce Toruner Shilpa Sonti
Gonzalo Aranda-Abreu Shilpi Agrawal
Graeme Bolger Shin-ichi Ito
Grazia Maria Virzì Shiva Hemmati
Grażyna Nowicka Shixiang Sun
Gregory A. Pozhvanov Shiyi Yin
Gregory M. Kelly Shruthi Mohan
Grzegorz Panasiewicz Shuang Niu
Grzegorz Zurek Shuyun Li
Guadalupe Rojas-Sanchez Sigit Prastowo
Guanglin Zhang Silas Avicor
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Gun Temeeyasen Silvia Kalantari
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Györgyi Műzes Simona D'Aguanno
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Haifei Wang Siqi Liang
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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

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

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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.

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

26 September 2023
Prof. Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Genes

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425).

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Prof. Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan is an Endowed Professor in Experimental Cancer Therapeutics at the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), AL, USA. Having already served as Section Editor-in-Chief for the “Human Genomics and Genetic Diseases” Section since 2016, he is familiar with the journal and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role.

 

Prof. Dr. Ponnazhagan has taken over from Prof. Dr. J. Peter W. Young, who had held the position since the journal entered publication thirteen years ago. We are extremely grateful to Prof. Dr. Young for his hard work and support in growing the journal to its current state.

The following is a short Q&A with Prof. Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan, who shared his vision for the journal, as well as his views on the research area:

1. What about the journal made you want to take on the role as its Editor-in-Chief?

I have served as the Section Editor-in-Chief of Genes for several years and saw the steady growth of the journal and its impact factor. I feel that with further commitment and enthusiasm, we can further improve the status of Genes and possibly compete as one of the premier journals in the field.

2. What is your vision for the journal?

I would like to improve the quality of manuscripts published, as well as identify global contributors and audiences, especially increasing the participation of researchers in Europe and the United States.

3. What does the future of this field of research look like?

The journal Genes covers a broad area of topics, ranging from prokaryotic genetics to gene transfer. With rapid advances both in the technological platforms and cutting-edge tools used to develop model systems, this is the right time to further invest in improving the visibility of the journal. The future potential of this field is astounding.

4. What do you think of the development of open access journals in the publishing field?

Open access provides quicker turnaround, as well as easier accessibility. With many premier journals starting to adopt this method of publication, the market will experience healthy competition.

5. Final remarks

It has been a pleasure working as part of the editorial team of Genes as the Section Editor-in-Chief for the last several years, and I consider my appointment as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal as a wonderful opportunity to continue working with the entire team to improve the quality of the manuscripts published in Genes. I look forward to a successful future.

We wish Prof. Dr. Ponnazhagan every success in his new position, and we look forward to his contributions to Genes.

19 September 2023
Meet Us at the 13th Member Congress of the Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 2023 National Academic Congress, 19–22 October 2023, Hefei, China


MDPI will attend the 13th Member Congress of the Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 2023 National Academic Congress. This event will be held from 19 to 22 October 2023 in Hefei, China, and is hosted by the Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

This event includes invited reports of the conference, branch (special topic) reports, and posters. The theme of this conference is gene expression and regulation; RNA function and regulation; protein modification and function; metabolic homeostasis and networks; frontier technology and application, etc.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Biomolecules (leading);
  • Genes (leading);
  • IJMS (leading);
  • Cancers;
  • Cells;
  • Pharmaceutics;
  • CIMB;
  • Biology;
  • Symmetry.

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#C07) and chat 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.csbmb.org.cn/2023/.

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.

5 September 2023
Genes | Highly Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Cytogenomics”


1. “Aphids and Ants, Mutualistic Species, Share a Mariner Element with an Unusual Location on Aphid Chromosomes”
by Jesús Vela, Eugenia E. Montiel, Pablo Mora, Pedro Lorite and Teresa Palomeque
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1966; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121966
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/1966

2. “Descending Dysploidy and Bidirectional Changes in Genome Size Accompanied Crepis (Asteraceae) Evolution”
by Magdalena Senderowicz, Teresa Nowak, Magdalena Rojek-Jelonek, Maciej Bisaga, Laszlo Papp, Hanna Weiss-Schneeweiss and Bozena Kolano
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1436; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091436
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1436

3. “Chromosome Changes in Soma and Germ Line: Heritability and Evolutionary Outcome”
by Irina Bakloushinskaya
Genes 2022, 13(4), 602; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13040602
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/4/602

4. “Comparative Karyotype Analysis of Parasitoid Hymenoptera (Insecta): Major Approaches, Techniques, and Results”
by Vladimir E. Gokhman
Genes 2022, 13(5), 751; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13050751
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/5/751

5. “Clinical, Histological, Cytogenetic and Molecular Analysis of Monozygous Twins with Wilms Tumor”
by Katarzyna Iwańczyk, Bartosz Czachowski, Patrycja Sosnowska-Sienkiewicz, Gabriela Telman, Paulina Ciążyńska, Przemysław Mańkowski and Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska
Genes 2022, 13(2), 372; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13020372
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/2/372

6. “FISH Mapping of Telomeric and Non-Telomeric (AG3T3)3 Reveal the Chromosome Numbers and Chromosome Rearrangements of 41 Woody Plants”
by Xiaomei Luo, Zhoujian He, Juncheng Liu, Hongyi Wu and Hongyi Wu
Genes 2022, 13(7), 1239; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13071239
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/7/1239

7. “Commonly Assessed Markers in Childhood BCP-ALL Diagnostic Panels and Their Association with Genetic Aberrations and Outcome Prediction”
by Jan Kulis, Łukasz Sędek, Łukasz Słota, Bartosz Perkowski and Tomasz Szczepański
Genes 2022, 13(8), 1374; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13081374
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/8/1374

8. “Cytogenetic Analysis in the Toad Species Bufo spinosus, Bufotes viridis and Epidalea calamita (Anura, Bufonidae) from the Mediterranean Area”
by Katerina Guzmán-Markevich, Álvaro S. Roco, Adrián Ruiz-García and Mónica Bullejos
Genes 2022, 13(8), 1475; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13081475
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/8/1475

9. “Prenatal Diagnosis of Combined Maternal 4q Interstitial Deletion and Paternal 15q Microduplication”
by Francesco Libotte, Marco Fabiani, Katia Margiotti, Antonella Viola, Alvaro Mesoraca and Claudio Giorlandino
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1626; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101626
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1626

10. “Molecular Cytogenetic and Y Copy Number Analysis of a Reciprocal ECAY-ECA13 Translocation in a Stallion with Complete Meiotic Arrest”
by Caitlin Castaneda, Agustin J. Ruiz, Ahmed Tibary and Terje Raudsepp
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1892; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121892
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/1892

5 September 2023
Genes | Highly Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Bioinformatics”


1. “Detection of A-to-I RNA Editing in SARS-COV-2”
by Ernesto Picardi, Luigi Mansi and Graziano Pesole
Genes 2022, 13(1), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13010041
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/1/41

2. “Pyroptosis Patterns Characterized by Distinct Tumor Microenvironment Infiltration Landscapes in Gastric Cancer”
by Renshen Xiang, Yuhang Ge, Wei Song, Jun Ren, Can Kong and Tao Fu
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1535; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101535
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1535

3. “A Novel 3-Gene Signature for Identifying COVID-19 Patients Based on Bioinformatics and Machine Learning”
by Guichuan Lai, Hui Liu, Jielian Deng, Kangjie Li and Biao Xie
Genes 2022, 13(9), 1602; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13091602
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/9/1602

4. “State of the Art for Microhaplotypes”
by Kenneth K. Kidd and Andrew J. Pakstis
Genes 2022, 13(8), 1322; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13081322
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/8/1322

5. “Bridging Disciplines to Form a New One: The Emergence of Forensic Genetic Genealogy”
by Claire L. Glynn
Genes 2022, 13(8), 1381; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13081381
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/8/1381

6. “Genome-Wide Identification and Analysis of the WRKY Gene Family and Cold Stress Response in Acer truncatum
by Yan Li, Xiang Li, Jiatong Wei, Kewei Cai, Hongzhi Zhang, Lili Ge, Zengjun Ren, Chunli Zhao and Xiyang Zhao
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1867; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121867
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/1867

7. “Machine Learning and Bioinformatics Framework Integration to Potential Familial DCM-Related Markers Discovery”
by Concetta Schiano, Monica Franzese, Filippo Geraci, Mario Zanfardino, Ciro Maiello, Vittorio Palmieri, Andrea Soricelli, Vincenzo Grimaldi, Enrico Coscioni, Marco Salvatore et al.
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1946; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121946
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/1946

8. “Genome-Wide Analysis of the MADS-Box Gene Family in Maize: Gene Structure, Evolution, and Relationships”
by Da Zhao, Zheng Chen, Lei Xu, Lijun Zhang and Quan Zou
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1956; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121956
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/1956

9. “Eye and Hair Color Prediction of Ancient and Second World War Skeletal Remains Using a Forensic PCR-MPS Approach”
by Irena Zupanič Pajnič, Tomaž Zupanc, Tamara Leskovar, Matija Črešnar and Paolo Fattorini
Genes 2022, 13(8), 1432; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13081432
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/8/1432

10. “Integrated Bioinformatics Analysis Reveals Marker Genes and Potential Therapeutic Targets for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
by Aoqi Li, Jin He, Zhe Zhang, Sibo Jiang, Yun Gao, Yuchun Pan, Huanan Wang and Lenan Zhuang
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1339; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091339
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1339

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

30 August 2023
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Epigenomics”

1. “Altered Expression of DAAM1 and PREP Induced by Cadmium Toxicity Is Counteracted by Melatonin in the Rat Testis”
by Massimo Venditti, Mariem Ben Rhouma, Maria Zelinda Romano, Imed Messaoudi, Russel J. Reiter and Sergio Minucci
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071016
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1016

2. “Genetics and Epigenetics in Allergic Rhinitis”
by Bo Yoon Choi, Munsoo Han, Ji Won Kwak and Tae Hoon Kim
Genes 2021, 12(12), 2004; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12122004
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/2004

3. “LINCking the Nuclear Envelope to Sperm Architecture”
by Francesco Manfrevola, Florian Guillou, Silvia Fasano, Riccardo Pierantoni and Rosanna Chianese
Genes 2021, 12(5), 658; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050658
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/658

4. “Pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes: Established Facts and New Insights”
by Ana Zajec, Katarina Trebušak Podkrajšek, Tine Tesovnik, Robert Šket, Barbara Čugalj Kern, Barbara Jenko Bizjan, Darja Šmigoc Schweiger, Tadej Battelino and Jernej Kovač
Genes 2022, 13(4), 706; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13040706
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/4/706

5. “Chromatin Structure and Dynamics: Focus on Neuronal Differentiation and Pathological Implication”
by Sophie A. Nothof, Frédérique Magdinier and Julien Van-Gils
Genes 2022, 13(4), 639; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13040639
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/4/639

6. “Aberrant DNA Methylation Mediates the Transgenerational Risk of Metabolic and Chronic Disease Due to Maternal Obesity and Overnutrition”
by Yan Li, Carol A. Pollock and Sonia Saad
Genes 2021, 12(11), 1653; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111653
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/11/1653

7. “Evolution of Reproductive Life History in Mammals and the Associated Change of Functional Constraints”
by Jiaqi Wu, Takahiro Yonezawa and Hirohisa Kishino
Genes 2021, 12(5), 740; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050740
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/740

8. “Differential Expression of Kisspeptin System and Kisspeptin Receptor Trafficking during Spermatozoa Transit in the Epididymis”
by Elena Mele, Raffaella D’Auria, Marika Scafuro, Marianna Marino, Silvia Fasano, Andrea Viggiano, Riccardo Pierantoni, Antonietta Santoro and Rosaria Meccariello
Genes 2022, 13(2), 295; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13020295
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/2/295

9. “Identification of Long Non-Coding RNAs Involved in Porcine Fat Deposition Using Two High-Throughput Sequencing Methods”
by Yibing Liu, Ying Yu, Hong Ao, Fengxia Zhang, Xitong Zhao, Huatao Liu, Yong Shi, Kai Xing and Chuduan Wang
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1374; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091374
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1374

10. “Methylation of Host Genes Associated with Coronavirus Infection from Birth to 26 Years”
by Rutu Rathod, Aniruddha Rathod, Parnian Kheirkhah Rahimabad, Jiasong Duan, Hongmei Zhang, S. Hasan Arshad and Wilfried Karmaus
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1198; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081198
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1198

24 August 2023
Meet Us at the ASHG Annual Meeting 2023, 1–5 November 2023, Washington D.C., USA


MDPI will attend the ASHG Annual Meeting 2023, held in Washington, D.C., USA, from 1 to 5 November 2023.

The ASHG Annual Meeting is the largest human genetics and genomics meeting and exposition in the world. Held in the fall, it provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge science in all areas of human genetics. Highlights include invited symposia; abstract-driven plenary, platform, and poster sessions; education/trainee workshops; and career opportunities and networking events.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Genes;
  • JPM;
  • Biomolecules;
  • Medicina;
  • Diagnostics;
  • Cancers;
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24 August 2023
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Animal Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Molecular Regulation of Lipogenesis, Adipogenesis and Fat Deposition in Chicken”
by Sara Nematbakhsh, Chong Pei Pei, Jinap Selamat, Noordiana Nordin, Lokman Hakim Idris and Ahmad Faizal Abdull Razis
Genes 2021, 12(3), 414; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030414
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/414

2. “Eicosanoid Signaling in Insect Immunology: New Genes and Unresolved Issues”
by Yonggyun Kim and David W. Stanley
Genes 2021, 12(2), 211; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020211
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/211

3. “Complete Mitochondrial DNA Genome of Nine Species of Sharks and Rays and Their Phylogenetic Placement among Modern Elasmobranchs”
by Vasiliki Kousteni, Sofia Mazzoleni, Katerina Vasileiadou and Michail Rovatsos
Genes 2021, 12(3), 324; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030324
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/324

4. “Meta-Analysis of Heifer Traits Identified Reproductive Pathways in Bos indicus Cattle”
by Muhammad S. Tahir, Laercio R. Porto-Neto, Cedric Gondro, Olasege B. Sithu, Kimberley Wockner, Andre W.L. Tan, Hugo R. Smith, Gabriela C. Gouveia, Jagish Kour and Marina R. S. Fortes
Genes 2021, 12(5), 768; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050768
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/768

5. “Maternal Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation and Rate of Maternal Weight Gain Affects Placental Expression of Energy Metabolism and Transport-Related Genes”
by Wellison J. S. Diniz, Lawrence P. Reynolds, Pawel P. Borowicz, Alison K. Ward, Kevin K. Sedivec, Kacie L. McCarthy, Cierrah J. Kassetas, Friederike Baumgaertner, James D. Kirsch, Sheri T. Dorsam et al.
Genes 2021, 12(3), 385; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030385
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/385

6. “Genomewide Association Analyses of Lactation Persistency and Milk Production Traits in Holstein Cattle Based on Imputed Whole-Genome Sequence Data”
by Victor Bruno Pedrosa, Flavio Schenkel, Shi-Yi Chen, Hinayah R. Oliveira, Theresa M. Casey, Melkaye Melka and Luiz F. Brito
Genes 2021, 12(11), 1830; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111830
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/11/1830

7. “Identification of Key Pathways and Genes Related to the Development of Hair Follicle Cycle in Cashmere Goats”
by Jianfang Wang, Jie Sui, Chao Mao, Xiaorui Li, Xingyi Chen, Chengcheng Liang, Xiaohui Wang, Si-Hu Wang and Cunling Jia
Genes 2021, 12(2), 180; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020180
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/180

8. “Sex Determination and Differentiation in Decapod and Cladoceran Crustaceans: An Overview of Endocrine Regulation”
by Kenji Toyota, Hitoshi Miyakawa, Chizue Hiruta, Tomomi Sato, Hidekazu Katayama, Tsuyoshi Ohira and Taisen Iguchi
Genes 2021, 12(2), 305; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020305
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/305

9. “Regeneration Potential of Jellyfish: Cellular Mechanisms and Molecular Insights”
by Sosuke Fujita, Erina Kuranaga and Yuichiro Nakajima
Genes 2021, 12(5), 758; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050758
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/758

10. “miR-21-5p Regulates the Proliferation and Differentiation of Skeletal Muscle Satellite Cells by Targeting KLF3 in Chicken”
by Donghao Zhang, Jinshan Ran, Jingjing Li, Chunlin Yu, Zhifu Cui, Felix Kwame Amevor, Yan Wang, Xiaosong Jiang, Mohan Qiu, Huarui Du et al.
Genes 2021, 12(6), 814; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060814
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/814

 

23 August 2023
Genes | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the Section “Human Genomics and Genetic Diseases”


1. “The Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease and Implications for Clinical Practice”
by Jacob Oliver Day and Stephen Mullin
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1006; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071006
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1006

2. “Epilepsy Syndromes in the First Year of Life and Usefulness of Genetic Testing for Precision Therapy”
by Allan Bayat, Michael Bayat, Guido Rubboli and Rikke S. Møller
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1051; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071051
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1051

3. “The LDLR, APOB, and PCSK9 Variants of Index Patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Russia”
by Alexey Meshkov, Alexandra Ershova, Anna Kiseleva, Evgenia Zotova, Evgeniia Sotnikova, Anna Petukhova, Anastasia Zharikova, Pavel Malyshev, Tatyana Rozhkova, Anastasia Blokhina et al.
Genes 2021, 12(1), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12010066
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/1/66

4. “Achromobacter xylosoxidans and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: Emerging Pathogens Well-Armed for Life in the Cystic Fibrosis Patients’ Lung”
by Quentin Menetrey, Pauline Sorlin, Estelle Jumas-Bilak, Raphaël Chiron, Chloé Dupont and Hélène Marchandin
Genes 2021, 12(5), 610; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050610
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/610

5. “Molecular Genetics and Complex Inheritance of Congenital Heart Disease”
by Nicholas S. Diab, Syndi Barish, Weilai Dong, Shujuan Zhao, Garrett Allington, Xiaobing Yu, Kristopher T. Kahle, Martina Brueckner and Sheng Chih Jin
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1020; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071020
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1020

6. “Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia, an Inherited Vascular Disorder in Need of Improved Evidence-Based Pharmaceutical Interventions”
by Ryan O. Snodgrass, Timothy J. A. Chico and Helen M. Arthur
Genes 2021, 12(2), 174; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020174
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/174

7. “Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in 208 Individuals with Coffin-Siris Syndrome”
by Ashley Vasko, Theodore G. Drivas and Samantha A. Schrier Vergano
Genes 2021, 12(6), 937; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060937
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/937

8. “Chances and Challenges of New Genetic Screening Technologies (NIPT) in Prenatal Medicine from a Clinical Perspective: A Narrative Review”
by Ivonne Bedei, Aline Wolter, Axel Weber, Fabrizio Signore and Roland Axt-Fliedner
Genes 2021, 12(4), 501; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040501
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/501

9. “Cytogenetics of Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A Review of the Current Knowledge”
by Julie Quessada, Wendy Cuccuini, Paul Saultier, Marie Loosveld, Christine J. Harrison and Marina Lafage-Pochitaloff
Genes 2021, 12(6), 924; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060924
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/924

10. “Angiotensin–Converting Enzyme (ACE) 1 Gene Polymorphism and Phenotypic Expression of COVID-19 Symptoms”
by Naoki Yamamoto, Nao Nishida, Rain Yamamoto, Takashi Gojobori, Kunitada Shimotohno, Masashi Mizokami and Yasuo Ariumi
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1572; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101572
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1572

23 August 2023
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Microbial Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Comparative Genomic Analysis of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum Isolated from Different Niches”
by Bingyong Mao, Ruimin Yin, Xiaoshu Li, Shumao Cui, Hao Zhang, Jianxin Zhao and Wei Chen
Genes 2021, 12(2), 241; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020241
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/241

2. “Extracellular Vesicles and Host–Pathogen Interactions: A Review of Inter-Kingdom Signaling by Small Noncoding RNA”
by Bruce A. Stanton
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1010; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071010
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1010

3. “Deciphering the Monilinia fructicola Genome to Discover Effector Genes Possibly Involved in Virulence”
by Laura Vilanova, Claudio A. Valero-Jiménez and Jan A. L. van Kan
Genes 2021, 12(4), 568; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040568
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/568

4. “Two-Component Systems of S. aureus: Signaling and Sensing Mechanisms”
by Lisa Bleul, Patrice Francois and Christiane Wolz
Genes 2022, 13(1), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13010034
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/1/34

5. “The Power of Yeast in Modelling Human Nuclear Mutations Associated with Mitochondrial Diseases”
by Camilla Ceccatelli Berti, Giulia di Punzio, Cristina Dallabona, Enrico Baruffini, Paola Goffrini, Tiziana Lodi and Claudia Donnini
Genes 2021, 12(2), 300; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020300
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/300

6. “OTUs and ASVs Produce Comparable Taxonomic and Diversity from Shrimp Microbiota 16S Profiles Using Tailored Abundance Filters”
by Rodrigo García-López, Fernanda Cornejo-Granados, Alonso A. Lopez-Zavala, Andrés Cota-Huízar, Rogerio R. Sotelo-Mundo, Bruno Gómez-Gil and Adrian Ochoa-Leyva
Genes 2021, 12(4), 564; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040564
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/564

7. “Host-Diet Effect on the Metabolism of Bifidobacterium
by Maria Satti, Monica Modesto, Akihito Endo, Takeshi Kawashima, Paola Mattarelli and Masanori Arita
Genes 2021, 12(4), 609; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040609
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/609

8. “Genetic, Genomics, and Responses to Stresses in Cyanobacteria: Biotechnological Implications”
by Corinne Cassier-Chauvat , Victoire Blanc-Garin and Franck Chauvat
Genes 2021, 12(4), 500; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040500
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/500

9. “The Staphylococcus aureus CC398 Lineage: An Evolution Driven by the Acquisition of Prophages and Other Mobile Genetic Elements”
by Floriane Laumay, Hugo Benchetrit, Anna-Rita Corvaglia, Nathalie van der Mee-Marquet and Patrice François
Genes 2021, 12(11), 1752; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111752
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/11/1752

10. “Gut Microbiota as a Potential Predictive Biomarker in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis”
by Vicente Navarro-López, María Ángeles Méndez-Miralles, Rosa Vela-Yebra, Ana Fríes-Ramos, Pedro Sánchez-Pellicer, Beatriz Ruzafa-Costas, Eva Núñez-Delegido, Humberto Gómez-Gómez, Sara Chumillas-Lidón, Jose A. Picó-Monllor et al.
Genes 2022, 13(5), 930; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13050930
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/5/930

22 August 2023
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Molecular Genetics and Genomics”


1. “HMGA2 as a Critical Regulator in Cancer Development”
by Behzad Mansoori, Ali Mohammadi, Henrik J. Ditzel, Pascal H. G. Duijf, Vahid Khaze, Morten F. Gjerstorff and Behzad Baradaran
Genes 2021, 12(2), 269; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020269
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/269

2. “Liquid Biopsies: Applications for Cancer Diagnosis and Monitoring”
by Ivana Martins, Ilda Patrícia Ribeiro, Joana Jorge, Ana Cristina Gonçalves, Ana Bela Sarmento-Ribeiro, Joana Barbosa Melo and Isabel Marques Carreira
Genes 2021, 12(3), 349; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030349
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/349

3. “Decipher the Glioblastoma Microenvironment: The First Milestone for New Groundbreaking Therapeutic Strategies”
by Giuseppe Nicolò Fanelli, Dario Grassini, Valerio Ortenzi, Francesco Pasqualetti, Nicola Montemurro, Paolo Perrini, Antonio Giuseppe Naccarato and Cristian Scatena
Genes 2021, 12(3), 1106; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030445
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/445

4. “Novel Approaches to Epigenetic Therapies: From Drug Combinations to Epigenetic Editing”
by Aleksandra Majchrzak-Celińska, Anna Warych and Mikołaj Szoszkiewicz
Genes 2021, 12(2), 208; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020208
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/208

5. “Protective Role of a TMPRSS2 Variant on Severe COVID-19 Outcome in Young Males and Elderly Women”
by Maria Monticelli, Bruno Hay Mele, Elisa Benetti, Chiara Fallerini, Margherita Baldassarri, Simone Furini, Elisa Frullanti, Francesca Mari, GEN-COVID Multicenter Study, Giuseppina Andreotti et al.
Genes 2021, 12(4), 596; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040596
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/596

6. “Inosine in Biology and Disease”
by Sundaramoorthy Srinivasan, Adrian Gabriel Torres and Lluís Ribas de Pouplana
Genes 2021, 12(4), 600; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040600
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/600

7. “Real-Time Culture-Independent Microbial Profiling Onboard the International Space Station Using Nanopore Sequencing”
by Sarah Stahl-Rommel, Miten Jain, Hang N. Nguyen, Richard R. Arnold, Serena M. Aunon-Chancellor, Gretta Marie Sharp, Christian L. Castro, Kristen K. John, Sissel Juul, Daniel J. Turner et al.
Genes 2021, 12(1), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12010106
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/1/106

8. “Drugging the Undruggable: Advances on RAS Targeting in Cancer”
by Miriam Molina-Arcas, Amit Samani and Julian Downward
Genes 2021, 12(6), 899; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060899
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/899

9. “Analysis of RNA Modifications by Second- and Third-Generation Deep Sequencing: 2020 Update”
by Yuri Motorin and Virginie Marchand
Genes 2021, 12(2), 278; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020278
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/278

10. “The Role of Lipid Sensing Nuclear Receptors (PPARs and LXR) and Metabolic Lipases in Obesity, Diabetes and NAFLD”
by Emmanuel D. Dixon, Alexander D. Nardo, Thierry Claudel and Michael Trauner
Genes 2021, 12(5), 645; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050645
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/645

18 August 2023
Genes | Highly Cited Papers in the Section “RNA”


1. “Ribosomal RNA Transcription Regulation in Breast Cancer”
by Cecelia M. Harold, Amber F. Buhagiar, Yan Cheng and Susan J. Baserga
Genes 2021, 12(4), 502; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040502
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/502

2. “LncRNA FENDRR Expression Correlates with Tumor Immunogenicity”
by Maria Cristina Munteanu, Sri Nandhini Sethuraman, Mohit Pratap Singh, Jerry Malayer and Ashish Ranjan
Genes 2021, 12(6), 897; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060897
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/897

3. “Considerations and Suggestions for the Reliable Analysis of miRNA in Plasma Using qRT-PCR”
by Eunmi Ban and Eun Joo Song
Genes 2022, 13(2), 328; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13020328
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/2/328

4. “Essential Role of the 14q32 Encoded miRNAs in Endocrine Tumors”
by Lilla Krokker, Attila Patócs and Henriett Butz
Genes 2021, 12(5), 698; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050698
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/698 

5. “Single-Cell Transcriptome and Network Analyses Unveil Key Transcription Factors Regulating Mesophyll Cell Development in Maize”
by Shentong Tao, Peng Liu, Yining Shi, Yilong Feng, Jingjing Gao, Lifen Chen, Aicen Zhang, Xuejiao Cheng, Hairong Wei, Tao Zhang et al.
Genes 2022, 13(2), 374; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13020374
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/2/374

6. “The Ribosomal Gene Loci—The Power behind the Throne”
by Konstantin I. Panov, Katherine Hannan, Ross D. Hannan and Nadine Hein
Genes 2021, 12(5), 763; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050763
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/763

7. “Pincho: A Modular Approach to High-Quality De Novo Transcriptomics”
by Randy Ortiz, Priyanka Gera, Christopher Rivera and Juan C. Santos
Genes 2021, 12(7), 953; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12070953
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/953

8. “Harnessing the Nucleolar DNA Damage Response in Cancer Therapy”
Jiachen Xuan, Kezia Gitareja, Natalie Brajanovski and Elaine Sanij
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1156; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081156
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1156

9. “DNA Intercalators Inhibit Eukaryotic Ribosomal RNA Synthesis by Impairing the Initiation of Transcription”
by William J. Andrews, Swagat Ray, Tatiana Panova, Christoph Engel and Konstantin I. Panov
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1412; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091412
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1412

10. “Circulating miRNAs Are Associated with Inflammation Biomarkers in Children with Overweight and Obesity: Results of the I.Family Study”
by Fabio Lauria, Giuseppe Iacomino, Paola Russo, Antonella Venezia, Pasquale Marena, Wolfgang Ahrens, Stefaan De Henauw, Gabriele Eiben, Ronja Foraita, Antje Hebestreit et al.
Genes 2022, 13(4), 632; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13040632
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/4/632

18 August 2023
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Technologies and Resources for Genetics”


1. “Species-Specific Quality Control, Assembly and Contamination Detection in Microbial Isolate Sequences with AQUAMIS”
by Carlus Deneke, Holger Brendebach, Laura Uelze, Maria Borowiak, Burkhard Malorny and Simon H. Tausch
Genes 2021, 12(5), 644; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050644
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/644

2. “Optical Genome Mapping as a Next-Generation Cytogenomic Tool for Detection of Structural and Copy Number Variations for Prenatal Genomic Analyses”
by Nikhil Shri Sahajpal, Hayk Barseghyan, Ravindra Kolhe, Alex Hastie and Alka Chaubey
Genes 2021, 12(3), 398; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030398
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/398

3. “Whole Genome Sequencing in the Evaluation of Fetal Structural Anomalies: A Parallel Test with Chromosomal Microarray Plus Whole Exome Sequencing”
by Jia Zhou, Ziying Yang, Jun Sun, Lipei Liu, Xinyao Zhou, Fengxia Liu, Ya Xing, Shuge Cui, Shiyi Xiong, Xiaoyu Liu et al.
Genes 2021, 12(3), 376; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030376
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/376

4. “The Expanding Constellation of Histone Post-Translational Modifications in the Epigenetic Landscape”
by Vincenzo Cavalieri
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1596; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101596
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1596

5. “Evaluation of DNA Extraction Methods Developed for Forensic and Ancient DNA Applications Using Bone Samples of Different Age”
by Catarina Xavier, Mayra Eduardoff, Barbara Bertoglio, Christina Amory, Cordula Berger, Andrea Casas-Vargas, Johannes Pallua and Walther Parson
Genes 2021, 12(2), 146; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020146  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/146

6. “Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT-A): First Report from Saudi Arabia”
by Yusra Alyafee, Qamre Alam, Abeer Al Tuwaijri, Muhammad Umair, Shahad Haddad, Meshael Alharbi, Hayat Alrabiah, Maha Al-Ghuraibi, Sahar Al-Showaier and Majid Alfadhel
Genes 2021, 12(4), 461; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040461  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/461

7. “4mCPred-CNN—Prediction of DNA N4-Methylcytosine in the Mouse Genome Using a Convolutional Neural Network”
by Zeeshan Abbas, Hilal Tayara and Kil To Chong
Genes 2021, 12(2), 296; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020296  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/296

8. “The Role of Epigenetics in Congenital Heart Disease”
by Tingsen Benson Lim, Sik Yin Roger Foo and Ching Kit Chen
Genes 2021, 12(3), 390; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030390
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/390

9. “VIRMOTIF: A User-Friendly Tool for Viral Sequence Analysis”
by Pedram Rajaei, Khadijeh Hoda Jahanian, Amin Beheshti, Shahab S. Band, Abdollah Dehzangi and Hamid Alinejad-Rokny
Genes 2021, 12(2), 186; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020186  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/186

10. “Human Mitochondrial Control Region and mtGenome: Design and Forensic Validation of NGS Multiplexes, Sequencing and Analytical Software”
by Cydne L. Holt, Kathryn M. Stephens, Paulina Walichiewicz, Keenan D. Fleming, Elmira Forouzmand and Shan-Fu Wu
Genes 2021, 12(4), 599; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040599  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/599

17 August 2023
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Plant Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Harnessing Crop Wild Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation”
by Andrés J. Cortés and Felipe López-Hernández
Genes 2021, 12(5), 783; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050783
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/783

2. “HD-ZIP Gene Family: Potential Roles in Improving Plant Growth and Regulating Stress-Responsive Mechanisms in Plants”
by Rahat Sharif, Ali Raza, Peng Chen, Yuhong Li, Enas M. El-Ballat, Abdur Rauf, Christophe Hano and Mohamed A. El-Esawi
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081256
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1256

3. “Genome-Wide Analysis of Potassium Channel Genes in Rice: Expression of the OsAKT and OsKAT Genes under Salt Stress”
by Zahra Musavizadeh, Hamid Najafi-Zarrini, Seyed Kamal Kazemitabar, Seyed Hamidreza Hashemi, Sahar Faraji, Gianni Barcaccia and Parviz Heidari
Genes 2021, 12(5), 784; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050784
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/784

4. “Role of Basal ABA in Plant Growth and Development”
by Benjamin P. Brookbank, Jasmin Patel, Sonia Gazzarrini and Eiji Nambara
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1936; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121936
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/1936

5. “Plants’ Epigenetic Mechanisms and Abiotic Stress”
by Matin Miryeganeh
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1106; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081106
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1106

6. “Allelic Diversity at Abiotic Stress Responsive Genes in Relationship to Ecological Drought Indices for Cultivated Tepary Bean, Phaseolus acutifolius A. Gray, and Its Wild Relatives”
by María A. Buitrago-Bitar, Andrés J. Cortés, Felipe López-Hernández, Jorge M. Londoño-Caicedo, Jaime E. Muñoz-Florez, L. Carmenza Muñoz and Matthew Wohlgemuth Blair
Genes 2021, 12(4), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040556
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/556

7. “The Development of Herbicide Resistance Crop Plants Using CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Gene Editing”
by Huirong Dong, Yong Huang and Kejian Wang
Genes 2021, 12(6), 912; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060912
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/912

8. “ABA and Bud Dormancy in Perennials: Current Knowledge and Future Perspective”
by Wenqiang Pan, Jiahui Liang, Juanjuan Sui, Jingru Li, Chang Liu, Yin Xin, Yanmin Zhang, Shaokun Wang, Yajie Zhao, Jie Zhang et al.
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1635; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101635
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1635

9. “Genetic Resources and Vulnerabilities of Major Cucurbit Crops”
by Rebecca Grumet, James D. McCreight, Cecilia McGregor, Yiqun Weng, Michael Mazourek, Kathleen Reitsma, Joanne Labate, Angela Davis and Zhangjun Fei
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1222; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081222
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1222

10. “Breeding for Resistance to Fusarium Wilt of Tomato: A Review”
by Jessica Chitwood-Brown, Gary E. Vallad, Tong Geon Lee and Samuel F. Hutton
Genes 2021, 12(11), 1673; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111673
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/11/1673

15 August 2023
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics”


1. “How Depressing Is Inbreeding? A Meta-Analysis of 30 Years of Research on the Effects of Inbreeding in Livestock”
by Harmen P. Doekes, Piter Bijma and Jack J. Windig
Genes 2021, 12(6), 926; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060926
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/926

2. “Role and Evolution of the Extracellular Matrix in the Acquisition of Complex Multicellularity in Eukaryotes: A Macroalgal Perspective”
by Bernard Kloareg, Yacine Badis, J. Mark Cock and Gurvan Michel
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1059; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071059
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1059

3. “The Diversity and Evolution of Sex Chromosomes in Frogs”
by Wen-Juan Ma and Paris Veltsos
Genes 2021, 12(4), 483; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040483
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/483

4. “Consequences of Hybridization in Mammals: A Systematic Review”
by Roya Adavoudi and Małgorzata Pilot
Genes 2022, 13(1), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13010050
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/1/50

5. “Sex Chromosome Turnover in Bent-Toed Geckos (Cyrtodactylus)”
by Shannon E. Keating, Madison Blumer, L. Lee Grismer, Aung Lin, Stuart V. Nielsen, Myint Kyaw Thura, Perry L. Wood, Jr., Evan S. H. Quah and Tony Gamble
Genes 2021, 12(1), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12010116
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/1/116

6. “How Important Are Structural Variants for Speciation?”
by Linyi Zhang, Radka Reifová, Zuzana Halenková and Zachariah Gompert
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1084; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071084
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1084

7. “Gene Duplication and Gene Fusion Are Important Drivers of Tumourigenesis during Cancer Evolution”
by Cian Glenfield and Hideki Innan
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1376; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091376
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1376

8. “Evolution of Multicellular Complexity in The Dictyostelid Social Amoebas”
by Koryu Kin and Pauline Schaap

Genes 2021, 12(4), 487; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040487
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/487

9. “Patterns of Epigenetic Diversity in Two Sympatric Fish Species: Genetic vs. Environmental Determinants”
by Laura Fargeot, Géraldine Loot, Jérôme G. Prunier, Olivier Rey, Charlotte Veyssière and Simon Blanchet
Genes 2021, 12(1), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12010107
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/1/107

10. “The Diversity of Plant Sex Chromosomes Highlighted through Advances in Genome Sequencing”
by Sarah Carey, Qingyi Yu and Alex Harkess
Genes 2021, 12(3), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030381
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/381

15 August 2023
Meet Us at the 29th Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 11–13 September 2023, Osaka, Japan


MDPI will attend the 29th Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Gene and Cell Therapy. This event will be held at the Osaka International Convention Center for three days from Monday, 11 September, to Wednesday, 13 September 2023.

The theme of this meeting is “Gene Therapy Making a Leap Forward – A Bridge to the Future through Cooperation between Industry, Government and Academia”. Gene and cell therapy has so far been centered on blood diseases, cancers, and metabolic disorders, but gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, an intractable neurological disease, was also launched in the US and Japan. Regulations must be well discussed with government agencies, PMDA, and other agencies. The Society will develop a meaningful program to enable sufficient discussions between stakeholders. In addition, a session will be organized by the Scientific Program Committee, a new committee established by the Japan Society of Gene and Cell Therapy.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • IJMS;
  • CIMB;
  • Antioxidants;
  • Cancers;
  • Current Oncology;
  • Metabolites;
  • SynBio;
  • Biologics;
  • Genes;
  • Hemato.

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.c-linkage.co.jp/jsgct2023/en/index_en.html.

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.

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

26 July 2023
Meet Us at the 45th Congress of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM 2023), 5–8 September 2023, Zaragoza, Spain


Conference:
The 45th Congress of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM 2023)
Date: 5–8 September 2023
Place: University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine, Zaragoza, Spain
Booth: #30

MDPI journals will be attending the 45th Congress of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM 2023) as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, from 5 to 8 September 2023.

SEBBM contributed significantly to the creation of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) in 1964, represents Spain in the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), is one of the founding members of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE) and belongs to the Spanish Association of Biocompanies (ASEBIO), which develops activities in the field of biotechnology in Spain.

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.acs.org/meetings/acs-meetings/fall-2023.html.

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.

19 July 2023
Meet Us at Behaviour 2023, 14–20 August 2023, Bielefeld, Germany


Conference:
Behaviour 2023
Date: 14–20 August 2023
Location: Bielefeld, Germany

MDPI will be attending Behaviour 2023 as an exhibitor; we welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

This conference has been organized by the International Ethological Congress. Behaviour 2023 is a multi-disciplinary and international congress that focuses on animal behavior. Delegates will come from a wide range of backgrounds: from ethology to behavioral genetics and anthropology.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Animals;
  • Insects;
  • Fishes;
  • Birds;
  • Agriculture;
  • Life;
  • Ruminants;
  • Genes;
  • Biology.

If you are planning to attend this conference, please do not hesitate to 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.uni-bielefeld.de/fakultaeten/biologie/forschung/veranstaltungen/behaviour2023/index.xml.

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)

 

26 June 2023
Genes Receives an Increased CiteScore of 5.1


We are excited to share the news that Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425) received a Citescore for 2022 of 5.1. Genes’ Citescore has grown steadily for 5 consecutive years. We are delighted with this positive end to the first half of 2023, and we hope that you join us in celebrating. 

Genes’ CiteScore ranks Q2 (158 out of 328) in the “Genetics” category.

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

An excellent performance is inseparable from the support and dedication of all journal editors, reviewers, authors, and readers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to the journal.

7 June 2023
Meet Us at the WASOG 2023 Conference, 19–21 June 2023, Stockholm, Sweden

Conference: WASOG 2023

Organization: The World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders

Date: 19–21 June 2023

Place: Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Booth: #7

MDPI will be attending the WASOG 2023 conference, which will be held from 19 to 21 June 2023 at Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

WASOG 2023 will offer a creative meeting ground for investigating how novel experimental, theoretical and computational approaches in Sarcoidosis and Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILDs) can improve our understanding of their underlying disease mechanisms. It aims to build an even stronger scientific bridge between different sectors, ultimately closing the knowledge gap and accelerating the development and spread of precision medicine in ILDs.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Please 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://mkon.nu/wasog2023.

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/.

26 April 2023
Genes | Hot Publications Related to Plant Adversity Stress Response

1. “Genome-Wide Analysis of Potassium Channel Genes in Rice: Expression of the OsAKT and OsKAT Genes under Salt Stress”
by Zahra Musavizadeh, Hamid Najafi-Zarrini, Seyed Kamal Kazemitabar, Seyed Hamidreza Hashemi, Sahar Faraji, Gianni Barcaccia and Parviz Heidari
Genes 2021, 12(5), 784; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050784
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/784

2. “HD-ZIP Gene Family: Potential Roles in Improving Plant Growth and Regulating Stress-Responsive Mechanisms in Plants”
by Rahat Sharif, Ali Raza, Peng Chen, Yuhong Li, Enas M. El-Ballat, Abdur Rauf, Christophe Hano and Mohamed A. El-Esawi
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081256
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1256

3. “Plants’ Epigenetic Mechanisms and Abiotic Stress”
by Matin Miryeganeh
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1106; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081106
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1106

4. “Allelic Diversity at Abiotic Stress Responsive Genes in Relationship to Ecological Drought Indices for Cultivated Tepary Bean, Phaseolus acutifolius A. Gray, and Its Wild Relatives”
by María A. Buitrago-Bitar, Andrés J. Cortés, Felipe López-Hernández, Jorge M. Londoño-Caicedo, Jaime E. Muñoz-Florez, L. Carmenza Muñoz and Matthew Wohlgemuth Blair
Genes 2021, 12(4), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040556
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/556

5. “Breeding for Resistance to Fusarium Wilt of Tomato: A Review”
by Jessica Chitwood-Brown, Gary E. Vallad, Tong Geon Lee and Samuel F. Hutton
Genes 2021, 12(11), 1673; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111673
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/11/1673

6. “Regulation of DNA (de)Methylation Positively Impacts Seed Germination during Seed Development under Heat Stress”
by Jaiana Malabarba, David Windels, Wenjia Xu and Jerome Verdier
Genes 2021, 12(3), 457; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030457
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/457

7. “Long-Term Waterlogging as Factor Contributing to Hypoxia Stress Tolerance Enhancement in Cucumber: Comparative Transcriptome Analysis of Waterlogging Sensitive and Tolerant Accessions”
by Kinga Kęska, Michał Wojciech Szcześniak, Izabela Makałowska and Małgorzata Czernicka
Genes 2021, 12(2), 189; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020189
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/189

8. “Understanding Rice-Magnaporthe Oryzae Interaction in Resistant and Susceptible Cultivars of Rice under Panicle Blast Infection Using a Time-Course Transcriptome Analysis”
by Vishesh Kumar, Priyanka Jain, Sureshkumar Venkadesan, Suhas Gorakh Karkute, Jyotika Bhati, Malik Zainul Abdin, Amitha Mithra Sevanthi, Dwijesh Chandra Mishra, Krishna Kumar Chaturvedi, Anil Rai et al.
Genes 2021, 12(2), 301; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020301
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/301

9. “Down-Regulation of SlGRAS10 in Tomato Confers Abiotic Stress Tolerance”
by Sidra Habib, Yee Yee Lwin and Ning Li
Genes 2021, 12(5), 623; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050623
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/623

10. “Transcriptome Profiling of Maize (Zea mays L.) Leaves Reveals Key Cold-Responsive Genes, Transcription Factors, and Metabolic Pathways Regulating Cold Stress Tolerance at the Seedling Stage”
by Joram Kiriga Waititu, Quan Cai, Ying Sun, Yinglu Sun, Congcong Li, Chunyi Zhang, Jun Liu and Huan Wang
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1638; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101638
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1638

30 March 2023
Meet Us at the European Human Genetics Conference 2023 (ESHG 2023), 10–13 June 2023, Glasgow, UK


MDPI will be attending the European Human Genetics Conference 2023 (ESHG 2023), held in Glasgow, UK, from 10 to 13 June 2023.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth #824. 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://2023.eshg.org/.

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.

23 February 2023
Genes | Editor’s Choice Articles


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 Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425), 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. “Regulation of Ergosterol Biosynthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
by Tania Jordá and Sergi Puig
Genes 2020, 11(7), 795; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11070795
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/7/795

2. “Histone Deacetylases (HDACs): Evolution, Specificity, Role in Transcriptional Complexes, and Pharmacological Actionability”
by Giorgio Milazzo, Daniele Mercatelli, Giulia Di Muzio, Luca Triboli, Piergiuseppe De Rosa, Giovanni Perini and Federico M. Giorgi
Genes 2020, 11(5), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11050556
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/5/556

3. “Knee Osteoarthritis: A Review of Pathogenesis and State-Of-The-Art Non-Operative Therapeutic Considerations”
by Dragan Primorac, Vilim Molnar, Eduard Rod, Željko Jeleč, Fabijan Čukelj, Vid Matišić, Trpimir Vrdoljak, Damir Hudetz, Hana Hajsok and Igor Borić
Genes 2020, 11(8), 854; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11080854
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/8/854

4. “Genomics in Bacterial Taxonomy: Impact on the Genus Pseudomonas
by Jorge Lalucat, Magdalena Mulet, Margarita Gomila and Elena García-Valdés
Genes 2020, 11(2), 139; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11020139
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/2/139

5. “Clustered DNA Double-Strand Breaks: Biological Effects and Relevance to Cancer Radiotherapy”
by Jac A. Nickoloff, Neelam Sharma and Lynn Taylor
Genes 2020, 11(1), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11010099
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/1/99

6. “The Changing Epidemiology of Cystic Fibrosis: Incidence, Survival and Impact of the CFTR Gene Discovery”
by Virginie Scotet, Carine L’Hostis and Claude Férec
Genes 2020, 11(6), 589; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11060589
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/6/589

7. “COVID-19 and Genetic Variants of Protein Involved in the SARS-CoV-2 Entry into the Host Cells”
by Andrea Latini, Emanuele Agolini, Antonio Novelli, Paola Borgiani, Rosalinda Giannini, Paolo Gravina, Andrea Smarrazzo, Mario Dauri, Massimo Andreoni, Paola Rogliani et al.
Genes 2020, 11(9), 1010; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091010
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/9/1010

8. “Transcriptional Factors Regulate Plant Stress Responses Through Mediating Secondary Metabolism”
by Tehseen Ahmad Meraj, Jingye Fu, Muhammad Ali Raza, Chenying Zhu, Qinqin Shen, Dongbei Xu and Qiang Wang
Genes 2020, 11(4), 346; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040346
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/346

9. “Protein Coding and Long Noncoding RNA (lncRNA) Transcriptional Landscape in SARS-CoV-2 Infected Bronchial Epithelial Cells Highlight a Role for Interferon and Inflammatory Response”
by Radhakrishnan Vishnubalaji, Hibah Shaath and Nehad M. Alajez
Genes 2020, 11(7), 760; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11070760
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/7/760

10. “Regulation of mTORC2 Signaling”
by Wenxiang Fu and Michael N. Hall
Genes 2020, 11(9), 1045; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091045
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/9/1045

11. “A Review of the Important Role of CYP2D6 in Pharmacogenomics”
by Christopher Taylor, Ian Crosby, Vincent Yip, Peter Maguire, Munir Pirmohamed and Richard M. Turner
Genes 2020, 11(11), 1295; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111295
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/11/1295

12. “Down Regulation and Loss of Auxin Response Factor 4 Function Using CRISPR/Cas9 Alters Plant Growth, Stomatal Function and Improves Tomato Tolerance to Salinity and Osmotic Stress”
by Sarah Bouzroud, Karla Gasparini, Guojian Hu, Maria Antonia Machado Barbosa, Bruno Luan Rosa, Mouna Fahr, Najib Bendaou, Mondher Bouzayen, Agustin Zsögön, Abdelaziz Smouni et al.
Genes 2020, 11(3), 272; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030272
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/272

13. “Mutation Patterns of Human SARS-CoV-2 and Bat RaTG13 Coronavirus Genomes Are Strongly Biased Towards C>U Transitions, Indicating Rapid Evolution in Their Hosts”
by Roman Matyášek and Aleš Kovařík
Genes 2020, 11(7), 761; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11070761
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/7/761

14. “Prediction and Analysis of SARS-CoV-2-Targeting MicroRNA in Human Lung Epithelium”
by Jonathan Tak-Sum Chow and Leonardo Salmena
Genes 2020, 11(9), 1002; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091002
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/9/1002

15. “A Novel Cuproptosis-Related Prognostic Gene Signature and Validation of Differential Expression in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma”
by Zilong Bian, Rong Fan and Lingmin Xie
Genes 2022, 13(5), 851; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13050851
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/5/851

16. “Plasmid Transfer by Conjugation in Gram-Negative Bacteria: From the Cellular to the Community Level”
by Chloé Virolle, Kelly Goldlust, Sarah Djermoun, Sarah Bigot and Christian Lesterlin
Genes 2020, 11(11), 1239; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111239
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/11/1239

17. “Efficient Generation and Correction of Mutations in Human iPS Cells Utilizing mRNAs of CRISPR Base Editors and Prime Editors”
by Duran Sürün, Aksana Schneider, Jovan Mircetic, Katrin Neumann, Felix Lansing, Maciej Paszkowski-Rogacz, Vanessa Hänchen, Min Ae Lee-Kirsch and Frank Buchholz
Genes 2020, 11(5), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11050511
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/5/511

18. “Genetic Modifiers and Rare Mendelian Disease”
by K. M. Tahsin Hassan Rahit and Maja Tarailo-Graovac
Genes 2020, 11(3), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030239
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/239

19. “Mechanisms of Photoreceptor Death in Retinitis Pigmentosa”
by Fay Newton and Roly Megaw
Genes 2020, 11(10), 1120; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11101120
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/10/1120

20. “The AP2/ERF Gene Family in Triticum durum: Genome-Wide Identification and Expression Analysis under Drought and Salinity Stresses”
by Sahar Faraji, Ertugrul Filiz, Seyed Kamal Kazemitabar, Alessandro Vannozzi, Fabio Palumbo, Gianni Barcaccia and Parviz Heidari
Genes 2020, 11(12), 1464; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11121464
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/12/1464

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the research groups that submitted manuscripts to Genes. We would appreciate it if you could circulate this document among your colleagues and network. Furthermore, the following opportunities for collaboration may be of interest:

Submitting a Manuscript:
Genes 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/?journal=genes.

Launching a Special Issue:
You have the opportunity to propose hot topics and edit a Special Issue together with experts in the field. More information can be found at the following link:
https://www.mdpi.com/journalproposal/sendproposalspecialissue/genes.

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

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.

14 February 2023
Meet Us at the 11th National Conference on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, 25–27 February 2023, Guangzhou, China


Conference
: 11th National Conference on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Date: 25–27 February 2023
Place: Guangzhou, China

MDPI will be attending the 11th National Conference on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (CCBSB2023) as the exhibitor. The National Academic Conference on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology has been successfully held for ten sessions since its first session in 1998. It is a national event with the highest academic level and the greatest influence in the field of bioinformatics research in China. The theme of the conference is "The Latest Frontier Research of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology and Their Applications", and the topics cover translational informatics and data sharing security, biomedical data mining and computing, genome informatics, artificial intelligence and life sciences, group bioinformatics and integrated biology, non-coding RNA and RNA informatics, network biology, major disease omics informatics, biological macromolecular structure prediction and simulation, bioinformatics algorithm research, biological data resources, bioinformatics and drugs discovery, computational synthetic biology, agricultural and forestry informatics and other bioinformatics, and other frontier directions.

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 that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://ccbsb2022.casconf.cn/.

9 February 2023
Media Partnership between Genes and the 34th Meeting of the Developmental Biology Section of the Catalan Society of Biology


We are pleased to announce that the 34th meeting of the Developmental Biology Section of the Catalan Society of Biology has set up a free media partnership with Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425). The conference will provide ample opportunities for networking both professionally and socially.

Conference date: 10 Feb 2023
Place: Sala Prat de la Riba, IEC, Spain

This conference brings together the community working in the field of developmental biology. Researchers from different institutions will have the opportunity to spend the day together presenting their results and discussing the latest findings in the field. This meeting is organized by Marta Llimargas (IBMB-CSIC), Barbara Pernaute (CRG), Esteban Hoijman (UB-IDIBELL), Manuel Irimia (CRG) and Marta Morey (UB-IBUB).

For more details, please visit the following link: https://scb.iec.cat/xxxiv-jornada-de-biologia-del-desenvolupament/.

Genes Editorial Office

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.

22 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Bioinformatics”


1. “Detection of A-to-I RNA Editing in SARS-COV-2”
by Ernesto Picardi, Luigi Mansi and Graziano Pesole
Genes 2022, 13(1), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13010041
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/13/1/41

2. “Pyroptosis Patterns Characterized by Distinct Tumor Microenvironment Infiltration Landscapes in Gastric Cancer”
by Renshen Xiang, Yuhang Ge, Wei Song, Jun Ren, Can Kong and Tao Fu
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1535; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101535
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1535

3. “Machine Learning and Bioinformatics Framework Integration to Potential Familial DCM-Related Markers Discovery”
by Concetta Schiano, Monica Franzese, Filippo Geraci, Mario Zanfardino, Ciro Maiello, Vittorio Palmieri, Andrea Soricelli, Vincenzo Grimaldi, Enrico Coscioni, Marco Salvatore et al.
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1946; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121946
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/1946

4. “PlantMirP2: An Accurate, Fast and Easy-To-Use Program for Plant Pre-miRNA and miRNA Prediction”
by Dashuai Fan, Yuangen Yao and Ming Yi
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1280; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081280
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1280

5. “Integrated Bioinformatics Analysis Reveals Marker Genes and Potential Therapeutic Targets for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
by Aoqi Li, Jin He, Zhe Zhang, Sibo Jiang, Yun Gao, Yuchun Pan, Huanan Wang and Lenan Zhuang
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1339; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091339
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1339

6. “Analysis of Codon Usage Patterns of Six Sequenced Brachypodium distachyon Lines Reveals a Declining CG Skew of the CDSs from the 5′-ends to the 3′-ends”
by Jianyong Wang, Yujing Lin and Mengli Xi
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1467; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101467
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1467

7. “Attention-Based Deep Multiple-Instance Learning for Classifying Circular RNA and Other Long Non-Coding RNA”
by Yunhe Liu, Qiqing Fu, Xueqing Peng, Chaoyu Zhu, Gang Liu and Lei Liu
Genes 2021, 12(12), 2018; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12122018
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/2018

8. “Characterizing HIV-1 Genetic Subtypes and Drug Resistance Mutations among Children, Adolescents and Pregnant Women in Sierra Leone”
by George A. Yendewa, Sulaiman Lakoh, Sahr A. Yendewa, Khadijah Bangura, Andrés Tabernilla, Lucia Patiño, Darlinda F. Jiba, Alren O. Vandy, Samuel P. Massaquoi, Nuno S. Osório et al.
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1314; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091314
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1314

9. “Tandem Mass Tag-Based Quantitative Proteomic Analysis of ISG15 Knockout PK15 Cells in Pseudorabies Virus Infection”
by Wenfeng He, Chen Li, Liangliang Dong, Guoqing Yang and Huimin Liu
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1557; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101557
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1557

10. “Cell Differentiation Trajectory-Associated Molecular Classification of Osteosarcoma”
by Ankai Xu, Chao Qian, Jinti Lin, Wei Yu, Jiakang Jin, Bing Liu and Huimin Tao
Genes 2021, 12(11), 1685; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111685
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/11/1685

22 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Animal Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Single-Step Genomic Evaluations from Theory to Practice: Using SNP Chips and Sequence Data in BLUPF90”
by Daniela Lourenco, Andres Legarra, Shogo Tsuruta, Yutaka Masuda, Ignacio Aguilar and Ignacy Misztal
Genes 2020, 11(7), 790; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11070790
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/7/790

2. “Turtle Insights into the Evolution of the Reptilian Karyotype and the Genomic Architecture of Sex Determination”
by Basanta Bista and Nicole Valenzuela
Genes 2020, 11(4), 416; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040416
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/416

3. “Decoding the Role of Satellite DNA in Genome Architecture and Plasticity—An Evolutionary and Clinical Affair”
by Sandra Louzada, Mariana Lopes, Daniela Ferreira, Filomena Adega, Ana Escudeiro, Margarida Gama-Carvalho and Raquel Chaves
Genes 2020, 11(1), 72; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11010072
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/1/72

4. “Eicosanoid Signaling in Insect Immunology: New Genes and Unresolved Issues”
by Yonggyun Kim and David Stanley
Genes 2021, 12(2), 211; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020211
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/211

5. “A Gene-Set Enrichment and Protein–Protein Interaction Network-Based GWAS with Regulatory SNPs Identifies Candidate Genes and Pathways Associated with Carcass Traits in Hanwoo Cattle”
by Krishnamoorthy Srikanth, Seung-Hwan Lee, Ki-Yong Chung, Jong-Eun Park, Gul-Won Jang, Mi-Rim Park, Na Yeon Kim, Tae-Hun Kim, Han-Ha Chai, Won Cheoul Park et al.
Genes 2020, 11(3), 316; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030316
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/316

6. “Microfluidic Quantitative PCR Detection of 12 Transgenes from Horse Plasma for Gene Doping Control”
by Teruaki Tozaki, Aoi Ohnuma, Mio Kikuchi, Taichiro Ishige, Hironaga Kakoi, Kei-ichi Hirota, Kanichi Kusano and Shun-ichi Nagata
Genes 2020, 11(4), 457; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040457
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/457

7. “Comprehensive Analysis of Differentially Expressed Profiles of mRNA, lncRNA, and circRNA in the Uterus of Seasonal Reproduction Sheep”
by Yongfu La, Xiaoyun He, Liping Zhang, Ran Di, Xiangyu Wang, Shangquan Gan, Xiaosheng Zhang, Jinlong Zhang, Wenping Hu and Mingxing Chu
Genes 2020, 11(3), 301; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030301
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/301

8. “Comparative Transcriptome Analysis Suggests Key Roles for 5-Hydroxytryptamlne Receptors in Control of Goose Egg Production”
by Qingyuan Ouyang, Shenqiang Hu, Guosong Wang, Jiwei Hu, Jiaman Zhang, Liang Li, Bo Hu, Hua He, Hehe Liu, Lu Xia et al.
Genes 2020, 11(4), 455; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040455
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/455

9. “Exploring the lncRNAs Related to Skeletal Muscle Fiber Types and Meat Quality Traits in Pigs”
by Rongyang Li, Bojiang Li, Aiwen Jiang, Yan Cao, Liming Hou, Zengkai Zhang, Xiying Zhang, Honglin Liu, Kee-Hong Kim and Wangjun Wu
Genes 2020, 11(8), 883; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11080883
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/8/883

10. “Genomic Identification, Evolution and Sequence Analysis of the Heat-Shock Protein Gene Family in Buffalo”
by Saif ur Rehman, Asif Nadeem, Maryam Javed, Faiz-ul Hassan, Xier Luo, Ruqayya Bint Khalid
and Qingyou Liu
Genes 2020, 11(11), 1388; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111388
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/11/1388 

16 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Epigenomics”


1. “Altered Expression of DAAM1 and PREP Induced by Cadmium Toxicity Is Counteracted by Melatonin in the Rat Testis”
by Massimo Venditti, Mariem Ben Rhouma, Maria Zelinda Romano, Imed Messaoudi, Russel J. Reiter and Sergio Minucci
Genes 2021, 12(7), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12071016
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/1016

2. “Genetics and Epigenetics in Allergic Rhinitis”
by Choi, Bo Yoon, Munsoo Han, Ji Won Kwak and Tae Hoon Kim
Genes 2021, 12(12), 2004; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12122004
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/12/2004

3. “LINCking the Nuclear Envelope to Sperm Architecture”
by Francesco Manfrevola, Florian Guillou, Silvia Fasano, Riccardo Pierantoni and Rosanna Chianese
Genes 2021, 12(5), 658; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050658
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/658

4. “Evolution of Reproductive Life History in Mammals and the Associated Change of Functional Constraints”
by Jiaqi Wu, Takahiro Yonezawa and Hirohisa Kishino
Genes 2021, 12(5), 740; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050740
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/740

5. “Pediatric and Adolescent Oncofertility in Male Patients—From Alpha to Omega”
by Ovidiu Bîcă, Ioan Sârbu and Carmen Iulia Ciongradi
Genes 2021, 12(5), 701; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050701
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/701

6. “Methylation of Host Genes Associated with Coronavirus Infection from Birth to 26 Years”
by Rutu Rathod, Aniruddha Rathod, Parnian Kheirkhah Rahimabad, Jiasong Duan, Hongmei Zhang, S. Hasan Arshad and Wilfried Karmaus
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1198; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081198
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1198

7. “Prospects in Connecting Genetic Variation to Variation in Fertility in Male Bees”
by Garett P. Slater, Nicholas M. A. Smith and Brock A. Harpur
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1251; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081251
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1251

8. “Identification of Long Non-Coding RNAs Involved in Porcine Fat Deposition Using Two High-Throughput Sequencing Methods”
by Yibing Liu, Ying Yu, Hong Ao, Fengxia Zhang, Xitong Zhao, Huatao Liu, Yong Shi, Kai Xing and Chuduan Wang
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1374; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091374
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1374

9. “Epigenetic Regulation of CDH1 Is Altered after HOXB7-Silencing in MDA-MB-468 Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells”
by Ana Paço, Joana Leitão-Castro and Renata Freitas
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1575; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101575
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/10/1575

10. “Aberrant DNA Methylation Mediates the Transgenerational Risk of Metabolic and Chronic Disease Due to Maternal Obesity and Overnutrition”
by Yan Li, Carol A. Pollock and Sonia Saad
Genes 2021, 12(11), 1653; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111653
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/11/1653

15 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Human Genomics and Genetic Diseases”


1. “The Changing Epidemiology of Cystic Fibrosis: Incidence, Survival and Impact of the CFTR Gene Discovery”
by Virginie Scotet, Carine L’Hostis and Claude Férec
Genes 2020, 11(6), 589; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11060589
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/6/589

2. “COVID-19 and Genetic Variants of Protein Involved in the SARS-CoV-2 Entry into the Host Cells”
by Andrea Latini, Emanuele Agolini, Antonio Novelli, Paola Borgiani, Rosalinda Giannini, Paolo Gravina, Andrea Smarrazzo, Mario Dauri, Massimo Andreoni, Paola Rogliani et al.
Genes 2020, 11(9), 1010; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091010
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/9/1010

3. “Regulation of mTORC2 Signaling”     
by Wenxiang Fu and Michael N. Hall
Genes 2020, 11(9), 1045; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091045
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/9/1045

4. “A Review of the Important Role of CYP2D6 in Pharmacogenomics”
by Christopher Taylor, Ian Crosby, Vincent Yip, Peter Maguire, Munir Pirmohamed and Richard M. Turner
Genes 2020, 11(11), 1295; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111295
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/11/1295

5. “Mechanisms of Photoreceptor Death in Retinitis Pigmentosa”
by Fay Newton and Roly Megaw
Genes 2020, 11(10), 1120; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11101120
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/10/1120

6. “Therapeutic Strategies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: An Update”
by Chengmei Sun, Luoan Shen, Zheng Zhang and Xin Xie
Genes 2020, 11(8), 837; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11080837
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/8/837

7. “RET Gene Fusions in Malignancies of the Thyroid and Other Tissues”
by Massimo Santoro, Marialuisa Moccia, Giorgia Federico and Francesca Carlomagno
Genes 2020, 11(4), 424; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040424
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/424

8. “The Microbiome in Cystic Fibrosis Pulmonary Disease”
by Alice Françoise and Geneviève Héry-Arnaud
Genes 2020, 11(5), 536; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11050536
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/5/536 

9. “Extracellular Vesicles Derived from Human Gingival Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Transcriptomic Analysis”
by Serena Silvestro, Luigi Chiricosta, Agnese Gugliandolo, Jacopo Pizzicannella, Francesca Diomede, Placido Bramanti, Oriana Trubiani and Emanuela Mazzon
Genes 2020, 11(2), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11020118
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/2/118

10. “The Roles of the NLRP3 Inflammasome in Neurodegenerative and Metabolic Diseases and in Relevant Advanced Therapeutic Interventions”
by Rameez Hassan Pirzada, Nasir Javaid and Sangdun Choi
Genes 2020, 11(2), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11020131
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/2/131

14 December 2022
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14 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Microbial Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Genomics in Bacterial Taxonomy: Impact on the Genus Pseudomonas
by Jorge Lalucat, Magdalena Mulet, Margarita Gomila and Elena García-Valdés
Genes 2020, 11(2), 139; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11020139
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/2/139

2. “Plasmid Transfer by Conjugation in Gram-Negative Bacteria: From the Cellular to the Community Level”
by Chloé Virolle, Kelly Goldlust, Sarah Djermoun, Sarah Bigot and Christian Lesterlin
Genes 2020, 11(11), 1239; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111239
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/11/1239 

3. “Farnesol and Tyrosol: Secondary Metabolites with a Crucial quorum-sensing Role in Candida Biofilm Development”
by Célia F. Rodrigues and Lucia Černáková
Genes 2020, 11(4), 444; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040444  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/444

4. “Butyrate Levels in the Transition from an Infant- to an Adult-Like Gut Microbiota Correlate with Bacterial Networks Associated with Eubacterium Rectale and Ruminococcus Gnavus
by Morten Nilsen, Carina Madelen Saunders, Inga Leena Angell, Magnus Ø. Arntzen, Karin C. Lødrup Carlsen, Kai-Håkon Carlsen, Guttorm Haugen, Live Heldal Hagen, Monica H. Carlsen, Gunilla Hedlin et al.
Genes 2020, 11(11), 1245; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111245  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/11/1245

5. “Genes, Pathways, and Mechanisms Involved in the Virulence of Mucorales”
by Carlos Lax, Carlos Pérez-Arques, María Isabel Navarro-Mendoza, José Tomás Cánovas-Márquez, Ghizlane Tahiri, José Antonio Pérez-Ruiz, Macario Osorio-Concepción, Laura Murcia-Flores, Eusebio Navarro, Victoriano Garre et al.
Genes 2020, 11(3), 317; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030317  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/317

6. “Comparison of Illumina versus Nanopore 16S rRNA Gene Sequencing of the Human Nasal Microbiota”
by Astrid P. Heikema, Deborah Horst-Kreft, Stefan A. Boers, Rick Jansen, Saskia D. Hiltemann, Willem de Koning, Robert Kraaij, Maria A. J. de Ridder, Chantal B. van Houten, Louis J. Bont et al.
Genes 2020, 11(9), 1105; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091105  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/9/1105

7. “Of Drugs and Trypanosomatids: New Tools and Knowledge to Reduce Bottlenecks in Drug Discovery”
by Arijit Bhattacharya, Audrey Corbeil, Rubens L. do Monte-Neto and Christopher Fernandez-Prada
Genes 2020, 11(7), 722; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11070722  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/7/722

8. “Comparative Genomic Analysis of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum Isolated from Different Niches”
by Bingyong Mao, Ruimin Yin, Xiaoshu Li, Shumao Cui, Hao Zhang, Jianxin Zhao and Wei Chen
Genes 2021, 12(2), 241; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020241  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/241 

9. “Comparative Genomics Analysis of Lactobacillus ruminis from Different Niches”
by Shuo Wang, Bo Yang, R. Paul Ross, Catherine Stanton, Jianxin Zhao, Hao Zhang and Wei Chen
Genes 2020, 11(1), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11010070  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/1/70

10. “Hybridization Facilitates Adaptive Evolution in Two Major Fungal Pathogens”
by Himeshi Samarasinghe, Man You, Thomas S. Jenkinson, Jianping Xu and Timothy Y. James
Genes 2020, 11(1), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11010101  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/1/101

14 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Technologies and Resources for Genetics”

1. “Genetic Modifiers and Rare Mendelian Disease”
by K. M. Tahsin Hassan Rahit and Maja Tarailo-Graovac
Genes 2020, 11(3), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030239
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/239

2. “Rapid Direct Nucleic Acid Amplification Test without RNA Extraction for SARS-CoV-2 Using a Portable PCR Thermocycler”
by Soon Keong Wee, Suppiah Paramalingam Sivalingam and Eric Peng Huat Yap
Genes 2020, 11(6), 664; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11060664
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/6/664 

3. “Relative Abundance of SARS-CoV-2 Entry Genes in the Enterocytes of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract”
by Jaewon J. Lee, Scott Kopetz, Eduardo Vilar, John Paul Shen, Ken Chen and Anirban Maitra
Genes 2020, 11(6), 645; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11060645
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/6/645

4. “Whole Genome Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2: Adapting Illumina Protocols for Quick and Accurate Outbreak Investigation during a Pandemic”
by Sureshnee Pillay, Jennifer Giandhari, Houriiyah Tegally, Eduan Wilkinson, Benjamin Chimukangara, Richard Lessells, Yunus Moosa, Stacey Mattison, Inbal Gazy, Maryam Fish et al.
Genes 2020, 11(8), 949; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11080949
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/8/949

5. “mRNAsi Index: Machine Learning in Mining Lung Adenocarcinoma Stem Cell Biomarkers”
by Yitong Zhang, Joseph Ta-Chien Tseng, I-Chia Lien, Fenglan Li, Wei Wu and Hui Li
Genes 2020, 11(3), 257; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030257
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/257

6. “Standards for Methods Utilizing Environmental DNA for Detection of Fish Species”
by Lu Shu, Arne Ludwig and Zuogang Peng
Genes 2020, 11(3), 296; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030296
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/296

7. “Analytical Sensitivity and Specificity of Two RT-qPCR Protocols for SARS-CoV-2 Detection Performed in an Automated Workflow”
by Gustavo Barcelos Barra, Ticiane Henriques Santa Rita, Pedro Góes Mesquita, Rafael Henriques Jácomo and Lídia Freire Abdalla Nery
Genes 2020, 11(10), 1183; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11101183
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/10/1183

8. “Delivery Approaches for Therapeutic Genome Editing and Challenges”
by Ilayda Ates, Tanner Rathbone, Callie Stuart, P. Hudson Bridges and Renee N. Cottle
Genes 2020, 11(10), 1113; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11101113
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/10/1113

9. “An Improved Phenotype-Driven Tool for Rare Mendelian Variant Prioritization: Benchmarking Exomiser on Real Patient Whole-Exome Data”
by Valentina Cipriani, Nikolas Pontikos, Gavin Arno, Panagiotis I. Sergouniotis, Eva Lenassi, Penpitcha Thawong, Daniel Danis, Michel Michaelides, Andrew R. Webster, Anthony T. Moore et al.
Genes 2020, 11(4), 460; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040460
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/460

10. “DNA6mA-MINT: DNA-6mA Modification Identification Neural Tool”
by Mobeen Ur Rehman and Kil To Chong
Genes 2020, 11(8), 898; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11080898
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/8/898

13 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “RNA”


1. “Subcellular Localization of miRNAs and Implications in Cellular Homeostasis”
by Minwen Jie, Tong Feng, Wei Huang, Moran Zhang, Yuliang Feng, Hao Jiang and Zhili Wen
Genes 2021, 12(13), 856; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060856
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/856

2. “Ribosomal RNA Transcription Regulation in Breast Cancer”
by Cecelia M. Harold, Amber F. Buhagiar, Yan Cheng and Susan J. Baserga
Genes 2021, 12(4), 502; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040502
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/502

3. “Hsa-miR-375/RASD1 Signaling May Predict Local Control in Early Breast Cancer”
by Barbara Zellinger, Ulrich Bodenhofer, Immanuela A. Engländer, Cornelia Kronberger, Peter Strasser, Brane Grambozov, Gerd Fastner, Markus Stana, Roland Reitsamer Karl Sotlar et al.
Genes 2020, 11(2), 1404; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11121404
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/12/1404

4. “Essential Role of the 14q32 Encoded miRNAs in Endocrine Tumors”
by Lilla Krokker, Attila Patócs and Henriett Butz
Genes 2021, 12(5), 698; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050698
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/698

5. “The Ribosomal Gene Loci—The Power behind the Throne”
by Konstantin I. Panov, Katherine Hannan, Ross D. Hannan and Nadine Hein
Genes 2021, 12(5), 763; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050763
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/763

6. “Spt4 Promotes Pol I Processivity and Transcription Elongation”
by Abigail K. Huffines, Yvonne J. K. Edwards and David A. Schneider
Genes 2021, 12(3), 413; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030413
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/413

7. “Harnessing the Nucleolar DNA Damage Response in Cancer Therapy”
by Jiachen Xuan, Kezia Gitareja, Natalie Brajanovski and Elaine Sanij
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1156; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081156
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/8/1156

8. “Pincho: A Modular Approach to High Quality De Novo Transcriptomics”
by Randy Ortiz, Priyanka Gera, Christopher Rivera and Juan C. Santos
Genes 2021, 12(7), 953; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12070953
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/7/953

9. “DNA Intercalators Inhibit Eukaryotic Ribosomal RNA Synthesis by Impairing the Initiation of Transcription”
by William J. Andrews, Swagat Ray, Tatiana Panova, Christoph Engel and Konstantin I. Panov
Genes 2021, 12(9), 1412; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12091412
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/9/1412

10. “Computational Identification of Sex-Biased Biomarker MicroRNAs and Genes Associated with Immune Infiltration in Breast Cancer”
by Eric W. Li and Yongsheng Bai
Genes 2021, 12(4), 570; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040570
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/570

13 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Histone Deacetylases (HDACs): Evolution, Specificity, Role in Transcriptional Complexes, and Pharmacological Actionability”
by Giorgio Milazzo, Daniele Mercatelli, Giulia Di Muzio, Luca Triboli, Piergiuseppe De Rosa, Giovanni Perini and Federico M. Giorgi
Genes 2020, 11(5), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11050556
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/5/556

2. “Mutation Patterns of Human SARS-CoV-2 and Bat RaTG13 Coronavirus Genomes Are Strongly Biased Towards C>U Transitions, Indicating Rapid Evolution in Their Hosts”
by Roman Matyášek and Aleš Kovařík
Genes 2020, 11(7), 761; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11070761
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/7/761

3. “Trans-Atlantic Distribution and Introgression as Inferred from Single Nucleotide Polymorphism: Mussels Mytilus and Environmental Factors”
by Roman Wenne, Małgorzata Zbawicka, Lis Bach, Petr Strelkov, Mikhail Gantsevich, Piotr Kukliński, Tomasz Kijewski, John H. McDonald, Kristil Kindem Sundsaasen, Mariann Árnyasi et al.
Genes 2020, 11(5), 530; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11050530
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/5/530

4. “The Biochemistry of Cytoplasmic Incompatibility Caused by Endosymbiotic Bacteria”
by Hongli Chen, Mengwen Zhang and Mark Hochstrasser
Genes 2020, 11(8), 852; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11080852
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/8/852

5. “The Female-Specific W Chromosomes of Birds Have Conserved Gene Contents but Are Not Feminized”
by Luohao Xu and Qi Zhou
Genes 2020, 11(10), 1126; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11101126
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/10/1126

6. “Climate Change and Green Sea Turtle Sex Ratio—Preventing Possible Extinction”
by Jana Blechschmidt, Meike J. Wittmann and Chantal Blüml
Genes 2020, 11(5), 588; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11050588
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/5/588

7. “How Depressing Is Inbreeding? A Meta-Analysis of 30 Years of Research on the Effects of Inbreeding in Livestock”
by Harmen P. Doekes, Piter Bijma and Jack J. Windig
Genes 2021, 12(6), 926; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060926
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/926

8. “Genomic Diversity, Population Structure, and Signature of Selection in Five Chinese Native Sheep Breeds Adapted to Extreme Environments”
by Adam Abied, Alnoor Bagadi, Farhad Bordbar, Yabin Pu, Serafino M. A. Augustino, Xianglan Xue, Feng Xing, Gebremedhin Gebreselassie, Jian-Lin Han, Joram M. Mwacharo et al.
Genes 2020, 11(5), 494; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11050494
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/5/494

9. “Interstitial Telomeric Repeats Are Rare in Turtles”
by Lorenzo Clemente, Sofia Mazzoleni, Eleonora Pensabene Bellavia, Barbora Augstenová, Markus Auer, Peter Praschag, Tomáš Protiva, Petr Velenský, Philipp Wagner, Uwe Fritz et al.
Genes 2020, 11(6), 657; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11060657
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/6/657

10. “Highly Rearranged Karyotypes and Multiple Sex Chromosome Systems in Armored Catfishes from the Genus Harttia (Teleostei, Siluriformes)”
by Geize Aparecida Deon, Larissa Glugoski, Marcelo Ricardo Vicari, Viviane Nogaroto, Francisco de Menezes Cavalcante Sassi, Marcelo de Bello Cioffi, Thomas Liehr, Luiz Antonio Carlos Bertollo and Orlando Moreira-Filho
Genes 2020, 11(11), 1366; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11111366
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/11/1366

12 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Plant Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Transcriptional Factors Regulate Plant Stress Responses Through Mediating Secondary Metabolism”
by Tehseen Ahmad Meraj, Jingye Fu, Muhammad Ali Raza, Chenying Zhu, Qinqin Shen, Dongbei Xu and Qiang Wang
Genes 2020, 11(4), 346; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040346
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040346

2. “Down Regulation and Loss of Auxin Response Factor 4 Function Using CRISPR/Cas9 Alters Plant Growth, Stomatal Function and Improves Tomato Tolerance to Salinity and Osmotic Stress”
by Sarah Bouzroud, Karla Gasparini, Guojian Hu, Maria Antonia Machado Barbosa, Bruno Luan Rosa, Mouna Fahr, Najib Bendaou, Mondher Bouzayen, Agustin Zsögön, Abdelaziz Smouni et al.
Genes 2020, 11(3), 272; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030272
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030272

3. “The AP2/ERF Gene Family in Triticum durum: Genome-Wide Identification and Expression Analysis under Drought and Salinity Stresses”
by Sahar Faraji, Ertugrul Filiz, Seyed Kamal Kazemitabar, Alessandro Vannozzi, Fabio Palumbo, Gianni Barcaccia and Parviz Heidari
Genes 2020, 11(12), 1464; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11121464
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11121464

4. “Controlling Apomixis: Shared Features and Distinct Characteristics of Gene Regulation”
by Anja Schmidt
Genes 2020, 11(3), 329; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030329
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030329

5. “Harnessing Crop Wild Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation”
by Andrés J. Cortés and Felipe López-Hernández
Genes 2021, 12(5), 783; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050783
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050783

6. “Genome-Wide Analysis of Potassium Channel Genes in Rice: Expression of the OsAKT and OsKAT Genes under Salt Stress”
by Zahra Musavizadeh, Hamid Najafi-Zarrini, Seyed Kamal Kazemitabar, Seyed Hamidreza Hashemi, Sahar Faraji, Gianni Barcaccia and Parviz Heidari
Genes 2021, 12(5), 784; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050784
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050784

7. “Low Temperature Promotes Anthocyanin Biosynthesis and Related Gene Expression in the Seedlings of Purple Head Chinese Cabbage (Brassica rapa L.)”
by Qiong He, Yanjing Ren, Wenbin Zhao, Ru Li and Lugang Zhang
Genes 2020, 11(1), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11010081
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11010081

8. “Plants’ Epigenetic Mechanisms and Abiotic Stress”
by Matin Miryeganeh
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1106; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081106
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081106

9. “HD-ZIP Gene Family: Potential Roles in Improving Plant Growth and Regulating Stress-Responsive Mechanisms in Plants”
by Rahat Sharif, Ali Raza, Peng Chen, Yuhong Li, Enas M. El-Ballat, Abdur Rauf, Christophe Hano and Mohamed A. El-Esawi
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081256
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081256

10. “The Critical Role of miRNAs in Regulation of Flowering Time and Flower Development”
by Saquib Waheed and Lihui Zeng
Genes 2020, 11(3), 319; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030319
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030319

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.

6 December 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Molecular Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Clustered DNA Double-Strand Breaks: Biological Effects and Relevance to Cancer Radiotherapy”
by Jac A. Nickoloff, Neelam Sharma and Lynn Taylor
Genes 2020, 11(1), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11010099
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/1/99

2. “Protein Coding and Long Noncoding RNA (lncRNA) Transcriptional Landscape in SARS-CoV-2 Infected Bronchial Epithelial Cells Highlight a Role for Interferon and Inflammatory Response”
by Radhakrishnan Vishnubalaji, Hibah Shaath and Nehad M. Alajez
Genes 2020, 11(7), 760; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11070760
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/7/760

3. “Prediction and Analysis of SARS-CoV-2-Targeting MicroRNA in Human Lung Epithelium”
by Jonathan Tak-Sum Chow and Leonardo Salmena
Genes 2020, 11(9), 1002; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091002
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/9/1002

4. “Replication Stress, DNA Damage, Inflammatory Cytokines and Innate Immune Response”
by Sandrine Ragu, Gabriel Matos-Rodrigues and Bernard S. Lopez
Genes 2020, 11(4), 409; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11040409
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/4/409

5. “Circulatory miR-133b and miR-21 as Novel Biomarkers in Early Prediction and Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease”
by Dinesh Kumar, Rajiv Narang, Vishnubhatla Sreenivas, Vandana Rastogi, Jagriti Bhatia, Daman Saluja and Kamna Srivastava
Genes 2020, 11(2), 164; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11020164
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/2/164

6. “DNA Replication Stress and Chromosomal Instability: Dangerous Liaisons”
by Therese Wilhelm, Maha Said and Valeria Naim
Genes 2020, 11(6), 642; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11060642
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/6/642

7. “HMGA2 as a Critical Regulator in Cancer Development”
by Behzad Mansoori, Ali Mohammadi, Henrik J. Ditzel, Pascal H. G. Duijf, Vahid Khaze, Morten F. Gjerstorff and Behzad Baradaran
Genes 2021, 12(2), 269; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020269
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/269

8. “Inhibition of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Ameliorates Renal Fibrosis by Mitigating DPP-4 Level and Restoring Antifibrotic MicroRNAs”
by Swayam Prakash Srivastava, Julie E. Goodwin, Keizo Kanasaki and Daisuke Koya
Genes 2020, 11(2), 211; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11020211
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/2/211

9. “Analysis of RNA Modifications by Second- and Third-Generation Deep Sequencing: 2020 Update”
by Yuri Motorin and Virginie Marchand
Genes 2021, 12(2), 278; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020278
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/278

10. “History of DNA Helicases”
by Robert M. Brosh, Jr. and Steven W. Matson
Genes 2020, 11(3), 255; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11030255
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/11/3/255

25 November 2022
Meet Us at the Genes 2023 Conference—Single-Cell Genomics Moving Forward, 29–31 March 2023, Barcelona, Spain


On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference Single-Cell Genomics Moving Forward, we are pleased to announce the preliminary list of keynote and invited talks, that will be hosted by the following speakers.

Feature Speakers:

  • Prof. Oliver Stegle (DKFZ, Germany);
  • Prof. Sandrine Dudoit (University of California, USA).

Invited Speakers:

  • Dr. Antonio Herrera Camacho (EPFL, Switzerland);
  • Dr. Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova (University of Exeter, UK);
  • Dr. Nacho Molina (IGBMC, France);
  • Dr. Irene Papatheodorou (EMBL-EBI, UK);
  • Dr. Merav Cohen (Tel Aviv University, Israel);
  • Dr. Anelia Horvath (George Washington University, USA);
  • Dr. Björn Reinius (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden);
  • Dr. Merja Heinäniemi (University of Eastern Finland, Finland).

Furthermore, the program will include workshops and collaborative discussion sessions on recent outstanding achievements made in single-cell research. It will focus on identifying future trends and the needs of the field and on proposing and discussing innovative interdisciplinary approaches to address them.

We look forward to meeting you and discussing your exciting single-cell research in Barcelona from 29 to 31 March 2023!

7 November 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Plant Genetics and Genomics”


1. “Harnessing Crop Wild Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation”
by Andrés J. Cortés and Felipe López-Hernández
Genes 2021, 12(5), 783; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050783
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/783

2. “Genome-Wide Analysis of Potassium Channel Genes in Rice: Expression of the OsAKT and OsKAT Genes under Salt Stress”
by Zahra Musavizadeh, Hamid Najafi-Zarrini, Seyed Kamal Kazemitabar, Seyed Hamidreza Hashemi, Sahar Faraji, Gianni Barcaccia and Parviz Heidari
Genes 2021, 12(5), 784; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050784
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050784

3. “Plants’ Epigenetic Mechanisms and Abiotic Stress”
by Matin Miryeganeh
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1106; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081106
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081106 

4. “HD-ZIP Gene Family: Potential Roles in Improving Plant Growth and Regulating Stress-Responsive Mechanisms in Plants”
by Rahat Sharif, Ali Raza, Peng Chen, Yuhong Li, Enas M. El-Ballat, Abdur Rauf, Christophe Hano and Mohamed A. El-Esawi
Genes 2021, 12(8), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081256
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12081256

5. “Allelic Diversity at Abiotic Stress Responsive Genes in Relationship to Ecological Drought Indices for Cultivated Tepary Bean, Phaseolus acutifolius A. Gray, and Its Wild Relatives”
by María A. Buitrago-Bitar, Andrés J. Cortés, Felipe López-Hernández, Jorge M. Londoño-Caicedo, Jaime E. Muñoz-Florez, L. Carmenza Muñoz and Matthew Wohlgemuth Blair
Genes 2021, 12(4), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040556
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040556

6. “The Genetic Basis of Tomato Aroma”
by Matteo Martina, Yury Tikunov, Ezio Portis and Arnaud G. Bovy
Genes 2021, 12(2), 226; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020226
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020226

7. “Role of Basal ABA in Plant Growth and Development”
by Benjamin P. Brookbank, Jasmin Patel, Sonia Gazzarrini and Eiji Nambara
Genes 2021, 12(12), 1936; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121936
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121936

8. “Circadian Clock Components Offer Targets for Crop Domestication and Improvement”
by C. Robertson McClung
Genes 2021, 12(3), 374; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030374
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030374

9. “The Development of Herbicide Resistance Crop Plants Using CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Gene Editing”
by Huirong Dong, Yong Huang and Kejian Wang
Genes 2021, 12(6), 912; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060912
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060912

10. “Regulation of Vitamin C Accumulation for Improved Tomato Fruit Quality and Alleviation of Abiotic Stress”
by Ifigeneia Mellidou, Athanasios Koukounaras, Stefanos Kostas, Efstathia Patelou and Angelos K. Kanellis
Genes 2021, 12(5), 694; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050694
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050694

7 November 2022
Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors from Genes Featured in Stanford’s List of the World's Top 2% Scientists

We are pleased to share that 197 Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors from MDPI’s journal Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425) were featured in Stanford’s List of the World's Top 2% Scientists.

Dr. Abdelhafid Bendahmane Dr. Hui Li Dr. Piero Fariselli
Dr. Achille Iolascon Dr. Idan Shalev Dr. Qing Yang
Dr. Albert Jeltsch Dr. Ingo Schubert Dr. Qinghua Cui
Dr. Albert Jordan Dr. J. Antonio Baeza Dr. Quan Zou
Dr. Alejandro Vaquero Dr. J. Peter W. Young Dr. Radhey S. Gupta
Dr. Alexandre Reymond Dr. Jacqueline Batley Dr. Rainer Spanagel
Dr. Alok Sharma Dr. Jacqueline Smith Dr. Rajiv Kumar
Dr. Alwin Kraemer Dr. Jeanette Erdmann Dr. Richard Hunter
Dr. Ana Conesa Dr. Jeffrey Feder Dr. Rob Illingworth
Dr. Anke Becker Dr. Jeffrey Kidd Dr. Robert Best
Dr. Annette Becker Dr. Jeffrey P. Mower Dr. Robert Brosh
Dr. Antonio Figueras Dr. Jeremy Murray Dr. Robert Kelsh
Dr. Antonio Granell Dr. Jeremy Searle Dr. Robert Kofler
Dr. Antonio Ventosa Dr. Jianping Xu Dr. Robert L. Taylor
Dr. Assaf Distelfeld Dr. Jin Chen Dr. Robert Waterhouse
Dr. Axel Schambach Dr. John H. Postlethwait Dr. Roberto Tuberosa
Dr. Benjamin Meder Dr. Joris Veltman Dr. Rodney N.Nagoshi
Dr. Bernd Weisshaar Dr. Joris Veltman Dr. Rosario Perona
Dr. Bin Yu Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Dr. Rui Chen
Dr. Bina Joe Dr. Judith Fischer Dr. Rui Jiang
Dr. Bing Yang Dr. Judith Haendeler Dr. Sandosh Padmanabhan
Dr. Bruce Budowle Dr. Jun Cai Dr. Scott Pratt
Dr. Christian Roos Dr. Jun Yu Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan
Dr. Christian Rudolph Dr. Jurg Ott Dr. Seppo YlaHerttuala
Dr. Christian Schloetterer Dr. Karen M. Vasquez Dr. Sergey Nikolaev
Dr. Christina Zeitz Dr. Katsushi Tokunaga Dr. Sergi Puig
Dr. Christoph Plass Dr. Keith A. Crandall Dr. Shaochen Sun
Dr. Chunyu Liu Dr. Kejian Wang Dr. Silvia Turroni
Dr. Claudia Ricci Dr. Kenta Nakai Dr. Stefan Engelhardt
Dr. Constantinos Deltas Dr. Keun Hur Dr. Stefano Lonardi
Dr. Corrado Angelini Dr. Klaus Jung Dr. Stefano Volinia
Dr. Cristiano Simone Dr. Klaus Wimmers Dr. Stephen Hart
Dr. Dale R. Nyholt Dr. Knut Rudi Dr. Stephen Tsui
Dr. Dan Graur Dr. Lars Feuk Dr. Subbaya Subramanian
Dr. Daotai Nie Dr. Lei Wei Dr. Susana Vinga
Dr. David C. Spray Dr. Lei Xue Dr. Taichiro Goto
Dr. David Goldman Dr. Lina Ma Dr. Thomas Liehr
Dr. David N. Cooper Dr. Lorena Ruiz Dr. Tomoyoshi Nozaki
Dr. David Parry Dr. Lubo Zhang Dr. Valeria D’Argenio
Dr. Diego Centonze Dr. Luonan Chen Dr. Victor Jin
Dr. Dino Samartzis Dr. M. Michael Gromiha Dr. Vladimir Korinek
Dr. Dongsheng Cai Dr. Manfred Kayser Dr. Walter Doerfler
Dr. Dragan Primorac Dr. Manuel A. Garrido-Ramos Dr. Walther Parson
Dr. Ed Smith Dr. Marc Via Dr. Wei Hu
Dr. Elena Bosch Dr. Maria Anisimova Dr. Wei Zhang
Dr. Elfride De Baere Dr. Maria C.DeRosa Dr. Wolfram S. Kunz
Dr. Emmanuelle Genin Dr. Mario Ventura Dr. Xia Yang
Dr. Eric Barrey Dr. Mark Helm Dr. Xiangzong Meng
Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer Dr. Markus J.Herrgard Dr. Yan Guo
Dr. Euan K. James Dr. Martin Vingron Dr. Yongyong Shi
Dr. Faustino Mollinedo Dr. Massimiliano Cardinale Dr. Yu Shyr
Dr. Feng Cheng Dr. Michael Hofreiter Dr. Yuri Motorin
Dr. Feng Gao Dr. Michael McClelland Dr. Yvan Devaux
Dr. Folker Meyer Dr. Michel Arthur Dr. Ze Zhang
Dr. Francois Rousseau Dr. Miguel Andrade Dr. Zeynep Tumer
Dr. Frank Kramer Dr. Mihaela Pertea Dr. Zhipeng Liu
Dr. George C.Tseng Dr. Min Song Dr. Zoltan Ivics
Dr. Gino Fornaciari Dr. Ming Zhou
Dr. Giovanni Neri Dr. Nico M. Van Straalen
Dr. Giuseppe Limongelli Dr. Nina Gunde-Cimerman
Dr. Giuseppe Palmisano Dr. Olaf Nielsen
Dr. Graham Williams Dr. Ondrej Slaby
Dr. Graziano Pesole Dr. Paolo Ajmone-Marsan
Dr. Gudrun Rappold Dr. Paul A. Sieving
Dr. Guoliang Li Dr. Paula Soares
Dr. Hans A. Hofmann Dr. Peixin Dong
Dr. Hans Lehrach Dr. Peter Boag
Dr. Heidi A. Tissenbaum Dr. Peter Devilee
Dr. Hui Jiang Dr. Peter Gill
Dr. Hui Li Dr. Philippe Vandenkoornhuyse

The list was created by Prof. John P. A. Ioannidis from Stanford University and his research team. They have created a publicly available database of 100,000 top-cited scientists that provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator (c-score). Scientists are classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields.

We would like to congratulate our Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors on their excellent achievement and thank them for their immense contribution to the scientific progression and development of Genes.

4 November 2022
Genes | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Molecular Genetics and Genomics”


1. “HMGA2 as a Critical Regulator in Cancer Development”
by Mansoori, B., Mohammadi, A., Ditzel, H. J., Duijf, P. H. G., Khaze, V., Gjerstorff, M. F. and Baradaran, B.
Genes 2021, 12(2), 269; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020269
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/269

2. “Liquid Biopsies: Applications for Cancer Diagnosis and Monitoring”
by Martins, I., Ribeiro, I. P., Jorge, J., Gonçalves, A. C., Sarmento-Ribeiro, A. B., Melo, J. B. and Carreira, I. M.
Genes 2021, 12(3), 349; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030349
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/349

3. “Decipher the Glioblastoma Microenvironment: The First Milestone for New Groundbreaking Therapeutic Strategies”
by Fanelli, G. N., Grassini, D., Ortenzi, V., Pasqualetti, F., Montemurro, N., Perrini, P., Naccarato, A. G. and Scatena, C.
Genes 2021, 12(3), 445; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12030445
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/3/445

4. “Analysis of RNA Modifications by Second- and Third-Generation Deep Sequencing: 2020 Update”
by Motorin, Y. and Marchand, V.
Genes 2021, 12(2), 278; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020278
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/278

5. “Protective Role of a TMPRSS2 Variant on Severe COVID-19 Outcome in Young Males and Elderly Women”
by Monticelli, M., Hay Mele, B., Benetti, E., Fallerini, C., Baldassarri, M., Furini, S., Frullanti, E., Mari, F., GEN-COVID Multicenter Study, and Andreotti, G. et al. 
Genes 2021, 12(4), 596; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12040596
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/4/596

6. “Drugging the Undruggable: Advances on RAS Targeting in Cancer”
by Molina-Arcas, M., Samani, A., and Downward, J.
Genes 2021, 12(6), 899; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12060899
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/6/899

7. “Epigenetic Evolution of ACE2 and IL-6 Genes: Non-Canonical Interferon-Stimulated Genes Correlate to COVID-19 Susceptibility in Vertebrates”
by Sang, E. R., Tian, Y., Miller, L. C., and Sang, Y.
Genes 2021, 12(2), 154; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020154
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/154

8. “Novel Approaches to Epigenetic Therapies: From Drug Combinations to Epigenetic Editing”
by Majchrzak-Celińska, A., Warych, A. and Szoszkiewicz, M.
Genes 2021, 12(2), 208; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12020208
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/2/208

9. “The Role of Lipid Sensing Nuclear Receptors (PPARs and LXR) and Metabolic Lipases in Obesity, Diabetes and NAFLD”
by Dixon, E. D., Nardo, A. D., Claudel, T. and Trauner, M.
Genes 2021, 12(5), 645; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050645
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/5/645 

10. “Real-Time Culture-Independent Microbial Profiling Onboard the International Space Station Using Nanopore Sequencing”
by Stahl-Rommel, S., Jain, M., Nguyen, H. N., Arnold, R. R., Aunon-Chancellor, S. M., Sharp, G. M., Castro, C. L., John, K. K., Juul, S., and Turner, D. J. et al.
Genes 2021, 12(1), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12010106
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/12/1/106

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!

22 September 2022
Genes Webinar | Genomics and Precision Health, 6 October 2022


Date:
6 October 2022
Time: 4:30 p.m. CEST | 10:30 a.m. EDT | 10:30 p.m. CST Asia
Webinar ID: 875 9531 5334
Webinar Secretariat: [email protected]
Webinar Linkhttps://genes-2.sciforum.net/
Register for free here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6016617624627/WN_qHhc0H22QG6cIUFwSalY1w

Chair

Prof. Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan

Prof. Dr. Selvarangan Ponnazhagan
Experimental Cancer Therapeutics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Prof. Dr. Ponnazhagan is a trained molecular geneticist with a focus on cancer. He is currently a Full Professor and holds an Endowed Professorship in Experimental Cancer Therapeutics. The major research areas of Dr. Ponnazhagan’s lab are experimental cancer therapeutics, including stem cell and gene therapy using adeno-associated virus (AAV), tumor microenvironment (TME), and cancer–bone metastasis. In reference to cancer–bone interaction, Dr. Ponnazhagan’s lab models breast cancer to adopt strategies that target tumor cells, immune suppression, and aggressive osteoclast functions. To overcome the limitations in current therapies, his lab developed novel molecular tools and targeted delivery mechanisms, utilizing mesenchymal stem cells as effective therapeutic vehicles for bone remodeling in breast cancer osteolytic pathology. Towards targeting the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) activation using osteoprotegerin (OPG), a decoy receptor for RANKL, without interfering in tumor-necrosis-factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-mediated apoptosis of tumor cells, his lab developed an OPG mutant by structural protein engineering that lacks TRAIL binding affinity and validated in vivo in a disseminated osteolytic malignancy model. His group is the first to identify a subset of immature myeloid cells, known as myeloid-derived suppressor cells, in the TME within the bone, that directly undergo osteoclast differentiation and serve as osteoclast progenitors to enhance bone damage. Recent studies from his lab have established the role of RANKL in activating M2 macrophages in the breast cancer microenvironment and have shown that dampening the effects of elevated RANKL using the OPG mutant resulted in a shift in the immune milieu favoring an anti-tumor cytokine and chemokine response.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Olaf Bodamer

Dr. Olaf Bodamer
Park Gerald Chair of Genetics and Genomics, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Dr. Bodamer was recruited to Boston Children’s Hospital in 2015 as Associate Chief for Genetics and Genomics, where he also has an established translational research laboratory. He is a member of several editorial and scientific advisory boards as well as of patient organizations. Dr. Bodamer has a busy clinical practice at Boston Children’s Hospital where he sees patients of all age groups with complex genetic disorders, including Kabuki syndrome and other disorders of histone modification. In 2017, he founded the Roya Kabuki Program at Boston Children’s Hospital with a focus on integrated clinical care and research to improve health outcomes and identify novel therapies. In addition, Dr. Bodamer is active in several areas of translational genetics and genomics research, in clinical trials and in educational and teaching activities within Harvard Medical School, and he is also an associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard University and MIT. Since 2021, he has directed the NORD center of excellence for rare diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Elisa Houwink

Dr. Elisa Houwink
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA and Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic Research, Rochester, MN, USA;
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands

Dr. Isa Houwink was born on 13 December 1973 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. After she received secondary education at the Barlaeus Gymnasium in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, she successfully passed the Propadeutics in Health Sciences. After obtaining her medical degree in 2003, she started working as a resident at the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology both in Amsterdam and in Heerlen. She then decided to become a General Practitioner to be able to foster a more personal relationship with her patients and started her residency in Maastricht in 2005. In 2006, she published an accredited written Accredidact CPD module on pre- and postnatal screening together with Prof. Martina Cornel. In 2010, they also published a book on “Genetics in general practice” published by Elsevier in the series of Praktikum Huisartsgeneeskunde. From 2008 until 2013 Dr. Houwink participated in a Ph.D. project in the section Community Genetics, Department of Clinical Genetics (VU University Medical Center Amsterdam) under the supervision of Prof. Martina Cornel and Prof. Geert Jan Dinant (Department of Family Medicine in Maastricht). Her project, funded by the CSG Centre for Society and the Life Sciences /Centre for Medical Systems Biology, aimed to reflect on current genomics developments with primary care workers and to help them identify their learning priorities. On the 20th of December 2013, she defended her thesis "Training in genetics and genomics" Cum Laude. Dr. Houwink worked as an Associate Professor ((Pharmaco)genetics in primary care) at the Leiden University Medical Center and a GP in Kerkrade (GC Terwinselen). In Leiden, her focus was on interprofessional education, (pharmaco)genetics education, implementation and research in primary care, personal genetic lockers, and providing non-genetic healthcare workers clear guidelines and definitions of their responsibilities and roles in addressing genetic risk profiles (common and rare diseases), and she is a member of the Netherlands eHealth Living Lab (NeLL).

We look forward to your participation in this event.

Genes Editorial Office

7 September 2022
Meet Us at the ASHG Annual Meeting 2022 (ASHG 2022), 25–29 October 2022, Los Angeles, USA


MDPI will be attending ASHG 2022, held in Los Angeles, USA, from 25 to 29 October 2022.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth: #1844. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have.

For more information about the conference, please see the following link:

https://www.ashg.org/meetings/2022-annual-meeting/.

26 July 2022
Meet Us at the Genes 2023 Single Cell Genomics Moving Forward Conference, 29–31 March 2023, Barcelona, Spain


On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our pleasure to invite scientists, academicians, young researchers, and students from all over the world to attend the International Conference Single Cell Genomics Moving Forward and present their research. This conference will be held as a three-day event in Barcelona, Spain, from 29 to 31 March 2023.

Our goal in holding this conference is to facilitate innovative collaborative research on the interface of single-cell genomics, spatial transcriptomics, and artificial intelligence. The demand for integrating these fields is quickly growing, and by bringing together multi-disciplinary groups of scientists to present and exchange breakthrough ideas, we hope to stimulate advances in the single-cell research field.

Our program includes keynote lectures, invited talks, workshops, and collaborative discussion sessions on recent outstanding achievements made in single-cell research. In particular, we will focus on identifying future trends and the needs of the field and on proposing and discussing innovative interdisciplinary approaches to address them.

This conference is initiated and sponsored by the journal Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425, IF: 4.141) with the goal of establishing a regular event to provide a venue for initiating collaboration, and discussing the latest achievements and challenges in single-cell biology. We hope to inspire young scientists to join this emerging and exciting field.

We are inviting researchers, experts, students, as well as innovative businesses focusing on any aspect of single-cell multi-omics technologies and analysis, the use of artificial intelligence in single-cell genomics, and spatial genomics and transcriptomics to attend and present their research and products. It is only through an exchange of the widest variety of research possible that we can offer the best forward-thinking solutions in this challenging field. Furthermore, all presenters at the conference will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript of their presentation for consideration for publication in a Special Issue of Genes.

We look forward to meeting you and discussing your exciting single-cell research in the beautiful city of Barcelona!

Genes 2023 Conference Chairs
Professor J. Peter W. Young and Dr. Anelia Horvath

26 July 2022
Meet Us at the 44th Congress of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM 2022), 6–9 September 2022, Malaga, Spain


MDPI will be attending SEBBM 2022, held in Malaga, Spain, from 6 to 9 September 2022.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth #25. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have.

For more information about the conference, please see the following link: https://congresos.sebbm.es/malaga2022/.

25 July 2022
Free Media Partnership between Genes and the European Worm Meeting 2022 (EWM 2022)


We are pleased to announce that the European Worm Meeting 2022 (EWM 2022) has set up a free media partnership with Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425).

Conference: European Worm Meeting 2022 (EWM 2022)
Date: 27–30 July 2022
Place: University of Vienna, Austria

The 2022 European Worm Meeting (EWM) will take place in the wonderful city of Vienna from 27 to 30 July.

The meeting is hosted by the University of Vienna and will take place at the Lecture Hall of the Campus of the University of Vienna. The University Campus is located near the historic center and is easily accessible by public transport, which means that visitors will have the opportunity not just to attend our event and partake in the sharing of recent research developments and high-quality, but also to experience our beautiful city.

We look forward to an exciting in-person meeting which will offer attendees the opportunity to network with C. elegans researchers from across Europe and beyond.

Further details can be found on the event’s website: https://ewm2022.univie.ac.at/.

Genes Editorial Office

1 July 2022
Recruiting Topical Advisory Panel Members for Genes


The Genes Editorial Office is pleased to inform you that applications are open for the Topical Advisory Panel. Should you decide to serve on the Topical Advisory Panel, you would be responsible for some of the following tasks, depending on your availability:

  • Providing regular reviews of manuscripts;
  • Setting up at least one Special Issue in partnership with a senior researcher within two years of your appointment and proposing a detailed strategy plan for the Special Issue (including soliciting papers, promoting the Special Issue, etc.);
  • Providing support for Special Issues/Topics related to your expertise when their Guest Editor(s) are not available. This includes Special Issue promotion via social media and giving advice on some scientific matters;
  • Promoting our journal at conferences (adding 1–2 slides into your presentation, distributing flyers, recommending the journal to your colleagues, etc.), on social media, and other relevant platforms;
  • Working with Editorial Board Members or the Editorial Office to promote high-quality/featured papers (for example, writing summaries or highlights for editor-selected papers).

To qualify as a Topical Advisory Panel Member, applicants must:

  • Have expertise and experience in a field related to Genes;
  • Have completed their Ph.D. within the last approximately 10 years;
  • Have at least 6 papers published in the last 5 years as a first author or corresponding author;
  • Currently hold an independent research position in academia or at a government institute.

Each year, members’ performance is evaluated, and outstanding members are promoted to the Editorial Board by the Editor-in-Chief. Please visit the following link to submit your application: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes/topical_advisory_panel.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office ([email protected]) for further details and clarification.

Genes Editorial Office

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)

 

21 June 2022
Genes | Special Issue Mentor Program


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

This program will provide an opportunity for early career scientists to enhance their editing, networking, and organizational skills and work closely with our journal to gain editorial experience. Early career scientists with novel ideas for new Genes Special Issues will act as Guest Editors under the mentorship of an experienced scientist; this mentor may be a member of the Editorial Board of Genes (ISSN 2073–4425) or from other well-established research institutes or laboratories.

The mentee’s responsibilities include:

  • Providing a CV, including a list of publications;
  • Proposing a Special Issue title and a short introduction;
  • Writing a brief promotion plan for the Special Issue;
  • Writing an editorial for the online edition of the Special Issue;
  • Reviewing and issuing decisions for submissions under the mentorship of our Editorial Board Members.

The mentor’s responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a final check before the Special Issue is published online;
  • Co-editing the Special Issue with younger scholars and performing quality control for its publications;
  • Advising younger scholars if they have doubts or concerns regarding submissions;
  • Organizing regular video calls with young scholars and the office to discuss problems and suggestions for the Special Issue.

Certificates and awards:

After the Special Issue closes, the Editorial Office will provide certificates for all of the mentors. The program scholars will be prioritized as candidates for Genes Young Investigator Awards in future editions.

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

In addition to the new Special Issue Mentor Program, Genes will continually welcome all Special Issue proposals based on hot research topics.

Genes Editorial Office

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)

9 June 2022
Meet Us at the 2022 International Symposium on Rapeseed Genomic Breeding, 23–24 June 2022, Wuhan, China

MDPI will be attending 2022 International Symposium on Rapeseed Genomic Breeding, held in Wuhan, China, 23–24 June 2022.

Conference: 2022 International Symposium on Rapeseed Genomic Breeding
Website: http://yanglab.hzau.edu.cn/meeting_2022/index.html
Date: 23–24 June 2022
Place: Wuhan, China

As the world population grows and the climate changes, we are facing limitations and challenges related to food and energy supply. Thus, innovations in plant breeding are required to further boost the yield potential of crops and to meet the increasing demands for food and nonfood in the future. Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is an important oil crop that provides edible oil, vegetables, animal fodder, green manure, and biodiesel for life and industry worldwide, contributing significantly to ensuring global food security and economic development.

During the last decade, plant scientists working on rapeseed have benefited from the development of new technologies, including high-throughput phenotyping, third-generation sequencing, genome editing, whole genomic selection, and de novo domestication, which have been used to investigate and achieve substantial understanding of the rapeseed genome and to identify genes regulating key agronomic characteristics. Novel breeding strategies, such as speed breeding, have been developed and are being applied to overcome the limiting factors of conventional rapeseed breeding.

This symposium aims to bring together researchers and breeders, particularly those who work on rapeseed (and related species), from around the world to share and discuss cutting-edge research, the latest breeding practices, and future breeding perspectives.

The topics covered will include but are not limited to the following: (1) rapeseed genome, epigenome, and 3D genome; (2) novel genetic diversity and genomic selection; (3) genetic control of valuable agronomic traits; (4) Brassica clubroot disease; (5) transgenesis, genome editing, and novel breeding strategies; (6) prospects on future Brassica/crop breeding.

We warmly invite you to attend and participate in this meeting and look forward to welcoming you!

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Genes
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy
  • Plants
  • Horticulturae
  • Epigenomes
  • Crops

If you are also attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #1). 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:
http://yanglab.hzau.edu.cn/meeting_2022/index.html

Genes Editorial Office

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

17 May 2022
Free Media Partnership between Genes and the 2022 11th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science (ICBBS 2022)


We are pleased to announce that the 2022 11th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science (ICBBS 2022) has set up a free media partnership with Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425).

Conference: 2022 11th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science (ICBBS 2022)
Date: 28–30 October 2022
Place: Nanning, China

The ICBBS conference series is held annually. Previously, it has been successfully held in Xiamen (online), Beijing, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Copenhagen, Bali and Singapore. The aim of the ICBBS is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians and industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in bioinformatics and biomedical science, as well as related fields. This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations, and to find global partners for future collaborations. The submitted conference papers will be reviewed by technical committees of the conference. We would like to invite you to join us for the 2022 11th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science (ICBBS 2022), which is sponsored by Guangxi University. ICBBS 2022 will be held from 28 to 30 October 2022 in Nanning, China.

Further details can be found on the event’s website: http://www.icbbs.org/.

Genes Editorial Office

29 March 2022
Meet Us at the 18th International p53 Workshop, 22–25 May 2022, Rehovot, Israel


Genes
(ISSN: 2073-4425) will be attending the 18th International p53 Workshop, held in Israel, from 22 to 25 May 2022.

The conference is organized by the Weizmann Institute of Science. The 18th International p53 Workshop will bring together experts from diverse backgrounds and provide an exciting platform to discuss the latest discoveries in p53 research, on the road to harnessing basic science toward the development of novel p53-based cancer therapies.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please see the following link: https://www.weizmann.ac.il/conferences/P53W2020/.

Thank you for your interest.

Genes Editorial Office

28 March 2022
Recruiting Section Editors-in-Chief for New Sections of Genes

To specifically develop different research areas and attract more high-quality papers, Genes has announced 11 new Sections in 2021 (more details can be found at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes/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 four 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 get in touch ([email protected]). You can find more information on our homepage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes.

The Section Editor-in-Chief has the following responsibilities:

  • Making decisions on whether a manuscript can be accepted or not based on the reports we collect;
  • Reviewing a small number of papers per year and managing the Section together with journal editors;
  • Promoting Genes and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences.

Genes (ISSN 2073-4425) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal of genetics and genomics published monthly online by MDPI. Genes is indexed within Scopus, SCIE (Web of Science), PubMed, MEDLINE, PMC, Embase, AGRIOLA, and many other databases.

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.

23 March 2022
Genes | Sponsoring the Best Poster Award at the 2022 IMB Conference: Epigenetics of Aging, 28 June–01 July 2022, Mainz, Germany


Conference
: The 2022 IMB Conference

Date: 28 June–01 July 2022

Place: Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Mainz, Germany

Aging is a challenge that affects all organisms. To cope with the adversities that cause aging, organisms have evolved protective mechanisms that promote resilience. These range from the molecular (e.g., biophysics of molecules, genetic, and physiological) to the organismic (e.g., division of societal and ecological roles). Recent breakthroughs that have integrated multidisciplinary teams and novel models have opened up exciting new directions at the frontier of aging research. This four-day conference will bring together scientists from all fields with an interest in aging to foster an integrated view of biological resilience during aging. Session topics will focus on the evolution of lifespan, genome stability, germ and stem cells and aging, metabolism and the microbiome, regeneration, stress and aging, and phase separation.

For more information, please visit: www.imb.de/2022ageingconference.

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.

12 November 2021
Recruiting Reviewer Board Members for Genes

We are now recruiting Reviewer Board Members (RBMs) for the journal Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425). If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about publishing cutting-edge research, do not hesitate to contact the Genes Editorial Office ([email protected]).

Genes is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of genetics and genomics published monthly online by MDPI. Genes is indexed within Scopus, SCIE (Web of Science), PubMed, MEDLINE, PMC, Embase, AGRIOLA, and many other databases. The 2020 impact factor of Genes is 4.096 and the CiteScore is 4.4.

The benefits of joining our Reviewer Board are as follows:

  • For each review, you will receive a discount voucher that can be used for reducing the article processing charge (APC) of a future submission to any MDPI journal;
  • You may publish one paper per year with a 20% discount after standard peer-review in Genes;
  • You will be considered for the journal’s outstanding reviewer award;
  • You will receive a personalized reviewer certificate;
  • You will have the ability to adjust your review frequency based on your schedule in our system;
  • You can verify and showcase your peer review and editorial contributions for our journal.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or recommendations, do not hesitate to let us know. We look forward to working with you.

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.

11 October 2021
Genes Webinar | Human Gut Microbiome, 22 November 2021


We are pleased to invite you to participate in the free upcoming Genes webinar on 22 November 2021: Human Gut Microbiome.

Trillions of microorganisms, mainly bacteria, reside in the human body, especially in the intestine, making up the so-called "human gut microbiome". Omics techniques such as metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, and culturomics are making great strides in profiling this community and elucidating its role in human health and disease.

It is therefore a great pleasure and honor to welcome two world-leading experts to join us in this webinar, who have made outstanding contributions in the field of the human gut microbiome. They will present recent advances in their labs and highlight significant issues for future research.

Date: 22 November 2021

Time: 10:00am CET | 4:00am EDT | 4:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 889 3066 8764

Webinar Secretariat: [email protected]


Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CET

Chair
Prof. Dr. Silvia Turroni

Chair Introduction

10:00 - 10:05 am

Dr. Alfonso Benitez Paez

Host–diet–microbiota interactions based on integrative multiomics analyses

10:05 - 10:35 am

Prof. Dr. Itai Sharon

Defining the prokaryotic species landscape in the human microbiome

10:35 - 11:05 am

Chair Prof. Dr. Silvia Turroni

The human gut microbiome up to extreme longevity

11:05 - 11:35 am

Q&A and Closing

11:35 am - 12:00 pm

For any questions about the webinar, please send an email to [email protected].

We look forward to your participation in this event.

Genes Editorial Office

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
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]

17 September 2021
Welcoming Two New Associate Section Editors-in-Chief in Genes

We welcome the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Batley and Prof. Dr. Bin Yu as the new Associate Section Editors-in-Chief of the “Plant Genetics and Genomics” Section in Genes (ISSN: 2073-4425).

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Batley is from The University of Western Australia. She is very experienced in crop genomics, disease resistance, and population and evolutionary genomics.

Prof. Dr. Bin Yu is from the University of Nebraska, and he focuses on non-coding RNAs, epigenetics, and plant functional genomics.

We look forward to their contributions to the journal.

Further details about the “Plant Genetics and Genomics” Section Board can be found at:
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes/sectioneditors/p_g_g.

17 September 2021
Genes | Journal Publication Breakthrough

Congratulations to Genes for publishing more than 5000 articles at the beginning of Quarter 3. Thank you very much for your continued support and contributions. Genes will work towards an even higher goal, and we look forward to cooperating with you in the near future.

To see the latest publications, please click the following link:
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes.

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)

29 June 2021
Booth Partnership between SEBBM 2021 and Genes, in Barcelona, Spain, 19–22 July 2021

We are pleased to announce that SEBBM 2021 has arranged a booth partnership with Genes.

SEBBM BCN 2021—43rd Congress of the Spanish Biochemical and Molecular Biology Society (Link:  https://congresosebbm.barcelona2021.es/)

A central part of the Congress will be the three simultaneous Symposia about top scientific topics and state-of-the-art technologies in the field of Biomedicine. The meeting includes plenary speakers with leading scientists such as Adrian Krainer (Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA), Ana María Cuervo (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA), Anna Akhmanova (Utrecht Univ., Utrecht, The Netherlands) and Barbara Cannon (The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm, Sweden). Similar to previous editions, the meeting will include keynote sessions from our counterpart societies from Chile and Argentina as well as the L’Oréal-UNESCO conference.

Date: 19–22 July 2021
Location: Barcelona, Spain

25 June 2021
Recruiting Editorial Board Members for New Sections in Genes

To specifically develop different research areas and attract more high-quality papers, we are pleased to announce the following Sections in Genes:

We are now recruiting Editorial Board Members (EBMs) 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 get in touch ([email protected]). You can find more information on our homepage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes.

Editorial Board Members have the following responsibilities:

  • Making decisions on whether a manuscript can be accepted or not, based on the reports we collect;
  • Reviewing a small number of papers per year;
  • Acting as a Guest Editor of a Special Issue on a topic related to your research interests;
  • Promoting the journal Genes and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences.

Genes (ISSN 2073-4425) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal of genetics and genomics published monthly online by MDPI. Genes is indexed within Scopus, SCIE (Web of Science), PubMed, MEDLINE, PMC, Embase, AGRIOLA, and many other databases.

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 we look forward to collaborating with you.

9 June 2021
Free Media Partnership between ICBBS 2021 and Genes

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 10th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science (ICBBS 2021) has set up a free media partnership with Genes.

2021 10th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science (ICBBS 2021)

Date: 29–31 October 2021 | "Online+Offline"| Xiamen, China

The 2021 10th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science will be held on 29-31 October 2021 in Xiamen, China. The ICBBS series is held annually, and it has previously been successfully held in Xiamen (Online), Beijing, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Copenhagen, Bali, and Singapore. The ICBBS aims to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians, as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Science and related fields. This conference provides opportunities for delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, establish business or research relations, and find global partners for future collaboration. The three-day event features keynote speeches and invited talks, academic visits, and regular paper presentations including oral, poster, and video. We welcome you to join us in ICBBS 2021.

Genes is also sponsoring the conference's Best Paper Award. Please see the conference website for more information.

28 April 2021
Book BuilderCompile a Customized E-Book from Your Favorite MDPI Open Access Content

MDPI Books recently released Book Builder, a new online tool to conveniently arrange, design and produce an eBook from any content published in MDPI journals. Book Builder offers two functions: on the one hand (1) Selections, available to every registered user of MDPI; on the other hand (2) Special Issue Reprints, which can be used exclusively by Guest Editors of Special Issues.

Selections

In just a matter of a few clicks, all users are now able to assemble books from MDPI articles and receive instantaneous feedback in the form of a fully produced and compiled book (PDF), which can be downloaded or ordered as print copy. Selections can include any paper published with MDPI, picking and combining content from different journals and special issues.

This way, the user may for example choose to compile an ebook focusing around a particular topic, or assemble articles from a group of others.

 

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.

Special Issue Reprints

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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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19 April 2021
Recruiting Editor-in-Chief for New Sections of Genes

Genes (ISSN 2073-4425; CODEN: GENEG9) is launching new sections:

  • Epigenomics
  • Neurogenomics
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • RNA
  • Toxicogenomics

Therefore, new positions of Editor-in-Chief are open for applications.

Genes (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal of genetics and genomics published monthly online by MDPI, and led by Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. J. Peter W. Young from the University of York, UK.

Should you decide to serve on this section, you would be responsible for some of the following tasks:

  • Defining the aims and scope of the section;
  • Advising on the section and journal development;
  • Promoting the journal and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences;
  • Recommending section board members to join and contribute to editorial work;
  • Ensuring the quality of the published content;
  • Advising on special topics or editing a Special Issue in the section.
If you are interested in this role or if you have any further inquiries, please feel free to contact us ([email protected]).

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.

14 April 2021
A Media Partnership between Genes and European Human Genetics Conference 2021

We are pleased to announce that European Human Genetics Conference 2021 has set up a free media partnership with Genes.

The European Human Genetics Conference is a forum for all workers in human and medical genetics to review advances and develop research collaborations. The conference has become one of the premier events in the field of human genetics with over 4.000 participants, more than 250 oral presentations & 1500 posters from submitted abstracts. At the conference participants have the opportunity to connect with many of the most important companies in the field of genetics.

- Dates: August 28–31, 2021
Location: Virtual

25 March 2021
New Special Issues Set up in Genes

We are pleased to announce that there are 76 special issues newly set up in Genes

Genetics of Pulmonary Hypertension

Coping with Fungal Diseases in Crops: New Advances in Genomics, Breeding and Management

From Basic to Translational Bioinformatics of Human Infectious Diseases

Non-coding RNAs in Alzheimer's Disease

Molecular Studies of Control of Platelet Gene Expression

Transcriptional and Genetic Tumor Heterogeneity through ScRNA-seq

Genetic and Epigenetic Contributions to Hypertension and Blood Pressure Response to Interventions

Genome Mining for Biosynthetic and Biodegradation Applications

Source Attribution Using Forensic Genomics

Mitochondrial DNA Damage: Implications in Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Integrative Multi-Omics and Single-Cell Approaches to Study Complex Diseases

Molecular Roadblocks for Cellular Differentiation, Transdifferentiation or Conversion

Nutrigenomics and Cellular Metabolism

Bacterial DNA Organization and Segregation

Gene Editing for Therapy and Reverse Genetics of Blood Diseases

Genetic and Epigenetic Factors and Their Interactions in the Susceptibility to Multifactorial Diseases

Genetic and Epigenetic Investigations into the Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology of the Metabolic Syndrome

RNA Modifications in Bacteria and Archaea

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors, Genetics, and Prevention

Animal Domestication and Breeding

Cactaceae Genetics and Genomics

Parkinson's Disease: Genetics and Pathogenesis

Pharmacogenomics: Precision Medicine and Drug Response

Genetic Research in Metabolic Diseases

Mechanisms of DNA Damage, Repair and Mutagenesis

Transcription Regulation in Aging

Epigenetic Regulation in Kidney Diseases

Advances of Brain Transcriptomics

Key Genetic Determinants of Osteoporosis: From Bench to Bedside

Plant Genomics and Epigenomics in Breeding for Yield, Quality, and Sustainability

Nephrogenetics and Kidney Genomics—The Future Is Now?

Advances in Rice Genetics and Breeding

Evolutionary Genetics and Phylogenetics of Mosquito Species

The Relationship between Psychiatric Disorders and Genetics

Genetics of Adult White Matter Diseases

Role of Epigenetic Modifications in Metabolic Diseases

Immunoepigenetics Application in Tumors

Genetics of Circadian Clocks in Eukaryotic Organisms

Genetics and Genomics of Leishmania

Frontiers in Genetics of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Evolutionary Genetics of Poeciliids

Molecular Mechanisms of Complex Genome Rearrangements in the Human Germline

Disrupting the Cancer Evolutionary Cycle: Conceptual and Technological Challenges

Advances in Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders

Molecular Mechanisms of Herbicide Resistance in Weeds

Genome Diversity and Evolution of Reproductive Systems

Frontiers in Genetics and Genomics of Ovarian Cancer

Epigenetic Safety after Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Genetics of Dental Disorders

Genetics and Breeding of Small Ruminants

Models and Advances in Genetics of Down Syndrome

Plant Specialized Metabolism: From Genetics to Phenotype

Genetics and Evolution of Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants

Regulation of Microbial Biosynthetic Genes and Biodegradation Genes

Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Resistance in Malaria

Ophthalmic Genetics

Plant Organellar Gene Expression and Modification

Forage Crop Genetics and Breeding

Glycosylation Pathway Genes in Health and Disease: From Models to Pathobiology of Genetic Defects

Molecular Mechanisms of Neuromuscular Disorders

Stem Cells Research and Therapy: Genetic Aspects

Dynamics of DNA Double Strand Breaks

Molecular Breeding Approaches in Tropical Horticulture Species

Pharmacogenomics: Challenges and Future

Genome Maintenance and Cancer Predisposition

Plant Cell Cycle Regulation

Genomics and Metagenomics Analysis for Unveiling Environmental Microbial Diversity

Genomics of Stroke

Molecules Secreted by Beneficial Microorganisms in Interactions with Plants

Revealing the Genomic Big Data: How Much Information Is Ready for Clinical Application?

Genetic and Epigenetic Changes in Plant Response to Abiotic Stress

Genetics, Genomics and Pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus

Non-Coding RNA in Rare Genetic Diseases

DNA Damage Response Mechanisms in Model Systems

Genetic Regulation in Ovarian Cancer

Genetics of Epileptic Encephalopathies: From Gene Discovery to Clinical Diagnosis and Management Implications of Genetic Diagnoses

Welcoming to contribute to these special issues.

Further details about the special issue in Genes can be found at:

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes/special_issues

25 March 2021
Genes | Welcoming the New Editorial Board Members

We are pleased to announce that 57 new scholars were appointed as Editorial Board Members for the journal of Genes

Dr. Daniel J. Weisenberger (University of Southern California, USA)

Prof. David Parry (University of Brescia, Italy)

Prof. Michael McClelland (University of California Medical School, USA)

Dr. Isabel Henriques (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Prof. Keith A. Crandall (The George Washington University, USA)

Dr. Shawn Burgess (National Human Genome Research Institute, USA)

Dr. W. Allan King (University of Guelph, Canada)

Prof. François Rousseau (CHU de Québec & Université Laval, Québec, Canada)

Prof. William Newman (The University of Manchester, UK)

Prof. Joseph D. BuxbaumIcahn (Mount Sinai, USA)

Dr. Luisa Politano (Università degli Studi della Campania, Italy)

Prof. Sung-Min Ahn (University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Dr. Alfred Handler (Agricultural Research Service, USA)

Dr. Amanda J.Myers (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA)

Prof. Hongyan Xu (Augusta University, USA)

Prof. Sung-Min Ahn (Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Korea)

Dr. Felix Loosli (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),  Germany)

Prof. Julia Horsfield (The University of Otago,  New Zealand)

Dr. Fabio Stossi (One Baylor Plaza,  USA)

Prof. Qinghua Cui (Peking University,  China)

Prof. Alessandro Barbon (University of Brescia, Italy)

Prof. Young Chang Sohn (Gangneung-Wonju National University,  Korea)

Dr. Salvatore D'Aniello (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn,  Italy)

Dr. Alejandro VaqueroJosep (Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute,  Spain)

Prof. Yongyong Shi (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Prof. Patrick M.Woster (Medical University of South Carolina, USA)

Dr. Jose M. Requena (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)

Prof. Luonan Chen (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Prof. Odile Lecompte (University of Strasbourg, France)

Dr. Alexessander Couto-Alves (University of Surrey, UK)

Dr. Ernesto Picardi (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy)

Dr. Feng Cheng (University of South Florida, USA)

Dr. Linley Jesson (Plant & Food Research,  New Zealand)

Dr. Delphine Legrand (Université Paul Sabatier, France)

Dr. Simon Blanchet (Université Paul Sabatier, France)

Dr. Francisco Garcia-Gonzalez (Doñana Biological Station-CSIC,  Spain)

Dr. Florian Frugier (Univeristy of Paris-Saclay,  France)

Prof. Philippe Gallusci (Univ Bordeaux, France)

Dr. Antonio Granell (Ingeniero Fausto Elio, Spain)

Dr. José A. Mercado (University of Málaga, Spain)

Dr. Juan Imperial (Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias (CSIC), Spain)

Dr. Jeffrey P. Mower (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)

Dr. Attila Kereszt (Biological Research Centre,  Hungary)

Dr. Hirohide Uenishi (National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan)

Dr. William J. Murphy (Texas A&M University,  USA)

Prof. Ioannis Eleftherianos (The George Washington University,  USA)

Prof. Scott Pratt (Clemson University, USA)

Prof. Guillermo Gervasini (University of Extremadura,  Spain)

Dr. Marc Woodbury-Smith (Newcastle University,  UK)

Dr. Alejandro Garanto (Radboud university medical center, The Netherlands)

Prof. Keun Hur (Kyungpook National University, Korea)

Prof. Emiliano Giardina (Genomic Medicine Laboratory UILDM, Italy)

Dr. Christina Zeitz (Sorbonne Université, France)

Dr. Irmgard Irminger-Finger (University of Western Australia, Australia)

Dr. Panagiotis Katsonis (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)

Prof. Dino Samartzis (Rush Medical College,  USA)

Dr. Rob Illingworth (The University of Edinburgh, UK)

We wish them every success in developing the journal.

Further details about the Editorial Board can be found at:

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genes/editors

 

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)

30 December 2020
Editorial Board Members of Genes Named 2020 Highly Cited Researchers

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Daniel H. Geschwind, Dr. Bing Yang, Prof. Dr. Quan Zou, Dr. Kira Makarova and Prof. Dr. Lukas A. Mueller, who are Editorial Board Members for Genes, have been recognized as 2020 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate. This corresponds to being in the top 1% of the most cited researchers for that publication year.

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;
  • creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences;
  • promoting diversity in all staff, volunteers, and audiences, including full participation in programs, policy formulation, and decision-making;
  • raising awareness about career opportunities in our industries to groups who are currently underrepresented in the workforce;
  • supporting our members in achieving diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

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.

16 September 2020
The 1st International Electronic Conference on Genes: Theoretical and Applied Genomics (IECGE2020)


Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to join The 1st International Electronic Conference on Genes (IECGE2020), organized by the MDPI Open-Access journal Genes (Impact Factor 3.759). This free e-conference will present the latest research related to the topics of DNA and RNA sequencing, epigenetics and metagenomics.

The last ten years have consolidated Genomics as one of the faster evolving disciplines in biology. It is used by a wide range of fields, from molecular biology to ecology. Its applications go beyond genome sequencing and transcriptomic analysis, they are used to profile communities, analyze epigenetic modifications and characterize populations. This conference wants to serve as virtual space to present scientific works and change ideas under the umbrella of this fast evolving discipline.

During the month of November, IECGE2020 will allow to share your online presentations worldwide, making your work available for the audience to read and comment, and sharing ideas on the discussed topic.

All submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the conference Scientific Committee and upon acceptance, will be published in a dedicated issue of the MDPI journal Proceedings. After the conference, all participants will be encouraged to submit a full paper to one dedicated Special Issue in Genes with a 20% discount on the article processing charges (APC).

Moreover, during the conference, a number of internationally renowned speakers will share their current state-of-the-art research, through a series of pre-recorded talks and free live-streaming webinars, which will also include a Q&A session to allow audience participation.

We hope that you will join this conference to exchange ideas, merge different areas of expertise and engage in potential successful collaborations.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: 21 september, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: 30 September, 2020
  • Submission of Full Manuscript to Genes: 16 October, 2020
  • Conference Date: 2–30 November, 2020

Kind regards,

Dr. Aureliano Bombarely

IECGE2020 Conference Chair

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

We look forward to welcoming you at this exciting meeting online.

https://sciforum.net/conference/IECGE

10 July 2020
Meet Us at the Society for Neurosciences’ 50th Annual Meeting (Neuroscience 2020), Washington, USA, 24–28 October 2020


MDPI will be attending the conference Neuroscience 2020, which will be hosted in Washington, USA, 24–28 October 2020.

SfN’s 50th annual meeting is the premier venue for the presentation of emerging science in the field of neurosciences, where one can learn from experts, forge collaborations with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance their career.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #208). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person, to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit:

https://www.sfn.org/meetings/neuroscience-2020

9 July 2020
Open Access Agreement Between Jisc Collections and MDPI

We are delighted to announce the establishment of our Open Access agreement with Jisc Collections, which will allow UK institutions to benefit from access to article processing charge (APC) discounts and streamlined payment workflows.

All institutions participating in the agreement will also gain access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information for easy identification and additional transparency.

Eligible authors affiliated with the participating institutions are prompted to choose the corresponding Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via our online submission system.

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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, receivin