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Reviewing for MDPI Just Became More Rewarding: Reviewer Benefits

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. So, let’s discuss the reviewer benefits that MDPI offers.

Peer review is an essential part of the publication process and it ensures that MDPI maintains the highest quality standards for its published papers. Therefore, all manuscripts submitted to our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts.

Moreover, scholars see reviewing as an essential part of their job. They 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 resume.

What reviewer benefits do MDPI offer?

We have decided to increase the discounts on Article Processing Charges (APCs) that we provide to our reviewers. From now on, any timely review will receive an APC discount voucher, and vouchers can be cumulated.

We want to recognize the efforts of reviewers as much as we can. The problem is that it is often a confidential process. Our journals have several other ways of saying thank you:

  • Many of our journals are enrolled with Publons, which provides credit for reviewers. You can even upload reviews from journals that don’t directly cooperate with Publons to receive more credit.
  • You can download a letter confirming your contributions from your reviewer profile in our submission system, Susy.
  • Once a year, a list of reviewers is published in the journal.
  • Many journal offer prizes for outstanding reviewers.

These reviewer benefits are in addition to knowing that you have contributed to maintaining the quality of published papers in your field and having access to research before publication.

Understanding how to become a peer reviewer

We want to make becoming a peer reviewer as easy and as beneficial as possible. If you want to learn more about our general guidelines for reviewers, we have plenty of information that may help you.

If you have any more questions about peer review for any MDPI journal, you can write to the editorial office.

For more information on our journal APCs, please see here.

The original version of this article was written in 2014. It has been updated for content and tone.

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