MDPI’s Commitment to Research Diversity

We’ve acknowledged the importance of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), a traditionally male-dominated discipline; let’s now consider diversity as an all-encompassing concept within these fields, including, but not limited to, intersecting social identities of gender, religion, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socioeconomic status. Without these diverse social identities, we lose […]

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Women in Science: A Reflection from 5 Researchers

To celebrate women in science, we asked five female scientists from our top MDPI journals (Energies, Materials, Water, Remote Sensing, Sensors) what it is like to be researchers in their fields. We asked them to reflect on their experiences, what motivated them to become researchers and their advice for aspiring female researchers. Prof. Dr. Helena […]

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Meiofauna Life on Loggerhead Sea Turtles—Diversely Structured Abundance and Biodiversity Hotspots That Challenge the Meiofauna Paradox

This interesting article, written by Jeroen Ingels, Yirina Valdes et al., and published in Diversity in May 2020, has contributed to increasing knowledge about the relationship between sea turtles and the meiofauna on its carapaces. The main topics of this research have attracted the social and other media attention, being in the top 5% of […]

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Hybrids by Accident: The Researchers Story Behind the Breakthrough

Article: Hybridization of Russian Sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii, Brandt and Ratzeberg, 1833) and American Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula, Walbaum 1792) and Evaluation of Their Progeny The article written by Jenő Káldy and colleagues, published in Genes earlier this year, brought the attention of many media outlets and social media with titles like “Scientists accidentally create new fish […]

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Physical Activity and Brain Health: An Interview with Italia Di Liegro

Prof. Italia Di Liegro, Editorial Board Member of Genes, who recently edited the Special Issue "Genetic and Epigenetic Modulation of Cell Functions by Physical Exercise", started her scientific career at the University of Palermo, where she studied chromatin structure and proteins, such as histone variants H3.3 and H1.0. In 2005, she was appointed Full Professor […]

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Viruses 2020 – Novel Concepts in Virology: Another Success!

On 5–7 February 2020, Viruses organized the third edition of its international conference in Barcelona, this year named Viruses 2020 - Novel Concepts in Virology. It was a three-day event that congregated 240 experts from 36 countries. The conference was chaired by Dr. Eric O. Freed from the NIH – Frederick, USA, and Dr. Albert […]

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MDPI’s new commenting and endorsement system: the academic ‘likes’ are now available

Near the end of September, MDPI released a new functionality: the commenting and endorsement system. It allows researchers to endorse and recommend articles among each other – enabling ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ to infiltrate the academic sphere. Why an endorsement system? The commenting and endorsement system stems from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), […]

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#PlantATreeForSDG Challenge: Kicking off the countdown to the 1st World Sustainability Week in style

27 September 2019 marked the kick-off to the countdown of the 1st World Sustainability Week (WSW). For this occasion, Matthias Burkhalter (who initiated the idea) and the two chairs of WSW, Professor Max Bergman and Professor Ed Constable, came together with Dr Heiner Vischer, President of Basel’s Grand Council, to plant a 20-year-old oak tree […]

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Decoding Genomes of Small Species Using a Reduced Amount of DNA and Less Time

This is thanks to a new sequencing workflow presented in a recently published paper in Genes which removes some steps from traditional sequencing, and this results to a smaller loss of DNA. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute (University of Cambridge), and Pacific Biosciences have read the whole genetic code of a single tiny mosquito […]

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Did you know that the environment can interact with our genes?

The perinatal environment influences brain development and lifelong function, as well as somatic and mental health outcomes according to a recently published paper in Genes Slightly strange but true, the environment can interact with our genes. This is the main conclusion of a recently published paper in Genes in which the authors, researchers at the […]

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