About Hardware


Hardware (ISSN 2813-6640) is an open access journal publishing articles detailing the construction of a broad range of scientific and laboratory instrumentation, devices and equipment. It is a platform for the dissemination of open source hardware designs. Hardware publishes regular papers, review articles and tutorials as well as Special Issues on particular subjects. 

The aim of Hardware is to provide a means to share the designs of instruments and devices, and therefore requires that any design files employed in the construction of the devices are made available in the original editable source format in an open license as supplementary information. This includes any software required to operate the devices. To support the dissemination of the hardware details, the articles have a specific format and may be of any length appropriate to the complexity of the subject. A brief demonstration of fitness for the purpose of the device described is to be included.


The subject areas include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Measuring devices;
  • Analytical instruments;
  • Field portable instruments;
  • Process instrumentation;
  • Electronic data acquisition;
  • Adaptations of existing instruments;
  • Software to modify the performance of existing commercial hardware devices;
  • Low-cost alternatives;
  • Optical instruments;
  • Sensors and actuators;
  • Laboratory equipment for sample handling;
  • 3D-printed devices;
  • Specially made tools for the laboratory;
  • Specially made tools for building devices and instruments, and programming of electronic hardware;
  • Safety devices.

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

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

Book Reviews

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

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Copyright / Open Access

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

© 2024 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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