Article Processing Charges (APC) Information

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General Information on MDPI’s Article Processing Charges (APC)

MDPI publishes all its journals in full open access, meaning unlimited use and reuse of articles, in addition to giving credit to the authors. All our articles are published under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.

Authors pay a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover the costs of peer review administration and management, professional production of articles in PDF and other formats, and dissemination of published papers in various venues, in addition to other publishing functions. There are no charges for rejected articles, no submission charges, and no surcharges based on the length of an article, figures or supplementary data. Some items (Editorials, Corrections, Addendums, Retractions, Comments, etc.) are published free of charge.

Here is a breakdown of how our APCs are used. In calculating these values, we have followed recommendations from the Fair Open Access Alliance, an organization that promotes sustainable and transparent scholarly open access publishing. This also makes MDPI fully compliant with the requirements of Plan S, a key funder initiative to promote Open Access.

Service functions% of totalAmount (Swiss Francs, CHF)
2000 CHF1000 CHF2000 CHF1000 CHF
1. Publishing Operations & Projects 17% 34% 336 336
2. Journal publication 40% 79% 790 790
3. Editorial Fees 1% 2% 22 22
4. Marketing and Communication 4% 4% 80 40
5. General 6% 12% 118 118
6. Discounts & waivers 19% 19% 370 185
7. Surplus 13% -50% 284 -491
Total publication fee per article (CHF)     2000 1000

1. Publishing Operations & Projects

MDPI develops and maintains its own electronic submission and peer-review website. We also run several platforms to offer different types of services for scholars.

  • Preprints.org: a multidisciplinary preprint platform where authors can publish their articles free of charge.
  • Scilit.net: a comprehensive, free database for scientists using a new method to collate data and indexing scientific material.
  • Sciforum.org: an event-planning platform that supports open science by offering the opportunity to host and participate in academic conferences.
  • Sciprofiles.com: a researcher-profile platform.

2. Journal publication

  • Triaging—Filtering of papers upon submission by internal staff and editorial board members.
  • Organization of peer-review—MDPI provides a high degree of assistance to Academic Editors so that they can only focus on editorial decisions. We employ in-house editors to invite reviewers, collect review reports, communicate with authors and reviewers, correspond with authors about revision, etc.
  • Production—including copy-editing, typesetting, copy-editing XML and PDF conversion, and language editing. MDPI provides English editing by native English speakers for all accepted papers, included in the APC.
  • Proofreading—Corresponding with authors to approve the final text and requesting any missing information.
  • Other Editorial assistance—Handling any questions and requests for support before submission, during the editorial and peer-review process, or post-publication.
  • Journal management & development—The in-house Managing Editors track key performance indicators of each journal, monitor competing journals and the trends in the field. They also provide reports and hold discussions with the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board.
  • Indexing & archiving—MDPI has a team dedicated to indexing relations who advise on the eligibility of a journal for application to be indexed in over 80 databases. Our team communicate closely with the contact persons at the different databases and receive regular updates on the status of applications. We dedicate time to keep ourselves up to date on any changes in the evaluation criteria or application procedure.
  • Long term preservation—MDPI supports long-term preservation of all its articles in CLOCKSS.

3. Editorial Fees

MDPI pays a travel grant or stipend to all Editors-in-Chief and a share of revenue to the societies whose journals it publishes.

4. Marketing and Communication

MDPI allocates part of its income to the promotion of journals and articles through sponsorships of conferences, scholarly society events, and other promotional activities, as well as a series of awards to support researchers.

5. General

  • Management & administration includes cost related to salaries of non-editorial staff and other business costs. They include all the fees paid by MDPI for membership in publishing organizations: STM Association, OASPA, SSP, as well as services such as Publons. Most membership fees are based on the level of income or size of the publisher.
  • Taxes.
  • MDPI supports the activities of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, including coordinating the World Sustainability Forum and World Sustainability Awards.
  • MDPI is a debt-free company and is not repaying loans or investments.

6. Discounts and waivers

MDPI waives 25%–27% of its content every year. We are committed to supporting the transition of all research to full open access, so offer APC waivers or discounts to some authors. In addition, we waive and offer discounts from 15% (of the total APCs in a journal) in our most established journals up to 100% in our new journals or humanities journals. Although we display an APC on the website, in many social sciences and humanities journals we waive between 70% and 100% of papers; we display an APC in order to demonstrate to authors that there is a cost to publication. Even some of our well established indexed journals waive 30% of publishing costs per year.

Members of societies affiliated to an MDPI journal benefit from a discount as well as authors affiliated to institutions participating in our Institutional Open Access Program.

For journals in fields with low levels of funding, where authors typically do not have funds available, APCs are typically waived and cross-subsidized from fields for which more APC funding is available. For authors from low- and middle-income countries, waivers or discounts may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Applications submitted before article submission are assessed by the Managing Editor based on the quality of the research article and the authors’ ability to pay.

The APC by journal is given in the table below.

Journal Specific APCs

Journal Name Basic APC (CHF) *
Acoustics
1000 CHF
Actuators
1000 CHF
Administrative Sciences
1000 CHF
Aerospace
1000 CHF
Agriculture
1400 CHF
AgriEngineering
1000 CHF
Agronomy
1600 CHF
AI
1000 CHF
Algorithms
1000 CHF
Allergies
1000 CHF
Analytica—A Journal of Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Analysis
1000 CHF
Animals
1600 CHF
Antibiotics
1600 CHF
Antibodies
1000 CHF
Antioxidants
1600 CHF
Applied Mechanics
1000 CHF
Applied Nano
1000 CHF
Applied Sciences
1800 CHF
Applied System Innovation
1000 CHF
Arts
1000 CHF
Atmosphere
1500 CHF
Atoms
1000 CHF
Automation
1000 CHF
Axioms
1000 CHF
Batteries
1000 CHF
Behavioral Sciences
1000 CHF
Beverages
1000 CHF
Big Data and Cognitive Computing
1000 CHF
Bioengineering
1000 CHF
Biology
1500 CHF
Biomedicines
1400 CHF
Biomimetics
1000 CHF
Biomolecules
1800 CHF
Biosensors
1400 CHF
BioTech
1000 CHF
Brain Sciences
1600 CHF
Buildings
1000 CHF
C—Journal of Carbon Research
1000 CHF
Cancers
2200 CHF
Catalysts
1800 CHF
Cells
2000 CHF
Ceramics
1000 CHF
Challenges
1000 CHF
ChemEngineering
1000 CHF
Chemistry
1000 CHF
Chemistry Proceedings
see here
Chemosensors
1400 CHF
Children
1000 CHF
CivilEng
1000 CHF
Clean Technologies
1000 CHF
Climate
1000 CHF
Clocks & Sleep
1000 CHF
Coatings
1600 CHF
Colloids and Interfaces
1000 CHF
Computation
1000 CHF
Computers
1000 CHF
Condensed Matter
1000 CHF
Corrosion and Materials Degradation
1000 CHF
Cosmetics
1000 CHF
Cryptography
1000 CHF
Crystals
1600 CHF
Dairy
1000 CHF
Data
1000 CHF
Dentistry Journal
1000 CHF
Dermatopathology
1000 CHF
Designs
1000 CHF
Diabetology
1000 CHF
Diagnostics
1400 CHF *
Diseases
1000 CHF
Diversity
1400 CHF
Drones
1000 CHF
Earth
1000 CHF
Ecologies
1000 CHF
Econometrics
1000 CHF
Economies
1000 CHF
Education Sciences
1000 CHF
Electricity
1000 CHF
Electrochem
1000 CHF
Electronic Materials
1000 CHF
Electronics
1500 CHF
Endocrines
1000 CHF
Energies
1800 CHF
Eng—Advances in Engineering
1000 CHF
Engineering Proceedings
see here
Entropy
1600 CHF
Environmental Sciences Proceedings
see here
Environments
1000 CHF
Epidemiologia
1000 CHF
Epigenomes
1000 CHF
European Journal of Burn Care
1000 CHF
European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
1000 CHF
Fermentation
1000 CHF
Fibers
1000 CHF
Fire
1000 CHF
Fishes
1000 CHF
Fluids
1000 CHF
Foods
1600 CHF
Forecasting
1000 CHF
Forests
1800 CHF
Fractal and Fractional
1000 CHF
Fuels
1000 CHF
Future Internet
1000 CHF
Galaxies
1000 CHF
Games
1000 CHF
Gastroenterology Insights
1000 CHF
Gastrointestinal Disorders
1000 CHF
Gels
1000 CHF
Genealogy
1000 CHF
Genes
1800 CHF
GeoHazards
1000 CHF
Geosciences
1200 CHF
Geriatrics
1000 CHF
Healthcare
1400 CHF
Hearts
1000 CHF
Hemato
1000 CHF
Heritage
1000 CHF
Histories
1000 CHF
Horticulturae
1000 CHF
Humanities
1000 CHF
Hydrology
1000 CHF
Informatics
1000 CHF
Information
1000 CHF
Infrastructures
1000 CHF
Inorganics
1000 CHF
Insects
1400 CHF
Instruments
1000 CHF
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
2300 CHF
International Journal of Financial Studies
1000 CHF
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
2000 CHF
International Journal of Neonatal Screening
500 CHF
International Journal of Turbomachinery, Propulsion and Power
300 CHF
Inventions
1000 CHF
IoT
1000 CHF
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
1000 CHF
J—Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal
1000 CHF
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
1000 CHF
Journal of Clinical Medicine
2200 CHF
Journal of Composites Science
1000 CHF
Journal of Developmental Biology
1000 CHF
Journal of Functional Biomaterials
1000 CHF
Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology
1000 CHF
Journal of Fungi
1400 CHF
Journal of Imaging
1000 CHF
Journal of Intelligence
1000 CHF
Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications
1000 CHF
Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing
1000 CHF
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering
1400 CHF
Journal of Molecular Pathology
1000 CHF
Journal of Nanotheranostics
1000 CHF
Journal of Nuclear Engineering
1000 CHF
Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity
800 CHF
Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, Hearing and Balance Medicine
1000 CHF
Journal of Personalized Medicine
1400 CHF
Journal of Respiration
1000 CHF
Journal of Risk and Financial Management
1000 CHF
Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks
1000 CHF
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research
1000 CHF
Journal of Xenobiotics
1000 CHF
Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens
1000 CHF
Journalism and Media
1000 CHF
Land
1400 CHF
Languages
1000 CHF
Laws
1000 CHF
Life
1400 CHF
Logistics
1000 CHF
Lubricants
1000 CHF
Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction
1000 CHF
Machines
1000 CHF
Macromol—A Journal of Macromolecular Research
1000 CHF
Magnetochemistry
1400 CHF
Marine Drugs
2000 CHF
Materials
2000 CHF
Materials Proceedings
see here
Mathematical and Computational Applications
1000 CHF
Mathematics
1200 CHF
Medical Sciences
1000 CHF
Medicina
1500 CHF
Medicines
1000 CHF
Membranes
1400 CHF
Metabolites
1600 CHF
Metals
1600 CHF
Methods and Protocols
1000 CHF
Micromachines
1600 CHF
Microorganisms
1600 CHF
Minerals
1600 CHF
Modelling—International Open Access Journal of Modelling in Engineering Science
1000 CHF
Molbank
350 CHF
Molecules
2000 CHF
Multimodal Technologies and Interaction
1000 CHF
Nanomaterials
2000 CHF
Neuroglia
1000 CHF
NeuroSci
1000 CHF
Nitrogen
1000 CHF
Non-Coding RNA
1000 CHF
Nursing Reports
1000 CHF
Nutrients
2000 CHF
Oceans
1000 CHF
Optics
1000 CHF
Oral
1000 CHF
Osteology
1000 CHF
Particles
1000 CHF
Pathogens
1500 CHF
Pharmaceuticals
1400 CHF
Pharmaceutics
1800 CHF
Pharmacy
1000 CHF
Philosophies
1000 CHF
Photonics
1400 CHF
Physics
1000 CHF
Plants
1600 CHF
Plasma
1000 CHF
Polymers
1800 CHF
Polysaccharides
1000 CHF
Proceedings
see here
Processes
1500 CHF
Prosthesis
1000 CHF
Proteomes
1000 CHF
Psych
1000 CHF
Psychiatry International
1000 CHF
Publications
1000 CHF
Quantum Beam Science
1000 CHF
Quantum Reports
1000 CHF
Quaternary
1000 CHF
Reactions
1000 CHF
Recycling
1000 CHF
Religions
1000 CHF
Remote Sensing
2200 CHF
Reports—Medical Cases, Images, and Videos
1000 CHF
Reproductive Medicine
1000 CHF
Resources
1000 CHF
Risks
1000 CHF
Robotics
1000 CHF
Safety
1000 CHF
Sci
1000 CHF
Scientia Pharmaceutica
850 CHF
Sensors
2000 CHF
Separations
1400 CHF
Sexes
1000 CHF
Signals
1000 CHF
Sinusitis
1000 CHF
Smart Cities
1000 CHF
Social Sciences
1000 CHF
Societies
1000 CHF
Soil Systems
1000 CHF
Sports
1000 CHF
Stats
1000 CHF
Surfaces
1000 CHF
Surgeries
1000 CHF
Sustainability
1800 CHF
Sustainable Chemistry
1000 CHF
Symmetry
1400 CHF
Systems
1000 CHF
Technologies
1000 CHF
Telecom
1000 CHF
Tourism and Hospitality
1000 CHF
Toxics
1400 CHF
Toxins
2000 CHF
Transplantology
1000 CHF
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
1000 CHF
Universe
1200 CHF
Urban Science
1000 CHF
Vaccines
1800 CHF
Vehicles
1000 CHF
Veterinary Sciences
1000 CHF
Vibration
1000 CHF
Viruses
2000 CHF
Vision
1000 CHF
Water
1800 CHF
Women
1000 CHF
World
1000 CHF
World Electric Vehicle Journal
300 CHF

* For papers of type "Interesting Image" in this journal, a reduced rate of 550 CHF applies.

Please note that for papers submitted to these journals after 31 December 2020 the new APC applies.

Avoiding Surcharges from Extensive English Editing or Extensive Reformatting on Submitted Articles

Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions. If you use an alternative service that provides a confirmation certificate, please send a copy to the Editorial Office. Authors from developing countries should consider registration with AuthorAid, a global research community that provides networking, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries.

Funding of APCs and BPCs

Many funding agencies and institutions explicitly allow the use of research grants for the payment of APCs and BPCs for publishing open access articles and books. For more information on APC and BPC funding see the following page.

Discounts on APCs

Waivers may be granted at the Publisher's discretion and should be discussed with the editorial office when submitting the article. The editorial decision making is decoupled from the authors' ability to pay the Processing Charges, however authors should consider in advance whether they have sufficient funds to cover the full APC/BPC.

MDPI also offers discount vouchers to selected reviewers.

Accepted Currencies

We accept payments in Swiss francs (CHF), Euro (EUR), US Dollars (USD), British Pound Sterling (GBP) or Japanese Yen (JPY). Upon acceptance, the corresponding/submitting author will receive an e-mail with a link where the currency of the invoice can be changed.

Accepted Methods of Payment

MDPI currently supports the following payment methods:

For more detailed information on how to pay an invoice, please see our Payment Instructions.

APCs are payable within 5 to 10 business days.

Invoices are emailed shortly after acceptance to the payment contact provided by the authors. Only official invoices issued by MDPI (@mdpi.com) are valid. We do not authorize any third party to collect the APCs. MDPI is the sole service provider and cannot be held liable for actions by third parties.

For wire transfers, we ask the customer to pay the fees for both the sender and the recipient bank, so that MDPI receives the full invoiced amount. If you wish to pay by cheque, please add 12 CHF for processing fees.

Authors from Switzerland will have the local Value Added Tax (VAT) added to their invoices.

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