“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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MDPI Books

We are pleased to announce that the new MDPI Books website has just been launched. Enjoy a fresh look, transparent information and an up to date browsing experience at http://www.mdpi.com/books. Authors and editors can see their research come to life at MDPI books and benefit from: two decades of experience in open access publishing, dedicated personal support, […]

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DOAJ—A Quality Control System for Open Access Publishers

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)—a community-curated list of open access journals—was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with the aim of promoting high quality, peer-reviewed, open access material. Nowadays, operated by IS4OA, a non-profit company registered in the United Kingdom, DOAJ contains over 10,000 open access journals covering all research fields, and […]

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Launching New Journals: A Journey of Continuous Exploration

Since launching over two decades ago, we have expanded into many different fields. There are still areas where that our current portfolio doesn’t cover, sub-fields that deserve their own dedicated journal, and new research directions that we can support. MDPI is continuously expanding its portfolio and some of the new journals we plan to launch next year are […]

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The Impact of Open-Access publications on the scientific community

As mentioned in a previous post, a major advantage of making your research open-access (OA) is increased visibility. Anyone can freely access and download the full text, making your work more available and visible, and also leading to an increase in article citations. It has become widely accepted in the scientific community that OA promotes […]

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MDPI Altmetrics – Top 10 Published Articles in 2016

2017 is already well under way, but before we get too caught up with the year ahead let’s take a look back to see what people were talking about last year. We have compiled a selection of articles from six subject areas that all received a great deal of attention, as measured by Altmetric. Click on the titles […]

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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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MDPI at “Academic Publishing in Europe” (APE 2017)

Maria Schalnich and Martyn Rittman How can we build and grow a sustainable scientific publishing eco-system? How can we react to the needs of multidisciplinary research? How can we capture innovative trends in publishing and use them to meet the needs of authors, editors and reviewers? How can we improve and optimize our processes? Is […]

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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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