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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

12 March 2024
Toxics | Invitation to Read 10 Highlighted Papers in the Second Half of 2023

1. “Testing of Different Digestion Solutions on Tissue Samples and the Effects of Used Potassium Hydroxide Solution on Polystyrene Microspheres”
by Liesa Geppner, Jakob Karaca, Wencke Wegner, Moritz Rados, Tobias Gutwald, Philemon Werth and Maja Henjakovic
Toxics 2023, 11(9), 790; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11090790
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/9/790

2. “Genomic Instability and Cytotoxicity Evaluation of Two Communities Exposed to Pesticides in the Mexicali Valley by the L-CBMN Assay”
by Balam Ruiz-Ruiz, Olivia Torres-Bugarin, Erika Zúñiga-Violante, Francisco Casillas-Figueroa, Roberto Luna-Vázquez-Gómez, Verónica Campos Gallegos, Ana Erika Ruiz-Arellano and María Evarista Arellano-García
Toxics 2023, 11(10), 807; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11100807
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/10/807

3. “The Role of the Nuclear Receptor FXR in Arsenic-Induced Glucose Intolerance in Mice”
by Yifei Yang, Yun-Chung Hsiao, Chih-Wei Liu and Kun Lu
Toxics 2023, 11(10), 833; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11100833
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/10/833 

4. “Airborne Pesticides from Agricultural Practices: A Critical Review of Pathways, Influencing Factors, and Human Health Implications”
by Thirasant Boonupara, Patchimaporn Udomkun, Eakalak Khan and Puangrat Kajitvichyanukul
Toxics 2023, 11(10), 858; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11100858
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/10/858

5. “Associations of Long-Term Exposure to PM2.5 and Its Constituents with Erythrocytosis and Thrombocytosis in Rural Populations”
by Yiquan Zheng, Yaling He, Ning Kang, Caiyun Zhang, Wei Liao, Yinghao Yuchi, Xiaotian Liu, Jian Hou, Zhenxing Mao, Wenqian Huo et al.
Toxics 2023, 11(11), 885; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11110885
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/11/885

6. “Toxicity of Beauty Salon Effluents Contaminated with Hair Dye on Aquatic Organisms”
by Letícia C. Gonçalves, Matheus M. Roberto, Paloma V. L. Peixoto, Cristina Viriato, Adriana F. C. da Silva, Valdenilson J. A. de Oliveira, Mariza C. C. Nardi, Lilian C. Pereira, Dejanira de F. de Angelis and Maria A. Marin-Morales
Toxics 2023, 11(11), 911; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11110911
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/11/911

7. “(Micro)Plastics Are Toxic Pollutants”
by Judith S. Weis and Juan José Alava
Toxics 2023, 11(11), 935; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11110935
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/11/935

8. “Invisible Hand behind Female Reproductive Disorders: Bisphenols, Recent Evidence and Future Perspectives”
by Xiaoyun Wu, Yuchai Tian, Huizhen Zhu, Pengchong Xu, Jiyue Zhang, Yangcheng Hu, Xiaotong Ji, Ruifeng Yan, Huifeng Yue and Nan Sang
Toxics 2023, 11(12), 1000; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11121000
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/12/1000 

9. “Comparing Ocular Toxicity of Legacy and Alternative Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Zebrafish Larvae”
by Han-seul Lee, Soogyeong Jang, Youngsub Eom and Ki-Tae Kim
Toxics 2023, 11(12), 1021; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11121021
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/12/1021

10. “Methamphetamine Shows Different Joint Toxicity for Different Types of Microplastics on Zebrafish Larvae by Mediating Oxidative Stress”
by Jindong Xu, Wenqi Yang, Dongyi Wang, Zhenglu Wang, Chuang Liu and Jiana Li
Toxics 2024, 12(1), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics12010009
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/12/1/9

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

5 February 2024
Acknowledgment of the Reviewers of Toxics in 2023

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

In 2023, Toxics received 3824 review reports, from 2788 reviewers. This past year, we worked with reviewers from 81 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 Toxics 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:

Abdul Bari Shah Lan Yao
Abdulwahab Hafez Lance Wallace
Abhik Patra Laura Rodriguez-Villamizar
Abhilasha Kandahalli Venkataranga Nayaka Laura Vicaș
Abhinav Joshi Laura Vicente
Abhiroop Chowdhury Lei Dong
Abhishek Mishra Leonardo Turchen
Ádám Golcs Leonid Perelomov
Ádám Leelőssy Leonor Meisel
Adam Łukowski Lev Labzovskii
Adel Girgis Levente Levei
Adham Al-Sagheer Li Luo
Agnieszka Dąbrowska Lidia Błaszczyk
Agnieszka Stec Lih-Geeng Chen
Agustin Ariño Lilianna Bartoszek
Ahmed Alprol Linda J. Walters
Ahmed El-Shafei Ljilja Torovic
Ahmed Faramawy Lorenzo Ferroni
Ahmed Gad Louis Tremblay
Ahmed Hamed Arisha Lu Cai
Ahmed Mourtada Elseman Luc Ferrari
Ahmed Sakr Luca Gavioli
Ahmed Saleh Lucia Rocco
Ahmed Shalabi Lucia Vieira Hoffmann
Ahmer Siyal Lucy Teresa González Hernández
Aino Maria Andersson Luigi Alessandrino
Akebe Luther King Abia Luis Alberto Henriquez-Hernandez
Alaa El-Dein Omara Luís Félix
Alan M Ducatman Luísa Mateus
Albert Argilaga Luiz Leonardo Saldanha
Albert Casas Ponsati Łukasz Dąbrowski
Alberta Mandich Lukasz Dobrek
Alberto Chighine Łukasz Fijałkowski
Alberto Correia Luz Del Razo
Alejandro Bugarin Maaria Kortesniemi
Aleksander Astel Madoc Sheehan
Aleksandr Bulaev Magdalena Blachnio
Aleksandra Bondžić Magdalena Matysiak-Kucharek
Aleksandra Nikolić-Kokić Maha Nasr
Aleksey V. Zaitsev Mahdi Mahdipour
Alena Zhelezova Mahesh Rachamalla
Alessandra Feo Mahfouz Abd-Elgawad
Alessandro Nutini Maikel Rosabal
Alessia Corami Maja Jazvinšćak Jembrek
Alevtina Savicheva Maja Katalinić
Alex Gauthier Małgorzata Adamczuk
Alexander Dvoretsky Małgorzata Jeleń
Alexander Larcombe Man Qu
Alexander Lukatkin Manfred Neuberger
Alexandre Vetcher Manfred Sager
Alexey Mittenberg Manfred Schmidt
Alexey Safonov Manhai Long
Alexios Aletras Manhattan Lebrun
Alexis Rodríguez-Solís Manish Bodas
Alfredo G. Casanova Manoel Henrique Nóbrega Marinho
Alica Pizent Manoj Garg
Alice Horton Manuchehr Farajzadeh
Alice Raphael Karikachery Manuel Aureliano
Alina Barbulescu Marc Girondot
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Dianbao Zhang Philippe Le Coustumer
Diego Nogueira Pier Franco Lattanzi
Dimitrios G. Georgakopoulos Pietri Sylvia
Ding Wang Pilar Fernandez
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Dmitriy Serov Piotr Iwaniuk
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Edward Sutanto Radu Racovita
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31 January 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #8 - Altmetric and Flat Fee Agreement

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

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


Opening Thoughts

MDPI and Digital Science Meeting

At MDPI, we are committed to providing our authors with the essential tools to publish, promote, and track their research. In line with this commitment, we have established a longstanding collaboration with Digital Science, a company specializing in research data and analytical insights for the research community. Our collaboration integrates their Altmetric tool, offering us and our authors the ability to track a variety of sources that monitor and report attention surrounding publications.

As part of our collaboration, we recently hosted Cathy Holland, Director of Global Publisher Business Development, and Helen Cooke, Managing Director of Publisher Sales, from Digital Science, at our MDPI headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.


Left to right: Facundo Santomé (Senior Marketing Manager, MDPI), Constanze Shelhorn (Indexing Manager, MDPI), Cathy Holland (Director of Global Publisher Business Development, Digital Science), Helen Cooke (Managing Director of Publisher Sales, Digital Science), and Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) in front of MDPI headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

During our meeting, we discussed MDPI’s publishing philosophy and explored further avenues for collaboration. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Digital Science, aiming to improve our services yet further and meet the needs of our authors more closely than ever.

What is Altmetric?

You will notice that MDPI articles feature an Altmetric score, a colourful doughnut capturing the score in the upper right corner of the article page. This score represents ‘alternative metrics,’ as distinct from traditional metrics such as Impact Factor, CiteScore, and Scimago Journal Rank.

Altmetrics complement traditional citation-based metrics by capturing online discussions related to a specific research topic. By analyzing both sets of data, we can obtain a comprehensive understanding of the attention a particular research output receives and the sources in which it is mentioned.

“Almetric provides visual insights into where research is being discussed”

Sources Tracked by Altmetric


Altmetric badge showing the Altmetric score and colour-coded mention sources.

Altmetric monitors various sources, categorizing them into segments such as policy documents, peer reviews, Wikipedia, news and blogs, and social media, among other sources. Each category is identifiable by a specific colour.

The Altmetric badge provides visual insights into where the research is being discussed. A more colourful badge indicates broader mentions across multiple platforms. Such tracking enables us to gauge the extent of an article’s online dissemination, noting that increased visibility may correlate with higher citation rates.

Read more:

Impactful Research

Ten High-Altmetric Articles Published by MDPI

As at 30 January 2024, Altmetric has tracked 670,500 MDPI research outputs from MDPI, resulting in over 4.3 million mentions. This includes over 71,894 mentions in policy and patents and 294,714 mentions in news and blogs, with some achieving an Altmetric score as high as 28,754.

So, what is a good Altmetric score? There are various ways to put this score into context. You can find out more about the score in context and how to evaluate your work by this means.

Here are ten MDPI papers ranking in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

“Accuracy in Wrist-Worn, Sensor-Based Measurements of Heart Rate and Energy Expenditure in a Diverse Cohort”

J. Pers. Med. 2017, 7(2), 3; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm7020003

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/20477344

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 253 news stories from 209 outlets including Forbes, BBC, and Fox News.

“Daylight Saving Time and Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Meta-Analysis”

J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(3), 404; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm8030404

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/57654628

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 295 news stories from 207 outlets including Forbes, The Atlantic, and New York Times.

“The Preliminary Analysis of Cave Lion Cubs Panthera spelaea (Goldfuss, 1810) from the Permafrost of Siberia”

Quaternary 2021, 4(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/quat4030024

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/111086701

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 182 news stories from 134 outlets including CBC News, CNN, and National Geographic.

“Not the Cat’s Meow? The Impact of Posing with Cats on Female Perceptions of Male Dateability”

Animals 2020, 10(6), 1007; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10061007

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/83796184

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 124 news stories from 98 outlets including VICE, CNN and The Guardian.

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

Animals 2022, 12(15), 1933; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12151933

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/133463915

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 192 news stories from 186 outlets.

How do I use altmetrics?

Altmetric Explorer provides a detailed step-by-step guide and instruction video for first-time users of the tool. The guide includes useful diagrams that make it easy to get started.

Sharing Research Online

For research to be tracked across different sources, Altmetric needs a research output with a persistent identifier: a DOI, ISBN, PubMed ID, handle ID, etc. When sharing research, it is important to include a link to the original research output.

“An Update on Eukaryotic Viruses Revived from Ancient Permafrost”

Viruses 2023, 15(2), 564; https://doi.org/10.3390/v15020564

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/142929875

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 250 news stories from 180 outlets including CTV, Fox News, and CNN.

“The Global Problem of Insufficient Sleep and Its Serious Public Health Implications”

Healthcare 2019, 7(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7010001

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/53406248

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 252 news stories from 168 outlets including BBC, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes.

“A Detailed Review Study on Potential Effects of Microplastics and Additives of Concern on Human Health”

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1212; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041212

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/86529137

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 197 news stories from 150 outlets including BBC, The Tribune, and World Economic Forum.

“An Empirical Study of Chronic Diseases in the United States: A Visual Analytics Approach to Public Health”

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(3), 431; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030431

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/34714141

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 232 news stories from 149 outlets including Forbes, New York Times, and Harvard Business Review.

“Garden Scraps: Agonistic Interactions between Hedgehogs and Sympatric Mammals in Urban Gardens”

Animals 2023, 13(4), 590; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13040590

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/142934305

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 172 news stories from 168 outlets including BBC.

Inside MDPI

MDPI Annual Meeting Celebrations in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

MDPI and TU Delft Adopt Flat Fee Model in Extended Partnership

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

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

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

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

Benefits to MDPI’s IOAP

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

For further information, see our IOAP FAQ.

Closing Thoughts

Reflections on the 2024 APE Conference

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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

“We can share best practices and lessons learned”

Incorporating MDPI’s Insights into Conferences

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

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.

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Sciforum is MDPI’s platform dedicated to the organization of scientific events. In line with our mission to promote science, Sciforum supports scholars, societies, research networks, and universities at all stages of organizing in-person events, virtual events and webinars. Our platforms are efficient, user-friendly, and cost-effective. We handle all steps related to event management. Contact us for details.

Closing Thoughts

Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024

As we approach 2024, I reflect on the incredible journey we’ve had together at MDPI this year. The past 12 months have been marked by ambitious projects and initiatives to improve our internal processes, and a commitment to continue delivering top-notch services to our stakeholders. I’d like to thank each and every one of our staff members for contributing to the positive experiences our stakeholders have reported in our surveys. Your dedication to speed, efficiency, and effective communication with our stakeholders is very much recognized and appreciated.

Becoming a stronger organisation

While we have encountered challenges in 2023, it’s important to understand that these are a part of our growth process. Difficulties provide us with opportunities to reflect, address problems at their roots, and ultimately evolve into a stronger organization. Our stakeholders expect us to overcome tough times, and it’s an expectation that we have for ourselves.

I extend my sincere appreciation to every MDPI employee, from our editorial office and IT department to marketing, indexing, IOAP, societies, Scientific Office board, products, production, conferences, finance, operations, admin, and beyond. To our newest team members, a warm welcome; to our longstanding colleagues, your dedication is invaluable.

“I am committed to taking MDPI to a new level of excellence.”

Interacting with many of you during my visits to our offices and representing MDPI at external events has been a personal highlight. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Lin for entrusting me with the role of CEO of MDPI. Looking forward, I am committed to working closely with our management team to lead MDPI and take it to a new level of excellence, aiming to establish it as the most trusted publisher in open access worldwide. This is a collective endeavour, with each of us shaping MDPI’s reputation. I therefore encourage us to take pride in our work, as it represents not only our craft but also MDPI as a whole.

Accountability and communication

As we look forward to 2024, there’s a lot to be excited about. Together, we’ll navigate challenges, seize growth opportunities, and refine our practices. To solidify MDPI’s position as the premier open access publisher globally, we must bolster accountability, improve stakeholder communication, share MDPI’s best practices, champion the open access philosophy, and educate stakeholders about our mission, methodologies, and motivations.

Thank you for engaging with the CEO Letter over the past six months of 2023. I will continue to release this newsletter as a method of sharing the great work being done at MDPI. Please feel free to connect directly with any insights or questions.

Here’s to a joyous and prosperous 2024!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

30 November 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #6 - MDPI Spain Summit and ResearchGate

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

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


Opening Thoughts

MDPI Spain Summit


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) gives the opening speech at the MDPI Spain Summit.

On Friday 10 November 2023 I was in Barcelona, Spain, to deliver the opening presentation and participate in a panel at MDPI’s Spain Summit, a two-day event, inspired by our salon events in China.

With 16 Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) and 20 Editorial Board Members (EBMs) in attendance, the event, organized by our conference team and Barcelona office, featured presentations on open access (OA), MDPI, and publishing market trends in Spain.

The event provided a great opportunity to engage with stakeholders from various MDPI journals, including Nutrients, Vaccines, Buildings, IJMS, and others. We were able to gather feedback and have open conversations around manuscript quality, the peer-review process, and journal development, as well as accreditation agencies.

The main objective of this Summit was to bring together Editors representing MDPI journals across various disciplines within Spanish universities and research centers, primarily from the Barcelona area. The aim was to facilitate an open and fruitful discussion regarding the development of their journals, the future of OA in Spain, and to provide meaningful interactions and networking opportunities.

Connecting with Editorial Board Members


Stefan Tochev in conversation with Summit participants: "Our EBMs are passionate about the journals they serve."

Interacting with our EBMs in person provides a valuable opportunity to show how important it is to us to connect with them, hear their perspectives on their journals and learn more about their own experience collaborating with MDPI.

From my conversations, it was clear that our EBMs are passionate about the journals they serve. I know the advice they provide may sometimes involve just small tweaks, but these can lead to important improvements. As the saying goes, small hinges swing open big doors.

As at November 2023, MDPI has over 6,300 EBMs affiliated with Spanish institutions, with more than 30 of them serving as EiCs or section EiCs. Furthermore, over 68,000 Spanish scholars have contributed as reviewers in MDPI journals.

Open Access in Spain

In 2023, Spain implemented legislation mandating immediate OA for all publicly funded research, aligning with the EU’s Plan S initiative to expedite the transition to OA. The Spanish government also approved a four-year, €23.8 million annual budget for the first national OA strategy, aiming to make publicly funded research freely accessible upon publication. This strategy aims to strengthen the quality and transparency of research in Spain, and to help promote movement towards a digital, low-carbon economy.

For further details of Spain's OA policy and the history of government mandates, click here.

Spain has already seen a notable decline in subscription-only articles, decreasing by 62% over a 10-year period, while gold OA increased by 42%. Green OA slightly decreased, suggesting a shift towards publishing in gold OA journals rather than traditional subscription-based ones. Here are some statistics from Scopus. 

A big thank-you to the various MDPI teams, including our conference team and the Barcelona office, for organizing this very successful event!


MDPI colleagues from various offices gathered to host and support the first MDPI Spain Summit, in Barcelona, Spain.

I think this type of gathering has the potential to become an annual event in various locations. For example, Manchester could be an option, as we have over 30 EiCs and over 3,000 EBMs in the UK, a top market for MDPI that publishes high-quality research.

Impactful Research

769 Editorial Board Members of MDPI Journals Recognized as Highly Cited Researchers in 2023

Congratulations to our 769 Editorial Board Members from 40 countries/territories who have been awarded Highly Cited Researcher status for 2023 by Clarivate. This recognition is based on their outstanding scientific research contributions and significant influence in various fields, as evidenced by Web of Science data.

Click here to view the full list of 769 Editorial Board Members.

Clarivate's Highly Cited ResearchersTM list identifies individuals with exceptional impact in scientific and social science domains over the past decade. Their papers rank in the top 1% of citations in 21 fields analysed in ‘Essential Science Indicators,’ showcasing their substantial influence.

This year, 7,125 Highly Cited Researcher 2023 designations were issued to 6,849 individuals from 67 countries, representing just 1 in 1,000 researchers worldwide.

These researchers demonstrate exceptional influence, representing a small fraction of contributors pushing the boundaries of knowledge, contributing to global well-being, sustainability, and security.

Congratulations to these scholars for their remarkable achievement: we are honoured to have them on board with our journals!

Inside MDPI

Corporate Marketing and Communications Strategy Session


Members of MDPI’s Corporate Marketing & Communications team.

For the past few years, I have led the Corporate Marketing & Communications department in our annual strategy session.

This typically involves 2–3 days of focused sessions covering key topics including budgeting, hiring targets, campaign reviews, and planning for the upcoming year, department strategy, and structure.

We are constantly exploring ways to optimize the Corporate Marketing & Communications department to support MDPI’s primary objectives and better convey the MDPI story while serving the scholarly community.

The strategy session also serves as a team-building activity, during which the team voted on bowling!

Strategy Session

In this strategy session, we looked at how to align our teams in order to better streamline our content with our campaigns, build a dedicated marketing team to strategically support our core MDPI products, expand our communications teams and functionalities to focus on company-critical campaigns and press releases, align our new brand design system with our marketing initiatives, set up a community and engagement team to support various teams with their outreach and communication efforts, and increase our use of data in the evaluation of campaign performance.

To grow in these areas, we will be hiring for various positions, including those of Public Relations Manager, Communications Manager, Internal Communications Manager, Campaign Manager, Marketing Associate, and Editorial Engagement Manager.

I am grateful for the way our Corporate Marketing & Communications department has grown and gelled over the years, and I look forward to supporting the department teams and their ideas for the future.

Coming Together for Science

ResearchGate and MDPI Partner to Boost the Visibility of Open Access Content through Journal Home


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) and Sören Hofmayer (Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, ResearchGate) meet in Berlin, Germany to take their ongoing discussion further.

When I assumed the role of CEO at MDPI, my primary focus was to initiate the building of essential partnerships and collaborations within our industry. After all, I am a firm believer in achieving our goals by helping others achieve theirs and focusing on co-opetition wherever there is an opportunity. I first touched on the notion of co-opetition in MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #3, particularly when discussing collaborations with Elsevier.

In light of this, Sören Hofmayer (Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at ResearchGate) and I connected recently to continue a discussion that had been ongoing for months. I was quickly brought up to speed and felt there was an opportunity for MDPI journals to pilot the Journal Home service that ResearchGate had launched. This would provide a new way for MDPI to engage with authors and readers and amplify the visibility of our journals.

While I receive many offers and opportunities for discussions with vendors, I am a firm believer that timing is everything, and in this case, the time for us is now. Sören and I met in person during my recent visit to Berlin and decided to proceed with piloting ten MDPI journals with the Journal Home service.

The press release below provides further details.

Press Release: Berlin (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland), 15 November 2023

ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, and MDPI, the largest open access publisher in the world and a pioneer in open access publishing, today announced a partnership that will see ten of MDPI’s open access journals benefit from an enhanced presence on ResearchGate through its innovative Journal Home offering.  

This new partnership will expand the reach and visibility of MDPI’s participating flagship journals with ResearchGate’s highly relevant community of more than 25 million researchers globally.

Around 210,000 version-of-record articles from these 10 titles will be readily available on ResearchGate, including the full archive material and all new articles as they are published. These journals also benefit from enhanced brand visibility, with dedicated journal profiles, prominent representation on all associated article pages and all relevant touchpoints across the ResearchGate network – keeping the journals top-of-mind with their reader and author audiences. All articles covered by the new partnership will automatically be added to the authors’ publication records in ResearchGate. This not only reduces MDPI authors’ needs for direct management but also offers them valuable insights into the impact of their work, including data about readership and citations.

Closing Thoughts

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) listening to music as he writes at a coffee shop in Basel, Switzerland.

November is dedicated to raising awareness of various men’s health issues. I have been fortunate to have positive male role models in my life, and I strive to share my experiences with others.

I used to take part in Movember, growing my moustache throughout November to raise awareness and funds and to help “change the face of men’s health.” With male family and friends impacted by physical and mental health issues, I have recently become more interested in men’s overall well-being.

Men often face stigma involving the perceived need always to be strong and have things figured out. Recently, I’ve had meaningful conversations with male friends and colleagues about issues we rarely discuss, and it was a positive experience.

Various factors impact men’s health and well-being, all too easily leading to risky health behaviours including a lack of health awareness, poor health education, and negative, culturally induced, behaviour patterns in our work and personal lives. I hope we can break down these barriers in our work environment.

Healthy men help build healthy families and a healthy society

Men are less likely than women to seek help with their physical and mental health struggles. This is a reminder to prioritize your overall well-being. I hope that as men, we will continue to open up to one another, becoming vulnerable in order to share what we are going through. By sharing and by supporting each other, we can learn and grow together. You are not alone, and when you fall, you can still get up and stand tall.

From one broski to another, you are loved and appreciated. I hope this mindset carries into December and beyond.

Mindfulness

Our content team recently released a handful of articles on mindfulness, a practice that I believe provides a good opportunity for stress release and self-reflection:

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

21 November 2023
769 Editorial Board Members of MDPI Journals Achieve Highly Cited Researcher Recognition in 2023


We extend our sincere congratulations to the 769 Editorial Board Members of our journals – from 40 different countries/territories – who have been recognized as Highly Cited Researchers for the year 2023 by Clarivate. They are being recognized for their high-quality scientific research achievements and outstanding contributions to their professional fields, as indicated by Web of Science data.

Clarivate's annual list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM identifies the most highly cited scientists for the past decade who stand out for their significant and broad influence in various scientific and social science domains. Their impactful papers are among the top 1 per cent in the citation distribution of one or more of 21 fields analyzed in the "Essential Science Indicators", distinguishing them as hugely influential among their peers.

This year, 7,125 Highly Cited Researcher 2023 designations were issued to 6,849 individuals from 67 countries, representing just 1 in 1,000 researchers worldwide.

This means that these researchers have demonstrated an incredible level of significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields over the last decade. They represent a small fraction of the researcher population whose contributions disproportionately push the boundaries of knowledge, enhancing global well-being, sustainability, and security.

Congratulations to the scholars for their noteworthy achievement – we are honored to have them on board with our journals!


Abate, Antonio
Aguilera, Ruth V.
Ahmed, Warish
Ahn, Myung-Ju
An, Qiaoshi
Anasori, Babak
Andersson, Dan I.
Angeletti, Silvia
Annabi, Nasim
Antinori, Spinello
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Asa, Sylvia L.
Astruc, Didier
Atala, Anthony
Atanasov, Atanas G.
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Bandodkar, Amay J.
Banks, William A.
Bao, Yan-Ping
Barba, Francisco J.
Barnes, Peter J.
Barnholtz-Sloan, Jill S.
Barrow, Colin J.
Bashir, Ali Kashif
Basit, Abdul W.
Bassetti, Matteo
Batley, Jacqueline
Battino, Maurizio
Behnood, Ali
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Biondi, Antonio
Bjarnsholt, Thomas
Blaschke, Thomas
Blay, Jean-Yves
Blumwald, Eduardo
Blunt, John W.
Boczkaj, Grzegorz
Bogers, Marcel
Bonomo, Robert A.
Boyd, Robert W.
Boyer, Cyrille
Braeckmans, Kevin
Bragazzi, Nicola Luigi
Bu, Wenbo
Bursać Kovačević, Danijela
Bush, Ashley I.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cai, Xingjuan
Cambria, Erik
Cao, Guozhong
Cao, Xingzhong
Capasso, Raffaele
Carvalho, Andre F.
Casper, Jonathan
Castellanos-Gomez, Andres
Cavalli, Giacomo
Chai, Siang-Piao
Chan, Jasper Fuk-Woo
Chan, Timothy A.
Chang, Chih-Hao
Chang, Guoqing
Chao, Dongliang
Chen, Bo
Chen, Chaoji
Chen, Fahu
Chen, Gang
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Jun
Chen, Jun
Chen, Jun
Chen, Lidong
Chen, Lingxin
Chen, Min
Chen, Mou
Chen, Peng
Chen, Qian
Chen, Qianwang
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Shuangming
Chen, Wei
Chen, Xiaobo
Chen, Yimin
Chen, Yu
Chen, Yulin
Chen, Zhong
Chen, Zonghai
Cheng, Gong
Cheng, Huanyu
Cheng, Laifei
Cheng, Qiang
Chew, Kit Wayne
Chiclana, Francisco
Choi, Wonyong
Choi, Young Hae
Chowdhary, Anuradha
Cichocki, Andrzej
Clevers, Hans
Coops, Nicholas C.
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Costanza, Robert
Creutzig, Felix
Crommie, Michael F.
Cuadrado, Antonio
Cui, Haiying
Cui, Yi
Curigliano, Giuseppe
Dai, Sheng
Dai, Shifeng
Daiber, Andreas
Davies, Michael J.
Davis, Thomas P.
Dawson, Ted M.
de la Fuente-Nunez, Cesar
Delord, Jean-Pierre
Demaria, Marco
Deng, Xiangzheng
Desneux, Nicolas
Dikic, Ivan
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Ding, Aijun
Ding, Jianxun
Dokmeci, Mehmet Remzi
Dolgui, Alexandre
Dong, Chung-Li
Dou, Shi Xue
Dragicevic, Tomislav
Du, Bo
Du, Qian
Du, Yonghua
Duan, Xidong
Dufresne, Alain
Dummer, Reinhard
Edwards, David
Elaissari, Abdelhamid
ElMasry, Gamal
Enjuanes, Luis
Fabbro, Doriano
Facchetti, Antonio
Fan, Junliang
Fan, Kelong
Fan, Xiulin
Fan, Zhanxi
Fang, Baizeng
Fang, Chuanglin
Fang, Yongjin
Fasano, Alessio
Feng, Liangzhu
Feng, Xuning
Fensholt, Rasmus
Ferdinandy, Péter
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Filippi, Massimo
Flavian, Carlos
Fortino, Giancarlo
Fowler, Michael
Franceschi, Claudio
Frattini, Federico
Friston, Karl J.
Fu, Gengtao
Gai, Francesco
Gaisford, Simon
Galanakis, Charis M.
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gan, Ren-You
Gao, Feng
Gao, Huijun
Gao, Huile
Gao, Peng
Gao, Wei
Garbe, Claus
Garg, Abhishek D.
Gasbarrini, Antonio
Gastaldelli, Amalia
Gautier, Emmanuel L.
Genevet, Patrice
Geng, Yong
Gerdts, Gunnar
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Ghaffari, Roozbeh
Ghamisi, Pedram
Giacobbe, Daniele Roberto
Giampieri, Francesca
Gillies, Robert J.
Godos, Justyna
Gogotsi, Yury
Golding, Nick
Gong, Jinlong
Gong, Peng
Gong, Yongji
Govindan, Kannan
Gozal, David
Grancini, Giulia
Grant, William B.
Graus, Francesc
Green, Douglas R.
Grosso, Giuseppe
Gu, Meng
Gu, Zhanjun
Guan, Cao
Gueimonde, Miguel
Gui, Guan
Guigo, Roderic
Guo, Hengyu
Guo, Jianping
Guo, Lin
Guo, Song
Guo, Yan
Guo, Zaiping
Gupta, Rangan
Gutzmer, Ralf
Haase, Dagmar
Hagger, Martin S.
Hall, C. Michael
Han, Fudong
Han, Heesup
Hanes, Justin
Hartung, Hans-Peter
He, Bao-Jie  
He, Debiao
He, Hongwen
He, Jiaqing
He, Jie
He, Jr-Hau
He, Qiong
He, Xiangming
He, Xijun
He, Zhili
Heneka, Michael T.
Herrera, Francisco
Herrera-Estrella, Luis
Herrera-Viedma, Enrique
Hetz, Claudio
Holick, Michael F.
Hong, Danfeng
Hong, Xuechuan
Hsueh, Po-Ren
Hu, Bin
Hu, Enyuan
Hu, Jin-Song
Hu, Weida
Hu, Wenbin
Hu, Xiaosong
Huang, Baibiao
Huang, Hongwei
Huang, Jianliang
Huang, Jianping
Huang, Peng
Huang, Xin
Hubacek, Klaus
Hussain, Saddam
Italiano, Antoine
Iwata, Hiroji
Jaeschke, Hartmut
Jain, Atul

Jaiswal, Amit K.
Jankovic, Joseph
Janssens, Ivan A.
Jelezko, Fedor
Jeon, Byong-Hun
Ji, Guangbin
Ji, Qiang
Ji, Wei
Ji, Xiaobo
Ji, Xiaoyuan
Jiang, Bin
Jiang, Hong
Jiang, Junjun
Jiang, Lianzhou
Jiang, Qing
Jiang, Shibo
Jiang, Yuyan
Jiang, Zhongyi
Jiao, Licheng
Jin, Shi
Jin, Zhong
Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh
Kamal, Mohammad Amjad
Kaner, Richard B.
Kaneti, Yusuf Valentino
Kang, Zhenhui
Karagiannidis, George K.
Karniadakis, George Em
Karp, Peter D.
Kataoka, Kazunori
Katritch, Vsevolod
Kawi, Sibudjing
Kepp, Oliver
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kiessling, Fabian
Kildishev, Alexander V.
Kim, Haegyeom
Kim, Jeonghun
Kim, Jin-Hoi
Kim, Jong Seung
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Kirkwood, John M.
Kivshar, Yuri
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Ko, Wen-Chien
Kong, Baohua
Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.
Koonin, Eugene V.
Kroemer, Guido
Kuang, Dai-Bin
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kuhn, Jens H.
Kumar, Prashant
Kumar, Sudhir
Kurths, Juergen
Kurzrock, Razelle
Kuzyakov, Yakov
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lan, Ke
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Landi, Francesco
Lavie, Carl J.
Laxminarayan, Ramanan
Lee, Chengkuo
Lee, Jechan
Lee, Jin-Wook
Lee, Pooi See
Lee, Sang Soo
Lehmann, Johannes
Lei, Yaguo
Li, Bin
Li, Chunzhong
Li, Dongsheng
Li, Feng
Li, Hai
Li, Heng
Li, Hongyi
Li, Hui
Li, Jinghong
Li, Jun
Li, Li
Li, Linlin
Li, Neng
Li, Ning
Li, Shuai
Li, Shutao
Li, Wei
Li, Wentao
Li, Xiang
Li, Xuecao
Li, Xuelong
Li, Yat
Li, Yurui
Li, Zhijun
Liang, Chao
Liang, Shuquan
Liaw, Peter K.
Lin, Jun
Lin, Yuehe
Lippi, Giuseppe
Lister, Ryan
Liu, Chengmei
Liu, Gang
Liu, Hong
Liu, Hui
Liu, Jian
Liu, Jinyan
Liu, Jun
Liu, Meilin
Liu, Pan
Liu, Wei
Liu, Xianhu
Liu, Xiaoping
Liu, Xuejun
Liu, Yang
Liu, Yu
Liu, Yuan
Lonardo, Amedeo
Long, Hualou
Long, Ying
Lu, Bingan
Lu, Junling
Lu, Lu
Lu, Nanshu
Lu, Rongxing
Lucey, Brian
Lucieer, Arko
Lugato, Emanuele
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Yangchao
Luo, Yi
Luo, Zisheng
Lv, Wei
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Haile
Ma, Jianmin
Ma, Jun
Ma, Tianyi
Ma, Wei
Ma, Yanming
Madabhushi, Anant
Mahmoudi, Morteza
Mai, Liqiang
Mai, Wenjie
Makridakis, Spyros
Mandala, Mario
Mantovani, Alberto
Mao, Jianfeng
Mao, Like
Mardani, Abbas
Mathivanan, Suresh
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McCabe, Matthew F.
McCauley, Darren
McClements, David Julian
Mei, Lin
Melenhorst, Jan Joseph
Melero, Ignacio
Meyerholz, David K.
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
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Zhang, Hongjie
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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

2 November 2023
Meet Us at the 12th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry, 17–21 November 2023, Wuhan, China


The 12th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry will be held from 17 to 21 November 2023, in Wuhan, China. The conference is organized by the Environmental Chemistry Committee of the Chinese Chemical Society and China University of Geosciences (Wuhan).

The key areas include the following:

  • Twin carbon targets;
  • Environment and health;
  • Environmental analysis related to water, soil, gas and solid wastes;
  • Interface process;
  • Pollution control and remediation technology;
  • Environmental policy.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Toxics;
  • Applied Sciences;
  • Water;
  • Sustainability;
  • Minerals;
  • JoX;
  • World.

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to talk to us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #A3 and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://www.ncec2023.com/.

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Open Access Week 2023 – the Global Drive to Open Continues

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

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

Core principles of OA publishing

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

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

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

Policy driving change

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

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

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

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

MDPI is proud to lead the transition to open access.

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Impactful Research

Spotlight on Smart Cities

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

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

Highly cited papers in Smart Cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testimonial

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

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

Inside MDPI

MDPI Manchester office, UK Visit


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

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

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

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

The UK by numbers

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

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

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

We are currently hiring EEs in various locations worldwide.

English Editing at MDPI

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

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

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

Testimonials

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

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

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Coming Together for Science

STM and Frankfurt Book Fair

Attending STM

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

Meeting with Web of Science

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

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

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

75th Frankfurt Book Fair


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

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

MDPI Books

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

MDPI Strategy Meeting

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

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

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

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


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

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

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

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

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

Promoting the values of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration

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

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

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

Funders' policies are getting aligned with open science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Open Access in China

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

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

Open Access Policy in China

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

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

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

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

MDPI Offices in China

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


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

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

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

Our Strength is in Our People

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

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

Impactful Research

MDPI Awards

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

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

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

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

MDPI Awards to Scholars from China

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

MDPI’s Tu Youyou Award


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

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

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

2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Professor Youyou Tu

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

Highly Cited Articles by Chinese Scholars Published in MDPI

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

Read more:

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

Read more:

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).

Read more:

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.

Read more:

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

21 August 2023
Toxics | Selected Hot Articles in 2021–2022

1. “A Rapid Method for Detecting Microplastics Based on Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Technology (FLIM)”
by Fang Zhou, Xin Wang, Guangxin Wang and Yanxia Zuo
Toxics 2022, 10(3), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10030118
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/3/118

2. “Levels of Mercury, Methylmercury and Selenium in Fish: Insights into Children Food Safety”
by Grazia Barone, Arianna Storelli, Daniela Meleleo, Angela Dambrosio, Rita Garofalo, Antonio Busco and Maria Maddalena Storelli
Toxics 2021, 9(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9020039 
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/2/39 

3. “Comparative Assessment of Antibiotic Residues Using Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and a Rapid Screening Test in Raw Milk Collected from the North-Central Algerian Dairies”
by Fawzi Rostane Meklati, Anthi Panara, Ahmed Hadef, Amel Meribai, Meriem H. Ben-Mahdi, Marilena E. Dasenaki and Nikolaos S. Thomaidis
Toxics 2022, 10(1), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10010019
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/1/19  

4. “Removal of Polystyrene Microplastics from Aqueous Solution Using the Metal–Organic Framework Material of ZIF-67”
by Hongyou Wan, Junkai Wang, Xiaoyu Sheng, Jingwei Yan, Wei Zhang and Ying Xu
Toxics 2022, 10(2), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10020070  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/2/70  

5. “Perfluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS) Associated with Microplastics in a Lake Environment”
by John W. Scott, Kathryn G. Gunderson, Lee A. Green, Richard R. Rediske and Alan D. Steinman
Toxics 2021, 9(5), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9050106
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/5/106   

6. “Ecotoxicity of Polyvinylidene Difluoride (PVDF) and Polylactic Acid (PLA) Microplastics in Marine Zooplankton”
by Michela Di Giannantonio, Chiara Gambardella, Roberta Miroglio, Elisa Costa, Francesca Sbrana, Marco Smerieri, Giovanni Carraro, Roberto Utzeri, Marco Faimali and Francesca Garaventa
Toxics 2022, 10(8), 479; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10080479  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/8/479 

7. “Environmental Occurrence and Predicted Pharmacological Risk to Freshwater Fish of over 200 Neuroactive Pharmaceuticals in Widespread Use”
by John P. Sumpter and Luigi Margiotta-Casaluci
Toxics 2022, 10(5), 233; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10050233
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/5/233

8. “Human Biomonitoring Guidance Values (HBM-GVs) for Bisphenol S and Assessment of the Risk Due to the Exposure to Bisphenols A and S, in Europe”
by Matthieu Meslin, Claire Beausoleil, Florence Anna Zeman, Jean-Philippe Antignac, Marike Kolossa-Gehring, Christophe Rousselle and Petra Apel
Toxics 2022, 10(5), 228; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10050228
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/5/228

9. “Towards the Development of Standardized Bioassays for Corals: Acute Toxicity of the UV Filter Benzophenone-3 to Scleractinian Coral Larvae”
by Ingo B. Miller, Mareen Moeller, Matthias Y. Kellermann, Samuel Nietzer, Valentina Di Mauro, Elham Kamyab, Sascha Pawlowski, Mechtild Petersen-Thiery and Peter J. Schupp
Toxics 2022, 10(5), 244; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10050244
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/5/244 

10. “First Evidence of Microplastics in Human Urine, a Preliminary Study of Intake in the Human Body”
by Concetta Pironti, Valentina Notarstefano, Maria Ricciardi, Oriana Motta, Elisabetta Giorgini and Luigi Montano
Toxics 2023, 11(1), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11010040
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/1/40

11. “Excess Zinc Supply Reduces Cadmium Uptake and Mitigates Cadmium Toxicity Effects on Chloroplast Structure, Oxidative Stress, and Photosystem II Photochemical Efficiency in Salvia sclarea Plants”
by Ilektra Sperdouli, Ioannis-Dimosthenis S. Adamakis, Anelia Dobrikova, Emilia Apostolova, Anetta Han´c and Michael Moustakas
Toxics 2022, 10(1), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10010036  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/1/36

12. “Occurrence and Characterization of Small Microplastics (<100 μm), Additives, and Plasticizers in Larvae of Simuliidae”
by Fabiana Corami, Beatrice Rosso, Valentina Iannilli, Simone Ciadamidaro, Barbara Bravo and Carlo Barbante
Toxics 2022, 10(7), 383; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10070383
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/7/383

13. “Residual Levels of Mercury, Cadmium, Lead and Arsenic in Some Commercially Key Species from Italian Coasts (Adriatic Sea): Focus on Human Health”
by Grazia Barone, Arianna Storelli, Rita Garofalo, Rosanna Mallamaci and Maria Maddalena Storelli
Toxics 2022, 10(5), 223; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10050223
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/5/223 

14. “Incorporation of Metabolic Activation in the HPTLC-SOS-Umu-C Bioassay to Detect Low Levels of Genotoxic Chemicals in Food Contact Materials”
by Emma Debon, Paul Rogeboz, Hélia Latado, Gertrud E. Morlock, Daniel Meyer, Claudine Cottet-Fontannaz, Gabriele Scholz, Benoît Schilter and Maricel Marin-Kuan
Toxics 2022, 10(9), 501; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10090501 
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/9/501 

15. “Dietary Arthrospira platensis in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): A Means to Reduce Threats Caused by CdCl2 Exposure?”
by Mahdi Banaee, Federica Impellitteri, Hamid Evaz-Zadeh Samani, Giuseppe Piccione and Caterina Faggio
Toxics 2022, 10(12), 731; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10120731 
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/12/731 

16. “Effect of Polystyrene Microplastics on Rice Seed Germination and Antioxidant Enzyme Activity”
by Qiuge Zhang, Mengsai Zhao, Fansong Meng, Yongli Xiao, Wei Dai and Yaning Luan
Toxics 2021, 9(8), 179; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9080179  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/8/179 

17. “Nanoplastic Exposure at Predicted Environmental Concentrations Induces Activation of Germline Ephrin Signal Associated with Toxicity Formation in the Caenorhabditis elegans Offspring”
by Yue Zhao, Xin Hua, Qian Bian and Dayong Wang
Toxics 2022, 10(11), 699; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10110699
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/11/699  

18. “Accelerated Weathering Increases the Release of Toxic Leachates from Microplastic Particles as Demonstrated through Altered Toxicity to the Green Algae Raphidocelis subcapitata
by Márta Simon, Nanna B. Hartmann and Jes Vollertsen
Toxics 2021, 9(8), 185; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9080185
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/8/185 

19. “Placental Transfer and Composition of Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs): A Korean Birth Panel of Parent-Infant Triads”
by Habyeong Kang, Hee-Sun Kim, Yeong Sook Yoon, Jeongsun Lee, Younglim Kho, Jisun Lee, Hye Jin Chang, Yoon Hee Cho and Young Ah Kim
Toxics 2021, 9(7), 168; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9070168
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/7/168  

20. “Insights into Elemental Composition and Sources of Fine and Coarse Particulate Matter in Dense Traffic Areas in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada”
by Valbona Celo, Mahmoud M. Yassine and Ewa Dabek-Zlotorzynska
Toxics 2021, 9(10), 264; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9100264
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/10/264

11 August 2023
Toxics | 2021–2022 Selected Hot Review Papers

1. “Nanopesticides in Agriculture: Benefits and Challenge in Agricultural Productivity, Toxicological Risks to Human Health and Environment”
by Marco Chaud, Eliana B. Souto, Aleksandra Zielinska, Patricia Severino, Fernando Batain, Jose Oliveira-Junior and Thais Alves
Toxics 2021, 9(6), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9060131
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/6/131

2. “Microplastics in the Environment: Intake through the Food Web, Human Exposure and Toxicological Effects”
by Concetta Pironti, Maria Ricciardi, Oriana Motta, Ylenia Miele, Antonio Proto and Luigi Montano
Toxics 2021, 9(9), 224; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9090224 
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/9/224   

3. “PFAS Molecules: A Major Concern for the Human Health and the Environment”
by Emiliano Panieri, Katarina Baralic, Danijela Djukic-Cosic, Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic and Luciano Saso
Toxics 2022, 10(2), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10020044  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/2/44    

4. “Indirect Effect of Pesticides on Insects and Other Arthropods”
by Francisco Sánchez-Bayo
Toxics 2021, 9(8), 177; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9080177  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/8/177

5. “Pathomechanisms of Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy”
by Ines Klein and Helmar C. Lehmann
Toxics 2021, 9(10), 229; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9100229
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/10/229

6. “IVIVE: Facilitating the Use of In Vitro Toxicity Data in Risk Assessment and Decision Making”
by Xiaoqing Chang, Yu-Mei Tan, David G. Allen, Shannon Bell, Paul C. Brown, Lauren Browning,
Patricia Ceger, Jeffery Gearhart, Pertti J. Hakkinen, Shruti V. Kabadi et al.
Toxics 2022, 10(5), 232; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10050232
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/5/232

7. “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Thyroid Cancer: An Overview”
by Mathilda Alsen, Catherine Sinclair, Peter Cooke, Kimia Ziadkhanpour, Eric Genden and Maaike van Gerwen
Toxics 2021, 9(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9010014 
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/1/14

8. “Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the Environment: Occupational and Exposure Events, Effects on Human Health and Fertility”
by Luigi Montano, Concetta Pironti, Gabriella Pinto, Maria Ricciardi, Amalia Buono, Carlo Brogna,
Marta Venier, Marina Piscopo, Angela Amoresano and Oriana Motta
Toxics 2022, 10(7), 365; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10070365  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/7/365 

9. “A Review of Dietary Intake of Acrylamide in Humans”
by Clara Amalie Gade Timmermann, Signe Sonne Mølck, Manik Kadawathagedara, Anne Ahrendt Bjerregaard, Margareta Törnqvist, Anne Lise Brantsæter and Marie Pedersen
Toxics 2021, 9(7), 155; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9070155    
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/7/155  

10. “The Effects of Essential and Non-Essential Metal Toxicity in the Drosophila melanogaster Insect Model: A Review”
by Mitchell R. Slobodian, Jesse D. Petahtegoose, Athena L. Wallis, Danica C. Levesque and Thomas J. S. Merritt
Toxics 2021, 9(10), 269; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9100269    
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/10/269    

11. “Biochar-Supported TiO2-Based Nanocomposites for the Photocatalytic Degradation of Sulfamethoxazole in Water—A Review”
by Subhash Chandra, Pravin Jagdale, Isha Medha, Ashwani Kumar Tiwari, Mattia Bartoli, Antonio De Nino and Fabrizio Olivito
Toxics 2021, 9(11), 313; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9110313
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/11/313  

12. “Advances in Genes-Encoding Transporters for Cadmium Uptake, Translocation, and Accumulation in Plants”
by Jingyu Tao and Lingli Lu
Toxics 2022, 10(8), 411; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10080411
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/8/411

13. “Nanoplastics and Microplastics May Be Damaging Our Livers”
by Jianli Yin, Ye Ju, Honghao Qian, Jia Wang, Xiaohan Miao, Ying Zhu, Liting Zhou and Lin Ye
Toxics 2022, 10(10), 586; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10100586
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/10/586 

14. “Chemical Fractionation in Environmental Studies of Potentially Toxic Particulate-Bound Elements in Urban Air: A Critical Review”
by Ryszard Świetlik and Marzena Trojanowska
Toxics 2022, 10(3), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10030124 
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/3/124

15. “Synthetic Progestins in Waste and Surface Waters: Concentrations, Impacts and Ecological Risk”
by Maria João Rocha and Eduardo Rocha
Toxics 2022, 10(4), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10040163  
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/4/163 

7 August 2023
Interview with Dr. Catia Figueiredo—Winner of the Toxics 2022 Best Ph.D. Thesis Award

Name: Dr. Catia Figueiredo

Email: [email protected]

The Winning Paper: “Effects of Rare Earth Elements on Aquatic Organisms under a Changing Environment”

Dr. Cátia Figueiredo is a marine biologist with a passion for exploring the intricate interactions between climate change and emergent chemical stressors on marine ecosystems. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of these factors on marine biota, particularly in the context of technology critical elements. Her academic journey began with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2012, followed by a master's degree in marine ecology in 2014, both acquired at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2017, she was awarded a Ph.D. scholarship funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, allowing her to investigate the combined impacts of climate change (including ocean warming and acidification) and the emergent rare earth elements on various aquatic organisms. She finished her Ph.D. in 2022 and published 18 research articles during her Ph.D. Currently, she serves as the co-Principal Investigator of the EMINENT project (Emergent interactive effects of climate change and contaminants), a significant research initiative (REF 2022.08285.PTDC) aimed at unraveling the complex interplay between climate change, emergent technological pollutants and their influence on bioaccumulation, elimination processes and ecotoxicological outcomes in key bivalve species.

We want to congratulate Dr. Catia Figueiredo for winning the Toxics 2022 Best Ph.D. Thesis Award.

The following is an interview with Dr. Catia Figueiredo:

1. Could you please give us a brief overview of your research topic and the main objectives of your Ph.D. thesis?

My Ph.D. thesis focused on environmental challenges posed by the increased availability of rare earth elements (REEs) and the impacts of climate change. REEs have become crucial to the technological shifts towards renewable, more efficient and economically viable energy sources. This popular widespread use has contributed to the exponential increase of waste containing high concentrations of REEs. The escalating production, shorter lifespans of electronics and ineffective recycling policies result in the release of large amounts of, otherwise present in smaller concentrations, REEs into the aquatic environment. Hence, the main objectives of my research were to investigate the bioaccumulation, elimination and interactions of REEs in various taxonomic groups, including sponges, fish, bivalves and algae. Through my work, I aimed to gain a better understanding of how these species accumulate REEs, how they respond to changing environmental conditions and the potential toxicological effects on them. By studying both coastal and deep-sea biomonitoring species, I sought to provide comprehensive insights into the behavior of REEs in marine ecosystems. Furthermore, my research revealed that the responses of organisms were species-specific, element-specific and dose-specific. This complexity suggests that understanding REE accumulation and toxic responses in the near future is exceptionally intricate. It also emphasized the potential deleterious consequences of REE accumulation on species in a changing world.
Overall, the outcomes of my Ph.D. dissertation provide crucial data for policymakers when legislating for emerging environmental issues related to REE availability and toxic effects.

2. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced during your Ph.D. journey, and how did you overcome them?

My Ph.D. journey was an incredibly rewarding, but also challenging experience. One of the most significant challenges I faced was managing the complexity of my research topic. The interactions between REEs and climate change were intricate and required careful planning and execution. However, I overcame this challenge by breaking down the research into manageable steps.
Another major hurdle was the unexpected emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic led to the closure of research facilities, travel restrictions and disruptions in data collection. The shift to remote work and limited access to laboratory equipment posed serious challenges to the progress of my research. To adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, I had to reevaluate my research plans and modify my approach to continue making progress. The pandemic also affected my mental well-being and motivation, as isolation and uncertainties weighed heavily on everyone. To overcome this, I actively engaged in online academic communities, attended virtual conferences and sought support from my peers.
These challenges taught me resilience, adaptability, perseverance, resourcefulness and the importance of maintaining a strong support network. Adapting to unforeseen challenges, both academic and personal, was vital in pushing forward and staying committed to my research objectives.

3. When and how did you access Toxics? What prompted you to apply for this award, and would you like to share your experience with the journal Toxics?

I accessed Toxics regularly during my Ph.D. while conducting literature research on environmental toxicology and related fields. As a reputable journal known for its high-quality research articles, Toxics provided a wealth of knowledge and insights that were instrumental in shaping my Ph.D. thesis and its scientific outcomes. The decision to apply for the award was motivated by several factors. Firstly, the award's recognition within the academic community was evident, and it represented an excellent opportunity to showcase my research findings to a broader audience. Winning this award would also serve as a testament to the significance of my research and its potential implications for environmental policy and decision-making. Moreover, the award presented an opportunity to contribute to the field of toxicology and advance discussions on the impacts of rare earth elements and climate change on marine ecosystems. My experience with the Toxics journal has been nothing but positive. The journal's editorial team was supportive and responsive, making the award winning journey smooth and rewarding. I am truly grateful for the platform provided by Toxics, as it has played a pivotal role in disseminating my research and contributing to the ongoing dialogue on environmental challenges and their implications for marine ecosystems.

4. What qualities do you think young scientists need?

In order to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of academia, young scientists require a diverse set of qualities. I believe some of them include:

  • Curiosity: a strong sense of curiosity is the driving force behind scientific exploration. Young scientists should ask questions, seek answers and do not fear the unknown;
  • Perseverance: academia can be challenging and often involves setbacks, so being resilient and persistent is a great skill;
  • Critical thinking: critical thinking skills are paramount for evaluating information, designing experiments and drawing meaningful conclusions from data. Young scientists should develop the ability to assess and interpret scientific literature and evidence critically;
  • Collaboration: effective collaboration is vital in modern scientific research. Successful young scientists should be able to collaborate with colleagues, mentors and interdisciplinary teams;
  • Ethical awareness: young scientists must maintain the highest standards of integrity in their research practices;
  • Time management: balancing research, coursework and personal life demands efficient time management. Young scientists need to prioritize tasks effectively to make progress in their work while maintaining a healthy work–life balance. This is key to a successful and productive career.

5. As the winner of this award, is there something you want to express, or someone you want to thank the most?

First and foremost, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the selection committee and the editorial team of Toxics for conferring this award upon me. It is an incredible honor to be recognized for my Ph.D. research, and I am extremely thankful for this recognition.
I would like to extend my appreciation to my Ph.D. advisors, Dr. Joana Raimundo, Dr. Pedro Ré and Dr. Mário Diniz, whose guidance, support and mentorship were invaluable throughout my research journey. Their expertise, encouragement and dedication to my success played a pivotal role in shaping the direction of my research.
I am also grateful to the members of my research team for their collaboration, inspiration and camaraderie.
Furthermore, I want to express my gratitude to the academic institutions and laboratories that provided me with the resources and facilities necessary for my research. Their support enabled me to carry out experiments and analyses that contributed to the findings presented in my Ph.D. thesis.
Last, but definitely not least, I must also acknowledge the unwavering support of my family and friends throughout this journey. Their encouragement, understanding and belief in my abilities have been a constant source of strength and motivation.

7 August 2023
Toxics | Invitation to Read 10 Highlighted Papers in the First Half of 2023

1. “Characterization of an Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) Aerosol Generation Platform to Determine Exposure Risks”
by Qian Zhang, Jennifer Jeon, Travis Goldsmith, Marilyn Black, Roby Greenwald and Christa Wright
Toxics 2023, 11(2), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11020099
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/2/99

2. “Occupational Exposure to Metal Engineered Nanoparticles: A Human Biomonitoring Pilot Study Involving Italian Nanomaterial Workers”
by Beatrice Bocca, Beatrice Battistini, Veruscka Leso, Luca Fontana, Stefano Caimi, Mauro Fedele and Ivo Iavicoli
Toxics 2023, 11(2), 120; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11020120
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/2/120

3. “Association of 3-Phenoxybenzoic Acid Exposure during Pregnancy with Maternal Outcomes and Newborn Anthropometric Measures: Results from the IoMum Cohort Study”
by Juliana Guimarães, Isabella Bracchi, Cátia Pinheiro, Nara Xavier Moreira, Cláudia Matta Coelho, Diogo Pestana, Maria do Carmo Prucha, Cristina Martins, Valentina F. Domingues, Cristina Delerue-Matos et al.
Toxics 2023, 11(2), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11020125
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/2/125

4. “Physicochemical Transformations of Silver Nanoparticles in the Oro-Gastrointestinal Tract Mildly Affect Their Toxicity to Intestinal Cells In Vitro: An AOP-Oriented Testing Approach”
by Ozge Kose, David Béal, Sylvie Motellier, Nathalie Pelissier, Véronique Collin-Faure, Magda Blosi, Rossella Bengalli, Anna Costa, Irini Furxhi, Paride Mantecca et al.
Toxics 2023, 11(3), 199; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11030199
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/3/199

5. “Imidacloprid and Its Bioactive Metabolite, Desnitro-Imidacloprid, Differentially Affect Ovarian Antral Follicle Growth, Morphology, and Hormone Synthesis In Vitro”
by Vasiliki E. Mourikes, Ramsés Santacruz Márquez, Ashley Deviney, Alison M. Neff, Mary J. Laws and Jodi A. Flaws
Toxics 2023, 11(4), 349; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11040349
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/4/349

6. “Long-Term Toxicity of 50-nm and 1-μm Surface-Charged Polystyrene Microbeads in the Brine Shrimp Artemia parthenogenetica and Role of Food Availability”
by Yu Shen, Mingxing Zhang, Zhaochuan Li, Shuo Cao, Yadi Lou, Yi Cong, Fei Jin and Ying Wang
Toxics 2023, 11(4), 356; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11040356
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/4/356

7. “Magnesium Supplementation Alleviates the Toxic Effects of Silica Nanoparticles on the Kidneys, Liver, and Adrenal Glands in Rats”
by Mohamed Moharram Badawy, Mohamed Z. Sayed-Ahmed, Yosif Almoshari, Saad S. Alqahtani, Saeed Alshahrani, Heba Allah Ali Mabrouk, Marwa M. Abd-Elsalam, Khalid Alkashif, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Ahmed M. El-Sebaey et al.
Toxics 2023, 11(4), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11040381
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/4/381

8. “Trans- and Multigenerational Effects of Isothiazolinone Biocide CMIT/MIT on Genotoxicity and Epigenotoxicity in Daphnia magna
by Jiwan Kim and Jinhee Choi
Toxics 2023, 11(4), 388; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11040388
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/4/388

9. “A New Advanced and Validated Method for the Determination of Potentially Toxic Metals and Trace and Ultra-Trace Elements in Peritoneal Fluid to Assess the Health Risks of Women with Gynecological Pathologies”
by Andrea López-Botella, Raquel Sánchez, José-Luis Todolí-Torró, María José Gómez-Torres, Irene Velasco and Maribel Acién
Toxics 2023, 11(5), 399; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11050399
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/5/399

10. “Comparable Response Following Exposure to Biodiesel and Diesel Exhaust Particles in Advanced Multicellular Human Lung Models”
by Mizanur Rahman, Swapna Upadhyay, Koustav Ganguly, Micol Introna, Jie Ji, Christoffer Boman, Ala Muala, Anders Blomberg, Thomas Sandström and Lena Palmberg
Toxics 2023, 11(6), 532; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11060532
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/6/532

31 July 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Best PhD Thesis Awards in Environmental and Earth Sciences—Winners Announced


MDPI’s Best PhD Thesis Awards are presented to recognize the young scholars who are deemed to have completed the most outstanding PhD thesis in their field of research and to encourage them to continue their outstanding work and make further contributions to their field.

We would like to warmly congratulate the winners of the 2022 Best PhD Thesis Awards and wish them success with their future research endeavors.

Atmosphere:

  • “Variability of Ocean Dynamics and Associated Mechanisms Over the Tropical Indian Ocean”
    by Sartaj Khan, Harbin Engineering University, China

Energies:

  • “Nanofluid Impingement Jet Heat Transfer”
    by Javad Mohammadpour, Macquarie University, Australia

Minerals:

  • “Abiotic Sedimentary Dolomite Formation: from Nano- to Macro-Scale”
    by Yihang Fang, Washington University, USA

Toxics:

  • “Effects of Rare Earth Elements on Aquatic Organisms under a Changing Environment”
    by Catia Figueiredo, CIIMAR—Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Portugal

Water:

  • “Green-Gray Coupled Runoff Control Infrastructure Adaptive Multi-Objective Optimization Method”
    by Zijing Liu, Tsinghua University, China

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.

31 July 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Best Paper Awards in Environmental and Earth Sciences—Winners Announced


The purpose of our Best Paper Awards is to promote and recognize the most impactful contributions published within MDPI journals.

The editors of each journal carefully selected reviews and research papers through a rigorous judging process based on criteria such as the scientific merit, overall impact, and the quality of presentation of the papers published in the journal.

We are honored to present the winners for the year 2022 in environmental and earth sciences, who were selected amongst the extensive competition, and congratulate the authors for their outstanding scientific publications.

Atmosphere:

Clean Technologies:

Energies:

Environments:

Forests:

IJGI:

Minerals:

Quaternary:

Remote Sensing:

Safety:

Sustainability:

Toxics:

Water:

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.

31 July 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Young Investigator Awards in Environmental and Earth 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 environmental and earth 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.

Atmosphere:

  • Jianhuai Ye, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Energies:

  • Saeed Golestan, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark

IJERPH:

  • Michael Bertram, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Minerals:

  • Shaunna M. Morrison, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA

Remote Sensing:

  • Danfeng Hong, Qingdao University, China

Sustainability:

  • Xiaolei Yuan, Aalto University, Finland

Toxics:

  • Minjian Chen, Nanjing Medical University, China

Water:

  • Sergi Garcia-Segura, Arizona State University, USA

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.

31 July 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in Environmental and Earth Sciences—Winners Announced


We are proud to recognize the winners of MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in environmental and earth sciences for their outstanding presentations and to present them with the prize.

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 with their future research endeavors.

Climate:

  • Pavani Misra, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Energies:

  • Runxia Cai, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Lukasz Niedzwiecki, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

Environments:

  • Michael Eze, 1Macquarie University, Australia; 2University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Murillo Vetroni Barros, Federal University of Technology—Paraná, Brazil

Fire:

  • Ana Novo, University of Vigo, Spain

Forests:

  • Eko Setio Wibowo, Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea

Hydrology:

  • Esmaiil Mokarighahroodi, Texas A&M University, USA

IJERPH:

  • Roseane F. De Fátima Guimarães, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Phillips E. Obasohan, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Katarina Baralić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Xianglong Xu, Monash University, Australia

IJGI:

  • Jianwei Huang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Sevim Sezi Karayazi, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

Land:

  • Rocky Talchabhadel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
  • Leah Renwick, University of Chile, Chile

Remote Sensing:

  • Ana Novo, University of Vigo, Spain
  • Renée Mie Fredensborg Hansen, 1Technical University of Denmark; 2Norwegian University of Science and Technology (in collaboration with The University Centre in Svalbard), Norway

Resources:

  • Aida Hosseinian, Oulu University, Finland

Sustainability:

  • Morteza Nazari-Heris, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Domenico Mazzeo, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Yuan Chen, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Sonia Khadija Maïté Gueroun, Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI), Portugal
  • Konstantina Tsigkou, University of Patras, Greece

Water:

  • Sabolc Pap, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK
  • Xuexiu Jia, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  • Angelos Alamanos, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

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.

31 July 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in Environmental and Earth Sciences—Winners Announced


In order to acknowledge our reviewers, who so generously dedicate their time to reviewing papers and demonstrate diligence, professionalism, and timeliness when reviewing manuscripts, MDPI journals regularly offer outstanding reviewer awards to scholars who participate in the peer-review process.

We are proud to recognize the winners for the year 2022 in environmental and earth sciences for their outstanding contributions among the extensive competition by presenting them with an Outstanding Reviewer Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners on their achievements. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Atmosphere:

  • Stanislav Juráň, Global Change Research Institute CAS, Czech Republic
  • Sandro W. Lubis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA

Climate:

  • Eliza Kalbarczyk, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

Energies:

  • Raffaele Carli, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
  • Marcos Tostado-Véliz, University of Jaén, Spain
  • Andrea Mariscotti, University of Genova, Italy
  • Xuejun Qian, Morgan State University, USA
  • Dominik Zimon, Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland

Forests:

  • Petr Pyszko, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Narayan Bhusal, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • Vasiliki Kamperidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Muhammad Adnan Akram, Lanzhou University, China

Fuels:

  • Jelena T. Petrović, Institute for Technology of Nuclear and Other Mineral Raw Materials, Serbia

Geosciences:

  • Martina Zucchi, University of Bari, Italy
  • Theodore M. Present, California Institute of Technology, United States

IJERPH:

  • Anuli Njoku, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
  • Álvaro Francisco Lopes De Sousa, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Portugal
  • Carol Nash, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Geovani Lopez-Ortiz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Jorge Velázquez Saornil, Universidad Católica de Ávila, Spain
  • Naser Alsharairi, Menzies Health Institute Qld- Griffith University, Australia
  • Salvador Baena-Morales, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Shirley Wyver, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Akihiko Katayama, Shikoku Gakuin University, Japan
  • Alessandro Sapienza, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC - CNR), Italy
  • Alexandr Ceasovschih, “St. Spiridon” Emergency Hospital, Romania
  • Alina Cernasev, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, USA
  • Amelia Beata Staszowska, Lublin University of Technology, Poland
  • Andreia Lima, Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal
  • Anna Lipert, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
  • Anson Kai Chun Chau, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Bianca Hanganu, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania
  • Bocong Yuan, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  • Chee-Seng Tan, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia
  • Christine Manlai Kwan,The University of Hong Kong, China
  • Cristina Mendoza-Holgado, University of Extremadura, Spain
  • Denise Dillon, James Cook University, Singapore
  • Hiroyuki Noda, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
  • Isaac Rampedi, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jan Domaradzki, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poland
  • Joel Nitzkin, JLN, MD Associates, L.L.C., USA
  • Kyung-Hyun Suh, Sahmyook University, Republic of Korea
  • Lorenzo Gianquintieri, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
  • Mariusz Duplaga, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland
  • Matteo Riccò, Unità Operativa di Prevenzione e Sicurezza degli Ambienti di Lavoro, Italy
  • Olga Czerwińska-Ledwig, University of Physical Education in Kraków, Poland
  • Petra Marková, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Piyapong Janmaimool, Kochi University of Technology, Japan
  • Rafał Gerymski, Opole University, Poland
  • Rasa Jankauskiene, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuania
  • Ruben Lopez-Bueno, University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Siu Shing Man, City University of Hong Kong, China
  • Tomasz Sobierajski, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Wang-Kin Oscar Chiu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  • Yang Wu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

IJGI:

  • Fernando P. Fonseca, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Polina Lemenkova, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Alexandre B. Gonçalves, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Marcin Kulawiak, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
  • Dennis Edler, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Land:

  • Concetta Cardillo, Center for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy, Italy
  • Elisabetta Maria Venco, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Małgorzata Dudzińska, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

Resources:

  • Lubomir Strba, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia

Solar:

  • Naresh Duvva, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Sustainability:

  • Aleksandra Jezierska-Thöle, Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland
  • Piotr Borowski, Vistula University, Poland
  • Elżbieta Szaruga, University of Szczecin, Poland
  • Raffaele Carli, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
  • Joana Costa, University of Szczecin, Portugal
  • Silvia Puiu, University of Craiova, Romania
  • Miguel Afonso Sellitto, School of Unisinos, Brazil
  • Tiago F. A. C. Sigahi, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Abdalwali Lutfi, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
  • Jarosław Uglis, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Ágnes Csiszárik-Kocsir, Óbuda University, Hungary
  • Jianwan Ji, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, China
  • Aldona Zawojska, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Jianwei Qian, Hangzhou Normal University, China
  • Ali Saleh Alshebami, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
  • José Belda-Medina, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Ana Dias, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Krzysztof Rząsa, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn Poland, Poland
  • Andreea-Ionela Puiu, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
  • Krzysztof Skrzypkowski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Andrés Velástegui-Montoya, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador
  • Louis S. H. Lee, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Anita Silvana Ilak Peršurić, Institute of Agriculture and Tourism, Croatia
  • Marek Gaworski, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Brett Bligh, Lancaster University, UK
  • Meike Rombach, Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Catarina Fernandes, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
  • Ming-Lang Tseng, Asia University, Taiwan
  • Charitha Dias, Qatar University, Qatar
  • Nicoleta Dospinescu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania
  • Daniel Badulescu, University of Oradea, Romania
  • Roman Trach, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Darko Božanić, University of Defense in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Romina D’Ascanio, Roma Tre University, Italy
  • Donatella Privitera, University of Catania, Italy
  • Sol García-Germán, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Eleonora Santos, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
  • Valentina Vasile, Romanian Academy, Romania
  • Francis Boadu, Kumasi Technical University, Ghana
  • Yir-Hueih Luh, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Toxics:

  • Chris Douvris, New York Institute of Technology, USA

Water:

  • Meysam Vadiati, University of California, USA
  • Carmine Apollaro, University of Calabria (UniCAL), Italy
  • Giacomo Medici, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Katarzyna Pietrucha-Urbanik, Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland
  • Dobrochna Ginter-Kramarczyk, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
  • Vladimir Dvoretsky, Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Russia
  • Chengcheng Xia, University of Padova, Italy
  • Aristeidis Kastridis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Majid Niazkar, University of Milan, Italy
  • Yuliia Trach, Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego w Warszawie, Poland

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 serve as a source of inspiration and recognition, and help promote the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and who are making a significant contributions to the advancement of their field.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 July 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #1 - Open Access and Impactful Research

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

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


Opening Thoughts

The Future is Open, and MDPI is Leading the Way

I strongly believe in a future that embraces openness, where open source, open information, and open access (OA) take center stage. This belief that led me to join MDPI in 2020, and I am honored to have recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this capacity, and operating in close liaison with Dr. Lin and MDPI’s senior management, I shall work to build on Dr. Lin’s achievements of the past quarter-century. In this role, I will focus on communication initiatives to promote MDPI's remarkable work and continue to build our company as a trusted leader in OA publishing. For over two decades, MDPI has been at the forefront of reshaping the academic publishing landscape, with OA surpassing subscription-based publishing in 2020. This trajectory is deeply rooted in our history and reflects our unwavering commitment and vision for an open future.

1 Million Published Articles

2023 began with a remarkable achievement for MDPI, as we became the first OA publisher to reach the milestone of 1 million published articles. This represents 2.7 million unique authors who have trusted us with their work, or about a third of all researchers worldwide. As the world's most cited OA publisher, we are proud in sharing these significant milestones.

Our mission remains unchanged: to make science open and accessible to all. We understand the importance of knowledge access, empowering researchers to stay at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. Our diverse range of journals covers a wide spectrum of disciplines, offering cutting-edge insights, trusted tools, and crucial knowledge to address global challenges.

Liberating Science

As the world’s leading OA publisher, MDPI is actively liberating science. We are committed to eliminating the frustrations researchers and the general public face when accessing information, ensuring it is not locked behind paywalls. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to information, and our commitment to open access publishing drives our work.

In this inaugural edition of Insights: The CEO's Letter, I draw inspiration from the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. Its stated mission reminds us that true impact is achieved when knowledge is widely and readily available to society:

"Our mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the information is not made widely and readily available to society”

Impactful Research

MDPI Publishes Impactful Research: Recognized by Leading Indexing Databases

MDPI journals are indexed in every single top database in the world.

As of June 2023, we have 214 journals indexed within Web of Science, 223 indexed within Scopus, 87 indexed within PubMed and PMC, and 17 indexed within MEDLINE, and these numbers increase every month. We constantly strive to expand the coverage of our journals within leading multi-disciplinary and scope-specific databases, resulting in an incredibly broad range of journals that are indexed within a variety of databases. MDPI has active relationships with approximately 65 well-known databases around the world, and we continue to expand our portfolio every year so that your work can be found, cited, and referenced with ease.

Continued Growth of MDPI Journals

The 2022 Scopus and Web of Science journal citation metrics were officially released in June, and I am pleased to report that 31 MDPI journals received their first CiteScore, taking the total number of journals with a CiteScore to 216. The number of MDPI journals receiving an Impact Factor (IF) also continues to grow with 111 receiving their first, by being covered in the ESCI, bringing our total number of journals with an IF to 208 of which 41 journals received an IF above 4.0. Looking at 2022 CiteScores in the Scopus database, 80% of MDPI journals have a score that ranks them in Q1 or Q2 in at least one subject category.

Publishing impactful science would not be possible without all of our authors, editors and reviewers. Thank you for your contribution and continued support! Together we share the latest scientific insights faster and ensure that your work is accessible to all.

Read more

Interview with Indexing Manager—Constanze Shelhorn

Inside MDPI

Preprints.org: Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

At MDPI, we are dedicated to driving the advancement of science. Through our initiative, Preprints.org, researchers can publish their work and gain valuable feedback from the broader research community, ensuring rapid progress in their respective fields. This is particularly crucial during times of health and climate challenges, where timely dissemination of findings is essential.

Increased Visibility for Preprints

I am pleased to share that Clarivate recognizes the significance of preprints and has taken a crucial step to enhance their visibility. Clarivate has added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science, encompassing preprints published not only on Preprints.org but also on other reputable repositories.

Looking ahead, the future of preprints appears promising, bolstered by the recent indexing announcement from the Web of Science. As a result, preprints will receive increased visibility, serving as a valuable resource for staying informed about the latest research developments.

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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.

Managing Events With Sciforum

If you are considering hosting your own academic event, I highly recommend checking out Sciforum, MDPI's event management platform. Sciforum simplifies the entire process, making it easy to host your own event by allowing you to focus on what really matters: Science!

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Sciforum: forthcoming events
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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

30 June 2023
Toxics Receives an Increased Impact Factor of 4.6


We are pleased to report that the 2022 Impact Factor of Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) has increased to 4.6 in the recent release of the Journal Citation Reports™, representing the 4th consecutive year of continuous growth. In WoS JCR categories, Toxics now ranks Q1 (15/94) in the “Toxicology” category and Q2 (93/274) in the “Environmental Sciences” category. The increase in ranking is reflective of the quality of our journal and our dedication to excellent science. We are grateful to all the scholars who have witnessed the journal’s growth with us!

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Source: data according to Journal Citation Reports ®, 2022 release, a Clarivate Analytics product

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)

 

14 June 2023
Toxics Webinar | Existing Formulations of Pesticides: More Toxic Than Active Ingredients? Held on 26 May 2023


On 26 May 2023, MDPI and the journal Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) organized a webinar that focused on pesticide toxicology—Existing Formulations of Pesticides: More Toxic Than Active Ingredients?

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the webinar speakers for contributing to the success of this webinar and would like to ask if you would want to participate in the writing of a review that would be the closing paper of a book in Toxics on how to advise other scientists to improve the general toxicity of pesticides.

Please note that this webinar is associated with a Special Issue in the Entropy journal entitled “Pesticides in Formulations: Toxicological and Regulatory Assessments, New Developments”. The deadline is 30 June 2023.

You can watch the recorded webinar at the following link: https://youtu.be/y37x7LieB3M.

Webinar Chair and Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, Institute of Biology, University of Caen Normandy, Network on Risks, Quality and Sustainable Environment MRSH, France;
  • Dr. Robin Mesnage, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, King’s College London, UK;
  • Prof. Louise Vandelac, Department of Sociology and Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada;
  • Dr. Marie-Hélène Bacon, Ecohealth Research Collective on Pesticides, Policies and Alternatives (CREPPA), Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada.

6 June 2023
Interview with Dr. Chris Douvris—Winner of the Toxics 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Award

Name: Dr. Chris Douvris
Email: [email protected]
Short Biography: Dr. Chris Douvris is a native of Athens, Greece, and serves as an Associate Professor of chemistry at the New York Institute of Technology in Long Island, New York, USA. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Ioannina, Greece, with a dissertation on analytical chemistry, and he also earned M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in inorganic chemistry. Prior to his current position, he served as an Assistant and Associate Professor at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing sports and spending time with his baby daughter, Anna.

We want to congratulate Dr. Chris Douvris for winning the Toxics 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Award.

The following is an interview with Dr. Chris Douvris:

1. Could you give a brief introduction of yourself to the readers?
I currently serve as an Associate Professor of chemistry at the New York Institute of Technology, USA, and before that I served as an Assistant and Associate Professor at McNeese State University in Louisiana, USA. In addition to teaching chemistry courses to future medical students of our institution, I have a group of students who conduct research in chemistry.

2. What is the focus of your current research, and why did you choose this research field?
One direction of my research is analytical chemistry, with a focus on ICP-MS and ICP-OES analyses of various samples, and another one is inorganic chemistry, with a focus on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of inorganic compounds. I chose these two areas because I was always fascinated with the synthesis of new molecules, as well as the fact that I was always curious about the exact concentrations of trace elements in important environmental samples.

3. Could you please share with us your experience as a reviewer for Toxics?
My experience and motivation are that many manuscripts have been substantially improved after the review process. The reviewing process is a great benefit for authors in terms of publishing the best version of their work. The authors and reviewers should always work together for the improvement of a given manuscript.

4. What qualities do you think reviewers need?
The reviewers need to know the components of an ideal scientific presentation in the form of an article, as well as the experimental data that are needed to make a presentation credible. For example, a trace element determination work needs to have validation of the collected data via an appropriate reference standard. I believe the experiment is the most important component of a scientific article and the reviewer should first focus on that.

22 May 2023
Meet Us at the 18th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment, 11–15 June, Venice, Italy

The 18th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment will be held from 11 to 15 June 2023, in Venice, Italy. The conference is organized by the Environmental Chemistry Division of the Società Chimica Italiana and the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.

Topics include:

  • Analysis and modeling of environmental contaminants;
  • Impacts of climate change on local to global circulation of chemicals;
  • Nano-size particulate materials and microplastics in the environment;
  • Atmospheric pollution;
  • Environmental risk and impact assessment;
  • Emerging contaminants;
  • Water pollution;
  • Innovations in water and wastewater treatment;
  • Biotransformation of organic pollutants.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Toxics;
  • Atmosphere;
  • Environment;
  • Membranes;
  • Sustainability;
  • Compounds;
  • Heritage;
  • Water;
  • ChemEngineering.

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://icce2023.com/.

27 April 2023
Toxics | 10 Recommended Reviews in Q1 2023

1. “Epigenetics and Methylmercury-Induced Neurotoxicity, Evidence from Experimental Studies”
by Tao Ke, Alexey A. Tinkov, Anatoly V. Skalny, Abel Santamaria, Joao B. T. Rocha, Aaron B. Bowman, Wen Chen and Michael Aschner
Toxics 2023, 11(1), 72; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11010072
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/1/72

2. “The Panoramic View of Ecuadorian Soil Nutrients (Deficit/Toxicity) from Different Climatic Regions and Their Possible Influence on the Metabolism of Important Crops”
by Raluca A. Mihai, Erly J. Melo Heras, Vanessa A. Terán Maza, Iván A. Espinoza Caiza, Eliza A. Pinto Valdiviezo and Rodica D. Catana
Toxics 2023, 11(2), 123; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11020123
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/2/123

3. “Antimicrobial and the Resistances in the Environment: Ecological and Health Risks, Influencing Factors, and Mitigation Strategies”
by Weitao Wang, You Weng, Ting Luo, Qiang Wang, Guiling Yang and Yuanxiang Jin
Toxics 2023, 11(2), 185; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11020185
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/2/185

4. “Outlining Potential Biomarkers of Exposure and Effect to Critical Minerals: Nutritionally Essential Trace Elements and the Rare Earth Elements”
by Jill A. Jenkins, MaryLynn Musgrove and Sarah Jane O. White
Toxics 2023, 11(2), 188; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11020188
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/2/188

5. “Neurobehavioral Effects of Low-Dose Chronic Exposure to Insecticides: A Review”
by Laura Maria Antonangeli, Saniya Kenzhebekova and Claudio Colosio
Toxics 2023, 11(2), 192; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11020192
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/2/192

6. “Recent Progress on Ex Situ Remediation Technology and Resource Utilization for Heavy Metal Contaminated Sediment”
by Qinqin Xu and Boran Wu
Toxics 2023, 11(3), 207; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11030207
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/3/207

7. “Pancreas–Liver–Adipose Axis: Target of Environmental Cadmium Exposure Linked to Metabolic Diseases”
by Diana Moroni-González, Victor Enrique Sarmiento-Ortega, Alfonso Diaz, Eduardo Brambila and Samuel Treviño
Toxics 2023, 11(3), 223; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11030223
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/3/223

8. “Caenorhabditis elegans as a Prediction Platform for Nanotechnology-Based Strategies: Insights on Analytical Challenges”
by Priscila Gubert, Greici Gubert, Ronei Cardoso de Oliveira, Isabel Cristina Oliveira Fernandes, Iverson Conrado Bezerra, Bruna de Ramos, Milena Ferreira de Lima, Daniela Teixeira Rodrigues, Adriana Farias Nunes da Cruz, Ernesto Chaves Pereira et al.
Toxics 2023, 11(3), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11030239
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/3/239

9. “Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Breastfeeding as a Vulnerable Function: A Systematic Review of Epidemiological Studies”
by Amalie Timmermann, Oyemwenosa N. Avenbuan, Megan E. Romano, Joseph M. Braun, Janne S. Tolstrup, Laura N. Vandenberg and Suzanne E. Fenton
Toxics 2023, 11(4), 325; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11040325
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/4/325

10. “Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) and Male Reproductive Health: Challenging the Future with a Double-Edged Sword”
by Daniel Marcu, Shannen Keyser, Leslie Petrik, Samuel Fuhrimann and Liana Maree
Toxics 2023, 11(4), 330; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics11040330
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/11/4/330

19 April 2023
Meet Us at the 17th Persistent Organic Pollutants Forum and Chemical Environmental Safety Conference, 17–19 May 2023, Qingdao, China


Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) will be attending the 17th Persistent Organic Pollutants Forum and Chemical Environmental Safety Conference as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Qingdao, China, from 17 to 19 May 2023.

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Forum and Chemical Environmental Safety Conference (hereinafter referred to as the POPs Forum) was initiated by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Research Center of Tsinghua University in 2006, in cooperation with the Office of the National Coordination Group for the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. A series of annual meetings co-sponsored by the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Professional Committee had been successfully held for 16 sessions by 2021. The POPs Forum has become a forum for academia, management, and industry in the field of POPs in China to brainstorm and contemplate countermeasures, review the international trends of POPs compliance and China's progress, discuss POPs research hotspots and development trends, and showcase high-tech and advanced products for POPs analysis and control. It is a high-level communication platform.

The forum focuses on new pollutant treatment and invites domestic and foreign experts from various fields of government, industry, academia, and research to discuss and exchange ideas together.

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: https://popsforum2022.scievent.com/.

11 April 2023
Meet Us at the 2023 Science and Technology Annual Meeting of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, 22–23 April 2023, Nanchang, China


MDPI will be attending the 2023 Science and Technology Annual Meeting of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, which will be held from 22 to 23 April 2023, in Nanchang, China. The theme of the annual meeting is “Develop green and low-carbon, build a beautiful China”.

The annual meeting has arranged for an opening ceremony and specially invited keynote speeches, subsession seminars, high-end forums, special sessions for young scientists, poster exchanges, environmental protection science and technology achievement exhibitions, special events, etc. A total of 1800 delegates are expected to attend. Four academicians and other well-known experts are expected to deliver keynote speeches on climate change, the prevention and control of atmospheric, water, and soil environmental pollution, and environmental management science as well as technology. The invited keynote speeches touch on fields such as achievements in transformation.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this meeting, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference and our booth, please visit http://www.chinacses.org/xw/hytz/202303/t20230324_1021734.shtml.

7 April 2023
Toxics | Top 10 Most Cited Papers on Human Health

World Health Day, this year marked on 7 April, is an opportunity to look back at public health successes and to motivate action to tackle health challenges. On this occasion, we would like to post 10 most cited papers on human health published in Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) in 2021 and 2022. Hope you enjoy reading them.

1. “Heavy Metals and Pesticides Toxicity in Agricultural Soil and Plants: Ecological Risks and Human Health Implications”
by Ahmed Alengebawy, Sara Taha Abdelkhalek, Sundas Rana Qureshi and Man-Qun Wang
Toxics 2021, 9(3), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9030042
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/3/42

2. “Nanopesticides in Agriculture: Benefits and Challenge in Agricultural Productivity, Toxicological Risks to Human Health and Environment”
by Marco Chaud, Eliana B. Souto, Aleksandra Zielinska, Patricia Severino, Fernando Batain, Jose Oliveira-Junior and Thais Alves
Toxics 2021, 9(6), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9060131
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/6/131

3. “PFAS Molecules: A Major Concern for the Human Health and the Environment”
by Emiliano Panieri, Katarina Baralic, Danijela Djukic-Cosic, Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic and Luciano Saso
Toxics 2022, 10(2), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10020044
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/2/44

4. “Levels of Phthalates, Bisphenol-A, Nonylphenol, and Microplastics in Fish in the Estuaries of Northern Taiwan and the Impact on Human Health”
by I-Cheng Lu, How-Ran Chao, Wan-Nurdiyana-Wan Mansor, Chun-Wei Peng, Yi-Chyun Hsu, Tai-Yi Yu, Wei-Hsiang Chang and Lung-Ming Fu
Toxics 2021, 9(10), 246; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9100246
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/10/246

5. “Metals Bioaccumulation in 15 Commonly Consumed Fishes from the Lower Meghna River and Adjacent Areas of Bangladesh and Associated Human Health Hazards”
by Mohammad Belal Hossain, Fatema Tanjin, M. Safiur Rahman, Jimmy Yu, Shirin Akhter, Md Abu Noman and Jun Sun
Toxics 2022, 10(3), 139; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10030139
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/3/139

6. “Comparison of the Potential Ecological and Human Health Risks of Heavy Metals from Sewage Sludge and Livestock Manure for Agricultural Use”
by Baoling Duan and Qiang Feng
Toxics 2021, 9(7), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9070145
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/7/145 

7. “Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the Environment: Occupational and Exposure Events, Effects on Human Health and Fertility”
by Luigi Montano, Concetta Pironti, Gabriella Pinto, Maria Ricciardi, Amalia Buono, Carlo Brogna, Marta Venier, Marina Piscopo, Angela Amoresano and Oriana Motta
Toxics 2022, 10(7), 365; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10070365
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/7/365

8. “Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment of Heavy Metals in Cultured Shrimp and Aquaculture Sludge”
by Salma Sultana, Mohammad Belal Hossain, Tasrina R. Choudhury, Jimmy Yu, Md. Sohel Rana, Mohammad Abu Noman, M. Mozammal Hosen, Bilal Ahamad Paray and Takaomi Arai
Toxics 2022, 10(4), 175; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10040175
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/10/4/175 

9. “Local Toxicity of Biocides after Direct and Aerosol Exposure on the Human Skin Epidermis and Airway Tissue Models”
by Nahyun Lee, Dae Yong Jang, Do Hyeon Lee, Haengdueng Jeong, Ki Taek Nam, Dal-Woong Choi and Kyung-Min Lim
Toxics 2021, 9(2), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9020029
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/2/29

10. “Relationships between Long-Term Ozone Exposure and Allergic Rhinitis and Bronchitic Symptoms in Chinese Children”
by Pei-En Zhou, Zhengmin (Min) Qian, Stephen Edward McMillin, Michael G. Vaughn, Zhong-Yue Xie, Yu-Jie Xu, Li-Zi Lin, Li-Wen Hu, Bo-Yi Yang, Xiao-Wen Zeng et al.
Toxics 2021, 9(9), 221; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9090221
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/9/221 

 

7 April 2023
Toxics | Recruiting Editorial Board Members for Section “Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity”

The “Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity” Section of Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) is recruiting Editorial Board Members. You can check the existing Editorial Board Members by visiting the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/toxics/sections/reproductive_developmental_toxicity.

The main responsibilities of the Section Editorial Board Members are as follows:

  • Providing scientific supervision for the Section;
  • Inviting distinguished scientists to join the Editorial Board;
  • Suggesting hot topics for Special Issues;
  • Making decisions about the suitability of a paper to enter the peer review process and about its acceptance at the end of the process;
  • Promoting the Section, recommending international conference cooperation, and assisting this Section in holding physical/electronic conferences;
  • Providing feedback and suggesting improvements to the journal.

The “Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity” Section of Toxics focuses on the presentation of studies on the reproductive and developmental toxicity of environmental exposure to toxicants. This Section invites the submission of high-quality manuscripts reporting on investigations of all aspects of relationships, as well as their biological mechanisms, between toxicant exposure and outcomes of sexual function in addition to fertility in adult males and females, as well as the development of offspring. The exposures may include, but are not limited to, environmental or occupational exposure to pesticides, industrial chemicals, metals, air pollution, emerging environmental pollutants, etc. This Section also welcomes submissions on the exploration and application of frontier experimental methods as well as statistical models in toxicology. Reviews and commentaries are also welcome in this Section.

For more information about this Section and publishing in Toxics, please see the Section’s webpage. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, expressing your suitability for the role and your vision for the journal, to the Toxics Editorial Office ([email protected]).

In order to be considered, all applications must be received by 30 June 2023.

7 April 2023
World Health Day–Health for All

On 7 April 2023—World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) will observe its 75th anniversary. In 1948, countries of the world came together and founded the WHO to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable, so that everyone, everywhere, can attain the highest level of health and well-being. The WHO’s 75th anniversary is an opportunity to look back at public health successes that have improved quality of life over the last seven decades. It is also an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow. In order to encourage everyone to understand health and pay attention to health, we have also curated a list of publications on topics related to universal health coverage, healthy diet, and mental health. We also want to remind everyone that all research published in MDPI journals is available in an open access format, allowing practitioners, policy makers, and people around the world to access the latest scientific knowledge to build upon and share. Although we still have a long way to go to achieve universal health, this day also provides an opportunity to celebrate the progress made and inspire further action toward a more just and equitable world. Join us on a journey at MDPI to achieve Health for All.

Journal Recommendation

Section: Nutrition and Public Health

Special Issue: Dietary Antioxidants and Cardiovascular Health

Section: School Health

Topical Collection: Poxviruses

Special Issue: Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Symptoms, Evaluation and Treatment

Special Issue: Organophosphate-Induced Neurotoxicity: Countermeasures, Mechanisms, and Physiology

30 March 2023
Toxics Webinar | Existing Formulations of Pesticides: More Toxic Than Active Ingredients? 26 May 2023


Today, pesticide toxicology is essentially based on the toxicity of active ingredients. Could this be wrong? Since numerous discoveries have recently been made on the toxicity of pesticide formulations in relation the declared active ingredients at different levels, from environment to animal and human cells, and in organs or in vivo, are new regulations necessary? After a presentation of these discoveries, new regulations can be proposed by participants of this webinar.

Date: 26 May 2023
Time: 2:00pm CEST

Register now for free!

Webinar Chairs and Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini
Institute of Biology, University of Caen Normandy, Network on Risks, Quality and Sustainable Environment MRSH, Esplanade de la Paix, CS 14032 Caen CEDEX 5, France

Dr. Robin Mesnage
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, King’s College London, London, UK
Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic, Wilhelmi-Beck-Straße 27, 88662 Überlingen, Germany

Prof. Louise Vandelac
Department of Sociology and Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Marie-Hélène Bacon
Ecohealth Research Collective on Pesticides, Policies and Alternatives (CREPPA), Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini
Chair Introduction

2:00–2:05 pm

Prof. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini
The discovery of petroleum residues in pesticides. A step for a new regulation

2:05–2:15 pm

Dr Robin Mesnage
Toxicology of co-formulants in pesticides and regulation

2:15–2:25pm

Prof Louise Vandelac
The situation in Canada and America

2:25–2:35pm

Dr Marie-Hélène Bacon
How to request transparency from safety agencies

2:35–2:45 pm

Q&A Session

2:45–3:35 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini

3:35–3:45 pm

Relevant Special Issue:
Pesticides in Formulations: Toxicological and Regulatory Assessments, New Developments
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023

This is a free webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized. Certificates of attendance will be delivered to those who attend the live webinar.

Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll let you know when the recording is available to watch.

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


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

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth #824. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://2023.eshg.org/.

21 March 2023
2023 World Water Day

Water is simultaneously our most abundant and scarce resource. Dysfunction throughout the water cycle undermines progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, and disasters to peace. The theme for the 2023 World Water Day is “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible”. It aims to accelerate change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Join us to salute those engaged in a challenge whose importance is second to none, as the MDPI is proud to support and publish research that works towards global water security.

Photo by Anonymous, University of Technology of Compiègne                           Location: Qingyuan, Liaoning, China
Photo by Bo Yu, Nankai University           
Location: Can Luojiao, Guangdong, China
Da Pang                        

To access more content about MDPI International Day Campaign Series activities, please click here.

Special Issue: Water Quality Engineering and Wastewater Treatment III Special Issue: Groundwater Pollution: Sources, Mechanisms, and Prevention
Special Issue: Groundwater Quality and Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment Volume II Special Issue: Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater and Natural Water: Distribution, Transformation and Removal

MDPI World Water Day Webinar 2023: Accelerating Change

22 Mar 2023, 02:00 (CET)
Free to register for the two sessions.

Recordings will be available on Sciforum shortly afterward.

17 March 2023
Meet Us at the Joint Conference on Environmental Chemicals Japan 2023, 30 May–2 June 2023, Tokushima, Japan


Conference: Joint Conference on Environmental Chemicals Japan 2023
Date: 30 May–2 June 2023
Location: Tokushima, Japan

MDPI will be attending the Joint Conference on Environmental Chemicals Japan 2023 as an exhibitor; we welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

This conference is organized by the Japan Society of Endocrine Disruptors Research, the Japanese Society of Environmental Toxicology, and the Japan Society of Environmental Chemistry. The theme of the conference is “Beyond Disciplines to Solve Environmental Chemical Problems: Developing New Research from Diverse Perspectives”. At the conference, specialists will share and discuss the latest research on and applications of environmental and chemical substances to society.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are planning to attend this conference, please do not hesitate to start an online 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 the following website: https://j-ec.smartcore.jp/M022/forum/touron31?jpn.

13 March 2023
MDPI’s Newly Launched Journals in December 2022

As a leading open access publisher, MDPI provides scholars with a high-quality and rich academic exchange platform by continuously expanding into new and exciting research areas.

In December 2022, MDPI launched five new journals, covering multiple subjects such as life sciences, biology, medicine and pharmacology, social sciences and humanities. These new journals are being edited by established scholars across the world.

Journal

Founding Editor-in-Chief

Journal Topics (Selected)

Prof. Dr. Fabio Gresta, University of Messina, Italy| Editorial | view inaugural issue

grass/forage/turf production; grassland management; pasture monitoring; grazing and livestock; grass agro-ecosystems| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Christos G. Athanassiou, University of Thessaly, Greece| Editorial | view inaugural issue

pesticides; fungicides; herbicides; fertilizers; soil conditioners| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Stephen H. Safe, Texas A&M University, USA| Editorial | view inaugural issue

receptor structure; receptor function; receptor signaling; receptor expression and regulation; receptor interactions with drugs| view journal scope | submit an article

Dr. Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde, University of Mons-UMONS, Belgium| Editorial | view inaugural issue

drug discovery; medicinal chemistry; preclinical and clinical research; marketed drugs; intellectual property and regulatory affairs| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Heather Kanuka, University of Alberta, Canada| Editorial | view inaugural issue

higher education; tertiary education; policy and practice in higher education; educational leadership in higher education; educational administration and management in higher education| view journal scope | submit an article

If you are interested in creating more open access journals with us to publish cutting-edge research, please send your journal proposal application to [email protected].

7 March 2023
Displaying Co-Authors’ Email Addresses on the Webpage of Published Papers

MDPI is pleased to announce that we now display the co-authors’ email addresses in addition to the corresponding author’s email address on the webpage of published papers, protected by Captcha. For more information about this change, please visit the journal’s instructions for authors page. 

We believe this change will facilitate academic discussions and advance our cause of open science and research. The corresponding authors are responsible for communicating with their co-authors and indicating in our system (https://susy.mdpi.com/) if co-authors would prefer for their email addresses not to be displayed.

7 March 2023
Toxics 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Award—Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Toxics 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Award—Dr. Chris Douvris. The Toxics Editorial Board and editorial team would like to gratefully acknowledge the time and energy dedicated by reviewers in checking the manuscripts submitted to Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304). It is due to their efforts that the high quality of the journal and quick turnaround is maintained. Congratulations to the winner!

Name: Dr. Chris Douvris

Affiliation: Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences, Theobald-434, New York Institute of Technology, 500 Northern Boulevard, PO Box 8000, Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000, USA

Research Interests: ICP-MS; ICP-OES; NMR spectroscopy; trace metals; transition metal complexes; homogeneous catalysis; polymers; sediments

Prize:
– 500 CHF (Swiss francs);
– An opportunity to publish a paper, free of charge, in Toxics in 2023;
– A certificate.

How to become our reviewer?
If you have not yet reviewed papers for Toxics, but would like to do so, you can register as a reviewer on the following website: https://susy.mdpi.com/volunteer/profile/edit

Dr. Demetrio Raldúa
Editor-in-Chief of Toxics

16 February 2023
Increasing Visibility for Preprints.org – Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

On 9 February 2023, Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics, added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science platform, streamlining the research process by allowing researchers to locate and link to preprints alongside other trusted content in the database.

The Preprint Citation Index will act as a bridge to connect cutting-edge preprints with peer-reviewed journal articles published within the Web of Science Core Collection. Alerts can be easily set to monitor new research across several repositories and authors will also be able to include preprints on their Web of Science Research Profile to more accurately display their various research outputs.

As of its launch, the Preprint Citation Index will provide nearly two million preprints from various repositories, including MDPI’s own Preprints.org.

MDPI's Preprints Platform – Preprints.org

To advance Open Science and the fast dissemination of research, MDPI offers researchers a free multidisciplinary preprint platform. Preprints.org accepts submissions from all research areas and offers authors high visibility, permanent archiving, article-level Metrics and immediately citable content by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to all preprints.

During submission to any MDPI journal, authors have the option to share their research as a preprint. After an initial screening, the manuscript is available online in 48 hours or less. Once online, preprints can be downloaded, shared, commented on, and cited, providing authors maximum visibility.

We invite you to join the ranks of the over 100k researchers using Preprints.org and share your research.

For more information, please visit Preprints.org.

26 December 2022
Interview with Dr. Joaquim Jaumot—Winner of Toxics 2022 Best Paper Award

Name: Dr. Joaquim Jaumot

Email: [email protected]

The Winning Paper: Interaction of Environmental Pollutants with Microplastics: A Critical Review of Sorption Factors, Bioaccumulation and Ecotoxicological Effects

Self-introduction

I am a Research Scientist at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). I obtained my degree in chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2001 and earned my Ph.D. in chemistry from the same institution in 2006. In addition, I obtained computer science degree from the Open University of Catalonia in 2009. Before my current position, I worked as a non-tenure assistant professor at the UB until 2012 and as a JAE-DOC postdoctoral researcher at CSIC from 2012 to 2015.

My research is centered on developing and applying data analysis methods, which form the foundation of my multidisciplinary research career. I have used my expertise in various fields, such as molecular biology, process and analytical chemistry, and environmental chemistry. However, in recent years, I have focused my research on developing and applying data analysis tools in environmental omics, aiming to increase our understanding of molecular biological processes through the analysis of large and complex datasets generated in transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic studies.

The following is an interview with Dr. Joaquim Jaumot:

1. Could you please briefly introduce the main content of the winning paper?

The awarded paper discusses the impact of microplastics on environmental health, with a particular focus on the toxicological effects caused by their ability to absorb and transport chemicals (e.g. organic compounds, metals, etc.) in a phenomenon known as the Trojan Horse effect. Our study aims to highlight the main factors that influence the sorption capacity of microplastics and the potential scenarios in which they may significantly contribute to the bioaccumulation and transfer of sorbed chemicals.

2. Could you describe the difficulties and breakthrough innovations in this research field?

Understanding the contamination of microplastics and their interactions with other pollutants is crucial for assessing the risks posed to the environment and human health. These studies require a multifaceted approach, including studying the concentration and release of contaminants sorbed in the microplastics and the possible synergistic or antagonistic effects due to the different toxicity of pollutants and plastics. This research also involves using analytical techniques to examine the molecular exposure impacts and collaboration between researchers from other disciplines to design, conduct, and interpret experiments. Finally, by examining the impact of microplastics and sorbed contaminants, this research can gain insights into the underlying causes of changes in organisms and inform strategies for mitigating these effects.

3. How was your experience submitting to Toxics?

Overall, my experience submitting to the Toxics journal was positive. The submission process was straightforward, and the peer review process was efficient, with helpful feedback from the editor and reviewers.

4. How do you think Open Access impacts authors?

Open Access has several benefits for authors, including increased visibility for both the scientific community and the general public. This greater visibility can result in a higher impact on the research and more citations, recognition, and potential funding opportunities. In addition, Open Access publications allow authors to reach a wider audience and contribute to advancing knowledge in their field.

We want to congratulate Dr. Joaquim Jaumot for winning the Toxics 2022 Best Paper Award.

22 December 2022
Special Issue Mentor Program

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

This program will enable early career researchers (who must hold a Ph.D. in a related field) to experience editing a Special Issue in MDPI journals, under the mentorship of our experienced Editorial Board Members or other experienced scientists. The mentor program will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to gain editorial experience, and to cultivate their ability to edit scientific research.

The mentee’s responsibilities include:

  • Proposing a Special Issue title and assisting the mentor in preparing a summary (around 200–400 words) and 3–10 keywords describing the background, importance, and goal of the Issue;
  • Writing a brief promotion plan for the Special Issue;
  • Preparing a list of scholars who may be interested in the Issue and personally e-mailing invitations on behalf of Guest Editors;
  • Writing an editorial for the online Special Issue together with the mentor.

The mentor’s responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a final check before the Special Issue is published online;
  • Performing editorial control of the Special Issue and quality control of the publications, both of which must be carried out in a timely manner;
  • Providing suggestions to younger scholars if they have any doubts or concerns regarding submissions;
  • Organizing video calls with young scholars and the Editorial Office regularly to discuss problems and improvement suggestions for the Special Issue;
  • Making and submitting decisions regarding submissions with the assistance of mentees.

Certificates and awards:
After the Special Issue closes, the Editorial Office will provide official certificates for all the mentors and early career researchers.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your Special Issue proposal to the Editorial Office of a journal you choose, and we will discuss the process (i.e., mentor collaboration, Special Issue topic feasibility analysis, etc.) in further detail. The full list of MDPI journals is as follows: https://www.mdpi.com/about/journals.

In addition to the new Special Issue Mentor Program, we will continue to welcome all Special Issue proposals focusing on hot research topics.

14 December 2022
"Thanks a Million!" – One Million Articles Published in MDPI Journals

MDPI has just become the first open access (OA) publisher to reach the milestone of one million articles published. That is one million articles freely available to all, to circulate and build upon! We are proud to share this special moment with the global scientific community.

This landmark has been reached thanks to the immeasurable support of more than 600,000 expert reviewers, 66,000 editorial board members and 6700 hard-working colleagues across MDPI’s global offices.

Within more than 25 years of publishing, our journals received 2.1 million manuscripts and generated 4.6 million peer review reports to get to one million papers published.

1 Million Infographic

Reaching the milestone of one million articles published reinforces our mission to remove any existing barriers and to make scientific research accessible to all. Since its inception, MDPI’s goal has been to create reliable processes to make science open. This is a path towards facilitating the dissemination of novel insights in scientific communities.

Regular feedback from authors and reviewers shows that our service is greatly appreciated and needed. At the same time, the feedback helps us identify areas for further improvement.

As it stands, a significant share of published research findings remain closed access. More than half of the content published with the most well-known legacy publishers stays behind a paywall, and that is not including articles published in hybrid OA journals, or made available months or years after publication.

A new policy announced by the US administration in August 2022 requires that, as of January 2026, all US federally funded research be made freely and immediately available after publication. While the new policy does not mandate articles be published under an open access license, it is aligned with the open access movement in removing all barriers to research. Similarly, some of the most advanced research institutions in the world intend to have all funded research articles published in open access by 2025.

MDPI is proud to be the leading agent of the transition to open access.

"Thanks a Million" to all the contributors!

8 December 2022
MDPI Sustainability Foundation: New Look and Nominations for the 2023 Sustainability Awards Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the website of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation has been revamped! For the past couple of months, our UX UI team and front-end developers have been working hard to launch the website in time for the opening of the Sustainability Awards nominations.

The website is not the only thing that has had a remodeling. Indeed, the format of the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award (ESLA) has been updated. ESLA is now a competition open to individual researchers or start-ups founded by researchers under the age of 35. Nominee applications will go through 2 rounds of selection until the final 3 are decided. The finalists will then be invited to give pitch presentations during the Award Ceremony to win either first place (10,000 USD) or runner-up (2 x 5000 USD).

The World Sustainability Award, on the other hand, remains the same: a total prize money of 100,000 USD is up for grabs by senior individual researchers or groups of researchers from the international research community.

Nominations for both the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader award are now open! Check out our new website for more information on how to nominate.

1 December 2022
Toxics | Recruiting Editorial Board Members for the Section “Drugs Toxicity”


The Section “Drugs Toxicity” of Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) is recruiting Editorial Board Members. You can check the existing Editorial Board Members by visiting the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/toxics/sectioneditors/drugs_toxicity.

The main responsibilities of the Section Editorial Board Members are as follows:

  • Providing scientific supervision for the Section;
  • Inviting distinguished scientists to join the Editorial Board;
  • Suggesting hot topics for Special Issues;
  • Making decisions about the suitability of a paper to enter the peer-review process and about its acceptance at the end of the process;
  • Promoting the Section, recommending international conference cooperation, and assisting this Section in holding physical/electronic conferences;
  • Providing feedback and suggesting improvements to the journal.

The Section “Drugs Toxicity” of the journal Toxics focuses on studies on the toxicological effects of drugs of abuse and drugs in central nervous and peripheral systems. This Section invites submissions of high-quality manuscripts that report on investigations into the effects of acute or chronic exposure to drugs of abuse and other related drugs in the CNS and PNS. Drugs of abuse may include alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, cathinone, opioids, psychedelics, marijuana, cathinone, ecstasy, LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, PCP, rohypnol, and others. The Section also invites submissions of studies that involve other CNS drugs, including benzodiazepines and antipsychotics. In addition, this Section welcomes submissions of studies that involve pharmacological and experimental methods for the investigation of toxicological effects of drugs of abuse and other drugs that affect the CNS and PNS. Reviews and commentaries are also welcome in this Section.

For more information about this Section and publishing in Toxics, please see the Section’s webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/toxics/sections/drugs_toxicity.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, expressing your suitability for the role and your vision for the journal, to the Toxics Editorial Office ([email protected]).

All applications must be received by 28 February 2023 to be considered.

28 November 2022
Editorial Board Members from Toxics Featured in 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List Published by Clarivate


Recently, ClarivateTM revealed its 2022 list of Highly Cited Researchers™—Individuals at universities, research institutes and commercial organizations.

The scientists who were selected into this year’s list of Highly Cited Researchers have published highly cited papers in the 11-year period from January 2011 to December 2021, with citation frequency in the top 1% of academic subjects and the same year of publication in the Web of ScienceTM database. Based on Web of Science Citation data, 6,938 researchers from across the globe who have demonstrated a disproportionate level of significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields over the last decade have been awarded Highly Cited Researcher 2022 designations. The list is truly global, spanning 69 countries or regions and spread across a diverse range of research sciences and social sciences.

According to statistics, four Editorial Board Members of Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) have been selected into the list of Highly Cited Researchers of Clarivate in 2022. They are being recognized for their high-quality scientific research achievements and outstanding contributions to their professional fields. The Toxics journal office sincerely congratulates all elected Editorial Board Members and hopes that they continue to have an academically productive relationship with the journal.

Name

Affiliation

Prof. Dr. Kurunthachalam Kannan

New York University School of Medicine, USA

Prof. Dr. Hartmut W. Jaeschke

University of Kansas Medical Center, USA

Prof. Dr. Flemming R. Cassee

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands; University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Roy Harrison

University of Birmingham, UK

22 November 2022
Editorial Board Members from Toxics Featured in Stanford’s List of the World’s Top 2% Scientists


Scientists at Stanford have recently published an update of the list of the top 2% most widely cited scientists—The World’s Top 2% Scientists.

The time node of the statistical data of this list is from 1960 to 2022, and it is divided into two lists: "Lifetime Scientific Influence Ranking" and "2022 Annual Scientific Influence Ranking". The "Lifetime Scientific Influence Ranking" counts the comprehensive influence performance of scientists during their careers, and the "2022 Annual Influence Ranking" focuses on highlighting the academic influence of scientists in the previous year. This ranking, considered the most prestigious worldwide, is based on the bibliometric information contained in the Scopus database and includes more than 200,000 researchers from the more than 10 million scientists considered to be active worldwide, with 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields taken into account.

We are pleased to share that 77 Editorial Board Members from Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) were featured in the World’s Top 2% Scientists list in 2022.

Dr. Jodi Flaws

Dr. Robert Laumbach

Prof. Dr. David Bellinger

Dr. Jamie DeWitt

Prof. Dr. James Klaunig

Prof. Dr. Danny D. Reible

Dr. Christopher Martyniuk

Prof. Dr. Christopher Theodorakis

Dr. Arthur P. Grollman

Dr. Thomas Sharpton

Prof. Dr. Robert J. Turesky

Prof. Dr. Stephanie Padilla

Dr. Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón

Prof. Dr. Michael K. Stenstrom

Prof. Dr. Oksana Lockridge

Dr. Anita K. Patlolla

Prof. Dr. Youssef Sari

Dr. Joanna Burger

Prof. Dr. Irfan Rahman

Prof. Dr. Michael Aschner

Prof. Dr. Roy Harrison

Dr. Mohamed A. Abdallah

Prof. Dr. Crispin Halsall

Prof. Dr. Teresa D. Tetley

Prof. Dr. Flemming Cassee

Prof. Dr. Jos Kleinjans

Dr. Remco H. S. Westerink

Prof. Dr. Margareta Törnqvist

Dr. Montserrat Sole

Prof. Dr. Roberto Rosal

Prof. Dr. Marco Vighi

Dr. Martí Nadal

Dr. Tiziana Missana

Dr. Alexey A. Tinkov

Prof. Dr. Maria João Bebianno

Prof. Dr. Joanna Jurewicz

Dr. Marco Parolini

Prof. Dr. Guido Cavaletti

Dr. Emilio Benfenati

Prof. Dr. Claudio Colosio

Dr. Ilaria Corsi

Dr. Swaran J. S. Flora

Prof. Dr. Soterios Kyrtopoulos

Prof. Dr. Aristidis Tsatsakis

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos

Dr. Dirk Lachenmeier

Prof. Dr. Edmund Maser

Prof. Dr. James Devillers

Dr. Nanna Hartmann

Dr. Gunnar Toft

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Bencko

Prof. Dr. Fayuan Wang

Prof. Dr. Xin-Gui Li

Prof. Dr. Fuyong Wu

Prof. Dr. Jiayin Dai

Prof. Dr. Xiangang Hu

Prof. Dr. Chuanjia Jiang

Prof. Dr. Yuanxiang Jin

Prof. Dr. Daohui Lin

Prof. Dr. Yuezhou Wei

Prof. Dr. Xiaojun Luo

Prof. Dr. Qixing Zhou

Dr. Lianguo Chen

Prof. Dr. Mingce Long

Dr. Yi Zhang

Dr. Guoxin Sun

Prof. Dr. Tiecheng Wang

Prof. Dr. Fuliu Xu

Prof. Dr. Fengchang Wu

Prof. Dr. Helong Jiang

Prof. Dr. Xinlei Ge

Prof. Dr. Dayong Wang

Prof. Dr. Catherine Mulligan

Prof. Dr. François Gagné

Dr. Guangdong Yang

Prof. Dr. Greet Schoeters

Prof. Dr. Soisungwan Satarug

The latest Stanford rankings reflect the significant influence and research excellence of the scientists, who are committed to furthering their knowledge for the benefit of the world.

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

4 November 2022
Meet Us at the 2022 MTG of JPS Indoor Environment, 1–2 December 2022, Tokyo, Japan


MDPI will be attending the 2022 MTG of JPS Indoor Environment, held in Tokyo, Japan, from 1 to 2 December 2022. The theme of this year’s conference is the preservation of human health and the maintenance of comfortable environments. Throughout the conference, prominent researchers and government officials will give keynote speeches on pressing issues of indoor environment. The 2022 MTG of JPS Indoor Environment provides an excellent opportunity for participants from industry and academia to keep up to date with the latest trends in indoor environmental problems.

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:

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 that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please see the following link:  https://confit.atlas.jp/guide/event/siej2022/static/message.

28 September 2022
Peer Review Week 2022 – Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research

Peer Review Week began 19 September 2022 under the theme of “Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research”. Through various blog articles, podcast, and webinar, we discussed this crucial subject throughout the week, celebrating the essential role peer review plays in maintaining research quality.

To begin, we held a Webinar on the topic. Professor Peter W. Choate and Dr. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi joined Dr. Ioana Craciun, one of MDPI’s scientific officers, for an in-depth discussion.

We invite you to view the event recording:

During the week, the MDPI Blog in a series articles highlighted how good Peer Review safeguards research integrity. The following topics were covered:

In a new edition of Insight Faster, an MDPI podcast, we were delighted to talk to the co-chairs of the Peer Review Week committee, Jayashree Rajagopalan (Senior Manager of Global Community Engagement for CACTUS) and Danielle Padula (Head of Marketing and Community Development at Scholastica) to get their take on this year’s event and its related topics.

You can find the Podcast here.

We hope you enjoy the contents!

5 September 2022
Meet Us at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2022, 11–15 September 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark


MDPI will be attending the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2022, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 to 15 September 2022. This is the third edition of IWA, with the topic of “Water for Smart Liveable Cities”, which will engage stakeholders and key contacts within the conventional water sector and beyond. It will bring together core water sector groups, such as those focused on urban water and urban water services, as well as participants from industry and agriculture, architects and urban planners, soil and groundwater experts and hydrologists, social scientists, the ICT sector, the financial sector, and others.

During this conference, MDPI (at booth #C2-383) will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest inspirations with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth at #C2-383. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have.

For more information about the conference, please see the following link: https://worldwatercongress.org.

28 August 2022
Meet Us at the 17th Persistent Organic Pollutants Forum and Chemical Environmental Safety Conference, 8–10 December 2022, Qingdao, China


Toxics
(ISSN: 2305-6304) will be attending the 17th Persistent Organic Pollutants Forum and Chemical Environmental Safety Conference as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Qingdao, China, from 8 to 10 December 2022.

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Forum and Chemical Environmental Safety Conference (hereinafter referred to as the "POPs Forum") was initiated by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Research Center of Tsinghua University in 2006, and cooperated with the Office of the National Coordination Group for the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. A series of annual meetings cosponsored by the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Professional Committee have been successfully held for 16 sessions by 2021. The POPs Forum has become a forum for academia, management, and industry in the field of POPs in China to brainstorm and contemplate countermeasures, review the international trends in POPs compliance and China's progress, discuss POPs research hotspots and development trends, and showcase high-tech and advanced products for POPs analysis and control, as well as high-level communication platforms.

The 17th POPs Forum focuses on "new pollutant treatment", and invites domestic as well as foreign experts from various fields of government, industry, academia, and research to discuss and exchange information together.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference and our booth, please visit the following link: https://popsforum2022.scievent.com/.

12 August 2022
Toxics | Top 10 Cited Articles 2020–2021

1. “Heavy Metals and Pesticides Toxicity in Agricultural Soil and Plants: Ecological Risks and Human Health Implications”
by Ahmed Alengebawy et al.
Toxics 2021, 9(3), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics9030042
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/9/3/42

2. “Analysis of Cannabinoid-Containing Fluids in Illicit Vaping Cartridges Recovered from Pulmonary Injury Patients: Identification of Vitamin E Acetate as a Major Diluent”
by Bryan Duffy et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8010008
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/1/8

3. “Interaction of Environmental Pollutants with Microplastics: A Critical Review of Sorption Factors, Bioaccumulation and Ecotoxicological Effects”
by Albert Menéndez-Pedriza et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(2), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8020040
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/2/40

4. “Cadmium and Lead Exposure, Nephrotoxicity, and Mortality”
by Soisungwan Satarug et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(4), 86; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8040086
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/4/86

5. “Occurrence of Microplastic Pollution at Oyster Reefs and Other Coastal Sites in the Mississippi Sound, USA: Impacts of Freshwater Inflows from Flooding”
by Austin Scircle et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(2), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8020035
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/2/35

6. "Chemical Constituents Involved in E-Cigarette, or Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)"
by Thivanka Muthumalage et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(2), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8020025
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/2/25

7. "Effects of Co-Contamination of Microplastics and Cd on Plant Growth and Cd Accumulation"
by Fayuan Wang et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(2), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8020036
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/2/36

8. "Effects of Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury on the Structure and Function of Reproductive Organs"
by Peter Massányi et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(4), 94; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8040094
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/4/94

9. "Human Biomonitoring of Glyphosate Exposures: State-of-the-Art and Future Research Challenges"
by Alison Connolly et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(3), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8030060
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/3/60

10. "Pulmonary Toxicity and Inflammatory Response of Vape Cartridges Containing Medium-Chain Triglycerides Oil and Vitamin E Acetate: Implications in the Pathogenesis of EVALI"
by Thivanka Muthumalage et al.
Toxics 2020, 8(3), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8030046
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/8/3/46

5 July 2022
Toxics Receives Updated Impact Factor of 4.472


We are pleased to report that the 2021 impact factor of Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) increased to 4.472 in the recent release of the Journal Citation Reports ®, representing the 3rd consecutive year of continuous growth. Toxics now ranks Q2 in the WoS JCR categories “Toxicology” (24/94) and "Environmental Sciences" (105/279). We are grateful to all the scholars who have contributed to and witnessed the journal’s growth with us!

 

Source: data according to Journal Citation Reports ®, 2021 release, a Clarivate Analytics product

4 July 2022
Meet Us at the 11th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry, 25–29 July 2022, Harbin, China


A range of MDPI journals will be attending the 11th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Harbin, China, from 25 to 29 July 2022.

The theme of this conference will be “Innovating Environmental Sciences, Low-Carbon Protecting Environment and Health”, which fully reflects the conference’s purpose of innovation, participation, cooperation, and foresight. More than 50 branches have been set up in the fields of interface process, toxicology and health, public health, environmental safety, pollution control, remediation technology, green and low-carbon, and environmental policy, and various well-known experts at home and abroad have been invited to produce conference and branch reports and deliver speeches. We invite experts in the field and environmental protection companies to participate in the exhibition, for which academic activities such as paper exhibitions, postgraduate forums, and Editor-in-Chief meetings have been organized.

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: https://www.ncec2021.com/Home/Default.

28 June 2022
2021 Impact Factors - Released

The 2021 citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and we’re pleased to announce the following results for MDPI journals:

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Antioxidants 7.675 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemistry, Medicinal
Cells 7.666 Q2 Cell Biology
Nutrients 6.706 Q1 Nutrition & Dietetics
Cancers 6.575 Q1 Oncology
Pharmaceutics 6.525 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 6.208 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Marine Drugs 6.085 Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biomolecules 6.064 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Batteries * 5.938 Q2 Electrochemistry
Energy & Fuels
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Viruses 5.818 Q2 Virology
Biosensors 5.743 Q1 Chemistry, Analytical
Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Fungi 5.724 Q1 Mycology
Q2 Microbiology
Nanomaterials 5.719 Q1 Physics, Applied
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Metabolites 5.581 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 5.561 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Drones * 5.532 Q2 Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing 5.349 Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
Q2 Remote Sensing
Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 5.318 Q2 Business
Antibiotics 5.222 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Infectious Diseases
Pharmaceuticals 5.215 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Chemistry, Medicinal
Biology 5.168 Q1 Biology
Fermentation 5.123 Q2 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Toxins 5.075 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Food Science & Technology
Bioengineering * 5.046 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Polymers 4.967 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.964 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Vaccines 4.961 Q2 Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.927 Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Microorganisms 4.926 Q2 Microbiology
Journal of Functional Biomaterials * 4.901 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Materials Science, Biomaterials
Biomedicines 4.757 Q2 Medicine, Research & Experimental
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Plants 4.658 Q1 Plant Sciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 4.614 Q1 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Membranes 4.562 Q1 Polymer Science
Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Pathogens 4.531 Q2 Microbiology
Catalysts 4.501 Q2 Chemistry, Physical
Toxics 4.472 Q2 Toxicology
Environmental Sciences
Gels 4.432 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 4.415 Q2 Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Chemosensors 4.229 Q1 Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Electrochemistry
Genes 4.141 Q2 Genetics & Heredity
Diagnostics 3.992 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Agronomy 3.949 Q1 Agronomy
Plant Sciences
Land 3.905 Q2 Environmental Studies
Sustainability 3.889 Q2 Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
Q4 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Sensors 3.847 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Materials 3.748 Q1 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Biomimetics * 3.743 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Q3 Materials Science, Biomaterials
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease * 3.711 Q1 Tropical Medicine
Q2 Parasitology
Q3 Infectious Diseases
Lubricants * 3.584 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Fractal and Fractional 3.577 Q1 Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Water 3.530 Q2 Water Resources
Q3 Environmental Sciences
Micromachines 3.523 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Physics, Applied
Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 3.508 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Health Care Sciences & Services
Agriculture 3.408 Q1 Agronomy
Processes 3.352 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Separations 3.344 Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Magnetochemistry 3.336 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Q3 Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Brain Sciences 3.333 Q3 Neurosciences
Buildings 3.324 Q2 Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Forests 3.282 Q1 Forestry
Energies 3.252 Q3 Energy & Fuels
Life 3.251 Q2 Biology
Coatings 3.236 Q2 Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Physics, Applied
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Animals 3.231 Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Veterinary Sciences
Journal of Intelligence * 3.176 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Fishes 3.170 Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Q2 Fisheries
Healthcare 3.160 Q2 Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Inorganics * 3.149 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Insects 3.139 Q1 Entomology
Atmosphere 3.110 Q3 Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Current Oncology 3.109 Q3 Oncology
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 3.099 Q2 Geography, Physical
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Diversity 3.029 Q2 Biodiversity Conservation
Ecology
Tomography 3.000 Q3 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 2.976 Q3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Medicina 2.948 Q3 Medicine, General & Internal
Symmetry 2.940 Q2 Multidisciplinary Sciences
Horticulturae 2.923 Q1 Horticulture
Machines 2.899 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Systems * 2.895 Q2 Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Applied Sciences 2.838 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Physics, Applied
Q3 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Children 2.835 Q2 Pediatrics
Minerals 2.818 Q2 Mining & Mineral Processing
Mineralogy
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Universe 2.813 Q2 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Q3 Physics, Particles & Fields
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.744 Q1 Engineering, Marine
Q2 Oceanography
Engineering, Ocean
Entropy 2.738 Q2 Physics, Multidisciplinary
Fire * 2.726 Q2 Forestry
Q3 Ecology
Metals 2.695 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Electronics 2.690 Q3 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Computer Science, Information Systems
Physics, Applied
Crystals 2.670 Q2 Crystallography
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Aerospace 2.660 Q1 Engineering, Aerospace
Mathematics 2.592 Q1 Mathematics
Photonics 2.536 Q3 Optics
Actuators 2.523 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Q3 Engineering, Mechanical
Veterinary Sciences 2.518 Q2 Veterinary Sciences
Behavioral Sciences * 2.286 Q3 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Axioms * 1.824 Q2 Mathematics, Applied

For more information on Impact Factors and what it means to index academic journals, please visit our related blog posts.

 

* Journals given their first Impact Factor in 2022

Source: 2021 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports TM (Clarivate, 2022)

 

13 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Young Investigator Awards in “Environmental & Earth 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 2021 in the “Environmental & Earth Sciences” category. The winners were selected by the journals’ editors.

We warmly congratulate the awarded young investigators for their outstanding contributions. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Atmosphere:

  • Shaojie Song, Harvard University, USA

Clean Technologies:

  • Francesco Galiano, Institute on Membrane Technology of the National Research Council, Italy

Energies:

  • Qilin Wang, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Christopher H. T. Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health:

  • Grace Vincent, Central Queensland University, Australia

Minerals:

  • Antony Burnham, Australian National University, Australia

Remote Sensing:

  • Celso Henrique Leite Silva Junior, National Institute for Space Research – INPE, Brasil; Agricultural Engineering Department of the State University of Maranhão – UEMA, Brazil

Sustainability:

  • Baojie He, Chongqing University, China

Water:

  • Stefanos Giannakis, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

13 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in “Environmental & Earth Sciences”—Winners Announced

In order to acknowledge our reviewers, who so generously dedicate their time to reviewing papers and demonstrate diligence, professionalism, and timeliness when reviewing manuscripts, MDPI journals regularly offer outstanding reviewer awards to scholars who participate in the peer-review process.

We are proud to recognize winners for the year 2021 in the “Environmental & Earth Sciences” category for their outstanding contributions among extensive competition by presenting them with an Outstanding Reviewer Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners on their achievement. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Atmosphere:

  • Hristo Chervenkov, National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Bulgaria
  • Jouni Räisänen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Climate:

  • Piotr F. Borowski, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

Energies:

  • Elena Lucchi, Institute for Renewable Energy, Italy
  • Marcin Dębowski, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
  • Miroslav Variny, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Piotr F. Borowski, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Vedran Mrzljak, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Forests:

  • Tomasz Oszako, Forest Research Institute, Poland
  • Stelian Alexandru Borz, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania
  • Maricar Aguilos, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Narayan Bhusal, Seoul National University, South Korea

Geosciences:

  • Dave Waters, University of Oxford, UK

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health:

  • Anuli Njoku, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
  • Haruna Musa Moda, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Jesús Molina-Mula, University of BalearicIsland, Spain
  • Katharina Diehl, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Katarzyna Tomaszek, Pedagogical University of Kracow, Poland
  • Matteo Nioi, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Pablo A. Cantero-Garlito, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain
  • Seoyong Kim, Ajou University, South Korea
  • Andrzej Adamski, University of Information Technology and Management, Poland
  • Adrian Curto, Faculty of Medicine, University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Arkaitz Castañeda Babarro, University of Deusto, Spain
  • Álvaro Francisco Lopes De Sousa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Agata Gabryelska, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
  • Ana Reyes Menéndez, Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain
  • Bartosz Dalewski, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Poland
  • Chong Chen, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
  • Carla Maria Batista Ferreira Pires, CBIOS-Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias-Escola de Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde, Portugal
  • Claudia Pisanu, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA
  • Faisal F. Hakeem, King’s College London, UK
  • Francisco Javier Fernández Carrasco, Punta de Europa Hospital, Spain
  • Haewon Byeon, Inje University, South Korea
  • HuiJun Chih, Curtin University, Australia
  • Jerónimo Aragón Vela, University of Granada, Spain
  • Joana Costa, University of Aveiro, Portugal,
  • Joanne Lloyd, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • José Luis Romero-Bejar, University of Granada, Spain
  • Laura Nathans, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Scranton, USA
  • Mateusz Jankowski, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Poland
  • Matteo Riccò, Azienda USL-IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Nicola Döring, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany
  • Nora Suleiman-Martos, University of Granada, Spain
  • Russell Kabir, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
  • Roy McConkey, University of Ulster, UK
  • Sunhee Kim, Ajou University, South Korea
  • Sol García-Germán, Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios y Medioambientalesdisabled, Spain
  • Sebastian Rutkowski, Opole University of Technology, Poland
  • Tamás Berki, University of Szeged, Hungary
  • Terence Moriarty, University of Northern Iowa, USA
  • Pedro Antonio Martín Cervantes, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, Spain

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information:

  • Lemenkova Polina, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Andrew Newton, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Dennis Edler, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Lukáš Herman, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Marcela Bindzarova Gergelova, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia

Land:

  • Rahul Datta, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
  • Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Raimundo Jimenez-Ballesta, (Retired recently) Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain

Remote Sensing:

  • Veraldo Liesenberg, Santa Catarina State University, Brazil
  • Yady Tatiana Solano-Correa, University of Cauca, Colombia
  • Francesco Marinello, University of Padova, Italy
  • Pedro Melo-Pinto, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Ignacio Bosch, Universitat Politènica de València, Spain
  • Juan Soria, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Chiman Kwan, Signal Processing, Inc., USA
  • Benoit Vozel, University of Rennes, France
  • Giuseppe Casula, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology Unit of Bologna, Italy
  • Simone Cosoli, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Resources:

  • Maria Economou-Eliopoulos, University of Athens, Greece

Toxics:

  • Cynthia Rider, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA

13 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Travel Awards in “Environmental & Earth Sciences”—Winners Announced

We are proud to recognize the winners of MDPI’s 2021 Travel Awards in the “Environmental & Earth Sciences” category for their outstanding presentations and to present them with the prize.

MDPI journals regularly offer travel awards to encourage talented junior scientists to present their latest research at academic conferences in specific fields, which helps to increase their influence.

The winners mentioned below were carefully selected by the journal editors based on an outline of their research and the work to be presented at an academic conference.

We would like to warmly congratulate the Travel Awards winners for the year 2021 and wish them the greatest success with their future research endeavors. MDPI will continue to enhance communication among scientists.

Atmosphere:

  • Charbel Harb, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Jibran Khan, Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark

Climate:

  • Agostino Niyonkuru Meroni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Platon Patlakas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Energies:

  • Nnaemeka Vincent Emodi, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Irene Poza-Casado, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Forests:

  • Pipiet Larasatie, Oregon State University, USA
  • Tania L. Maxwell, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France

Hydrology:

  • Georgia Papacharalampous, Roma Tre University, Italy
  • Mattei Alexandra, University of Corsica, France

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health:

  • Danila Azzolina, University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy
  • Kelvin Fong, Yale University, USA
  • Levi Frehlich, University of Calgary, Canada‎
  • Garyfallos Konstantinoudis, Imperial College London, UK

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information:

  • Junghwan Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Xuke Hu, Institute of Data Science, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Land:

  • Álvaro Castilla Beltrán, University of La Laguna, Spain
  • Lauren Nerfa, University of Hawaiʻi, USA

Remote Sensing:

  • Amen Al-Yaari, Sorbonne University, France
  • Meng Lu, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Resources:

  • Alessandro Lenci, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Evangelia Georgantzia, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Sustainability:

  • Sayyed Rasoul Khayyam Nekouei, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
  • Georgia A. Papacharalampous, Roma Tre University, Italy
  • Raquel Filipa da Costa Viveiros, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Rajesh Pathak, South Dakota State University, USA

Water:

  • Nnanake-Abasi Okon Offiong, University of Uyo, Nigeria
  • Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan, Polytechnic of Health, Indonesia
  • Shawna Andrea Foo, Arizona State University, USA

13 June 2022
Meet Us at the Joint Conference on Environmental Chemicals 2022, 14–16 June 2022, Toyama City, Japan


IJERPH (ISSN: 1660-4601) and Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) will be attending the Joint Conference on Environmental Chemicals 2022 as exhibitors. This conference will be held from 14 to 16 June 2022.

The joint conference will focus on the importance of research related to the environment and chemical substances to society and on expanding scientific knowledge and management of chemicals that support sustainable development, while understanding the risks of chemicals.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an on-site conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have.

13 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Best Paper Awards in “Environmental & Earth Sciences”—Winners Announced

The purpose of our Best Paper Awards is to promote and recognize the most impactful contributions published within MDPI journals.

The editors of each journal carefully selected reviews and research papers through a rigorous judging process based on criteria such as the scientific merit, overall impact, and the quality of presentation of the papers published in the journal last year.

We are honored to present the winners in the subject areas of “Environmental & Earth 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.

Geosciences:

Remote Sensing:

Toxics:

Water:

9 June 2022
2021 CiteScores - Released


The 2021 citation metrics have been officially released in Scopus!

We are pleased to announce that 182 MDPI journals are included, of which:

● 21 journals received their first CiteScore.
● 85% of journals increased their CiteScore from 2020.
● 155 journals (85%) ranked above average, in at least one category.

The following 65 MDPI journals (36%) ranked among the top 25% of journals, in at least one category:

Journal

CiteScore

Quartile

Category

Non-coding RNA

10.1

Q1

Genetics

Journal of Functional Biomaterials

10.0

Q1

Biomedical Engineering

Marine Drugs

8.1

Q1

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)

Batteries

7.9

Q1

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nutrients

7.9

Q1

Nutrition and Dietetics

Remote Sensing

7.4

Q1

General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Drones

7.2

Q1

Computer Science Applications

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

6.9

Q1

Inorganic Chemistry

Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks

6.9

Q1

Computer Networks and Communications

Cells

6.7

Q1

General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

Nanomaterials

6.6

Q1

General Chemical Engineering

Toxins

6.6

Q1

Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

Viruses

6.6

Q1

Infectious Diseases

Antioxidants

6.5

Q1

Food Science

Fibers

6.5

Q1

Civil and Structural Engineering

Resources

6.4

Q1

Nature and Landscape Conservation

Sensors

6.4

Q1

Instrumentation

Big Data and Cognitive Computing

6.1

Q1

Management Information Systems

Molecules

5.9

Q1

Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Polymers

5.7

Q1

Polymers and Plastics

Biosensors

5.6

Q1

Engineering (miscellaneous)

Catalysts

5.5

Q1

General Environmental Science

Smart Cities

5.5

Q1

Urban Studies

Future Internet

5.4

Q2

Computer Networks and Communications

Beverages

5.3

Q1

Food Science

Fermentation

5.3

Q1

Plant Science

Environments

5.2

Q1

Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Inventions

5.2

Q1

General Engineering

Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity

5.1

Q1

Development

Colloids and Interfaces

5.0

Q1

Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Energies

5.0

Q1

Control and Optimization

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

5.0

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

Sustainability

5.0

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

Fire

4.9

Q1

Forestry

Robotics

4.9

Q1

Control and Optimization

Soil Systems

4.9

Q1

Soil Science

Geosciences

4.8

Q1

General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing

4.8

Q1

Mechanical Engineering

Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease

4.8

Q1

Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Water

4.8

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

4.5

Q1

Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Sports

4.5

Q1

Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Entropy

4.4

Q1

Mathematical Physics

Journal of Clinical Medicine

4.4

Q1

General Medicine

Symmetry

4.3

Q1

General Mathematics

Cosmetics

4.2

Q1

Surgery

Foods

4.1

Q1

Health Professions (miscellaneous)

Journal of Fungi

4.1

Q1

Plant Science

ChemEngineering

4.0

Q1

General Engineering

Forests

4.0

Q1

Forestry

Journal of Intelligence

4.0

Q1

Education

Antibiotics

3.9

Q1

General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics

Cryptography

3.9

Q1

Applied Mathematics

Behavioral Sciences

3.8

Q1

Development

Buildings

3.8

Q1

Architecture

Metals

3.8

Q1

Metals and Alloys

Publications

3.5

Q1

Communication

Social Sciences

3.4

Q1

General Social Sciences

Mathematics

2.9

Q1

General Mathematics

Fractal and Fractional

2.8

Q1

Analysis

Animals

2.7

Q1

General Veterinary

Axioms

2.6

Q1

Algebra and Number Theory

Heritage

1.8

Q1

Conservation

Religions

1.0

Q1

Religious Studies

Philosophies

0.9

Q1

Philosophy

Source: 2021 CiteScores™ (Elsevier)

21 March 2022
Meet Us at the SETAC Europe 32nd Annual Meeting, 15–19 May 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark


Conference
: SETAC Europe 32nd Annual Meeting

Date: 15–19 May 2022

Place: Copenhagen, Denmark + online

Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) will be attending the SETAC Europe 32nd Annual Meeting as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Denmark and online from 15 to 19 May 2022.

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a not-for-profit, global professional society established in 1979 to provide a forum for individuals and institutions engaged in education, research and development, ecological risk assessment and life-cycle assessment, chemical manufacture and distribution, management and regulation of natural resources, and the study, analysis, and solution of environmental problems.

The primary goals of SETAC Europe are:

  • To support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement, and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity;
  • To encourage interactions among environmental scientists and disseminate information on environmental toxicology and chemistry;
  • To provide a forum for communication among professionals in government, business, academia, and other segments of the environmental science community and for the protection and welfare of the general public.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online 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: https://europe2022.setac.org/about-setac/.

 

17 March 2022
Recruiting Editorial Board Members for Toxics

Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304) is recruiting Editorial Board Members for the following seven Sections:

These Sections will expand the Editorial Board and will cover areas that are less represented by the current team. If you are interested in this position or know of potential candidates to recommend, please contact us by 30 June 2022. 

The Toxics website can be accessed at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/toxics.

As an Editorial Board Member, you would have the following responsibilities:

  • Making decisions on whether a manuscript can be accepted for publication based on the reports that we collect;
  • Editing Special Issues on topics related to your research interests when it is convenient for you;
  • Promoting Toxics and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences.

To apply or to request further information, please contact the Toxics Editorial Office ([email protected]).

 

22 November 2021
722 MDPI Editorial Board Members Receiving "2021 Highly Cited Researchers" Distinction

It is our great honor to congratulate the Editorial Board Members and Editors in MDPI's journals who have been distinguished as 2021 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate, according to Web of Science data. We herewith express our gratitude for the immense impact the named researchers continue to make on scientific progress and on our journals' development.

Clarivate's annual list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM identifies the most highly cited scientists for the past decade. Their impactful papers are among the top 1 per cent in the citation distribution of one or more of 22 fields analyzed in the "Essential Science Indicators", distinguishing them as hugely influential among their peers.

Abate, Antonio
Abatzoglou, John T.
Abbaszadeh, Mostafa
Acharya, U. Rajendra
Acharya, Viral V.
Agarwal, Ravi P.
Ahn, Myung-Ju
Airoldi, Laura
Ali, Imran
Allakhverdiev, Suleyman I.
Aluko, Rotimi E.
Anasori, Babak
Andersson, Dan I.
Andes, David
Anker, Stefan D.
Apergis, Nicholas
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Arqub, Omar Abu
Aschner, Michael
Assaraf, Yehuda G.
Astruc, Didier
Atala, Anthony
Atanasov, Atanas G.
Atangana, Abdon
Bahram, Mohammad
Bakris, George L.
Balandin, Alexander A.
Baleanu, Dumitru
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Bando, Yoshio
Banks, William A.
Bansal-Travers, Maansi
Barba, Francisco J.
Barros, Lillian
Basit, Abdul W.
Baskonus, Haci Mehmet
Bassetti, Matteo
Battino, Maurizio
Bell, Jordana T.
Bellomo, Nicola
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Benelli, Giovanni
Benjakul, Soottawat
Bhatnagar, Amit
Biddle, Stuart J. H.
Biondi, Antonio
Biondi-Zoccai, Giuseppe
Bjarnsholt, Thomas
Blaabjerg, Frede
Blaschke, Thomas
Blay, Jean-Yves
Blumwald, Eduardo
Blunt, John W.
Boffetta, Paolo
Bogers, Marcel
Bonomo, Robert A.
Bowman, David M.J.S.
Boyer, Cyrille
Brestic, Marian
Brevik, Eric C.
Buhalis, Dimitrios
Burdick, Jason A.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cai, Xingjuan
Cai, Jianchao
Calhoun, Vince D.
Calin, George
Cao, Jinde
Cao, Guozhong
Carvalho, Andre F.
Castellanos-Gomez, Andres
Cerqueira, Miguel Ângelo Parente Ribeiro
Chang, Jo-Shu
Chang, Chih-Hao
Chastin, Sebastien
Chau, Kwok-wing
Chemat, Farid
Chen, Xiaobo
Chen, YangQuan
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Chaoji
Chen, Min
Chen, Qi
Chen, Jun
Chen, Xi
Chen, Peng
Chen, Yulin
Chen, Bo
Chen, Chen
Chen, Zhi-Gang
Chen, Wei-Hsin
Chen, Gang
Chen, Yongsheng
Chen, Xiang
Chen, Yimin
Chen, Runsheng
Chen, Lidong
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Qian
Chen, Yu
Chen, Shuangming
Chiclana, Francisco
Cho, Sun Young
Choi, Wonyong
Chowdhary, Anuradha
Choyke, Peter L.
Cichocki, Andrzej
Corella, Dolores
Corma, Avelino
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Costanza, Robert
Crommie, Michael F.
Cui, Yi
Cui, Haiying
Cui, Qinghua
Cummings, Kenneth Michael
Dai, Shifeng
Dai, Sheng
Daiber, Andreas
Davis, Steven J.
Dawson, Ted M.
de la Fuente-Nunez, Cesar
Decker, Eric Andrew
Dekel, Avishai
Demaria, Marco
Deng, Yong
Deng, Xiangzheng
DePinho, Ronald A.
Desneux, Nicolas
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Ding, Aijun
Dionysiou, Dionysios D.
Dokmeci, Mehmet Remzi
Dolgui, Alexandre
Dong, Fan
Dou, Shi Xue
Dou, Letian
Du, Qian
Du, Bo
Dube, Shanta Rishi
Dufresne, Alain
Dummer, Reinhard
Dupont, Didier
Edwards, David
Elaissari, Abdelhamid
Elhoseny, Mohamed
Ellahi, Rahmat
Ellis, Erle C.
ElMasry, Gamal
Esteller, Manel
Estévez, Mario
Fabbro, Doriano
Facchetti, Antonio
Fan, Zhanxi
Fang, Chuanglin
Fasano, Alessio
Fečkan, Michal
Felser, Claudia
Feng, Liangzhu
Fensholt, Rasmus
Ferdinandy, Péter
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Ferreira, Isabel C. F. R.
Filippi, Massimo
Fisher, Helen
Fortino, Giancarlo
Fosso Wamba, Samuel
Franceschi, Claudio
Fujita, Hamido
Fujita, Masayuki
Gai, Francesco
Gaisford, Simon
Galanakis, Charis M.
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gan, Ren-You
Gan, Lihua
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gao, Bin
Gao, Feng
Gao, Minrui
Gao, Huijun
Gao, Wei
Gao, Huile
Garbe, Claus
Garcia, Hermenegildo
Gasbarrini, Antonio
Gasco, Laura
Gautret, Philippe
Geng, Yong
Gerdts, Gunnar
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Ghadimi, Noradin
Ghaffari, Roozbeh
Ghamisi, Pedram
Giampieri, Francesca
Glick, Bernard R.
Gnant, Michael
Goel, Ajay
Gogotsi, Yury
Goldewijk, Kees Klein
Gong, Jinlong
Gong, Yongji
Govindan, Kannan
Granato, Daniel
Grancini, Giulia
Green, Douglas R.
Grosso, Giuseppe
Gu, Ke
Guan, Cao
Guastella, Adam J.
Guerrero, Josep M.
Gui, Guan
Guizani, Mohsen
Guo, Zaiping
Gupta, Rangan
Gutzmer, Ralf
Haase, Dagmar
Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz
Hagemann, Stefan
Hagger, Martin
Hamblin, Michael R.
Hammoudeh, Shawkat
Han, Heesup
Hanes, Justin
Harrison, Roy M.
Hartung, Hans-Peter
Hasanuzzaman, Mirza
He, Jr-Hau
He, Hongwen
He, Jiaqing
He, Debiao
Henseler, Jörg
Herrera, Francisco
Herrera-Viedma, Enrique
Hetz, Claudio
Ho Kim, Jung
Holmes, Elaine
Hossain, Ekram
Hsueh, Po-Ren
Hu, Xiaosong
Hu, Wenbin
Huang, Jianping
Huang, Hongwei
Huang, Yu
Huang, Jianying
Huang, Peng
Huang, Baibiao
Huang, Shaoming
Hubacek, Klaus

Iqbal, Hafiz M. N.
Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi
Izzo, Angelo A.
Jacobson, Kenneth A.
Jain, Atul
Jankovic, Joseph
Jelezko, Fedor
Ji, Xiaobo
Ji, Guangbin
Jiang, Hai-Long
Jiang, Lei
Jiang, Junjun
Jiang, Qing
Jiang, Shibo
Jin, Shi
Jones, Peter A.
Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh
Kaner, Richard B.
Kannan, Kurunthachalam
Kappos, Ludwig
Karagiannidis, George K.
Karimi, Hamid Reza
Karimi-Maleh, Hassan
Karp, Peter D.
Kataoka, Kazunori
Katritch, Vsevolod
Kawi, Sibudjing
Keesstra, Saskia
Kepp, Oliver
Keyzers, Robert A.
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kiessling, Fabian
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Kim, Haegyeom
Kim, Jeonghun
Kim, Jong Seung
Kirkwood, John M.
Kisi, Ozgur
Kivshar, Yuri
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Ko, Wen-Chien
Konopleva, Marina Y.
Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.
Koonin, Eugene V.
Kou, Gang
Krausmann, Fridolin
Krebs, Frederik C.
Kroemer, Guido
Kuca, Kamil
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kuhn, Jens H.
Kumar, Devendra
Kumar, Alan Prem
Kumar, Sudhir
Kumar Sangaiah, Arun
Kurths, Juergen
Kuznetsov, Nikolay V.
Kuzyakov, Yakov
Kwan, Mei-Po
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lam, James
Lammers, Twan
Lamuela-Raventos, Rosa M.
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Landi, Francesco
Laurent, Sophie
Lavie, Carl J.
Laxminarayan, Ramanan
Lee, Sang Soo
Lee, Jin-Wook
Lee, Pooi See
Lehmann, Johannes
Lei, Yaguo
Lei, Ting
Leng, Lijian
Leung, Dennis Y. C.
Leung, Victor C. M.
Levine, Ross
Li, Wei
Li, Jie
Li, Jinghong
Li, Jun
Li, Heng
Li, Gang
Li, Yat
Li, Peng
Li, Hailong
Li, Changpin
Li, Yan
Li, Yurui
Li, Xiaodi
Li, Hong
Li, Shutao
Li, Hongyi
Li, Zhijun
Li, Peiyue
Lin, Yuehe
Lin, Hongjun
Lin, Lin
Lip, Gregory Y. H.
Liu, Jian
Liu, Meng
Liu, Hong
Liu, Tao
Liu, Lei
Liu, Jianxing
Liu, Wei
Liu, Gang
Liu, Yang
Liu, Peide
Lockhart, Shawn R.
Long, Hualou
Löscher, Wolfgang
Lu, Jun
Lu, Jianquan
Lu, Nanshu
Lucey, Brian
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Jun
Luo, Yi
Luo, Jingshan
Luo, Yangchao
Lupton, Deborah
Luque, Rafael
Lv, Wei
Lvov, Yuri M.
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Tianyi
Ma, Jun
Ma, Jiayi
Ma, Wen-Xiu
Ma, Yanming
Maggioni, Aldo Pietro
Mahmood, Nasir
Mahmoudi, Morteza
Mai, Liqiang
Mallavarapu, Megharaj
Mandala, Mario
Mardani, Abbas
Marengo, Jose
Maria Rossolini, Gian
Martinoia, Enrico
Mathiesen, Brian Vad
Mathivanan, Suresh
Mattick, John S.
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McCabe, Matthew E.
McCauley, Darren
McClements, David Julian
Melcher, Karsten
Melenhorst, Jan Joseph
Melero, Ignacio
Mezzetti, Bruno
Mirjalili, Seyedali
Mishchenko, Artem
Mittler, Ron
Moreau, Philippe
Motohashi, Hozumi
Mousavi Khaneghah, Amin
Mu, Shichun
Mueller, Lukas A.
Mueller-Roeber, Bernd
Muenzel, Thomas
Muhammad, Khan
Munger, J. William
Nauen, Ralf
Naushad, Mu.
Negri, Eva
Nemeroff, Charles B.
Newman, David J.
Niaura, Raymond S.
Nie, Feiping
Nieto, Juan J.
Novara, Agata
Nunkoo, Robin
Ogino, Shuji
Olabi, Abdul-Ghani
Ong, Hwai Chyuan
O'Regan, Donal
Orsini, Nicola
Ouyang, Minggao
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pacher, Pal
Pan, Xiaoqing
Pan, Likun
Pan, Quan-Ke
Pang, Huan
Pavela, Roman
Pedrycz, Witold
Pei, Yanzhong
Peng, Shushi
Peng, Qing
Peng, Mugen
Perc, Matjaz
Perez-Alvarez, Jose Angel
Perlin, David S.
Piquero, Alex R.
Polasky, Stephen
Pommier, Yves
Poor, H. Vincent
Postolache, Mihai
Potenza, Marc N.
Poulter, Benjamin
Preat, Veronique
Prinsep, Michele R.
Pu, Hong-Bin
Putnik, Predrag
Qiu, Jieshan
Qu, Xiaogang
Quiles, José L.
Rabczuk, Timon
Ramakrishna, Seeram
Ramkissoon, Haywantee
Ran, Jingrun
Recio, Isidra
Reiter, Russel J.
Remuzzi, Giuseppe
Ren, Jinsong
Ren, Jun
Riahi, Keywan
Richardson, Paul G.
Rignot, Eric
Rimm, David
Rinn, John L.
Robert, Caroline
Rodriguez, Rosa M.
Rojo, Teofilo
Ros, Emilio
Rosen, Marc A.
Roubaud, David
Russo, Alessandro
Russo, Gian Luigi

Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Sander, Chris
Santamouris, Mattheos
Santoro, Gabriele
Saraiva, Jorge A.
Sarchiapone, Marco
Scalbert, Augustin
Schloter, Michael
Schneider, Gisbert
Schubert, Ulrich S.
Schulz, Rainer
Schwab, Matthias
Schweizer, Frank
Scolyer, Richard A.
Scorrano, Luca
Scott, David
Scott, Stuart A.
Scott, Daniel
Serra-Majem, Lluis
Sethi, Gautam
Shabala, Sergey
Shaheen, Sabry M.
Shao, Zongping
Sharma, Gaurav
Shen, Guozhen
Shen, Hao
Sheremet, Mikhail A.
Shi, Peng
Shi, Yumeng
Shoenfeld, Yehuda
Siano, Pierluigi
Sillanpaa, Mika
Simões, Manuel
Simpson, Richard J.
Singh, Bhupinder Pal
Singh, Vijay P.
Smagghe, Guy
Song, Yu
Song, Houbing
Sood, Anil K.
Srivastava, Hari M.
Stadler, Marc
Stadler, Peter F.
Stanley, H. Eugene
Stoumpos, Constantinos C.
Strano, Michael S.
Stunnenberg, Hendrik G.
Su, [email protected]
Su, Chun-Yi
Subramanian, S. V.
Sun, Zhipei
Sun, Fengchun
Sun, Hongqi
Sunderland, Elsie M.
Suzuki, Nobuhiro
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Szabo, Csaba
Szallasi, Arpad
Szolnoki, Attila
Tacke, Frank
Tan, Weihong
Tan, Chaoliang
Tang, Hua
Tang, Chuyang
Tang, Chuan-He
Tanzi, Rudolph E.
Teichmann, Sarah
Telenti, Amalio
Thakur, Vijay Kumar
Thiele, Holger
Tian, Jie
Tohge, Takayuki
Tran, Lam-Son Phan
Truhlar, Donald G.
Tsao, Rong
Tsuda, Kenichi
Tukker, Arnold
Tung, Chen-Ho
Turskis, Zenonas
Urquhart, Andrew
Valko, Marian
Van Breusegem, Frank
Van de Wiele, Tom
van der Werf, Guido
van Wesemael, Bas
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varma, Rajender S.
Varsani, Arvind
Varshney, Rajeev K.
Vasilakis, Nikos
Vasilakos, Athanasios V.
Vasquez, Juan C.
Vatanen, Tommi
Ventura, Marco
Vermote, Eric
Veronese, Nicola
Verpoorte, Robert
Vethaak, A. Dick
Vieta, Eduard
Vincent, Jean-Louis
Wagner, Wolfgang
Walton, Vaughn M.
Wan, Jiafu
Wan, Shaohua
Wang, Qi
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Meng
Wang, Tao
Wang, Yuan
Wang, Xin
Wang, Chao
Wang, Yong
Wang, Jun
Wang, Erkang
Wang, Sibo
Wang, Jian
Wang, Ning
Wang, John
Wang, Qin
Wang, Shaojian
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Huanting
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Gongming
Wang, Zhong Lin
Wang, Lianzhou
Wang, Shaobin
Wang, Yang
Wang, Zifa
Wei, Zhixiang
Wei, Leyi
Weissleder, Ralph
Wen, Guanghui
Wiens, John J.
Wigneron, Jean-Pierre
Willerslev, Eske
Wishart, David S.
Witlox, Frank
Wu, Jun
Wu, Tom
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Haijun
Wu, Zhongbiao
Wu, Zhong-Shuai
Wu, Zheng-Guang
Xia, Meimei
Xia, Xinhui
Xiang, Quanjun
Xiao, Jianbo
Xiao, Jie
Xie, Jian-Hua
Xin, Sen
Xing, Baoshan
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Bin
Xu, Li Da
Xu, Yi-Jun
Xu, Hui
Xu, Zeshui
Yamauchi, Yusuke
Yan, Huaicheng
Yan, Kai
Yang, Chenguang
Yang, Xiao-Jun
Yang, Bing
Yang, Yun-Gui
Yang, Jie
Yang, Jian
Yang, Xinsong
Yang, Shihe
Yang, Yi
Yang, Yang
Yao, Jen-Chih
Yao, Yonggang
Yazyev, Oleg
Yin, Yulong
Yin, Zongyou
Yin, Shen
Yin, Ya-xia
Yin, Shou-Wei
Ying, Guang-Guo
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Shu-Hong
Yu, Jun
Yu, Guihua
Yu, Wenwu
Yu, Guocan
Yu, Minghao
Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J.
Zavadskas, Edmundas Kazimieras
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhai, Tianyou
Zhang, Wei
Zhang, Binlin
Zhang, Shujun
Zhang, Guoping
Zhang, Zengqiang
Zhang, Yu Shrike
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Guowen
Zhang, Min
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhang, Shaoqing
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Weili
Zhang, Xiaodong
Zhang, Zhien
Zhang, Tierui
Zhang, Hongjie
Zhang, Dengsong
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Dan
Zhang, Yu-Dong
Zhang, Fusuo
Zhao, Yi
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zheng, Hao
Zheng, Gengfeng
Zhong, Cheng
Zhou, Weiqi
Zhou, Qi
Zhou, Jizhong
Zhu, Hongwei
Zhu, Chengzhou
Zhu, Junfa
Zhu, Zhe
Zhu, Quanxin
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zhuang, Xiaoying
Zou, Quan

The full list of 2021 Highly Cited Researchers  can be accessed at the following webpage in the Web of ScienceTM https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2021/.

--- Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) is a Clarivate product.

19 November 2021
Dr. Demetrio Raldúa Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Toxics

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Demetrio Raldúa has taken over the editorial leadership of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304), starting from 26 October 2021.

Dr. Demetrio Raldúa, Ph.D., D.Sc. Vet. Med. (dr.med.vet.), from the University of Zaragoza in Spain, specializes in various aspects of vertebrate physiology and toxicology. His research focuses on identifying the effects and analysing the mechanisms of action of different environmental pollutants and drugs in vertebrates, using zebrafish as an experimental model. He is the author of 97 articles and book chapters (3361 citations, H=35), and has been a Tenured Scientist (Investigador Científico) at the Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) since 2009. Currently, Raldúa's laboratory work is devoted to increasing the current understanding of the molecular basis that underlies the neurotoxic effects of environmental pollutants and drugs, linking toxic effects at different levels of organization, from molecular to behavioral.

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

I became interested in Toxics when I found an excellent review on the neurotransmitter systems in zebrafish (by Horzmann and Freeman, 2016) in this journal. Since then, I have been working at the journal as a reviewer, author, editor, Special Issue editor, and finally an Editor-in-Chief of the “Ecotoxicology” Section. With this background, it has been an honor to accept the position of Editor-in-Chief.

2. What is your vision for the journal?

In my opinion, Toxics is already a very interesting journal for environmental scientists and toxicologists, but we still need to work hard to reach the Q1 in both areas as soon as possible. This is an important goal, as many high-quality researchers select only Q1 journals for publications. In order to achieve this goal, editors and reviewers must work together to ensure always the high quality of the accepted manuscripts. This is, in my opinion, the best way to attract the interest of new researchers to our journal.

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

I believe that the field of environmental sciences is currently in expansion, and is expected to draw in a lot of investment. However, I do not always think that environmental scientists and toxicologists should play a more relevant role in decision-making related to the protection of human and environmental health. In my opinion, it is very important to increase the efforts to be able to provide governments and industry with methodologies to deal with the problem of assessing the risk of mixtures of chemicals for human and environmental health, to advance in the green chemistry field, and to develop new methodologies to eliminate or reduce the exposure of humans and the environment to toxic chemicals and materials.

4. What do you think of the development of Open Access in the publishing field?

I really believe that it is always positive to make knowledge accessible to everyone. Open Access publications have a cost (APC), usually assumed by the submitting research groups or their institutions, but sometimes these charges are a real barrier for groups with funding problems. I believe that it is necessary for an agreement between governments, research institutions, and publishers to avoid this situation, providing any research group with the possibility to publish in open access.

We are confident that the strong academic background and connections of the new Editor-in-Chief will continue to raise the prestige and quality of Toxics. We also take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the previous Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Alistair Boxall, for his invaluable contributions to the journal.

16 November 2021
Topical Advisory Panel Established to Support Editorial Board

Academic editors play a crucial role in leading our journals and ensuring that each article undergoes a robust and timely peer-review. With the launch of Topics this year and addition of Topic Editors to our family of academic editors, we decided it would be a good time to restructure our academic boards, thus providing more clarity and support for each role. MDPI is pleased to announce the launch of a new position—Topical Advisory Panel Member, that will replace the previous position of Topics Board Member. The Topical Advisory Panel will be comprised of early career researchers eager to gain experience in editorial work.

The main responsibility of the new members of the Topical Advisory Panel is to regularly provide support to Guest Editors, Topic Editors, and Section Board Members. The responsibilities of the Topical Advisory Panel are available here: https://www.mdpi.com/editors.

Each year, the members’ performances are evaluated, and outstanding members are promoted to the Editorial Board by the Editor-in-Chief.

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

  • Have expertise and experience in the field related to the journal;
  • Have received a Ph.D. in the last 10 years, approximately;
  • Have at least 6-8 published papers in the last 5 years as first author or corresponding author;
  • Currently hold an independent research position in academia or a government institute.

If you are interested in this role, please contact the editorial office by email.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

8 November 2021
Toxics 2021 Best Paper Awards—Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the two winners of the Toxics 2021 Best Paper Awards, sponsored by MDPI and Toxics (ISSN: 2305-6304). Nominations were selected from the papers published in 2019 by the Awards Committee of Toxics. The selection committee is chaired by the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Demetrio Raldúa. We hope that this award will encourage publication of other high-quality papers in the journal in the future.

On behalf of the Prize Awarding Committee, we would like to congratulate the authors of the above manuscripts, and we would also like to thank Dr. Demetrio Raldúa for his excellent work in the hard task of selecting a winner from such a large number of excellent candidate profiles. We are very proud to publish such high-quality papers, and we will continue to hold the Toxics 2022 Best Paper Awards. We wish all scholars great success in their careers.

We wish to extend our sincerest gratitude for your valuable contribution to the journal. We look forward to further collaboration with you. 

Toxics Editorial Office

25 October 2021
Open Access Week 2021 | It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity, 25–31 October

Founded in 1996, MDPI was one of the first fully Open Access publisher. Over 25 years MDPI has grown to become the largest Open Access publisher globally, publishing over 160,000 articles across more than 350 journals in 2020. At the core, MDPI was founded in response to a pressing need of fast publication and inclusion. The scholar was set at the centre of the publication process for the first time. Acting as a service provider, rather than a product provider, MDPI exists to help scientists achive their objective to disseminate research results. At MDPI, we believe scientists deserve a better service from the publishing world.

The International Open Access Week (Open Access Week), founded by the SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Alliance and student partners in 2008, has been successfully running for 13 years. As an advocate and pioneer of open access publishing, MDPI actively responds to the call of International Open Access Week. This year’s theme of “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” highlights the Recommendation’s call for equitable participation from all authors and readers.

For the last 25 years, MDPI has been committed to disseminating open research. Here is a video showing MDPI’s Commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity for More than 25 Years.

International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress in the building of more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussions and actions that need to be continued, year in and year out. MDPI has always aimed to provide professional and efficient publishing services to scholars around the world.

Our mission is to make scientific research accessible to everyone; this year, we interview and hold discussions with open science ambassadors on how to build an equal and inclusive environment for open science. Academic editors help us collaborate with more institutions to advocate for open access ideas.

Read our anniversary blog post: "Sharing 'Collective Human Knowledge': The Benefits of Open Access Publication"

Besides this, our scientific community is a key driver of our success and MDPI’s remarkable growth. Despite the pandemic, we have prepared online conferences and workshops to gather scholars from different communities.

The Basel Sustainable Publishing online forum provides an equal opportunity for stakeholders and researchers from multi-cultural environments to exchange ideas and eliminate barriers to participation.

Conference date: 25 October 2021, online
Conference website: https://bspf2021.sciforum.net/
Main topics: MDPI discusses the current dilemma of open access science from various perspectives such as governments, libraries, and publishers, and related measures on how to change the status quo of discrimination from a global perspective.

We aim to support equality, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications. We collaborate with universities and key laboratories and have scholarly communications with researchers, teachers, and students on open access workshops.

  • 25 October 2021
    Energies journal and Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 28 October 2021
    Machines journal and State Key Laboratory of Traction Power, Southwest Jiaotong University
  • 29 October 2021
    Processes journal and Beijing Institute of Technology
  • 29 October 2021
    Coatings journal and Wuhan University of Technology

MDPI is committed to providing open access and high-quality publishing services for scholars and promoting rapid dissemination of academic achievements. We hope to promote the practices and policies of open access publishing and diversify the dissemination of academic achievements.

28 September 2021
Meet Us at the Advanced Membrane Technology Summit for Water Treatment 2021, Shanghai, China, 15–17 October 2021


MDPI will be attending the Advanced Membrane Technology Summit for Water Treatment 2021, jointly hosted by the International Water Association (IWA), China Regional Office and Tongji University, which will be held from 15 to 17 October 2021, in Shanghai, China.

Famous domestic and foreign experts will give keynote speeches during the conference, in addition to poster exhibitions, postgraduate seminars and other academic activities. This summit is focused on the theme of "Sustainable Development of Membrane Water Treatment Technology under the Background of Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality". Topics covered by the summit include, but are not limited to, membrane water and wastewater treatment, new theories of membrane processes, advanced membranes and membrane modules, advanced membrane processes and combined processes, sustainable membrane water treatment technologies, and the industrial application of membrane technology.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please 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:

https://amts2021.scimeeting.cn/cn/web/index/12145.

23 September 2021
2020 MDPI Top Reviewer Award—Winners Announced


Rigorous peer-review is the cornerstone of high-quality academic publishing. Over 369,916 scholars served as reviewers for MDPI journals in 2020. We are extremely appreciative of all those who made a contribution to the editorial process in this capacity. At the beginning of every year, journal editorial offices publish a list of all reviewers’ names to express our gratitude. In addition, this year, the MDPI Top Reviewer Award was announced, to recognize the very best reviewers for their expertise and dedication, and their high-quality, and timely review reports. We are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2020 MDPI Top Reviewer Award:

  • Adriana Burlea-Schiopoiu;
  • Alban Kuriqi;
  • Álvaro González-Vila;
  • Alessandro Alaimo;
  • Alexey Beskopylny;
  • Alexander Yu Churyumov;
  • Alberto Fernández-Isabel;
  • Andrea Mastinu;
  • Antonios N. Papadopoulos;
  • Anton Rassõlkin;
  • Antonio Humberto Hamad Minervino;
  • Arkadiusz Matwijczuk;
  • Artur Słomka;
  • Baojie He;
  • Bartłomiej Potaniec;
  • Bojan Đurin;
  • Camilo Arturo Rodriguez Diaz;
  • Carmelo Maria Musarella;
  • Chiachung Chen;
  • Chiman Kwan;
  • Cristian Busu;
  • Danil Pimenov;
  • Dan-Cristian Dabija;
  • Delfín Ortega-Sánchez;
  • Demetrio Antonio Zema;
  • Denis Butusov;
  • Elena Lucchi;
  • Gaurab Dutta;
  • Livia Anastasiu;
  • M. R. Safaei.

For more information about how to become a reviewer of MDPI journals, please see: www.mdpi.com/reviewers.

22 September 2021
MDPI Joins SDG Publishers Compact

UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. In 2020 the SDG Publishers Compact was launched, aimed to inspire publishers and accelerate progress to achieve the 17 goals by 2030. Members of the programme are committed to support the publication of materials that will promote and inspire actions towards SDGs.

MDPI is an eager advocate of SDGs and has already been supporting the programme by creating Special Issues and publishing a series of books on SDGs prior to joining the Compact in 2021. MDPI's Sustainability Foundation initiated the World Sustainability Awards in 2016. We fully support UN's goals to promote sustainable actions that make the world a better place for all and, as part of its commitment, we will focus our actions on SDG10: Reduced Inequalities whilst promoting all 17 SDGs. For more details, please visit the programme’s website: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdg-publishers-compact/.

Joining this initiative was a unanimous decision. MDPI has in its core values the dissemination of science for all, breaking the wall between research access and under-represented members of the scientific community and the general population. To support this initiative further and continue to support under-represented scientists, MDPI will take a series of actions that will be announced once ready.

The first action MDPI takes is to nominate Dr. Liliane Auwerter as the coordinator of the programme. Dr. Auwerter studied Environmental Process Technology (UTFPR, Brazil), obtained her MSc degree in Water and Environmental Engineering (University of Surrey, UK) and in 2020 completed her PhD in self-healing low-friction materials for water transport (Imperial College London, UK), always focusing on diverse scientific projects that would potentially bring sustainability to industrial processes. As a student in Brazil, she engaged in volunteering activities focused on environmental education and took part in the Millennial Development Goals meetings held at the university.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Liliane Auwerter
Scientific Officer
[email protected]

15 September 2021
Meet Us at the 20th National Catalysis Conference, Wuhan, China, 15–20 October 2021


MDPI will be attending the 20th National Catalysis Conference in Wuhan, China, which will take place from 15 to 20 October 2021. The theme of the conference is “Catalytic Science and Technology for Green, Low-Carbon, High-Quality Economic Development”. The topics include the science and technology of catalytic materials and catalyst preparation, catalytic materials and catalytic reaction characterization technology and theory, green catalysis, environmental catalysis, energy catalysis, and science and technology in the catalysis process of petroleum and chemical industry.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please 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: http://20ncc.mzpco.com/.

3 August 2021
Announcement on Japanese Consumption Tax (JCT)

This serves to announce to our valued authors based in Japan that value-added tax, or consumption tax will now be imposed on article processing fees and other service fees for all papers submitted, or resubmitted (assigned new paper IDs), effective from 15 August 2021. The change is in accordance with the Japanese "Act for Partial Revision of the Income Tax Act and Other Acts" (Act No. 9 of 2015), which includes a revision of consumption taxation on cross-border supplies of services such as digital content distribution.

For additional information from the National Tax Agency please see here ("Cross-border supplies of electronic services").

Contact: Setsuko Nishihara, MDPI Tokyo

30 June 2021
2020 Impact Factors - Released

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

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

  • 10 journals received their first impact factor
  • 96% of journals increased their impact factor from 2019
  • 32 journals (38%) ranked among the top 25% of journals, in at least one category
Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Cancers 6.639 Q1 • Oncology
Cells 6.600 Q2 • Cell Biology
Pharmaceutics 6.321 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Antioxidants 6.313 Q1 • Food Science & Technology 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Biomedicines 6.081 Q1 • Medicine, Research & Experimental
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 5.924 Q1 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Pharmaceuticals 5.863 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Journal of Fungi 5.816 Q1 • Mycology
• Microbiology
Nutrients 5.719 Q1 • Nutrition & Dietetics
Biosensors 5.519 Q1 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Marine Drugs 5.118 Q1 • Chemistry, Medicinal
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biology 5.079 Q1 • Biology
Nanomaterials 5.076 Q1 • Physics, Applied
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Viruses 5.048 Q2 • Virology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 4.945 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
• Health Care Sciences & Services
Metabolites 4.932 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biomolecules 4.879 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Remote Sensing 4.848 Q1 • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Q2 • Remote Sensing
• Imaging Science & Photographic Technology 
• Environmental Sciences
Gels * 4.702 Q1 • Polymer Science
Antibiotics 4.639 Q2 • Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Toxins 4.546 Q1 • Toxicology
• Food Science & Technology
Vaccines 4.422 Q2 • Immunology
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.412 Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 4.350 Q2 • Food Science & Technology
Polymers 4.329 Q1 • Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.242 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
Toxics 4.146 Q2 • Toxicology
• Environmental Sciences
Catalysts 4.146 Q2 • Chemistry, Physical
Microorganisms 4.128 Q2 • Microbiology
Membranes 4.106 Q1 • Polymer Science
Q2 • Engineering, Chemical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Chemistry, Physical
Genes 4.096 Q2 • Genetics & Heredity
Fermentation * 3.975 Q2 • Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease * 3.948 Q2 • Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Plants 3.935 Q1 • Plant Sciences
Life 3.817 Q2 • Biology
Diagnostics 3.706 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Current Oncology 3.677 Q3 • Oncology
Materials 3.623 Q1 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Physics, Applied 
• Physics, Condensed Matter
Sensors 3.576 Q1 • Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Pathogens 3.492 Q2 • Microbiology
Agronomy 3.417 Q1 • Agronomy
• Plant Sciences
Chemosensors 3.398 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 • Electrochemistry
Land 3.398 Q2 • Environmental Studies
Brain Sciences 3.394 Q3 • Neurosciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 3.390 Q1 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Tomography 3.358 Q2 • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Fractal and Fractional * 3.313 Q1 • Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Sustainability 3.251 Q2 • Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
• Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 • Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Water 3.103 Q2 • Water Resources
• Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 3.049 Q3 • Business
Energies 3.004 Q3 • Energy & Fuels
Agriculture 2.925 Q1 • Agronomy
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2.899 Q2 • Geography, Physical
• Computer Science, Information Systems
Q3 • Remote Sensing
Micromachines 2.891 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Coatings 2.881 Q2 • Materials Science, Coatings & Films
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Children 2.863 Q2 • Pediatrics
Processes 2.847 Q3 • Engineering, Chemical
Separations 2.777 Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
Insects 2.769 Q1 • Entomology
Animals 2.752 Q1 • Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
• Veterinary Sciences
Symmetry 2.713 Q2 • Multidisciplinary Sciences
Atmosphere 2.686 Q3 • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
• Environmental Sciences
Applied Sciences 2.679 Q2 • Engineering, Multidisciplinary
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Photonics 2.676 Q2 • Optics
Buildings * 2.648 Q2 • Construction & Building Technology
• Engineering, Civil
Healthcare 2.645 Q2 • Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Q3 • Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Minerals 2.644 Q2 • Mining & Mineral Processing
• Mineralogy
• Geochemistry & Geophysics
Forests 2.634 Q1 • Forestry
Crystals 2.589 Q2 • Crystallography
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Entropy 2.524 Q2 • Physics, Multidisciplinary
Diversity 2.465 Q2 • Biodiversity Conservation
Q3 • Ecology
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.458 Q2 • Oceanography
• Engineering, Marine 
• Engineering, Ocean
Medicina 2.430 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Machines * 2.428 Q2 • Engineering, Mechanical
Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Electronics 2.397 Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
• Computer Science, Information Systems 
• Physics, Applied
Fishes * 2.385 Q2 • Fisheries
• Marine & Freshwater Biology
Metals 2.351 Q2 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Horticulturae * 2.331 Q1 • Horticulture
Veterinary Sciences * 2.304 Q1 • Veterinary Sciences
Universe 2.278 Q3 • Physics, Particles & Fields
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mathematics 2.258 Q1 • Mathematics
Magnetochemistry 2.193 Q3 • Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 2.081 Q4 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Actuators 1.994 Q3 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Engineering, Mechanical
Aerospace * 1.659 Q2 • Engineering, Aerospace

* Journals given their first Impact Factor in 2021

Source: 2020 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports ® (Clarivate, 2021)

16 June 2021
Meet us at the 16th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology, Beijing, China, 25–28 June 2021


MDPI will be attending the 16th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT16) in Beijing, China, on 25–28 June 2021. The theme for this year’s ICWMT16 is “Building Zero-waste Cities Progressively”.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please 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: http://bcrctraining.edusoho.cn/.

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

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

Selections

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

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

 

We invite you to make yourself familiar with the new tool! The Book Builder can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/books/book_builder.

Special Issue Reprints

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.

8 April 2021
Toxics | 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award - Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce that the following reviewer has been selected as the winner of the Toxics 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award. This award is in appreciation of the high number, timeliness, and quality of reviews in 2020. The winner will receive a certificate, CHF 500 and an opportunity to publish a paper free of charge in 2021. 

Prof. Dr. Jun Yoshinaga
Faculty of Life Science, Toyo University, Japan
Research Interest: society medicine; hygiene environmental science; risk sciences of radiation and environmental chemical science; environmental impact assessment/environmental policy 

We want to extend our congratulations to the winner for his excellent reviews and well-earned award! 

The Toxics Editorial Board and Editorial Team would like to acknowledge all reviewers who have generously dedicated their time and efforts toward reviewing manuscripts submitted to Toxics. Due to their outstanding contributions, the high scientific quality of the journal and fast article processing are constantly maintained.

Toxics Editorial Office

29 March 2021
Welcoming New Members to the Editorial Board of Toxics

It is our pleasure to welcome the following recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Toxics:

Prof. Dr. Jingchun Tang, Nankai University, China
Dr. Giovanna Tranfo, Epidemiology and Hygiene, Italy
Xiangang Hu, Nankai University, China
Prof. Dr. Qixing Zhou, Nankai University, China
Dr. Rafael Clemente, CEBAS-CSIC,  Spain
Prof. Dr. Daohui Lin. Zhejiang University, China
Prof. Dr. Jiayin Dai, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
Prof. Dr. Mei-Rong Huang, Tongji University, China
Prof. Dr. Xin-Gui Li, Tongji University, China
Prof. Dr. Sijie Lin, Tongji University, China
Prof. Dr. Shuguang Xie, Peking University, China
Prof. Dr. Gary O. Rankin, Marshall University, USA
Prof. Dr. Danny D. Reible, Texas Tech University, USA
Prof. Dr. M.Firoze Khan, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
Dr. Michael Petriello, Wayne State University, USA
Prof. Dr. Scott W. Burchiel, University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, USA
Dr. Thomas J. Sharpton, Oregon State University, USA
Prof. Dr. Edmund Maser, University Medical School Schleswig-Holstein, USA
Dr. Jordi Morato Farreras, Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Dr. Yi Wan, Peking University, China
Dr. Yoshinori Ikenaka, Hokkaido University, Japan
Dr. Montserrat Sole, ICM-CSIC, Spain
Dr. Clara Coscollá Raga, FISABIO, Spain
Prof. Dr. Zhenghong Zuo, Xiamen University, China
Prof. Dr. Christopher W. Theodorakis, Southern Illinois University, USA
Prof. Dr. Flemming R. Cassee, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Michael J. Carvan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Prof. Dr. Natalia González-Benítez, University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Prof. Dr. Youssef Sari. The University of Toledo, USA
Prof. Dr. David McBride, University of Otago, USA
Dr. Bakhtiyor Rasulev, North Dakota State University, USA

We look forward to their contributions to the journal.
Toxics Editorial Office

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)

3 February 2021
Toxics | 2020 Young Investigator Award—Winner Announced

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Toxics 2020 Young Investigator Award is Dr. Andreu Rico.

Dr. Andreu Rico (born in 1983 in Spain) is the principal investigator of the ecotoxicology group of the IMDEA Water Institute (Alcalá de Henares, Spain) and a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Valencia (Spain). His research has mainly focused on assessing (1) the environmental fate of emerging contaminants (including microplastics), (2) the resilience of aquatic populations and communities to chemical stress, and (3) the interactive effects of global climate change (e.g., water scarcity, temperature increase, salinization) and chemical pollution on freshwater ecosystems. More recently, he has been involved in several field sampling campaigns to assess the impacts of chemical pollution in the Amazon River and in Mediterranean wetland ecosystems.

Dr. Rico received his Ph.D. in 2014 from Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and has an outstanding publication record, comprising over 60 high-quality publications, with over 1500 citations. In 2015, he won the SETAC Best Paper Award for his study on the relationship between biological traits and invertebrate vulnerability to insecticides. In today’s competitive environment, his achievements are outstanding.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rico on his impressive array of accomplishments!

As the awardee, Dr. Rico will receive an honorarium of 1800 CHF, an offer to publish a paper free of charge before 31 December 2021 in Toxics after peer review, and an engraved plaque.

We would like to thank all the nominators from various fields of study for their participation and all the Award Committee Members for their evaluation of the abundant excellent nominations.

12 January 2021
3rd Webinar of Toxics: Microplastics Distribution, Fate and Effects on the Environment (14 January 2021, 15:30pm CET)

Microplastics, defined as plastic particles >5 mm in diameter, include primary microplastics, which have small sizes for use in plastic production, cleaning, and cosmetic or medical products, and secondary microplastics, which result from the fragmentation of larger items in the environment. After a decade of intense research efforts in this field, numerous studies have shown the widespread distribution of microplastics over the planet and their effects on ecosystems. However, there is still a general lack of understanding on several aspects that need to be addressed, such as the incorporation of microplastics and associated pollutants into food webs.

This webinar will discuss some of the current challenges in microplastic research, aiming to contribute to the development of strategies for assessing the distribution, fate, and effects of microplastics in ecosystems and, ultimately, to achieve sustainable development goals.

Date: 14 January 2021

Time: 15:30pm (CET) | 9:30 am (EDT) | 22:30 pm (CST Asia)

Webinar ID: 860 7927 9263

Register for free here: https://toxics-3.sciforum.net/

Chair:

Prof. Dr. Juan Bellas

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Spain

Editorial Board Member of Toxics

Interests: marine pollution; ecotoxicology; marine ecology; marine larval biology; biomarkers; bioassays

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Roberta Bettinetti

University of Insubria, Italy

Presentation: "Microplastics in Freshwater Environments

Prof. Dr. José Manuel Andrade-Garda

University of A Coruña, Spain

Presentation: "Some Hints to Measure Microplastics by Mid-IR Spectrometry

Prof. Dr. Ad M.J. Ragas

Institute of Water and Wetland Research, The Netherlands

Open University, The Netherlands

Presentation: "Modelling Microplastics: From Sources to Effects

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

25 December 2020
Toxics Has Become a Monthly Publication

We are pleased to announce that Toxics became a monthly publication on 1 January, 2021. A monthly publication allows papers to be indexed in Web of Science and other indexing databases on a monthly basis rather than every 3 months, and they become searchable and are cited earlier. We also acknowledge the many valuable publications from our authors and the important contribution of our dedicated reviewers.

18 December 2020
Toxics 2020 Best Paper Awards Winner Announcement

Dear colleagues,

The editorial team would like to congratulate the winners of the Toxics 2020 Best Paper Awards, who were chosen by the Journal’s Award Committee. The recipients of the “Toxics 2020 Best Paper Awards” are as follows:

Article:

Aldehydes in Exhaled Breath during E-Cigarette Vaping: Pilot Study Results

Vera Samburova, Chiranjivi Bhattarai, Matthew Strickland, Lyndsey Darrow, Jeff Angermann, Yeongkwon Son and Andrey Khlystov
Toxics 2018, 6(3), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics6030046
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/6/3/46

Review:

Dietary Cadmium Intake and Its Effects on Kidneys

Soisungwan Satarug
Toxics 2018, 6(1), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics6010015
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6304/6/1/15

Please join us in congratulating the winners of Toxics 2020 Best Paper Awards!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our authors for their continued support of Toxics.

15 December 2020
MDPI adopts C4DISC principles to improve diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications

MDPI is proud to adopt the principles of the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) to support building equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications.

The C4DISC represents organizations and individuals working in scholarly communications and is focused on addressing issues of diversity and inclusion within the publishing industry.

MDPI’s Managing Editors encourage the Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors to appoint diverse expert Editorial Boards. This is also reflective in our multi-national and inclusive workplace. We are proud to create equal opportunities without regard to gender, ethnicity, geographic location, sexual orientation, age, disability, political beliefs, religion, or socio-economic status. There is no place for discrimination in our workplace and editors of MDPI journals are to uphold these principles in high regard.

Representatives from C4DISC meet monthly, and have started to implement initiatives to shed light and improve on the lack of diversity in scholarly communications. Some of the initiatives include developing a joint statement of principles; conducting market research; providing training resources, best practices, toolkits, and documentation for our collective memberships; and establishing outreach programs, curricula, events, and publications.

The Coalition is committed to:

  • eliminating barriers to participation, extending equitable opportunities across all stakeholders, and ensuring that our practices and policies promote equitable treatment and do not allow, condone, or result in discrimination;
  • creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences;
  • promoting diversity in all staff, volunteers, and audiences, including full participation in programs, policy formulation, and decision-making;
  • raising awareness about career opportunities in our industries to groups who are currently underrepresented in the workforce;
  • supporting our members in achieving diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

14 December 2020
Welcoming New Members to the Editorial Board of Toxics

It is our pleasure to welcome the following recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Toxics:

Prof. Dr. Dianne Jolley University of Wollongong, Australia

Dr. Brice Appenzeller Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg

Prof. Dr. Greet Schoeters University of Antwerp, Belgium

Prof. Dr. David Volz University of California, USA

Dr. Ahmed Tlili Eawag, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. B. Lawrence University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, USA

Dr. Alexei Konoplev Fukushima University, Japan

Dr. Kouji Harada Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

Prof. Dr. Kurunthachalam Kannan New York University School of Medicine, USA

Dr. Farhan Khan University of Oslo, Norway

Prof. Dr. Magnus Engwall Örebro University, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Leena Nylander-French University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Prof. Dr.Yuan Cheng Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Dr. Lisa Truong Oregon State University, USA

Dr.       Gunnar Toft Aarhus University, Denmark

Prof. Dr. Hua-Yun Xiao Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Dr.Paweł Cyplik Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland

Dr.João Teixeira National Institute of Health, Portugal

Dr.Konstantinos Poulas University of Patras, Greece

Dr.Konstantinos Farsalinos University of Patras, Greece

We look forward to their contributions to the journal.

Toxics Editorial Office

14 December 2020
Article Layout and Templates Revised for Future Volumes

At MDPI we have slightly revised the layout for articles to be published in the 2021 Volume, starting at the end of December 2020. As of today, the article templates available for download on ‘Instructions for Authors’ pages have been updated.

The most noticeable change can be found on the first page of the article, where a left-hand column has been created to include the following front matter elements: (i) the recommended citation style for the article, (ii) the publishing history, (iii) as well as the Creative Commons Attribution license used (iv) a standard note regarding affiliations. At the same time, the extra spacing on the left means the authors’ affiliations are now more clearly set apart than before. Other front matter key elements such as journal logo, article type, article title, authors, abstract and keywords remain unchanged.

The blank column on the left runs through all pages in an article; as a result, the main text is slightly more condensed, which improve reader friendliness for smaller screens. Small figures/tables are aligned on the left with standard indenture, while large figures/tables are centered and covering the full width of the page. The revised layout was applied in the article pictured below, to serve as an example:

1) Information is displayed in the left information bar.


2) In the main text, there is a blank column on the left.


3) Small tables/figures are aligned on the left, large tables/figures are centered.

11 December 2020
2020 "Highly Cited Researchers" on MDPI Journal's Editorial Boards

We are pleased to acknowledge that many academic editors who have made an impact on MDPI journals as editorial board members, editors-in-chief, or section editors, are recognized as 2020 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate.

Highly Cited Researchers highlights the top 1% of researchers, by citations, in one or more of the 22 fields used in Clarivate Analytics Essential Science Indicators. We offer our congratulations to 279 academic editors of MDPI journals who were recognized as the most influential scholars in their fields in 2020.


Adams, Dave
Agarwal, Ravi P.
Ahn, Choon Ki
Ahn, Myung-Ju
Albrecht, Randy A.
Andersson, Dan I.
Anker, Stefan D.
Apergis, Nicholas
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Artaxo, Paulo
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Barba, Francisco J.
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Benelli, Giovanni
Bhatnagar, Amit
Bialystok, Ellen
Blaabjerg, Frede
Blay, Jean-Yves
Bogers, Marcel
Bolton, Declan J.
Boyer, Cyrille
Brocca, Luca
Bruix, Jordi
Buhalis, Dimitrios
Burdick, Jason A.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cabrerizo-Lorite, Francisco Javier
Cai, Jianchao
Calhoun, Vince D.
Cantu, Robert C.
Cerqueira, Miguel
Chang, Jo-Shu
Chau, Kwok-wing
Chemat, Farid
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Jun
Chen, Min
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Wei
Chen, Wei-Hsin
Chen, Xiaofeng
Chen, Yangkang
Chen, Zhi-Gang
Chiclana, Francisco
Corella, Dolores
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Cummings, Kenneth Michael
Dai, Shifeng
Decker, Eric A.
DePinho, Ronald A.
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Dincer, Ibrahim
Du, Yihong
Dupont, Didier
Edwards, David
Ellahi, Rahmat
Ellis, Erle C.
ElMasry, Gamal
Esteller, Manel
Estruch, Ramón
Fang, Chuanglin
Fasano, Alessio
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Ferreira, Isabel
Fortino, Giancarlo
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gao, Bin
Gao, Feng
Gao, Wei
Garbe, Claus
García, Hermenegildo
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Giampieri, Francesca
Giralt, Sergio A.
Glanz, Karen
Goldewijk, Kees Klein
Gössling, Stefan
Govindan, Kannan
Granato, Daniel
Grosso, Giuseppe
Grosso, Giuseppe
Guerrero, Josep M.
Haase, Dagmar
Hagger, Martin S.
Hamblin, Michael R.
Han, Heesup
Jankovic, Joseph
Janotti, Anderson

Jiang, Hai-Long
Kalaji, Hazem M.
Kalantar-Zadeh, Kourosh
Kaner, Richard B.
Karimi, Hamid Reza
Kataoka, Kazunori
Keesstra, Saskia
Kepp, Oliver
Kerminen, Veli-Matti
Keyzers, Robert A.
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Klemeš, Jiří Jaromír
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Konopleva, Marina Y.
Krammer, Florian
Krebs, Frederik C.
Kroemer, Guido
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kurths, Juergen
Kurzrock, Razelle
Kuznetsov, Nikolay V.
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lam, James
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Lee, Sangmoon
Leung, Victor C. M.
Li, Jinghong
Li, Yurui
Lindahl, José M. Merigó
Lip, Gregory Y. H.
Loh, Xian Jun
Long, Hualou
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Jingshan
Luque, Rafael
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Jun
Ma, Wen-Xiu
Ma, Yanming
Maeda, Keisuke
Makarova, Kira
Mantovani, Alberto
Martín-Belloso, Olga
Martinoia, Enrico
Marzband, Mousa
Masclaux-Daubresse, Celine
Masson, Patrick
Mateos, María Victoria
Mathiesen, Brian Vad
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McArthur, Grant A.
McCauley, Darren
Medlock, Jolyon M.
Melero, Ignacio
Mezzetti, Bruno
Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.
Moran, Daniel
Mueller, Lukas A.
Mueller-Roeber, Bernd
Naushad, Mu
Nemeroff, Charles B.
Nieto, Juan J.
O'Donnell, Colm
Ogino, Shuji
Olabi, Abdul-Ghani
O'Regan, Donal
Orsini, Nicola
Oswald, Isabelle P.
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pahl-Wostl, Claudia
Pang, Huan
Payne, James E.
Peng, Shushi
Perc, Matjaz
Perez-Alvarez, Jose Angel
Piquero, Alex R.
Ploss, Alexander
Postolache, Mihai
Pradhan, Biswajeet
Prinsep, Michele R.
Qian, Dong
Qu, Xiaogang
Reiter, Russel J.
Riahi, Keywan
Richter, Andreas
Rignot, Eric
Robert, Caroline
Ros, Emilio
Rosell, Rafael

Rosen, Marc A.
Rossolini, Gian Maria
Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Sakthivel, Rathinasamy
Schwab, Matthias
Scolyer, Richard A.
Serra-Majem, Lluis
Sethi, Gautam
Seto, Karen C.
Settele, Josef
Seymour, John F.
Shi, Peng
Siano, Pierluigi
Sillanpää, Mika
Simal-Gandara, Jesus
Smagghe, Guy
Srivastava, Hari M.
Stadler, Peter F.
Sun, Fengchun
Sunderland, Elsie M.
Suzuki, Nobuhiro
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Tan, Weihong
Teixeira, José António
Thakur, Vijay Kumar
Tong, Shilu
Tornabene, Francesco
Tsao, Rong
Tukker, Arnold
Turskis, Zenonas
Uversky, Vladimir N.
van Wesemael, Bas
Van Zwieten, Lukas
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varma, Rajender S.
Varshney, Rajeev K.
Vasquez, Juan C.
Velicogna, Isabella
Vieta, Eduard
Wade, Timothy J.
Wagner, Wolfgang
Wamba, Samuel Fosso
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Qi
Wang, Tao
Wang, Yuan
Wiens, John J.
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Tom
Wu, Zhongbiao
Xia, Xinhui
Xiao, Wenjiao
Xin, Sen
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Bin
Xu, Zeshui
Yan, Huaicheng
Yang, Bing
Yang, Hongxing
Yang, Jie
Yang, Xiao-Jun
Yin, Shen
Ying, Guang-Guo
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Guihua
Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J.
Zavadskas, EdmundasKazimieras
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zhu, Zhe
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zou, Quan

The full list of 2020 Highly Cited Researchers  can be accessed on https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2020/

--- Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) is a Clarivate product.

19 September 2020
Welcoming New Members to the Editorial Board of Toxics

We welcome the following recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Toxics:

Prof. Dr. Ad M.J. Ragas, Radboud University, the Netherlands

Dr. David C. Spink, New York State Department of Health, USA

Prof. Dr. Gary R. Fones, University of Portsmouth, UK

Prof. Dr. Guido Cavaletti, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Dr. Hyeong-Moo Shin, University of Texas, USA

Prof. Dr. James E. Klaunig, Indiana University, USA

Dr. Jennifer F. Nyland, Salisbury University, USA

Prof. Dr. Jos Kleinjans, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Karin Sørig Hougaard, National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE), Denmark

Prof. Dr. Lars Rylander, Lund University, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Laura S. Van Winkle, University of California at Davis, USA

Dr. Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Dr. Manuel E. Ortiz-Santaliestra, Spanish Institute for Game and Wildlife Research (IREC), Spain

Prof. Dr. Michael K. Stenstrom, University of California, USA

Dr. Panagiotis Georgiadis, Institute of Chemical Biology, Greece

Dr. Remco H.S. Westerink, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Dr. Shawn P. McElmurry, Wayne State University, USA

Dr. Valentina Carozzi, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Dr. Xavier Cousin, Université Paris-Saclay, France

Dr. Youssef Oulhote, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

9 July 2020
Open Access Agreement Between Jisc Collections and MDPI

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

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30 June 2020
Toxics Receives First Journal Impact Factor of 3.271

The editors are pleased to inform that Toxics has received a first Impact Factor of 3.271, as published in the 2019 Edition of the Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate), released just now. Toxics ranks 32nd out of 92 (Q2) titles in the 'Toxicology', as well as 92nd out of 265 (Q2) titles in the 'Environmental Sciences' category.

Thank you to the authors, editorial board members and reviewers for their contribution in achieving this milestone for Toxics.

29 June 2020
Updated Impact Factors Released in the Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate)

The updated citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), published by Clarivate. The recent release of the JCR includes seventy-one MDPI titles. Out of these, 18 titles are newcomers, receiving a first Journal Impact Factor which is based on citation activity in 2019: Actuators, Agriculture, Biology, Biomedicines, Biosensors, Chemosensors, Children, Healthcare, Journal of Fungi, Journal of Personalized Medicine (JPM), Land, Life, Magnetochemistry, Membranes, Pharmaceuticals, Photonics, Separations and Toxics.

  • Out of the previously listed journals, a total of 72 percent boast an increased Impact Factor.
  • 25 journals are ranked among the top 25% of journals in at least one of the categories they are ranked for.
  • Articles published in 2019 in MDPI journals account for approximately 17 percent of of articles published in gold Open Access journals covered in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).

First Impact Factors

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category Details
Actuators 1.957 31/64 (Q2) • Instruments & Instrumentation Link
Agriculture 2.072 25/91 (Q2) • Agronomy Link
Biology 3.796 19/93 (Q1) • Biology Link
Biomedicines  4.717 30/138 (Q1)
36/270 (Q1)
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Link
Biosensors 3.240 24/86 (Q2) • Chemistry, Analytical Link
Chemosensors 3.108 16/64 (Q1)
27/86 (Q2)
13/27 (Q2)
• Instruments & Instrumentation
• Chemistry, Analytical
• Electrochemistry
Link
Children 2.078 50/128 (Q2) • Pediatrics Link
Healthcare 1.916 62/102 (Q3)
45/87 (Q3)
• Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
• Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Link
Journal of Fungi 4.621 5/29 (Q1)
31/135 (Q1)
• Mycology
• Microbiology
Link
Journal of Personalized Medicine 4.433 24/165 (Q1)
10/102 (Q1)
• Medicine, General & Internal
• Health Care Sciences & Services
Link
Land 2.429 58/123 (Q2) • Environmental Studies (SSCI) Link
Life 2.991 26/93 (Q2)
109/267 (Q2)
• Biology
• Microbiology
Link
Magnetochemistry 1.947 22/45 (Q2)
109/159 (Q3)
201/314 (Q3)
• Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
• Chemistry, Physical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Membranes 3.094 53/143 (Q2)
129/314 (Q2)
23/89 (Q2)
• Engineering, Chemical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Polymer Science
Link
Pharmaceuticals 4.286 49/270 (Q1) • Pharmacology & Pharmacy Link
Photonics 2.140 48/97 (Q2) • Optics Link
Separations 1.900 53/86 (Q3) • Chemistry, Analytical Link
Toxics 3.271 32/92 (Q2)
92/265 (Q2)
• Toxicology
• Environmental Sciences
Link

Updated Impact Factors

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category Details
Agronomy 2.603 18/91 (Q1)
65/234 (Q2)
• Agronomy
• Plant Sciences
Link
Animals 2.323 10/63 (Q1)
14/142 (Q1)
• Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
• Veterinary Sciences
Link
Antibiotics 3.893 23/93 (Q1)
64/270 (Q1)
• Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Link
Antioxidants 5.014 10/139 (Q1)
56/297 (Q1)
7/61 (Q1)
• Food Science & Technology
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Link
Applied Sciences 2.474 161/314 (Q3)
32/91 (Q2)
88/177 (Q2)
62/154 (Q2)
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Engineering, Multidisciplinary
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Physics, Applied
Link
Atmosphere 2.397 48/93 (Q3) • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences Link
Biomolecules 4.082 98/297 (Q2) • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Link
Brain Sciences 3.332 113/271 (Q2) • Neurosciences Link
Cancers 6.126 37/244 (Q1) • Oncology Link
Catalysts 3.520 65/159 (Q2) • Chemistry, Physical Link
Cells 4.366 70/195 (Q2) • Cell Biology Link
Coatings 2.436 10/21 (Q2) • Materials Science, Coatings & Films Link
Crystals 2.404 10/26 (Q2)
165/314 (Q3)
• Crystallography
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Diagnostics 3.110 39/165 (Q1) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Diversity 1.402 119/168 (Q3) • Ecology Link
Electronics 2.412 125/266 (Q2) • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Link
Energies 2.702 63/112 (Q3) • Energy & Fuels Link
Entropy 2.494 33/85 (Q2) • Physics, Multidisciplinary Link
Foods 4.092 27/139 (Q1) • Food Science & Technology Link
Forests 2.221 17/68 (Q1) • Forestry Link
Genes 3.759 53/177 (Q2) • Genetics & Heredity Link
Insects 2.220 18/101 (Q1) • Entomology Link
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 2.849 58/193 (Q2)

32/170 (Q1)

105/265 (Q2)
• Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
• Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Link
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) 4.556 74/297 (Q1)
48/177 (Q2)
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Link
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (IJGI) 2.239 31/50 (Q3)
18/30 (Q3)
• Geography, Physical
• Remote Sensing
Link
Journal of Clinical Medicine 3.303 36/165 (Q1) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.033 31/66 (Q2) • Oceanography Link
Marine Drugs 4.073 16/61 (Q2) • Chemistry, Medicinal Link
Materials 3.057 132/314 (Q2) • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary Link
Mathematics 1.747 28/324 (Q1) • Mathematics Link
Medicina 1.205 107/165 (Q3) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Metabolites 4.097 95/297 (Q2) • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Link
Metals 2.117 18/79 (Q1)
185/314 (Q3)
• Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Micromachines 2.523 56/92 (Q3)
23/64 (Q2)
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Link
Microorganisms 4.152 37/135 (Q2) • Microbiology Link
Minerals 2.380 6/21 (Q2)
11/30 (Q2)
• Mining & Mineral Processing
• Mineralogy
Link
Molecules 3.267 70/177 (Q2)
141/297 (Q2)
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Link
Nanomaterials 4.324 89/314 (Q2)
42/103 (Q2)
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Link
Nutrients 4.546 17/89 (Q1) • Nutrition & Dietetics Link
Pathogens 3.018 65/135 (Q2) • Microbiology Link
Pharmaceutics 4.421 44/270 (Q1) • Pharmacology & Pharmacy Link
Plants 2.762 58/234 (Q1) • Plant Sciences Link
Polymers 3.426 16/89 (Q1) • Polymer Science Link
Processes 2.753 59/143 (Q2) • Engineering, Chemical Link
Remote Sensing 4.509 9/30 (Q2) • Remote Sensing Link
Sensors 3.275 22/86 (Q2)
77/266 (Q2)
15/64 (Q1)
• Chemistry, Analytical
• Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Link
Sustainability 2.576 120/265 (Q2)
26/41 (Q3)

53/123 (Q2)
6/8 (Q3)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
• Environmental Studies (SSCI)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Link
Symmetry 2.645 29/71 (Q2) • Multidisciplinary Sciences Link
Toxins 3.531 21/92 (Q1)
34/139 (Q1)
• Toxicology
• Food Science & Technology
Link
Universe 1.752 18/29 (Q3)
42/68 (Q3)
• Physics, Particles & Fields
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
Link
Vaccines 4.086 57/158 (Q2)
50/138 (Q2)
• Immunology
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
Link
Viruses 3.816 12/37 (Q2) • Virology Link
Water 2.544 31/94 (Q2) • Water Resources Link

Source: Clarivate 2020, InCites Journal Citation Reports®.

7 June 2020
Toxics Travel Award 2020 Winner Selected

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Toxics 2020 Travel Award (800 Swiss Francs). The winner is Dr. Erin McCallum, a postdoctoral fellow at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Dr. McCallum’s research focuses on the effects of municipal wastewater effluents and emerging anthropogenic pollutants, like pharmaceuticals, on freshwater organisms. Her work especially focuses on the effects of pollutants of animal behaviour, and she integrates across biological scales to include analytical chemistry, physiology, social behaviour, and interspecific interactions in her studies.

Congratulations to Dr. McCallum and thanks to all who applied.

Kind regards,
Toxics Editorial Office

13 May 2020
COVID-19 Academic Resources Center


Since 1996, MDPI has been committed to supporting the research community by providing the latest research freely available and making relevant and useful research available as quickly as possible. The world is current experiencing a pandemic of COVID-19, and researchers are working extremely hard to understand it and find a cure.

The values MDPI holds strongly are particularly important at the moment, and we will continue to publish relevant, peer-reviewed research as quickly as possible in open access format. This means that it will immediately be available for researchers, health professionals, and the general public to read, distribute, and reuse. We believe that scientific advancements will be crucial to overcoming this pandemic, and will do everything we can to support researchers working looking for solutions.

COVID-19 Academic Resources Center contains a variety of information related to COVID-19 available from MDPI, including journal articles, special issues, and preprints, among others.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/covid-19

9 April 2020
Free Open Platforms to Support Academics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a leading Open Access publisher, MDPI is committed to fostering open scientific exchange in all forms across all disciplines. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many researchers have to stay at home and many academic conferences have been cancelled or postponed. In light of these changes, MDPI has adopted numerous initiatives that may help accelerate scientific exchange and provide support to the academics during this period.

Scholarly Community—Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

Comprehensive and Free Literature DatabaseScilit

Scilit is a comprehensive, free database for scientists that uses a new method to collate data and index scientific material. Our crawlers extract the latest data from CrossRef and PubMed on a daily basis. This means that newly published articles are immediately added to Scilit.

Display Academic AchievementsSciProfiles

SciProfiles is an innovative social network for researchers and scholars that is developed by MDPI. In line with our broad mission, the purpose of SciProfiles is to accelerate discovery and innovation by facilitating immediate access to research results and providing opportunities for academic networking.

Organize and Participate in Conferences OnlineSciforum

Sciforum is an event planning platform that supports open science by offering the opportunity to host and participate in academic conferences. It provides an environment for scholarly exchange, discussion of topics of current interest, building of networks, and establishing collaborations.

Post Early Versions of Research OutputsPreprints

Preprints is a platform dedicated to making early versions of research outputs permanently available and citable. We post original research articles and comprehensive reviews, and papers can be updated by authors at any time. Content on Preprints is not peer-reviewed, and feedback can be received from readers.

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MDPI remains committed to open science and open data and has signed a statement, along with more than thirty scholarly publishers, showing our intention to facilitate sharing of new research findings as early on as possible. The initiative sees publishers collectively removing barriers to new research, in the face of a global healthcare crisis.

25 March 2020
MDPI Comment on the COVID-19 Virus

The world is currently suffering from a global pandemic of the corona virus COVID-19. MDPI expresses its sympathies for all of those affected by the virus and stands in solidarity with medical staff and researchers treating patients and searching for scientific solutions.

MDPI has previously published papers covering corona viruses in addition to new papers on the current outbreak, see all papers here. In particular, Viruses has published a number of Special Issues and papers on the topic (see here, here, and here) as well as a forthcoming Special Issue.

Alongside journal articles, MDPI has been a strong supporter of preprints, which are increasingly being used to rapidly disseminate the latest research, and we run the preprint server Preprints.org. Our database of research articles, Scilit, is free to use and covers all publishers including preprint servers. New papers are often in search results within hours of publication and users can set up alerts for new papers.

Our main priority during this period has been the health and safety of staff, and we continue to allow staff to work at home and closely monitor the situation in all locations in which we work. Despite the restrictions, we continue to provide a full publication service and, by close collaboration with our editorial boards and making use our in-house teams, ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in publishing vital research. Fast and open publication has always been at the core of MDPI values and is now more important than ever.

We hope that a solution to the current situation will emerge soon. In the meantime, we will do our best to continue communicating vital research in all fields.

18 March 2020
MDPI Co-Signed Position Statement on Transformative Agreements

The advantages of the open access model of scientific publishing are being increasingly recognized in the scientific community. It allows new scientific evidence to be accessed from the moment of publication for free by anyone around the globe, boosting the impact of new research. In response, many funders, libraries and universities have been adopting new principles to accelerate the transition to open access.

Recently, “transformative agreements” have been negotiated between traditional publishers and various institutions. While increasing the number of open access papers, these agreements lack binding commitments to a full transition to open access, their conditions vary across different regions, and access is still limited for many users.

MDPI is a co-signatory of the recent position statement raising concerns about potential downsides of transformative agreements and how they may delay a full transition to open access. The statement highlights that these models “risk perpetuating current limitations on access, transparency and market competitiveness, while simultaneously facilitating excessive charges on the public purse”.

As a pioneering open access journal publisher, MDPI is the first to promote the importance of science being made available to everyone. Our peer-reviewed journals, covering diverse academic disciplines, are fully accessible to the public free of charge under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). This is why, along with other open access publishers, MDPI is a proud signatory of the position paper and is committed to contributing to the replacement of weak transitional agreements with “agreements with publishers that are already fully committed to open science and who offer full, immediate and transparent Open Access”.

Read the position paper here

16 March 2020
Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Awards 2020 - Open for Application

We are pleased to announce that Encyclopedia will be awarding five Outstanding Contributor Awards for researchers in 2020. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Encyclopedia Editorial Board.

Prize for Winners

  1. An official certificate;
  2. A cash award of 500 CHF or an MDPI discount voucher of 800 CHF.


Application Deadline

31 December, 2020 (Please send your application email with a list of all entries you contributed to our office before the deadline: [email protected])

Candidate Requirements

  1. Have a Ph.D. degree;
  2. Have more than three qualified entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020.

Evaluation Standards

  1. Number of entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020;
  2. Quality of entries online (including length, figure quality, and novelty);
  3. Impact of entries (including the number of likes, discussion contents, views, and downloads).

If you are a researcher and have not yet contribute entries to Encyclopedia, please do not miss this chance to highlight your research results.

18 December 2019
Toxics Accepted for Inclusion in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) in the Web of Science

We are pleased to inform the journals Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304) has been accepted for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) in the Web of Science Core Collection, as well as in Current Contents - Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences. Toxics is going to receive its first Journal Impact Factor in the June 2020 release of the Journal Citation Reports.

Thank you to all authors, reviewers, and editors who have contributed to Toxics and who helped to enable this achievement!

The Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Web of ScienceTM and Current Contents are Clarivate Analytics products.

11 October 2019
Introducing SciProfiles, an Academic Social Network

MDPI is pleased to announce the release of SciProfiles, its social network platform for researchers and scholars.

The purpose of SciProfiles is aligned with MDPI’s broad mission to accelerate discovery and innovation by facilitating immediate access to research results and to serve scholars and communities by providing opportunities for academic networking.

SciProfiles also ambitions to serve as a sustainable, transparent and community-driven research evaluation system aligned with the DORA principles (https://sfdora.org/). Through their scientific profiles, academics can highlight their contribution to research communities, and measure their impact on their field, beyond publication numbers and impact factors. SciProfiles is currently a beta version and will enrich to give researchers the possibility to highlight all of their contributions to science and their scientific communities as authors, reviewers, editors, conference organizers, conference panelists, conference keynote speakers, or even as lecturers or student mentors at their University.

The classic components of popular community social networks, including follower/following, classical metrics, endorsements and recommendations (https://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/1690), comments (https://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/1397) are or will be very soon highlighted in SciProfiles as open science contributions.

To help increase the impact and visibility of articles and their authors to an appropriate audience, the platform offers a NewsFeed that includes recommendations of relevant content based on interests, publication history, saved searches or colleagues’ recommendations.

SciProfiles’ avatars are now being integrated on several MDPI platforms, meaning that you will directly access researchers’ profiles from any of the MDPI platforms:

MDPI's journal publishing website: www.mdpi.com
MDPI's conference hosting and management website: www.sciforum.net
MDPI's pre-print website : www.preprints.org
MDPI's knowledge sharing website : www.encyclopedia.pub
MDPI's books store: www.mdpi.com/books
MDPI's literature database : www.scilit.net

SciProfiles aims to serve scientific communities at large. It can be embedded into third-party websites and also welcomes integration of data from third-parties.

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/2
Dr. Franck Vazquez: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/FranckVazquez
Dr. Martyn Rittman: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/martynrittman

2 October 2019
Winners of the 2019 MDPI Writing Prize

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 MDPI Writing Prize. Entrants were asked to write on the theme "Judging research: How should research and researchers be evaluated and rewarded?" We received a large number of excellent essays from PhD students and postdocs, and the process of shortlisting and choosing winners was not an easy one. The winners demonstrated excellent writing skills alongside interesting and thought-provoking ideas.

As last year, we will begin the process of collating all entries into a book that will be available in open access format. Alongside promoting good writing skills, we see the prize as a way to promote the voices of early career researchers within broader debates and policy discussions.

Congratulations to all of the participants and especially the winners. The winners are:

1st Prize (500 CHF):
Albin Nilsson (National Centre for Nuclear Research, Warsaw, Poland)
[Read here]

2nd Prize (250 CHF):
Qi Zhang (Shandong University, Jinan, China)
[Read here]
Igor Ogashawara (Indiana University, Indianapolis, US)
[Read here]

3rd Prize (100 CHF):
Margaret Sivapragasam (Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Perak, Malaysia)
[Read here]
Arvind Sharma (The University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia)
[Read here]
Jose Flores-Guerrero (University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)
[Read here]

The MDPI Writing Prize is an annual award supported by MDPI Author Services, which provides services including language editing, reformatting, plagiarism checks, and image editing.

20 September 2019
MDPI Now Gives Scholars the Possibility to Endorse and Recommend Articles

MDPI is pleased to announce the release of a new functionality giving the possibility for researchers and scholars to endorse, and formally recommend articles to their colleagues.

MDPI was an early signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (https://sfdora.org/read/) which calls for improvement in how quality and impact of scholarly research outputs are evaluated, especially in moving beyond journal-based citation metrics (journal Impact Factor, Scopus Citescore, etc.).

MDPI supports the establishment of article-level impact metrics, including citations, views, downloads, and Altmetric scores. These measures serve as an impact indicator for research articles on a case–by-case basis, assessing paper on its own merit. However, these metrics are also subjective and can give a biased picture of the article impact: they do not directly reflect the quality or the intrinsic scientific value of the article.

In our view, community engagement with publications based on community-driven metrics can help to overcome this limitation. We have therefore launched an option for scholars to endorse articles, indicating their own assessment of its content and making a recommendation to their community. This follows our implementation of the open source Hypothesis commenting tool, which has been available for all articles published by MDPI for over a year (https://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/1397). Both endorsement and commenting are available for all previously published and forthcoming MDPI articles.

In addition to potentially serving as a sustainable solution to article assessment, endorsements will help scientific communities to identify the most relevant articles, independently of the journal in which it was published.

The code for the endorsing functionality, which relies on DOIs and ORCIDs, will be made available on GitHub with an open source license.

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, President and Founder
Dr. Franck Vazquez, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Martyn Rittman, Publishing Director

17 September 2019
Meet Us at Small Water and Wastewater Systems 2019 in Perth, Western Australia, 1–5 December 2019


MDPI will be attending the International Water Association conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems 2019 in Perth, Western Australia, 1–5 December at Murdoch University.

SWWS is a parallel conference organized by IWA. The conference focuses on sharing ideas, presenting the latest research findings and discussing new possibilities in science and technology with local and global policy directions, engineers and managers.

Water is essential for all life forms. It is a fundamental resource necessary for socio-economic development and for ecological sustainability. Good quality water is becoming scarce due to population growth and associated residential and industrial development and pollution, particularly in towns and cities. It is timely that the sustainable management of water resources is widely discussed, noting that water can be recycled for an unlimited number of times after adequate treatment.

The conference will discuss and explore new and innovative methods of treatment, better understanding and assessment of resources and their supporting ecosystems, proper management for conservation and approaches to achieve the dual aim of economic development and ecological sustainability. The focus is on the necessary infrastructure to provide good quality water, in sufficient quantity, in the most sustainable manner.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#01). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.swws2019.com/.

11 September 2019

Create an Entry in Encyclopedia to Get a 100 CHF Voucher in Publishing in MDPI Journals

Encyclopedia is pleased to announce that certain well-prepared entries are eligible for a 100 CHF voucher, which can be used for paper publication in any journals in MDPI. We believe that your contribution would be a great help in keeping up with scientific developments. Do not miss the chance to publish with us. Please clink here to find the detailed guideline.

Encyclopedia is a free online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as provide a comprehensive record of scientific development. If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact us via [email protected].

6 September 2019
Meet us at the 35th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, 21-24 October 2019

MDPI will be attending the 35th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, 21-24 October 2019.

The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has become the preeminent national conference in this important environmental area. The conference attracts 600-800 attendees annually which includes a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), environmental engineering, environmental consulting, and academia.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #B34). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.aehsfoundation.org/Ecc-Exhibitor-Info.aspx

6 August 2019
Preprints Reaches 10,000 Posted Articles Milestone

We are pleased to announce that Preprints has passed the milestone of 10,000 posted preprints. We are delighted to have reached this after just over three years of operation. Our congratulations and thanks go to our authors and advisory board who have supported growth of the platform and been crucial to its operation.

You can find further details at https://www.preprints.org/announcement/show/37.

2 August 2019
DeepGreen Partnering with Publishers and Universities in Distributing Open Access Content to Institutional Repositories

Last week, the DeepGreen initiative in Germany started into an advanced test phase with the publishing partners S. Karger AG, SAGE Publishing, MDPI, Frontiers and De Gruyter, as well as 27 universities from all over Germany, from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences to University of Konstanz.

DeepGreen aims at lowering the barriers for open access publishing by automatically delivering metadata and full text publications from participating publishers to authorized repositories at German universities.

In preparation for a later live operation, the advanced test phase serves to gain experience with extensive data deliveries from publishers and also handling different repository software (including OPUS4, DSpace, EPrints, MyCoRe). DeepGreen thereby acts as a sophisticated platform, receiving articles published by authors affiliated with German universities and depositing these articles to respective university repositories, based on the affiliation metadata. For more information about DeepGreen: https://deepgreen.kobv.de

Karger AG has been a close cooperation partner of the DeepGreen consortium since 2016. S. Karger has more than 80 subscription-based and around 20 open access journals covering a wide spectrum in health science. DeepGreen will assign S. Karger articles to authorized institutions on the legal basis of German alliance and national licenses.

SAGE Publishing  was founded by Sara Miller McCune in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE publishes more than 1,000 journals and over 600 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne. SAGE Publishing has been a close cooperation partner of DeepGreen since 2016.

MDPI  is a scientific open access publisher and has been a partner of DeepGreen since 2017. MDPI comprises 205 peer-reviewed journals of various disciplines. All articles are published under a CC-BY license and are freely available without embargo period.

Frontiers  is a scientific open access publisher with 61 journals of over 600 academic disciplines. All articles are peer-reviewed and published freely available under CC-BY license.

De Gruyter  is an academic publisher with more than 700 subscription-based and open access journals of 29 disciplines. Articles provided by De Gruyter will be assigned to institutions with German alliance and national licenses.

There is promising communication with other publishers.

DeepGreen is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the consortium comprises six institutions: the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg, Bavarian State Library, Bavarian Library Network, University Library of the Technische Universität Berlin, University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

If you would like to know in more detail which institutions take part in the advanced test phase of DeepGreen, you can find more information here.

30 July 2019
Meet Us at the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo


We will be attending the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia, PA, USA from 2–6 November 2019. APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential annual gathering of public health professionals. Nearly 13,000 attendees join the conference each year to present, learn, and find inspiration. This year, the theme of the conference is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health”. Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

IJERPH

Cancers

JCM

Healthcare

Vaccines

Microorganisms

Toxics

Sports

JPM

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #1144). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual.

25 July 2019
Meet Us at the 12th European Public Health Conference

We will be attending the 12th European Public Health Conference. From 20–23 November 2019, Marseille is hosting the 12th European Public Health (EPH) Conference, where you can reach over 1500 international delegates attending a fully packed programme over four days. Marseille 2019 offers you exceptional opportunities to network, raise your profile in the public health community, and gain valuable access to influential opinion-leaders, policy-makers, and researchers. The theme of the Congress is: Building bridges for solidarity and public health. Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

IJERPH
Cancers
Toxics
Healthcare
JPM

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #9). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://ephconference.eu/.

17 July 2019
First Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum

The University of Basel and the MDPI Sustainability Foundation are organizing the First Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum on 9th September 2019.

The aim of this event is to provide background and perspectives on Plan S to Learned Societies, which have to make well-informed decisions to transition their journals to Open Access (OA).

The BSPF will bring together several representatives of Learned societies, Plan S architects as well as representatives from various publishers and publishing platforms. After getting the big picture from cOAlition S, panel discussions will allow to better understand the diverse challenges that Learned societies are facing to transition their journals to OA as well as to identify sustainable, implementable and scalable solutions for successful Open Access transition.

For program details and registration, please follow the link below:
https://sciforum.net/conference/SustainableSolutionsToOpenAccess

21 June 2019
Meet Us at World Water Week 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden, 25–30 August 2019


World Water Week
is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2019, World Water Week will address the theme “Water for society – Including all”.

In the fourth year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2019 World Water Week addresses the basic objective of this agenda to secure inclusive and sustainable development for all people in all countries. The UN is focusing on “no-one left behind” as the theme for the 2019 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. In Stockholm, we are aligning this 2019 Thematic Scope with that theme, broadened to the wider perspective of inclusiveness. Water security underlies human and environmental security; access to and use of water in adequate quantity and quality are fundamental to survival and prosperity.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#A10). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/.

31 May 2019
First-Timers: MDPI Journals Receiving a First CiteScore™ in Scopus

In addition to MDPI journals who received updated CiteScores for 2018, the titles listed below were added in Scopus recently and therefore received a first CiteScore in May 2019, based on last year's citation activity in the database.

For almost all of the newly added MDPI titles, their CiteScore ranks in the upper 50% of the distribution (Q1 or Q2) in at least one of the research areas. The following titles rank in the top 25% cited journals based on CiteScore: Actuators; Biomedicines; Coatings; Cosmetics; Fermentation; Journal of Fungi; Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity; Nanomaterials; and Publications.

To access the full data for MDPI journals, please see here. More data can also be found in SJR Scimago Journal & Country Rank.

New CiteScore for MDPI Journals

Journal Rank (Quartile)
Category Link CiteScore 2018 SNIP 2018
Actuators 9/92 (Q1)
60/232 (Q2)
• Control and Optimization
• Control and Systems Engineering
Link 2.80 1.542
Atmosphere 26/71 (Q2) • Environmental Science (miscellaneous) Link 2.27 0.855
Atoms 36/69 (Q3)
105/173 (Q3)

239/397 (Q3)
• Nuclear and High Energy Physics
• Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
• Condensed Matter Physics
Link 1.20 0.707
Axioms 25/91 (Q2)
26/78 (Q2)
11/27 (Q2)
55/135 (Q2)
35/58 (Q3)
• Algebra and Number Theory
• Geometry and Topology
• Logic
• Analysis
• Mathematical Physics
Link 0.99 0.670
Bioengineering 42/139 (Q2) • Bioengineering Link 3.14 -
Biomedicines 40/189 (Q1)

47/206 (Q1)
• General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
• Medicine (miscellaneous)
Link 3.33 0.908
Chemosensors 34/110 (Q2)
50/160 (Q2)
• Analytical Chemistry
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Link 2.77 0.770
Climate 53/109 (Q2) • Atmospheric Science Link 1.95 0.864
Coatings 27/116 (Q1)
63/271 (Q1)
15/53 (Q2)
• Surfaces, Coatings and Films
• Materials Chemistry
• Surfaces and Interfaces
Link 2.42 1.186
Computation 74/204 (Q2)
171/460 (Q2)
58/118 (Q2)
127/259 (Q3)
• General Computer Science
• Applied Mathematics
• Theoretical Computer Science
• Modeling and Simulation
Link 1.40 0.552
Computers 128/274 (Q2)

52/89 (Q3)
• Computer Networks and Communications
• Human-Computer Interaction
Link 1.59 -
Cosmetics 92/390 (Q1)
38/128 (Q2)
67/164 (Q2)
11/23 (Q2)

23/30 (Q4)
• Surgery
• Dermatology
• Pharmaceutical Science
• Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
• Aging
Link 1.81 1.689
Econometrics 339/595 (Q3) • Economics and Econometrics Link 0.82 -
Fermentation 91/404 (Q1)
76/273 (Q2)
10/24 (Q2)
• Plant Science
• Food Science
• Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
Link 2.24 -
Fibers 86/288 (Q2)
34/103 (Q2)
118/352 (Q2)
49/83 (Q3)
• Civil and Structural Engineering
• Ceramics and Composites
• Mechanics of Materials
• Biomaterials
Link 2.01 0.889
Galaxies 46/76 (Q3) • Astronomy and Astrophysics Link 1.08 0.308
High-Throughput 181/257 (Q3)
153/205 (Q4)
108/139 (Q4)
340/407 (Q4)
• Biotechnology
• Biomedical Engineering
• Bioengineering
• Biochemistry
Link 0.88 0.295
Inorganics 35/69 (Q3) • Inorganic Chemistry Link 1.90 0.474
International Journal of Neonatal Screening 138/277 (Q3)

3/5 (Q3)

95/166 (Q3)
• Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health
• Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous)
• Obstetrics and Gynecology
Link 1.07 0.240
Journal of Developmental Biology 39/76 (Q3)
224/375 (Q3)
164/265 (Q3)
• Developmental Biology
• Molecular Biology
• Cell Biology
Link 2.36 0.813
Journal of Functional Biomaterials 11/83 (Q1)
26/205 (Q1)
• Biomaterials
• Biomedical Engineering
Link 5.10 2.234
Journal of Fungi 90/591 (Q1)

62/404 (Q1)
• Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
• Plant Science
Link 2.84 0.982
Journal of Imaging 291/661 (Q2)

136/272 (Q3)

36/70 (Q3)

40/75 (Q3)
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
• Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
• Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Link 1.47 -
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 30/92 (Q2)
105/288 (Q2)
77/203 (Q2)
• Ocean Engineering
• Civil and Structural Engineering
• Water Science and Technology