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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Reviewing for MDPI Just Became More Rewarding

In addition to our collaboration with Publons to recognize the hard work of our reviewers, we also provide APC vouchers to reviewers who provide timely and substantial comments. We realize that without their contribution the success of our open access journals would not be possible. That’s why we have decided to increase the discounts on Article […]

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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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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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Using LaTeX

About 10% of authors to our journals submit their papers in LaTeX, but what exactly is LaTeX and what are the pros and cons? What is LaTeX? LaTeX is a type-setting language. Unlike Microsoft Word, it isn’t a WYSIWYG, it is a markup language where labels in the file define formatting and style. LaTeX is a […]

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Becoming a Peer-Reviewer

Scholars see reviewing as an essential part of their job and know that the effort they put in is reciprocated by others when they submit their own work to journals. Many also want to have advanced access to the latest work in their field, or as an activity that can be used to strengthen their […]

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Research Highlights: Sea-Ice, Gold Particles and Molecular Imaging

Research from the global scale down to a single DNA base pair, what happens when you follow venom around the body, and rethinking the meaning of labyrinths. The Impact of Geophysical Corrections on Sea-Ice Freeboard Retrieved from Satellite Altimetry Robert Ricker, Stefan Hendricks and Justin F. Beckers Satellite altimetry is the only method to monitor […]

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