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 Editors-in-Chief, Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors

A. The responsibilities of editors are displayed on our website. Of course, we also discuss responsibilities with editors when they take on a role with the journal.

Q. Will an external editor reject a submission even if the comments of external referees are all positive?

A. Reviewers make recommendations on a manuscript, but the final decision and responsibility rests with the academic editor. Based on their own reading of the paper and the review reports, it can happen either that an editor rejects a manuscript with positive reviewer comments or accepts a manuscript with negative reviewer comments. In these cases they should give a reason for doing so and authors can request an explanation if they do not sufficiently understand the reasoning of the editor. A full overview of the editorial process is available on our website.

Q. Is the institutional membership program free?

A. The institutional membership program is free for institutions to join for the first year. Authors receive a discount on the article processing charges (APC) of accepted papers, and institutions receive updates about papers submitted by their researchers. After the first year, institutions can pay a fee and receive larger discounts for authors. Membership is flexible and can be cancelled at any time. For further details see the memberships page. You can recommend the membership scheme to your librarian here.

Q. Where can societies or individuals submit proposals for new journals?

A. Proposals for new journals, or for MDPI to take over existing journals, can be via email, see the general support section here. Before submitting your proposal, we suggest that you prepare an outline of the proposed scope, a list of potential editorial board members and a short discussion about how the journal will contribute to the field.

Q. Does MDPI support conferences?

A. In addition to sponsoring conferences, MDPI offers a platform for running online or physical conferences. You can use the service for free, or choose a managed option: further details are available on the Sciforum website. Along with setting up a website for your conference, Sciforum supports abstract submission, attendee registration and payment, mailing, doi registration and data export.