Funders Push for a Full Transition to Open Access: Plan S

In a bid to push forward the transition to fully open access publishing, a number of funders have come together under the banner of cOAlition S and put forward an initiative called Plan S. Originating in Europe and led by Robert-Jan Smits of the European Council, Plan S puts forward conditions for open access publishing. The key message is the […]

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Learn about MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program

In a fast-changing Open Access environment, research institutions and libraries are adjusting their workflows and taking on additional administrative and advocacy work. MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) helps institutions and researchers manage the transition to Open Access publishing. According to Nikoleta Kiapidou, Institutional Engagement Coordinator at MDPI, “the IOAP is MDPI´s way of working […]

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“Only when humans understand the reason for animal life they will realize what they owe to them” – An Interview with Clive Phillips

This post gives some important lessons the Editor in Chief of Animals has learned from his work. “We need to find whether there is a reason for animal life, and if so what it is, since this will help us to work out what we, as humans, owe to other creatures and how we should treat […]

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Moving Forwards on Open Access—Interview with Drs. Saskia de Vries

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Drs. Saskia de Vries. She is the co-founder and first director of both Amsterdam University Press and Leiden University Press, founder of Sampan–academia & publishing and a notable open access (OA) advocate. Currently involved in several projects, such as the Fair Open Access Alliance including LingOA and […]

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International Open Access Week (23–29 October 2017)

Each year the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) organizes an international Open Access (OA) awareness campaign. During this week-long event, taking place worldwide from 23rd to 29th of October, institutions around the globe host local talks, discussions, panels in an effort to spread awareness and support OA within their scientific communities. This year’s […]

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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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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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A new look for MDPI papers

You may have noticed a fresh look to many MDPI journals over the past few months. We have given the article PDFs a makeover to enhance readability and make the research more accessible than ever.   There are a number of changes, but here are a few of the main features of the new look: More compact front matter: […]

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Q&A III: The Editorial Process and Getting Involved

Here is the third instalment of a series of blog posts answering common questions we have received. If you missed them, you can go back and read the first two posts here and here. Today’s questions cover the editorial process and how you and your institution can contribute to MDPI projects.   Q. Are there any regulations for […]

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