We have introduced a few handy citation features for our publication platform at www.mdpi.com, and used this to calculate some basic citation metrics.
Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547) is a unique open access journal that publishes ideas for research projects (research proposals), research plans, perspectives or ideas for solving grand challenges, descriptions of tested and untested prototypes and other similar material. Its content is typically not publishable in a research journal, but has wider scholarly or scientific relevance and therefore deserves to be publicized in a journal such as Challenges. Continue reading
Here a short summary of a few recent changes to our submission and publishing systems. Continue reading
Scientific publishing, and communication in general, has changed rapidly and radically over the past 20 years. With the advent of the Internet, communication and publishing has become affordable to all, to the point that one only needs a few megabytes of online space, a HTML editor and a word processor to claim to be a “Publisher”. (Actually, even a WordPress.com account would suffice to this purpose. Registering and configuring this blog using WordPress.com took me about two hours. I can now publish this first post on the blog.). There is no doubt that a number of dubious operations from across the globe are popping and claiming to be academic publishers. Continue reading