Research Highlights: Focus on Chemistry

Here are a selection of papers rated highly during the review process. This focus of this post is on chemistry and biochemistry, taking in ultra-fast dynamics, testosterone deficiency, a novel bioactive compound from a deep-water sponge, hydrogen storage, and a suggestion for extracting something useful from a large pile of manure. Ultrafast Electronic Deactivation Dynamics of […]

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Research Highlights: Reviews, Measurements and a Novel Virus

This post collects a diverse range of papers rated highly by peer reviewers during the editorial process. It takes in simultaneous in vivo measurements of DNA, lipid and protein creation in cells; discovery of a new virus; a systematic review of the relationship between magnesium intake and type 2 diabetes; a review of the susceptibility of premature babies […]

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Crossref Schema Integrated for Preprints

Digital object identifiers (dois) have become the standard method for definitively recording scholarly scientific information. They are issued by Crossref at the request of publishers, and provide a link directly to any published paper regardless of whether the URL changes over time. They are a great way to make sure you can always find the […]

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Luck of the Draw: Serendipitous Self-Assembly in Cluster Coordination Chemistry

Cooperative action of transition metals Transition metals can exhibit unique chemical, redox, magnetic or spectroscopic properties. For this reason, they play central roles in a large variety of fields, ranging from catalyzing crucial biological reactions to constituting the basis of information processing and recording. Since the pioneering work of Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Alfred Werner, […]

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Meet and Greet: Arjen Hoekstra, Editor-in-Chief of Water

Prof. Arjen Hoekstra is a professor of Water Management at the University of Twente, in Enschede, the Netherlands. Throughout his career he has led a variety of interdisciplinary research projects and acted as an advisor to governments, civil society organizations, companies and multilateral institutions like UNESCO and the World Bank. Prof. Hoekstra was the first […]

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Research Highlights: People on the Move

With record numbers of refugees worldwide along with the ease of international travel and communication, immigration, migration and globalization have become hot topics of debate in recent times. In this research highlight post, we look at some recent papers exploring these issues from various perspectives. Migrant Sexual Health Help-Seeking and Experiences of Stigmatization and Discrimination […]

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Research Highlights: Making the Most of Simulations

Performing laboratory experiments can be an expensive business. In some cases a computer simulation can help to predict possible outcomes and identify which are the most crucial experiments to perform. These simulations, however, are not simply an alternative. If well-constructed, they can give details about difficult to observe processes and uncover new knowledge that couldn’t […]

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Get Credit for your Historical Reviews with Publons

In September 2015, we announced our partnership with Publons to recognise the effort put in by our reviewers and their invaluable contribution to the editorial process. Reviewers for the selected group of 50 MDPI journals can now track, verify and showcase their peer review activity as well as generate certificates and link their profiles to other services like Orcid. […]

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The Impact of Climate Change on Health

In the words of the 2004 Nobel Peace prizewinner, the biologist and environmental activist Wangari Maathai, “Climate Change is life or death. It is the new global battlefield”. Climate change is starting to show its impacts at many different levels: from climatic and environmental concerns, to social and economic effects. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]

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Will outrage over Cecil’s death help or harm African wildlife?

Today we have a guest post from Leslie Irvine (Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder): Thanks to our wired world, an article recently published in Animals on media attention to animals has gained wide media attention. In “Cecil: A Moment or a Movement? Analysis of Media Coverage of the Death of a Lion, […]

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