Information for Societies

As a pioneer in open access publishing with over 25 years’ experience, MDPI is interested in helping societies willing to venture into this publication model. We currently support more than 180 learned societies and organizations ranging from affiliations to publishing journals on behalf of the society.

Our Experience

Largest Fully Open
Access Publisher
Years of Publishing
Society Journals
Affiliated Societies and
Research Organisations
Society Journals
Published by MDPI

What We Offer

Conversion to
Open Access

We can convert a subscription-based or hybrid journal to gold or diamond open access, maintaining a high number of publications and a robust income.


A dedicated field-specific Managing Editor will support your organization and the Editor-in-Chief in the management of the journal by providing regular progress reports on the journal, conducting field-specific market research and competition analyses, providing financial reports, and managing any accounting aspects related to the journal.


Our trained and professional editorial staff can take care of manuscript submissions, the peer-review process, and post-acceptance-production processes.


Our in-house production team handles copyediting, English editing, conversion to and tagging of full-text and XML versions, and professional production of PDF versions for online publication. We can handle submissions created in Microsoft Word or LaTeX.

Fast Editorial

In 2022, across all articles published by MDPI, the average time for a first decision was 17 days and the average time from submission to publication was 38 days. Due to our infrastructure, internal organization, and large team of editorial support staff, MDPI maintains one of the fastest and most straightforward procedures in the industry.

Fast and Easy

Our website incorporates an electronic submission and reviewing system, including a workflow from manuscript submission to editorial processing, copy-editing and proofreading, XML conversion, author invoicing, and final publication. The platform is linked with a growing number of services, including Altmetric and CrossRef.


We offer high visibility for your publications by listing them in the search results at, which currently attracts over 465 million page views per year. A high ranking on Google and other major search engines is essential, so we ensure full-text indexing and search engine optimization by Google.


MDPI will automatically register DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) with Crossref for all published items, as well as automatically deposit publications into all databases in which the journal is covered within, in which a deposit feed is set-up.

Indexing and
Abstracting Services

MDPI strives to continuously expand coverage of our publications within leading multidisciplinary databases. We also focus on ensuring coverage of our journals within as many scope-specific databases as possible. As of 2023, MDPI’s journals are actively covered in more than 60 indexing and abstracting databases, 10 international ranking platforms and 10 journal directories.

Marketing and

MDPI offers promotion and marketing activities for the journal, such as conference sponsorship, digital marketing and stakeholder communication at conferences, flyers, and newsletters.


MDPI has the infrastructure and expertise to organize conferences. Societies, organizations, or individuals have the possibility to organize their own conferences using the MDPI infrastructure at


MDPI will take care of the long-term archiving of your publications by depositing a full copy in the Swiss National Library electronic collection (Helvetica) and CLOCKSS. MDPI is a member of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI), which enables the distribution of additional copies of publications to university archives around the world. Authors are also encouraged to self-archive the final version of their published articles into institutional repositories (such as those listed in the Directory of Open Access Repositories).

Hosting the

MDPI can host your journal back-file online on its platform, so that all volumes and issues of the journal are searchable from the same location.


Your organization can retain full ownership of your journals, and MDPI operates the publication process on your behalf. Other models are possible and can be discussed.


MDPI can take care of the whole invoicing process, collecting article processing charges on behalf of the journal. We offer different financial models and are open to negotiating terms and conditions.


MDPI offers high-quality, on-demand reprints of any article, volume or Special issue to authors and readers of a journal. Special issues can also be published in book format and made available on demand.


Reviewers can opt-in to get credit when reviewing for MDPI journals. MDPI also offers a discount on publication fees to reviewers in the form of vouchers and publishes a reviewer acknowledgment every year. MDPI has a partnership with Publons to recognize the important work of reviewers. Reviewers can opt in to get credit when reviewing for MDPI journals. Publons provides a number of benefits to reviewers, including generating certificates attesting the reviewers experience, and managing data and links to other services such as ORCID. MDPI also offers vouchers (a discount on the publication fee) to reviewers and publishes a reviewer acknowledgement every year.


MDPI offers institutions and consortia the opportunity to join our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), which provides transparency to the MDPI submission process, access to a unique institutional dashboard environment, and an APC discount for affiliated researchers. With flexible agreement models that offer a variety of payment workflows, MDPI can cater to individual institutional needs in order to help simplify administrative processes.

We can convert a subscription-based journal to open access, maintaining a high number of publications and a robust income.


Dr. Carla Aloè
Head of Societies and Acquisition
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland
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