About Publications

Aims and Scope

Publications (ISSN 2304-6775) is an international, peer-reviewed, fully open access journal that provides an advanced forum for research studies related to all aspects of scholarly publishing. We, the Editorial Board, are convinced that scholarly publishing, as the gateway to the academic record, should be studied and critically analysed in all of its social and technological dimensions with the same scholarly rigour expected of the research that it guides to publication. Scholarly publishing has only recently begun to exploit the full potential of digital networked technologies, which affects the wider process of research communication, including public access to and engagement with research. Powerful trends towards responsible research and innovation, the globalisation of research, the emergence and inclusion of new or previously excluded stakeholders, and the advent of open science are reshaping the scope and nature of scholarly publishing. The social, legal and ethical dimensions of publications continue to co-evolve with these changes. Publications aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, publishing professionals, librarians and others to communicate original empirical and theoretical research on these and related topics to address current issues and inform best practice.

The scope of Publications includes:

  • Theory and practice of scholarly communication
  • Digitisation and innovations in scholarly publishing technologies
  • Metadata, infrastructure, and linking the scholarly record
  • Publishing policies and editorial/peer-review workflows
  • Financial models for scholarly publishing
  • Copyright, licensing and legal issues in publishing
  • Research integrity and publication ethics
  • Issues and best practices in the publication of non-traditional research outputs (e.g., data, software/code, protocols, data management plans, grant proposals, etc.)
  • Issues in the transition to open access and open science
  • Inclusion and participation of traditionally excluded actors
  • Language issues in publication processes and products
  • Traditional and alternative models of peer review
  • Traditional and alternative means of assessment and evaluation of research and its impact, including bibliometrics and scientometrics
  • The place of research libraries, scholarly societies, funders and others in scholarly communication

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

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

Book Reviews

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

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Publications will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License. MDPI will insert following note at the end of the published text:

© 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).


Reprints may be ordered. Please contact for more information on how to order reprints.

Journal History

See https://www.mdpi.com/journal/publications/history

Announcement and Advertisement

Announcements regarding academic activities such as conferences are published for free. Advertisement can be either published or placed on the pertinent website. For further information, please contact the editorial office.

Editorial Office

Mr. Leo Jiang
Managing Editor

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