19 June 2019
Response to MDPI Wikipedia Article
Wikipedia is an important source of community-based knowledge and MDPI supports the endeavor to openly disseminate knowledge, which closely matches the goals of MDPI. Unfortunately, some editors of the Wikipedia page about MDPI lack objectivity. This leaves the article heavily biased and uninformative about the majority of MDPI’s activities. Any potential improvements added to the page are quickly removed. We have made a number of attempts to discuss with Wikipedia editors to improve the quality of the article, but without success. Thus, for the time being, we do not recommend Wikipedia as a reliable source of information about MDPI.
For a comprehensive history of MDPI, see https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/history. In addition, there are third party sources of information about MDPI journals such as http://qoam.eu/journals, and Publons (https://publons.com/journal/?order_by=num_reviews_last_one_year).
Almost three quarters of the Wikipedia article covers controversial topics, mentioning 4 out of over 200,000 published papers, one instance where 10 editorial board members resigned (in 2018 we had over 43,000 Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors), and inclusion on Jeffrey Beall’s list, known as a source biased against open access and from which MDPI was removed (see our response here). While we do not object to these topics being mentioned, the way in which they are presented is misleading.
Responses to some of the topics covered can be found at:
Australian Paradox (Nutrients): https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2072-6643/4/4/258/htm.
Andrulis paper (Life): https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2075-1729/2/1/213/htm.
Editorial board resignation (Nutrients): https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/announcements/1389.
Comment on Park, B., et al. Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports Behav. Sci. 2016, 6, 17: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/announcements/1616.
WASH Blog on failures: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/announcements/2215.
Updated: 1 October 2020