30 June 2021
2020 Impact Factors - Released

The 2020 citation metrics have been officially released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR)!

We are pleased to announce that 85 MDPI journals are included, of which:

  • 10 journals received their first impact factor
  • 96% of journals increased their impact factor from 2019
  • 32 journals (38%) ranked among the top 25% of journals, in at least one category
Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Cancers 6.639 Q1 • Oncology
Cells 6.600 Q2 • Cell Biology
Pharmaceutics 6.321 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Antioxidants 6.312 Q1 • Food Science & Technology 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Biomedicines 6.081 Q1 • Medicine, Research & Experimental
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 5.923 Q1 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Pharmaceuticals 5.863 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Journal of Fungi 5.816 Q1 • Mycology
• Microbiology
Nutrients 5.717 Q1 • Nutrition & Dietetics
Biosensors 5.519 Q1 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Marine Drugs 5.118 Q1 • Chemistry, Medicinal
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biology 5.079 Q1 • Biology
Nanomaterials 5.076 Q1 • Physics, Applied
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Viruses 5.048 Q2 • Virology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 4.945 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
• Health Care Sciences & Services
Metabolites 4.932 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biomolecules 4.879 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Remote Sensing 4.848 Q1 • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Q2 • Remote Sensing
• Imaging Science & Photographic Technology 
• Environmental Sciences
Gels * 4.702 Q1 • Polymer Science
Antibiotics 4.639 Q2 • Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Toxins 4.546 Q1 • Toxicology
• Food Science & Technology
Vaccines 4.422 Q2 • Immunology
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.411 Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 4.350 Q2 • Food Science & Technology
Polymers 4.329 Q1 • Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.241 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
Toxics 4.146 Q2 • Toxicology
• Environmental Sciences
Catalysts 4.146 Q2 • Chemistry, Physical
Microorganisms 4.128 Q2 • Microbiology
Membranes 4.106 Q1 • Polymer Science
Q2 • Engineering, Chemical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Chemistry, Physical
Genes 4.096 Q2 • Genetics & Heredity
Fermentation * 3.975 Q2 • Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease * 3.948 Q2 • Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Plants 3.935 Q1 • Plant Sciences
Life 3.817 Q2 • Biology
Diagnostics 3.706 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Current Oncology 3.677 Q3 • Oncology
Materials 3.623 Q1 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Physics, Applied 
• Physics, Condensed Matter
Sensors 3.576 Q1 • Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Pathogens 3.492 Q2 • Microbiology
Agronomy 3.417 Q1 • Agronomy
• Plant Sciences
Chemosensors 3.398 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 • Electrochemistry
Land 3.395 Q2 • Environmental Studies
Brain Sciences 3.394 Q3 • Neurosciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 3.390 Q1 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Tomography 3.358 Q2 • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Fractal and Fractional * 3.313 Q1 • Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Sustainability 3.251 Q2 • Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
• Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 • Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Water 3.103 Q2 • Water Resources
• Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 3.049 Q3 • Business
Energies 3.004 Q3 • Energy & Fuels
Agriculture 2.925 Q1 • Agronomy
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2.899 Q2 • Geography, Physical
• Computer Science, Information Systems
Q3 • Remote Sensing
Micromachines 2.891 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Coatings 2.881 Q2 • Materials Science, Coatings & Films
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Children 2.863 Q2 • Pediatrics
Processes 2.847 Q3 • Engineering, Chemical
Separations 2.777 Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
Insects 2.769 Q1 • Entomology
Animals 2.752 Q1 • Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
• Veterinary Sciences
Symmetry 2.713 Q2 • Multidisciplinary Sciences
Atmosphere 2.686 Q3 • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
• Environmental Sciences
Applied Sciences 2.679 Q2 • Engineering, Multidisciplinary
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Photonics 2.676 Q2 • Optics
Buildings * 2.648 Q2 • Construction & Building Technology
• Engineering, Civil
Healthcare 2.645 Q2 • Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Q3 • Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Minerals 2.644 Q2 • Mining & Mineral Processing
• Mineralogy
• Geochemistry & Geophysics
Forests 2.633 Q1 • Forestry
Crystals 2.589 Q2 • Crystallography
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Entropy 2.524 Q2 • Physics, Multidisciplinary
Diversity 2.465 Q2 • Biodiversity Conservation
Q3 • Ecology
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.458 Q2 • Oceanography
• Engineering, Marine 
• Engineering, Ocean
Medicina 2.430 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Machines * 2.428 Q2 • Engineering, Mechanical
Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Electronics 2.397 Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
• Computer Science, Information Systems 
• Physics, Applied
Fishes * 2.385 Q2 • Fisheries
• Marine & Freshwater Biology
Metals 2.351 Q2 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Horticulturae * 2.331 Q1 • Horticulture
Veterinary Sciences * 2.304 Q1 • Veterinary Sciences
Universe 2.278 Q3 • Physics, Particles & Fields
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mathematics 2.258 Q1 • Mathematics
Magnetochemistry 2.193 Q3 • Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 2.081 Q4 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Actuators 1.994 Q3 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Engineering, Mechanical
Aerospace * 1.659 Q2 • Engineering, Aerospace

* Journals given their first Impact Factor in 2021

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

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


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

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


We invite you to make yourself familiar with the new tool! The Book Builder can be found here:

Special Issue Reprints

The Book Builder allows Guest Editors of MDPI journals to create a reprint from a successfully completed Special Issue or Topical Collection in book format. If you are a Guest Editor for an MDPI journal, you can use the new tool  to create an PDF document which includes all articles published in the Special Issue as well as a book cover and table of contents.

For Special Issues containing a minimum of 5 articles, the Guest Editor can request its publication on the MDPI Book platform. Published reprints are assigned an ISBN and DOI.

In addition to the PDF copy of the Reprint Book, as a token of our gratitude, MDPI offers every Guest Editor one (1) complimentary print copy (via print-on-demand). All contributors benefit from a discount on orders of any additional print copies, to share with colleagues or libraries or others.


Why choose MDPI Books?

In line with our organization's values, MDPI Books publishes all content in open access, promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge in a globalized world. MDPI Books encompasses all the benefits of open access—high availability and visibility, as well as wide and rapid dissemination. MDPI Books are distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License, meaning as an author you retain the copyright for your work. In addition, with MDPI Books you can complement the digital version of your work with a high-quality printed counterpart.

If you are interested in editing a book volume or series, or have a monograph manuscript to be considered for publication, please submit your proposal online and look at our Information for Authors.

Contact: Laura Wagner, MDPI Books Manager (email)

15 April 2021
MDPI Celebrates Company Milestone With 25th Anniversary Page
"We exist to help scientists achieve their own objectives"

In June of this year, MDPI will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its foundation. To mark this significant milestone, we have created a 25th Anniversary page on our website that evokes the development of our company over the past quarter-century.

MDPI has been a pioneer of Open Access publishing ever since the concept was first created.

In a wide-ranging interview, our CEO Delia Mihaila reflects on the company’s 25th anniversary and its contribution to the world of scientific publishing.

Delia considers how MDPI has evolved since starting life in 1996 as a visionary ‘project’ run out of an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, by Dr. Shu-Kun Lin. A chemist who was passionate about the long-term preservation of rare chemical sample, Dr. Lin was determined to help scholars publish their findings as quickly as possible and make their research results available to as wide a readership as possible worldwide. That determination remains unchanged 25 years later.

Today, MDPI is an international organization with over 4,000 employees based on three continents and in ten countries, and ranks among the world's top four academic publishers.

MDPI's mission is to accelerate access to new scientific research, delivering insight faster for researchers worldwide. Read more here about the company's remarkable success story and what the Open Access publishing model can offer the global scientific community.

10 March 2021
Journal Selector: Helping to Find the Right MDPI Journal for Your Article

At MDPI, we strive to make your online publication process seamless and efficient. To achieve this, our team is continuously developing tools and features to make the user experience useful and convenient.

As the number of academic papers continues to grow, so does the need to analyze and work with them on a large scale. This prompted us to design a new feature aimed at helping researchers find journals that are relevant to their publication by matching their abstract topic. In this regard, we designed a similarity model that automatically identifies the most suitable academic journals for your paper.

We are pleased to introduce Journal Selector, a new feature that measures similarity in academic contexts. By simply entering the title and/or abstract into our Journal Selector, the author will see a list of the most related scientific journals published by MDPI. This method helps authors select the correct journals for their papers, highlighting the time of publication and citability.

The methodology is known as representation learning, where words are represented as vectors in hyperspace. Representation helps us differentiate between different concepts within articles, and in turn, helps us identify similarities between them.

We used an advanced machine learning model to better capture the semantic meanings of words. This helps the algorithm make better predictions by leveraging scientific text representation. In turn, this ensures high precision, helping authors decide which journal they should submit their paper to.

The goal is to support authors to publish their work in the most suitable journal for their research, as fast as possible, accelerating their career progress.

Contact: Andrea Perlato, Head of Data Analytics, MDPI (email)

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