Announcements

7 June 2024
MDPI Calls for Greater Open Access to Science for Ocean Protection

On UNESCO’s 2024 Oceans Day, MDPI encourages the scientific community to increase the accessibility of ocean research to accelerate ocean conservation.

Basel, Switzerland, June 7, 2024: MDPI, a leading open access (OA) publisher, is proud to announce its active support for World Oceans Day 2024, celebrated under UNESCO’s Ocean Decade framework. MDPI’s CEO, Stefan Tochev hopes that “the latest ocean research can be made freely accessible to help empower scientists and communities at large to save our oceans,” under UNESCO’s Ocean Decade until 2030.

Open Access: A Catalyst for Ocean Action

MDPI’s presence at the UNESCO Ocean Decade Conference 2024 highlights our unwavering commitment to using OA to advance ocean science, support research communities, and promote sustainable ocean management.

"Our involvement in the UNESCO Ocean Decade Conference underscores MDPI's commitment to the underfunded Ocean SDG. By promoting OA to scientific articles and books on SDGs, we aim to inspire critical actions," said Tochev. "Our initiatives, like the World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Award, further demonstrate our dedication to advancing sustainability.”

Showcasing MDPI’s Contributions to Ocean Research

Over the past three years, MDPI has published 30,000 papers focused on ocean research and related topics. Key MDPI journals contributing to this body of work include:

  • Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (4.9k papers)
  • Remote Sensing (2.6k papers)
  • Sustainability (2k papers)
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) (1.7k papers)
  • Marine Drugs (1.5k papers)
  • Water (1.5k papers)

These publications highlight MDPI’s contributions to ocean science, reinforcing our role in the broader sustainability agenda by promoting blue innovation and economy.

Additionally, MDPI has launched Oceans, an international, peer-reviewed forum specifically aimed at publishing studies related to all branches of oceanography with an emphasis on the functioning of the ocean and the sustainable use of its resources and ecosystem services.

Affirming MDPI’s Commitment to Ocean Science

MDPI’s commitment to OA is pivotal in addressing critical global challenges, from climate change to ocean sustainability. Our efforts resonate with Outcome 4 of the UNESCO Ocean Decade action roadmap: an accessible ocean with open and equitable access to data, information, technology, and innovation. By aligning with UNESCO’s goals, MDPI continues to contribute to shaping a sustainable future for our oceans, reinforcing our position as a forward-thinking publisher dedicated to environmental stewardship and scientific excellence.


For more information, contact Rui Duarte at [email protected] or +41764313242.


About MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly, open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. MDPI is leading the transition to open science by making more research free and accessible to everyone. Over 3.5 million researchers have entrusted MDPI with publishing their scientific discoveries. MDPI’s editorial process is bolstered by a network of dedicated reviewers, a team of over 6000 professional, well-trained staff members, and an in-house article submission platform that was designed to ensure efficient processes within its 430 fully open access titles.

 

5 June 2024
MDPI Sets a New Benchmark for Publishing Excellence


95% of authors rate MDPI’s publication process as excellent or good, setting a new benchmark in scientific publishing – reveals 2023 Annual Report. 

Basel, Switzerland, June 4, 2024: MDPI, the leading open access (OA) publisher, proudly announces the release of its 2023 Annual Report, detailing remarkable achievements and reaffirming its leadership in advancing OA publishing. In 2023, MDPI received 655,065 submissions, of which 285,244 articles were published. The company now commands a 17% market share in gold open access articles, with a median publication time of six weeks.

Stefan Tochev, MDPI's CEO, stated, "As a pioneer in open access publishing, MDPI has long been a game-changer in the scholarly community, serving millions of authors around the world to ensure the latest research is freely available. Reflecting on our incredible journey at MDPI, 2023 has been marked by growth in paper submissions, ambitious projects and initiatives aimed at improving our internal processes and delivering top-notch services to our scientists."

MDPI's 2023 Annual Report highlights several key achievements:

  • 17% market share in gold open access articles across all disciplines.
  • Record satisfaction rates: 95% of authors, 82% of reviewers, and 85% of guest editors.
  • Enhanced editorial standards and feedback processes.
  • Increased reach and impact with 54 new MDPI journal inclusions in Scopus, 29 in Web of Science, and 77 in DOAJ.

MDPI’s unwavering commitment to advancing OA has transformed the landscape of scholarly publishing, making high-quality research freely accessible to the global scientific community. The continuous improvement in our editorial standards and feedback processes underscores MDPI’s dedication to ensuring academic integrity and excellence.

Global Reach and Collaboration

MDPI’s global footprint continues to expand, with authors from diverse regions: 37% from Asia/Pacific, 36% from Europe, 15% from the Americas, and 12% from other parts of the world. The company’s fully OA platform attracted nearly 14 million monthly visitors in 2023, reflecting its widespread influence in the scientific community.

Commitment to Partnerships

With over 800 institutional partners, MDPI continues to demonstrate its dedication to providing reliable and collaborative publishing services. The introduction of a transparent flat-fee model highlights MDPI's ongoing efforts to enhance affordability and support to the academic community. For more details read our 2023 Annual Report.

For more information, contact Rui Duarte at [email protected] or +41764313242.


About MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly, open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. MDPI is leading the transition to open science by making more research free and accessible to everyone. Over 3.5 million researchers have entrusted MDPI with publishing their scientific discoveries. MDPI’s editorial process is bolstered by a network of dedicated reviewers, a team of over 6000 professional, well-trained staff members, and an in-house article submission platform that was designed to ensure efficient processes within its 430 fully open access titles.

 

4 June 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #12 - First Term as CEO, Tu Youyou Award, Books Report

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

Renewed Term as CEO of MDPI

I released the first CEO Letter at the end of June 2023, reflecting on my first month as CEO. Looking back at the first release, I’m pleased to see a marked consistency of content – from talking about open access (OA) and highlighting the great work being done at MDPI, to bringing together the science community with our conferences and building relations with our editorial board members and our industry as a whole.

For example, in the first letter, I highlighted our meeting with Dr. Eric O. Freed, the founding and current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of our journal Viruses. Meeting with Eric is a pleasure, as he has a strong commitment and clear vision for the journal. 

On 21 May, 2024 we met with EiC Prof. Dr. Antonino Carbone, and Section EiC Prof. Dr. Alberto Signore (pictured on the left), of our journal Hemato (tracked for Impact Factor, and indexed in Scopus), showing our continued and active collaboration with our chief editors to develop the visions for the journal. Over the course of the day, we gathered feedback and gained an understanding of the journal's expectations and focus on strategic growth.

Reflections on my first year as CEO: achievements and initiatives

During my first year as CEO, there have been many remarkable moments, including a strong focus on bringing people together, focusing on company communications and performance.

According to a recent study of 3,400 people across 10 countries, “Managers impact employees’ mental health (69%) more than doctors (51%) or therapists (41%) — and even the same as a partner (69%).” This is an important topic for me, and perhaps that’s why I place a high value on management culture due to its tangible impact on people’s lives.

When I joined MDPI, I created a weekly meet-up for the Corporate Marketing department and their team leads. On the final Thursday of every month, we hold a Global Marketing meet-up to present projects, share knowledge, and conduct training. For years, I’ve maintained the tradition of ending each of our monthly global calls with a group photo to boost morale, motivation, and productivity, and to finish on a positive note.

In keeping with this, when I stepped into the role of CEO, I launched a bi-weekly management meeting, chairing over 20 MDPI Management Team meetings in my first year. These sessions provide an opportunity for managers to present their team’s work, focusing on their achievements and the challenges they face, while at the same time creating space for sharing knowledge.

“I firmly believe that OA is the future of publishing”

I co-organized and co-led the 2023 MDPI Strategy Management meeting this past October, from which we established an Executive Task Force that meets monthly to prioritize projects aimed at building MDPI into the world’s most trusted publisher. To achieve our goals, we as managers need to maintain collaborative communication and connect to the bigger picture.

As CEO, I focused on leadership communication by publishing 12 CEO Letters, one for each month of my tenure, to share more about MDPI news and achievements. I also produced ten videos to help further communicate our message.

I was happy to attend eight publishing and conference events, including STM in Frankfurt and Washington, APE, and R2R, and facilitate critical company meetings with Elsevier, Web of Science, ResearchGate, DOAJ, and others. It was a pleasure to meet and have discussions with key organizations and governing bodies such as CAS in China and ANVUR in Italy.

The best part was the opportunity to visit seven MDPI offices across Europe and Asia-Pacific, meeting with local managers and colleagues and supporting them in person. As part of this, I conducted training sessions while continuing to lead the Corporate Marketing department.

Looking ahead

My goal for my second year as CEO is to continue building on the initiatives from the past, including leadership communications, public relations, educational marketing, and company culture, while representing MDPI to the best of my ability. Additionally, I have a few new projects I hope to launch that I believe will be valuable to MDPI and the industry at large.

I firmly believe that OA is the future of publishing, and I am grateful to be in a position to advocate for this belief as part of MDPI, the world's leading open access publisher.

Thank you to our staff and industry friends for your genuine support in this role.

Impactful Research

Nominations Open for the Prestigious Tu Youyou Award 2024

I am pleased to share that MDPI has opened nominations for the 2024 Tu Youyou Award, a prestigious recognition established in honour of Professor Tu Youyou, Nobel Laureate, whose work has significantly transformed the global fight against malaria.

The Tu Youyou Award offers CHF 100,000

In 2015, Professor Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of artemisinin, significantly reducing mortality rates from malaria and shaping global health policies. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are now the standard treatment endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), saving countless lives, especially in regions heavily burdened by malaria.

MDPI Special Issue

To mark Professor Tu’s 80th birthday in 2009, MDPI’s journal Molecules issued a Special Issue focusing on her contributions to medical research. Recognizing her continuous contribution, MDPI created the Tu Youyou Award in 2016 to honour outstanding achievements in natural products and medicinal chemistry.

The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2024

Nominations are open to scientists excelling in natural products and medicinal chemistry. Eligible nominators include academic institutes, universities, and societies. The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2024, with the winners to be announced on 30 April 2025. The Tu Youyou Award offers CHF 100,000, split equally among the winners.

MDPI encourages the academic community to nominate individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in line with Professor Tu’s legacy. This award not only honours individual achievement but also encourages further scientific exploration and discovery in critical areas of medicine.

This award embodies our deep commitment to groundbreaking research that drives societal progress and celebrates the legacy of one of the greatest medical innovators of our time.

Inside MDPI

2023 MDPI Books Report

In past CEO letters, I have highlighted our publishing process and the impactful peer-reviewed articles that represent the core output of scholarly publishing. However, scholarly books are another pillar of publishing that MDPI also services, which our core audience may not be fully aware of. In this section, I highlight the 2023 MDPI Books report, released by our MDPI Books team in May 2024.

Download the 2023 MDPI Books Report

In the report, you will find a summary of MDPI Books’ 10th anniversary, the books indexed in the Web of Science Book Citation Index, our market outreach, and our outlook for 2024.

MDPI Books celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2023

MDPI Books published its first OA Reprint, “From the Renaissance to the Modern World,” in 2013. Over the past ten years, MDPI Books has seen a significant increase in both the volume and nature of published Reprints. As of December 2023, our catalogue includes a total of 7,369 Reprints, with 1,811 of them added in 2023 alone. MDPI Books includes monographs, book series, edited books and reprints of special issues and topical collections, among other book types.

We’re also celebrating the 10-year MDPI anniversary of Laura Wagner, Head of MDPI Books.

Laura Wagner (Head of Books Division)

Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and History from the University of Basel. After her studies, she started her career at an art gallery in Basel.

Since joining MDPI in 2014, Laura has held several roles within the company. This included editorial work, development of reprint and book services, and the temporary management of the journal Arts.

Currently Laura holds the role of Head of Books Division and is in charge of the development and strategic direction of MDPI Books.

MDPI Books indexed in Web of Science Book Citation Index

Another milestone in 2023 was the indexing of four book titles in the Web of Science Book Citation Index. The indexing of our open access books is crucial for their reach and accessibility, ensuring higher visibility within the open science community.

  1. Self-Representation in an Expanded Field: From Self-Portraiture to Selfie, Contemporary Art in the Social Media Age by editor Ace Lehner
  2. Towards Socially Integrative Cities: Perspectives on Urban Sustainability in Europe and China by editors Bernhard Müller, Jian Liu, Jianming Cai, Paulina Schiappacasse, Hans-Martin Neumann, and Baojun Yang
  3. Transitioning to Gender Equality by editors Christa Binswanger and Andrea Zimmermann
  4. Under Construction: Performing Critical Identity by editor Marie-Anne Kohl

If you would like to learn more about MDPI Books, please visit: www.mdpi.com/books

If you are thinking of writing or editing a book, you can submit your proposal at www.mdpi.com/books/publish-with-us, or email us at [email protected].

Coming Together for Science

Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future

Our conference team successfully managed the Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future international conference which took place from 28–31 May 2024 in Athens, Greece. The conference was chaired by Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Bikiaris and Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Triantafyllidis from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Dr. Ioanna Deligkiozi from AXIA Innovation, Germany. In total, the conference had 259 accepted abstracts and over 300 attendees from 22 different countries.

The conference featured three keynote speakers and 12 invited speakers, including esteemed scholars from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada. It included 60 selected talks and 189 posters, chosen by the 24 members of the Scientific Committee along with the three Conference Chairs. The event explored the latest scientific advancements and innovations in polymer science, focusing on creating safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly materials. Emphasizing green polymer chemistry and the use of bioresources, the conference promoted the synthesis of biobased and biodegradable polymers.

The conference featured esteemed scholars from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada

Conference awards

The conference also presented three awards: two sponsored by the journal Polymers – The Best Poster Award (€500) and the Best Oral Presentation Award (€600) – and one sponsored by Ossila, the Best Student Poster Award (€500).

Thank you to our 16 sponsors, three partnering societies (Hellenic Polymer Society, European Polymer Federation, and North American Thermal Analysis Society [NATAS]) and eight media partners.

Upcoming in-person event

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.

Find more upcoming MDPI events here.

Closing Thoughts

3rd World Forum Principles of Scientific Publications

I’m pleased to share that MDPI sponsored and attended the 3rd World Forum on Principles of Scientific Publications, which took place from 22–24 May in Malaga, Spain. The event brought together academic professionals and leading researchers to discuss critical topics in the realm of publishing and research. Presentation topics included Open Science, AI in Publishing, Predatory Journals, Fake Publications, Challenges for Non-native English Speakers, and more.

“It was great to see strong support from MDPI authors in the audience”

MDPI presentations


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) presenting at the 3rd World Forum Principles of Scientific Publications

I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the event, along with my colleague Dr. Enric Sayas (Business Analyst, MDPI) from our Barcelona office, who explored the ethical concerns and opportunities brought by AI in publishing.

I took the opportunity to present on Open Science, the benefits of Open Access, and MDPI’s performance, operations, and investment in ethics. Special thanks to Evan Escamilla (Project Manager, MDPI Books) and Facundo Santomé (Sr. Marketing Manager, MDPI) who also joined the conference.

It was great to see strong support from MDPI authors in the audience who shared their positive experiences publishing with us. Their story reflects the experience of the vast majority of authors who choose to work with MDPI.

We also encountered some conservative views on OA, which created an opportunity for open discussion aimed at addressing concerns about OA and MDPI. Engaging in such discussions is important, as scepticism sometimes arises from misinformation or from a misunderstanding of who we are and how we operate. When we engage in open and honest discussion, we tend to see people getting a better understanding of MDPI, which helps address any misconceptions they may have had.


Left to right: Dr. Enric Sayas (Business Analyst, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Facundo Santomé (Sr. Marketing Manager, MDPI), and Evan Escamilla (Project Manager, MDPI Books) at 3rd World Forum Principles of Scientific Publications

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

23 May 2024
Transfer Service in MDPI

We are pleased to announce MDPI’s Transfer Service.

This service provides a convenient method of transferring your manuscript file, along with any reviewer comments, to another journal within our publishing portfolio.

We are committed to helping authors find the right home for their research, and we will provide authors with guidance and technical support through all stages of the transfer process. Authors will be able to choose to transfer in the following two situations:

1. Select alternative journals on submission.

2. Authors are encouraged to transfer manuscripts to other MDPI journals.

More details about the Transfer Service can be found at the following link:

https://www.mdpi.com/authors/transfer-service

17 May 2024
Tu Youyou Award—Open for Nominations

In acknowledgment of the groundbreaking achievements of Professor Tu Youyou, the Nobel laureate credited with the discovery of artemisinin, MDPI is proud to announce the Tu Youyou Award. This award, inaugurated in 2016, seeks to honor scholars who excel in the fields of natural products chemistry and medicinal chemistry.

Prize:

  • CHF 100,000 in total (If there is more than one winner, the prize will be divided equally amongst the winners);
  • An award medal for each winner.

Who should be nominated?

  • Scientists with outstanding achievements and contributions in the fields of natural products chemistry and medicinal chemistry.

Who can submit a nomination?

  • Academic research institutes
  • Universities
  • Academic societies

Any personal nominations are not accepted.

How do I submit a nomination?
Candidates’ institutional affiliations need to submit their nominations for final candidates to the Tu Youyou Award Team directly by email after internal screening, and each institution can only nominate a maximum of two candidates for each edition of the Tu Youyou Award. Please note that the nominations cannot be modified once they are submitted and confirmed by the Tu Youyou Award Team.

Required nomination materials:
Nomination Form (Download)

Schedule:
Nomination deadline: 31 December 2024;
Winner announcement: 30 April 2025.

Contact:
Tu Youyou Award Team ([email protected])

More information can be found on the Tu Youyou Award official website. For any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact the Tu Youyou Award Team.

16 May 2024
MDPI Romania Author Training Academic Events in April

MDPI Romania sponsored four events over the month of April, contributing author training sessions to each event.

The NutriSciLabs 2024 conference was held at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy on 12 April 2024. Organized by the Association of Students from the Faculty of Pharmacy Studies, the conference aimed to enhance students’ academic writing and research skills, and bolster their confidence in participating in the academic world. Ioana Paunescu, journal relations specialist for MDPI Romania, led the training session. Paunescu first outlined MDPI’s history and core values, then explained academic writing techniques, ethics, and similarity percentages. The presentation covered the entire editorial process, highlighting the amount of attention paid to details throughout manuscript processing. Paunescu also discussed common errors that authors make while writing, and how to avoid such errors.


On 13 April 2024, the NextGEN 2.0 Student Conference took place at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. NextGen Healthcare organized this event with the university’s European Students’ Society to discuss European and international current affairs. MDPI Romania contributed an author training session called Steps of the Publication Process. Irina Codruta Zaharia, journal relations specialist, began the session with a general introduction of MDPI before diving into different article types, different layout formats, possible journals to submit to, the MDPI submission checklist, and the MDPI editorial process. By explaining the fundamentals of writing and publishing academic papers, Zaharia imparted valuable industry knowledge to the curious minds present. Participants were eager to engage with Zaharia in the subsequent Q&A session.


Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the International Conference “Students for Students” has long been a gathering place for undergraduate and postgraduate students of all nationalities to present their work and exchange ideas with each other. This year’s conference was held on 18 April 2024, with MDPI Romania contributing an author training session called The World of Open Access. Key speakers included Dr. Norbert Kiss from MDPI Romania and Prof. Dragos Horvath from Strasbourg University. Dr. Kiss discussed the history of open access, differences between open access publishing and traditional publishing, and implications for open access in the future. Attendees expressed keen interest in the subject, approaching Dr. Kiss with questions about academic publishing as well as his career trajectory.


Most recently, on 26 April 2024, MDPI Romania sponsored the National Symposium of Students from Geology and Geophysics Faculties. The AAPG Students Chapter at the Babes-Bolyai University organized this event as an opportunity for geology students from all Romanian universities to present their work and confer with other researchers. Dr. Kiss gave his lecture The World of Open Access at this event as well.


MDPI is thankful to all the participants, speakers, and organizers who attended these events. Through their enthusiasm and dedication, these events were great successes.

11 May 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2021–2023 in Web of Science

1. “L-Carnitine and Acylcarnitines: Mitochondrial Biomarkers for Precision Medicine”
*⁠Editor’s Choice Paper
by Marc R. McCann, Mery Vet George De la Rosa, Gus R. Rosania and Kathleen A. Stringer
Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010051
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/51

2. “Therapeutic and Toxic Effects of Valproic Acid Metabolites”
by Natalia A. Shnayder, Violetta V. Grechkina, Aiperi K. Khasanova, Elena N. Bochanova, Evgenia A. Dontceva, Marina M. Petrova, Azat R. Asadullin, German A. Shipulin, Kuanysh S. Altynbekov, Mustafa Al-Zamil et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 134; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010134   
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/134

3. “Gut Microbiota Metabolites in Major Depressive Disorder—Deep Insights into Their Pathophysiological Role and Potential Translational Applications”
by Miguel A. Ortega, Miguel Angel Alvarez-Mon, Cielo García-Montero, Oscar Fraile-Martinez, Luis G. Guijarro, Guillermo Lahera, Jorge Monserrat, Paula Valls, Fernando Mora, Roberto Rodríguez-Jiménez et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010050  
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/50

4. “Guide to Metabolomics Analysis: A Bioinformatics Workflow”
by Yang Chen, En min Li and Li-Yan Xu
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 357; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040357  
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/357

5. “The Potential of Metabolomics in Biomedical Applications”
by Vanessa Gonzalez-Covarrubias, Eduardo Martínez-Martínez and Laura del Bosque-Plata
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020194   
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/194

6. “Centella asiatica and Its Metabolite Asiatic Acid: Wound Healing Effects and Therapeutic Potential”
by Lúcio Ricardo Leite Diniz, Leonardo Luiz Calado, Allana Brunna Sucupira Duarte and Damião Pergentino de Sousa
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 276; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020276  
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/276

7. “Obesity-Induced Brain Neuroinflammatory and Mitochondrial Changes”
by Luisa O. Schmitt and Joana M. Gaspar
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 86; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010086
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/86

8. “Signatures of Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Impaired Fatty Acid Metabolism in Plasma of Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC)”
by Vamsi P. Guntur, Travis Nemkov, Esther de Boer, Michael P. Mohning, David Baraghoshi, Francesca I. Cendali, Inigo San-Millán, Irina Petrache and Angelo D’Alessandro
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1026; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111026
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1026

2 May 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #11 – 2023 Annual Report, MDPI Awards, STM

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

2023 Annual Report

This is an exciting time of year at MDPI, as we have just released our annual report 2023, recapping the past year and sharing the progress and changes that took place during it.


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI)

Reflecting on 2023, I can't help but think of the changes that have occurred not only at MDPI but also within our industry as a whole. In light of this, I’m reminded that change is the only constant, and that for a publishing enterprise that has experienced rapid growth, adapting to change becomes not only a necessity but also a catalyst for sustained success.

Looking back on the significant ground we covered in 2023, I am pleased to report that the year was marked by a rise in paper submissions, along with a range of initiatives aimed at improving our internal processes and delivering top services to our scientists.

2023 Top-line MDPI Numbers

An important priority for 2023 was to strengthen our editorial policies. Despite a notable increase in the number of papers submitted from 603,000 to 655,000 (+8.6%), there was a decrease in the number of papers published from 303,000 to 285,000 (-5.9%), consistent with the overall trend in the scholarly publishing market. MDPI’s market share in gold open access articles published reached 17% in 2023 (according to Dimensions data).

2023 Open Access Numbers

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 to, and vision for, an open future. This momentum continued in 2023, with 39% of the 4.16 million articles and reviews published as gold full-OA, 15% as gold hybrid-OA, 8% as bronze-OA, and 3% as green-OA, relative to 35% behind a paywall. In terms of gold OA (full or hybrid) articles and reviews published, MDPI leads the way in terms of total articles published in 2023.

MDPI is the trusted and preferred OA publisher for the scholarly community

However, in 2023, we saw a downward trend in publication numbers compared to 2022. This trend was also seen in total OA publications. While the number of submissions increased, the decline in MDPI publications can be attributed to several factors, such as improved scrutiny in our peer-review process, including the evaluation of content scope and higher rejection rates, and a post-pandemic decrease in research related to COVID-19 papers.

Download 2023 MDPI Annual Report.
Access 2023 Digital Report.

Impactful Research

Recognizing Scholars – MDPI Awards

MDPI is committed to empowering young researchers as they embark on their careers. In 2023, our journals hosted a total of 400 awards, receiving 8,839 applications and nominations. The evaluation committees selected 959 winners, with the total budget for these awards amounting to CHF 546,500.

For more information about MDPI awards, applications, and winners, please click here

The following awards recognize scholars and the impact of their research, including Young Investigator Awards, Best PhD Thesis Awards, and Travel Awards for junior researchers.

MDPI Awards – The following awards require an application or a nomination.

Young Investigator Award (CHF 1000–2000 for each winner)
This award acknowledges the achievements of young investigators in research areas relevant to the journal’s scope. Candidates must have received their PhD no more than 10 years prior to the award announcement date and must be nominated.

Best PhD Thesis Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
This award recognizes young scholars who have completed outstanding PhD theses in research areas relevant to the journal’s scope. It aims to encourage them to continue their excellent work and make further contributions to their field.

Travel Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
This award encourages junior scientists to present their latest research at academic conferences relevant to the journal’s scope, thereby increasing their impact.

Distinguished Scholars
Additionally, 220 awards were granted to the most distinguished authors and reviewers in our journals through Best Paper Awards and Outstanding Reviewer Awards. The following awards are selected by the editorial staff of the journal and do not require an application or a nomination. They exemplify the excellent contributions made by our authors, reviewers, and editors.

These awards exemplify the excellent contributions made by our authors, reviewers, and editors

Best Paper Award (CHF 200–500 for each winner)
This award is granted annually to highlight publications of high quality, scientific significance, and extensive influence.

Outstanding Reviewer Award (CHF 500 for partial winners)
This award is given annually to recognize reviewers who generously contribute their time to reviewing papers and demonstrate thoroughness, professionalism, and timeliness in their reviews.

MDPI also offers awards for specific topics in various research fields:

Carbon Neutrality Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
Sponsored by MDPI journal Sustainability, this award recognizes applicants who have made exceptional academic or societal contributions to carbon neutrality, either in general or in relation to a specific carbon-neutrality-related issue.

Intelligent Manufacturing Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
Administered by MDPI journal Machines, this award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding academic or societal contributions to the field of intelligent manufacturing.

Granted: World Sustainability Awards

Inside MDPI

MDPI Opens Office in Seoul, Korea and Appoints Claude Seo as Office Manager

As CEO of the world’s leading OA publisher, I am pleased to announce the official opening of our Korean branch office. With this addition, MDPI now operates 21 offices in 12 countries worldwide, improving on our position as a truly global publisher. This expansion represents more than just an increase in our physical footprint; it is a pivotal step in our ongoing commitment to making scientific knowledge more accessible across the globe.

MDPI now operates 21 offices in 12 countries worldwide, improving on our position as a truly global publisher


Claude Seo (MDPI Korea Office Manager, Seoul)

Claude Seo, who has over 15 years of experience in the academic publishing industry, has been appointed as the Office Manager of the Seoul office. The launch of our Seoul office allows us to better support the Korean scientific community and to further promote the publication of OA journals in the region.

Reflecting on his role, Claude shared that he is:

“Delighted to have been entrusted with this position within MDPI, the no. 1 scholarly OA publisher. As we establish our presence in Korea, we are dedicated to integrating ourselves into the local community and contributing to its vibrant culture. Our commitment goes beyond business growth; it is about creating a more informed and innovative society by embracing and promoting diversity within the scientific community.”

Sungkyunkwan University Joins MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program

Additionally, I am pleased to share that Sungkyunkwan University has joined MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). This program offers free access to MDP’s online submission system for institutions and provides APC discounts to affiliated authors. Thirteen major Korean universities, including Sungkyunkwan University, Kyunghee University, Chung-Ang University, and the Catholic University of Korea, have adopted IOAP in Korea.

Learn more about MDPI’s collaboration in Korea in my previous CEO Letter, in which I recap our visit to Seoul, South Korea.

Coming Together for Science

4th MMCS: Harnessing the Power of New Drug Modalities

Our conference team successfully managed the 4th Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium, held from 24–26 April in Barcelona, Spain. It was chaired by Prof. Dr. Diego Muñoz-Torrero from the Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB), University of Barcelona, Spain, and Prof. Dr. Simona Collina from the University of Pavia, Italy. In total, there were 84 accepted abstracts and 102 conference attendees from 22 different countries.


From left to right: Prof. Dr. Rino Ragno (Scientific Committee), Dr. Maria Emilia Sousa (Scientific Committee), Prof. Dr. Claudio Viegas Jr. (Scientific Committee), Prof. Dr. Simona Collina (Chair), Prof. Dr. Diego Muñoz-Torrero (Chair), Alvina Wu (Managing Editor, MDPI), Prof. Dr. Roman Dembinski (Scientific Committee), Prof. Dr. Mariana Spetea (Scientific Committee).

The event comprised 12 Invited Speakers, 35 Selected Talks, 10 Flash Poster Presentations, and 39 Posters. The overarching topic of the conference was the impact of the emergence of new drug modalities on drug discovery, with thematic sessions covering topics such as photoactivatable drugs, candidates targeting RNA and epigenetic targets, covalent modifiers, and the development of new anti-cancer agents, among other medicinal chemistry projects.

We are pleased to have received feedback from attendees highlighting the professional approach of the conference chairs and participants, the high quality of the talks, and the overall outstanding organization on the part of the MDPI conference team.

Thank you to the conference sponsors, Fluorochem and IBUB, and to our partnering societies, The Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM), and the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT).

Upcoming In-Person Event

28–31 May, 2024
Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future
Location:
Athens, Greece
Conference Chairs: Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Bikiaris, Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Triantafyllidis, Dr. Ioanna Deligkiozi
We look forward to welcoming experts Prof. Damià Barceló, Prof. Minna Hakkareinen, and Prof. Armando J. D. Silvestre to this event.

Find more upcoming MDPI events here.

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Closing Thoughts

A Report from the Future – STM US Annual Conference 2024


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli and Dr. Ioana Craciun from MDPI’s Scientific Office Board.

MDPI has for a long time been a sponsor of the STM Annual Conferences, held yearly in the US and Frankfurt, and is a trusted partner and supporter of the STM organization. While I have attended the Frankfurt conference for the past three years, this was my first time visiting the Washington, DC session, and I am glad I did.

Although it was a brief trip, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend in the company of my colleagues Dr. Giulia Stefenelli and Dr. Ioana Craciun from MDPI’s Scientific Office Board. They always help map some of the new industry trends against MDPI’s operational framework and guidelines. It’s a great group for kicking ideas back and forth on what we can apply at MDPI.

In my experience, STM never fails to deliver. It’s always a great conference for reconnecting with fellow publishers, industry friends, and vendors. As usual, STM this year curated a diverse range of speakers and panels, who proferred valuable knowledge and insights from outside our industry, delivering thought-provoking insights into our field. An example of this was the ‘Trust Panel’ session, which included Alan Schiffres (Managing Director, InfoLinx), who shared a number of the learnings about fraud and risk management from his 40 years in financial services, to help address some of the challenges we are currently facing in the area of publishing integrity.

Launch of STM Trends 2028 Panel

I particularly enjoyed the ‘Launch of STM Trends 2028 Panel’, which presented a report focused on the integration of humans and machines in scholarly publishing. The session highlighted themes such as AI, digitization, and the evolving research ecosystem. The report envisions a future where technology blurs the lines between human and machine involvement in research processes, with significant implications for trust, reputation, and equity. While this presents opportunities for connectivity and knowledge dissemination, it also poses challenges such as disinformation, fragmentation, and geopolitical tensions. We must rely on a wise combination of technology and human agency to navigate this complex landscape and will have to carefully examine its potential impacts on communication and scholarly publishing.

MDPI has joined the STM Integrity Hub. Click here to learn more.

While every presenter brought their own knowledge and personal touch, I was particularly pleased to encounter new speakers such as Heather Whitney (Research Assistant Professor, Radiology, University of Chicago) and Igor Grossmann (Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada). Having studied Sociology at the University of Guelph, I have a soft spot for fellow social scientists from Canada, and I was very impressed by Igor’s presentation on ‘The Social Scientist: A View from the Future’ and his participation in the panel session ‘The Future Beyond the Article,’ which was one of my favourites from the conference, given the diversity of perspectives from the panel speakers.

Memorial Park in Washington, DC

On a personal note, this was my first-time visiting Washington, DC, and I’m glad we took an afternoon to visit the Memorial Park, with its incredible monuments to figures ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Abraham Lincoln. The magnitude of the monuments is deeply impressive. I particularly appreciated the Thomas Jefferson memorial and the following quote, which I think speaks to the importance of change and adaptation. It’s something we can apply not only in our industry but also in our personal lives.

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as a civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

– Excerpted from a letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

30 April 2024
MDPI Opens Office in Seoul, Korea and Appoints Claude Seo as Office Manager

MDPI, the leading Open Access (OA) publisher, announced on Monday that it opened its Korean branch office on 29th April 2024. With this addition, MDPI now operates 21 offices in 12 countries worldwide. Claude Seo, with over 20 years of experience in the academic journal publishing industry, including Nature Publishing Group (NPG), has been appointed as the Office Manager of the Seoul office.

With the establishment of a Seoul office, MDPI aims to actively support Korea scientific communities to further promote the publication of OA journals in the region. As of the end of 2023, Korea ranked sixth worldwide in both submissions and publications of MDPI research papers. MDPI is the number one OA publisher in Korea.


Sungkyunkwan University Joins MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program

In addition, MDPI announced that Sungkyunkwan University joined MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). This program offers free access to MDPI online submission system for the institutions and APC discounts to affiliated authors. Thirteen major Korean universities, including Sungkyunkwan University, Kyung Hee University, Chung-Ang University and Catholic University of Korea, have adopted IOAP in Korea.

OA aims to break down barriers that have traditionally restricted access to science, ensuring that knowledge is available to all, regardless of financial situation or institutional affiliations. Authors, academia, and scientific communities are rapidly moving toward OA. MDPI has been at the forefront of reshaping the academic publishing landscape, with OA surpassing subscription-based publishing in 2020.


MDPI CEO Visits Seoul, Korea

In March, Stefan Tochev, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MDPI, visited Korea and met with various stakeholders including government agencies, research and academic institutions, universities. During his visit, Stefan highlighted that MDPI continues to pave the way for a world where science is accessible to all, supporting a global community of inclusive innovation and collaborative solutions.

Stefan expressed excitement about the new venture, stating, "Today marks a significant milestone for MDPI as we celebrate the opening of our new office in Seoul, Korea. This expansion is more than just an increase in our physical footprint, it is a pivotal step in our ongoing commitment to making scientific knowledge more accessible, participatory, and inclusive across the globe."

Claude Seo, reflecting on his new role, commented, "I am delighted to have been offered this position of trust within MDPI, the no. 1 scholarly OA publisher. As we establish our presence in Korea, we are dedicated to integrating into the local community and contributing to its vibrant culture. Our commitment goes beyond business growth; it is about creating a more informed and innovative society by embracing and promoting diversity within the scientific community.”

For further inquiries, please contact our Seoul office directly.


About MDPI

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2 April 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #10 - South Korea, IWD, U2A, Japan

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


Left to right: Dr. Jisuk Kang (Scientific Officer, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), and Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI), during media meetings at Prain Agency office in Seoul, South Korea.

Visit to Seoul, South Korea

During my recent visit to South Korea, I had the privilege of meeting various stakeholders, including representatives of government, research institutions, and academia, to understand their needs and communicate MDPI’s commitment to accessible science. Accompanied by my colleagues Dr. Giulia Stefenelli and Dr. Jisuk Kang, I engaged with the Korean scientific community, which is increasingly embracing open access (OA).

As the leading OA publisher in South Korea, MDPI is trusted by local authors and in 2023 enjoyed an approximately 30% share of the OA market. South Korea ranks sixth globally for MDPI in terms of research papers submitted and published.

MDPI and South Korea by Numbers

As at 30 March, over 76,000 MDPI articles have been authored by individuals affiliated with Korean institutions. We have over 1,800 active editorial board members (EBMs) from South Korea, with more than 880 EBMs having an H-index between 26 and 50, including 10 serving as Chief Editors.

“South Korea is the sixth-largest contributor to our total publications”

Over the past five years (2019–2023), nearly 120,000 authors affiliated with South Korean institutes have published with MDPI. Specifically in 2023, we received approximately 25,000 submissions from South Korean authors, publishing close to 13,000 articles, resulting in a rejection rate of 47.4%, which is not far below MDPI’s overall rejection rate of 56.4% in 2023.

Institutional Partnerships with South Korea

I am pleased to share that MDPI has more than 825 institutional partnerships worldwide, with 12 in South Korea, including Kyunghee University, Chung-Ang University, and Inha University, among others.


Left to right: Dr. Jisuk Kang (Scientific Officer, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI), and Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) fielding media questions at Prain PR Agency office in Seoul, South Korea.

Over the past three years (2021–2023), we have had some of the most prestigious academic universities ranked among the top 10 Korean institutions publishing with MDPI. Seoul National University had the highest number of publications with MDPI during those three years, publishing nearly 6,000 papers. Universities such as Korea University and Yonsei University also rank among the top 10 Korean institutions publishing with MDPI.

MDPI Hosts Seminar for Academia and Media

As the world’s leading OA publisher, MDPI is actively democratizing science. This is reflected in the seminars we hosted on 21 March to address questions about our editorial processes and ethical standards. The visit garnered media coverage, reflecting our mission to providing high-quality services and fostering open dialogue in the community.

“MDPI is actively democratizing science”

MDPI in the News


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) leading a seminar on OA and MDPI at Prain PR Agency office in Seoul, South Korea.

Media coverage generated by our visit to Seoul included the following stories:

“Open access is an unstoppable trend…it will lead the development of the knowledge ecosystem.”

“Papers that the public needs, anyone can use quickly… low-quality publishing is a misunderstanding.”

I greatly appreciate the contributions of everyone who took the time to meet with us, share their stories, and hold us accountable for continuing to provide high-quality publishing services while identifying areas for improvement. I am also excited to announce that we have opened an MDPI office in Seoul and will release a press release on MDPI.com, with details, by the end April 2024. The purpose of the office is to establish a local presence to connect with and support the South Korean academic community through institutional partnerships, conferences, author workshops, stakeholder communications, and more.

Impactful Research

Featured Articles on Women’s Leadership and Healthcare

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2024), MDPI curated a collection of research articles on various topics, including women’s leadership, reproductive health, preventive healthcare, and a selection of articles from our journal Women.

Women’s Leadership

Women’s Reproductive Health

Women’s Preventive Healthcare

Featured Articles in MDPI Journal Women

Below are a few articles from Women, our journal focused on women’s health, the social determinants of health, and the healthcare system that serves women. The aim of Women is to encourage academics to publish their experimental and theoretical results in detail, to aid reproducibility, and in an engaging style, to aid comprehensibility.

Inside MDPI

 

Championing Women’s Healthcare and Access to Healthcare Information

MDPI colleagues from our offices joined in celebrating #IWD2024. In doing so, we emphasized key missions that encompass:

  • Empowering women to assume leadership and decision-making roles in both business and science.
  • Helping women and girls make informed decisions about their health.
  • Recruiting and developing female talent and fostering inclusive workplace environments.

“We are thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of women scientists”

I am proud to see our colleagues enthusiastically supporting the International Women’s Day call to ‘Inspire Inclusion!’ The heart-hands in the collage below symbolize our appreciation of the achievements of women researchers and the recognition of the trailblazers who have courageously made a mark on societies past and present.

We are thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of women scientists through our many MDPI awards and by highlighting success stories. As inspirational figures, female scientists are paving the way for the next generation of women aspiring to pursue careers in engineering, life sciences, computing, and various other STEM fields.

“I consider myself lucky because I work with incredibly talented women who inspire me every day.”
– Dr. Alessandra Pasut, Winner of MDPI's ‘Biology 2023 Young Investigator Award’

“It’s really important to find a supportive and enabling environment in which to do your science; it would have a big impact on you as a person and on your scientific outputs.”
– Dr. Rhea Longley, Winner of the ‘Pathogens 2023 Young Investigator Award’

Open-access publishing, in particular, allows early-career women researchers to share their work more widely, potentially attracting mentorship opportunities and collaborations. This support is crucial for career development and advancement.

Coming Together for Science

MDPI Joins United2Act in Collective Fight to Stop Paper Mills

In my February 2024 CEO Letter, I highlighted some of our recent initiatives aimed at bolstering our commitment to research integrity, including joining the STM Integrity Hub and expanding our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics team (RIPE). Continuing our efforts in coming together for science, I am pleased to share our participation in the United2Act initiative.

The text below is taken from our official announcement:

United2Act represents an international group of stakeholders in the publishing industry committed to addressing the collective challenge posed to research integrity by paper mills.

Scientists and academic publishers have increasingly noted the alarming proliferation of paper mills, recognized as fraudulent entities seeking to manipulate the publication process for financial profit. These entities engage in fraudulent practices such as falsifying or fabricating data, selling co-authorship of fake papers, manipulating peer review, and including inappropriate citations. These actions pose a significant threat to the integrity of the scholarly record, prompting widespread concern among those involved in the academic community.

MDPI has been actively contributing to combat the undermining of the scientific record. Our editors employ a set of tools to detect potential ethical breaches within a manuscript and to tackle the issue of fake papers.

United2Act’s consensus statement is the outcome of a virtual summit held in May 2023. It involved the participation of research bodies, publishers, researchers/sleuths, universities, and publishing infrastructure from 15 countries and resulted in a Consensus Statement outlining five key areas of action for all stakeholders:

  • Education and awareness
  • Improve post-publication corrections
  • Facilitate and organise research on paper mills
  • Enable the development of trust markers
  • Facilitate dialogue between stakeholders

MDPI is committed to promoting transparency and integrity in scholarly publishing and is continuing to work closely with the scientific community toward this goal.

Closing Thoughts


Left to right: Ryo Hirayama (Marketing Specialist, MDPI), Takashi Sasabe (Marketing Specialist, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI), Dr. Izumi Yamamoto (Marketing Manager, MDPI), and Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), at MDPI’s office in Tokyo, Japan.

Visit to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

In March, I had the opportunity to visit our Tokyo office and engage with stakeholders in Tokyo and Kyoto. During the visit, I also recorded a video message to welcome Japanese scholars working with MDPI and to highlight our operations in Japan.

We held meetings with Editors-in-Chief, librarians, scholars, and external consultants to gather feedback on our efforts to enhance our reputation and explore additional steps we can take in that direction. Japan's rich cultural heritage, characterized by tradition, respect, and formality, provided valuable insights into meeting the publishing needs specific to Japan.

Japan’s Open Access statistics

Over the years, we have seen a shift from subscription-only to gold OA publishing in Japan, despite the lack of an official mandate. Here are some statistics:

  • 2012: 68% of articles were subscription-only, 6% were green Open Access, and 8% were gold Open Access.
  • 2016: 55% of articles were subscription-only, 6% were green Open Access, and 20% were gold Open Access.
  • 2022: 43% of articles were subscription-only, 7% were green Open Access, and 39% were gold Open Access.

To learn more about the history of OA in Japan as well as about future trends, please read this blog post.

“Japan is the ninth-largest contributor to our total publications”


Left to right: Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Izumi Yamamoto (Marketing Manager, MDPI), and Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI) visiting Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.

MDPI and Japan by Numbers

As at 1 April, over 50,000 MDPI articles have been authored by scholars affiliated with Japanese institutions, making the country the ninth-largest contributor to our total publications. Over the past three years (2020–2023), nearly 90,000 authors affiliated with Japanese institutes have published with MDPI, and we have collaborated with over 4,600 Guest Editors from Japan.

In 2023, we published over 8,200 papers from authors associated with Japanese institutions. MDPI collaborates with 41 institutional partnerships in Japan, including the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, and Nagoya University. We have over 2,100 active EBMs from Japan, more than 1,050 EBMs having an H-index between 26 and 50, including 13 serving as Editors-in-Chief.

General Feedback – a side note

A general takeaway from our discussions with stakeholders from around the world is that negative perceptions of MDPI often stem from misinformation, misconceptions, or misunderstandings about MDPI and our practices. While we acknowledge our mistakes and work diligently to address them, maintaining a strong editorial procedure and robust peer-review process, I find that educating stakeholders about our how we do what we do and our ongoing improvements tends to help shift opinions.

That said, we recognize the importance of addressing individual concerns. We take feedback seriously and are continuously working to get better while not compromising the core principles that millions of authors appreciate about MDPI.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

29 March 2024
Meet Us at the 20th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society (Metabolomics 2024), 16–20 June 2024, Osaka, Japan


MDPI will be attending the 20th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society (Metabolomics 2024) held in Osaka, Japan, from 16 to 20 June 2024. The conference is the official annual meeting of the Metabolomics Society, and the largest metabolomics meeting worldwide. This is the third time that the conference will be held in Japan, following the 2005 and 2014 conferences held in Tsuruoka. We look forward to welcoming the metabolomics community, building strong connections, and discussing world-class research in a relaxed collegial environment. Let us build on the momentum of the incredible Niagara Falls and Valencia conferences that brought us back together in person, and make it the best meeting of 2024 together!

During this conference, MDPI will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest views and research with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Metabolites;
  • Biomolecules;
  • Plants;
  • IJMS;
  • Life;
  • Cells;
  • Agronomy;
  • Nutrients;
  • Cancers;
  • CIMB;
  • Genes;
  • Antioxidants.

If you plan on 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 visit the following link: https://www.metabolomics2024.org/.

19 March 2024
Metabolites | Issue Cover Articles in 2023

The articles below have been selected as the 2023 Issue Cover Articles by the Editorial Office of Metabolites (ISSN: 2218-1989). These articles are from multiple fields within the scope of Metabolites, and we hope they can provide insights and references for scholars in related fields.

1. “Maternal Metabolites Indicative of Mental Health Status during Pregnancy”
by Katarina Laketic, Sophie Lalonde-Bester, Kim Smyth, Donna M. Slater, Suzanne C. Tough, Hiroaki Ishida, Hans J. Vogel, Gerald F. Giesbrecht, Chunlong Mu and Jane Shearer
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010024
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/24

2. “Association between Circulating Amino Acids and COVID-19 Severity”
by Ina Maltais-Payette, Fannie Lajeunesse-Trempe, Philippe Pibarot, Laurent Biertho and André Tchernof
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 201; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020201
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/201

3. “Primary Treatment Effects for High-Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma Evaluated by Changes in Serum Metabolites and Lipoproteins”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Cecilie Fredvik Torkildsen, Marie Austdal, Ann-Charlotte Iversen, Tone Frost Bathen, Guro Fanneløb Giskeødegård, Elisabeth Berge Nilsen, Grete Alræk Iversen, Ragnar Kvie Sande, Line Bjørge and Liv Cecilie Vestrheim Thomsen
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 417; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030417
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/417

4. “Amino Acid Profiles in Older Adults with Frailty: Secondary Analysis from MetaboFrail and BIOSPHERE Studies”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Riccardo Calvani, Anna Picca, Leocadio Rodriguez-Mañas, Matteo Tosato, Hélio José Coelho-Júnior, Alessandra Biancolillo, Olga Laosa, Jacopo Gervasoni, Aniello Primiano, Lavinia Santucci et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 542; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040542
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/542

5. “Metabolomic Profiling of Bipolar Disorder by 1H-NMR in Serbian Patients”
by Katarina Simić, Zoran Miladinović, Nina Todorović, Snežana Trifunović, Nataša Avramović, Aleksandra Gavrilović, Silvana Jovanović, Dejan Gođevac, Ljubodrag Vujisić, Vele Tešević et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 607; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050607
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/607

6. “Systemic Metabolomics in a Framework of Genetics and Lifestyle in Age-Related Macular Degeneration”
by Eric F. Thee, İlhan E. Acar, Johanna M. Colijn, Magda A. Meester-Smoor, Timo Verzijden, Sara J. Baart, Mohamed A. Jarboui, Sascha Fauser, Carel B. Hoyng, Marius Ueffing et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(6), 701; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13060701
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/6/701

7. “Crosstalk between Breast Milk N-Acetylneuraminic Acid and Infant Growth in a Gut Microbiota-Dependent Manner”
by Runze Ouyang, Sijia Zheng, Xiaolin Wang, Qi Li, Juan Ding, Xiao Ma, Zhihong Zhuo, Zhen Li, Qi Xin, Xin Lu et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(7), 846; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13070846
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/7/846

8. “Untargeted Metabolomics and Body Mass in Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Analysis”
by Amarnath Singh, Garrett Kinnebrew, Ping-Ching Hsu, Daniel Y. Weng, Min-Ae Song, Sarah A. Reisinger, Joseph P. McElroy, Brittney Keller-Hamilton, Amy K. Ferketich, Jo L. Freudenheim et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(8), 899; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13080899
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/8/899

9. “Metabolic Profiling Early Post-Allogeneic Haematopoietic Cell Transplantation in the Context of CMV Infection”
by Kirstine K. Rasmussen, Quenia dos Santos, Cameron Ross MacPherson, Adrian G. Zucco, Lars Klingen Gjærde, Emma E. Ilett, Isabelle Lodding, Marie Helleberg, Jens D. Lundgren, Susanne D. Nielsen et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(9), 968; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13090968
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/9/968

10. “Urinary Metabolite Profiling to Non-Invasively Monitor the Omega-3 Index: An Exploratory Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial in Young Adults”
by Brittany C. MacIntyre, Meera Shanmuganathan, Shannon L. Klingel, Zachary Kroezen, Erick Helmeczi, Na-Yung Seoh, Vanessa Martinez, Adrian Chabowski, Zeny Feng, Philip Britz-McKibbin et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(10), 1071; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13101071
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/10/1071

11. “Cord Blood Metabolite Profiles and Their Association with Autistic Traits in Childhood”
by Christin S. Kaupper, Sophia M. Blaauwendraad, Charlotte A. M. Cecil, Rosa H. Mulder, Romy Gaillard, Romy Goncalves, Ingo Borggraefe, Berthold Koletzko and Vincent W. V. Jaddoe
Metabolites 2023, 13(11), 1140; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13111140
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/11/1140

12. “Sex-Specific Relationships between HDL-Cholesterol Levels and 10-Year Mortality in Individuals with Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: A Nationwide Cohort Study of South Koreans”
by Hyun Suk Yang, Ho Jin Jeong, Hyeongsu Kim, Seungho Lee and Mina Hur
Metabolites 2023, 13(12), 1175; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13121175
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/12/1175

4 March 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #9 - Romania, Research Integrity, Viruses

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


Reka Kovacs (Deputy Office Manager, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), and Sandra Ana Spatariu (Office Manager, MDPI) at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania.

MDPI’s Impact on Romania

In February, I visited our office in Cluj, Romania. I worked closely with our senior office managers and various teams, including the departments of training, marketing and conferences, as well as our journal relationship specialists, reviewing our service to the local scholarly community. During the visit, I also met with representatives from Babes-Bolyai University and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. Our multifunctional Romanian office plays an important role in supporting our collaborations with the local market as well as helping to meet MDPI’s overall business needs.


Feedback and strategy meeting with a group of MDPI’s Journal Relationship Specialists at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania.

With 22,436 articles, Romania ranks as a top 20 contributing country to MDPI’s total number of papers published as at 28 February 2024. This highlights the importance of our collaboration with Romanian-affiliated authors and the growing opportunity to support their publishing needs. MDPI is one of the few academic publishers with a significant presence in Romania, boasting over 360 colleagues across our offices in Bucharest and Cluj. We are also proud to hire colleagues from local institutions to launch their careers within publishing.

Romania ranks as a top 20 contributing country.

The Numbers: 2019–2023

MDPI has seen a healthy increase in submissions from Romanian authors over the past three years, from 8,439 in 2021 to 11,866 by end of 2023, with most submissions going to journals such as Sustainability, Medicina, Diagnostics, IJMS, Applied Sciences, and JCM. From 2019 to 2023, MDPI published articles from 32,145 authors affiliated with Romanian institutions. Over those years, we have worked with Romanian Guest Editors on nearly 3,000 occasions to support their Special Issue and Topical collections.

With more than 300 Editorial Board Members from Romania, 34 appear on the board of Mathematics, 27 on Materials, 19 on Polymers, 18 on Coatings, and 16 on Molecules, while three serve as Section Editors-in-Chief (SEiC) on our journals Coatings (3.4 IF, 4.6 Citescore), Magnetochemistry (2.7 IF, 3.5 Citescore), and Chemosensors (4.2 IF, 3.9 Citescore).

Institutional Open Access Programs

Our commitment to working with institutions is evident in Romania, where we have established eight Institutional Open Access Programs (IOAP) with esteemed institutions such as the University of Bucharest, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, and most recently the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics.

Our growth and presence in Romania are a true testament.

We also have IOAP agreements with Babes-Bolyai University and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, where I had the opportunity to meet senior stakeholders during my visit. Below are a few photos capturing our meeting with Prof. Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu (Head of Faculty of Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University) at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania, along with a photo from our meeting with Vice Deans Nicoleta Cobarzan, Nicoleta Ilies, and Hoda Gavril, from the faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Cluj, Romania.


Our growth and presence in Romania are a true testament to the service we provide to the scholarly community and the relationships we foster in that region. We look forward to continuing to support Romanian scholars and institutions by providing a valuable and trusted experience with MDPI, the leader in open access publishing.

Impactful Research

MDPI Joins the STM Integrity Hub

MDPI has long been a supporter and partner of STM, with our involvement ranging from sponsoring and attending events to helping organize event programs. By joining the STM Integrity Hub, we aim to further our commitment to STM initiatives aimed at safeguarding the integrity of science.

“We are pleased to welcome MDPI as the 35th organisation participating in the Hub. This expansion is critical, as every new member enhances our capacity to prevent fraudulent submissions from entering the academic record.”

Joris van Rossum, Director of Research Integrity, STM

MDPI operates in full alignment with STM Integrity Hub's values of shared data and experiences. We strongly believe in collaboration and open exchange for the purposes of creating a holistic approach to support research integrity at MDPI itself and across the entire academic publishing industry. The Integrity Hub is an excellent example of how publishers can come together to jointly address industry-wide challenges related to research integrity, such as manuscripts that breach research integrity standards and paper-mills.

I look forward to our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team (RIPE) team immersing themselves in this initiative, exchanging information, best practices, and tools for the benefit of the entire scholarly ecosystem. We believe that ethical publishing standards should be implemented across the board, and we aim to be rigorous in our approach, addressing research integrity issues and improving the impact of published research.

Inside MDPI

MDPI Expands Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team (RIPE)

In addition to external collaborations and joint initiatives aimed at further strengthening our commitment to research integrity, we are also enhancing our internal efforts. This includes improving our processes and guidelines and expanding our teams and departments to ensure quality assurance throughout our publishing process.

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team (RIPE) at MDPI. The RIPE team has recently welcomed new colleagues, each bringing unique skills and a personal commitment to prioritize ethical considerations in all our work.

The demand for research integrity and high ethical standards in academic publishing is steadily rising across our industry. Our expanded RIPE team will work to enhance and align our practices with industry best practices, ensuring excellence in research integrity and publication ethics.


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) introduces Dr. Tim Tait-Jamieson (Research Integrity Lead, MDPI) for his presentation on MDPI’s Retraction and Approval Process to a group of Journal Relationship Specialists at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania: “The demand for research integrity and publication ethics is steadily rising across our industry.”

Introducing our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team

Led by Dr. Tim Tait-Jamieson (Research Integrity Lead), the RIPE team comprises Dr. Ivana Resanovic (Research Integrity Manager), Dr. Lavinia Rogojina (Research Integrity Manager), Ms. Diana Apodaritei (Research Integrity Specialist), Dr. Zoltan Mihaly (Research Integrity Specialist), Mr. Aleksandar Đukić (Research Integrity Specialist), Ms. Ana Stankovic (Research Integrity Specialist), and Ms. Anna Pena (Publication Ethics Assistant).

Please click here to access everything that you need to know about MDPI’s Research and Publication Ethics.

With this span of complementary roles, the RIPE team collaborates directly with journal editorial teams and works closely with various departments, including our Scientific Office Board and our Journal Relationship Specialists. The team’s primary objectives are to help prevent issues regarding research integrity and publication ethics during peer review, uphold MDPI’s ethics policies, adhere to industry standards, and resolve publication ethics and research integrity issues and complaints.

Quality Updates to Special Issues Oversight

At MDPI, we are committed to reviewing policies pertaining to the quality of research. In this blog post, Shaheena Patel (Communications Associate, MDPI), outlines two recent updates to MDPI journal processes. These updates pertain to Special Issue (SI) quality guidelines, in line with criteria provided by COPE and DOAJ. Alongside the SI updates, details regarding the new minor corrections policy introduced in 2024 are provided in the blog.

The two updates we implemented include greater oversight and the verification of Guest Editor credentials. These guidelines require that Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) and Editorial Board Members (EBMs) take responsibility for overseeing SIs.

PS. Thank you, James Butcher, for featuring this up in your 67th issue of the Journalogy newsletter.

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Coming Together for Science

Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses

I am pleased to share the success of our MDPI conference Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses, held 14-16 February, in Barcelona. With 240 registrations, this event brought together top scientists, researchers, and industry experts from 40 countries to share their findings on the latest developments in viral pathogenesis and immune responses.

Attendees gathered for the 5th edition of the Viruses’ conference, where we hosted influential keynote speeches from Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Charles M. Rice and ‘Distinguished Senior Virologist’ Prof. Luis Enjuanes, along with 14 invited speakers, 47 selected speakers, and nine flash poster presenters, to discuss the most significant issues in virology today.

Recap on the #Viruses2024 Conference

Take a look at the key moments from MDPI’s Viruses event and please join us in commemorating a gathering for global knowledge and cooperation. A heartfelt thank-you to all attendees; their passion and engagement played a crucial role in making this event an engaging success!

Below are calls to action from the keynote speakers encouraging collaboration and communication:

“There’s never been a better time than now to really take the power that we have both in terms of basic research and also in biotech and pharma to develop antiviral agents.” - Dr. Charles M. Rice, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA

“The collaboration between labs is absolutely essential. Improving initial detection and improving communication is a must for all of us working in science.” - Prof. Dr. Luis Enjuanes, National Center of Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Our thanks go to our sponsors and partnering societies, our Viruses journal and editorial team, our Barcelona colleagues, and the social media, conference and other MDPI teams for making this event a memorable occasion. View the event gallery here.

Upcoming In-Person Event

24–26 April, 2024
4th MMCS – Harnessing the Power of New Drug Modalities
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Esteemed speakers at MMCS 2024 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.

Find more upcoming MDPI events here.


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Closing Thoughts

Researcher to Reader (R2R) Conference

From 20–21 February 2024, I had the pleasure of attending the Researcher to Reader (R2R) conference in London, which MDPI has proudly sponsored over the years. The conference programme offered a variety of session formats, including workshops, panel discussions, debates, interviews, presentations, and lightning talks, with opportunities to discuss relevant topics.

We take pride in supporting the scientific community, bringing researchers across the world together to network, exchange ideas and share the latest in science and publishing. In 2023, MDPI invested close to 2 million CHF in sponsoring over 2,000 scientific and publishing-related conferences worldwide.

R2R Peer Review Innovations Workshop

I found the R2R conference to be engaging, with the workshops being particularly enjoyable. My colleague Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board) and I participated in the “Peer Review Innovations” workshop, which spanned four sessions over the two days. These sessions explored the future of peer review and how we can improve the peer review process for everyone involved. Notably, the large majority of attendees expressed their opinion that peer review, as currently practiced, requires significant improvement. Together, we collaborated on potential immediate and long-term improvements and innovative processes, aiming to create an ecosystem beneficial to all stakeholders by strengthening submission systems with the aim of reducing threats and making authors more responsible for their work. We also discussed the opportunity for academic institutions to better scrutinize the quality of the work produced and submitted to journals.

Our group comprised publishers, software providers, librarians, and more, bringing diverse perspectives to the discussions. These interactions were relevant to MDPI’s ongoing conversations, providing insights to our efforts. The session also made me appreciate that MDPI is doing well, as the group discussions included the subject of various quality checks that we have already embedded in our processes, ensuring that we keep abreast of industry standards.

The need for an optimized system to incentivize the activities of editors and reviewers was also a focus of discussion, as well as the support that reviewers need from publishers via the provision of strong reports through fixed forms, questionnaires and training.

At MDPI, we are currently auditing our reviewer program to improve reviewer recognition, guidelines, and methods for identifying suitable reviewers, while maintaining our commitment to quality and timeliness.

Congratulations to Mark Carden, Conference Director, and the R2R team for organizing a productive and successful event. PS: The break times were greatly appreciated as well!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

4 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Food Metabolomics”

1. “Mechanism of Soy Isoflavone Daidzein-Induced Female-Specific Anorectic Effect”
by Mina Fujitani, Takafumi Mizushige, Sudhashree Adhikari, Keshab Bhattarai and Taro Kishida
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 252; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030252
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/252

2. “The Effects of Dietary Supplements, Nutraceutical Agents, and Physical Exercise on Myostatin Levels: Hope or Hype?”
by Heitor O. Santos, Henrique S. Cerqueira and Grant M. Tinsley
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1146; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111146
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1146

3. “Functional Nutrients to Ameliorate Neurogenic Muscle Atrophy”
by Viviana Moresi, Alessandra Renzini, Giorgia Cavioli, Marilia Seelaender, Dario Coletti, Giuseppe Gigli and Alessia Cedola
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1149; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111149
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1149

4. “Natural Products Targeting Hsp90 for a Concurrent Strategy in Glioblastoma and Neurodegeneration”
by Sarmistha Mitra, Raju Dash, Yeasmin Akter Munni, Nusrat Jahan Selsi, Nasrin Akter, Md Nazim Uddin, Kishor Mazumder and II Soo Moon
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1153; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111153
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1153

5. “Measurement of the Effect of Accelerated Aging on the Aromatic Compounds of Gewürztraminer and Teroldego Wines, Using a SPE-GC-MS/MS Protocol”
by Silvia Carlin, Cesare Lotti, Ludovica Correggi, Fulvio Mattivi, Panagiotis Arapitsas and Urška Vrhovšek
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 180; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020180
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/180

6. “Comprehensive Metabolomic Comparison of Five Cereal Vinegars Using Non-Targeted and Chemical Isotope Labeling LC-MS Analysis”
by Zhihua Li, Chi Zhao, Ling Dong, Yu Huan, Miwa Yoshimoto, Yongqing Zhu, Ipputa Tada, Xiaohang Wang, Shuang Zhao, Fengju Zhang et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 427; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050427
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/427

7. “Stimulation of GLUT4 Glucose Uptake by Anthocyanin-Rich Extract from Black Rice (Oryza sativa L.) via PI3K/Akt and AMPK/p38 MAPK Signaling in C2C12 Cells”
by Shui-Yuan Feng, Shu-Jing Wu, Yun-Ching Chang, Lean-Teik Ng and Sue-Joan Chang
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 856; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090856
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/856

8. “Unlike Glycerophosphocholine or Choline Chloride, Dietary Phosphatidylcholine Does Not Increase Plasma Trimethylamine-N-Oxide Levels in Sprague-Dawley Rats”
by Bungo Shirouchi, Ayano Fukuda and Taiki Akasaka
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010064
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/64

4 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Microbiology and Ecological Metabolomics”

1. “Application of 1H HR-MAS NMR-Based Metabolite Fingerprinting of Marine Microalgae”
by Carolina da Silva Canielles Caprara, Tatiane Ksyvickas Mathias, Maria de Fátima C. Santos, Marcelo G. M. D’Oca, Caroline Da R. M. D’Oca, Fabio Roselet, Paulo Cesar Abreu and Daniela Fernandes Ramos
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 202; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020202
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/202

2. “Effects of Perfluorooctanoic Acid on Gut Microbiota and Microbial Metabolites in C57BL/6J Mice”
by Bei Gao, Lixia Chen, Weichen Xu, Jinjun Shan, Weishou Shen and Nan Gao
Metabolites 2023, 13(6), 707; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13060707
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/6/707

3. “Oral Exposure to Epoxiconazole Disturbed the Gut Micro-Environment and Metabolic Profiling in Male Mice”
by You Weng, Ting Xu, Caihong Wang and Yuanxiang Jin
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 522; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040522
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/522

4. “Mechanism for Utilization of the Populus-Derived Metabolite Salicin by a Pseudomonas—Rahnella Co-Culture”
by Sanjeev Dahal, Gregory B. Hurst, Karuna Chourey, Nancy L. Engle, Leah H. Burdick, Jennifer L. Morrell-Falvey, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Mitchel J. Doktycz and Dale A. Pelletier
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 140; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020140
Available online https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/140

5. “GABA Metabolism, Transport and Their Roles and Mechanisms in the Regulation of Abiotic Stress (Hypoxia, Salt, Drought) Resistance in Plants”
by Ding Yuan, Xiaolei Wu, Binbin Gong, Ruixiao Huo, Liran Zhao, Jingrui Li, Guiyun Lü and Hongbo Gao
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 347; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030347
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/347

6. “High-Throughput Screening of Natural Product and Synthetic Molecule Libraries for Antibacterial Drug Discovery”
by Navid Jubaer Ayon
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 625; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050625
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/625

7. “Are Microplastics Toxic? A Review from Eco-Toxicity to Effects on the Gut Microbiota”
by Huixia Niu, Shaojie Liu, Yujie Jiang, Yang Hu, Yahui Li, Luyang He, Mingluan Xing, Xueqing Li,
Lizhi Wu, Zhijian Chen et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(6), 739; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13060739
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/6/739

8. “Metabolic Role of GABA in the Secretory Function of Pancreatic β-Cells: Its Hypothetical Implication in β-Cell Degradation in Type 2 Diabetes”
by Jorge Tamarit-Rodriguez
Metabolites 2023, 13(6), 697; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13060697
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/6/697

4 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Microbiology and Ecological Metabolomics”

1. “NMR Metabolomics Reveal Urine Markers of Microbiome Diversity and Identify Benzoate Metabolism as a Mediator between High Microbial Alpha Diversity and Metabolic Health”
by Johannes Hertel, Daniel Fässler, Almut Heinken, Frank U. Weiß, Malte Rühlemann, Corinna Bang, Andre Franke, Kathrin Budde, Ann-Kristin Henning, Astrid Petersmann et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 308; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040308
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/308

2. “Solid-State Fermented Okara with Aspergillus spp. Improves Lipid Metabolism and High-Fat Diet-Induced Obesity”
by Natsumi Ichikawa, Li Shiuan Ng, Saneyuki Makino, Luo Lin Goh, Yun Jia Lim, Ferdinandus, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Shigenobu Shibata and Chi-Lik Ken Lee
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 198; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030198
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/198

3. “Effects of Proteases from Pineapple and Papaya on Protein Digestive Capacity and Gut Microbiota in Healthy C57BL/6 Mice and Dose–Manner Response on Mucosal Permeability in Human Reconstructed Intestinal 3D Tissue Model”
by Olha Kostiuchenko, Nadiia Kravchenko, Jan Markus, Stephen Burleigh, Olexandr Fedkiv, Ling Cao, Silvia Letasiova, Galyna Skibo, Frida Fåk Hållenius and Olena Prykhodko
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1027; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111027
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1027

4. “ConCISE: Consensus Annotation Propagation of Ion Features in Untargeted Tandem Mass Spectrometry Combining Molecular Networking and In Silico Metabolite Structure Prediction”
by Zachary A. Quinlan, Irina Koester, Allegra T. Aron, Daniel Petras, Lihini I. Aluwihare, Pieter C. Dorrestein, Craig E. Nelson and Linda Wegley Kelly
Metabolites 2022, 12(12), 1275; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12121275
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/12/1275

5. “Yeast Protein as an Easily Accessible Food Source”
by Monika Elżbieta Jach, Anna Serefko, Maria Ziaja and Marek Kieliszek
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010063
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/63

6. “Farnesoid X Receptor, Bile Acid Metabolism, and Gut Microbiota”
by Hideki Mori, Gianluca Svegliati Baroni, Marco Marzioni, Francesca Di Nicola, Pierangelo Santori , Luca Maroni, Ludovico Abenavoli and Emidio Scarpellini
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 647; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070647
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/647

7. “Advances in Cell Engineering of the Komagataella phaffii Platform for Recombinant Protein Production”
by Cristina Bustos, Johan Quezada, Rhonda Veas, Claudia Altamirano, Stephanie Braun-Galleani,
Patrick Fickers and Julio Berrios
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 346; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040346
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/346

8. “The Interaction between the Gut Microbiome and Bile Acids in Cardiometabolic Diseases”
by Cengiz Callender, Ilias Attaye and Max Nieuwdorp
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010065
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/65

2 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Food Metabolomics”

  1. “Hepatic Mitochondria-Gut Microbiota Interactions in Metabolism-Associated Fatty Liver Disease”
    by Francesco Bellanti, Aurelio Lo Buglio and Gianluigi Vendemiale
    Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 322; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030322
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/322
  2. “Human Milk Lipids and Small Metabolites: Maternal and Microbial Origins”
    by Lisa F. Stinson and Alexandra D. George
    Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 422; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030422
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/422
  3. “Microbial and Host Metabolites at the Backstage of Fever: Current Knowledge about the Co-Ordinate Action of Receptors and Molecules Underlying Pathophysiology and Clinical Implications”
    by Luigi Santacroce, Marica Colella, Ioannis Alexandros Charitos, Marina Di Domenico, Raffaele Palmirotta and Emilio Jirillo
    Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 461; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030461
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/461
  4. “Unexpected Value of Honey Color for Prediction of a Non-Enzymatic H2O2 Production and Honey Antibacterial Activity: A Perspective”
    by Katrina Brudzynski
    Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 526; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040526
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/526
  5. “Efficacy Confirmation Test of Black Cumin (Nigella sativa L.) Seeds Extract Using a High-Fat Diet Mouse Model”
    by Khawaja Muhammad Imran Bashir, Joo Wan Kim, Jong-Kyu Kim, Yoon-Seok Chun, Jae-Suk Choi and Sae-Kwang Ku
    Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 501; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040501
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/501
  6. “Qualitative Analysis of Polyphenols in Glycerol Plant Extracts Using Untargeted Metabolomics”
    by Joseph Robert Nastasi, Venea Dara Daygon, Vassilis Kontogiorgos and Melissa A. Fitzgerald
    Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 566; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040566
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/566
  7. “Quercetin Induces Apoptosis in HepG2 Cells via Directly Interacting with YY1 to Disrupt YY1-p53 Interaction”
    by Hui Guan, Wenyuan Zhang, Hui Liu, Yang Jiang, Feng Li, Maoyu Wu, Geoffrey I. N. Waterhouse,
    Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse and Dapeng Li
    Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 229; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020229
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/229
  8. “An Egg White-Derived Peptide Enhances Systemic Insulin Sensitivity and Modulates Markers of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Obese, Insulin Resistant Mice”
    by Stepheny C. de Campos Zani, Ren Wang, Hellen Veida-Silva, Robin D. Clugston, Jessica T. Y. Yue, Marcelo A. Mori, Jianping Wu and Catherine B. Chan
    Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 174; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020174
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/174

2 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Environmental Metabolomics”

1. “The Relationship between Phthalates and Diabetes: A Review”
by Melissa Mariana and Elisa Cairrao
Metabolites 2023, 13(6), 746; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13060746
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/6/746

2. “Cross-Platform Comparison of Amino Acid Metabolic Profiling in Three Model Organisms Used in Environmental Metabolomics”
by Jessica C. D’eon, Brian P. Lankadurai, André J. Simpson, Eric J. Reiner, David G. Poirier, Greg C. Vanlerberghe and Myrna J. Simpson
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 402; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030402
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/402

3. “Impact of Heavy Metal Exposure on Mytilus galloprovincialis Spermatozoa: A Metabolomic Investigation”
by Gennaro Lettieri, Carmela Marinaro, Rosaria Notariale, Pasquale Perrone, Martina Lombardi, Alessio Trotta, Jacopo Troisi and Marina Piscopo
Metabolites 2023, 13(8), 943; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13080943
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/8/943

4. “Suitability of Short- and Long-Term Storage of Volatile Organic Compounds Samples in Syringe-Based Containers: A Comparison Study”
by Paulo Henrique Costa Santos, Pedro Catalão Moura and Valentina Vassilenko
Metabolites 2023, 13(8), 903; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13080903
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/8/903

5. “An Exploratory Study of the Metabolite Profiling from Pesticides Exposed Workers”
by Daniela Magalhães Nolasco, Michele P. R. Mendes, Luiz Paulo de Aguiar Marciano, Luiz Filipe Costa, Adriana Nori De Macedo, Isarita Martins Sakakibara, Alessandra Cristina Pupin Silvério, Maria José N. Paiva and Leiliane C. André
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 596; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050596
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/596

6. “Effects of Ecologically Relevant Concentrations of Cadmium on the Microbiota, Short-Chain Fatty Acids, and FFAR2 Expression in Zebrafish”
by Jian Yang, Junyi Li, Xiaoshun Zhang, Qin Zhou, Junyi Wang, Qingsong Chen, Xiaojing Meng and Yuan Xia
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 657; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050657
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/657

7. “Exposure to Particulate Matter in the Broiler House Causes Dyslipidemia and Exacerbates It by Damaging Lung Tissue in Broilers”
by Dan Shen, Qi Guo, Kai Huang, Weijia Mao, Kai Wang, Wenjie Zeng, Yansen Li, Zhendong Guo, Kentaro Nagaoka and Chunmei Li
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 363; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030363
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/363

8. “Microbial Virulence Factors, Antimicrobial Resistance Genes, Metabolites, and Synthetic Chemicals in Cabins of Commercial Aircraft”
by Xi Fu, Mei Zhang, Yiwen Yuan, Yang Chen, Zheyuan Ou, Zailina Hashim, Jamal Hisham Hashim, Xin Zhang, Zhuohui Zhao, Dan Norbäck et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 343; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030343
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/343

2 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Environmental Metabolomics”

1. “Kinetic Modeling of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Central Carbon Metabolism: Achievements, Limitations, and Opportunities”
by David Lao-Martil, Koen J. A. Verhagen, Joep P. J. Schmitz, Bas Teusink, S. Aljoscha Wahl and Natal A. W. van Riel
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010074
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/74

2. “Environmental Metabolomics Promises and Achievements in the Field of Aquatic Ecotoxicology: Viewed through the Pharmaceutical Lens”
by Thibaut Dumas, Frédérique Courant, Hélène Fenet and Elena Gomez
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 186; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020186  
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/186

3. “Exploring Thermal Sensitivities and Adaptations of Oxidative Phosphorylation Pathways”
by Hélène Lemieux and Pierre U. Blier
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 360; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040360
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/360

4. “Host–Gut Microbiome Metabolic Interactions in PFAS-Impacted Freshwater Turtles (Emydura macquarii macquarii)”
by David J. Beale, Thao V. Nguyen, Rohan M. Shah, Andrew Bissett, Akhikun Nahar, Matthew Smith, Viviana Gonzalez-Astudillo, Christoph Braun, Brenda Baddiley and Suzanne Vardy
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 747; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080747
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/747

5. “Early Biological Modulations Resulting from 1-Week Venlafaxine Exposure of Marine Mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis Determined by a Metabolomic Approach”
by Gaëlle Ramirez, Elena Gomez, Thibaut Dumas, David Rosain, Olivier Mathieu, Hélène Fenet and Frédérique Courant
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 197; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030197
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/197

6. “Mycorrhiza-Tree-Herbivore Interactions: Alterations in Poplar Metabolome and Volatilome”
by Prasath Balaji Sivaprakasam Padmanaban, Maaria Rosenkranz, Peiyuan Zhu, Moritz Kaling, Anna Schmidt, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Andrea Polle and Jörg-Peter Schnitzler
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020093
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/93

7. “Effects of Light and Temperature on the Metabolic Profiling of Two Habitat-Dependent Bloom-Forming Cyanobacteria”
by Bijayalaxmi Mohanty, Seyed Mohammad Majedi, Shruti Pavagadhi, Shu Harn Te, Chek Yin Boo, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin and Sanjay Swarup
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 406; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050406
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/406

8. “Multi-Omics, an Integrated Approach to Identify Novel Blood Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease”
by Maxime François, Avinash V. Karpe, Jian-Wei Liu, David J. Beale, Maryam Hor, Jane Hecker, Jeff Faunt, John Maddison, Sally Johns, James D. Doecke et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(10), 949; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12100949
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/10/949

2 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Cell Metabolism”

1. “Targeted Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Drug Distribution, Toxicity, and Tissue Classification Studies”
by Andreas Dannhorn, Maria Luisa Doria, James McKenzie, Paolo Inglese, John G. Swales, Gregory Hamm, Nicole Strittmatter, Gareth Maglennon, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, Richard J. A. Goodwin et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 377; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030377
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/377

2. “Revised Harris–Benedict Equation: New Human Resting Metabolic Rate Equation”
by Eleni Pavlidou, Sousana K. Papadopoulou, Kyriakos Seroglou and Constantinos Giaginis
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 189; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020189
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/189

3. “Metabolically Active Zones Involving Fatty Acid Elongation Delineated by DESI-MSI Correlate with Pathological and Prognostic Features of Colorectal Cancer”
by Martin Kaufmann, Natasha Iaboni, Amoon Jamzad, David Hurlbut, Kevin Yi Mi Ren, John F. Rudan, Parvin Mousavi, Gabor Fichtinger, Sonal Varma, Antonio Caycedo-Marulanda et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 508; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040508
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/508

4. “Mitochondrial and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Trigger Triglyceride Accumulation in Models of Parkinson’s Disease Independent of Mutations in MAPT”
by Hugo J. R. Fernandes, Josh P. Kent, Michaela Bruntraeger, Andrew R. Bassett, Albert Koulman, Emmanouil Metzakopian and Stuart G. Snowden
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010112
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/112

5. “Role of Oxidative Stress in Ocular Diseases: A Balancing Act”
*Feature Paper
by Daisy Y. Shu, Suman Chaudhary, Kin-Sang Cho, Anton Lennikov, William P. Miller, David C. Thorn, Menglu Yang and Tina B. McKay
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 187; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020187
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/187

6. “Influence of Cholesterol on the Regulation of Osteoblast Function”
by Alena Akhmetshina, Dagmar Kratky and Elizabeth Rendina-Ruedy
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 578; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040578
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/578

7. “Targeting Oncometabolites in Peritoneal Cancers: Preclinical Insights and Therapeutic Strategies”
by Revathy Nadhan, Srishti Kashyap, Ji Hee Ha, Muralidharan Jayaraman, Yong Sang Song, Ciro Isidoro and Danny N. Dhanasekaran
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 618; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050618
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/618

8. “Red Blood Cell Metabolism In Vivo and In Vitro”
by Angelo D’Alessandro, Alkmini T. Anastasiadi, Vassilis L. Tzounakas, Travis Nemkov, Julie A. Reisz, Anastsios G. Kriebardis, James C. Zimring, Steven L. Spitalnik and Michael P. Busch
Metabolites 2023, 13(7), 793; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13070793
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/7/793

2 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Cell Metabolism”

1. “Mass Spectrometry Imaging Disclosed Spatial Distribution of Defense-Related Metabolites in Triticum spp.”
by Laura Righetti, Sven Gottwald, Sara Tortorella, Bernhard Spengler and Dhaka Ram Bhandari
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010048
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/48

2. “The MicroRNA miR-277 Controls Physiology and Pathology of the Adult Drosophila Midgut by Regulating the Expression of Fatty Acid β-Oxidation-Related Genes in Intestinal Stem Cells”
by Lisa Zipper, Sai Batchu, Nida Hatice Kaya, Zeus Andrea Antonello and Tobias Reiff
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 315; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040315
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/315

3. “The Impact of Iron Dyshomeostasis and Anaemia on Long-Term Pulmonary Recovery and Persisting Symptom Burden after COVID-19: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study”
by Thomas Sonnweber, Philipp Grubwieser, Sabina Sahanic, Anna Katharina Böhm, Alex Pizzini, Anna Luger, Christoph Schwabl, Sabine Koppelstätter, Katharina Kurz, Bernhard Puchner et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 546; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060546
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/546

4. “Identification of the Transcription Factor ATF3 as a Direct and Indirect Regulator of the LDLR”
by Sabine Bauer, Jana Eigenmann, Yuqi Zhao, Julia Fleig, Johann S. Hawe, Calvin Pan, Dario Bongiovanni, Simon Wengert, Angela Ma, Aldons J. Lusis et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 840; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090840
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/840

5. “The Role of Ferritin in Health and Disease: Recent Advances and Understandings”
by Nikhil Kumar Kotla, Priyata Dutta, Sanjana Parimi and Nupur K. Das
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 609; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070609
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/609

6. “Impact of Micro- and Nanoplastics on Mitochondria”
by Seung Eun Lee, Yoojung Yi, Sangji Moon, Hyunkyung Yoon and Yong Seek Park
Metabolites 2022, 12(10), 897; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12100897
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/10/897

7. “Metabolic Determinants in Cardiomyocyte Function and Heart Regenerative Strategies”
by Magda Correia, Francisco Santos, Rita da Silva Ferreira, Rita Ferreira, Bruno Bernardes de Jesus and Sandrina Nóbrega-Pereira
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 500; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060500
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/500

8. “Reprogramming of Cellular Metabolism and Its Therapeutic Applications in Thyroid Cancer”
by Yuji Nagayama and Koichiro Hamada
Metabolites 2022, 12(12), 1214; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12121214
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/12/1214

2 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Pharmacology and Drug Metabolism”

1. “Links between Metabolic Syndrome and Hypertension: The Relationship with the Current Antidiabetic Drugs”
by Silviu Stanciu, Emilia Rusu, Daniela Miricescu, Ana Cristina Radu, Bianca Axinia, Ana Maria Vrabie, Ruxandra Ionescu, Mariana Jinga and Carmen Adella Sirbu
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010087
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/87

2. “Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Drug–Drug Interactions: Research Methods and Applications”
by Lei Sun, Kun Mi, Yixuan Hou, Tianyi Hui, Lan Zhang, Yanfei Tao, Zhenli Liu and Lingli Huang
Metabolites 2023, 13(8), 897; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13080897
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/8/897

3. “Glucagon-like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease—Current Background, Hopes, and Perspectives”
by Georgiana-Diana Cazac, Cristina-Mihaela Lăcătușu, Gabriela Ștefănescu, Cătălina Mihai, Elena-Daniela Grigorescu, Alina Onofriescu and Bogdan-Mircea Mihai
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 581; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050581
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/581

4. “Understanding the Consequences of Fatty Bone and Fatty Muscle: How the Osteosarcopenic Adiposity Phenotype Uncovers the Deterioration of Body Composition”
by Kelsey Hu, Elizabeth Deya Edelen, Wenqing Zhuo, Aliya Khan, Josselyne Orbegoso, Lindsey Greenfield, Berna Rahi, Michael Griffin, Jasminka Z. Ilich and Owen J. Kelly
Metabolites 2023, 13(10), 1056; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13101056
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/10/1056

5. “Integrating Metabolomics and Gene Expression Underlying Potential Biomarkers Compounds Associated with Antioxidant Activity in Southern Grape Seeds”
by Ahmed G. Darwish, Md Moniruzzaman, Violeta Tsolova and Islam El-Sharkawy
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 210; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020210
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/210

6. “Prediction of a Large-Scale Database of Collision Cross-Section and Retention Time Using Machine Learning to Reduce False Positive Annotations in Untargeted Metabolomics”
by Marie Lenski, Saïd Maallem, Gianni Zarcone, Guillaume Garçon, Jean-Marc Lo-Guidice, Sébastien Anthérieu and Delphine Allorge
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 282; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020282
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/282

7. “α-Methyltryptamine (α-MT) Metabolite Profiling in Human Hepatocyte Incubations and Postmortem Urine and Blood”
by Sara Malaca, Charline Bottinelli, Laurent Fanton, Nathalie Cartiser, Jeremy Carlier and Francesco Paolo Busardò
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010092
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/92

8. “Regulation of Human Endogenous Metabolites by Drug Transporters and Drug Metabolizing Enzymes: An Analysis of Targeted SNP-Metabolite Associations”
by Jeffry C. Granados, Jeramie D. Watrous, Tao Long, Sara Brin Rosenthal, Susan Cheng, Mohit Jain and Sanjay K. Nigam
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 171; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020171
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/171

2 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Pharmacology and Drug Metabolism”

1. “Glutamate Efflux across the Blood–Brain Barrier: New Perspectives on the Relationship between Depression and the Glutamatergic System”
by Benjamin Fredrick Gruenbaum, Alexander Zlotnik, Amit Frenkel, Ilya Fleidervish and Matthew Boyko
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 459; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050459
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/459

2. “Lipidomics in Understanding Pathophysiology and Pharmacologic Effects in Inflammatory Diseases: Considerations for Drug Development”
by Kabir Ahluwalia, Brandon Ebright, Kingsley Chow, Priyal Dave, Andrew Mead, Roy Poblete, Stan G. Louie and Isaac Asante
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 333; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040333
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/333

3. “Infection Biomarkers Based on Metabolomics”
by Rúben Araújo, Luís F. N. Bento, Tiago A. H. Fonseca, Cristiana P. Von Rekowski, Bernardo Ribeiro da Cunha and Cecília R. C. Calado
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020092
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/92

4. “The Glycobiology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
by Shia Vang, Phillip Cochran, Julio Sebastian Domingo, Stefanie Krick and Jarrod Wesley Barnes
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 316; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040316
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/316

5. “Human In Vivo Metabolism and Elimination Behavior of Micro-Dosed Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator RAD140 for Doping Control Purposes”
by Felicitas Wagener, Luisa Euler, Christian Görgens, Sven Guddat and Mario Thevis
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 666; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070666
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/666

6. “HBM4EU Chromates Study: Urinary Metabolomics Study of Workers Exposed to Hexavalent Chromium”
by Lucyna Kozłowska, Tiina Santonen, Radu Corneliu Duca, Lode Godderis, Karolina Jagiello, Beata Janasik, An Van Nieuwenhuyse, Katrien Poels, Tomasz Puzyn, Paul T. J. Scheepers et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 362; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040362
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/362

7. “Dolutegravir Discontinuation for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in People Living with HIV and Their Outcomes after Treatment Change: A Pharmacogenetic Study”
by Jessica Cusato, Alberto Borghetti, Elisabetta Teti, Maurizio Milesi, Maria Cristina Tettoni, Stefano Bonora, Mattia Trunfio, Antonio D’Avolio, Mirko Compagno, Simona Di Giambenedetto et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(12), 1202; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12121202
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/12/1202 

8. “An Improved Method to Quantify Short-Chain Fatty Acids in Biological Samples Using Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry”
by Kyeong-Seog Kim, Yujin Lee, Woori Chae and Joo-Youn Cho
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 525; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060525
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/525

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Plant Metabolism”

1. “Nutraceutical Properties of Medicago sativa L., Agave spp., Zea mays L. and Avena sativa L.: A Review of Metabolites and Mechanisms”
by Tannia A. Quiñones-Muñoz, Socorro J. Villanueva-Rodríguez and Juan G. Torruco-Uco
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 806; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090806
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/806

2. “The Importance of Microorganisms for Sustainable Agriculture—A Review”
by Marcel Antoszewski, Agnieszka Mierek-Adamska and Grażyna B. Dąbrowska
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1100; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111100
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1100

3. “Multi-Omics-Based Discovery of Plant Signaling Molecules”
by Fei Luo, Zongjun Yu, Qian Zhou and Ancheng Huang
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010076
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/76

4. “Advances in Metabolomics-Driven Diagnostic Breeding and Crop Improvement”
by Ali Razzaq, David S. Wishart, Shabir Hussain Wani, Muhammad Khalid Hameed, Muhammad Mubin and Fozia Saleem
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060511
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/511

5. “Profiling of Volatile Organic Compounds from Four Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria by SPME–GC–MS: A Metabolomics Study”
by Msizi I. Mhlongo, Lizelle A. Piater and Ian A. Dubery
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 763; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080763
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/763

6. “Metabolite Profiling and Classification of Highbush Blueberry Leaves under Different Shade Treatments”
by Yaqiong Wu, Hao Yang, Zhengjin Huang, Chunhong Zhang, Lianfei Lyu, Weilin Li and Wenlong Wu
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010079
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/79 

7. “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Phenolic Metabolites and Their Antioxidant Activities from Australian Native Plants”
by Akhtar Ali, Jeremy J. Cottrell and Frank R. Dunshea
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111016
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1016

8. “Computational Metabolomics Tools Reveal Metabolic Reconfigurations Underlying the Effects of Biostimulant Seaweed Extracts on Maize Plants under Drought Stress Conditions”
by Morena M. Tinte, Keabetswe Masike, Paul A. Steenkamp, Johan Huyser, Justin J. J. van der Hooft and Fidele Tugizimana
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 487; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060487
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/487

1 February 2024
“You Have High Cholesterol”: A Science Appetizer Based on the Latest Research Published in Metabolites

The article entitled “Oreo Cookie Treatment Lowers LDL Cholesterol More Than High-Intensity Statin therapy in a Lean Mass Hyper-Responder on a Ketogenic Diet: A Curious Crossover Experiment”, authored by Dr. Nicholas G. Norwitz and Dr. William C. Cromwell, was published in Metabolites (ISSN: 2218-1989) and has been discussed in various media outlets. Dr. Nicholas G. Norwitz has written the following science appetizer based on his latest research:

“You have high cholesterol”. These are four words many doctors are familiar with administering and of which many patients know the sting. But what happens when a patient’s cholesterol levels are not just high, but “into space” HIGH—so high, in fact, that many doctors, upon seeing such numbers, probably think either (i) this must be a lab error or (ii) this patient should probably go coffin shopping. I am joking, of course, but with a purpose: to highlight the stomach-turning fear that accompanies levels of LDL, “bad”, cholesterol (LDL-C) that arise in some patients we now call “Lean Mass Hyper-Responders” (LMHRs).

What are LMHRs? What causes this phenotype? Can it be reversed? If so, how?

What if I told you the answer to the last two questions were “Yes!” and…“Oreo cookies.” And no, this is not a joke.

But let us back up and return to the first two questions:

What are LMHRs?

LMHRs are people who, upon adopting a ketogenic diet which is low in carbohydrates and high in fat, see their LDL-C skyrocket, along with high HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) and low triglyceride levels. This triad defines LMHRs. Simply put, LMHRs are individuals who exhibit high LDL-C, high HDL-C and low triglycerides on a low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet.

Although there is no “leanness” criterion, they are typically lean, active and metabolically healthy.

In fact, in a recent meta-analysis of 41 randomized controlled trials, researchers found that, as a group, only those studies of low-carbohydrate diets in lean individuals (BMI <25 kg/m2) exhibited LDL-C increases, whereas there were no such increases in individuals with overweight or obesity, and in patients with class II obesity, LDL-C actually dropped. There was also an inverse association between LDL-C and BMI in low-carbohydrate diets, and the effect of being lean as a “risk factor” for high LDL-C dominated over the effects of saturated fat intake.

Now, what causes the phenotype?

The Lipid Energy Model can explain the LMHR phenotype. Briefly, in lean insulin-sensitive people on low-carbohydrate diets, there is a large shift from carb burning to fat burning as liver glycogen stores drop. Free fatty acids are repackaged into triglyceride and exported from the liver abord VLDL particles. In peripheral muscle and fat tissue, these VLDL particles are “turned over” rapidly by lipoprotein lipase (LPL), depleting the VLDL spheres of their triglyceride core. In so doing, the VLDL shrinks into LDL, which has a longer residence time, and the rim of the VLDL is shed and picked up by HDL particles. This results in the high LDL-C, high HDL-C and low triglyceride triad that defines LMHRs.

Based on this understanding, a hypothesis arises: one should be able to reverse the LMHR phenotype, and lower LDL-C, by re-adding carbs to the diet of an LMHR who is otherwise eating a very low-carb diet.

Based on prior studies and prior clinical observations, the first author of the present study (me: Nicholas G. Norwitz, a Ph.D. scientist, MD student and LMHR himself) attempted to test that hypothesis in a bold fashion and by choosing a “provocative” carb: Oreo cookies.

In a recent small (n = 1) crossover trial, I ate 12 Oreo cookies per day for 16 days and then, after a washout period of 3 months, was treated with 20 mg rosuvastatin for 6 weeks as a comparator.

The Oreo cookie supplementation lowered my LDL-C from 384 mg/dl to 111 mg/dl, a stunning 71% drop in 16 days. By comparison, the most high-dose statin therapy lowered my LDL-C over 6 weeks by 32.5%.

Thus, in an LMHR with astronomically high LDL-C, “bad cholesterol,” Oreo cookie supplementation was two times as effective at lowering LDL-C compared with high-dose statin therapy.

SHOCKING! However, this is consistent with prior data and the prediction of the Lipid Energy Model.

So, the next question is, why would I conduct such an odd experiment? The answer is simple: to raise awareness. This experiment was a form of “legit bait,” as it were, a dramatic metabolic demonstration meant to turn heads and get communities asking questions about LMHRs and the Lipid Energy Model.

While I may be biased, I do think the study of LMHRs and the Lipid Energy Model has a tremendous amount to teach us about human metabolism and physiology. Understanding these phenomena could lead to breakthroughs in science and medicine. But to make those advances, we need engagement, collaboration and resources. The first step to acquiring those is awareness.

Now you know. Are you curious to learn more?

If you are, here are some places to start:

Also, follow along on Twitter: @nicknorwitz @lipoprotein @realDaveFeldman

Flagship tweet: https://x.com/nicknorwitz/status/1749426902274580911?s=20

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Plant Metabolism”

1. “Melatonin from Microorganisms, Algae, and Plants as Possible Alternatives to Synthetic Melatonin”
by Marino B. Arnao, Manuela Giraldo-Acosta, Ana Castejón-Castillejo, Marta Losada-Lorán, Pablo Sánchez-Herrerías, Amina El Mihyaoui, Antonio Cano and Josefa Hernández-Ruiz
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 72; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010072
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/72

2. “Centella asiatica and Its Metabolite Asiatic Acid: Wound Healing Effects and Therapeutic Potential”
by Lúcio Ricardo Leite Diniz, Leonardo Luiz Calado, Allana Brunna Sucupira Duarte and Damião Pergentino de Sousa
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 276; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020276
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/276

3. “The Role of Quorum Sensing Molecules in Bacterial–Plant Interactions”
by Jan Majdura, Urszula Jankiewicz, Agnieszka Gałązka and Sławomir Orzechowski
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010114
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/114

4. “Secondary Metabolites Isolated from Artemisia afra and Artemisia annua and Their Anti-Malarial, Anti-Inflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties—Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics: A Review”
by Lahngong Methodius Shinyuy, Gisèle E. Loe, Olivia Jansen, Lúcia Mamede, Allison Ledoux, Sandra Fankem Noukimi, Suh Nchang Abenwie, Stephen Mbigha Ghogomu, Jacob Souopgui and Annie Robert
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 613; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050613
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/613

5. “Biochar-Mediated Control of Metabolites and Other Physiological Responses in Water-Stressed Leptocohloa fusca
by Khansa Saleem, Muhammad Ahsan Asghar, Ali Raza, Hafiz Hassan Javed, Taimoor Hassan Farooq, Muhammad Arslan Ahmad, Altafur Rahman, Abd Ullah, Baiquan Song, Junbo Du et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040511
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/511

6. “Optimization of Phenolic Compounds Extraction and Antioxidant Activity from Inonotus hispidus Using Ultrasound-Assisted Extraction Technology”
by Liliana Machado-Carvalho, Tânia Martins, Alfredo Aires and Guilhermina Marques
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 524; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040524
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/524

7. “Bark Beetles Utilize Ophiostomatoid Fungi to Circumvent Host Tree Defenses”
by Rashaduz Zaman, Courtney May, Aziz Ullah and Nadir Erbilgin
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020239
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/239

8. “Cytotoxic Isopentenyl Phloroglucinol Compounds from Garcinia xanthochymus Using LC-MS-Based Metabolomics”
by Fan Quan, Xinbo Luan, Jian Zhang, Wenjie Gao, Jian Yan and Ping Li
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 258; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020258
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/258

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Nutrition and Metabolism”

1. “Gut Microbiota Metabolites in Major Depressive Disorder—Deep Insights into Their Pathophysiological Role and Potential Translational Applications”
by Miguel A. Ortega, Miguel Angel Alvarez-Mon, Cielo García-Montero, Oscar Fraile-Martinez, Luis G. Guijarro, Guillermo Lahera, Jorge Monserrat, Paula Valls, Fernando Mora, Roberto Rodríguez-Jiménez et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010050
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/50

2. “Colon Cancer: From Epidemiology to Prevention”
by Kyriaki Katsaounou, Elpiniki Nicolaou, Paris Vogazianos, Cameron Brown, Marios Stavrou, Savvas Teloni, Pantelis Hatzis, Agapios Agapiou, Elisavet Fragkou, Georgios Tsiaoussis et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 499; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060499
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/499

3. “The Sensory Mechanisms of Nutrient-Induced GLP-1 Secretion”
by Anna Pii Hjørne, Ida Marie Modvig and Jens Juul Holst
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 420; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050420
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/420

4. “Taurine: A Maternally Derived Nutrient Linking Mother and Offspring”
by Shiro Tochitani
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 228; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030228
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/228

5. “A Novel Ketone-Supplemented Diet Improves Recognition Memory and Hippocampal Mitochondrial Efficiency in Healthy Adult Mice”
*
Editor’s Choice
by Erin R. Saito, Cali E. Warren, Cameron M. Hanegan, John G. Larsen, Johannes D. du Randt, Mio Cannon, Jeremy Y. Saito, Rachel J. Campbell, Colin M. Kemberling, Gavin S. Miller et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1019; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111019
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1019

6. “Plasma Metabolic and Lipidomic Fingerprinting of Individuals with Increased Intestinal Permeability”
by Rohan M. Shah, Snehal R. Jadhav, Laura Phan, Kelton Tremellen, Cuong D. Tran and David J. Beale
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 302; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040302
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/302

7. “Central Taurine Attenuates Hyperthermia and Isolation Stress Behaviors Augmented by Corticotropin-Releasing Factor with Modifying Brain Amino Acid Metabolism in Neonatal Chicks”
by Mohamed Z. Elhussiny, Phuong V. Tran, Yuriko Tsuru, Shogo Haraguchi, Elizabeth R. Gilbert, Mark A. Cline, Takashi Bungo, Mitsuhiro Furuse and Vishwajit S. Chowdhury
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010083
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/83

8. “Vitamin B6 Inhibits High Glucose-Induced Islet β Cell Apoptosis by Upregulating Autophagy”
*Feature Paper
by Yu Zhang, Xi-an Zhou, Chuxin Liu, Qingwu Shen and Yanyang Wu
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1048; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111048
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1048

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Nutrition and Metabolism”

1. “Obesity-Induced Brain Neuroinflammatory and Mitochondrial Changes”
by Luisa O. Schmitt and Joana M. Gaspar
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 86; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010086
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/86

2. “Molecular Mechanisms of Western Diet-Induced Obesity and Obesity-Related Carcinogenesis—A Narrative Review”
by Dhruvi Lathigara, Devesh Kaushal and Robert Beaumont Wilson
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 675; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050675
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/675

3. “Screening for NAFLD—Current Knowledge and Challenges”
by Roberta Forlano, Giordano Sigon, Benjamin H. Mullish, Michael Yee and Pinelopi Manousou
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 536; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040536
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/536

4. “Mechanisms of Maternal Diet-Induced Obesity Affecting the Offspring Brain and Development of Affective Disorders”
*
Editor’s Choice
by Daniel E. Radford-Smith and Daniel C. Anthony
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 455; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030455
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/455

5. “Fetal Hepatic Lipidome Is More Greatly Affected by Maternal Rate of Gain Compared with Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation at day 83 of Gestation”
*
Editor’s Choice
by Ana Clara B. Menezes, Carl R. Dahlen, Kacie L. McCarthy, Cierrah J. Kassetas, Friederike Baumgaertner, James D. Kirsch, Sheri T. Dorsam, Tammi L. Neville, Alison K. Ward, Pawel P. Borowicz et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 175; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020175
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/175

6. “Erythroprotective Potential of Phycobiliproteins Extracted from Porphyridium cruentum
by Rubria Lucía Peña-Medina, Diana Fimbres-Olivarría, Luis Fernando Enríquez-Ocaña, Luis Rafael Martínez-Córdova, Carmen Lizette Del-Toro-Sánchez, José Antonio López-Elías and Ricardo Iván González-Vega
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 366; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030366
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/366

7. “Upregulation of Taurine Biosynthesis and Bile Acid Conjugation with Taurine through FXR in a Mouse Model with Human-like Bile Acid Composition”
by Teruo Miyazaki, Hajime Ueda, Tadashi Ikegami and Akira Honda
Metabolites 2023, 13(7), 824; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13070824
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/7/824

8. “Dietary Inflammatory and Insulinemic Potentials, Plasma Metabolome and Risk of Colorectal Cancer”
by Dong Hoon Lee, Qi Jin, Ni Shi, Fenglei Wang, Alaina M. Bever, Jun Li, Liming Liang, Frank B. Hu, Mingyang Song, Oana A. Zeleznik et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(6), 744; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13060744
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/6/744

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Lipid Metabolism”

1. “A Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry-Based Method for the Quantification of Short Chain Fatty Acids”
by Julia K. Rohde, Marceline M. Fuh, Ioannis Evangelakos, Mira J. Pauly, Nicola Schaltenberg, Francesco Siracusa, Nicola Gagliani, Klaus Tödter, Joerg Heeren and Anna Worthmann
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 170; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020170
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/170

2. “Ubiquitous Aberration in Cholesterol Metabolism across Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma”
by Venugopal Gunda, Thiago C. Genaro-Mattos, Jyoti B. Kaushal, Ramakanth Chirravuri-Venkata, Gopalakrishnan Natarajan, Kavita Mallya, Paul M. Grandgenett, Karoly Mirnics, Surinder K. Batra, Zeljka Korade et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010047
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/47

3. “Plasma Lipid Profiles Change with Increasing Numbers of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries in Rats”
by Chidozie C. Anyaegbu, Harrison Szemray, Sarah C. Hellewell, Nathan G. Lawler, Kerry Leggett, Carole Bartlett, Brittney Lins, Terence McGonigle, Melissa Papini, Ryan S. Anderton et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 322; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040322
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/322

4. “The Lipid Energy Model: Reimagining Lipoprotein Function in the Context of Carbohydrate-Restricted Diets”
by Nicholas G. Norwitz, Adrian Soto-Mota, Bob Kaplan, David S. Ludwig, Matthew Budoff, Anatol Kontush and David Feldman
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 460; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050460
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/460

5. “Role of Oxylipins in the Inflammatory-Related Diseases NAFLD, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes”
by Mariya Misheva, Jethro Johnson and James McCullagh
Metabolites 2022, 12(12), 1238; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12121238
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/12/1238

6. “Insight into the Evolving Role of PCSK9”
by Mateusz Maligłówka, Michał Kosowski, Marcin Hachuła, Marcin Cyrnek, Łukasz Bułdak, Marcin Basiak, Aleksandra Bołdys, Grzegorz Machnik, Rafał Jakub Bułdak and Bogusław Okopień
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 256; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030256
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/256

7. “Interactions between Tryptophan Metabolism, the Gut Microbiome and the Immune System as Potential Drivers of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Metabolic Diseases”
by Charlotte Teunis, Max Nieuwdorp and Nordin Hanssen
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 514; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060514
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/514

8. “Lipid Peroxidation Produces a Diverse Mixture of Saturated and Unsaturated Aldehydes in Exhaled Breath That Can Serve as Biomarkers of Lung Cancer—A Review”
by Saurin R. Sutaria, Sadakatali S. Gori, James D. Morris, Zhenzhen Xie, Xiao-An Fu and Michael H. Nantz
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 561; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060561
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/561

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Lipid Metabolism”

1. “Enhanced Carotid Plaque Echolucency Is Associated with Reduced Cognitive Performance in Elderly Patients with Atherosclerotic Disease Independently on Metabolic Profile”
*Editor’s Choice
by Daniela Mastroiacovo, Alessandro Mengozzi, Francesco Dentali, Fulvio Pomero, Agostino Virdis, Antonio Camerota, Mario Muselli, Stefano Necozione, Raffaella Bocale, Claudio Ferri et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 478; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040478
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/478

2. “A Strategy for Uncovering the Serum Metabolome by Direct-Infusion High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry”
*Editor’s Choice
by Xiaoshan Sun, Zhen Jia, Yuqing Zhang, Xinjie Zhao, Chunxia Zhao, Xin Lu and Guowang Xu
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 460; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030460
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/460

3. “Dietary Supplement, Containing the Dry Extract of Curcumin, Emblica and Cassia, Counteracts Intestinal Inflammation and Enteric Dysmotility Associated with Obesity”
by Vanessa D’Antongiovanni, Matteo Fornai, Laura Benvenuti, Clelia Di Salvo, Carolina Pellegrini, Federica Cappelli, Stefano Masi and Luca Antonioli
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 410; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030410
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/410

4. “Serum Uric Acid Predicts All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Independently of Hypertriglyceridemia in Cardiometabolic Patients without Established CV Disease: A Sub-Analysis of the URic acid Right for heArt Health (URRAH) Study”
by Alessandro Mengozzi, Nicola Riccardo Pugliese, Giovambattista Desideri, Stefano Masi, Fabio Angeli, Carlo Maria Barbagallo, Michele Bombelli, Federica Cappelli, Edoardo Casiglia, Rosario Cianci et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 244; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020244
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/244

5. “High-Density Lipoprotein Alterations in Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity”
by Damien Denimal, Serge Monier, Benjamin Bouillet, Bruno Vergès and Laurence Duvillard
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 253; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020253
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/253

6. “Exosomes in Cardiovascular Disease: From Mechanism to Therapeutic Target”
*Editor’s Choice
by Allison B. Reiss, Saba Ahmed, Maryann Johnson, Usman Saeedullah and Joshua De Leon
Metabolites 2023, 13(4), 479; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13040479
Available online:
https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/4/479

7. “Atherosclerosis Calcification: Focus on Lipoproteins”
by Jaap G. Neels, Georges Leftheriotis and Giulia Chinetti
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 457; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030457
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/457

8. “Severe Hypertriglyceridaemia and Chylomicronaemia Syndrome—Causes, Clinical Presentation, and Therapeutic Options”
by Bilal Bashir, Jan H. Ho, Paul Downie, Paul Hamilton, Gordon Ferns, Dev Datta, Jaimini Cegla, Anthony S. Wierzbicki, Charlotte Dawson, Fiona Jenkinson et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 621; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050621
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/621

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Animal Metabolism”

1. “Effects of Probiotics and Gut Microbiota on Bone Metabolism in Chickens: A Review”
by Chen Pan, Tingting Xu, Chaodong Zhang, Xishuai Tong, Aftab Shaukat, Yanfeng He, Kaili Liu and Shucheng Huang
Metabolites 2022, 12(10), 1000; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12101000
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/10/1000

2. “Qualitative and Quantitative Effects of Fatty Acids Involved in Heart Diseases”
by Hidenori Moriyama, Jin Endo, Hidehiko Ikura, Hiroki Kitakata, Mizuki Momoi, Yoshiki Shinya, Seien Ko, Genki Ichihara, Takahiro Hiraide, Kohsuke Shirakawa et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 210; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030210
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/210

3. “The Nexus of Diet, Gut Microbiota and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Dogs”
by Soufien Rhimi, Aicha Kriaa, Vincent Mariaule, Amel Saidi, Amandine Drut, Amin Jablaoui, Nizar Akermi, Emmanuelle Maguin, Juan Hernandez and Moez Rhimi
Metabolites 2022, 12(12), 1176; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12121176
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/12/1176

4. “Inhibition of Hepatic AMPK Pathway Contributes to Free Fatty Acids-Induced Fatty Liver Disease in Laying Hen”
by Cheng Huang, Xiaona Gao, Yan Shi, Lianying Guo, Changming Zhou, Ning Li, Wei Chen, Fan Yang, Guyue Li, Yu Zhuang et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 825; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090825
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/825

5. “Prenatal Supplementation in Beef Cattle and Its Effects on Plasma Metabolome of Dams and Calves”
by Fernando José Schalch Junior, Guilherme Henrique Gebim Polizel, Fernando Augusto Correia Queiroz Cançado, Arícia Christofaro Fernandes, Isabela Mortari, Pedro Ratto Lisboa Pires, Heidge Fukumasu, Miguel Henrique de Almeida Santana and Arlindo Saran Netto
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 347; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040347
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/347

6. “Tea Polyphenols Protect the Mammary Gland of Dairy Cows by Enhancing Antioxidant Capacity and Regulating the TGF-β1/p38/JNK Pathway”
by Ran Xu, Mengran Zhu, Jingwen Cao and Mengyao Guo
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1009; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111009
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1009

7. “Relationships between Milk and Blood Biochemical Parameters and Metabolic Status in Dairy Cows during Lactation”
by Biljana Andjelić, Radojica Djoković, Marko Cincović, Snežana Bogosavljević-Bošković, Milun Petrović, Jelena Mladenović and Aleksandar Čukić
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 733; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080733
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/733

8. “Metabolic Responses of Dietary Fiber during Heat Stress: Effects on Reproductive Performance and Stress Level of Gestating Sows”
by SeungMin Oh, Abdolreza Hosseindoust, SangHun Ha, Joseph Moturi, JunYoung Mun, Habeeb Tajudeen and JinSoo Kim
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 280; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040280
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/280

1 February 2024
Metabolites | Highly Cited Papers in 2023 in the Section “Animal Metabolism”

1. “Pregnancy Toxemia in Ewes: A Review of Molecular Metabolic Mechanisms and Management Strategies”
by Xiaoyu Ji, Ning Liu, Yuqin Wang, Ke Ding, Shucheng Huang and Cai Zhang
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020149
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/149

2. “Different Types of Glucocorticoids to Evaluate Stress and Welfare in Animals and Humans: General Concepts and Examples of Combined Use”
by María Botía, Damián Escribano, Silvia Martínez-Subiela, Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Fernando Tecles, Marina López-Arjona and José J. Cerón
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010106
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/106

3. “Noncoding RNA Regulation of Hormonal and Metabolic Systems in the Fruit Fly Drosophila
by Ki-Kei Chan, Ting-Fung Chan, William Bendena and Jerome H. L. Hui
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 152; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020152
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/152

4. “The Effects of Rumen-Protected Choline and Rumen-Protected Nicotinamide on Liver Transcriptomics in Periparturient Dairy Cows”
by Xue’er Du, Zhijie Cui, Rui Zhang, Keliang Zhao, Lamei Wang, Junhu Yao, Shimin Liu, Chuanjiang Cai and Yangchun Cao
Metabolites 2023, 13(5), 594; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13050594
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/5/594

5. “Magnolol as a Protective Antioxidant Alleviates Rotenone-Induced Oxidative Stress and Liver Damage through MAPK/mTOR/Nrf2 in Broilers”
by Weishi Peng, Nanxuan Zhou, Zehe Song, Haihan Zhang and Xi He
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010084
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/84

6. “Dietary Supplementation of Chestnut Tannins in Prepartum Dairy Cows Improves Antioxidant Defense Mechanisms Interacting with Thyroid Status”
by Radiša Prodanović, Sreten Nedić, Ivan Vujanac, Jovan Bojkovski, Svetlana Nedić, Ljubomir Jovanović, Danijela Kirovski and Sunčica Borozan
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 334; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030334
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/334

7. “Identification of Protective Amino Acid Metabolism Events in Nursery Pigs Fed Thermally Oxidized Corn Oil”
by Yue Guo, Lei Wang, Andrea Hanson, Pedro E. Urriola, Gerald C. Shurson and Chi Chen
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 103; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010103
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/103

8. “Comparative Analysis of the Temporal Impacts of Corticosterone and Simulated Production Stressors on the Metabolome of Broiler Chickens”
by Catherine L. J. Brown, Sarah J. M. Zaytsoff, Andrew N. Iwaniuk, Gerlinde A. S. Metz, Tony Montina and G. Douglas Inglis
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 144; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020144
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/144

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”

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

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Inside MDPI

MDPI Annual Meeting Celebrations in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

MDPI and TU Delft Adopt Flat Fee Model in Extended Partnership

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

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

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

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

Benefits to MDPI’s IOAP

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

For further information, see our IOAP FAQ.

Closing Thoughts

Reflections on the 2024 APE Conference

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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

“We can share best practices and lessons learned”

Incorporating MDPI’s Insights into Conferences

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

23 January 2024
Acknowledgment of the Reviewers of Metabolites in 2023

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

In 2023, Metabolites received 4270 review reports, from 3348 reviewers. This past year, we worked with reviewers from 86 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 Metabolites 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:

Aamir Rasool Kranti Mapuskar
Abazar Ghorbani Kristian Linnet
Abbirami Elangovan Kristina Kantminienė
Abdallah Tageldein Mansour Kristina Mlinac-Jerković
Abdelnaser Elzaawely Kristina Sharlo
Abdul Bari Shah Krisztián Pajer
Abdul Basit Krystyna Szymandera-Buszka
Abolfazl Narmani Krzysztof Zborowski
Abraham Pouliakis Kui Zhang
Abraham Wall-Medrano Kuldeep Bansal
Adam Reich Kumar Katragunta
Adarsh K. Gupta Kun Li
Adelina Vlad Kun Lyu
Adham Al-Sagheer Kunihiro Tsuchida
Adina Magdalena Musuc Larisa Fedoreyeva
Adnan Ahmad Lars Kattner
Adrian Arendowski Lasse Markussen
Adrian Florin Spac László Baranyai
Adrian Muresan László Orlóci
Adriana Rusu László Szilák
Adriana Urcan Laura De Palma
Adrienne Scheck Laura Giuseppina Di Pasqua
Agnes Aubouy Laura Ielo
Agnieszka Chwałczyńska Laura-María Compañ Gabucio
Agnieszka Stawarska Leander Corrie
Agnieszka Szewczyk Lidia Błaszczyk
Agostino Casapullo Li-Jun Huang
Agung Irawan Lilya Dzhemileva
Agustin Ariño Lina Raudone
Ahmad Khusairi Azemi Lionel Ulmann
Ahmad Mobed Livio Vitiello
Ahmad Omar Lorena Elena Melit
Ahmed Abu-Zaid Louie Mar Gangcuangco
Ahmed Awad Louis Penning
Ahmed Elmasry Lu Li
Ahmed Hassan Luana Beatriz Dos Santos Nascimento
Ahmed Ramadan Luca Forti
Alan Wong Luca Giacomelli
Alberta Mandich Lucas Fornari Laurindo
Albino Carrizzo Lucian Birsa
Alejandra García-Gasca Lucian Copolovici
Alejandro Bugarin Ludmila Kazdova
Alejandro Plascencia Luigi Matera
Alejandro Tapia Luis Apaza Ticona
Aleksandar Fišteš Luis Cobos Puc
Aleksander Owczarek Luis G. Celis-Regalado
Aleksandra Czumaj Luis Leitão
Aleksandra Józefczyk Luis Mariano Esteban
Aleksandra Kuzan Luis Medina-Juárez
Aleksandra Zeljkovic Luís Rato
Alena Buková Luiz Leonardo Saldanha
Alessandra Ferramosca Łukasz Lewandowski
Alessandro Benedetto Łukasz Szczukowski
Alessandro Caputo Lyudmila Asyakina
Alessandro Marroni Lyudmila Bel'Skaya
Alessia Remigante Maciej Lalowski
Alevtina Savicheva Madhab Sen
Alexander Goroncy Magdalena Hurkacz
Alexander Voronkov Magdalena Izdebska
Alexander Zhgun Magdalena Kurnik-Łucka
Alexandra Lukinich-Gruia Magdalena Rudzińska
Alexandrina Mendes Magdalena Skotnicka
Alfredo G. Casanova Magdalena Wrona
Alfredo Téllez Valencia Maharshi Bhaswant
Alica Pizent Mahdi Mahdipour
Alice Raphael Karikachery Mahesh Gupta
Alicia Mansilla Mahmoud Kandeel
Alicja Stachelska-Wierzchowska Maja Marinović Guić
Alina Popa Makoto Tsunoda
Alisa Pautova Małgorzata Godala
Alison Anderson Małgorzata Grabarczyk
Aliya Hasanah Malgorzata Jaworska
Alma Villaseñor Małgorzata Przybyło
Alsu Lubyanova Małgorzata Stachoń
Amalia Stefaniu Małgorzata Szczuko
Amelia Maria Gaman Malgorzata Tyszka-Czochara
Ameth Hawkins-Villarreal Mana Mukherjee
Amit Kumar Mansur Sandhu
Amit Sharangi Manuel Durán-Poveda
Amrinder Singh Manuel Rodríguez-Ortega
Amvrosios Orfanidis Marc Girondot
Ana Belen Blazquez Martin Marc Stadler
Ana Carolina Gonçalves Marcello Casertano
Ana Catarina Matias Marcelo Coertjens
Ana Hortência Fonseca Castro Marcelo Ferreira
Ana Kaić Marco Meyer
Ana Moreira Marco Roverso
Ana Mucalo Marek Pieszka
Ana Stupin Marek Wesolowski
Ana Zugic Margalida Monserrat-Mesquida
Anamaria Savu Margarita Aguilera
Anca Butuca Margherita Eufemi
Anders Malmendal María Azcona-Sanjulián
András Molnár Maria Botelho
Andrea Ragusa Maria Chernysheva
Andrea Re Cecconi Maria Concetta Cufaro
Andrea Summer Maria De Lurdes Nunes Enes Dapkevicius
Andrea Tittarelli María Luna Luna
Andrea Vannini María Ortega
Andreina Baj Maria Pia Ferraz
Andrey Plotnikov Mariacaterina Lianza
Andrey V. Sybachin Marian Schwarz
Andri Frediansyah Mariana Floria
Andrzej Kasperski Mariann Harangi
Aneta Ostróżka-Cieślik Marie Sjögren
Aneta Otocka-Kmiecik Marina Piscopo
Ángel Arturo López González Marina Pozzolini
Angela Bisio Marine Coué
Angela Grassi Mario Bernardo-Filho
Angelika Buczynska Mario F. C. Santos
Angeliki Angelidi Mario Fernandez
Angeliki Katsafadou Mariola Kozłowska
Angelo Ferlazzo Márk Antal
Anibal De Freitas Santos Junior Mark Musch
Anindya Ganguly Markus Wolfien
Ankica Sekovanić Marlene Fabiola Escobedo Monge
Ann Anderson Berry Marloes Dekker Nitert
Anna Baldisserotto Marta Gaburjáková
Anna Bizoń Marta Letizia Hribal
Anna Giusti Marta Martinez-Julvez
Anna Hering Martin Krssak
Anna Kulminskaya Martin Root
Anna Majewska Martin Svoboda
Anna Ogrodowczyk Martis Georgiana
Anna Piotrowska Marwa A.A. Fayed
Anna Strunecka Marwa M. Ragaey
Anna Syguda Maryam Ardalan
Anna Szakiel Maša Ždralević
Anna Vittoria Mattioli Masaki Nagaya
Annalisa Chiavaroli Masayuki Okuda
Annamaria Aloisio Massimiliano Ammirabile
Annarita Nappi Massimiliano Errico
Anne Anderson Matheus Grahl
Ante Prkić Matt Spick
Anthony Firek Matthias Eckhardt
Anton Kiselev Mattia Spano
Antonella Della Malva Maysa Mobasher
Antonieta Ruiz Mayukh Guha
António Ferreira Mayur Doke
Antonio Gidaro Mederle Ovidiu Alexandru
Antonio Portoles Melis Palamar
Antonio Rosales Martínez Mi Chen
Anupa Ambili Vijayakumari Micaela Medrano
Anuradha Singh Michael Poteser
Anurag Shukla Michael Sticherling
Aranganoor Kannan Thiruvenkadan Michal Ordak
Arasu Ganesan Michel Puceat
Aristotle Koutsiaris Michela Ferrucci
Arkadiusz Lubas Michele Samaja
Armando Caseiro Mickaël Durand-Dubief
Arshad Javaid Miguel García-Castro
Artem Rogachev Mihai Popescu
Artur Ribeiro Mihalj Poŝa
Arun Kumar Hanumana Gouda Patil Mikhail Akimov
Arunaksharan Narayanankutty Mikhail Vorob'Ev
Arvind Negi Milana Trifunović-Momčilov
Ashok Kumar Ming Guo
Asmaa Khafaga Mira Horváthová
Asmuni Mohd Ikmal Mircea Ioan Popa
Atanu Pati Mircea Nicoara
Avik Dutta Mircea-Catalin Fortofoiu
Avinaash Maharaj Miriam Hickey
Ayaz Shahid Mirjana Stojković
Ayman Elsamanoudy Mirolyuba Ilieva
Ayman Mahmoud Mirosław Wyszkowski
Baba-Moussa Lamine Mohamad Hesam Shahrajabian
Balaji Paulraj Mohamed Addi
Baldomero Esquivel Mohammad Alfhili
Baptiste Panthu Mohammad Ashafaq
Bartosz Pawliński Mohammad Faizan Siddiqui
Beate Obermüller Mohammad Mehdizadeh
Behnam Asgari Lajayer Mohammad Saidur Rhaman
Belal Obeidat Mohammad Tajul Islam
Ben De Lacy Costello Mohammed Messaoudi
Benarba Bachir Mohd Imran
Beng Fye Lau Mona El-Neketi
Beniamin Grabarek Monika Kordowska-Wiater
Bhaswati Bhattacharya Monika Łopuszańska-Dawid
Bi-He Cai Monika Ruszala
Bimal Ghimire Mortaza Khodaeiaminjan
Bin Wu Morteza Yousefi
Bindu Subhadra Mostafa Gouda
Bingxian Xie Muawuz Ijaz
Björn-Philipp Diercks Muhammad Ikram
Bogumiła Kupcewicz Muhammad N Zahid
Bojarska Joanna Muhammad Rao
Bozidar Benko Muhammad Raza
Brendan Duggan Muhammad Sajid Hamid Akash
Brindusa Tiperciuc Muhammad Sohaib
Bruce Milthorpe Muhammad Yousaf
Bruno Eto Münir Aktaş
Bruno Ramos-Molina Mustafa Fawzy
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Deepanwita Banerjee Pichad Khejornsart
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Eduardo Piedrafita Rebeca Busto
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Edward N. Harris Renáta Szabó
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El Hassan Sakar Richard Haynes
Elena Kistanova Rita Kiss
Elena Nemtsova Ritesh Chimoriya
Elena Nikitina Robert Ancuceanu
Elena Tchetina Robert Eibl
Eleni C. Mazarakioti Robert Kleszcz
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ElHadji Dioum Robert-Alexandru Vlad
Elias Kouroumalis Roberto Cannataro
Elisa Ceccherini Roberto Ciccoritti
Elisa Masi Roberto Fabiani
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Elsayed Mehana Roland Wohlgemuth
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Eman Khalifa Roman Puzanskiy
Emanuel Hernández Núñez Romeo T. Cristina
Emanuela Calcio Gaudino Romica Cergan
Emanuela Chiarella Ron Kedem
Emiliano Lasagna Ronaldo Thomatieli-Santos
Emma Adriana Ozon Rosa Alba Sola-Martínez
Emrah Güler Rosa María Giráldez-Pérez
Enas El-Ballat Rosa María Tapia-Haro
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Enwu Liu Rosaria Varì
Enzo Martegani Rossella Cacciola
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Ericsson Coy-Barrera Roxana Jijie
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Esmat Ali Ruojun Wang
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Gaweł Sołowski Shamaila Zafar
Geert Potters Shanmuga S Mahalingam
Georg Conrads Shaobin Wang
Georgi Beev Sharad Purohit
Georgiana Deak Shengshuai Shan
Georgios Pampalakis Shibo Yu
Georgios Papadopoulos Shiek Ahmed
Gerardo Barbero Shigao Huang
Gerasimos Daras Shigeho Tanaka
Gergő Tóth Shining Loo
Ghassan Ghssein Shiva Hemmati
Gheorghe Solcan Shivani Bansal
Gianluca Rizzo Shuang Yang
Gina Mendez-Callejas Shu-Cheng Huang
Gioacchin Iannolo Silvia Leoncini
Giorgia Sollai Silvia Mironeasa
Giovanni Colonna Simona Pichini
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Giovanni Nicolao Berta Siniša Đurašević
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Giulia Querio Snigdha Guha
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Goran Kis Stanisław Kalisz
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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

26 December 2023
Metabolites | Top 10 Cited Reviews in 2022

1. “Yeast Protein as an Easily Accessible Food Source”
by Monika Elżbieta Jach, Anna Serefko, Maria Ziaja and Marek Kieliszek
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010063
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/63

2. “Gut Microbiota Metabolites in Major Depressive Disorder—Deep Insights into Their Pathophysiological Role and Potential Translational Applications”
by Miguel A. Ortega, Miguel Angel Alvarez-Mon, Cielo García-Montero, Oscar Fraile-Martinez, Luis G. Guijarro, Guillermo Lahera, Jorge Monserrat, Paula Valls, Fernando Mora, Roberto Rodríguez-Jiménez et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010050
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/50

3. “The Potential of Metabolomics in Biomedical Applications”
by Vanessa Gonzalez-Covarrubias, Eduardo Martínez-Martínez and Laura del Bosque-Plata
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020194
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/194

4. “NMR and Metabolomics—A Roadmap for the Future”
by David S. Wishart, Leo L. Cheng, Valérie Copié, Arthur S. Edison, Hamid R. Eghbalnia, Jeffrey C. Hoch, Goncalo J. Gouveia, Wimal Pathmasiri, Robert Powers, Tracey B. Schock et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 678; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080678
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/678

5. “Interactions between Tryptophan Metabolism, the Gut Microbiome and the Immune System as Potential Drivers of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Metabolic Diseases”
by Charlotte Teunis, Max Nieuwdorp and Nordin Hanssen
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 514; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060514
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/514

6. “Extracellular Matrix in Heart Disease: Focus on Circulating Collagen Type I and III Derived Peptides as Biomarkers of Myocardial Fibrosis and Their Potential in the Prognosis of Heart Failure: A Concise Review”
by Asparuh Nikolov and Nikola Popovski
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 297; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040297
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/297

7. “Farnesoid X Receptor, Bile Acid Metabolism, and Gut Microbiota”
by Hideki Mori, Gianluca Svegliati Baroni, Marco Marzioni, Francesca Di Nicola, Pierangelo Santori, Luca Maroni, Ludovico Abenavoli and Emidio Scarpellini
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 647; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070647
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/647

8. “Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Endocrine Axes—A Scoping Review”
by Madalena Von-Hafe, Marta Borges-Canha, Catarina Vale, Ana Rita Leite, João Sérgio Neves, Davide Carvalho and Adelino Leite-Moreira
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 298; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040298
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/298

9. “Gene Therapy Targeting PCSK9
by Julius L. Katzmann, Arjen J. Cupido and Ulrich Laufs
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010070
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/70

10. “Algal Lipids as Modulators of Skin Disease: A Critical Review”
by Tiago Conde, Diana Lopes, Wojciech Łuczaj, Bruno Neves, Bruno Pinto, Tatiana Maurício, Pedro Domingues, Elżbieta Skrzydlewska and M. Rosário Domingues
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020096
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/96

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.
Van Mierlo, Joeri
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

15 November 2023
Metabolites | Top 10 Cited Articles in 2022

1. “Signatures of Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Impaired Fatty Acid Metabolism in Plasma of Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC)”
by Vamsi P. Guntur, Travis Nemkov, Esther de Boer, Michael P. Mohning, David Baraghoshi, Francesca I. Cendali, Inigo San-Millán, Irina Petrache and Angelo D’Alessandro
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1026; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111026
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1026

2. “A Modular and Expandable Ecosystem for Metabolomics Data Annotation in R”
by Johannes Rainer, Andrea Vicini, Liesa Salzer, Jan Stanstrup, Josep M. Badia, Steffen Neumann, Michael A. Stravs, Vinicius Verri Hernandes, Laurent Gatto, Sebastian Gibb et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 173; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020173
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/173

3. “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Phenolic Metabolites and Their Antioxidant Activities from Australian Native Plants”
by Akhtar Ali, Jeremy J. Cottrell and Frank R. Dunshea
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111016
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1016

4. “Age, Sex, Body Mass Index, Diet and Menopause Related Metabolites in a Large Homogeneous Alpine Cohort”
by Vinicius Verri Hernandes, Nikola Dordevic, Essi Marjatta Hantikainen, Baldur Bragi Sigurdsson, Sigurður Vidir Smárason, Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, Martin Gögele, Giulia Caprioli, Ilaria Bozzolan, Peter P. Pramstaller et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 205; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030205
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/205

5. “Evaluation of Syrosingopine, an MCT Inhibitor, as Potential Modulator of Tumor Metabolism and Extracellular Acidification”
by Chloe Buyse, Nicolas Joudiou, Aude Warscotte, Elena Richiardone, Lionel Mignion, Cyril Corbet and Bernard Gallez
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 557; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060557
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/557

6. “The Response of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) Plants to Three Abiotic Stresses Applied with Increasing Intensity: Hypoxia, Salinity, and Water Deficit”
by Jayamini Jayawardhane, Juran C. Goyali, Somaieh Zafari and Abir U. Igamberdiev
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010038
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/38

7. “Metabolomic Analysis of Carbohydrate and Amino Acid Changes Induced by Hypoxia in Naked Mole-Rat Brain and Liver”
by Hang Cheng, Yiming (Amy) Qin, Rashpal Dhillon, James Dowell, John M. Denu and Matthew E. Pamenter
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010056
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/56

8. “Dynamics of Gut Microbiota and Clinical Variables after Ketogenic and Mediterranean Diets in Drug-Naïve Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity”
by Andrea Deledda, Vanessa Palmas, Vitor Heidrich, Michele Fosci, Mauro Lombardo, Giulia Cambarau, Alessio Lai, Marietta Melis, Elisabetta Loi, Andrea Loviselli et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1092; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111092
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1092

9. “Restricting Branched-Chain Amino Acids within a High-Fat Diet Prevents Obesity”
by Ming Liu, Yiheng Huang, Hongwei Zhang, Dawn Aitken, Michael C. Nevitt, Jason S. Rockel, Jean-Pierre Pelletier, Cora E. Lewis, James Torner, Yoga Raja Rampersaud et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 334; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040334
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/334

10. “Severe COVID-19 Is Characterised by Perturbations in Plasma Amines Correlated with Immune Response Markers, and Linked to Inflammation and Oxidative Stress”
*Feature Paper
by Naama Karu, Alida Kindt, Adriaan J. van Gammeren, Anton A. M. Ermens, Amy C. Harms, Lutzen Portengen, Roel C. H. Vermeulen, Willem A. Dik, Anton W. Langerak, Vincent H. J. van der Velden et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 618; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070618
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/618

2 November 2023
Meet Us at the 14th CCS National Conference on Analytical Chemistry (14NCAC), 2–5 November 2023, Shenzhen, China


Conference: The 14th CCS National Conference on Analytical Chemistry (14NCAC)
Date: 2–5 November 2023
Location: Shenzhen, China

MDPI will be attending the 14th CCS National Conference on Analytical Chemistry (14NCAC) as an exhibitor; we welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

This conference is hosted by the Chinese Chemical Society, co-organized by Shenzhen University, Southern University of Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen). The conference is composed of 7 forums and 15 sessions, in which MDPI will participate in the Publishers Forum to report on the theme of "Publishing with MDPI Journals"; the site welcomes all audiences (November 4, 14:30, Sifang Building, West 101).

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Biosensors;
  • Separations;
  • Molecules;
  • Nanomaterials;
  • Symmetry;
  • Metabolites;
  • Electrochem;
  • Analytica;
  • Chemistry.

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.chemsoc.org.cn/meeting/14thCCSNCAC/.

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Open Access Week 2023 – the Global Drive to Open Continues

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

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

Core principles of OA publishing

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

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

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

Policy driving change

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

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

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

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

MDPI is proud to lead the transition to open access.

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Impactful Research

Spotlight on Smart Cities

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

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

Highly cited papers in Smart Cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testimonial

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

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

Inside MDPI

MDPI Manchester office, UK Visit


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

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

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

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

The UK by numbers

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

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

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

We are currently hiring EEs in various locations worldwide.

English Editing at MDPI

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

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

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

Testimonials

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

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

Read more:

Coming Together for Science

STM and Frankfurt Book Fair

Attending STM

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

Meeting with Web of Science

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

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

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

75th Frankfurt Book Fair


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

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

MDPI Books

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

MDPI Strategy Meeting

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

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

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

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


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

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

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

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

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

Promoting the values of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration

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

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

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

Funders' policies are getting aligned with open science

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

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

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

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

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

19 October 2023
Metabolites | Selected Papers Related to Gut Microbiota in 2022–2023

We are pleased to invite you to read some selected papers from Metabolites (ISSN: 2218-1989) related to the gut microbiota published in 2022 and 2023. The list is as follows:

1. “Gut Microbiota Metabolites in Major Depressive Disorder—Deep Insights into Their Pathophysiological Role and Potential Translational Applications”

by Miguel A. Ortega, Miguel Angel Alvarez-Mon, Cielo García-Montero, Oscar Fraile-Martinez, Luis G. Guijarro, Guillermo Lahera, Jorge Monserrat, Paula Valls, Fernando Mora, Roberto Rodríguez-Jiménez et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010050
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/50

2. “Farnesoid X Receptor, Bile Acid Metabolism, and Gut Microbiota”
by Hideki Mori, Gianluca Svegliati Baroni, Marco Marzioni, Francesca Di Nicola, Pierangelo Santori, Luca Maroni, Ludovico Abenavoli and Emidio Scarpellini
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 647; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070647
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/647

3. “A New Concept of Associations between Gut Microbiota, Immunity and Central Nervous System for the Innovative Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders”
by Sayuri Yoshikawa, Kurumi Taniguchi, Haruka Sawamura, Yuka Ikeda, Ai Tsuji and Satoru Matsuda
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1052; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111052
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1052

4. “Dynamics of Gut Microbiota and Clinical Variables after Ketogenic and Mediterranean Diets in Drug-Naïve Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity”
by Andrea Deledda, Vanessa Palmas, Vitor Heidrich, Michele Fosci, Mauro Lombardo, Giulia Cambarau, Alessio Lai, Marietta Melis, Elisabetta Loi, Andrea Loviselli et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1092; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111092
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1092

5. “Gut Microbiota and Serum Metabolome in Elite Cross-Country Skiers: A Controlled Study”
by Jukka E. Hintikka, Eveliina Munukka, Maarit Valtonen, Raakel Luoto, Johanna K. Ihalainen, Teemu Kallonen, Matti Waris, Olli J. Heinonen, Olli Ruuskanen and Satu Pekkala
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 335; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040335
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/335

6. “Old but New: Group IIA Phospholipase A2 as a Modulator of Gut Microbiota”
by Yoshitaka Taketomi, Yoshimi Miki and Makoto Murakami
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 352; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040352
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/352

7. “Human Gut Microbiota in Coronary Artery Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
by Marcin Choroszy, Kamil Litwinowicz, Robert Bednarz, Tomasz Roleder, Amir Lerman, Takumi Toya, Karol Kamiński, Emilia Sawicka-Śmiarowska, Magdalena Niemira and Beata Sobieszczańska
Metabolites 2022, 12(12), 1165; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12121165
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/12/1165

8. “Hepatic Mitochondria-Gut Microbiota Interactions in Metabolism-Associated Fatty Liver Disease”
by Francesco Bellanti, Aurelio Lo Buglio and Gianluigi Vendemiale
Metabolites 2023, 13(3), 322; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13030322
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/3/322

9. “Association of Plasma Lipopolysaccharide-Binding Protein Concentration with Dietary Factors, Gut Microbiota, and Health Status in the Japanese General Adult Population: A Cross-Sectional Study”
by Nobuo Fuke, Takahiro Yamashita, Sunao Shimizu, Mai Matsumoto, Kaori Sawada, Songee Jung, Itoyo Tokuda, Mina Misawa, Shigenori Suzuki, Yusuke Ushida et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 250; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020250
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/250

10. “Impact of Cesarean Delivery and Breastfeeding on Secretory Immunoglobulin A in the Infant Gut Is Mediated by Gut Microbiota and Metabolites”
by Yuan Yao Chen, Hein M. Tun, Catherine J. Field, Piushkumar J. Mandhane, Theo J. Moraes, Elinor Simons, Stuart E. Turvey, Padmaja Subbarao, James A. Scott and Anita L. Kozyrskyj
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 148; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020148
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/148

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Open Access in China

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

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

Open Access Policy in China

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

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

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

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

MDPI Offices in China

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


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

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

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

Our Strength is in Our People

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

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

Impactful Research

MDPI Awards

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

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

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

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

MDPI Awards to Scholars from China

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

MDPI’s Tu Youyou Award


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

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

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

2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Professor Youyou Tu

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

Highly Cited Articles by Chinese Scholars Published in MDPI

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

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Inside MDPI

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

Marketing Department in China

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

Collaborations, Scholarships and Meetings

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

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

Scholarships in China

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

Meeting with the Society of Chinese University Journals (CUJS)


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The Numbers

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

Final Reflections on our MDPI Offices in Beijing and Wuhan


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

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

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

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

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

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

Hospitality and Service

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

6 September 2023
Recap of Awards Granted to Scholars in 2022


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

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

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

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

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

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

23 August 2023
Meet Us at the 14th Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN), 14–17 September 2023, Chengdu, China


MDPI will attend the 14th Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN). The conference theme will be “Feeding the Future by Sustainable Nutrition”. Since 1973, the ACN has been held by the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) every four years. The conference committee categorized eight sessions in order to cover the board topics, namely: 1. Nutrition and Sustainable Development; 2. Basic Nutrition and Research; 3. Public Nutrition and Health; 4. Food and Nutrition; 5. Nutrition Across a Lifespan; 6. Nutrition Education; 7. Clinical Nutrition; and 8. Precision Nutrition.

The aim of the conference is to encourage discussion and gain valuable knowledge on a broad range of nutritional issues, such as food and energy storage, the coexisting malnutrition situation, the emerging prevalence of nutrition-related chronic diseases, the aging of societies, etc.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#D01) and 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://acn2023.sciconf.cn/en/web/index/11826.

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

21 July 2023
Metabolites | Selected Papers Related to Mass-Spectrometry in 2022–2023

We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Metabolites (ISSN: 2218-1989) related to the application of mass spectrometry published in 2022 and 2023. The list is as follows:

1. “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Phenolic Metabolites and Their Antioxidant Activities from Australian Native Plants”
by Akhtar Ali, Jeremy J. Cottrell and Frank R. Dunshea
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111016
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1016

2. “An Optimised Monophasic Faecal Extraction Method for LC-MS Analysis and Its Application in Gastrointestinal Disease”
by Patricia E. Kelly, H Jene Ng, Gillian Farrell, Shona McKirdy, Richard K. Russell, Richard Hansen, Zahra Rattray, Konstantinos Gerasimidis and Nicholas J. W. Rattray
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1110; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111110
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1110

3. “Comparison of Lysis and Detachment Sample Preparation Methods for Cultured Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells Using UHPLC–HRMS-Based Metabolomics”
by Blake R. Rushing, Madison Schroder and Susan C. J. Sumner
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 168; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020168
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/168

4. “Vertical Transfer of Metabolites Detectable from Newborn’s Dried Blood Spot Samples Using UPLC-MS: A Chemometric Study”
by Alessandra Olarini, Madeleine Ernst, Gözde Gürdeniz, Min Kim, Nicklas Brustad, Klaus Bønnelykke, Arieh Cohen, David Hougaard, Jessica Lasky-Su, Hans Bisgaard et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 94; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020094
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/94

5. “Identification and Distribution of Sterols, Bile Acids, and Acylcarnitines by LC–MS/MS in Humans, Mice, and Pigs—A Qualitative Analysis”
by Ambrin Farizah Babu, Ville Mikael Koistinen, Soile Turunen, Gloria Solano-Aguilar, Joseph F. Urban, Jr., Iman Zareiand and Kati Hanhineva
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010049
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/49

6. “Development of a Novel Targeted Metabolomic LC-QqQ-MS Method in Allergic Inflammation”
by David Obeso, Nuria Contreras, Mariana Dolores-Hernández, Teresa Carrillo, Coral Barbas, María M. Escribese, Alma Villaseñor and Domingo Barber
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 592; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070592
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/592

7. “Investigation of Phospholipid Differences in Valproic Acid-Induced Autistic Mouse Model Brain Using Mass Spectrometry Imaging”
by Hyun Jun Jang, Kyoung Ja Kwon, Chan Young Shin, Ga Seul Lee, Jeong Hee Moon, Tae Geol Lee and Sohee Yoon
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 178; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020178
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/178

8. “Mass-Spectrometry-Based Lipidomics Discriminates Specific Changes in Lipid Classes in Healthy and Dyslipidemic Adults”
by Salvador Sánchez-Vinces, Pedro Henrique Dias Garcia, Alex Ap. Rosini Silva, Anna Maria Alves de Piloto Fernandes, Joyce Aparecida Barreto, Gustavo Henrique Bueno Duarte, Marcia Aparecida Antonio, Alexander Birbrair, Andreia M. Porcari and Patricia de Oliveira Carvalho
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 222; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020222
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/222

9. “Using LC-MS/MS to Determine Salivary Steroid Reference Intervals in a European Older Adult Population”
by Sarah Gregory, Scott G. Denham, Patricia Lee, Joanna P. Simpson and Natalie Z. M. Homer
Metabolites 2023, 13(2), 265; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13020265
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/2/265

10. “Genome-Scale Metabolic Reconstruction, Non-Targeted LC-QTOF-MS Based Metabolomics Data, and Evaluation of Anticancer Activity of Cannabis sativa Leaf Extracts”
by Fidias D. González Camargo, Mary Santamaria-Torres, Mónica P. Cala, Marcela Guevara-Suarez, Silvia Restrepo Restrepo, Andrea Sánchez-Camargo, Miguel Fernández-Niño, María Corujo, Ada Carolina Gallo Molina, Javier Cifuentes et al.
Metabolites 2023, 13(7), 788; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13070788
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/7/788

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


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

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

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 July 2023
Metabolites | Top 10 Cited Review Papers in 2021

1. “L-Carnitine and Acylcarnitines: Mitochondrial Biomarkers for Precision Medicine”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Marc R. McCann, Mery Vet George De la Rosa, Gus R. Rosania and Kathleen A. Stringer
Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010051
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/51

2. “The Effects of Plant-Associated Bacterial Exopolysaccharides on Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance”
by Rafael J. L. Morcillo and Maximino Manzanera
Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 337; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060337
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/337

3. “Metabolic Reprogramming of Cancer Cells during Tumor Progression and Metastasis”
by Kenji Ohshima and Eiichi Morii
Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010028
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/28

4. “The Effects of SGLT2 Inhibitors on Lipid Metabolism”
by Zsolt Szekeres, Kalman Toth and Eszter Szabados
Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020087
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/87

5. “Vitamin D Sources, Metabolism, and Deficiency: Available Compounds and Guidelines for Its Treatment”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Ligia J. Dominguez, Mario Farruggia, Nicola Veronese and Mario Barbagallo
Metabolites 2021, 11(4), 255; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11040255
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/4/255

6. “Apolipoprotein B and Cardiovascular Disease: Biomarker and Potential Therapeutic Target”
by Jennifer Behbodikhah, Saba Ahmed, Ailin Elyasi, Lora J. Kasselman, Joshua De Leon, Amy D. Glass and Allison B. Reiss
Metabolites 2021, 11(10), 690; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11100690
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/10/690

7. “Linking Gut Microbiome and Lipid Metabolism: Moving beyond Associations”
*Feature Paper
by Santosh Lamichhane, Partho Sen, Marina Amaral Alves, Henrique C. Ribeiro, Peppi Raunioniemi, Tuulia Hyötyläinen and Matej Orešič
Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010055
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/55

8. “Glutathione Metabolism in Plants under Stress: Beyond Reactive Oxygen Species Detoxification”
by Sonia Dorion, Jasmine C. Ouellet and Jean Rivoal
Metabolites 2021, 11(9), 641; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11090641
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/9/641

9. “The Chemistry of Stress: Understanding the ‘Cry for Help’ of Plant Roots”
by Muhammad Syamsu Rizaludin, Nejc Stopnisek, Jos M. Raaijmakers and Paolina Garbeva
Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 357; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060357
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/357

10. “Sensing and Signaling of Methionine Metabolism”
by Linda Lauinger and Peter Kaiser
Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020083
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/83

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

 

8 June 2023
Metabolites | Issue Cover Articles in 2022

The articles below have been selected as 2022 Issue Cover Articles by the Editorial Office of Metabolites (ISSN: 2218-1989). These articles are from multiple fields within the scope of Metabolites, and we hope they can provide insights and references for scholars in related fields.

1. “TrpNet: Understanding Tryptophan Metabolism across Gut Microbiome”
by Yao Lu, Jasmine Chong, Shiqian Shen, Joey-Bahige Chammas, Lorraine Chalifour and Jianguo Xia
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010010
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/10

2. “The Role of Aspartate Transaminase to Platelet Ratio Index (APRI) for the Prediction of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in Severely Obese Children and Adolescents”
by Antonello E. Rigamonti, Adele Bondesan, Eugenia Rondinelli, Silvano G. Cella and Alessandro Sartorio
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 155; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020155
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/155

3. “Lipidomic Profiling Identifies Serum Lipids Associated with Persistent Multisite Musculoskeletal Pain”
by Canchen Ma, Ming Liu, Jing Tian, Guangju Zhai, Flavia Cicuttini, Yvette L. Schooneveldt, Peter J. Meikle, Graeme Jones and Feng Pan
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 206; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030206
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/206

4. “Liver and White/Brown Fat Dystrophy Associates with Gut Microbiota and Metabolomic Alterations in 3×Tg Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model”
by Maria Angela Guzzardi, Federica La Rosa, Daniela Campani, Maria Carmen Collado, Daniel Monleon, Andrea Cacciato Insilla, Maria Tripodi, Alessandro Zega, Alessia Dattilo, Maurizia Rossana Brunetto et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 278; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040278
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/278

5. “A Metabolomic Severity Score for Airflow Obstruction and Emphysema”
by Suneeta Godbole, Wassim W. Labaki, Katherine A. Pratte, Andrew Hill, Matthew Moll, Annette T. Hastie, Stephen P. Peters, Andrew Gregory, Victor E. Ortega, Dawn DeMeo et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 368; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050368
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/368

6. “Novel Plasma Metabolomic Markers Associated with Diabetes Progression in Older Puerto Ricans”
by Sona Rivas-Tumanyan, Lorena S. Pacheco, Danielle E. Haslam, Liming Liang, Katherine L. Tucker, Kaumudi J. Joshipura and Shilpa N. Bhupathiraju
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 513; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060513
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/513

7. “Multi-Tissue Time-Domain NMR Metabolomics Investigation of Time-Restricted Feeding in Male and Female Nile Grass Rats”
by Hayden Johnson, Thomas Yates, Gary Leedom, Chidambaram Ramanathan, Melissa Puppa, Marie van der Merwe and Aaryani Tipirneni-Sajja
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 657; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070657
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/657

8. “Metabolomics Markers of COVID-19 Are Dependent on Collection Wave”
by Holly-May Lewis, Yufan Liu, Cecile F. Frampas, Katie Longman, Matt Spick, Alexander Stewart, Emma Sinclair, Nora Kasar, Danni Greener, Anthony D. Whetton et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 713; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080713
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/713

9. “Multi-Omic Admission-Based Prognostic Biomarkers Identified by Machine Learning Algorithms Predict Patient Recovery and 30-Day Survival in Trauma Patients”
by Sultan S. Abdelhamid, Jacob Scioscia, Yoram Vodovotz, Junru Wu, Anna Rosengart, Eunseo Sung, Syed Rahman, Robert Voinchet, Jillian Bonaroti, Shimena Li et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 774; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090774
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/774

10. “Substantial Fat Loss in Physique Competitors Is Characterized by Increased Levels of Bile Acids, Very-Long Chain Fatty Acids, and Oxylipins”
by Heikki V. Sarin, Juha J. Hulmi, Youwen Qin, Michael Inouye, Scott C. Ritchie, Susan Cheng, Jeramie D. Watrous, Thien-Tu C. Nguyen, Joseph H. Lee, Zhezhen Jin et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(10), 928; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12100928
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/10/928

11. “Multi-Omics Investigation into Acute Myocardial Infarction: An Integrative Method Revealing Interconnections amongst the Metabolome, Lipidome, Glycome, and Metallome”
by Si Ying Lim, Felicia Li Shea Lim, Inmaculada Criado-Navarro, Xin Hao Yeo, Hiranya Dayal, Sri Dhruti Vemulapalli, Song Jie Seah, Anna Karen Carrasco Laserna, Xiaoxun Yang, Sock Hwee Tan et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1080; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111080
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1080

12. “Effects of SLCO1B1 Genetic Variant on Metabolite Profile in Participants on Simvastatin Treatment”
by Lilian Fernandes Silva, Rowmika Ravi, Jagadish Vangipurapu, Anniina Oravilahti and Markku Laakso
Metabolites 2022, 12(12), 1159; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12121159
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/12/1159

8 June 2023
Metabolites | Issue Cover Articles in 2021

The articles below have been selected as 2021 Issue Cover Articles by the Editorial Office of Metabolites (ISSN: 2218-1989). These articles are from multiple fields within the scope of Metabolites, and we hope they can provide insights and references for scholars in related fields.

1. “Metabolic Dynamics of In Vitro CD8+ T Cell Activation”
by Joy Edwards-Hicks, Michael Mitterer, Erika L. Pearce and Joerg M. Buescher
Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010012
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/12

2. “Maternal Metabolome in Pregnancy and Childhood Asthma or Recurrent Wheeze in the Vitamin D Antenatal Asthma Reduction Trial”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Mengna Huang, Rachel S. Kelly, Su H. Chu, Priyadarshini Kachroo, Gözde Gürdeniz, Bo L. Chawes, Hans Bisgaard, Scott T. Weiss and Jessica Lasky-Su
Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020065
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/65

3. “Quantitative Assessment of Occipital Metabolic and Energetic Changes in Parkinson’s Patients, Using In Vivo 31P MRS-Based Metabolic Imaging at 7T”
by Xiao-Hong Zhu, Byeong-Yeul Lee, Paul Tuite, Lisa Coles, Abhishek G. Sathe, Chi Chen, Jim Cloyd, Walter C. Low, Clifford J. Steer and Wei Chen
Metabolites 2021, 11(3), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11030145
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/3/145

4. “Specialized Metabolites from Ribosome Engineered Strains of Streptomyces clavuligerus
by Arshad Ali Shaikh, Louis-Felix Nothias, Santosh K. Srivastava, Pieter C. Dorrestein and Kapil Tahlan
Metabolites 2021, 11(4), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11040239
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/4/239

5. “Metabolic View on Human Healthspan: A Lipidome-Wide Association Study”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Justin Carrard, Hector Gallart-Ayala, Denis Infanger, Tony Teav, Jonathan Wagner, Raphael Knaier, Flora Colledge, Lukas Streese, Karsten Königstein, Timo Hinrichs et al.
Metabolites 2021, 11(5), 287; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11050287
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/5/287

6. “General Unified Microbiome Profiling Pipeline (GUMPP) for Large Scale, Streamlined and Reproducible Analysis of Bacterial 16S rRNA Data to Predicted Microbial Metagenomes, Enzymatic Reactions and Metabolic Pathways”
by Boštjan Murovec, Leon Deutsch and Blaž Stres
Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 336; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060336
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/336

7. “Lipidomic Analysis to Assess Oxidative Stress in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Acute Stroke Patients”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Martin Malý, Martin Hajšl, Kamila Bechyňská, Ondřej Kučerka, Martin Šrámek, Jiří Suttnar, Alžběta Hlaváčková, Jana Hajšlová and Vít Kosek
Metabolites 2021, 11(7), 412; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11070412
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/7/412

8. “Do Mass Spectrometry-Derived Metabolomics Improve the Prediction of Pregnancy-Related Disorders? Findings from a UK Birth Cohort with Independent Validation”
by Nancy McBride, Paul Yousefi, Ulla Sovio, Kurt Taylor, Yassaman Vafai, Tiffany Yang, Bo Hou, Matthew Suderman, Caroline Relton, Gordon C. S. Smith et al.
Metabolites 2021, 11(8), 530; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11080530
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/8/530

9. “Analysis of Metabolic Markers in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure Before and After LVAD Implantation”
by Marion S. Hilse, Tom Kretzschmar, Rudin Pistulli, Marcus Franz, Tarek Bekfani, Daniela Haase, Sophie Neugebauer, Michael Kiehntopf, Jan F. Gummert, Hendrik Milting et al.
Metabolites 2021, 11(9), 615; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11090615
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/9/615

10. “Dynamics in Anemia Development and Dysregulation of Iron Homeostasis in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19”
by Lukas Lanser, Francesco Robert Burkert, Rosa Bellmann-Weiler, Andrea Schroll, Sophie Wildner, Gernot Fritsche and Günter Weiss
Metabolites 2021, 11(10), 653; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11100653
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/10/653

11. “Cord Blood Metabolome and BMI Trajectory from Birth to Adolescence: A Prospective Birth Cohort Study on Early Life Biomarkers of Persistent Obesity”
by Tingyi Cao, Jiaxuan Zhao, Xiumei Hong, Guoying Wang, Frank B. Hu, Xiaobin Wang and Liming Liang
Metabolites 2021, 11(11), 739; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11110739
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/11/739

12. “Plasma Metabolome Normalization in Rheumatoid Arthritis Following Initiation of Methotrexate and the Identification of Metabolic Biomarkers of Efficacy”
by Matthew R. Medcalf, Pooja Bhadbhade, Ted R. Mikuls, James R. O’Dell, Rebekah L. Gundry and Ryan S. Funk
Metabolites 2021, 11(12), 824; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11120824
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/12/824

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/.

10 May 2023
Meet Us at the ATS (American Thoracic Society) Conference 2023, 21–23 May 2023, Washington DC, USA


Conference: ATS (American Thoracic Society) Conference 2023
Date: 21–23 May 2023
Location: Washington DC, USA

MDPI will be attending ATS 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 American Thoracic Society, and it will showcase the latest advances and discoveries in respiratory science, patient care and global respiratory health. At the conference, specialists will share and discuss the latest research and its applications to clinical, basic, and translational science in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are planning to attend this conference, please do not hesitate to talk with us online. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #2606, and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://conference.thoracic.org/.

20 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Advances in Metabolomics” Section

1. “Metabolomics and the Multi-Omics View of Cancer”
by David Wishart
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 154; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020154
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/154

2. “Signatures of Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Impaired Fatty Acid Metabolism in Plasma of Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC)”
by Vamsi P. Guntur, Travis Nemkov, Esther de Boer, Michael P. Mohning, David Baraghoshi, Francesca I. Cendali, Inigo San-Millán, Irina Petrache and Angelo D’Alessandro
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1026; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111026
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1026

3. “Evaluation of Syrosingopine, an MCT Inhibitor, as Potential Modulator of Tumor Metabolism and Extracellular Acidification”
by Chloe Buyse, Nicolas Joudiou, Aude Warscotte, Elena Richiardone, Lionel Mignion, Cyril Corbet and Bernard Gallez
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 557; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060557
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/557

4. “Vertical Transfer of Metabolites Detectable from Newborn’s Dried Blood Spot Samples Using UPLC-MS: A Chemometric Study”
by Alessandra Olarini, Madeleine Ernst, Gözde Gürdeniz, Min Kim, Nicklas Brustad, Klaus Bønnelykke, Arieh Cohen, David Hougaard, Jessica Lasky-Su, Hans Bisgaard et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 94; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020094
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/94

5. “Optimisation of the HS-SPME/GC-MS Approach by Design of Experiments Combined with Chemometrics for the Classification of Cretan Virgin Olive Oils”
by Artemis Lioupi, Ioannis Sampsonidis, Christina Virgiliou, Vassiliki T. Papoti, Kyriaki G. Zinoviadou, Apostolos Spyros and Georgios Theodoridis
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020114
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/114

6. “Optimization of LC-MS2 Data Acquisition Parameters for Molecular Networking Applied to Marine Natural Products”
by Sam Afoullouss, Agata Balsam, A. Louise Allcock and Olivier P. Thomas
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 245; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030245
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/245

7. “Camu-Camu Reduces Obesity and Improves Diabetic Profiles of Obese and Diabetic Mice: A Dose-Ranging Study”
by Anne Abot, Amandine Brochot, Nicolas Pomié, Eve Wemelle, Céline Druart, Marion Régnier, Nathalie M. Delzenne, Willem M. de Vos, Claude Knauf and Patrice D. Cani
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 301; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040301
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/301

8. “Mendelian Randomization Analysis Identifies Blood Tyrosine Levels as a Biomarker of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease”
by Émilie Gobeil, Ina Maltais-Payette, Nele Taba, Francis Brière, Nooshin Ghodsian, Erik Abner, Jérôme Bourgault, Eloi Gagnon, Hasanga D. Manikpurage, Christian Couture et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 440; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050440
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/440

20 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the “Advances in Metabolomics” Section

1. “Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis Is Associated with Elevated Bile Acids in Parkinson’s Disease”
by Peipei Li, Bryan A. Killinger, Elizabeth Ensink, Ian Beddows, Ali Yilmaz, Noah Lubben, Jared Lamp, Meghan Schilthuis, Irving E. Vega, Randy Woltjer et al.
Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010029
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/29

2. “Metabolomics and Lipidomics: Expanding the Molecular Landscape of Exercise Biology”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Mehdi R. Belhaj, Nathan G. Lawler and Nolan J. Hoffman
Metabolites 2021, 11(3), 151; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11030151
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/3/151

3. “Salivary Metabolomics for Diagnosis and Monitoring Diseases: Challenges and Possibilities”
by Eelis Hyvärinen, Minttu Savolainen, Jopi J. W. Mikkonen and Arja M. Kullaa
Metabolites 2021, 11(9), 587; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11090587
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/9/587

4. “Optical Microscopy-Guided Laser Ablation Electrospray Ionization Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry: Ambient Single Cell Metabolomics with Increased Confidence in Molecular Identification”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Michael J. Taylor, Sara Mattson, Andrey Liyu, Sylwia A. Stopka, Yehia M. Ibrahim, Akos Vertes and Christopher R. Anderton
Metabolites 2021, 11(4), 200; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11040200
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/4/200

5. “Metabolomics Diagnosis of COVID-19 from Exhaled Breath Condensate”
by Elettra Barberis, Elia Amede, Shahzaib Khoso, Luigi Castello, Pier Paolo Sainaghi, Mattia Bellan, Piero Emilio Balbo, Giuseppe Patti, Diego Brustia, Mara Giordano et al.
Metabolites 2021, 11(12), 847; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11120847
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/12/847

6. “Plasma Metabolome and Lipidome Associations with Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetic Nephropathy”
by Yan Ming Tan, Yan Gao, Guoshou Teo, Hiromi W. L. Koh, E Shyong Tai, Chin Meng Khoo, Kwok Pui Choi, Lei Zhou and Hyungwon Choi
Metabolites 2021, 11(4), 228; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11040228
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/4/228

7. “Contribution of Metabolomics to the Understanding of NAFLD and NASH Syndromes: A Systematic Review”
by Cristina Piras, Antonio Noto, Luciano Ibba, Martino Deidda, Vassilios Fanos, Sandro Muntoni, Vera Piera Leoni and Luigi Atzori
Metabolites 2021, 11(10), 694; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11100694
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/10/694

8. “Metabolomics Studies in Psoriatic Disease: A Review”
by John Koussiouris, Nikita Looby, Melanie Anderson, Vathany Kulasingam and Vinod Chandran
Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 375; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060375
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/375

13 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Endocrinology and Clinical Metabolic Research” Section

1. “Salivary Metabolomics for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Diagnosis: A Systematic Review”
by Kacper Nijakowski, Dawid Gruszczyński, Dariusz Kopała and Anna Surdacka
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 294; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040294
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/294


2. “Cardiovascular and Renal Effectiveness of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists vs. Other Glucose-Lowering Drugs in Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Real-World Studies”
by Irene Caruso, Angelo Cignarelli, Gian Pio Sorice, Annalisa Natalicchio, Sebastio Perrini, Luigi Laviola and Francesco Giorgino
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 183; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020183
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/183


3. “The Role of Nutraceutical Containing Polyphenols in Diabetes Prevention”
by Iva Fernandes, Joana Oliveira, Aryane Pinho and Eugenia Carvalho
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 184; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020184
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/184


4. “Emerging Role of Nuclear Receptors for the Treatment of NAFLD and NASH”
by Ryan D. Welch, Cyrielle Billon, McKenna Losby, Gonzalo Bedia-Diaz, Yuanying Fang, Amer Avdagic, Bahaa Elgendy, Thomas P. Burris and Kristine Griffett
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 238; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030238
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/238


5. “Extracellular Matrix in Heart Disease: Focus on Circulating Collagen Type I and III Derived Peptides as Biomarkers of Myocardial Fibrosis and Their Potential in the Prognosis of Heart Failure: A Concise Review”
by Asparuh Nikolov and Nikola Popovski
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 297; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040297
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/297


6. “Fetuin-A in Activated Liver Macrophages Is a Key Feature of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis”
by Quentin Etienne, Valérie Lebrun, Mina Komuta, Benoît Navez, Jean-Paul Thissen, Isabelle A. Leclercq and Nicolas Lanthier
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 625; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070625
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/625


7. “Assessment of Fruit and Vegetables Intake with Biomarkers in Children and Adolescents and Their Level of Validation: A Systematic Review”
by Li Yuan, Samuel Muli, Inge Huybrechts, Ute Nöthlings, Wolfgang Ahrens, Augustin Scalbert and Anna Floegel
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 126; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020126
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/126


8. “The Intestinal Barrier—Shielding the Body from Nano- and Microparticles in Our Diet”
by Marlene Schwarzfischer and Gerhard Rogler
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 223; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030223
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/223

13 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Bioinformatics and Data Analysis” Section

1. “A Modular and Expandable Ecosystem for Metabolomics Data Annotation in R”
by Johannes Rainer, Andrea Vicini, Liesa Salzer, Jan Stanstrup, Josep M. Badia, Steffen Neumann, Michael A. Stravs, Vinicius Verri Hernandes, Laurent Gatto, Sebastian Gibb et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 173; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020173
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/173


2. “A Checklist for Reproducible Computational Analysis in Clinical Metabolomics Research”
by Xinsong Du, Juan J. Aristizabal-Henao, Timothy J. Garrett, Mathias Brochhausen, William R. Hogan and Dominick J. Lemas
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010087
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/87


3. “Machine Learning Applied to Omics Datasets Predicts Mortality in Patients with Alcoholic Hepatitis”
by Bei Gao, Tsung-Chin Wu, Sonja Lang, Lu Jiang, Yi Duan, Derrick E. Fouts, Xinlian Zhang, Xin-Ming Tu and Bernd Schnabl
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010041
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/41


4. “Machine Learning Approaches to Identify Discriminative Signatures of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from Bacteria and Fungi Using SPME-DART-MS”
by Mehak Arora, Stephen C. Zambrzycki, Joshua M. Levy, Annette Esper, Jennifer K. Frediani, Cassandra L. Quave, Facundo M. Fernández and Rishikesan Kamaleswaran
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 232; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030232
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/232


5. “Evaluating the Accuracy of the QCEIMS Approach for Computational Prediction of Electron Ionization Mass Spectra of Purines and Pyrimidines”
by Jesi Lee, Tobias Kind, Dean Joseph Tantillo, Lee-Ping Wang and Oliver Fiehn
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010068
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/68


6. “A Multi-Label Classifier for Predicting the Most Appropriate Instrumental Method for the Analysis of Contaminants of Emerging Concern”
by Nikiforos Alygizakis, Vasileios Konstantakos, Grigoris Bouziotopoulos, Evangelos Kormentzas, Jaroslav Slobodnik and Nikolaos S. Thomaidis
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 199; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030199
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/199


7. “JPA: Joint Metabolic Feature Extraction Increases the Depth of Chemical Coverage for LC-MS-Based Metabolomics and Exposomics”
by Jian Guo, Sam Shen, Min Liu, Chenjingyi Wang, Brian Low, Ying Chen, Yaxi Hu, Shipei Xing, Huaxu Yu, Yu Gao et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 212; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030212
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/212


8. “Quantitative Comparison of Statistical Methods for Analyzing Human Metabolomics Data”
by Mir Henglin, Brian L. Claggett, Joseph Antonelli, Mona Alotaibi, Gino Alberto Magalang, Jeramie D. Watrous, Kim A. Lagerborg, Gavin Ovsak, Gabriel Musso, Olga V. Demler et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 519; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060519
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/519

13 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Metabolomic Profiling Technology” Section

1. “Comparison of Lysis and Detachment Sample Preparation Methods for Cultured Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells Using UHPLC–HRMS-Based Metabolomics”
by Blake R. Rushing, Madison Schroder and Susan C. J. Sumner
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 168; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020168
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/168


2. “Photobiomodulation at Different Wavelengths Boosts Mitochondrial Redox Metabolism and Hemoglobin Oxygenation: Lasers vs. Light-Emitting Diodes In Vivo
by Tyrell Pruitt, Caroline Carter, Xinlong Wang, Anqi Wu and Hanli Liu
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 103; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020103
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/103


3. “Systematic Evaluation of HILIC Stationary Phases for Global Metabolomics of Human Plasma”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Farideh Hosseinkhani, Luojiao Huang, Anne-Charlotte Dubbelman, Faisa Guled, Amy C. Harms and Thomas Hankemeier
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020165
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/165


4. “Patient Stratification in Sepsis: Using Metabolomics to Detect Clinical Phenotypes, Sub-Phenotypes and Therapeutic Response”
by Humma Hussain, Kritchai Vutipongsatorn, Beatriz Jiménez and David B. Antcliffe
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 376; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050376
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/376


5. “Broadband-NIRS System Identifies Epileptic Focus in a Child with Focal Cortical Dysplasia—A Case Study”
by Aikaterini Vezyroglou, Peter Hebden, Isabel De Roever, Rachel Thornton, Subhabrata Mitra, Alan Worley, Mariana Alves, Emma Dean, Judith Helen Cross and Ilias Tachtsidis
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 260; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030260
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/260


6. “MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging Highlights Specific Metabolome and Lipidome Profiles in Salivary Gland Tumor Tissues”
by Eduardo Sommella, Emanuela Salviati, Vicky Caponigro, Manuela Grimaldi, Simona Musella, Alessia Bertamino, Luigi Cacace, Remo Palladino, Giuseppe Di Mauro, Federico Marini et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 530; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060530
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/530


7. “Automated Sample Preparation and Data Collection Workflow for High-Throughput In Vitro Metabolomics”
*Editor’s Choice Paper
by Julia M. Malinowska, Taina Palosaari, Jukka Sund, Donatella Carpi, Gavin R. Lloyd, Ralf J. M. Weber, Maurice Whelan and Mark R. Viant
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010052
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/52


8. “Simultaneous Quantification of Steroid Hormones Using hrLC-MS in Endocrine Tissues of Male Rats and Human Samples”
by Guillermo Bordanaba-Florit, Sebastiaan van Liempd, Diana Cabrera, Félix Royo and Juan Manuel Falcón-Pérez
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 714; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080714
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/714

13 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Environmental Metabolomics” Section

1. “Mycorrhiza-Tree-Herbivore Interactions: Alterations in Poplar Metabolome and Volatilome”
by Prasath Balaji Sivaprakasam Padmanaban, Maaria Rosenkranz, Peiyuan Zhu, Moritz Kaling, Anna Schmidt, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Andrea Polle and Jörg-Peter Schnitzler
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020093
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/93


2. “Kinetic Modeling of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Central Carbon Metabolism: Achievements, Limitations, and Opportunities”
by David Lao-Martil, Koen J. A. Verhagen, Joep P. J. Schmitz, Bas Teusink, S. Aljoscha Wahl and Natal A. W. van Riel
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010074
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/74


3. “Environmental Metabolomics Promises and Achievements in the Field of Aquatic Ecotoxicology: Viewed through the Pharmaceutical Lens”
by Thibaut Dumas, Frédérique Courant, Hélène Fenet and Elena Gomez
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 186; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020186
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/186


4. “Exploring Thermal Sensitivities and Adaptations of Oxidative Phosphorylation Pathways”
by Hélène Lemieux and Pierre U. Blier
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 360; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040360
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/360


5. “Spatially Mapping the Baseline and Bisphenol-A Exposed Daphnia magna Lipidome Using Desorption Electrospray Ionization—Mass Spectrometry”
by Matthew J. Smith, Ralf J. M. Weber and Mark R. Viant
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010033
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/33


6. “TransDiscovery: Discovering Biotransformation from Human Microbiota by Integrating Metagenomic and Metabolomic Data”
by Donghui Yan, Liu Cao, Muqing Zhou and Hosein Mohimani
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 119; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020119
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/119


7. “Early Biological Modulations Resulting from 1-Week Venlafaxine Exposure of Marine Mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis Determined by a Metabolomic Approach”
by Gaëlle Ramirez, Elena Gomez, Thibaut Dumas, David Rosain, Olivier Mathieu, Hélène Fenet and Frédérique Courant
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 197; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030197
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/197


8. “Amplified Drought and Seasonal Cycle Modulate Quercus pubescens Leaf Metabolome”
by Amélie Saunier, Stéphane Greff, James D. Blande, Caroline Lecareux, Virginie Baldy, Catherine Fernandez and Elena Ormeño
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 307; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040307
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/307

13 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Animal Metabolism” Section

1. “Tea Polyphenols Protect the Mammary Gland of Dairy Cows by Enhancing Antioxidant Capacity and Regulating the TGF-β1/p38/JNK Pathway”
by Ran Xu, Mengran Zhu, Jingwen Cao and Mengyao Guo
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1009; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111009
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1009


2. “Prenatal Supplementation in Beef Cattle and Its Effects on Plasma Metabolome of Dams and Calves”
by Fernando José Schalch Junior, Guilherme Henrique Gebim Polizel, Fernando Augusto Correia Queiroz Cançado, Arícia Christofaro Fernandes, Isabela Mortari, Pedro Ratto Lisboa Pires, Heidge Fukumasu, Miguel Henrique de Almeida Santana and Arlindo Saran Netto
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 347; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040347
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/347


3. “Maternal Nutrient Restriction Disrupts Gene Expression and Metabolites Associated with Urea Cycle, Steroid Synthesis, Glucose Homeostasis, and Glucuronidation in Fetal Calf Liver”
by Susumu Muroya, Yi Zhang, Kounosuke Otomaru, Kazunaga Oshima, Ichiro Oshima, Mitsue Sano, Sanggun Roh, Koichi Ojima and Takafumi Gotoh
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 203; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030203
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/203


4. “Cryoprotective Metabolites Are Sourced from Both External Diet and Internal Macromolecular Reserves during Metabolic Reprogramming for Freeze Tolerance in Drosophilid Fly, Chymomyza costata
by Martin Moos, Jaroslava Korbelová, Tomáš Štětina, Stanislav Opekar, Petr Šimek, Robert Grgac and Vladimír Koštál
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020163
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/163


5. “Qualitative and Quantitative Effects of Fatty Acids Involved in Heart Diseases”
by Hidenori Moriyama, Jin Endo, Hidehiko Ikura, Hiroki Kitakata, Mizuki Momoi, Yoshiki Shinya, Seien Ko, Genki Ichihara, Takahiro Hiraide, Kohsuke Shirakawa et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 210; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030210
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/210


6. “Production of Hydroxy Fatty Acids, Precursors of γ-Hexalactone, Contributes to the Characteristic Sweet Aroma of Beef”
by Shuji Ueda, Mana Hosoda, Kumi Kasamatsu, Masahiro Horiuchi, Rio Nakabayashi, Bubwoong Kang, Masakazu Shinohara, Hiroki Nakanishi, Takayo Ohto-Nakanishi, Minoru Yamanoue and Yasuhito Shirai
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 332; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040332
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/332


7. “Comparative Metabolomics of Small Molecules Specifically Expressed in the Dorsal or Ventral Marginal Zones in Vertebrate Gastrula”
by Yukako Suzuki, Ryosuke Hayasaka, Masako Hasebe, Satsuki Ikeda, Tomoyoshi Soga, Masaru Tomita, Akiyoshi Hirayama and Hiroki Kuroda
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 566; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060566
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/566


8. “Relationships between Milk and Blood Biochemical Parameters and Metabolic Status in Dairy Cows during Lactation”
by Biljana Andjelić, Radojica Djoković, Marko Cincović, Snežana Bogosavljević-Bošković, Milun Petrović, Jelena Mladenović and Aleksandar Čukić
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 733; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080733
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/733

13 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Food Metabolomics” Section

1. “Unlike Glycerophosphocholine or Choline Chloride, Dietary Phosphatidylcholine Does Not Increase Plasma Trimethylamine-N-Oxide Levels in Sprague-Dawley Rats”
by Bungo Shirouchi, Ayano Fukuda and Taiki Akasaka
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010064
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/64


2. “Effects of Water Stress, Defoliation and Crop Thinning on Vitis vinifera L. cv. Solaris: Part I: Plant Responses, Fruit Development and Fruit Quality”
by Violetta Aru, Andreas Paul Nittnaus, Klavs Martin Sørensen, Søren Balling Engelsen and Torben Bo Toldam-Andersen
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 363; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040363
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/363


3. “Dietary Alaska Pollock Protein Attenuates the Experimental Colitis Induced by Dextran Sulfate Sodium via Regulation of Gut Microbiota and Its Metabolites in Mice”
by Genki Tanaka, Nozomi Hagihara, Ryota Hosomi, Takaki Shimono, Seiji Kanda, Toshimasa Nishiyama, Munehiro Yoshida and Kenji Fukunaga
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010044
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/44


4. “Functional Nutrients to Ameliorate Neurogenic Muscle Atrophy”
by Viviana Moresi, Alessandra Renzini, Giorgia Cavioli, Marilia Seelaender, Dario Coletti, Giuseppe Gigli and Alessia Cedola
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1149; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111149
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1149


5. “Sulfonation Reactions behind the Fate of White Wine’s Shelf-Life”
by Maria Nikolantonaki, Rémy Romanet, Marianna Lucio, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin and Régis Gougeon
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 323; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040323
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/323



6. “Stimulation of GLUT4 Glucose Uptake by Anthocyanin-Rich Extract from Black Rice (Oryza sativa L.) via PI3K/Akt and AMPK/p38 MAPK Signaling in C2C12 Cells”
by Shui-Yuan Feng, Shu-Jing Wu, Yun-Ching Chang, Lean-Teik Ng and Sue-Joan Chang
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 856; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090856
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/856


7. “Sugarcane Metabolome Compositional Stability in Pretreatment Processes for NMR Measurements”
by Yasuhiro Date, Chiaki Ishikawa, Makoto Umeda, Yusuke Tarumoto, Megumi Okubo, Yasuaki Tamura and Hiroshi Ono
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 862; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090862
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/862


8. “Carbohydrate Intake and Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System during Two Subsequent Pregnancies in Type 1 Diabetes”
by Ana Munda, Chiara Kovacic and Drazenka Pongrac Barlovic
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1137; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111137
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1137

13 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Plant Metabolism” Section

1. “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Phenolic Metabolites and Their Antioxidant Activities from Australian Native Plants”
by Akhtar Ali, Jeremy J. Cottrell and Frank R. Dunshea
Metabolites 2022, 12(11), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111016
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/11/1016


2. ”Multi-Omics-Based Discovery of Plant Signaling Molecules”
by Fei Luo, Zongjun Yu, Qian Zhou and Ancheng Huang
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010076
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/76


3. “Comparative Metabolite Profiling of Wheat Cultivars (Triticum aestivum) Reveals Signatory Markers for Resistance and Susceptibility to Stripe Rust and Aluminium (Al3+) Toxicity”
by Manamele D. Mashabela, Lizelle A. Piater, Paul A. Steenkamp, Ian A. Dubery, Fidele Tugizimana and Msizi I. Mhlongo
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020098
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/98


4. “Computational Metabolomics Tools Reveal Metabolic Reconfigurations Underlying the Effects of Biostimulant Seaweed Extracts on Maize Plants under Drought Stress Conditions”
by Morena M. Tinte, Keabetswe Masike, Paul A. Steenkamp, Johan Huyser, Justin J. J. van der Hooft and Fidele Tugizimana
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 487; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060487
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/487


5. “UHPLC-MS Metabolomic Fingerprinting, Antioxidant, and Enzyme Inhibition Activities of Himantormia lugubris from Antarctica”
by Carlos Areche, Javier Romero Parra, Beatriz Sepulveda, Olimpo García-Beltrán and Mario J. Simirgiotis
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 560; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060560
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/560


6. “Profiling of Volatile Organic Compounds from Four Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria by SPME–GC–MS: A Metabolomics Study”
by Msizi I. Mhlongo, Lizelle A. Piater and Ian A. Dubery
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 763; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080763
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/763


7. “Metabolites in Cherry Buds to Detect Winter Dormancy”
by Frank-M. Chmielewski and Klaus-P. Götz
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 247; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030247
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/247


8. “The Metabolic Profile of Anchusa officinalis L. Differs According to Its Associated Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi”
by Evangelia Tsiokanos, Annalisa Cartabia, Nikolaos Tsafantakis, Ismahen Lalaymia, Aikaterini Termentzi, Maria Miguel, Stéphane Declerck and Nikolas Fokialakis
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 573; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070573
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/573

12 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Microbiology and Ecological Metabolomics” Section

1. “NMR Metabolomics Reveal Urine Markers of Microbiome Diversity and Identify Benzoate Metabolism as a Mediator between High Microbial Alpha Diversity and Metabolic Health”
by Johannes Hertel, Daniel Fässler, Almut Heinken, Frank U. Weiß, Malte Rühlemann, Corinna Bang, Andre Franke, Kathrin Budde, Ann-Kristin Henning, Astrid Petersmann et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 308; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040308
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/308


2. “Solid-State Fermented Okara with Aspergillus spp. Improves Lipid Metabolism and High-Fat Diet Induced Obesity”
by Natsumi Ichikawa, Li Shiuan Ng, Saneyuki Makino, Luo Lin Goh, Yun Jia Lim, Ferdinandus, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Shigenobu Shibata and Chi-Lik Ken Lee
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 198; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030198
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/198


3. “The Interaction between the Gut Microbiome and Bile Acids in Cardiometabolic Diseases”
by Cengiz Callender, Ilias Attaye and Max Nieuwdorp
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010065
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/65


4. “New Kids on the Block: Bile Salt Conjugates of Microbial Origin”
by Ümran Ay, Martin Leníček, Arno Classen, Steven W. M. Olde Damink, Carsten Bolm and Frank G. Schaap
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 176; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020176
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/176


5. “Farnesoid X Receptor, Bile Acid Metabolism, and Gut Microbiota”
by Hideki Mori, Gianluca Svegliati Baroni, Marco Marzioni, Francesca Di Nicola, Pierangelo Santori, Luca Maroni, Ludovico Abenavoli and Emidio Scarpellini
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 647; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070647
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/647

 


6. “Identification of New Natural Sources of Flavour and Aroma Metabolites from Solid-State Fermentation of Agro-Industrial By-Products”
by Melodie A. Lindsay, Ninna Granucci, David R. Greenwood and Silas G. Villas-Boas
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 157; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020157
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/157


7. “Non-Invasive Monitoring of Inflammation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients during Prolonged Exercise via Exhaled Breath Volatile Organic Compounds”
by Ben Henderson, Joris Meurs, Carlijn R. Lamers, Guilherme Lopes Batista, Dušan Materić, Carlo G. Bertinetto, Coen C. W. G. Bongers, Rupert Holzinger, Frans J. M. Harren, Jeroen J. Jansen et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 224; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030224
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/224


8. “Microbial Interactions in Kombucha through the Lens of Metabolomics”
by Thierry Tran, Chloé Roullier-Gall, François Verdier, Antoine Martin, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Hervé Alexandre, Cosette Grandvalet and Raphaëlle Tourdot-Maréchal
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 235; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030235
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/235

12 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Pharmacology and Drug Metabolism” Section

1. “Glutamate Efflux across the Blood–Brain Barrier: New Perspectives on the Relationship between Depression and the Glutamatergic System”
by Benjamin Fredrick Gruenbaum, Alexander Zlotnik, Amit Frenkel, Ilya Fleidervish and Matthew Boyko
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 459; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050459
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/459


2. “In Vitro Metabolism of Helenalin Acetate and 11α,13-Dihydrohelenalin Acetate: Natural Sesquiterpene Lactones from Arnica”
by Franziska M. Jürgens, Matthias Behrens, Hans-Ulrich Humpf, Sara M. Robledo and Thomas J. Schmidt
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010088
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/88


3. “Lipidomics in Understanding Pathophysiology and Pharmacologic Effects in Inflammatory Diseases: Considerations for Drug Development”
by Kabir Ahluwalia, Brandon Ebright, Kingsley Chow, Priyal Dave, Andrew Mead, Roy Poblete, Stan G. Louie and Isaac Asante
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 333; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040333
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/333


4. “The Glycobiology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
by Shia Vang, Phillip Cochran, Julio Sebastian Domingo, Stefanie Krick and Jarrod Wesley Barnes
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 316; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040316
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/316


5. “Availability and Metabolic Fate of Olive Phenolic Alcohols Hydroxytyrosol and Tyrosol in the Human GI Tract Simulated by the In Vitro GIDM–Colon Model”
by Maria Eleni Sakavitsi, Annelies Breynaert, Theodora Nikou, Stef Lauwers, Luc Pieters, Nina Hermans and Maria Halabalaki
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 391; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050391
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/391


6. “Infection Biomarkers Based on Metabolomics”
by Rúben Araújo, Luís F. N. Bento, Tiago A. H. Fonseca, Cristiana P. Von Rekowski, Bernardo Ribeiro da Cunha and Cecília R. C. Calado
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020092
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/92


7. “Effects of Selen on the Antidepressant-like Activity of Agents Affecting the Adenosinergic Neurotransmission”
by Aleksandra Szopa, Mariola Herbet, Ewa Poleszak, Karolina Bogatko, Marta Ostrowska-Leśko, Katarzyna Świąder, Jarosław Szponar and Anna Serefko
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 586; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070586
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/586


8. “Human Hepatocyte 4-Acetoxy-N,N-Diisopropyltryptamine Metabolite Profiling by Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography Coupled with High-Resolution Tandem Mass Spectrometry”
by Sara Malaca, Marilyn A. Huestis, Leonardo Lattanzio, Luigi T. Marsella, Adriano Tagliabracci, Jeremy Carlier and Francesco P. Busardò
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 705; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080705
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/705

12 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Integrative Metabolomics” Section

1. “Metabolomic Studies in Inner Ear Pathologies”
by Luc Boullaud, Hélène Blasco, Thuy-Trân Trinh and David Bakhos
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 214; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030214
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/214


2. “Biomarkers of Endothelial Damage in Distinct Phases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children”
by Monica Gelzo, Antonietta Giannattasio, Marco Maglione, Stefania Muzzica, Carolina D’Anna, Filippo Scialò, Thaililja Gagliardo, Michela Grieco, Vincenzo Tipo and Giuseppe Castaldo
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 680; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080680
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/680


3. “Modulation of Fecal Metabolites by Heat Stress and Diet, and Their Association with Inflammation and Leaky Gut Markers in Dairy Cows”
by Alexis Ruiz-González, Daniel Enrique Rico and Jorge Eduardo Rico
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 142; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020142
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/142


4. “Effects of Acute and Chronic Resistance Exercise on the Skeletal Muscle Metabolome”
by Sebastian Gehlert, Patrick Weinisch, Werner Römisch-Margl, Richard T. Jaspers, Anna Artati, Jerzy Adamski, Kenneth A. Dyar, Thorben Aussieker, Daniel Jacko, Wilhelm Bloch et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 445; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050445
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/445


5. “Metabolomic Analysis of Severe Osteoarthritis in a Spanish Population of Women Compared to Healthy and Osteoporotic Subjects”
by Clara Pertusa, Damián Mifsut, José Manuel Morales, Juan J. Tarín, Antonio Cano, Daniel Monleón and Miguel Ángel García-Pérez
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 677; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080677
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/677


6. “Co-Expression Network and Integrative Analysis of Metabolome and Transcriptome Uncovers Biological Pathways for Fertility in Beef Heifers”
by Priyanka Banerjee, Soren P. Rodning, Wellison J. S. Diniz and Paul W. Dyce
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 708; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080708
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/708


7. “Estimated Renal Metabolomics at Reperfusion Predicts One-Year Kidney Graft Function”
by Thomas Verissimo, Anna Faivre, Sebastian Sgardello, Maarten Naesens, Sophie de Seigneux, Gilles Criton and David Legouis
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010057
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/57


8. “Sex Dimorphism in the Metabolome of Metabolic Syndrome in Morbidly Obese Individuals”
by Serena Pisoni, Vannina G. Marrachelli, Jose M. Morales, Sabrina Maestrini, Anna M. Di Blasio and Daniel Monleón
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 419; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050419
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/419

12 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Nutrition and Metabolism” Section

1. “Gut Microbiota Metabolites in Major Depressive Disorder—Deep Insights into Their Pathophysiological Role and Potential Translational Applications”
by Miguel A. Ortega, Miguel Angel Alvarez-Mon, Cielo García-Montero, Oscar Fraile-Martinez, Luis G. Guijarro, Guillermo Lahera, Jorge Monserrat, Paula Valls, Fernando Mora, Roberto Rodríguez-Jiménez et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010050
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/50


2. “Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Endocrine Axes—A Scoping Review”
by Madalena Von-Hafe, Marta Borges-Canha, Catarina Vale, Ana Rita Leite, João Sérgio Neves, Davide Carvalho and Adelino Leite-Moreira
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 298; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040298
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/298


3. “Involvement of TauT/SLC6A6 in Taurine Transport at the Blood–Testis Barrier”
by Yoshiyuki Kubo, Sakiko Ishizuka, Takeru Ito, Daisuke Yoneyama, Shin-ichi Akanuma and Ken-ichi Hosoya
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010066
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/66


4. “The Sensory Mechanisms of Nutrient-Induced GLP-1 Secretion”
by Anna Pii Hjørne, Ida Marie Modvig and Jens Juul Holst
Metabolites 2022, 12(5), 420; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050420
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/5/420


5. “Taurine Ameliorates Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes by Modulating Hepatic Glucose Metabolism and Oxidative Stress in Mice”
by Shigeru Murakami, Kohei Funahashi, Natsuki Tamagawa, Ma Ning and Takashi Ito
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 524; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060524
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/524


6. “Central Taurine Attenuates Hyperthermia and Isolation Stress Behaviors Augmented by Corticotropin-Releasing Factor with Modifying Brain Amino Acid Metabolism in Neonatal Chicks”
by Mohamed Z. Elhussiny, Phuong V. Tran, Yuriko Tsuru, Shogo Haraguchi, Elizabeth R. Gilbert, Mark A. Cline, Takashi Bungo, Mitsuhiro Furuse and Vishwajit S. Chowdhury
Metabolites 2022, 12(1), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12010083
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/1/83


7. “How Gut Microbes Nurture Intestinal Stem Cells: A Drosophila Perspective”
by Constantina Neophytou and Chrysoula Pitsouli
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 169; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020169
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/169


8. “Colon Cancer: From Epidemiology to Prevention”
by Kyriaki Katsaounou, Elpiniki Nicolaou, Paris Vogazianos, Cameron Brown, Marios Stavrou, Savvas Teloni, Pantelis Hatzis, Agapios Agapiou, Elisavet Fragkou, Georgios Tsiaoussis et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 499; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060499
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/499

12 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Lipid Metabolism” Section

1. “PNPLA6/NTE, an Evolutionary Conserved Phospholipase Linked to a Group of Complex Human Diseases”
by Doris Kretzschmar
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 284; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040284
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/284


2. “Interactions between Tryptophan Metabolism, the Gut Microbiome and the Immune System as Potential Drivers of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Metabolic Diseases”
by Charlotte Teunis, Max Nieuwdorp and Nordin Hanssen
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 514; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060514
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/514


3. “Lipid Peroxidation Produces a Diverse Mixture of Saturated and Unsaturated Aldehydes in Exhaled Breath That Can Serve as Biomarkers of Lung Cancer—A Review”
by Saurin R. Sutaria, Sadakatali S. Gori, James D. Morris, Zhenzhen Xie, Xiao-An Fu and Michael H. Nantz
Metabolites 2022, 12(6), 561; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12060561
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/6/561


4. “Algal Lipids as Modulators of Skin Disease: A Critical Review”
by Tiago Conde, Diana Lopes, Wojciech Łuczaj, Bruno Neves, Bruno Pinto, Tatiana Maurício, Pedro Domingues, Elżbieta Skrzydlewska and M. Rosário Domingues
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020096
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/96


5. “Progressive, Qualitative, and Quantitative Alterations in HDL Lipidome from Healthy Subjects to Patients with Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes”
by Christina E. Kostara, Kiriaki S. Karakitsou, Matilda Florentin, Eleni T. Bairaktari and Vasilis Tsimihodimos
Metabolites 2022, 12(8), 683; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12080683
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/8/683


6. “The Emerging Roles of Intracellular PCSK9 and Their Implications in Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Metabolic Diseases”
by Paul F. Lebeau, Khrystyna Platko, Jae Hyun Byun, Yumna Makda and Richard C. Austin
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 215; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030215
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/215


7. “Pleiotropic Effects of PCSK9: Focus on Thrombosis and Haemostasis”
by Marianna Puccini, Ulf Landmesser and Ursula Rauch
Metabolites 2022, 12(3), 226; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12030226
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/3/226


8. “Old but New: Group IIA Phospholipase A2 as a Modulator of Gut Microbiota”
by Yoshitaka Taketomi, Yoshimi Miki and Makoto Murakami
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 352; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040352
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/352

12 April 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2022 in the “Cell Metabolism” Section

1. “Analogues of Natural Chalcones as Efficient Inhibitors of AKR1C3”
by Gabriele Möller, Veronika Temml, Antonio Cala Peralta, Océane Gruet, Pascal Richomme, Denis Séraphin, Guillaume Viault, Luisa Kraus, Petra Huber-Cantonati, Elisabeth Schopfhauser et al.
Metabolites 2022, 12(2), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12020099
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/2/99


2. “Untargeted Metabolomics of Slc13a5 Deficiency Reveal Critical Liver–Brain Axis for Lipid Homeostasis”
by Sofia Milosavljevic, Kevin E. Glinton, Xiqi Li, Cláudia Medeiros, Patrick Gillespie, John R. Seavitt, Brett H. Graham and Sarah H. Elsea
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 351; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040351
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/351



3. “Quercetin Decreases Corneal Haze In Vivo and Influences Gene Expression of TGF-Beta Mediators In Vitro”
by Tina B. McKay, Pouriska B. Kivanany, Sarah E. Nicholas, Okhil K. Nag, Michael H. Elliott, W. Matthew Petroll and Dimitrios Karamichos
Metabolites 2022, 12(7), 626; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12070626
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/7/626


4. “L-Arginine and Cardioactive Arginine Derivatives as Substrates and Inhibitors of Human and Mouse NaCT/Nact”
by Daniela B. Surrer, Martin F. Fromm, Renke Maas and Jörg König
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 273; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040273
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/273


5. “The MicroRNA miR-277 Controls Physiology and Pathology of the Adult Drosophila Midgut by Regulating the Expression of Fatty Acid β-Oxidation-Related Genes in Intestinal Stem Cells”
by Lisa Zipper, Sai Batchu, Nida Hatice Kaya, Zeus Andrea Antonello and Tobias Reiff
Metabolites 2022, 12(4), 315; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12040315
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/4/315



6. “Gut Microbiota across Normal Gestation and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Cohort Analysis”
by Patricia M. Dualib, Carla R. Taddei, Gabriel Fernandes, Camila R. S. Carvalho, Luiz Gustavo Sparvoli, Isis T. Silva, Rosiane Mattar, Sandra R. G. Ferreira, Sergio A. Dib and Bianca de Almeida-Pititto
Metabolites 2022, 12(9), 796; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12090796
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/12/9/796


7. “Positive Correlation of Triacylglycerols with Increased Chain Length and Unsaturation with ω-O-Acylceramide and Ceramide-NP as Well as Acidic pH in the Skin Surface of Healthy Korean Adults”
by Ju-Young Lee, Sanghun Jeon, Sangshin Han, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Yunhi Cho and Kun-Pyo Kim
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010031
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/31


8. “Metabolic Reprogramming of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Cells as a Response to Chemotherapy”
by Greta Petrella, Francesca Corsi, Giorgia Ciufolini, Sveva Germini, Francesco Capradossi, Andrea Pelliccia, Francesco Torino, Lina Ghibelli and Daniel Oscar Cicero
Metabolites 2023, 13(1), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo13010065
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/13/1/65


 

30 March 2023
Meet Us at the 2023 American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting (ASM Microbe 2023), 15–19 June 2023, Houston, USA


The 2023 American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting (ASM Microbe 2023) will be held in Houston, USA, from 15 to 19 June 2023. This annual meeting is the largest gathering of microbiologists in the world, and it is expected that nearly 8,000 professionals from all over the world will attend the meeting. Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the oldest and largest single life science society in the world, consisting of more than 50,000 scientists and health professionals, of which more than one-third of the members are from countries and regions outside the United States. The mission of the American Society for Microbiology is to promote and advance the science of microbiology.

Topics include:

  • Disaster Microbiology;
  • Emerging Infections – What is the next pandemic? (Focus on Nipah and Marburg);
  • Natural Product Discovery and Synthesis;
  • Combating the Climate Crisis with Critters: Microbial Carbon Capture;
  • Powering the Future: Applied Microbiology in the Energy Industry;
  • Equity and Access in Laboratory Diagnostics;
  • Microbiome Management in a Changing World.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Microorganisms;
  • Journal of Fungi;
  • Viruses;
  • Applied Biosciences;
  • MPs;
  • IJMS;
  • Vaccines;
  • Fermentation;
  • Diversity;
  • Metabolites;
  • Biomolecules;
  • Antibiotics;
  • Pathogens;
  • Life.

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you at booth number #2504 in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference and our virtual booth, please visit the following link: https://asm.org/Events/ASM-Microbe/Home.

23 March 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the “Plant Metabolism” Section

  1. “The Effects of Plant-Associated Bacterial Exopolysaccharides on Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance”
    by Rafael J. L. Morcillo and Maximino Manzanera
    Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 337; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060337
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/337
  1. “Potassium Improves Drought Stress Tolerance in Plants by Affecting Root Morphology, Root Exudates, and Microbial Diversity”
    by Qiwen Xu, Hao Fu, Bo Zhu, Hafiz Athar Hussain, Kangping Zhang, Xiaoqing Tian, Meichun Duan, Xiaoyu Xie and Longchang Wang
    Metabolites 2021, 11(3), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11030131
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/3/131
  1. “Plant Responses to Abiotic Stresses and Rhizobacterial Biostimulants: Metabolomics and Epigenetics Perspectives”
    by Motseoa M. Lephatsi, Vanessa Meyer, Lizelle A. Piater, Ian A. Dubery and Fidele Tugizimana
    Metabolites 2021, 11(7), 457; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11070457
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/7/457
  1. “Metabolomics for Biomarker Discovery: Key Signatory Metabolic Profiles for the Identification and Discrimination of Oat Cultivars”
    by Chanel J. Pretorius, Fidele Tugizimana, Paul A. Steenkamp, Lizelle A. Piater and Ian A. Dubery
    Metabolites 2021, 11(3), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11030165
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/3/165
  1. “A Comprehensive Targeted Metabolomics Assay for Crop Plant Sample Analysis”
    by Jiamin Zheng, Mathew Johnson, Rupasri Mandal and David S. Wishart
    Metabolites 2021, 11(5), 303; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11050303
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/5/303
  1. “High-Throughput Chlorophyll and Carotenoid Profiling Reveals Positive Associations with Sugar and Apocarotenoid Volatile Content in Fruits of Tomato Varieties in Modern and Wild Accessions”
    by Yusuke Aono, Yonathan Asikin, Ning Wang, Denise Tieman, Harry Klee and Miyako Kusano
    Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 398; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060398
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/398
  1. “Metabolite Profiling Reveals Distinct Modulation of Complex Metabolic Networks in Non-Pigmented, Black, and Red Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Cultivars”
    by Tae Jin Kim, So Yeon Kim, Young Jin Park, Sun-Hyung Lim, Sun-Hwa Ha, Sang Un Park, Bumkyu Lee and Jae Kwang Kim
    Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 367; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060367
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/367
  1. “Extraction and Identification of Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted by Fragrant Flowers of Three Tillandsia Species by HS-SPME/GC-MS”
    by Mame-Marietou Lo, Zohra Benfodda, David Bénimélis, Jean-Xavier Fontaine, Roland Molinié and Patrick Meffre
    Metabolites 2021, 11(9), 594; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11090594
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/9/594

23 March 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the “Pharmacology and Drug Metabolism” Section

  1. “Ultramicronized Palmitoylethanolamide Inhibits NLRP3 Inflammasome Expression and Pro-Inflammatory Response Activated by SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein in Cultured Murine Alveolar Macrophages”
    by Alessandro Del Re, Chiara Corpetti, Marcella Pesce, Luisa Seguella, Luca Steardo, Irene Palenca, Sara Rurgo, Barbara De Conno, Giovanni Sarnelli and Giuseppe Esposito
    Metabolites 2021, 11(9), 592; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11090592
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/9/592
  1. “Targeting the Pentose Phosphate Pathway for SARS-CoV-2 Therapy”
    by Denisa Bojkova, Rui Costa, Philipp Reus, Marco Bechtel, Mark-Christian Jaboreck, Ruth Olmer, Ulrich Martin, Sandra Ciesek, Martin Michaelis and Jindrich Cinatl, Jr.
    Metabolites 2021, 11(10), 699; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11100699
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/10/699
  1. “Metabolism, HDACs, and HDAC Inhibitors: A Systems Biology Perspective”
    by Jacob King, Maya Patel and Sriram Chandrasekaran
    Metabolites 2021, 11(11), 792; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11110792
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/11/792
  1. “Evaluation of Pharmacokinetic Drug–Drug Interactions: A Review of the Mechanisms, In Vitro and In Silico Approaches”
    by Yaru Peng, Zeneng Cheng and Feifan Xie
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020075
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/75
  1. “Comparative Effects of Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate and Di-(2-ethylhexyl)terephthalate Metabolites on Thyroid Receptors: In Vitro and In Silico Studies”
    by Nicolas Kambia, Isabelle Séverin, Amaury Farce, Laurence Dahbi, Thierry Dine, Emmanuel Moreau, Valérie Sautou and Marie-Christine Chagnon
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 94; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020094
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/94
  1. “Simultaneous Quantitation of Lipid Biomarkers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Using LC–MS/MS”
    by Yashpal S. Chhonker, Shrey Kanvinde, Rizwan Ahmad, Amar B. Singh, David Oupický and Daryl J. Murry
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020106
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/106
  1. “Investigation of Equine In Vivo and In Vitro Derived Metabolites of the Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) ACP-105 for Improved Doping Control”
    by Malin Nilsson Broberg, Heather Knych, Ulf Bondesson, Curt Pettersson, Scott Stanley, Mario Thevis and Mikael Hedeland
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020085
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/85
  1. “Novel Ubiquitin Specific Protease-13 Inhibitors Alleviate Neurodegenerative Pathology”
    by Xiaoguang Liu, Kaluvu Balaraman, Ciarán C. Lynch, Michaeline Hebron, Christian Wolf and Charbel Moussa
    Metabolites 2021, 11(9), 622; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11090622
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/9/622

23 March 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the “Nutrition and Metabolism” Section

  1. “Sensing and Signaling of Methionine Metabolism”
    by Linda Lauinger and Peter Kaiser
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020083
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/83
  1. “Metabolic Control of m6A RNA Modification”
    by Joohwan Kim and Gina Lee
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 80; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020080
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/80

  1. “Impact of Altered Gut Microbiota and Its Metabolites in Cystic Fibrosis”
    by Aravind Thavamani, Iman Salem, Thomas J. Sferra and Senthilkumar Sankararaman
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 123; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020123
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/123
  1. “Plasma Ceramides Pathophysiology, Measurements, Challenges, and Opportunities”
    by Melania Gaggini, Alessandro Pingitore and Cristina Vassalle
    Metabolites 2021, 11(11), 719; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11110719
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/11/719
  1. “Metabolomics of Pigmented Rice Coproducts Applying Conventional or Deep Eutectic Extraction Solvents Reveal a Potential Antioxidant Source for Human Nutrition”
    Feature Paper
    by Millena Cristina Barros Santos, Nathalie Barouh, Erwann Durand, Bruno Baréa, Mélina Robert, Valérie Micard, Valérie Lullien-Pellerin, Pierre Villeneuve, Luiz Claudio Cameron, Elizabeth P. Ryan et al.
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 110; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020110
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/110
  1. “FoodOmicsGR_RI: A Consortium for Comprehensive Molecular Characterisation of Food Products”
    by Georgios Theodoridis, Alexandros Pechlivanis, Nikolaos S. Thomaidis, Apostolos Spyros, Constantinos A. Georgiou, Triantafyllos Albanis, Ioannis Skoufos, Stavros Kalogiannis, George Th. Tsangaris, Athanasios S. Stasinakis et al.
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020074
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/74
  1. “Involvements of Hyperhomocysteinemia in Neurological Disorders”
    by Marika Cordaro, Rosalba Siracusa, Roberta Fusco, Salvatore Cuzzocrea, Rosanna Di Paola and Daniela Impellizzeri
    Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 37; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010037
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/37
  1. “The Role of Gut Microbiota and Its Produced Metabolites in Obesity, Dyslipidemia, Adipocyte Dysfunction, and Its Interventions”
    by Max S. Z. Zwartjes, Victor E. A. Gerdes and Max Nieuwdorp
    Metabolites 2021, 11(8), 531; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11080531
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/8/531

23 March 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the “Microbiology and Ecological Metabolomics” Section

  1. “Carotenoids and Some Other Pigments from Fungi and Yeasts“
    *Editor’s Choice Paper
    by Alexander Rapoport, Irina Guzhova, Lorenzo Bernetti, Pietro Buzzini, Marek Kieliszek and Anna Maria Kot
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020092
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/92
  1. “An Overview of Metabolic Activity, Beneficial and Pathogenic Aspects of Burkholderia Spp.”
    by Hazem S. Elshafie and Ippolito Camele
    Metabolites 2021, 11(5), 321; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11050321
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/5/321
  1. “Metabolic Versatility of Mycobacterium tuberculosis during Infection and Dormancy”
    by Dorothy Pei Shan Chang and Xue Li Guan
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020088
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/88
  1. “What We Know So Far about the Metabolite-Mediated Microbiota-Intestinal Immunity Dialogue and How to Hear the Sound of This Crosstalk”
    *Editor’s Choice Paper
    by Clément Caffaratti, Caroline Plazy, Geoffroy Mery, Abdoul-Razak Tidjani, Federica Fiorini, Sarah Thiroux, Bertrand Toussaint, Dalil Hannani and Audrey Le Gouellec
    Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 406; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060406
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/406
  1. “Extracellular Vesicle Analysis by Paper Spray Ionization Mass Spectrometry”
    by Casey A. Chamberlain, Marguerite Hatch and Timothy J. Garrett
    Metabolites 2021, 11(5), 308; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11050308
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/5/308
  1. “Gut Microbiota, Microbial Metabolites and Human Physical Performance“
    by Sanna Lensu and Satu Pekkala
    Metabolites 2021, 11(11), 716; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11110716
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/11/716
  1. “Metabolic Changes by Wine Flor-Yeasts with Gluconic Acid as the Sole Carbon Source”
    by Minami Ogawa, Jaime Moreno-García, Lucy C. M. Joseph, Juan C. Mauricio, Juan Moreno and Teresa García-Martínez
    Metabolites 2021, 11(3), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11030150
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/3/150
  1. “Dynamics of the Metabolome of Aliinostoc sp. PMC 882.14 in Response to Light and Temperature Variations”
    by Damien Le Moigne, Justine Demay, Anita Reinhardt, Cécile Bernard, Sandra Kim Tiam and Benjamin Marie
    Metabolites 2021, 11(11), 745; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11110745
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/11/745

23 March 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the “Metabolomic Profiling Technology” Section

  1. “Comprehensive Literature Review of Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 MRI: The Road to Clinical Application”
    by Michael Vaeggemose, Rolf F. Schulte and Christoffer Laustsen
    Metabolites 2021, 11(4), 219; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11040219
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/4/219
  1. “Differentiation of Cystic Fibrosis-Related Pathogens by Volatile Organic Compound Analysis with Secondary Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry”
    by Jérôme Kaeslin, Srdjan Micic, Ronja Weber, Simona Müller, Nathan Perkins, Christoph Berger, Renato Zenobi, Tobias Bruderer and Alexander Moeller
    Metabolites 2021, 11(11), 773; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11110773
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/11/773
  1. “Quantitative Assessment of Occipital Metabolic and Energetic Changes in Parkinson’s Patients, Using In Vivo 31P MRS-Based Metabolic Imaging at 7T”
    by Xiao-Hong Zhu, Byeong-Yeul Lee, Paul Tuite, Lisa Coles, Abhishek G. Sathe, Chi Chen, Jim Cloyd, Walter C. Low, Clifford J. Steer and Wei Chen
    Metabolites 2021, 11(3), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11030145
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/3/145
  1. “Resistance to Androgen Deprivation Leads to Altered Metabolism in Human and Murine Prostate Cancer Cell and Tumor Models”
    by Jinny Sun, Robert A. Bok, Justin DeLos Santos, Deepti Upadhyay, Romelyn DeLos Santos, Shubhangi Agarwal, Mark Van Criekinge, Daniel B. Vigneron, Rahul Aggarwal, Donna M. Peehl et al.
    Metabolites 2021, 11(3), 139; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11030139
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/3/139
  1. “Exhaled Breath Reflects Prolonged Exercise and Statin Use during a Field Campaign”
    by Ben Henderson, Guilherme Lopes Batista, Carlo G. Bertinetto, Joris Meurs, Dušan Materić, Coen C. W. G. Bongers, Neeltje A. E. Allard, Thijs M. H. Eijsvogels, Rupert Holzinger, Frans J. M. Harren et al.
    Metabolites 2021, 11(4), 192; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11040192
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/4/192
  1. “Metabolite Profiling and Anti-Aging Activity of Rice Koji Fermented with Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus cristatus: A Comparative Study”
    by Hyunji Lee, Sunmin Lee, Seoyeon Kyung, Jeoungjin Ryu, Seunghyun Kang, Myeongsam Park and Choonghwan Lee
    Metabolites 2021, 11(8), 524; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11080524
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/8/524
  1. “Urinary Metabolites Enable Differential Diagnosis and Therapeutic Monitoring of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease”
    by Mai Yamamoto, Meera Shanmuganathan, Lara Hart, Nikhil Pai and Philip Britz-McKibbin
    Metabolites 2021, 11(4), 245; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11040245
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/4/245
  1. “Hyperpolarized Metabolic MRI—Acquisition, Reconstruction, and Analysis Methods”
    by Peder Eric Zufall Larson and Jeremy W. Gordon
    Metabolites 2021, 11(6), 386; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11060386
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/6/386

23 March 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic Papers Published in 2021 in the “Lipid Metabolism” Section

  1. “The Effects of SGLT2 Inhibitors on Lipid Metabolism”
    by Zsolt Szekeres, Kalman Toth and Eszter Szabados
    Metabolites 2021, 11(2), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11020087
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/2/87
  1. “Apolipoprotein B and Cardiovascular Disease: Biomarker and Potential Therapeutic Target”
    by Jennifer Behbodikhah, Saba Ahmed, Ailin Elyasi, Lora J. Kasselman, Joshua De Leon, Amy D. Glass and Allison B. Reiss
    Metabolites 2021, 11(10), 690; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11100690
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/10/690
  1. “Diagnostic Potential of the Plasma Lipidome in Infectious Disease: Application to Acute SARS-CoV-2 Infection”
    by Nicola Gray, Nathan G. Lawler, Annie Xu Zeng, Monique Ryan, Sze How Bong, Berin A. Boughton, Maider Bizkarguenaga, Chiara Bruzzone, Nieves Embade, Julien Wist et al.
    Metabolites 2021, 11(7), 467; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11070467
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/7/467
  1. “Hepatitis C Virus Uses Host Lipids to Its Own Advantage”
    by Malgorzata Sidorkiewicz
    Metabolites 2021, 11(5), 273; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11050273
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/5/273
  1. “Acyl-Coenzyme A: Cholesterol Acyltransferase (ACAT) in Cholesterol Metabolism: From Its Discovery to Clinical Trials and the Genomics Era”
    by Qimin Hai and Jonathan D. Smith
    Metabolites 2021, 11(8), 543; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11080543
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/8/543
  1. “Bioactive Ether Lipids: Primordial Modulators of Cellular Signaling”
    by Nikhil Rangholia, Tina M. Leisner and Stephen P. Holly
    Metabolites 2021, 11(1), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11010041
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/1/41
  1. “Lipid Metabolite Biomarkers in Cardiovascular Disease: Discovery and Biomechanism Translation from Human Studies”
    by Peter McGranaghan, Jennifer A. Kirwan, Mariel A. Garcia-Rivera, Burkert Pieske, Frank Edelmann, Florian Blaschke, Sandeep Appunni, Anshul Saxena, Muni Rubens, Emir Veledar et al.
    Metabolites 2021, 11(9), 621; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11090621
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/9/621
  1. “The Reciprocal Relationship between LDL Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”
    by Isabella Bonilha, Eric Hajduch, Beatriz Luchiari, Wilson Nadruz, Wilfried Le Goff and Andrei C. Sposito
    Metabolites 2021, 11(12), 807; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo11120807
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/11/12/807

23 March 2023
Metabolites | Hot Topic P