Preparing Manuscripts in LaTeX

If you use LaTeX to typeset your manuscript, please use one of the options below. For support, contact our latex support team. MDPI does not support plain TeX formats.

MDPI Class and Style Files

The following zip folder contains all files that must be used when preparing a manuscript in LaTeX (depending on your system settings, right-click and choose "Save to" or "Save link as”). The files are: template.tex (the template file where the paper is typeset), logo-mdpi.png (the mdpi logo), mdpi.cls (the class file defining the layout of the paper) and mdpi.bst (the bibliography style file defining the style of the references).

Software and Apps for Writing LaTeX

Online with Overleaf

There are now great and free tools for authors to write their scholarly papers in LaTeX in an online environment. Some of these tools also support collaborative writing and versioning.

We recommend Overleaf (formerly writeLaTeX), which includes MDPI article template files to easily prepare your paper in the format suitable for MDPI journals. Once you are ready to submit your manuscript, you can directly transfer it to the MDPI journal of your choice from directly within the application.

Microsoft Windows

For Windows users, we recommend the free LaTeX version MiKTeXexternal link. MiKTeX comes with a basic installer, which can be downloaded from the MikTeX project page. MikTeX can be used in combination with WinEdtexternal link, an easy-to-use LaTeX editor for Windows.

Unix / Linux

LaTeX should be available on every Unix/Linux system. For some related information and documentations how to install LaTeX on some of the Unix/Linux distribtions, see:

Apple Mac OS

See the Mac OS X LaTeXexternal link website for more information on running LaTeX under Mac OS X.


If you want to download LyX software, see LyXexternal link. As for the MDPI LyX layout and template, please use - [last updated 2021/06/11]

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