Announcements

7 June 2024
MDPI Calls for Greater Open Access to Science for Ocean Protection

On UNESCO’s 2024 Oceans Day, MDPI encourages the scientific community to increase the accessibility of ocean research to accelerate ocean conservation.

Basel, Switzerland, June 7, 2024: MDPI, a leading open access (OA) publisher, is proud to announce its active support for World Oceans Day 2024, celebrated under UNESCO’s Ocean Decade framework. MDPI’s CEO, Stefan Tochev hopes that “the latest ocean research can be made freely accessible to help empower scientists and communities at large to save our oceans,” under UNESCO’s Ocean Decade until 2030.

Open Access: A Catalyst for Ocean Action

MDPI’s presence at the UNESCO Ocean Decade Conference 2024 highlights our unwavering commitment to using OA to advance ocean science, support research communities, and promote sustainable ocean management.

"Our involvement in the UNESCO Ocean Decade Conference underscores MDPI's commitment to the underfunded Ocean SDG. By promoting OA to scientific articles and books on SDGs, we aim to inspire critical actions," said Tochev. "Our initiatives, like the World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Award, further demonstrate our dedication to advancing sustainability.”

Showcasing MDPI’s Contributions to Ocean Research

Over the past three years, MDPI has published 30,000 papers focused on ocean research and related topics. Key MDPI journals contributing to this body of work include:

  • Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (4.9k papers)
  • Remote Sensing (2.6k papers)
  • Sustainability (2k papers)
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) (1.7k papers)
  • Marine Drugs (1.5k papers)
  • Water (1.5k papers)

These publications highlight MDPI’s contributions to ocean science, reinforcing our role in the broader sustainability agenda by promoting blue innovation and economy.

Additionally, MDPI has launched Oceans, an international, peer-reviewed forum specifically aimed at publishing studies related to all branches of oceanography with an emphasis on the functioning of the ocean and the sustainable use of its resources and ecosystem services.

Affirming MDPI’s Commitment to Ocean Science

MDPI’s commitment to OA is pivotal in addressing critical global challenges, from climate change to ocean sustainability. Our efforts resonate with Outcome 4 of the UNESCO Ocean Decade action roadmap: an accessible ocean with open and equitable access to data, information, technology, and innovation. By aligning with UNESCO’s goals, MDPI continues to contribute to shaping a sustainable future for our oceans, reinforcing our position as a forward-thinking publisher dedicated to environmental stewardship and scientific excellence.


For more information, contact Rui Duarte at [email protected] or +41764313242.


About MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly, open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. MDPI is leading the transition to open science by making more research free and accessible to everyone. Over 3.5 million researchers have entrusted MDPI with publishing their scientific discoveries. MDPI’s editorial process is bolstered by a network of dedicated reviewers, a team of over 6000 professional, well-trained staff members, and an in-house article submission platform that was designed to ensure efficient processes within its 430 fully open access titles.

 

7 June 2024
Free Media Partnership between Children and British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Annual Scientific Conference 2024, 11–13 September 2024, Cardiff, UK


We are pleased to announce that British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Annual Scientific Conference 2024 has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

The theme of the conference is “Right Care at the Right Time”, and our aim is to ensure that children receive the appropriate care at the right time by the most qualified and suitable team of health professionals. Our renowned speakers will cover a wide range of topics, including evidence-based methods of prevention, management of dental disease, dental trauma, and the management of children with complex dental and medical needs.

Conference highlights:

  • Keynote lectures by nationally and internationally renowned speakers;
  • A wide range of topics, including evidence-based prevention methods;
  • The management of dental disease, dental trauma, and children with complex dental and medical needs.

This Annual Scientific Conference will take place from 12 to 13 September 2024 at the Centre for Student Life, Cardiff University. A separate Teacher's Study Day will take place on 11 September 2024 (Venue TBC).

The conference will feature a mixture of posters and oral presentations, an exhibition, a full social programme, and a multitude of networking opportunities.

Don't miss out on the UK's largest paediatric dentistry event!

For more details, please visit the following link: https://fitwise.eventsair.com/bspd-2024.

Children Editorial Office

5 June 2024
MDPI Sets a New Benchmark for Publishing Excellence


95% of authors rate MDPI’s publication process as excellent or good, setting a new benchmark in scientific publishing – reveals 2023 Annual Report. 

Basel, Switzerland, June 4, 2024: MDPI, the leading open access (OA) publisher, proudly announces the release of its 2023 Annual Report, detailing remarkable achievements and reaffirming its leadership in advancing OA publishing. In 2023, MDPI received 655,065 submissions, of which 285,244 articles were published. The company now commands a 17% market share in gold open access articles, with a median publication time of six weeks.

Stefan Tochev, MDPI's CEO, stated, "As a pioneer in open access publishing, MDPI has long been a game-changer in the scholarly community, serving millions of authors around the world to ensure the latest research is freely available. Reflecting on our incredible journey at MDPI, 2023 has been marked by growth in paper submissions, ambitious projects and initiatives aimed at improving our internal processes and delivering top-notch services to our scientists."

MDPI's 2023 Annual Report highlights several key achievements:

  • 17% market share in gold open access articles across all disciplines.
  • Record satisfaction rates: 95% of authors, 82% of reviewers, and 85% of guest editors.
  • Enhanced editorial standards and feedback processes.
  • Increased reach and impact with 54 new MDPI journal inclusions in Scopus, 29 in Web of Science, and 77 in DOAJ.

MDPI’s unwavering commitment to advancing OA has transformed the landscape of scholarly publishing, making high-quality research freely accessible to the global scientific community. The continuous improvement in our editorial standards and feedback processes underscores MDPI’s dedication to ensuring academic integrity and excellence.

Global Reach and Collaboration

MDPI’s global footprint continues to expand, with authors from diverse regions: 37% from Asia/Pacific, 36% from Europe, 15% from the Americas, and 12% from other parts of the world. The company’s fully OA platform attracted nearly 14 million monthly visitors in 2023, reflecting its widespread influence in the scientific community.

Commitment to Partnerships

With over 800 institutional partners, MDPI continues to demonstrate its dedication to providing reliable and collaborative publishing services. The introduction of a transparent flat-fee model highlights MDPI's ongoing efforts to enhance affordability and support to the academic community. For more details read our 2023 Annual Report.

For more information, contact Rui Duarte at [email protected] or +41764313242.


About MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly, open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. MDPI is leading the transition to open science by making more research free and accessible to everyone. Over 3.5 million researchers have entrusted MDPI with publishing their scientific discoveries. MDPI’s editorial process is bolstered by a network of dedicated reviewers, a team of over 6000 professional, well-trained staff members, and an in-house article submission platform that was designed to ensure efficient processes within its 430 fully open access titles.

 

4 June 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #12 - First Term as CEO, Tu Youyou Award, Books Report

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Renewed Term as CEO of MDPI

I released the first CEO Letter at the end of June 2023, reflecting on my first month as CEO. Looking back at the first release, I’m pleased to see a marked consistency of content – from talking about open access (OA) and highlighting the great work being done at MDPI, to bringing together the science community with our conferences and building relations with our editorial board members and our industry as a whole.

For example, in the first letter, I highlighted our meeting with Dr. Eric O. Freed, the founding and current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of our journal Viruses. Meeting with Eric is a pleasure, as he has a strong commitment and clear vision for the journal. 

On 21 May, 2024 we met with EiC Prof. Dr. Antonino Carbone, and Section EiC Prof. Dr. Alberto Signore (pictured on the left), of our journal Hemato (tracked for Impact Factor, and indexed in Scopus), showing our continued and active collaboration with our chief editors to develop the visions for the journal. Over the course of the day, we gathered feedback and gained an understanding of the journal's expectations and focus on strategic growth.

Reflections on my first year as CEO: achievements and initiatives

During my first year as CEO, there have been many remarkable moments, including a strong focus on bringing people together, focusing on company communications and performance.

According to a recent study of 3,400 people across 10 countries, “Managers impact employees’ mental health (69%) more than doctors (51%) or therapists (41%) — and even the same as a partner (69%).” This is an important topic for me, and perhaps that’s why I place a high value on management culture due to its tangible impact on people’s lives.

When I joined MDPI, I created a weekly meet-up for the Corporate Marketing department and their team leads. On the final Thursday of every month, we hold a Global Marketing meet-up to present projects, share knowledge, and conduct training. For years, I’ve maintained the tradition of ending each of our monthly global calls with a group photo to boost morale, motivation, and productivity, and to finish on a positive note.

In keeping with this, when I stepped into the role of CEO, I launched a bi-weekly management meeting, chairing over 20 MDPI Management Team meetings in my first year. These sessions provide an opportunity for managers to present their team’s work, focusing on their achievements and the challenges they face, while at the same time creating space for sharing knowledge.

“I firmly believe that OA is the future of publishing”

I co-organized and co-led the 2023 MDPI Strategy Management meeting this past October, from which we established an Executive Task Force that meets monthly to prioritize projects aimed at building MDPI into the world’s most trusted publisher. To achieve our goals, we as managers need to maintain collaborative communication and connect to the bigger picture.

As CEO, I focused on leadership communication by publishing 12 CEO Letters, one for each month of my tenure, to share more about MDPI news and achievements. I also produced ten videos to help further communicate our message.

I was happy to attend eight publishing and conference events, including STM in Frankfurt and Washington, APE, and R2R, and facilitate critical company meetings with Elsevier, Web of Science, ResearchGate, DOAJ, and others. It was a pleasure to meet and have discussions with key organizations and governing bodies such as CAS in China and ANVUR in Italy.

The best part was the opportunity to visit seven MDPI offices across Europe and Asia-Pacific, meeting with local managers and colleagues and supporting them in person. As part of this, I conducted training sessions while continuing to lead the Corporate Marketing department.

Looking ahead

My goal for my second year as CEO is to continue building on the initiatives from the past, including leadership communications, public relations, educational marketing, and company culture, while representing MDPI to the best of my ability. Additionally, I have a few new projects I hope to launch that I believe will be valuable to MDPI and the industry at large.

I firmly believe that OA is the future of publishing, and I am grateful to be in a position to advocate for this belief as part of MDPI, the world's leading open access publisher.

Thank you to our staff and industry friends for your genuine support in this role.

Impactful Research

Nominations Open for the Prestigious Tu Youyou Award 2024

I am pleased to share that MDPI has opened nominations for the 2024 Tu Youyou Award, a prestigious recognition established in honour of Professor Tu Youyou, Nobel Laureate, whose work has significantly transformed the global fight against malaria.

The Tu Youyou Award offers CHF 100,000

In 2015, Professor Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of artemisinin, significantly reducing mortality rates from malaria and shaping global health policies. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are now the standard treatment endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), saving countless lives, especially in regions heavily burdened by malaria.

MDPI Special Issue

To mark Professor Tu’s 80th birthday in 2009, MDPI’s journal Molecules issued a Special Issue focusing on her contributions to medical research. Recognizing her continuous contribution, MDPI created the Tu Youyou Award in 2016 to honour outstanding achievements in natural products and medicinal chemistry.

The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2024

Nominations are open to scientists excelling in natural products and medicinal chemistry. Eligible nominators include academic institutes, universities, and societies. The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2024, with the winners to be announced on 30 April 2025. The Tu Youyou Award offers CHF 100,000, split equally among the winners.

MDPI encourages the academic community to nominate individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in line with Professor Tu’s legacy. This award not only honours individual achievement but also encourages further scientific exploration and discovery in critical areas of medicine.

This award embodies our deep commitment to groundbreaking research that drives societal progress and celebrates the legacy of one of the greatest medical innovators of our time.

Inside MDPI

2023 MDPI Books Report

In past CEO letters, I have highlighted our publishing process and the impactful peer-reviewed articles that represent the core output of scholarly publishing. However, scholarly books are another pillar of publishing that MDPI also services, which our core audience may not be fully aware of. In this section, I highlight the 2023 MDPI Books report, released by our MDPI Books team in May 2024.

Download the 2023 MDPI Books Report

In the report, you will find a summary of MDPI Books’ 10th anniversary, the books indexed in the Web of Science Book Citation Index, our market outreach, and our outlook for 2024.

MDPI Books celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2023

MDPI Books published its first OA Reprint, “From the Renaissance to the Modern World,” in 2013. Over the past ten years, MDPI Books has seen a significant increase in both the volume and nature of published Reprints. As of December 2023, our catalogue includes a total of 7,369 Reprints, with 1,811 of them added in 2023 alone. MDPI Books includes monographs, book series, edited books and reprints of special issues and topical collections, among other book types.

We’re also celebrating the 10-year MDPI anniversary of Laura Wagner, Head of MDPI Books.

Laura Wagner (Head of Books Division)

Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and History from the University of Basel. After her studies, she started her career at an art gallery in Basel.

Since joining MDPI in 2014, Laura has held several roles within the company. This included editorial work, development of reprint and book services, and the temporary management of the journal Arts.

Currently Laura holds the role of Head of Books Division and is in charge of the development and strategic direction of MDPI Books.

MDPI Books indexed in Web of Science Book Citation Index

Another milestone in 2023 was the indexing of four book titles in the Web of Science Book Citation Index. The indexing of our open access books is crucial for their reach and accessibility, ensuring higher visibility within the open science community.

  1. Self-Representation in an Expanded Field: From Self-Portraiture to Selfie, Contemporary Art in the Social Media Age by editor Ace Lehner
  2. Towards Socially Integrative Cities: Perspectives on Urban Sustainability in Europe and China by editors Bernhard Müller, Jian Liu, Jianming Cai, Paulina Schiappacasse, Hans-Martin Neumann, and Baojun Yang
  3. Transitioning to Gender Equality by editors Christa Binswanger and Andrea Zimmermann
  4. Under Construction: Performing Critical Identity by editor Marie-Anne Kohl

If you would like to learn more about MDPI Books, please visit: www.mdpi.com/books

If you are thinking of writing or editing a book, you can submit your proposal at www.mdpi.com/books/publish-with-us, or email us at [email protected].

Coming Together for Science

Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future

Our conference team successfully managed the Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future international conference which took place from 28–31 May 2024 in Athens, Greece. The conference was chaired by Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Bikiaris and Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Triantafyllidis from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Dr. Ioanna Deligkiozi from AXIA Innovation, Germany. In total, the conference had 259 accepted abstracts and over 300 attendees from 22 different countries.

The conference featured three keynote speakers and 12 invited speakers, including esteemed scholars from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada. It included 60 selected talks and 189 posters, chosen by the 24 members of the Scientific Committee along with the three Conference Chairs. The event explored the latest scientific advancements and innovations in polymer science, focusing on creating safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly materials. Emphasizing green polymer chemistry and the use of bioresources, the conference promoted the synthesis of biobased and biodegradable polymers.

The conference featured esteemed scholars from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada

Conference awards

The conference also presented three awards: two sponsored by the journal Polymers – The Best Poster Award (€500) and the Best Oral Presentation Award (€600) – and one sponsored by Ossila, the Best Student Poster Award (€500).

Thank you to our 16 sponsors, three partnering societies (Hellenic Polymer Society, European Polymer Federation, and North American Thermal Analysis Society [NATAS]) and eight media partners.

Upcoming in-person event

1–4 August, 2024
The 1st International Conference on AI Sensors & The 10th International Symposium on Sensor Science
Location: Singapore

The AI Sensors 2024 Conference will unite innovators and experts in the realms of sensors, sensing technology, and artificial intelligence.

Find more upcoming MDPI events here.

Closing Thoughts

3rd World Forum Principles of Scientific Publications

I’m pleased to share that MDPI sponsored and attended the 3rd World Forum on Principles of Scientific Publications, which took place from 22–24 May in Malaga, Spain. The event brought together academic professionals and leading researchers to discuss critical topics in the realm of publishing and research. Presentation topics included Open Science, AI in Publishing, Predatory Journals, Fake Publications, Challenges for Non-native English Speakers, and more.

“It was great to see strong support from MDPI authors in the audience”

MDPI presentations


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) presenting at the 3rd World Forum Principles of Scientific Publications

I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the event, along with my colleague Dr. Enric Sayas (Business Analyst, MDPI) from our Barcelona office, who explored the ethical concerns and opportunities brought by AI in publishing.

I took the opportunity to present on Open Science, the benefits of Open Access, and MDPI’s performance, operations, and investment in ethics. Special thanks to Evan Escamilla (Project Manager, MDPI Books) and Facundo Santomé (Sr. Marketing Manager, MDPI) who also joined the conference.

It was great to see strong support from MDPI authors in the audience who shared their positive experiences publishing with us. Their story reflects the experience of the vast majority of authors who choose to work with MDPI.

We also encountered some conservative views on OA, which created an opportunity for open discussion aimed at addressing concerns about OA and MDPI. Engaging in such discussions is important, as scepticism sometimes arises from misinformation or from a misunderstanding of who we are and how we operate. When we engage in open and honest discussion, we tend to see people getting a better understanding of MDPI, which helps address any misconceptions they may have had.


Left to right: Dr. Enric Sayas (Business Analyst, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Facundo Santomé (Sr. Marketing Manager, MDPI), and Evan Escamilla (Project Manager, MDPI Books) at 3rd World Forum Principles of Scientific Publications

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

23 May 2024
Transfer Service in MDPI

We are pleased to announce MDPI’s Transfer Service.

This service provides a convenient method of transferring your manuscript file, along with any reviewer comments, to another journal within our publishing portfolio.

We are committed to helping authors find the right home for their research, and we will provide authors with guidance and technical support through all stages of the transfer process. Authors will be able to choose to transfer in the following two situations:

1. Select alternative journals on submission.

2. Authors are encouraged to transfer manuscripts to other MDPI journals.

More details about the Transfer Service can be found at the following link:

https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/authors/transfer-service

17 May 2024
Tu Youyou Award—Open for Nominations

In acknowledgment of the groundbreaking achievements of Professor Tu Youyou, the Nobel laureate credited with the discovery of artemisinin, MDPI is proud to announce the Tu Youyou Award. This award, inaugurated in 2016, seeks to honor scholars who excel in the fields of natural products chemistry and medicinal chemistry.

Prize:

  • CHF 100,000 in total (If there is more than one winner, the prize will be divided equally amongst the winners);
  • An award medal for each winner.

Who should be nominated?

  • Scientists with outstanding achievements and contributions in the fields of natural products chemistry and medicinal chemistry.

Who can submit a nomination?

  • Academic research institutes
  • Universities
  • Academic societies

Any personal nominations are not accepted.

How do I submit a nomination?
Candidates’ institutional affiliations need to submit their nominations for final candidates to the Tu Youyou Award Team directly by email after internal screening, and each institution can only nominate a maximum of two candidates for each edition of the Tu Youyou Award. Please note that the nominations cannot be modified once they are submitted and confirmed by the Tu Youyou Award Team.

Required nomination materials:
Nomination Form (Download)

Schedule:
Nomination deadline: 31 December 2024;
Winner announcement: 30 April 2025.

Contact:
Tu Youyou Award Team ([email protected])

More information can be found on the Tu Youyou Award official website. For any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact the Tu Youyou Award Team.

16 May 2024
MDPI Romania Author Training Academic Events in April

MDPI Romania sponsored four events over the month of April, contributing author training sessions to each event.

The NutriSciLabs 2024 conference was held at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy on 12 April 2024. Organized by the Association of Students from the Faculty of Pharmacy Studies, the conference aimed to enhance students’ academic writing and research skills, and bolster their confidence in participating in the academic world. Ioana Paunescu, journal relations specialist for MDPI Romania, led the training session. Paunescu first outlined MDPI’s history and core values, then explained academic writing techniques, ethics, and similarity percentages. The presentation covered the entire editorial process, highlighting the amount of attention paid to details throughout manuscript processing. Paunescu also discussed common errors that authors make while writing, and how to avoid such errors.


On 13 April 2024, the NextGEN 2.0 Student Conference took place at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. NextGen Healthcare organized this event with the university’s European Students’ Society to discuss European and international current affairs. MDPI Romania contributed an author training session called Steps of the Publication Process. Irina Codruta Zaharia, journal relations specialist, began the session with a general introduction of MDPI before diving into different article types, different layout formats, possible journals to submit to, the MDPI submission checklist, and the MDPI editorial process. By explaining the fundamentals of writing and publishing academic papers, Zaharia imparted valuable industry knowledge to the curious minds present. Participants were eager to engage with Zaharia in the subsequent Q&A session.


Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the International Conference “Students for Students” has long been a gathering place for undergraduate and postgraduate students of all nationalities to present their work and exchange ideas with each other. This year’s conference was held on 18 April 2024, with MDPI Romania contributing an author training session called The World of Open Access. Key speakers included Dr. Norbert Kiss from MDPI Romania and Prof. Dragos Horvath from Strasbourg University. Dr. Kiss discussed the history of open access, differences between open access publishing and traditional publishing, and implications for open access in the future. Attendees expressed keen interest in the subject, approaching Dr. Kiss with questions about academic publishing as well as his career trajectory.


Most recently, on 26 April 2024, MDPI Romania sponsored the National Symposium of Students from Geology and Geophysics Faculties. The AAPG Students Chapter at the Babes-Bolyai University organized this event as an opportunity for geology students from all Romanian universities to present their work and confer with other researchers. Dr. Kiss gave his lecture The World of Open Access at this event as well.


MDPI is thankful to all the participants, speakers, and organizers who attended these events. Through their enthusiasm and dedication, these events were great successes.

14 May 2024
Meet Us at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC 2024), 11–14 June 2024, Rome, Italy


Conference: 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC 2024)
Date: 11–14 June 2024
Location: Rome, Italy

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC 2024) offers cutting-edge scientific and educational content with many highly engaging sessions on pediatric and neonatal intensive care. The topics of this year’s congress include cardiovascular dynamics, cardiac ICU, and mechanical circulatory support; critical care nephrology and hepatology; ethics; health services research; administration; education; information technology, infection, systemic inflammation, and sepsis; metabolism, endocrinology, and nutrition; neuro critical care; nursing science; paediatric and neonatal intensive care nursing; patient quality and safety; pharmacology; respiratory failure; resuscitation and emergency medicine, etc.

MDPI will be attending the 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC 2024). We welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan to attend this conference, please contact us online. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #21 and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://espnic2024.kenes.com/.

8 May 2024
Meet Us at the 61st ERA Congress, 23–26 May 2024, Stockholm, Sweden


MDPI will be attending the 61st ERA Congress, which will be held from 23 to 26 May 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The ERA Annual Congress remains committed to advancing the understanding and treatment of kidney disease to improve the well-being of patients. Our aim is to disseminate knowledge with a focus on clinical assessment and treatment, with the overarching theme for this year being “Rethinking Kidney Health and Transforming Kidney Care”. The ERA 2024 will also mark the 60th anniversary of the ERA Registry. Four special sessions (Creative Labs), organized by the ERA Registry group, will provide insight into their expertise and knowledge.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://era-shop.interplan.de/.

2 May 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #11 – 2023 Annual Report, MDPI Awards, STM

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

2023 Annual Report

This is an exciting time of year at MDPI, as we have just released our annual report 2023, recapping the past year and sharing the progress and changes that took place during it.


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI)

Reflecting on 2023, I can't help but think of the changes that have occurred not only at MDPI but also within our industry as a whole. In light of this, I’m reminded that change is the only constant, and that for a publishing enterprise that has experienced rapid growth, adapting to change becomes not only a necessity but also a catalyst for sustained success.

Looking back on the significant ground we covered in 2023, I am pleased to report that the year was marked by a rise in paper submissions, along with a range of initiatives aimed at improving our internal processes and delivering top services to our scientists.

2023 Top-line MDPI Numbers

An important priority for 2023 was to strengthen our editorial policies. Despite a notable increase in the number of papers submitted from 603,000 to 655,000 (+8.6%), there was a decrease in the number of papers published from 303,000 to 285,000 (-5.9%), consistent with the overall trend in the scholarly publishing market. MDPI’s market share in gold open access articles published reached 17% in 2023 (according to Dimensions data).

2023 Open Access Numbers

For over two decades, MDPI has been at the forefront of reshaping the academic publishing landscape, with OA surpassing subscription-based publishing in 2020. This trajectory is deeply rooted in our history and reflects our unwavering commitment to, and vision for, an open future. This momentum continued in 2023, with 39% of the 4.16 million articles and reviews published as gold full-OA, 15% as gold hybrid-OA, 8% as bronze-OA, and 3% as green-OA, relative to 35% behind a paywall. In terms of gold OA (full or hybrid) articles and reviews published, MDPI leads the way in terms of total articles published in 2023.

MDPI is the trusted and preferred OA publisher for the scholarly community

However, in 2023, we saw a downward trend in publication numbers compared to 2022. This trend was also seen in total OA publications. While the number of submissions increased, the decline in MDPI publications can be attributed to several factors, such as improved scrutiny in our peer-review process, including the evaluation of content scope and higher rejection rates, and a post-pandemic decrease in research related to COVID-19 papers.

Download 2023 MDPI Annual Report.
Access 2023 Digital Report.

Impactful Research

Recognizing Scholars – MDPI Awards

MDPI is committed to empowering young researchers as they embark on their careers. In 2023, our journals hosted a total of 400 awards, receiving 8,839 applications and nominations. The evaluation committees selected 959 winners, with the total budget for these awards amounting to CHF 546,500.

For more information about MDPI awards, applications, and winners, please click here

The following awards recognize scholars and the impact of their research, including Young Investigator Awards, Best PhD Thesis Awards, and Travel Awards for junior researchers.

MDPI Awards – The following awards require an application or a nomination.

Young Investigator Award (CHF 1000–2000 for each winner)
This award acknowledges the achievements of young investigators in research areas relevant to the journal’s scope. Candidates must have received their PhD no more than 10 years prior to the award announcement date and must be nominated.

Best PhD Thesis Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
This award recognizes young scholars who have completed outstanding PhD theses in research areas relevant to the journal’s scope. It aims to encourage them to continue their excellent work and make further contributions to their field.

Travel Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
This award encourages junior scientists to present their latest research at academic conferences relevant to the journal’s scope, thereby increasing their impact.

Distinguished Scholars
Additionally, 220 awards were granted to the most distinguished authors and reviewers in our journals through Best Paper Awards and Outstanding Reviewer Awards. The following awards are selected by the editorial staff of the journal and do not require an application or a nomination. They exemplify the excellent contributions made by our authors, reviewers, and editors.

These awards exemplify the excellent contributions made by our authors, reviewers, and editors

Best Paper Award (CHF 200–500 for each winner)
This award is granted annually to highlight publications of high quality, scientific significance, and extensive influence.

Outstanding Reviewer Award (CHF 500 for partial winners)
This award is given annually to recognize reviewers who generously contribute their time to reviewing papers and demonstrate thoroughness, professionalism, and timeliness in their reviews.

MDPI also offers awards for specific topics in various research fields:

Carbon Neutrality Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
Sponsored by MDPI journal Sustainability, this award recognizes applicants who have made exceptional academic or societal contributions to carbon neutrality, either in general or in relation to a specific carbon-neutrality-related issue.

Intelligent Manufacturing Award (CHF 500–800 for each winner)
Administered by MDPI journal Machines, this award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding academic or societal contributions to the field of intelligent manufacturing.

Granted: World Sustainability Awards

Inside MDPI

MDPI Opens Office in Seoul, Korea and Appoints Claude Seo as Office Manager

As CEO of the world’s leading OA publisher, I am pleased to announce the official opening of our Korean branch office. With this addition, MDPI now operates 21 offices in 12 countries worldwide, improving on our position as a truly global publisher. This expansion represents more than just an increase in our physical footprint; it is a pivotal step in our ongoing commitment to making scientific knowledge more accessible across the globe.

MDPI now operates 21 offices in 12 countries worldwide, improving on our position as a truly global publisher


Claude Seo (MDPI Korea Office Manager, Seoul)

Claude Seo, who has over 15 years of experience in the academic publishing industry, has been appointed as the Office Manager of the Seoul office. The launch of our Seoul office allows us to better support the Korean scientific community and to further promote the publication of OA journals in the region.

Reflecting on his role, Claude shared that he is:

“Delighted to have been entrusted with this position within MDPI, the no. 1 scholarly OA publisher. As we establish our presence in Korea, we are dedicated to integrating ourselves into the local community and contributing to its vibrant culture. Our commitment goes beyond business growth; it is about creating a more informed and innovative society by embracing and promoting diversity within the scientific community.”

Sungkyunkwan University Joins MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program

Additionally, I am pleased to share that Sungkyunkwan University has joined MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). This program offers free access to MDP’s online submission system for institutions and provides APC discounts to affiliated authors. Thirteen major Korean universities, including Sungkyunkwan University, Kyunghee University, Chung-Ang University, and the Catholic University of Korea, have adopted IOAP in Korea.

Learn more about MDPI’s collaboration in Korea in my previous CEO Letter, in which I recap our visit to Seoul, South Korea.

Coming Together for Science

4th MMCS: Harnessing the Power of New Drug Modalities

Our conference team successfully managed the 4th Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium, held from 24–26 April in Barcelona, Spain. It was chaired by Prof. Dr. Diego Muñoz-Torrero from the Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB), University of Barcelona, Spain, and Prof. Dr. Simona Collina from the University of Pavia, Italy. In total, there were 84 accepted abstracts and 102 conference attendees from 22 different countries.


From left to right: Prof. Dr. Rino Ragno (Scientific Committee), Dr. Maria Emilia Sousa (Scientific Committee), Prof. Dr. Claudio Viegas Jr. (Scientific Committee), Prof. Dr. Simona Collina (Chair), Prof. Dr. Diego Muñoz-Torrero (Chair), Alvina Wu (Managing Editor, MDPI), Prof. Dr. Roman Dembinski (Scientific Committee), Prof. Dr. Mariana Spetea (Scientific Committee).

The event comprised 12 Invited Speakers, 35 Selected Talks, 10 Flash Poster Presentations, and 39 Posters. The overarching topic of the conference was the impact of the emergence of new drug modalities on drug discovery, with thematic sessions covering topics such as photoactivatable drugs, candidates targeting RNA and epigenetic targets, covalent modifiers, and the development of new anti-cancer agents, among other medicinal chemistry projects.

We are pleased to have received feedback from attendees highlighting the professional approach of the conference chairs and participants, the high quality of the talks, and the overall outstanding organization on the part of the MDPI conference team.

Thank you to the conference sponsors, Fluorochem and IBUB, and to our partnering societies, The Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM), and the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT).

Upcoming In-Person Event

28–31 May, 2024
Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future
Location:
Athens, Greece
Conference Chairs: Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Bikiaris, Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Triantafyllidis, Dr. Ioanna Deligkiozi
We look forward to welcoming experts Prof. Damià Barceló, Prof. Minna Hakkareinen, and Prof. Armando J. D. Silvestre to this event.

Find more upcoming MDPI events here.

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Closing Thoughts

A Report from the Future – STM US Annual Conference 2024


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli and Dr. Ioana Craciun from MDPI’s Scientific Office Board.

MDPI has for a long time been a sponsor of the STM Annual Conferences, held yearly in the US and Frankfurt, and is a trusted partner and supporter of the STM organization. While I have attended the Frankfurt conference for the past three years, this was my first time visiting the Washington, DC session, and I am glad I did.

Although it was a brief trip, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend in the company of my colleagues Dr. Giulia Stefenelli and Dr. Ioana Craciun from MDPI’s Scientific Office Board. They always help map some of the new industry trends against MDPI’s operational framework and guidelines. It’s a great group for kicking ideas back and forth on what we can apply at MDPI.

In my experience, STM never fails to deliver. It’s always a great conference for reconnecting with fellow publishers, industry friends, and vendors. As usual, STM this year curated a diverse range of speakers and panels, who proferred valuable knowledge and insights from outside our industry, delivering thought-provoking insights into our field. An example of this was the ‘Trust Panel’ session, which included Alan Schiffres (Managing Director, InfoLinx), who shared a number of the learnings about fraud and risk management from his 40 years in financial services, to help address some of the challenges we are currently facing in the area of publishing integrity.

Launch of STM Trends 2028 Panel

I particularly enjoyed the ‘Launch of STM Trends 2028 Panel’, which presented a report focused on the integration of humans and machines in scholarly publishing. The session highlighted themes such as AI, digitization, and the evolving research ecosystem. The report envisions a future where technology blurs the lines between human and machine involvement in research processes, with significant implications for trust, reputation, and equity. While this presents opportunities for connectivity and knowledge dissemination, it also poses challenges such as disinformation, fragmentation, and geopolitical tensions. We must rely on a wise combination of technology and human agency to navigate this complex landscape and will have to carefully examine its potential impacts on communication and scholarly publishing.

MDPI has joined the STM Integrity Hub. Click here to learn more.

While every presenter brought their own knowledge and personal touch, I was particularly pleased to encounter new speakers such as Heather Whitney (Research Assistant Professor, Radiology, University of Chicago) and Igor Grossmann (Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada). Having studied Sociology at the University of Guelph, I have a soft spot for fellow social scientists from Canada, and I was very impressed by Igor’s presentation on ‘The Social Scientist: A View from the Future’ and his participation in the panel session ‘The Future Beyond the Article,’ which was one of my favourites from the conference, given the diversity of perspectives from the panel speakers.

Memorial Park in Washington, DC

On a personal note, this was my first-time visiting Washington, DC, and I’m glad we took an afternoon to visit the Memorial Park, with its incredible monuments to figures ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Abraham Lincoln. The magnitude of the monuments is deeply impressive. I particularly appreciated the Thomas Jefferson memorial and the following quote, which I think speaks to the importance of change and adaptation. It’s something we can apply not only in our industry but also in our personal lives.

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as a civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

– Excerpted from a letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

30 April 2024
MDPI Opens Office in Seoul, Korea and Appoints Claude Seo as Office Manager

MDPI, the leading Open Access (OA) publisher, announced on Monday that it opened its Korean branch office on 29th April 2024. With this addition, MDPI now operates 21 offices in 12 countries worldwide. Claude Seo, with over 20 years of experience in the academic journal publishing industry, including Nature Publishing Group (NPG), has been appointed as the Office Manager of the Seoul office.

With the establishment of a Seoul office, MDPI aims to actively support Korea scientific communities to further promote the publication of OA journals in the region. As of the end of 2023, Korea ranked sixth worldwide in both submissions and publications of MDPI research papers. MDPI is the number one OA publisher in Korea.


Sungkyunkwan University Joins MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program

In addition, MDPI announced that Sungkyunkwan University joined MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). This program offers free access to MDPI online submission system for the institutions and APC discounts to affiliated authors. Thirteen major Korean universities, including Sungkyunkwan University, Kyung Hee University, Chung-Ang University and Catholic University of Korea, have adopted IOAP in Korea.

OA aims to break down barriers that have traditionally restricted access to science, ensuring that knowledge is available to all, regardless of financial situation or institutional affiliations. Authors, academia, and scientific communities are rapidly moving toward OA. MDPI has been at the forefront of reshaping the academic publishing landscape, with OA surpassing subscription-based publishing in 2020.


MDPI CEO Visits Seoul, Korea

In March, Stefan Tochev, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MDPI, visited Korea and met with various stakeholders including government agencies, research and academic institutions, universities. During his visit, Stefan highlighted that MDPI continues to pave the way for a world where science is accessible to all, supporting a global community of inclusive innovation and collaborative solutions.

Stefan expressed excitement about the new venture, stating, "Today marks a significant milestone for MDPI as we celebrate the opening of our new office in Seoul, Korea. This expansion is more than just an increase in our physical footprint, it is a pivotal step in our ongoing commitment to making scientific knowledge more accessible, participatory, and inclusive across the globe."

Claude Seo, reflecting on his new role, commented, "I am delighted to have been offered this position of trust within MDPI, the no. 1 scholarly OA publisher. As we establish our presence in Korea, we are dedicated to integrating into the local community and contributing to its vibrant culture. Our commitment goes beyond business growth; it is about creating a more informed and innovative society by embracing and promoting diversity within the scientific community.”

For further inquiries, please contact our Seoul office directly.


About MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly, open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. MDPI is leading the transition to open science by making more research free and accessible to everyone. Over 3.3 million researchers have entrusted MDPI with publishing their scientific discoveries. MDPI’s editorial process is bolstered by a network of dedicated reviewers, a team of 6000 diligent, well-trained staff members, and an in-house article submission platform that was designed to ensure efficient processes within its 430 fully OA titles.

22 April 2024
Meet Us at the Annual Meeting of American Psychological Association 2024 (APA 2024), 8–10 August 2024, Seattle, WA, USA


Conference: Annual Meeting of American Psychological Association 2024 (APA 2024)
Organization: American Psychological Association
Date: 8–10 August 2024
Place: Seattle Convention Center, Arch at 705 Pike, 705 Pike St., Seattle, WA, USA
Booth: #418

MDPI journals will be attending APA 2024 as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Seattle, WA, USA, from 8 to 10 August 2024.

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the USA, with more than 157,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as its members. Immerse yourself in the world of psychology professionals at the APA 2024. This is your prime opportunity for in-person engagement with a diverse mix of practitioners, researchers, academicians, and students in this field.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://convention.apa.org.

2 April 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #10 - South Korea, IWD, U2A, Japan

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts


Left to right: Dr. Jisuk Kang (Scientific Officer, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), and Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI), during media meetings at Prain Agency office in Seoul, South Korea.

Visit to Seoul, South Korea

During my recent visit to South Korea, I had the privilege of meeting various stakeholders, including representatives of government, research institutions, and academia, to understand their needs and communicate MDPI’s commitment to accessible science. Accompanied by my colleagues Dr. Giulia Stefenelli and Dr. Jisuk Kang, I engaged with the Korean scientific community, which is increasingly embracing open access (OA).

As the leading OA publisher in South Korea, MDPI is trusted by local authors and in 2023 enjoyed an approximately 30% share of the OA market. South Korea ranks sixth globally for MDPI in terms of research papers submitted and published.

MDPI and South Korea by Numbers

As at 30 March, over 76,000 MDPI articles have been authored by individuals affiliated with Korean institutions. We have over 1,800 active editorial board members (EBMs) from South Korea, with more than 880 EBMs having an H-index between 26 and 50, including 10 serving as Chief Editors.

“South Korea is the sixth-largest contributor to our total publications”

Over the past five years (2019–2023), nearly 120,000 authors affiliated with South Korean institutes have published with MDPI. Specifically in 2023, we received approximately 25,000 submissions from South Korean authors, publishing close to 13,000 articles, resulting in a rejection rate of 47.4%, which is not far below MDPI’s overall rejection rate of 56.4% in 2023.

Institutional Partnerships with South Korea

I am pleased to share that MDPI has more than 825 institutional partnerships worldwide, with 12 in South Korea, including Kyunghee University, Chung-Ang University, and Inha University, among others.


Left to right: Dr. Jisuk Kang (Scientific Officer, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI), and Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) fielding media questions at Prain PR Agency office in Seoul, South Korea.

Over the past three years (2021–2023), we have had some of the most prestigious academic universities ranked among the top 10 Korean institutions publishing with MDPI. Seoul National University had the highest number of publications with MDPI during those three years, publishing nearly 6,000 papers. Universities such as Korea University and Yonsei University also rank among the top 10 Korean institutions publishing with MDPI.

MDPI Hosts Seminar for Academia and Media

As the world’s leading OA publisher, MDPI is actively democratizing science. This is reflected in the seminars we hosted on 21 March to address questions about our editorial processes and ethical standards. The visit garnered media coverage, reflecting our mission to providing high-quality services and fostering open dialogue in the community.

“MDPI is actively democratizing science”

MDPI in the News


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) leading a seminar on OA and MDPI at Prain PR Agency office in Seoul, South Korea.

Media coverage generated by our visit to Seoul included the following stories:

“Open access is an unstoppable trend…it will lead the development of the knowledge ecosystem.”

“Papers that the public needs, anyone can use quickly… low-quality publishing is a misunderstanding.”

I greatly appreciate the contributions of everyone who took the time to meet with us, share their stories, and hold us accountable for continuing to provide high-quality publishing services while identifying areas for improvement. I am also excited to announce that we have opened an MDPI office in Seoul and will release a press release on MDPI.com, with details, by the end April 2024. The purpose of the office is to establish a local presence to connect with and support the South Korean academic community through institutional partnerships, conferences, author workshops, stakeholder communications, and more.

Impactful Research

Featured Articles on Women’s Leadership and Healthcare

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2024), MDPI curated a collection of research articles on various topics, including women’s leadership, reproductive health, preventive healthcare, and a selection of articles from our journal Women.

Women’s Leadership

Women’s Reproductive Health

Women’s Preventive Healthcare

Featured Articles in MDPI Journal Women

Below are a few articles from Women, our journal focused on women’s health, the social determinants of health, and the healthcare system that serves women. The aim of Women is to encourage academics to publish their experimental and theoretical results in detail, to aid reproducibility, and in an engaging style, to aid comprehensibility.

Inside MDPI

 

Championing Women’s Healthcare and Access to Healthcare Information

MDPI colleagues from our offices joined in celebrating #IWD2024. In doing so, we emphasized key missions that encompass:

  • Empowering women to assume leadership and decision-making roles in both business and science.
  • Helping women and girls make informed decisions about their health.
  • Recruiting and developing female talent and fostering inclusive workplace environments.

“We are thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of women scientists”

I am proud to see our colleagues enthusiastically supporting the International Women’s Day call to ‘Inspire Inclusion!’ The heart-hands in the collage below symbolize our appreciation of the achievements of women researchers and the recognition of the trailblazers who have courageously made a mark on societies past and present.

We are thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of women scientists through our many MDPI awards and by highlighting success stories. As inspirational figures, female scientists are paving the way for the next generation of women aspiring to pursue careers in engineering, life sciences, computing, and various other STEM fields.

“I consider myself lucky because I work with incredibly talented women who inspire me every day.”
– Dr. Alessandra Pasut, Winner of MDPI's ‘Biology 2023 Young Investigator Award’

“It’s really important to find a supportive and enabling environment in which to do your science; it would have a big impact on you as a person and on your scientific outputs.”
– Dr. Rhea Longley, Winner of the ‘Pathogens 2023 Young Investigator Award’

Open-access publishing, in particular, allows early-career women researchers to share their work more widely, potentially attracting mentorship opportunities and collaborations. This support is crucial for career development and advancement.

Coming Together for Science

MDPI Joins United2Act in Collective Fight to Stop Paper Mills

In my February 2024 CEO Letter, I highlighted some of our recent initiatives aimed at bolstering our commitment to research integrity, including joining the STM Integrity Hub and expanding our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics team (RIPE). Continuing our efforts in coming together for science, I am pleased to share our participation in the United2Act initiative.

The text below is taken from our official announcement:

United2Act represents an international group of stakeholders in the publishing industry committed to addressing the collective challenge posed to research integrity by paper mills.

Scientists and academic publishers have increasingly noted the alarming proliferation of paper mills, recognized as fraudulent entities seeking to manipulate the publication process for financial profit. These entities engage in fraudulent practices such as falsifying or fabricating data, selling co-authorship of fake papers, manipulating peer review, and including inappropriate citations. These actions pose a significant threat to the integrity of the scholarly record, prompting widespread concern among those involved in the academic community.

MDPI has been actively contributing to combat the undermining of the scientific record. Our editors employ a set of tools to detect potential ethical breaches within a manuscript and to tackle the issue of fake papers.

United2Act’s consensus statement is the outcome of a virtual summit held in May 2023. It involved the participation of research bodies, publishers, researchers/sleuths, universities, and publishing infrastructure from 15 countries and resulted in a Consensus Statement outlining five key areas of action for all stakeholders:

  • Education and awareness
  • Improve post-publication corrections
  • Facilitate and organise research on paper mills
  • Enable the development of trust markers
  • Facilitate dialogue between stakeholders

MDPI is committed to promoting transparency and integrity in scholarly publishing and is continuing to work closely with the scientific community toward this goal.

Closing Thoughts


Left to right: Ryo Hirayama (Marketing Specialist, MDPI), Takashi Sasabe (Marketing Specialist, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI), Dr. Izumi Yamamoto (Marketing Manager, MDPI), and Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), at MDPI’s office in Tokyo, Japan.

Visit to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

In March, I had the opportunity to visit our Tokyo office and engage with stakeholders in Tokyo and Kyoto. During the visit, I also recorded a video message to welcome Japanese scholars working with MDPI and to highlight our operations in Japan.

We held meetings with Editors-in-Chief, librarians, scholars, and external consultants to gather feedback on our efforts to enhance our reputation and explore additional steps we can take in that direction. Japan's rich cultural heritage, characterized by tradition, respect, and formality, provided valuable insights into meeting the publishing needs specific to Japan.

Japan’s Open Access statistics

Over the years, we have seen a shift from subscription-only to gold OA publishing in Japan, despite the lack of an official mandate. Here are some statistics:

  • 2012: 68% of articles were subscription-only, 6% were green Open Access, and 8% were gold Open Access.
  • 2016: 55% of articles were subscription-only, 6% were green Open Access, and 20% were gold Open Access.
  • 2022: 43% of articles were subscription-only, 7% were green Open Access, and 39% were gold Open Access.

To learn more about the history of OA in Japan as well as about future trends, please read this blog post.

“Japan is the ninth-largest contributor to our total publications”


Left to right: Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Izumi Yamamoto (Marketing Manager, MDPI), and Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board, MDPI) visiting Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.

MDPI and Japan by Numbers

As at 1 April, over 50,000 MDPI articles have been authored by scholars affiliated with Japanese institutions, making the country the ninth-largest contributor to our total publications. Over the past three years (2020–2023), nearly 90,000 authors affiliated with Japanese institutes have published with MDPI, and we have collaborated with over 4,600 Guest Editors from Japan.

In 2023, we published over 8,200 papers from authors associated with Japanese institutions. MDPI collaborates with 41 institutional partnerships in Japan, including the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, and Nagoya University. We have over 2,100 active EBMs from Japan, more than 1,050 EBMs having an H-index between 26 and 50, including 13 serving as Editors-in-Chief.

General Feedback – a side note

A general takeaway from our discussions with stakeholders from around the world is that negative perceptions of MDPI often stem from misinformation, misconceptions, or misunderstandings about MDPI and our practices. While we acknowledge our mistakes and work diligently to address them, maintaining a strong editorial procedure and robust peer-review process, I find that educating stakeholders about our how we do what we do and our ongoing improvements tends to help shift opinions.

That said, we recognize the importance of addressing individual concerns. We take feedback seriously and are continuously working to get better while not compromising the core principles that millions of authors appreciate about MDPI.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

1 April 2024
Meet Us at the American Thoracic Society International Conference 2024, 17–22 May 2024, San Diego, USA


MDPI will be attending the American Thoracic Society International Conference 2024, which will be held on from 17 to 22 May 2024 in San Diego, USA.

The ATS International Conference brings together pulmonary, critical care, and sleep professionals at all career stages, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. With nearly 14,000 attendees annually, the event serves as a platform for the latest research, global networking, and interdisciplinary discussions. Healthcare professionals from various fields, including nurses, therapists, and hospitalists, converge to share insights and advancements in pulmonary health, critical care, and sleep disorders. Furthermore, the conference's global reach is highlighted by 40 percent of participants representing healthcare facilities from around the world.

The following MDPI journals will be represented at the conference:

If you are considering attending this conference, we warmly welcome you to visit our booth and interact with our representatives. We are eager to meet you in person and assist you with any queries you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the official website at https://conference.thoracic.org/.

14 March 2024
Children | New Section “Pediatric Pain Therapy and Palliative Care” Established


The editorial team of Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Section, “Pediatric Pain Therapy and Palliative Care”, of which Prof. Dr. Boris Zernikow from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, has been appointed Section Editor-in-Chief.

The “Pediatric Pain Therapy and Palliative Care” Section accepts all articles and reviews related to pediatric pain and palliative care. The Section focuses on acute pain in children like vaccination pain, acute pain in other healthcare settings, and in the trajectory of severe illnesses. Another major field to cover is chronic pain in children, e.g., headache, abdominal pain, and/or musculoskeletal pain, that arise primarily or secondarily during episodes of organ destruction or malfunction. The Section focuses on children, adolescents, and young adults with life‐threatening or life‐limiting conditions and their families in the whole disease trajectory from diagnosis to death. Communication with patients and parents, shared decision-making, advanced care planning, and multimodal and interprofessional treatment are major topics of interest. The four dimensions of palliative care—the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimension—will be covered.

Keywords: acute non‐postoperative pain; chronic pain; headache; migraine; abdominal pain; tension-type headache; trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias; back pain; muscle pain; facial pain; co‐morbid pain and substance-use disorders; chronic pain and co‐morbidities; CRPS; intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment (IIPT); pain psychotherapy; psychological interventions; pain assessment; pain neurobiology; neonatal pain; resilience; self-efficacy; nociception; epidemiology of pediatric pain; pain medication; NSAIDs; palliative care; hospice care; rare diseases; home care; hospital care; cancer pain; somatic pain; neuropathic pain; swallowing difficulties; seizures; sleep disturbance; loss of appetite; constipation; irritability of unknown origin; dyspnea; anxiety; depression; spasticity; paralysis; cerebral palsy; weight loss; vomiting; nausea; cough; hypersalivation; fatigue; wound care; end-of-life care; severe neurological impairment; suffering; family; organ failure; grief; communication; shared decision making; advanced care planning; death; dying; life‐threatening conditions; life‐limiting conditions; spirituality; quality of life; parents; multimodal treatment; team; inherited metabolic diseases; sibling; morphine; opioid; ethics

We are currently recruiting Editorial Board Members (EBMs) and Guest Editors for this Section. If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about publishing cutting-edge research, please contact us at [email protected]. Alternatively, you may wish to submit your work directly via the following link: https://susy.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload?journal=children.

Children Editorial Office

7 March 2024
Free Media Partnership between Children and the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology, 8–11 May 2024, Porto, Portugal


We are pleased to announce that the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Date: 8–11 May 2024
Place: Porto, Portugal

The Local Organising Committee—consisting of national members of paediatric cardiology centres in northern, central, and southern Portugal—is providing you with a meeting which will offer opportunities for health professionals and researchers to share and discuss their research findings, to exchange ideas and insights, and to network for collaboration and career development. We are working closely with the AEPC Scientific Committee to create an inspiring and scientific programme with highly prestigious speakers, addressing current issues and new challenges in the field of paediatric and congenital cardiology.

For more details, please visit the following link: https://www.aepc2024.org/?acceptCookies=65d58b3997e8d.

Children Editorial Office

4 March 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #9 - Romania, Research Integrity, Viruses

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts


Reka Kovacs (Deputy Office Manager, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), and Sandra Ana Spatariu (Office Manager, MDPI) at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania.

MDPI’s Impact on Romania

In February, I visited our office in Cluj, Romania. I worked closely with our senior office managers and various teams, including the departments of training, marketing and conferences, as well as our journal relationship specialists, reviewing our service to the local scholarly community. During the visit, I also met with representatives from Babes-Bolyai University and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. Our multifunctional Romanian office plays an important role in supporting our collaborations with the local market as well as helping to meet MDPI’s overall business needs.


Feedback and strategy meeting with a group of MDPI’s Journal Relationship Specialists at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania.

With 22,436 articles, Romania ranks as a top 20 contributing country to MDPI’s total number of papers published as at 28 February 2024. This highlights the importance of our collaboration with Romanian-affiliated authors and the growing opportunity to support their publishing needs. MDPI is one of the few academic publishers with a significant presence in Romania, boasting over 360 colleagues across our offices in Bucharest and Cluj. We are also proud to hire colleagues from local institutions to launch their careers within publishing.

Romania ranks as a top 20 contributing country.

The Numbers: 2019–2023

MDPI has seen a healthy increase in submissions from Romanian authors over the past three years, from 8,439 in 2021 to 11,866 by end of 2023, with most submissions going to journals such as Sustainability, Medicina, Diagnostics, IJMS, Applied Sciences, and JCM. From 2019 to 2023, MDPI published articles from 32,145 authors affiliated with Romanian institutions. Over those years, we have worked with Romanian Guest Editors on nearly 3,000 occasions to support their Special Issue and Topical collections.

With more than 300 Editorial Board Members from Romania, 34 appear on the board of Mathematics, 27 on Materials, 19 on Polymers, 18 on Coatings, and 16 on Molecules, while three serve as Section Editors-in-Chief (SEiC) on our journals Coatings (3.4 IF, 4.6 Citescore), Magnetochemistry (2.7 IF, 3.5 Citescore), and Chemosensors (4.2 IF, 3.9 Citescore).

Institutional Open Access Programs

Our commitment to working with institutions is evident in Romania, where we have established eight Institutional Open Access Programs (IOAP) with esteemed institutions such as the University of Bucharest, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, and most recently the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics.

Our growth and presence in Romania are a true testament.

We also have IOAP agreements with Babes-Bolyai University and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, where I had the opportunity to meet senior stakeholders during my visit. Below are a few photos capturing our meeting with Prof. Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu (Head of Faculty of Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University) at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania, along with a photo from our meeting with Vice Deans Nicoleta Cobarzan, Nicoleta Ilies, and Hoda Gavril, from the faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Cluj, Romania.


Our growth and presence in Romania are a true testament to the service we provide to the scholarly community and the relationships we foster in that region. We look forward to continuing to support Romanian scholars and institutions by providing a valuable and trusted experience with MDPI, the leader in open access publishing.

Impactful Research

MDPI Joins the STM Integrity Hub

MDPI has long been a supporter and partner of STM, with our involvement ranging from sponsoring and attending events to helping organize event programs. By joining the STM Integrity Hub, we aim to further our commitment to STM initiatives aimed at safeguarding the integrity of science.

“We are pleased to welcome MDPI as the 35th organisation participating in the Hub. This expansion is critical, as every new member enhances our capacity to prevent fraudulent submissions from entering the academic record.”

Joris van Rossum, Director of Research Integrity, STM

MDPI operates in full alignment with STM Integrity Hub's values of shared data and experiences. We strongly believe in collaboration and open exchange for the purposes of creating a holistic approach to support research integrity at MDPI itself and across the entire academic publishing industry. The Integrity Hub is an excellent example of how publishers can come together to jointly address industry-wide challenges related to research integrity, such as manuscripts that breach research integrity standards and paper-mills.

I look forward to our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team (RIPE) team immersing themselves in this initiative, exchanging information, best practices, and tools for the benefit of the entire scholarly ecosystem. We believe that ethical publishing standards should be implemented across the board, and we aim to be rigorous in our approach, addressing research integrity issues and improving the impact of published research.

Inside MDPI

MDPI Expands Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team (RIPE)

In addition to external collaborations and joint initiatives aimed at further strengthening our commitment to research integrity, we are also enhancing our internal efforts. This includes improving our processes and guidelines and expanding our teams and departments to ensure quality assurance throughout our publishing process.

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team (RIPE) at MDPI. The RIPE team has recently welcomed new colleagues, each bringing unique skills and a personal commitment to prioritize ethical considerations in all our work.

The demand for research integrity and high ethical standards in academic publishing is steadily rising across our industry. Our expanded RIPE team will work to enhance and align our practices with industry best practices, ensuring excellence in research integrity and publication ethics.


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) introduces Dr. Tim Tait-Jamieson (Research Integrity Lead, MDPI) for his presentation on MDPI’s Retraction and Approval Process to a group of Journal Relationship Specialists at the MDPI office in Cluj, Romania: “The demand for research integrity and publication ethics is steadily rising across our industry.”

Introducing our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team

Led by Dr. Tim Tait-Jamieson (Research Integrity Lead), the RIPE team comprises Dr. Ivana Resanovic (Research Integrity Manager), Dr. Lavinia Rogojina (Research Integrity Manager), Ms. Diana Apodaritei (Research Integrity Specialist), Dr. Zoltan Mihaly (Research Integrity Specialist), Mr. Aleksandar Đukić (Research Integrity Specialist), Ms. Ana Stankovic (Research Integrity Specialist), and Ms. Anna Pena (Publication Ethics Assistant).

Please click here to access everything that you need to know about MDPI’s Research and Publication Ethics.

With this span of complementary roles, the RIPE team collaborates directly with journal editorial teams and works closely with various departments, including our Scientific Office Board and our Journal Relationship Specialists. The team’s primary objectives are to help prevent issues regarding research integrity and publication ethics during peer review, uphold MDPI’s ethics policies, adhere to industry standards, and resolve publication ethics and research integrity issues and complaints.

Quality Updates to Special Issues Oversight

At MDPI, we are committed to reviewing policies pertaining to the quality of research. In this blog post, Shaheena Patel (Communications Associate, MDPI), outlines two recent updates to MDPI journal processes. These updates pertain to Special Issue (SI) quality guidelines, in line with criteria provided by COPE and DOAJ. Alongside the SI updates, details regarding the new minor corrections policy introduced in 2024 are provided in the blog.

The two updates we implemented include greater oversight and the verification of Guest Editor credentials. These guidelines require that Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) and Editorial Board Members (EBMs) take responsibility for overseeing SIs.

PS. Thank you, James Butcher, for featuring this up in your 67th issue of the Journalogy newsletter.

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Coming Together for Science

Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses

I am pleased to share the success of our MDPI conference Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses, held 14-16 February, in Barcelona. With 240 registrations, this event brought together top scientists, researchers, and industry experts from 40 countries to share their findings on the latest developments in viral pathogenesis and immune responses.

Attendees gathered for the 5th edition of the Viruses’ conference, where we hosted influential keynote speeches from Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Charles M. Rice and ‘Distinguished Senior Virologist’ Prof. Luis Enjuanes, along with 14 invited speakers, 47 selected speakers, and nine flash poster presenters, to discuss the most significant issues in virology today.

Recap on the #Viruses2024 Conference

Take a look at the key moments from MDPI’s Viruses event and please join us in commemorating a gathering for global knowledge and cooperation. A heartfelt thank-you to all attendees; their passion and engagement played a crucial role in making this event an engaging success!

Below are calls to action from the keynote speakers encouraging collaboration and communication:

“There’s never been a better time than now to really take the power that we have both in terms of basic research and also in biotech and pharma to develop antiviral agents.” - Dr. Charles M. Rice, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA

“The collaboration between labs is absolutely essential. Improving initial detection and improving communication is a must for all of us working in science.” - Prof. Dr. Luis Enjuanes, National Center of Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Our thanks go to our sponsors and partnering societies, our Viruses journal and editorial team, our Barcelona colleagues, and the social media, conference and other MDPI teams for making this event a memorable occasion. View the event gallery here.

Upcoming In-Person Event

24–26 April, 2024
4th MMCS – Harnessing the Power of New Drug Modalities
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Esteemed speakers at MMCS 2024 include Prof. Arun K. Ghosh, the mind behind the Darunavir molecule, and Prof. Paul Brennan, CSO of Alzheimer's Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute.

Find more upcoming MDPI events here.


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Closing Thoughts

Researcher to Reader (R2R) Conference

From 20–21 February 2024, I had the pleasure of attending the Researcher to Reader (R2R) conference in London, which MDPI has proudly sponsored over the years. The conference programme offered a variety of session formats, including workshops, panel discussions, debates, interviews, presentations, and lightning talks, with opportunities to discuss relevant topics.

We take pride in supporting the scientific community, bringing researchers across the world together to network, exchange ideas and share the latest in science and publishing. In 2023, MDPI invested close to 2 million CHF in sponsoring over 2,000 scientific and publishing-related conferences worldwide.

R2R Peer Review Innovations Workshop

I found the R2R conference to be engaging, with the workshops being particularly enjoyable. My colleague Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Office Board) and I participated in the “Peer Review Innovations” workshop, which spanned four sessions over the two days. These sessions explored the future of peer review and how we can improve the peer review process for everyone involved. Notably, the large majority of attendees expressed their opinion that peer review, as currently practiced, requires significant improvement. Together, we collaborated on potential immediate and long-term improvements and innovative processes, aiming to create an ecosystem beneficial to all stakeholders by strengthening submission systems with the aim of reducing threats and making authors more responsible for their work. We also discussed the opportunity for academic institutions to better scrutinize the quality of the work produced and submitted to journals.

Our group comprised publishers, software providers, librarians, and more, bringing diverse perspectives to the discussions. These interactions were relevant to MDPI’s ongoing conversations, providing insights to our efforts. The session also made me appreciate that MDPI is doing well, as the group discussions included the subject of various quality checks that we have already embedded in our processes, ensuring that we keep abreast of industry standards.

The need for an optimized system to incentivize the activities of editors and reviewers was also a focus of discussion, as well as the support that reviewers need from publishers via the provision of strong reports through fixed forms, questionnaires and training.

At MDPI, we are currently auditing our reviewer program to improve reviewer recognition, guidelines, and methods for identifying suitable reviewers, while maintaining our commitment to quality and timeliness.

Congratulations to Mark Carden, Conference Director, and the R2R team for organizing a productive and successful event. PS: The break times were greatly appreciated as well!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

2 February 2024
Free Media Partnership between Children and SIGNEC 2024 and Neonatal QI & Innovation Conference, 18–19 April 2024, London, UK


We are pleased to announce that SIGNEC 2024 and Neonatal QI & Innovation Conference has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Date: 18–19 April 2024
Place: London, UK

SIGNEC includes neonatologists, paediatricians, surgeons, nurses, dieticians, transfusion medicine specialists, epidemiologists, basic science researchers, trainees and other healthcare professionals with an interest in NEC and health improvement. The aim is to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and collaboration to optimize research and improvements in practice. Make a difference by sharing your thoughts and passion and contributing your expertise.

The Neonatal QI & Innovation Conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to understand better national and global priorities for improvement in neonatal care and outcomes. We will also showcase key areas of neonatal innovation through oral presentations and abstracts and involve the audience to explore key issues related to neonatal QI & Innovation, recent advances in monitoring, diagnostics and other relevant aspects of neonatal care. We have invited neonatal teams from around the world to showcase their innovation and improvement work. The conference will also provide an excellent opportunity for our industry partners to share the latest advances in monitoring, diagnostics and the latest technology for the improvement of neonatal outcomes.

For more details, please visit the following link: https://www.mcascientificevents.eu/signec/related-events-organizations.

Children Editorial Office

31 January 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #8 - Altmetric and Flat Fee Agreement

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

MDPI and Digital Science Meeting

At MDPI, we are committed to providing our authors with the essential tools to publish, promote, and track their research. In line with this commitment, we have established a longstanding collaboration with Digital Science, a company specializing in research data and analytical insights for the research community. Our collaboration integrates their Altmetric tool, offering us and our authors the ability to track a variety of sources that monitor and report attention surrounding publications.

As part of our collaboration, we recently hosted Cathy Holland, Director of Global Publisher Business Development, and Helen Cooke, Managing Director of Publisher Sales, from Digital Science, at our MDPI headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.


Left to right: Facundo Santomé (Senior Marketing Manager, MDPI), Constanze Shelhorn (Indexing Manager, MDPI), Cathy Holland (Director of Global Publisher Business Development, Digital Science), Helen Cooke (Managing Director of Publisher Sales, Digital Science), and Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) in front of MDPI headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

During our meeting, we discussed MDPI’s publishing philosophy and explored further avenues for collaboration. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Digital Science, aiming to improve our services yet further and meet the needs of our authors more closely than ever.

What is Altmetric?

You will notice that MDPI articles feature an Altmetric score, a colourful doughnut capturing the score in the upper right corner of the article page. This score represents ‘alternative metrics,’ as distinct from traditional metrics such as Impact Factor, CiteScore, and Scimago Journal Rank.

Altmetrics complement traditional citation-based metrics by capturing online discussions related to a specific research topic. By analyzing both sets of data, we can obtain a comprehensive understanding of the attention a particular research output receives and the sources in which it is mentioned.

“Almetric provides visual insights into where research is being discussed”

Sources Tracked by Altmetric


Altmetric badge showing the Altmetric score and colour-coded mention sources.

Altmetric monitors various sources, categorizing them into segments such as policy documents, peer reviews, Wikipedia, news and blogs, and social media, among other sources. Each category is identifiable by a specific colour.

The Altmetric badge provides visual insights into where the research is being discussed. A more colourful badge indicates broader mentions across multiple platforms. Such tracking enables us to gauge the extent of an article’s online dissemination, noting that increased visibility may correlate with higher citation rates.

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Impactful Research

Ten High-Altmetric Articles Published by MDPI

As at 30 January 2024, Altmetric has tracked 670,500 MDPI research outputs from MDPI, resulting in over 4.3 million mentions. This includes over 71,894 mentions in policy and patents and 294,714 mentions in news and blogs, with some achieving an Altmetric score as high as 28,754.

So, what is a good Altmetric score? There are various ways to put this score into context. You can find out more about the score in context and how to evaluate your work by this means.

Here are ten MDPI papers ranking in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

“Accuracy in Wrist-Worn, Sensor-Based Measurements of Heart Rate and Energy Expenditure in a Diverse Cohort”

J. Pers. Med. 2017, 7(2), 3; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jpm7020003

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/20477344

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 253 news stories from 209 outlets including Forbes, BBC, and Fox News.

“Daylight Saving Time and Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Meta-Analysis”

J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(3), 404; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jcm8030404

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/57654628

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 295 news stories from 207 outlets including Forbes, The Atlantic, and New York Times.

“The Preliminary Analysis of Cave Lion Cubs Panthera spelaea (Goldfuss, 1810) from the Permafrost of Siberia”

Quaternary 2021, 4(3), 24; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/quat4030024

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/111086701

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 182 news stories from 134 outlets including CBC News, CNN, and National Geographic.

“Not the Cat’s Meow? The Impact of Posing with Cats on Female Perceptions of Male Dateability”

Animals 2020, 10(6), 1007; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ani10061007

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/83796184

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 124 news stories from 98 outlets including VICE, CNN and The Guardian.

“Behaviour and Welfare Impacts of Releasing Elephants from Overnight Tethers: A Zimbabwean Case Study”

Animals 2022, 12(15), 1933; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ani12151933

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/133463915

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 192 news stories from 186 outlets.

How do I use altmetrics?

Altmetric Explorer provides a detailed step-by-step guide and instruction video for first-time users of the tool. The guide includes useful diagrams that make it easy to get started.

Sharing Research Online

For research to be tracked across different sources, Altmetric needs a research output with a persistent identifier: a DOI, ISBN, PubMed ID, handle ID, etc. When sharing research, it is important to include a link to the original research output.

“An Update on Eukaryotic Viruses Revived from Ancient Permafrost”

Viruses 2023, 15(2), 564; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/v15020564

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/142929875

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 250 news stories from 180 outlets including CTV, Fox News, and CNN.

“The Global Problem of Insufficient Sleep and Its Serious Public Health Implications”

Healthcare 2019, 7(1), 1; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/healthcare7010001

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/53406248

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 252 news stories from 168 outlets including BBC, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes.

“A Detailed Review Study on Potential Effects of Microplastics and Additives of Concern on Human Health”

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1212; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17041212

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/86529137

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 197 news stories from 150 outlets including BBC, The Tribune, and World Economic Forum.

“An Empirical Study of Chronic Diseases in the United States: A Visual Analytics Approach to Public Health”

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(3), 431; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15030431

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/34714141

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 232 news stories from 149 outlets including Forbes, New York Times, and Harvard Business Review.

“Garden Scraps: Agonistic Interactions between Hedgehogs and Sympatric Mammals in Urban Gardens”

Animals 2023, 13(4), 590; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ani13040590

Altmetric page: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/142934305

Altmetric shows that this article appeared in 172 news stories from 168 outlets including BBC.

Inside MDPI

MDPI Annual Meeting Celebrations in China

On Thursday 25 January, over 1,300 MDPI colleagues from our two offices in Beijing gathered to kick off MDPI’s traditional ‘Annual Meetings.’ These celebrations take place in MDPI’s offices across China, including Dalian, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Nanjing.

The evenings include performances, informative talks and presentations, awards, and entertainment, providing an ideal platform to recognize our colleagues, celebrate their achievements, and set our sights on the future.

“It is essential that we stay connected and share best practices”

I sent a video congratulating everyone on their work and sharing our vision of building MDPI into the most trusted OA publisher, highlighting the roles each of us has to play in achieving that goal.

Unfortunately I could not join in person, but you may recall my recent trip, when I visited our offices in Beijing and Wuhan, which I look forward to visiting again this year.

Although our headquarters are in Basel, Switzerland, and we are expanding throughout Europe and North America, the majority of MDPI’s workforce is in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including offices in Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and newly opened office in South Korea. It is essential that as a global organization, we stay connected and share best practices in order to grow collectively and continue providing the exceptional service to our authors.

The Annual Meeting is a moment to reflect and enjoy the year’s hard work and dedication.

I extend our best wishes to all for the Chinese New Year (Xīnnián kuàilè)!

Coming Together for Science

MDPI and TU Delft Adopt Flat Fee Model in Extended Partnership

We are excited to announce a renewed three-year partnership with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. This collaboration introduces a fixed lump-sum fee, covering publishing costs from 2024 to 2026.

“This initiative reflects our dedication to transparent and inclusive publishing”

TU Delft-affiliated authors will enjoy cost-free publishing in any MDPI journal during this period, aligning with our commitment to removing barriers for open access publishing. The agreement supports Plan S compliance and facilitates a seamless publishing process for TU Delft corresponding authors. This initiative reflects our dedication to transparent and inclusive publishing, providing stability and predictability both for authors and for institutions.

For further details on our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), please contact us.

Benefits to MDPI’s IOAP

At MDPI we have a long tradition of partnerships, including our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). IOAP supports institutions through simplification, access, transparency, APC discounts, and institutional repository deposits. The program simplifies administrative processes, offers central payment, and allows easy opting in and out. Participants gain free access to Susy, MDPI’s online submission system, with extensive article metadata and exportable data. APC discounts and Book Processing Charge discounts are available for affiliated authors. Automated deposits to institutional repositories and streamlined matching of papers to IOAP participants enhance the overall experience.

For further information, see our IOAP FAQ.

Closing Thoughts

Reflections on the 2024 APE Conference

MDPI was proud to co-sponsor the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) 2024 Conference that took place in Berlin, Germany, from 9–10 January 2024.

The conference theme, ‘Keep the Conversation Going!’, explored the evolving landscape of scholarly communication. APE is one of the key conferences I make a point to attend each year. January offers a valuable opportunity to engage with new contacts, reconnect with familiar faces, and participate in impactful discussions and presentations among professionals, scholars, and practitioners in the field.

“It's fascinating to see how other publishers are leveraging AI”

Highlights

Some of the standout panels for me include: the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the publishing industry. It was encouraging to hear the current status quo, though I was eager also to learn about the exciting projects planned for 2024 and beyond. These will allow us to track progress in subsequent years. At MDPI, we remain committed to promoting Open–Access (OA) content on SDGs through scientific articles and books. Furthermore, we extend our commitment to sustainability by financially supporting researchers through initiatives such as the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, as well as waiving the APC for feature papers on each SDG.

In recent years, discussions on AI have become increasingly prominent at such conferences. It’s fascinating to see how other publishers are leveraging AI to meet the evolving needs of their audiences while at the same time using it to safeguard the scientific process. Other engaging panels that I enjoyed included updates on transformation beyond transformative agreements, the principles of lean change, incentive structures related to research integrity, and the panel on reviewer incentives.

“We can share best practices and lessons learned”

Incorporating MDPI’s Insights into Conferences

I must confess that I sometimes feel overlooked when MDPI is not invited to participate in crucial industry discussions. As the leading open access publisher and the third-largest publisher overall, we possess extensive experience in many of these areas and can offer valuable contributions to these discussions. We can share best practices, lessons learned, and our thinking about future trajectories. For instance, in panels discussing reviewer incentives, at MDPI we offer a discount voucher to reviewers for future submissions, reflecting our commitment to fostering a robust peer review process. In 2022 alone, MDPI collected over 1.4 million peer review reports, informing the decision-making processes of our editors. Given our expertise in these areas, it would be natural to include MDPI in such discussions. I therefore extend an invitation to future conference organizers to consider MDPI for speaking engagements and collaborative opportunities.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

30 January 2024
Acknowledgment of the Reviewers of Children in 2023

In recognizing the exceptional efforts of our reviewers in 2023, we express our sincere gratitude for upholding the high standards of Children. Their commitment ensured the rigorous peer review that is integral to quality academic publishing.

In 2023, Children received 6713 review reports, from 4040 reviewers. This past year, we worked with reviewers from 98 countries and regions, reflecting the diversity in our collaboration with research communities. Their dedication shapes scholarly discourse and advances global research. The editorial team expresses gratitude for the vital role played by each reviewer in the Children family throughout 2023, and we look forward to their continued support in 2024.

The following are the reviewers who have consented to show their names:

Abdelrahman Elsayid Juliana Kain
Abdolrasoul Rangrazi Julio de la Torre-Montero
Abdul Rashid Aziz Julio Plaza-Diaz
Abdul Razak Mariatulqabtiah Jun Wang
Abel Lerma Junaid Rafi
Abhilash Vemulapalli Junhel Dalanon
Abhishek Kumar Jure Urbančič
Abraham Pouliakis Jurgen Schleef
Abuzer Coskun Ka Huen Yip
Adam Collison Kalliopi Megari
Adela Badau Kalliopi-Anna Poulia
Adewale Bayode Owa Kamenna Vutova
Adhikarimayum Lakhikumar Sharma Kamil Barański
Adina Armencia Kamil Koszela
Adrian Chi Heng Fung Kaori Ueda
Adrián Mateo-Orcajada Karel Allegaert
Adriana Grigoraș Karel Kostev
Agne Brandisauskiene Karel van den Bosch
Agnes Santha Karl Andriessen
Agnieszka Chwałczyńska Karolina Kopacz
Agnieszka Genowska Karolina Pieniawska-Śmiech
Agnieszka Jakubowska Karolina Stepien
Agnieszka Jankowska Katarina Milošević
Agnieszka Lasota Katarzyna Ogrodzka-Ciechanowicz
Ahmed Abu-Awwad Kate Kloot
Ahmed Afify Kathleen Lemanek
Ahmed Al-Imam Kazuhiko Nakadate
Ahmed Elamragy Kazuhiro Tsuchiya
Ahmed Elfana Keiichi Matsubara
Ai Yue Kenji Hayashida
Aikaterini Vasiou Kenny Kwan
Aiken Dao Kentaro Okamoto
Akihiko Katayama Kevin Couloures
Akiko Yokoi Khaled El Matri
Akira Ishida Khaled Saad
Akira Minoura Kim An Nguyen
Ákos Pethő Kim Bulkeley
Alain Massart Kinga Lis
Alanderson Ramalho Kirk Stephenson
Alba González Moreno Konosuke Nakaji
Alberto Gómez-Mármol Konstantin Scholz
Alberto Martino Konstantinos Drosos
Alberto Rodriguez-Archilla Konstantinos Sidiropoulos
Alejandro Botero Carvajal Kornanong Yuenyongchaiwat
Aleksandar Rakic Kourosh Sheibani
Aleksandr N. Kornev Kousalya Prabahar
Aleksandra Rogowska Krisztián Józsa
Alessandra Verzelloni Sef Krzysztof Dowgierd
Alessandro Boscarelli Kubilay Gürünlüoğlu
Alessia Renzi Kunihiro Tsuchida
Alessio Conti Kun-Long Hung
Alessio Facchin Kuo-Hu Chen
Alexandra Dobell Kyle Sue
Alexandra Pereira Kylie Crompton
Alexandre Hudon Laisa Liane Paineiras-Domingos
Alexandrina Muntean Lampros Fotis
alexandrina nikova Laura Contalbrigo
Alexandru Vlasa Laura Cushley
Alexey Gusev Laura Gilbertson
Ali Kashkooe Laura Rodriguez-Villamizar
Ali Kerim Yılmaz Laura-Marinela Ailioaie
Alina Popa Laurene Rehman
Alireza Baratloo Laurentiu Simion
Alkistis Adramerina Lenycia de Cassya Lopes Neri
Alma Villasenor Leonie Brummer
Alperen Degirmenci Letícia Capalbo
AlWaleed Abushanan Levent Ceylan
Alyx Taylor Lidia Perenc
Amany Abdel-Rahman Liliana Mata
Amelia Rizzo Lilijana Kornhauser-Cerar
Ameya P. Nayate Lilly-Ann Mohlkert
Amin Tamadon Limin Shi
Amira Goma Linda Peters
Amosy M. Koma Linda Saraiva
Amr Hassan Line Kessel
Ana Leticia Fornari Caprara Liquan Liu
Ana Maria Jimenez-Cebrian Livia Bobu
Ana Moreno Alvarez Loredana Benedetto
Ana Petelin Lorena Elena Melit
Ana Sani Lorenzo Faggioni
Ana Santos Lourdes Martinez-Nieto
Ana Sofia Pais Lovorka Brajkovic
Ana Teresa Martins Lovro Lamot
Anamaria Ciubara Luca Bedetti
Anamaria Cozma-Petruț Luca Bonadies
Anastasia Mitsea Luca Flesia
Anastasia Stoops Luca Giacomelli
Anastasios Serbis Luca Mezzofranco
Anastasiya Kazantseva Luca Redaelli De Zinis
Anastassia Zabrodskaja Lucia Lombardi
Anchalee Churojana Luciano Merlini
Ander Adrian Tica Lucio Ferreira
András Molnár Lucio Inguscio
André Pinto Luigi Gargiulo
André Silva Júnior Luis Adrián De Jesús González
Andrea Carai Luis Jacinto-Alemán
Andrea Di Cataldo Luisella Pedrotti
Andrea Frosolini Luiz Peres-Neto
Andréa Gaspar Lukas Mileder
Andréa Pintor Lukasz Nawacki
Andrea Scatena Łukasz Pulik
Andrea Vania Łukasz Rydzik
Andrea Volpe Lukasz Szarpak
Andreas G. Tsantes Luke Chong
Andreas Meinzer Lut Tamam
Andreea Kui M Victoria Del Barrio Gándara
Andreea Mirică Maartje Blom
Andreea Moga Maciej Socha
Andrei Marian Feier Madeleine Dobson
Andrej Savic Madline Gund
Andreja Špernjak Mael Lever
Andrés Godoy Magdalena Mackiewicz-Milewska
Andreu Comas-Garcia Magdalena Mroczek
Andrew Jin Magdalena Zemelka-Wiacek
Andrew Sortwell Maha Daou
Andrey Vyshedskiy  Mahmoud Elbattah
Andy Lane Mahrous Abdelbasset Ibrahim
Anetta Müller Maija Huttunen-Lenz
Angela Mauro Majed M. Alhumaid
Angela Pepe Malene Pedersen
Angeliki Angelidi Małgorzata Godala
Angelo Fumia Malgorzata Sawicka-Żukowska
Angelo Immordino Małgorzata Stachoń
Angelo Naselli Małgorzata Znyk
Angelos Papadopoulos Man Qu
Aniko Maria Manea Manoj Tembhre
Anita Lennox Manon Pigeolet
Anke Weber Manuel Soriano
Anna Lipowicz Manuel Vilar
Anna Paradowska-Stolarz Marc Lochbaum
Anna Presicci Marcel Niemann
Anna Staniszewska Marcello Benevento
Anna Stasiak Marcello Della Corte
Anna Stochel-Gaudyn Marcelo Nascimento
Anna Strunecka Marcelo Wajchenberg
Anna Zalewska Marco Dolci
Anne B. Reinertsen marco ferrari
Anne-Christine Plank Marco Fogante
Annibale Antonioni Marco Invernizzi
Anton Tyurin Marco Sapienza
Antonella Quinto Marco Zaffanello
Antonio Francesco Maria Giuliano Marcos Brioschi
António Geraldo Manso Calha Calha Margherita Neri
Antonio Jesús Muñoz-Villena María Ángeles García-Gil
Antonio Matrone Maria Baltogianni
Antonio Mazzotti Mária Belovičová
António Miguel Monteiro Maria Bezerra
Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes Maria Carvalho
Antonio Vinci Maria Cristina Cangussú
Antti J. Saarinen María del Mar Bernabé
Apolinaras Zaborskis Maria Del Mar Fernandez Alvarez
Aravind Thavamani Maria Di Pace
Araxi Balian María Dolores Marrodán Serrano
Arda Isik Maria Ferreira
Arif Sabta Aji Maria Jesus Vinolo-Gil
Aristidis Galiatsatos Maria Michelle Papamichael
Arkadiusz Żurawski Maria Mondardini
Arlette Setiawan María Napal
Artemis Doulgeraki María Paula García
Ashley Weber Maria Simonenko
Ashokkumar Thirunavukkarasu Maria Sofologi
Asif Khaliq Maria Teresa Ferreira Moreira
Asmaa Hamouda Maria Totan
Athanasios Dalamitros mariacristina poliseno
Athanasios Kolovelonis Marian Dmochowski
Athanasios Tsoukos Mariana C. Kotzamanidou
Athanassios Tselebis Mariantonietta Francavilla
Attila Sárváry Marina Mordenti
Azam Shirinabadi Farahani Mario Amatria
Bahadar Srichawla Mario Bernardo-Filho
Barbara Gawda Mario Diplomatico
Barbara Gilic Mario Marendić
Barbara Jasiewicz Marios Hadjicharalambous
Basavaraj Balapal Mark A. Connelly
Batuhan Gencer Mark Greenlee
Bayode Romeo Adegbite Marko Baralić
Bayu Wiratama Marko Bašković
Beata Loniewska Markus Christiner
Beatrice Adriana Balgiu Markus Wilhelmi
Beatrice Paradiso Marlene Fabiola Escobedo Monge
Beatrice Volel Marta Pérez-de-Heredia-Torres
Beatriz Barrado Marta Rusmini
Beatriz Puisac Marta Woldanska-Okonska
Behzad Barekatain Marta Wysocka-Mincewicz
Benjamín Floran Garduño Martin Bedolla-Barajas
Benjamin Rolles Marwan El Ghoch
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Jaya Shanker Tedla Tudor Lucian Pop
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Jeadran Malagón-Rojas Vaitsa Giannouli
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Jeffrey Bakken Vanessa Arán Filippetti
Jeffrey Huang Vanya Rangelova
Jeffrey Karst Vasile Valeriu Lupu
Jeffrey Parr Vasiliki Kaioglou
Jelena Nesovic Ostojic Vasiliki Karava
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Jeng-Wen Chen Veenesh Selvaratnam
Jenny Vilchis-Gil Veronica Mîndrescu
Jérémie Rouger-Gaudichon Veronica Rivi
Jeremy Marks Vesna Borovnik Lesjak
Jer-Ming Chen Viet Tran
Jessica Barreto Viktar Lemiasheuski
Jessica Lin Vincenza Gragnaniello
Ji Zhang Vincenzo Ronsivalle
Jia Wen Li Vineet Lamba
Jianing Fu Vinod Nadella
Jia-Yuh Chen Vipul D. Prajapati
Jie Wen Vishal Tewari
Jin Wan Vito Pavone
Jinda Fan Vitor Parola
Jing Liu Vlad David
Jingrui Huang Vlad Dima
Jinming Han Vladimir Poroch
Jitendra Kumar Sinha Wael Mohamed
Joan Viciano Walid Khalilia
Joana Damásio Walter R. Schumm
Joana Proença Becker Wantana Siritaratiwat
Joanna Kossewska Wasan Katip
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João Carvalho Weibing Ye
João Lima Wendy Packman
João Paulo Santos Wenxin Tong
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Joaquim Bustorff-Silva Wilson Miguel Salas-Picón
Joaquim Pinheiro Wirawan Adikusuma
Jochen D Schipke Wi-Young So
Johan Lambeck Wladimir Bocca Vieira de Rezende Pinto
Johanna Nel Wojciech Skrobot
John A. StCyr Xiaobo Wu
John Bartkowski Xiaofei Chen
John Bernat Xiaohua Li
John Capitman Xiaopeng Ji
John W. Berkenbosch Xinqiao Liu
Jolanta Lewko Xiruo Li
Jon Montero-Gato Xueqin Gao
Jonathan Calvert Yahia Hamdi
Jonathan Foulkes Yaiza Taboada-Iglesias
Jorge Gutiérrez-Cuevas Yan Sun
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Jorge Moya Higueras Yang Zhang
José Antonio de Paz Yanwei Yang
Jose Betancourt Yanzhe Xu
José Eugenio Rodríguez Fernández Yasin Yilmaz
Jose Francisco Gomez Clavel Yasser Soliman
José Francisco López-Gil Ye Peng
José L. Fuster Yihuang Shi
Jose Manuel Moreno-Villares Yijuan Lu
José María Izquierdo Velasco Younsook Yeo
José Teixeira Yubao Wang
José-María Sánchez-González Yuen Gao
Josep Petchamé Yuichi Adachi
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Josko Markic Yu-Lung Hsu
Josko Osredkar Yuriy Vasil'ev
Jovan Gardasevic Yury Zhernov
Jovana Cvetkovic Yutian Zou
Jovana Joksimovic Jovic Zacharias Papadakis, FACSM, ACSM-EP
Joyce Lee Zainub Jooma
Jozef Simenko Zeeshan Hamid
Juan C. Infante-Moro Zenon Pogorelić
Juan Callejas-Jerónimo Zhengwei Huang
Juan de Dios Benítez Sillero Zhonglian Yan
Juan Guzman-Flores Zrinjka Matek Mišak
Juan Jose Criado-Alvarez Zsolt Galla
Juan Luis Chávez Pacheco Zygmunt Warzecha
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18 January 2024
Join Us Online for the MDPI International Day of Education Webinar, 24 January 2024


MDPI would like to invite all experts recognized in their fields to attend the International Day of Education Webinar 2024, which will be held on 24 January. The aim of this webinar is to encourage researchers to join together, take action, and raise awareness as to how the exchange of findings facilitates efforts for quality education.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the MDPI International Day of Education Webinar 2024.

Title: MDPI International Day of Education Webinar 2024
Date: 24 January 2024
Time: 15:00–17:00 (CET) | 9:00–11:00 (EST)
More Information: https://sciforum.net/event/IDEW2024

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Program:

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CET

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Introduction

3 p.m.–3:10 p.m.

9 a.m.– 9:10 a.m.

Prof. Dr. Garry Hornby,
“The Effectiveness of Education Strategies and Systems”

3:10 p.m.– 3:40p.m.

9:10 a.m.–9:40 a.m.

Prof. Dr. James M. Kauffman,
“Education of Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities”

3:40 p.m.–4:10 p.m.

9:40 a.m.–10:10 a.m.

Dr. Sarit Ashkenazi,
“Dissociations Between Short- and Long-Term Effects of Corona Closures: The Case of Math Fluency”

4:10 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

10:10 a.m.–10:40 a.m.

Q&A

4:40 p.m.–4:55 p.m.

10:40 a.m.–10:55 a.m.

Closing of Webinar

4:55 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

10:55 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Relevant Special Issues:

Behavioral Sciences

Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Tao Xin and Dr. Tour Liu
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024

External Influences in Adolescents’ Career Development
Guest Editor: Dr. Anna Parola
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024

The Psychology of Underrepresentation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Guest Editor: Dr. Jennifer LaCosse
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024

Behaviors in Educational Settings
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Yi Ding, Prof. Dr. Su-Je Cho and Dr. Cynthia Dong
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024

Wellbeing and Mental Health among Students
Guest Editors: Dr. Yura Loscalzo and Dr. Marco Giannini
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024

EJIHPE

Teaching Innovation in Higher Education: Areas of Knowledge
Collection Editors: Dr. José Jesús Gázquez Linares and Dr. María del Carmen Pérez-Fuentes

Application of Artificial Intelligence in the Health Field or Education
Guest Editor: Dr. Hyunsu Lee
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024

Mathematical Innovations in Education and Psychology: Current Progress and Future Prospects
Guest Editors: Dr. Inmaculada Méndez Mateo, Dr. Juan Pedro Martínez-Ramón, Dr. Cecilia Ruiz Esteban, Dr. Francisco Manuel Morales Rodríguez, Dr. Belén García-Manrubia and Dr. José M. García-Fernández
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024

Life Skills and Emotional Competencies in Adolescence: What Is the Role of Educational Settings?
Guest Editors: Dr. Valentina Lucia La Rosa and Dr. Éva Kállay
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Design Research, Education, and Practice
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Rungtai Lin, Prof. Dr. Po-Hsien Lin, Prof. I-Ying Chiang, Dr. Ching-Chiuan Yen and Dr. Yikang Sun
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024

11 January 2024
Children | Highly Cited Papers in 2023

As Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is a journal of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly cited papers of 2023, shown below.

1. “The Relationship between Physical Fitness and Perceived Well-Being, Motivation, and Enjoyment in Chinese Adolescents during Physical Education: A Preliminary Cross-Sectional Study”
by Wei Zheng, Hejun Shen, Mohammed B. Belhaidas, Yaping Zhao, Lei Wang and Jin Yan
Children 2023, 10(1), 111; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10010111
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/1/111

2. “Telehealth Use in Pediatric Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study on the Perspectives of Caregivers”
by Gergana Damianova Kodjebacheva, Charlotte Tang, Faith Groesbeck, Loretta Walker, Jillian Woodworth and Jennifer Schindler-Ruwisch
Children 2023, 10(2), 311; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020311
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/311

3. “Orthodontic Retainers—A Critical Review”
by Ioannis Lyros, Ioannis A. Tsolakis, Michael P. Maroulakos, Eleni Fora, Theodoros Lykogeorgos, Maria Dalampira and Apostolos I. Tsolakis
Children 2023, 10(2), 230; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020230
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/230

4. “The Use of Stress Cardiovascular Imaging in Pediatric Population”
by Sara Moscatelli, Francesco Bianco, Andrea Cimini, Mario Panebianco, Isabella Leo, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci and Marco Alfonso Perrone
Children 2023, 10(2), 218; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020218
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/218

5. “Efficacy and Safety of Elexacaftor-Tezacaftor-Ivacaftor in the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis: A Systematic Review”
by Nikoletta Kapouni, Maria Moustaki, Konstantinos Douros and Ioanna Loukou
Children 2023, 10(3), 554; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10030554
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/554

6. “Maternal Infection and Preterm Birth: From Molecular Basis to Clinical Implications”
by George Daskalakis, Alexandros Psarris, Antonios Koutras, Zacharias Fasoulakis, Ioannis Prokopakis, Antonia Varthaliti, Christina Karasmani, Thomas Ntounis, Ekaterini Domali, Marianna Theodora et al.
Children 2023, 10(5), 907; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10050907
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/5/907

7. “Ultra-Processed Food, Reward System and Childhood Obesity”
by Valeria Calcaterra, Hellas Cena, Virginia Rossi, Sara Santero, Alice Bianchi and Gianvincenzo Zuccotti
Children 2023, 10(5), 804; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10050804
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/5/804

8. “Exploring the Potential of Three-Dimensional Imaging, Printing, and Modeling in Pediatric Surgical Oncology: A New Era of Precision Surgery”
by Arnau Valls-Esteve, Núria Adell-Gómez, Albert Pasten, Ignasi Barber, Josep Munuera and Lucas Krauel
Children 2023, 10(5), 832; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10050832
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/5/832

9. “Incidence and Prevalence of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in Southern Italy”
by Francesco La Torre, Maria Pia Elicio, Viviana Anna Monno, Maria Chironna, Fulvio Moramarco, Angelo Campanozzi, Adele Civino, Valerio Cecinati, Ugo Vairo, Mario Giordano et al.
Children 2023, 10(5), 766; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10050766
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/5/766

10. “Masked Randomized Trial of Epinephrine versus Vasopressin in an Ovine Model of Perinatal Cardiac Arrest”
by Munmun Rawat, Sylvia Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, Lori Nielsen, Deepika Sankaran, Jayasree Nair, Praveen Chandrasekharan and Satyan Lakshminrusimha
Children 2023, 10(2), 349; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020349
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/349

8 January 2024
Children | Top 15 Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Child Neurology”


We are pleased to invite you to read the highly cited papers in 2021 and 2022 from Children (ISSN: 2227-9067), from the Section “Child Neurology”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Effectiveness of Virtual Reality-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with ADHD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
by Dulce Romero-Ayuso, Abel Toledano-González, María del Carmen Rodríguez-Martínez, Palma Arroyo-Castillo, José Matías Triviño-Juárez, Pascual González, Patrocinio Ariza-Vega, Antonio Del Pino González and Antonio Segura-Fragoso
Children 2021, 8(2), 70; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020070
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/70

2. “Online Videogames Use and Anxiety in Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
by Concetta De Pasquale, Matteo Chiappedi, Federica Sciacca, Valentina Martinelli and Zira Hichy
Children 2021, 8(3), 205; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030205
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/205

3. “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Adaptive Functioning, Behavioral Problems, and Repetitive Behaviors of Italian Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Observational Study”
by Martina Siracusano, Eugenia Segatori, Assia Riccioni, Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti, Paolo Curatolo and Luigi Mazzone
Children 2021, 8(2), 96; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020096
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/96

4. “Update on Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis in Children and Adolescents”
by Serena Massa, Adriana Fracchiolla, Cosimo Neglia, Alberto Argentiero and Susanna Esposito
Children 2021, 8(4), 280; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040280
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/280

5. “Reading Skills of Children with Dyslexia Improved Less Than Expected during the COVID-19 Lockdown in Italy”
by Ilaria Maria Carlotta Baschenis, Laura Farinotti, Elena Zavani, Serena Grumi, Patrizia Bernasconi, Enrica Rosso, Livio Provenzi, Renato Borgatti, Cristiano Termine and Matteo Chiappedi
Children 2021, 8(7), 560; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070560
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/560

6. “Dyslexia Telerehabilitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Rhythm-Based Intervention for Reading”
by Alice Cancer, Daniela Sarti, Marinella De Salvatore, Elisa Granocchio, Daniela Pia Rosaria Chieffo and Alessandro Antonietti
Children 2021, 8(11), 1011; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8111011
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/11/1011

7. “Sex Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Repetitive Behaviors and Adaptive Functioning”
by Martina Siracusano, Valentina Postorino, Assia Riccioni, Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti, Monica Terribili, Paolo Curatolo and Luigi Mazzone
Children 2021, 8(5), 325; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050325
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/325

8. “Using Stakeholder Involvement, Expert Knowledge and Naturalistic Implementation to Co-Design a Complex Intervention to Support Children’s Inclusion and Participation in Schools: The CIRCLE Framework”
by Donald Maciver, Cathleen Hunter, Lorna Johnston and Kirsty Forsyth
Children
2021, 8(3), 217; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030217
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/217

9. “Early Motor Signs in Autism Spectrum Disorder”
by Annio Posar and Paola Visconti
Children 2022, 9(2), 294; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020294
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/294

10. “Oral Health Preventive Program in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
by Elisabetta Carli, Marco Pasini, Francesca Pardossi, Isabella Capotosti, Antonio Narzisi and Lisa Lardani
Children 2022, 9(4), 535; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9040535
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/4/535

11. “VOSviewer-Based Bibliometric Network Analysis for Evaluating Research on Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome (JPFS)”
by Alessandro Vittori, Marco Cascella, Marianna Leonardi, Federica Monaco, Davide Nocerino, Arturo Cuomo, Alessandro Ottaiano, Francesco Perri, Ilaria Mascilini, Elisa Francia et al.
Children 2022, 9(5), 637; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9050637
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/5/637

12. “Association between CCC-2 and Structural Language, Pragmatics, Social Cognition, and Executive Functions in Children with Developmental Language Disorder”
by Clara Andrés-Roqueta, Irene Garcia-Molina and Raquel Flores-Buils
Children 2021, 8(2), 123; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020123
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/123

13. “Adolescents’ Online Pornography Exposure and Its Relationship to Sociodemographic and Psychopathological Correlates: A Cross-Sectional Study in Six European Countries”
by Elisabeth K. Andrie, Irene Ikbale Sakou, Eleni C. Tzavela, Clive Richardson, and Artemis K. Tsitsika.
Children 2021, 8(10), 925; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8100925
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/10/925

14. “Behavioural Differences in Sensorimotor Profiles: A Comparison of Preschool-Aged Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders”
by Giulia Purpura, Francesco Cerroni, Marco Carotenuto, Renata Nacinovich and Luca Tagliabue
Children 2022, 9(3), 408; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030408
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/408

15. “The Genetic and Molecular Basis of Developmental Language Disorder: A Review”
by Hayley S. Mountford, Ruth Braden, Dianne F. Newbury and Angela T. Morgan
Children 2022, 9(5), 586; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9050586
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/5/586

2 January 2024
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #7 - Nobel Laureates Entrust MDPI with Their Research

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Nobel Prize Laureates Entrust MDPI with Their Research

The Nobel Prize stands as a hallmark of distinction, honouring ground-breaking research across disciplines. Annually, the Nobel Prizes are awarded in six categories: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine or Physiology, Literature, Peace, and Economic Sciences.

Through the years, renowned scholars have entrusted MDPI with their work. As at December 2023, 26 Nobel laureates have contributed to more than 75 articles across 25 MDPI journals, including: Antibiotics, Applied Sciences, Biology, Biomedicines, Cancers, Catalysts, Cells, Crystals, Entropy, Games, IJMS, Life, Materials, Micromachines, Molecules, Pharmaceuticals, PharmaceuticsPhotonics, Quantum Beam Science, Remote Sensing, Sensors, Solids, Universe, Vaccines, and Viruses.

The best of the best trust us with their work.

Nobel Prize Laureates Who Have Published with MDPI

We are proud to list the names of Pierre Agostini, Hiroshi Amano, Werner Arber, Aaron Ciechanover, Robert H. Grubbs, Oliver Hart, Gerard ‘t Hooft, Michael Houghton, Harald zur Hausen, Katalin Karikó, Jean-Marie Lehn, Gérard Mourou, Ferid Murad, Shuji Nakamura, William Nordhaus, Kostya S. Novoselov, Giorgio Parisi, Charles M. Rice, Alvin E. Roth, Donna Strickland, K. Barry Sharpless, George F. Smoot, Anne L’Huillier, Drew Weissman, Kurt Wüthrich, Ada Yonath.

The privilege of hosting such contributors resonates deeply with our editorial teams. For instance, in this interview, the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Universe speaks on the significance of publishing a paper by Nobel laureate Gerard ’t Hooft within the journal.

2023 Nobel Prize Winners Published by MDPI

Nobel Prize Winners, 2023: Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman, Anne L’Huillier (Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach)

Three laureates from the 2023 Nobel Prize cohort have trusted MDPI as their publishing platform. Notably, in a 2022 Pharmaceutics paper, molecular biologist Katalin Karikó and her team presented a methodology for evaluating mRNA capping efficiency, pivotal for therapeutic applications. Pharmaceutics had previously dedicated a Special Issue to “mRNA Therapeutics: A Themed Issue in Honor of Professor Katalin Karikó”, spotlighting ten articles from August 2021 to February 2022.

In the journal Vaccines, Professor Drew Weissman, collaborating with scholars from Pennsylvania University and George Mason University, contributed an influential review titled “Nanomaterial Delivery Systems for mRNA Vaccines”. His collaborative efforts spanned five papers across MDPI journals between 2021 and 2023.

Furthermore, Anne L'Huillier of Lund University, only the fifth female recipient of the Physics Prize, co-authored an article in Applied Sciences focusing on "Advanced EUV and X-Ray Optics". Similarly, Pierre Agostini, an Emeritus Professor from Ohio State University, co-authored an article featured in the special issue "Attosecond Science and Technology: Principles and Applications".

We extend heartfelt congratulations to all Nobel Prize laureates and express sincere gratitude for their confidence in MDPI as a platform for their scholarly contributions.

Read more:

Impactful Research

MDPI Journals Newly Indexed in 2023

The aim of indexing is to enhance the quality and credibility of published research, ensuring that researchers access the most credible resources available. While the principle behind citation indexing is straightforward, it remains one of the most dependable methods for tracking an idea's evolution across various scientific disciplines.

Throughout the year, MDPI works to expand the reach of our publications across premier multidisciplinary databases like Web of Science, Scopus, EBSCO, and ProQuest. This initiative is spearheaded by MDPI's Indexing team, under the leadership of Dr. Constanze Schelhorn.

In 2023, MDPI achieved 54 new acceptances in Scopus, 29 in Web of Science, 52 in EBSCO, and 83 in DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals.

The team prioritizes ensuring that our journals feature in numerous specialized databases, including PMC, PubMed, MEDLINE, Inspec, CAS, and FSTA, among others. Currently, MDPI collaborates with over 65 renowned international databases, consistently enhancing our database affiliations annually.

MDPI’s journals are indexed in all major global databases.

Furthermore, we collaborate with universities and government organizations to list our journals in country-specific ranking lists and relevant institutional repositories. This ensures compliance with requirements often set by funders or institutions for authors to publish in specific journals.

Web of Science Adds 24 MDPI Journals to Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

Clarivate recently analysed MDPI’s new journals, resulting in 24 journals, mainly established in 2020, being added to the ESCI in November and December 2023. Additionally, five journals passed this assessment earlier in the year. For a complete list of our journals in Web of Science, refer here. Journals in the ESCI meet 24 quality criteria, ensuring editorial rigor. They may be considered for inclusion in broader indices like the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), or the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), based on four impact criteria.

Read more:

Inside MDPI

MDPI Appoints New Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Alistair Freeland returned to MDPI and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in November 2023, a position he previously held from 2013 to 2019. He succeeds Dr. Yu Lin, who will remain a member of MDPI’s Board of Directors, overseeing significant financial decisions for the company. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Yu Lin for his service as COO.

Alistair brings extensive experience not only in scholarly publishing but also in technology and business management. Prior to rejoining MDPI, he was associated with SIX Group, the entity responsible for Switzerland's financial market infrastructure. There, he played a pivotal role in developing the blockchain-based platform SDX (SIX Digital Exchange), which has gained traction among major Swiss banks and the Swiss National Bank.

As COO, Alistair will collaborate with the MDPI management team to improve the practices and services we offer to scholarly communities. I am pleased to welcome Alistair back to MDPI and look forward to his contributions going forward.

Coming Together for Science

MDPI’s 2024 In-Person Academic Events Schedule

MDPI's Conference Team is dedicated to organizing and hosting in-person academic events across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America. We recognize conferences as invaluable platforms for scientific collaboration, scholarly exchange, discussions on contemporary topics, networking, and forging collaborations.

Here's a glimpse of the notable events we currently have scheduled for 2024:

14–16 February, 2024
Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses
Location: Barcelona, Spain
We are honoured to feature Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Charles M. Rice and ‘Distinguished Senior Virologist’ Prof. Luis Enjuanes as keynote speakers for this 5th edition.
Event details

24–26 April, 2024
4th MMCS – Harnessing the Power of New Drug Modalities 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Esteemed speakers include Prof. Arun K. Ghosh, the mind behind the Darunavir molecule, and Prof. Paul Brennan, CSO of Alzheimer's Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute.
Event details

28–31 May, 2024
Polymers 2024 – Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future
Location:
Athens, Greece
We look forward to welcoming renowned experts like Prof. Damià Barceló, Prof. Minna Hakkareinen, and Prof. Armando J. D. Silvestre to this event.
Event details

1–4 August, 2024
The 1st International Conference on AI Sensors & The 10th International Symposium on Sensor Science
Location: Singapore
The AI Sensors 2024 Conference will unite innovators and experts in the realms of sensors, sensing technology, and artificial intelligence.
Event details

Upcoming events with details to be announced:

  • September 2024, Materials 2024 – Basel, Switzerland
  • 1921 September 2024, International Conference on Nanomaterials Sciences 2024 – Beijing, China
  • October 2024, ncRNA 2024 – Basel, Switzerland
  • November 2024, Pharmaceuticals 2024 – Barcelona, Spain
  • 2226 November 2024, International Conference on Science of Electronics – Wuhan, China
  • Stay tuned for more details on the Sustainable Publishing Forum 2024.

Click here for all upcoming MDPI events.

Organize Your Event with MDPI’s Sciforum

Sciforum is MDPI’s platform dedicated to the organization of scientific events. In line with our mission to promote science, Sciforum supports scholars, societies, research networks, and universities at all stages of organizing in-person events, virtual events and webinars. Our platforms are efficient, user-friendly, and cost-effective. We handle all steps related to event management. Contact us for details.

Closing Thoughts

Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024

As we approach 2024, I reflect on the incredible journey we’ve had together at MDPI this year. The past 12 months have been marked by ambitious projects and initiatives to improve our internal processes, and a commitment to continue delivering top-notch services to our stakeholders. I’d like to thank each and every one of our staff members for contributing to the positive experiences our stakeholders have reported in our surveys. Your dedication to speed, efficiency, and effective communication with our stakeholders is very much recognized and appreciated.

Becoming a stronger organisation

While we have encountered challenges in 2023, it’s important to understand that these are a part of our growth process. Difficulties provide us with opportunities to reflect, address problems at their roots, and ultimately evolve into a stronger organization. Our stakeholders expect us to overcome tough times, and it’s an expectation that we have for ourselves.

I extend my sincere appreciation to every MDPI employee, from our editorial office and IT department to marketing, indexing, IOAP, societies, Scientific Office board, products, production, conferences, finance, operations, admin, and beyond. To our newest team members, a warm welcome; to our longstanding colleagues, your dedication is invaluable.

“I am committed to taking MDPI to a new level of excellence.”

Interacting with many of you during my visits to our offices and representing MDPI at external events has been a personal highlight. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Lin for entrusting me with the role of CEO of MDPI. Looking forward, I am committed to working closely with our management team to lead MDPI and take it to a new level of excellence, aiming to establish it as the most trusted publisher in open access worldwide. This is a collective endeavour, with each of us shaping MDPI’s reputation. I therefore encourage us to take pride in our work, as it represents not only our craft but also MDPI as a whole.

Accountability and communication

As we look forward to 2024, there’s a lot to be excited about. Together, we’ll navigate challenges, seize growth opportunities, and refine our practices. To solidify MDPI’s position as the premier open access publisher globally, we must bolster accountability, improve stakeholder communication, share MDPI’s best practices, champion the open access philosophy, and educate stakeholders about our mission, methodologies, and motivations.

Thank you for engaging with the CEO Letter over the past six months of 2023. I will continue to release this newsletter as a method of sharing the great work being done at MDPI. Please feel free to connect directly with any insights or questions.

Here’s to a joyous and prosperous 2024!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

4 December 2023
Children | Top 15 Cited Papers in 20212022 in the Section “Global and Public Health”


We are pleased to invite you to read the highly cited papers in 2021 and 2022 from the journal Children (ISSN: 2227-9067), of the Section “Global and Public Health”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Obesity in Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic”
by Androniki Stavridou, Evangelia Kapsali, Eleni Panagouli, Athanasios Thirios, Konstantinos Polychronis, Flora Bacopoulou, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Maria Tsolia, Theodoros N. Sergentanis and Artemis Tsitsika
Children 2021, 8(2), 135; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020135
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/135

2. “Skin Disease in Children: Effects on Quality of Life, Stigmatization, Bullying, and Suicide Risk in Pediatric Acne, Atopic Dermatitis, and Psoriasis Patients”
by Katherine A. Kelly, Esther A. Balogh, Sebastian G. Kaplan and Steven R. Feldman
Children 2021, 8(11), 1057; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8111057
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/11/1057

3. “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Interrelation of Physical Activity, Screen Time and Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents in Germany: Results of the Motorik-Modul Study”
by Kathrin Wunsch, Carina Nigg, Claudia Niessner, Steffen C. E. Schmidt, Doris Oriwol, Anke Hanssen-Doose, Alexander Burchartz, Ana Eichsteller, Simon Kolb, Annette Worth et al.
Children 2021, 8(2), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/children8020098
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/98

4. “Utility of Genetic Testing from the Perspective of Parents/Caregivers: A Scoping Review”
by Robin Z. Hayeems, Stephanie Luca, Daniel Assamad, Ayushi Bhatt and Wendy J. Ungar
Children 2021, 8(4), 259; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040259
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/259

5. “Dietary Sugar Intake and Its Association with Obesity in Children and Adolescents”
by Emmanuella Magriplis, George Michas, Evgenia Petridi, George P. Chrousos, Eleftheria Roma, Vassiliki Benetou, Nikos Cholopoulos, Renata Micha, Demosthenes Panagiotakos and Antonis Zampelas
Children 2021, 8(8), 676; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080676
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/676

6. “Effectiveness and Acceptability of Telerehabilitation in Physical Therapy during COVID-19 in Children: Findings of a Systematic Review”
by Asma Alonazi
Children 2021, 8(12), 1101; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121101
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1101

7. “Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Associated with Reduced Psychological Resilience in Youth: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
by Cyleen A. Morgan, Yun-Hsuan Chang, Olivia Choy, Meng-Che Tsai and Shulan Hsieh
Children 2022, 9(1), 27; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010027
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/27

8. “The Eating Healthy and Daily Life Activities (EHDLA) Study”
by José Francisco López-Gil
Children 2022, 9(3), 370; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030370
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/370

9. “Effects of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Portuguese Children’s Motor Competence”
by André Pombo, Carlos Luz, Cristina de Sá, Luis Paulo Rodrigues and Rita Cordovil
Children 2021, 8(3), 199; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030199
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/199

10. “Feeling Unsafe at School and Associated Mental Health Difficulties among Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review”
by Yuko Mori, Elina Tiiri, Prakash Khanal, Jayden Khakurel, Kaisa Mishina and Andre Sourander
Children 2021, 8(3), 232; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030232
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/232

11. “Myopia Genetics and Heredity”
by Yu-Meng Wang, Shi-Yao Lu, Xiu-Juan Zhang, Li-Jia Chen, Chi-Pui Pang and Jason C. Yam
Children 2022, 9(3), 382; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030382
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/382

12. “Effect of Air Pollution on Obesity in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
by Nichapa Parasin, Teerachai Amnuaylojaroen and Surasak Saokaew
Children 2021, 8(5), 327; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050327
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/327

13. “Worldwide Prevalence and Risk Factors of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Children”
by Reka Borka Balas, Lorena Elena Melit and Cristina Oana Mărginean
Children 2022, 9(9), 1359; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9091359
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/9/1359

14. “Developmental Coordination Disorder and Most Prevalent Comorbidities: A Narrative Review”
by Federica Lino and Daniela Pia Rosaria Chieffo
Children 2022, 9(7), 1095; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9071095
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/7/1095

15. “Deletion Syndrome 22q11.2: A Systematic Review”
by Jonathan Cortés-Martín, Nuria López Peñuela, Juan Carlos Sánchez-García, Maria Montiel-Troya, Lourdes Díaz-Rodríguez and Raquel Rodríguez-Blanque
Children 2022, 9(8), 1168; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9081168
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/8/1168

30 November 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #6 - MDPI Spain Summit and ResearchGate

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

MDPI Spain Summit


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) gives the opening speech at the MDPI Spain Summit.

On Friday 10 November 2023 I was in Barcelona, Spain, to deliver the opening presentation and participate in a panel at MDPI’s Spain Summit, a two-day event, inspired by our salon events in China.

With 16 Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) and 20 Editorial Board Members (EBMs) in attendance, the event, organized by our conference team and Barcelona office, featured presentations on open access (OA), MDPI, and publishing market trends in Spain.

The event provided a great opportunity to engage with stakeholders from various MDPI journals, including Nutrients, Vaccines, Buildings, IJMS, and others. We were able to gather feedback and have open conversations around manuscript quality, the peer-review process, and journal development, as well as accreditation agencies.

The main objective of this Summit was to bring together Editors representing MDPI journals across various disciplines within Spanish universities and research centers, primarily from the Barcelona area. The aim was to facilitate an open and fruitful discussion regarding the development of their journals, the future of OA in Spain, and to provide meaningful interactions and networking opportunities.

Connecting with Editorial Board Members


Stefan Tochev in conversation with Summit participants: "Our EBMs are passionate about the journals they serve."

Interacting with our EBMs in person provides a valuable opportunity to show how important it is to us to connect with them, hear their perspectives on their journals and learn more about their own experience collaborating with MDPI.

From my conversations, it was clear that our EBMs are passionate about the journals they serve. I know the advice they provide may sometimes involve just small tweaks, but these can lead to important improvements. As the saying goes, small hinges swing open big doors.

As at November 2023, MDPI has over 6,300 EBMs affiliated with Spanish institutions, with more than 30 of them serving as EiCs or section EiCs. Furthermore, over 68,000 Spanish scholars have contributed as reviewers in MDPI journals.

Open Access in Spain

In 2023, Spain implemented legislation mandating immediate OA for all publicly funded research, aligning with the EU’s Plan S initiative to expedite the transition to OA. The Spanish government also approved a four-year, €23.8 million annual budget for the first national OA strategy, aiming to make publicly funded research freely accessible upon publication. This strategy aims to strengthen the quality and transparency of research in Spain, and to help promote movement towards a digital, low-carbon economy.

For further details of Spain's OA policy and the history of government mandates, click here.

Spain has already seen a notable decline in subscription-only articles, decreasing by 62% over a 10-year period, while gold OA increased by 42%. Green OA slightly decreased, suggesting a shift towards publishing in gold OA journals rather than traditional subscription-based ones. Here are some statistics from Scopus. 

A big thank-you to the various MDPI teams, including our conference team and the Barcelona office, for organizing this very successful event!


MDPI colleagues from various offices gathered to host and support the first MDPI Spain Summit, in Barcelona, Spain.

I think this type of gathering has the potential to become an annual event in various locations. For example, Manchester could be an option, as we have over 30 EiCs and over 3,000 EBMs in the UK, a top market for MDPI that publishes high-quality research.

Impactful Research

769 Editorial Board Members of MDPI Journals Recognized as Highly Cited Researchers in 2023

Congratulations to our 769 Editorial Board Members from 40 countries/territories who have been awarded Highly Cited Researcher status for 2023 by Clarivate. This recognition is based on their outstanding scientific research contributions and significant influence in various fields, as evidenced by Web of Science data.

Click here to view the full list of 769 Editorial Board Members.

Clarivate's Highly Cited ResearchersTM list identifies individuals with exceptional impact in scientific and social science domains over the past decade. Their papers rank in the top 1% of citations in 21 fields analysed in ‘Essential Science Indicators,’ showcasing their substantial influence.

This year, 7,125 Highly Cited Researcher 2023 designations were issued to 6,849 individuals from 67 countries, representing just 1 in 1,000 researchers worldwide.

These researchers demonstrate exceptional influence, representing a small fraction of contributors pushing the boundaries of knowledge, contributing to global well-being, sustainability, and security.

Congratulations to these scholars for their remarkable achievement: we are honoured to have them on board with our journals!

Inside MDPI

Corporate Marketing and Communications Strategy Session


Members of MDPI’s Corporate Marketing & Communications team.

For the past few years, I have led the Corporate Marketing & Communications department in our annual strategy session.

This typically involves 2–3 days of focused sessions covering key topics including budgeting, hiring targets, campaign reviews, and planning for the upcoming year, department strategy, and structure.

We are constantly exploring ways to optimize the Corporate Marketing & Communications department to support MDPI’s primary objectives and better convey the MDPI story while serving the scholarly community.

The strategy session also serves as a team-building activity, during which the team voted on bowling!

Strategy Session

In this strategy session, we looked at how to align our teams in order to better streamline our content with our campaigns, build a dedicated marketing team to strategically support our core MDPI products, expand our communications teams and functionalities to focus on company-critical campaigns and press releases, align our new brand design system with our marketing initiatives, set up a community and engagement team to support various teams with their outreach and communication efforts, and increase our use of data in the evaluation of campaign performance.

To grow in these areas, we will be hiring for various positions, including those of Public Relations Manager, Communications Manager, Internal Communications Manager, Campaign Manager, Marketing Associate, and Editorial Engagement Manager.

I am grateful for the way our Corporate Marketing & Communications department has grown and gelled over the years, and I look forward to supporting the department teams and their ideas for the future.

Coming Together for Science

ResearchGate and MDPI Partner to Boost the Visibility of Open Access Content through Journal Home


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) and Sören Hofmayer (Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, ResearchGate) meet in Berlin, Germany to take their ongoing discussion further.

When I assumed the role of CEO at MDPI, my primary focus was to initiate the building of essential partnerships and collaborations within our industry. After all, I am a firm believer in achieving our goals by helping others achieve theirs and focusing on co-opetition wherever there is an opportunity. I first touched on the notion of co-opetition in MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #3, particularly when discussing collaborations with Elsevier.

In light of this, Sören Hofmayer (Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at ResearchGate) and I connected recently to continue a discussion that had been ongoing for months. I was quickly brought up to speed and felt there was an opportunity for MDPI journals to pilot the Journal Home service that ResearchGate had launched. This would provide a new way for MDPI to engage with authors and readers and amplify the visibility of our journals.

While I receive many offers and opportunities for discussions with vendors, I am a firm believer that timing is everything, and in this case, the time for us is now. Sören and I met in person during my recent visit to Berlin and decided to proceed with piloting ten MDPI journals with the Journal Home service.

The press release below provides further details.

Press Release: Berlin (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland), 15 November 2023

ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, and MDPI, the largest open access publisher in the world and a pioneer in open access publishing, today announced a partnership that will see ten of MDPI’s open access journals benefit from an enhanced presence on ResearchGate through its innovative Journal Home offering.  

This new partnership will expand the reach and visibility of MDPI’s participating flagship journals with ResearchGate’s highly relevant community of more than 25 million researchers globally.

Around 210,000 version-of-record articles from these 10 titles will be readily available on ResearchGate, including the full archive material and all new articles as they are published. These journals also benefit from enhanced brand visibility, with dedicated journal profiles, prominent representation on all associated article pages and all relevant touchpoints across the ResearchGate network – keeping the journals top-of-mind with their reader and author audiences. All articles covered by the new partnership will automatically be added to the authors’ publication records in ResearchGate. This not only reduces MDPI authors’ needs for direct management but also offers them valuable insights into the impact of their work, including data about readership and citations.

Closing Thoughts

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) listening to music as he writes at a coffee shop in Basel, Switzerland.

November is dedicated to raising awareness of various men’s health issues. I have been fortunate to have positive male role models in my life, and I strive to share my experiences with others.

I used to take part in Movember, growing my moustache throughout November to raise awareness and funds and to help “change the face of men’s health.” With male family and friends impacted by physical and mental health issues, I have recently become more interested in men’s overall well-being.

Men often face stigma involving the perceived need always to be strong and have things figured out. Recently, I’ve had meaningful conversations with male friends and colleagues about issues we rarely discuss, and it was a positive experience.

Various factors impact men’s health and well-being, all too easily leading to risky health behaviours including a lack of health awareness, poor health education, and negative, culturally induced, behaviour patterns in our work and personal lives. I hope we can break down these barriers in our work environment.

Healthy men help build healthy families and a healthy society

Men are less likely than women to seek help with their physical and mental health struggles. This is a reminder to prioritize your overall well-being. I hope that as men, we will continue to open up to one another, becoming vulnerable in order to share what we are going through. By sharing and by supporting each other, we can learn and grow together. You are not alone, and when you fall, you can still get up and stand tall.

From one broski to another, you are loved and appreciated. I hope this mindset carries into December and beyond.

Mindfulness

Our content team recently released a handful of articles on mindfulness, a practice that I believe provides a good opportunity for stress release and self-reflection:

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

30 November 2023
Children | Aims and Scope Update

To further clarify the scope of the Children, under the guidance of our Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Paul R. Carney, the journal has updated its aims and scope. All new updates can be seen below:

Aims

Children (ISSN 2227-9067) is an international, open access journal dedicated to a streamlined, yet scientifically rigorous, dissemination of peer-reviewed science related to childhood health and disease in developed and developing countries.

The publication focuses on sharing clinical, epidemiological, and translational science relevant to children’s health. We strive to publish high-quality original articles and reviews that are applicable to the practice of Pediatrics in all its subspecialties. Moreover, the primary goals of the publication are to highlight under‑represented pediatric disciplines, to emphasize interdisciplinary research and to disseminate advances in knowledge in global child health. In addition to original research, the journal publishes expert editorials and commentaries, clinical case reports, and insightful communications reflecting the latest developments in pediatric medicine. Submissions from related fields such as sports science, education and sociology will be considered; however, all submissions to Children should highlight the pediatric health implications of the results presented. By publishing meritorious articles as soon as the editorial review process is completed, rather than at predefined intervals, Children also permits rapid open access sharing of new information, allowing us to reach the broadest audience in the most expedient fashion.  Ultimately, we seek to improve the quality of care and the health of infants, children, and adolescents, by contributing to increasing knowledge and helping to advance scientific discovery in the field of pediatrics.

Scope

Articles in Children include, but are not limited to:

  • Pediatric Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Pediatric Global Health
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Subspecialties
    • Neurology
    • Developmental/Behavioral Medicine
    • Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
    • Hematology-Oncology
    • Adolescent Medicine
    • Pulmonology
    • Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
    • Surgery
    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Urology
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Allergy and Immunology
    • Genetics
    • Nephrology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Rheumatology
    • Psychiatry and Psychology
    • Ethics
  • Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine
  • Health Service and Health Policy Research

To see our updated and revised aims and scope, please visit the following link: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/about.

Children Editorial Office

21 November 2023
769 Editorial Board Members of MDPI Journals Achieve Highly Cited Researcher Recognition in 2023


We extend our sincere congratulations to the 769 Editorial Board Members of our journals – from 40 different countries/territories – who have been recognized as Highly Cited Researchers for the year 2023 by Clarivate. They are being recognized for their high-quality scientific research achievements and outstanding contributions to their professional fields, as indicated by Web of Science data.

Clarivate's annual list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM identifies the most highly cited scientists for the past decade who stand out for their significant and broad influence in various scientific and social science domains. Their impactful papers are among the top 1 per cent in the citation distribution of one or more of 21 fields analyzed in the "Essential Science Indicators", distinguishing them as hugely influential among their peers.

This year, 7,125 Highly Cited Researcher 2023 designations were issued to 6,849 individuals from 67 countries, representing just 1 in 1,000 researchers worldwide.

This means that these researchers have demonstrated an incredible level of significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields over the last decade. They represent a small fraction of the researcher population whose contributions disproportionately push the boundaries of knowledge, enhancing global well-being, sustainability, and security.

Congratulations to the scholars for their noteworthy achievement – we are honored to have them on board with our journals!


Abate, Antonio
Aguilera, Ruth V.
Ahmed, Warish
Ahn, Myung-Ju
An, Qiaoshi
Anasori, Babak
Andersson, Dan I.
Angeletti, Silvia
Annabi, Nasim
Antinori, Spinello
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Asa, Sylvia L.
Astruc, Didier
Atala, Anthony
Atanasov, Atanas G.
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Bandodkar, Amay J.
Banks, William A.
Bao, Yan-Ping
Barba, Francisco J.
Barnes, Peter J.
Barnholtz-Sloan, Jill S.
Barrow, Colin J.
Bashir, Ali Kashif
Basit, Abdul W.
Bassetti, Matteo
Batley, Jacqueline
Battino, Maurizio
Behnood, Ali
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Biondi, Antonio
Bjarnsholt, Thomas
Blaschke, Thomas
Blay, Jean-Yves
Blumwald, Eduardo
Blunt, John W.
Boczkaj, Grzegorz
Bogers, Marcel
Bonomo, Robert A.
Boyd, Robert W.
Boyer, Cyrille
Braeckmans, Kevin
Bragazzi, Nicola Luigi
Bu, Wenbo
Bursać Kovačević, Danijela
Bush, Ashley I.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cai, Xingjuan
Cambria, Erik
Cao, Guozhong
Cao, Xingzhong
Capasso, Raffaele
Carvalho, Andre F.
Casper, Jonathan
Castellanos-Gomez, Andres
Cavalli, Giacomo
Chai, Siang-Piao
Chan, Jasper Fuk-Woo
Chan, Timothy A.
Chang, Chih-Hao
Chang, Guoqing
Chao, Dongliang
Chen, Bo
Chen, Chaoji
Chen, Fahu
Chen, Gang
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Jun
Chen, Jun
Chen, Jun
Chen, Lidong
Chen, Lingxin
Chen, Min
Chen, Mou
Chen, Peng
Chen, Qian
Chen, Qianwang
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Shuangming
Chen, Wei
Chen, Xiaobo
Chen, Yimin
Chen, Yu
Chen, Yulin
Chen, Zhong
Chen, Zonghai
Cheng, Gong
Cheng, Huanyu
Cheng, Laifei
Cheng, Qiang
Chew, Kit Wayne
Chiclana, Francisco
Choi, Wonyong
Choi, Young Hae
Chowdhary, Anuradha
Cichocki, Andrzej
Clevers, Hans
Coops, Nicholas C.
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Costanza, Robert
Creutzig, Felix
Crommie, Michael F.
Cuadrado, Antonio
Cui, Haiying
Cui, Yi
Curigliano, Giuseppe
Dai, Sheng
Dai, Shifeng
Daiber, Andreas
Davies, Michael J.
Davis, Thomas P.
Dawson, Ted M.
de la Fuente-Nunez, Cesar
Delord, Jean-Pierre
Demaria, Marco
Deng, Xiangzheng
Desneux, Nicolas
Dikic, Ivan
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Ding, Aijun
Ding, Jianxun
Dokmeci, Mehmet Remzi
Dolgui, Alexandre
Dong, Chung-Li
Dou, Shi Xue
Dragicevic, Tomislav
Du, Bo
Du, Qian
Du, Yonghua
Duan, Xidong
Dufresne, Alain
Dummer, Reinhard
Edwards, David
Elaissari, Abdelhamid
ElMasry, Gamal
Enjuanes, Luis
Fabbro, Doriano
Facchetti, Antonio
Fan, Junliang
Fan, Kelong
Fan, Xiulin
Fan, Zhanxi
Fang, Baizeng
Fang, Chuanglin
Fang, Yongjin
Fasano, Alessio
Feng, Liangzhu
Feng, Xuning
Fensholt, Rasmus
Ferdinandy, Péter
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Filippi, Massimo
Flavian, Carlos
Fortino, Giancarlo
Fowler, Michael
Franceschi, Claudio
Frattini, Federico
Friston, Karl J.
Fu, Gengtao
Gai, Francesco
Gaisford, Simon
Galanakis, Charis M.
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gan, Ren-You
Gao, Feng
Gao, Huijun
Gao, Huile
Gao, Peng
Gao, Wei
Garbe, Claus
Garg, Abhishek D.
Gasbarrini, Antonio
Gastaldelli, Amalia
Gautier, Emmanuel L.
Genevet, Patrice
Geng, Yong
Gerdts, Gunnar
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Ghaffari, Roozbeh
Ghamisi, Pedram
Giacobbe, Daniele Roberto
Giampieri, Francesca
Gillies, Robert J.
Godos, Justyna
Gogotsi, Yury
Golding, Nick
Gong, Jinlong
Gong, Peng
Gong, Yongji
Govindan, Kannan
Gozal, David
Grancini, Giulia
Grant, William B.
Graus, Francesc
Green, Douglas R.
Grosso, Giuseppe
Gu, Meng
Gu, Zhanjun
Guan, Cao
Gueimonde, Miguel
Gui, Guan
Guigo, Roderic
Guo, Hengyu
Guo, Jianping
Guo, Lin
Guo, Song
Guo, Yan
Guo, Zaiping
Gupta, Rangan
Gutzmer, Ralf
Haase, Dagmar
Hagger, Martin S.
Hall, C. Michael
Han, Fudong
Han, Heesup
Hanes, Justin
Hartung, Hans-Peter
He, Bao-Jie  
He, Debiao
He, Hongwen
He, Jiaqing
He, Jie
He, Jr-Hau
He, Qiong
He, Xiangming
He, Xijun
He, Zhili
Heneka, Michael T.
Herrera, Francisco
Herrera-Estrella, Luis
Herrera-Viedma, Enrique
Hetz, Claudio
Holick, Michael F.
Hong, Danfeng
Hong, Xuechuan
Hsueh, Po-Ren
Hu, Bin
Hu, Enyuan
Hu, Jin-Song
Hu, Weida
Hu, Wenbin
Hu, Xiaosong
Huang, Baibiao
Huang, Hongwei
Huang, Jianliang
Huang, Jianping
Huang, Peng
Huang, Xin
Hubacek, Klaus
Hussain, Saddam
Italiano, Antoine
Iwata, Hiroji
Jaeschke, Hartmut
Jain, Atul

Jaiswal, Amit K.
Jankovic, Joseph
Janssens, Ivan A.
Jelezko, Fedor
Jeon, Byong-Hun
Ji, Guangbin
Ji, Qiang
Ji, Wei
Ji, Xiaobo
Ji, Xiaoyuan
Jiang, Bin
Jiang, Hong
Jiang, Junjun
Jiang, Lianzhou
Jiang, Qing
Jiang, Shibo
Jiang, Yuyan
Jiang, Zhongyi
Jiao, Licheng
Jin, Shi
Jin, Zhong
Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh
Kamal, Mohammad Amjad
Kaner, Richard B.
Kaneti, Yusuf Valentino
Kang, Zhenhui
Karagiannidis, George K.
Karniadakis, George Em
Karp, Peter D.
Kataoka, Kazunori
Katritch, Vsevolod
Kawi, Sibudjing
Kepp, Oliver
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kiessling, Fabian
Kildishev, Alexander V.
Kim, Haegyeom
Kim, Jeonghun
Kim, Jin-Hoi
Kim, Jong Seung
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Kirkwood, John M.
Kivshar, Yuri
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Ko, Wen-Chien
Kong, Baohua
Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.
Koonin, Eugene V.
Kroemer, Guido
Kuang, Dai-Bin
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kuhn, Jens H.
Kumar, Prashant
Kumar, Sudhir
Kurths, Juergen
Kurzrock, Razelle
Kuzyakov, Yakov
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lan, Ke
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Landi, Francesco
Lavie, Carl J.
Laxminarayan, Ramanan
Lee, Chengkuo
Lee, Jechan
Lee, Jin-Wook
Lee, Pooi See
Lee, Sang Soo
Lehmann, Johannes
Lei, Yaguo
Li, Bin
Li, Chunzhong
Li, Dongsheng
Li, Feng
Li, Hai
Li, Heng
Li, Hongyi
Li, Hui
Li, Jinghong
Li, Jun
Li, Li
Li, Linlin
Li, Neng
Li, Ning
Li, Shuai
Li, Shutao
Li, Wei
Li, Wentao
Li, Xiang
Li, Xuecao
Li, Xuelong
Li, Yat
Li, Yurui
Li, Zhijun
Liang, Chao
Liang, Shuquan
Liaw, Peter K.
Lin, Jun
Lin, Yuehe
Lippi, Giuseppe
Lister, Ryan
Liu, Chengmei
Liu, Gang
Liu, Hong
Liu, Hui
Liu, Jian
Liu, Jinyan
Liu, Jun
Liu, Meilin
Liu, Pan
Liu, Wei
Liu, Xianhu
Liu, Xiaoping
Liu, Xuejun
Liu, Yang
Liu, Yu
Liu, Yuan
Lonardo, Amedeo
Long, Hualou
Long, Ying
Lu, Bingan
Lu, Junling
Lu, Lu
Lu, Nanshu
Lu, Rongxing
Lucey, Brian
Lucieer, Arko
Lugato, Emanuele
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Yangchao
Luo, Yi
Luo, Zisheng
Lv, Wei
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Haile
Ma, Jianmin
Ma, Jun
Ma, Tianyi
Ma, Wei
Ma, Yanming
Madabhushi, Anant
Mahmoudi, Morteza
Mai, Liqiang
Mai, Wenjie
Makridakis, Spyros
Mandala, Mario
Mantovani, Alberto
Mao, Jianfeng
Mao, Like
Mardani, Abbas
Mathivanan, Suresh
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McCabe, Matthew F.
McCauley, Darren
McClements, David Julian
Mei, Lin
Melenhorst, Jan Joseph
Melero, Ignacio
Meyerholz, David K.
Van Mierlo, Joeri
Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.
Mittler, Ron
Mu, Shichun
Mubarak, Mohammad S.
Mueller, Lukas A.
Muhammad, Khan
Mumtaz, Shahid
Munekata, Paulo Eduardo Sichetti
Nakagawa, Shinichi
Nauen, Ralf
Newman, David J.
Niaura, Raymond S.
Nidheesh, P. V.
Niu, Ben
Nussinov, Ruth
O'Connor, David
Odintsov, Sergei D.
Omri, Anis
Orsini, Nicola
Ostrikov, Kostya (Ken)
Oswald, Isabelle P.
Oudard, Stephane
Ouyang, Minggao
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pan, Anlian
Pan, Anqiang
Pan, Caofeng
Pan, Genxing
Pan, Likun
Pan, Quan-Ke
Pan, Xiaoqing
Pandolfi, Pier Paolo
Parati, Gianfranco
Pateiro, Mirian
Peng, Qiang
Peng, Qing
Peng, Shushi
Perc, Matjaz
Perlin, David S.
Perlman, Stanley
Petruzzelli, Antonio Messeni
Pitt, Bertram
Pöhlmann, Stefan
Polasky, Stephen
Pommier, Yves
Poor, H. Vincent
Potenza, Marc N.
Preat, Veronique
Prinsep, Michele R.
Pu, Kanyi
Putnik, Predrag
Qin, Yuanwei
Qiu, Jieshan
Qu, Xiaogang
Ragauskas, Arthur J.
Ramakrishna, Seeram
Ramkissoon, Haywantee
Ran, Jingrun
Rao, Zhonghao
Recio, Isidra
Ren, Jinsong
Rengel, Zed
Rho, Junsuk
Riahi, Keywan
Ribeiro-Soriano, Domingo
Richardson, Paul G.
Robert, Caroline
Rocca, Maria A.
Rodriguez-Manas, Leocadio
Rojas, Orlando J.
Rojo, Teofilo
Roubaud, David
Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Saliba, Michael
Sander, Chris
Sangaiah, Arun Kumar
Santamouris, Mattheos
Santoro, Gabriele
Scaldaferri, Franco
Schatzberg, Alan F.
Schwab, Matthias
Schweizer, Frank
Scolyer, Richard A.
Scott, Daniel
Serruys, Patrick W.
Setzer, William N.
Shahzad, Babar
Shao, Shuai
Shao, Zongping
Shen, Guozhen
Shen, Liyin

Shen, Zexiang
Shi, Peng
Shi, Yi
Siano, Pierluigi
Simões, Manuel
Sing, Swee Leong
Singh, Vijay P.
Smagghe, Guy
Smith, Lee
Soffietti, Riccardo
Song, Houbing
Song, Jibin
Song, Yu
Sood, Anil K.
Souto, Eliana B.
Stadler, Marc
Stanley, H. Eugene
Stephanopoulos, Gregory
Sternberg, Cora N.
Stoumpos, Constantinos C.
Stunnenberg, Hendrik G.
Su, Shiliang
Sun, Baoguo
Sun, Cuixia
Sun, Fengchun
Sun, Hongqi
Sun, Jie
Sun, Lijun
Sun, Litao
Sun, Runcang
Sun, Yanjuan
Sun, Zaicheng
Sun, Zhipei
Sureda, Antoni
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Tan, Chaoliang
Tan, Weihong
Tang, Chuan-He
Tang, Chuyang
Tang, Dianping
Tang, Yongbing
Tanzi, Rudolph E.
Terpos, Evangelos
Teschendorff, Andrew E.
Tian, He
Timsit, Jean-Francois
Tiwari, Aviral Kumar
Tohge, Takayuki
Tousoulis, Dimitris
Tran, Lam-Son Phan
Tress, Wolfgang
Trivedi, Pankaj
Tsao, Rong
Tully, Mark A.
Tung, Chen-Ho
Van der Bruggen, Bart
Vandenbroucke, Roosmarijn E.
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varsani, Arvind
Vatanen, Tommi
Verbeke, Kristin
Vermote, Eric
Verpoorte, Robert
Vieta, Eduard
Vincent, Jean-Louis
Vita, Antonio
Wan, Jiafu
Wan, Shaohua
Wanek, Wolfgang
Wang, Bin
Wang, Bo
Wang, Chao
Wang, Chuanyi
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Dan
Wang, Feng
Wang, Gongming
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Haihui
Wang, Hao
Wang, Huanqing
Wang, Huanting
Wang, Hui
Wang, Jian
Wang, Jie
Wang, Jing
Wang, John
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Lianzhou
Wang, Lihui
Wang, Meng
Wang, Peng
Wang, Pengfei
Wang, Qi
Wang, Qi
Wang, Qiang
Wang, Qilin
Wang, Qin
Wang, Qing
Wang, Shaojian
Wang, Sibo
Wang, Tao
Wang, Ying
Wang, Yong
Wang, Zhen
Wang, Zhong Lin
Wang, Zhongrui
Wang, Zifa
Wang, Zuankai
Wei, Haotong
Wei, Leyi
Wei, Zhixiang
Wei, Zhongbao
Weissleder, Ralph
Weitschies, Werner
Wen, Guanghui
Wesemael, Bas van
Willerslev, Eske
Witlox, Frank
Wu, Haijun
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Jun
Wu, Qinglin
Wu, Shuilin
Wu, Xiaojun
Wu, Yongzhen
Wu, Yuping
Wu, Zheng-Guang
Wu, Zhong-Shuai
Xia, Jianguo (Jeff)
Xia, Meimei
Xia, Xinhui
Xia, Yongyao
Xia, Zhiguo
Xiang, Quanjun
Xiao, Fuyuan
Xiao, Jie
Xin, Sen
Xing, Baoshan
Xing, Wei
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Hui
Xu, Li Da
Xu, Ping
Xu, Yi-Jun
Xu, Zhenjiang Zech
Yan, Chong
Yan, He
Yan, Huaicheng
Yan, Kai
Yan, Ruqiang
Yang, Bing
Yang, Chenguang
Yang, Hongshun
Yang, Hui
Yang, Jian
Yang, Jianping
Yang, Jie
Yang, Jun
Yang, Kai
Yang, Shihe
Yang, Xiaofeng
Yang, Xinsong
Yang, Yun-Gui
Yao, Yonggang
Yigitcanlar, Tan
Yin, Shen
Yin, Shou-Wei
Yin, Yulong
Yin, Zongyou
Yokoya, Naoto
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Guihua
Yu, Jun
Yu, Le
Yu, Minghao
Yu, Shu-Hong
Yu, Wei
Yu, Wenwu
Yuan, Qiangqiang
Yuan, Yifei
Yuan, Yuan
Yuen, Chau
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhai, Tianyou
Zhang, Bing
Zhang, Dengsong
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Fusuo
Zhang, Guangyu
Zhang, Guowen
Zhang, Hengjie
Zhang, Hongjie
Zhang, Hui
Zhang, Lai-Chang
Zhang, Lefei
Zhang, Lei
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Lijun
Zhang, Min
Zhang, Peng
Zhang, Qiang
Zhang, Qiaobao
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Shicheng
Zhang, Shujun
Zhang, Tierui
Zhang, Wei
Zhang, Weili
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Xiaodong
Zhang, Xiaogang
Zhang, Xiaoling
Zhang, Yang
Zhang, Yaobin
Zhang, Yi
Zhang, Yi-Zhou
Zhang, Yong
Zhang, Yu Shrike
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhang, Yuelin
Zhang, Zheng
Zhang, Zhicheng
Zhang, Zhien
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Jie
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zhao, Qing
Zhao, Yi
Zheng, Hao
Zheng, Weitao
Zheng, Yufeng
Zhong, Cheng
Zhou, Jie
Zhou, Jizhong
Zhou, Kun
Zhou, Liang
Zhou, Peng
Zhou, Qi
Zhou, Wei
Zhou, Weiqi
Zhu, Chengzhou
Zhu, Hongwei
Zhu, Junfa
Zhu, Jun-Jie
Zhu, Lei
Zhu, Mingshan
Zhu, Quanxin
Zhu, Yi
Zhu, Yongfa
Zhu, Zhe
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zou, Quan
Zou, Ruqiang
Zuo, Chao

20 November 2023
Children | World Children’s Day 2023


World Children's Day is an international holiday established by the United Nations in 1954 to enhance the cohesion of children around the world, raise children's awareness and improve children's welfare. World Children’s Day takes place annually on 20 November. The primary goals of this event are to increase awareness of various types of pediatric diseases, advocate for scientific advancement by addressing unmet needs, and promote global collaboration to address challenges faced by pediatric patients and the medical community in timely diagnosis, optimal treatment and support.

In celebration of World Children’s Day 2023, Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) has curated a collection of open access scholarly research studies focused on pediatric disease. Our intention is to disseminate new scientific knowledge to the world on this significant occasion.

1. “The Impact of COVID-19 School Closure on Child and Adolescent Health: A Rapid Systematic Review”
by Sonia Chaabane, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Karima Chaabna, Ravinder Mamtani and Sohaila Cheema
Children 2021, 8(5), 415; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050415  
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/415

2. “Oralbiotica/Oralbiotics: The Impact of Oral Microbiota on Dental Health and Demineralization: A Systematic Review of the Literature”
by Alessio Danilo Inchingolo, Giuseppina Malcangi, Alexandra Semjonova, Angelo Michele Inchingolo, Assunta Patano, Giovanni Coloccia, Sabino Ceci, Grazia Marinelli, Chiara Di Pede, Anna Maria Ciocia et al.
Children 2022, 9(7), 1014; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9071014  
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/7/1014

3. “Skin Disease in Children: Effects on Quality of Life, Stigmatization, Bullying, and Suicide Risk in Pediatric Acne, Atopic Dermatitis, and Psoriasis Patients”
by Katherine A. Kelly, Esther A. Balogh, Sebastian G. Kaplan and Steven R. Feldman
Children 2021, 8(11), 1057; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8111057   
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/11/1057

4. “Neonatal Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-N) Associated with Prenatal Maternal SARS-CoV-2: A Case Series”
by Ravindra Pawar, Vijay Gavade, Nivedita Patil, Vijay Mali, Amol Girwalkar, Vyankatesh Tarkasband, Sanjog Loya, Amit Chavan, Narendra Nanivadekar, Rahul Shinde et al.
Children 2021, 8(7), 572; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070572
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/572

5. “Children on the Autism Spectrum and the Use of Virtual Reality for Supporting Social Skills”
by Alessandro Frolli, Giulia Savarese, Francesca Di Carmine, Antonia Bosco, Emilio Saviano, Angelo Rega, Marco Carotenuto and Maria Carla Ricci
Children 2022, 9(2), 181; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020181   
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/181

6. “Effectiveness of Virtual Reality-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with ADHD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
by Dulce Romero-Ayuso, Abel Toledano-González, María del Carmen Rodríguez-Martínez, Palma Arroyo-Castillo, José Matías Triviño-Juárez, Pascual González, Patrocinio Ariza-Vega, Antonio Del Pino González and Antonio Segura-Fragoso
Children 2021, 8(2), 70; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020070  
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/70

7. “’You Can’t Go to the Park, You Can’t Go Here, You Can’t Go There’: Exploring Parental Experiences of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Their Children’s Movement Behaviours”
by Negin A. Riazi, Kelly Wunderlich, Madelaine Gierc, Mariana Brussoni, Sarah A. Moore, Mark S. Tremblay and Guy Faulkner
Children 2021, 8(3), 219; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030219  
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/219

8. “Play Behaviors in Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review of the Literature”
by Anastasia Kourti, Androniki Stavridou, Eleni Panagouli, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Maria Tsolia, Theodoros N. Sergentanis and Artemis Tsitsika
Children 2021, 8(8), 706; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080706   
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/706

9. “Evaluation of Children Caries Risk Factors: A Narrative Review of Nutritional Aspects, Oral Hygiene Habits, and Bacterial Alterations”
by Andrea Butera, Carolina Maiorani, Annalaura Morandini, Manuela Simonini, Stefania Morittu, Julia Trombini and Andrea Scribante
Children 2022, 9(2), 262; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020262    
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/262

10. “A Critical Review on the Complex Interplay between Social Determinants of Health and Maternal and Infant Mortality”
by Rada K. Dagher and Deborah E. Linares
Children 2022, 9(3), 394; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030394
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/394

1 November 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #5 - OA Week, UK, and Strategy

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Open Access Week 2023 – the Global Drive to Open Continues

As the world's largest open-access (OA) publisher, we believe that unrestricted access to research findings is the cornerstone of transparency, efficiency, and quality control across scientific disciplines. At MDPI, we provide free, immediate access to scientific papers, empowering scientists to examine, validate, replicate, and build upon existing results. This minimizes redundancy, optimizes resources, and fosters innovative approaches.

International OA Week, held from 23 to 29 October 2023, provided a unique opportunity to link the global movement toward open sharing and open science with the progress of policy changes at the local level. Our mission, during OA Week and all the year round, is to offer educational resources highlighting the benefits of open-access publishing. The MDPI Blog is a valuable resource for information on open access and open science.

Core principles of OA publishing

Accessibility, transparency, and collaboration are core principles of OA publishing. OA aims to break down barriers that have traditionally restricted research access, ensuring that knowledge is available to all, regardless of financial situation or institutional affiliations. Our commitment to diverse pathways for OA publishing worldwide includes discounts for researchers. You can learn more about how MDPI supports scientific communities here.

One of the key strengths of OA publishing is its ability to facilitate interdisciplinary research. By removing paywalls and promoting knowledge-sharing across disciplines, OA encourages collaboration and innovation. Researchers from various fields can access and build upon each others’ work, fostering a holistic approach to addressing complex global challenges.

OA holds the potential to democratize knowledge, advance science, and drive positive societal change.

Policy driving change

Governments, institutions, and funding agencies have recognized the transformative potential of OA and have implemented policies to promote it. These policies often require publicly funded research to be made openly accessible, accelerating the growth of OA repositories and journals. Check out our spotlights on OA policies in the USEU and China

OA publishing is continuously evolving, with community-driven models and technologies shaping its future. Initiatives such as “Plan S” and “cOAlition S” promote OA publishing from the perspective of national funders, requiring grantees to publish their research openly. A new policy announced by the US administration last year mandates that, with effect from January 2026, all US federally funded research should be freely and immediately available after publication.

Additionally, preprint servers such as MDPI's Preprints.org, which allow researchers to share their findings before formal peer review, have gained popularity, enhancing the speed at which new knowledge is disseminated. The rise of blockchain technology is also being explored to ensure transparency and authenticity in scholarly publishing.

For more than two decades, OA publishing has been revolutionizing academic publishing by promoting accessibility, transparency, and collaboration. Its support for interdisciplinary research, evolving policies, and innovative practices all contribute to its growing influence in the global research community. As OA continues to expand, it holds the potential to democratize knowledge, advance science, and drive positive societal change.

MDPI is proud to lead the transition to open access.

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Impactful Research

Spotlight on Smart Cities

Smart cities will serve as a cornerstone for future human development. Their implementation will help us tackle many of the significant challenges we are facing – climate change, ageing populations, waste management, public safety, travel, and so on. Recognising the importance of this multifaceted field, MDPI launched the inaugural issue of Smart Cities in 2018 to provide an advanced forum for research into smart technology and society. Here we take a look at how this journal has developed, and its impact in this exciting field.

As at 30 October, 2023, Smart Cities has published 421 papers and has an Impact Factor of 6.4. It also has a CiteScore of 8.5, and more than one quarter of its published papers – 124 – have been cited 10 times or more.

Highly cited papers in Smart Cities

Below are several highly cited papers recently published in Smart Cities. Citation metrics are current as at 31 October 2023.

1. “Introducing the “15-Minute City”: Sustainability, Resilience and Place Identity in Future Post-Pandemic Cities
Authors: Carlos Moreno, Zaheer Allam, Didier Chabaud, Catherine Gall and Florent Pratlong
Smart Cities 2021, 4(1), 93-111; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/smartcities4010006
Citations: Crossref (338), Scopus (366), Web of Science (270), Google Scholar (710)
The paper discusses the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 on cities, including increasing inequalities and rising unemployment. It introduces the concept of the "15-Minute City," a form of "chrono-urbanism," as a response to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

2. “A Review on Electric Vehicles: Technologies and Challenges
Authors: Julio A. Sanguesa, Vicente Torres-Sanz, Piedad Garrido, Francisco J. Martinez and Johann M. Marquez-Barja
Smart Cities 2021, 4(1), 372-404; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/smartcities4010022
Citations: Crossref (359), Scopus (363), Web of Science (268), Google Scholar (558)
This paper provides an overview of the progress in Electric Vehicles (EVs), focusing on battery technology, charging methods, and emerging research challenges. It also analyzes the global EV market and its future outlook.

3. “IoT in Smart Cities: A Survey of Technologies, Practices and Challenges
Authors: Abbas Shah Syed, Daniel Sierra-Sosa, Anup Kumar and Adel Elmaghraby
Smart Cities 2021, 4(2), 429-475; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/smartcities4020024
Citations: Crossref (121), Scopus (151), Web of Science (91), Google Scholar (215)
This paper gives an overview of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of Smart Cities, discussing the fundamental components, technologies, architectures, networking technologies, and artificial algorithms that underpin IoT-based Smart City systems.

4. “Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Smart Grid: A Survey
Authors: Olufemi A. Omitaomu and Haoran Niu
Smart Cities 2021, 4(2), 548-568; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/smartcities4020029
Citations: Crossref (76), Scopus (94), Web of Science (57), Google Scholar (120)
This survey paper reviews the utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques in the context of the smart grid. It covers various applications of AI in load forecasting, power grid stability assessment, fault detection, and security issues in the smart grid and power systems.

5. “The Metaverse as a Virtual Form of Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges for Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability in Urban Futures
Authors: Zaheer Allam, Ayyoob Sharifi, Simon Elias Bibri, David Sydney Jones and John Krogstie
Smart Cities 2022, 5(3), 771-801; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/smartcities5030040
Citations: Crossref (72), Scopus (75), Web of Science (43), Google Scholar (176)
This paper discusses the concept of the Metaverse, a virtual world introduced by Meta (formerly Facebook), and its potential impact on urban life. It explores how emerging technologies such as AI, Big Data, IoT, and Digital Twins could reshape urban design and services in the context of the Metaverse.

Testimonial

“It was indeed a great and pleasant experience with MDPI regarding our recent publication. The submission process was very straightforward and less time-consuming than the norm. The review process was very fast compared to many other open access journals, which is praiseworthy. The support from the Editorial Office during the revision process was highly useful as well. We look forward to publishing with MDPI in the future, and I will most definitely recommend MDPI to my colleagues and collaborators. – Dr. Luís Rosa, University of Minho

Article in Smart Cities: Mobile Networks and Internet of Things Infrastructures to Characterize Smart Human Mobility

Inside MDPI

MDPI Manchester office, UK Visit


Allie Shi (Editorial Director, MDPI), Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Jamie Anderson (Manchester Office Manager, MDPI), Michael O’Sullivan (Senior Scientific Officer, MDPI), Hushneara Akhtar, and Becky Castellon (IOAP Team Lead, MDPI), dining out in Manchester, UK.

In October, I visited MDPI’s new office in Manchester. During the visit, I connected with our English Editing (EE) managers, Scientific Officer, members of the Editorial team, the Marketing team, and IOAP Team Lead.

Our Manchester office focuses primarily on EE services and provides local support for the UK market. Additionally, we regularly visit Editorial Board members and participate in local conferences.

I would like to thank Jamie Anderson, Manchester Office Manager, and her team, for their deep commitment to our Manchester staff and to MDPI’s impact on the UK market.

The UK by numbers

The UK is a hub for the world’s top universities, making it a key market for MDPI and the publishing world in general. It is home to two of the top-five-ranked universities globally, 11 in the top 100, and 15 in the top 200.

As a result, the UK plays a key role in MDPI’s global market. As at October 2023, it ranks as the seventh-largest contributor to the total number of papers published by MDPI. We have 3,500 Editorial Board members affiliated with UK institutions, including 34 serving as Editors-in-Chief (EiCs). Our commitment to collaboration with institutions is evident in the UK, where we have successfully established some 60 Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) agreements with esteemed institutions, such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh, and more.

According to InCites Dataset + ESCI for the period 2018–2022, as at October 2023, nearly 65% of UK papers are now published as OA. Just over 10% of total OA publications are by UK authors. UK papers are known for their high quality, with an average of 11 citations per paper. Furthermore, 2.16% of UK papers are in the top 1% of cited papers, and 14.61% are in the top 10% of cited papers, showcasing their impact.

We are currently hiring EEs in various locations worldwide.

English Editing at MDPI

Our English Editing (EE) department consists of two main branches, Quality Control and Learning and Development, reflecting our priorities. We are continuously enhancing the quality of our English Editing services and have raised the relevant standards, which now extend to company-wide communications. English editors participate in international interviews, conduct English assessments, and provide colleagues with presentations on ways to improve their use of written and spoken English.

While expanding, the EE department has proactively refocused its efforts on the quality of our work and how the English Editing department can benefit the company more broadly. We currently have approximately 140 full-time English Editors based across five offices worldwide, supplemented by over 700 freelance English editors.

Our Manchester office serves as the hub for the EE Department, with EE Managers situated there, except for Kurtis Jackson, who serves as the Head of EE and is located in our Basel office. Manchester EEs play a critical role in establishing and developing EE teams in our other offices, overseeing management and recruitment. The EE department plays a vital role in MDPI’s operations, as it is the department that touches every published paper. If this work interests you, I encourage you to explore our available EE positions, whether you are seeking full-time or freelance opportunities.

Testimonials

“MDPI provides an excellent service compared to any other previously used services. It delivers fast and high-quality results but at an affordable price.” – Ardha Apriyanto, University of Potsdam

“In my role as a professor, I consider that MDPI Author Services offer an excellent quality in the editing of Western academic writing while maintaining the required standards of clarity, precision and rigor. Additionally, delivery times are fast compared to other available services.” – Jesus Insuasti, University of Nariño

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Coming Together for Science

STM and Frankfurt Book Fair

Attending STM

MDPI has been a proud sponsor of the STM Conference for several years. The STM Conference is a dynamic event featuring interactive sessions, expert panellists, idea-sharing, and ample networking opportunities. On 16 October, the event kicked off with arrival drinks, sponsored by MDPI, followed by a welcoming dinner, providing a great chance to connect and network with industry professionals. The following day was filled with speakers, sessions, and further opportunities to connect. STM exemplifies the collaborative spirit of the scientific community, with session topics including achieving open, visible, and impactful research at scale; maintaining research integrity in a rapidly changing world; and exploring the impact of ever-evolving technology in the scholarly community.

Meeting with Web of Science

On a personal note, one of the highlights of STM was a candid and productive conversation with Nandita Quaderi, Editor-in-Chief and SVP at Web of Science. During our discussion, we talked about MDPI, Web of Science, the IJERPH delisting, and ways of moving forward. This open conversation aimed at fostering better collaboration for the future.

“We discussed ways to improve our communication and collaboration.”

I appreciated our frank discussion and felt that Nandita wholeheartedly supports open access. She also expressed her appreciation for the monthly CEO Letter, which she sees as a way to add personality to the MDPI brand and provide insight into the great work we do at MDPI. While we highlighted the positives, we also discussed ways to improve our communication and collaboration moving forward. This meeting alone made the trip worthwhile, and I hope Nandita doesn’t mind my sharing that she found our chat to be “the most honest and constructive discussion” she’s had with someone from MDPI in recent years.

75th Frankfurt Book Fair


Jelena Milojevic (Book Editor, MDPI), Jovana Dubajic (Book Editor, MDPI), Evan Escamilla (Project Manager, MDPI), Laura Wagner (Head of Books, MDPI), and Jenny Knowles (Commissioning Editor, MDPI), at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

For the 75th time, the Frankfurter Buchmesse opened its doors in October to celebrate exciting stories and their authors. If you haven’t yet had the chance to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair, I highly recommend it. It’s the largest book fair in the world, attracting thousands of visitors from around the globe. This is the place to gain valuable industry insights from top-class publishing professionals, connect with publishers directly, and learn about the latest trends in publishing.

MDPI Books

Our Books team was also present at the Frankfurt Book Fair, networking and learning from various panels. Did you know that our MDPI Books department publishes OA Books?

The book publishing program includes monographs, book series, edited books and reprints of special issues and topical collections, among other book types.

If you have a book proposal you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact our Books team to understand the benefits and methods of publishing your next book with the OA model.

Closing Thoughts

MDPI Strategy Meeting

As the newly appointed CEO, this is my first year leading the MDPI Senior Management Strategy session. I saw it as an opportunity to explore what MDPI has the potential to become in the next five years. Guided by the vision of its founder and President, Dr. Shu-kun Lin, the company has accomplished remarkable feats over the past 27 years and currently holds the position as the world’s third-largest academic publisher, following Springer Nature and Elsevier.

Our primary objective is to build upon the milestones of the past decades and consolidate MDPI’s position as well-established publishing brand. The two-day meeting emphasized the importance of communicating MDPI’s values more actively via its brand and adopting a straightforward yet impactful approach to managing MDPI as a mature academic publisher.

“Our primary objective is to consolidate MDPI’s position as well-established publishing brand”

As the world’s number one open-access publisher, MDPI has long been a game-changer in the scholarly community, serving millions of authors. The challenge in being a trailblazer is the need to continuously improve and at the same time explore the next blue-ocean strategy, while also maintaining the smooth operation of the business. Our collection model, featuring guest-curated thematic topics in the form of Special Issues, has disrupted the industry. Other publishers closely study us and attempt to replicate our models. The future of this collection model is something we are actively addressing – while, of course, looking ahead to what comes next!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

30 October 2023
Children | New Section “Pediatric Endocrinology” Established

The editorial team of Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Section, “Pediatric Endocrinology”, of which Prof. Dr. Zvi Laron from Tel Aviv University, Israel, has been appointed Section Editor-in-Chief.

The scope of the “Pediatric Endocrinology” Section is to help disseminate the continuously growing research into clinical practice. It publishes scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in all areas of clinical and experimental endocrinology, diabetes, nutrition, metabolism, and genetics.

The “Pediatric Endocrinology” Section of Children is intended for pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric diabetologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, neonatologists, pediatric gynecologists, nutritionists, sport physicians, geneticists, practicing pediatricians, and pediatricians-in-training. It will also publish Special Issues in the above fields of interest.

Keywords: growth; growth hormones; puberty; adolescence; dysphoria; metabolism; thyroid; adrenals; diabetes; nutrition; fetal endocrinology

We are currently recruiting Editorial Board Members (EBMs) and Guest Editors for this Section. If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about publishing cutting-edge research, please contact us at [email protected]. Alternatively, you may wish to submit your work directly via the following link: https://susy.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload?journal=children.

Children Editorial Office

19 October 2023
Open Access Week 2023 – the Global Drive to Open Continues


MDPI has been a strong proponent of the open access publishing model right from the beginning. As one of the pioneering fully open access publishers, we firmly believe that unrestricted access to research findings forms the foundation for better transparency, efficiency, and quality control across all scientific disciplines.

In December 2022, we reached a significant milestone by surpassing one million articles published. That is one million articles freely available to all, to circulate and build upon!

Offering free and immediate access to scientific papers empowers scientists to examine, validate, replicate, and expand upon existing results. This not only helps prevent redundancy and optimizes how resources are used but also paves the way for innovative new approaches.

The International Open Access Week takes place from 23 to 29 October 2023, providing a unique opportunity to connect the global movement towards open sharing and open science with the progress of policy transformations at the local level.

Our goal, during Open Access Week as well as throughout the year, is to offer resources for educating people about the benefits of open access publishing. The MDPI Blog offers a wealth of information around open access and open science.

Promoting the values of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration

Open access publishing embodies the fundamental values of democratizing knowledge and fostering global accessibility. It aims to break down barriers that have traditionally limited access to scholarly work, ensuring that knowledge is available to all, regardless of their financial or institutional affiliations. 

Discounts are part of our commitment to ensuring there are diverse pathways to Open Access publishing for researchers worldwide. MDPI supports scientific communities in several different ways. 

One of the key strengths of open access publishing lies in its ability to facilitate interdisciplinary research. By removing paywalls and promoting the sharing of knowledge across disciplines, OA encourages collaboration and innovation. Researchers from diverse fields can access and build upon each other's work, fostering a holistic approach to addressing complex global challenges. 

Funders' policies are getting aligned with open science

Governments, institutions, and funding agencies have recognized the transformative potential of open access and have implemented policies to promote it. These policies often mandate that publicly funded research should be made openly accessible. Such initiatives have accelerated the growth of open access repositories and journals, reinforcing the commitment to open access principles. Check our spotlights on OA policies in the USEU and China

Open access publishing is continually evolving, with innovative and community-driven models and technologies shaping its future. Initiatives like "Plan S" and "cOAlition S" promote the adoption of OA publishing from the national funders’ perspective by requiring grantees to publish their research openly. A new policy announced by the US administration last year requires that, as of January 2026, all US federally funded research be made freely and immediately available after publication. 

Additionally, preprint servers such as MDPI's Preprints.org, which allow researchers to share their findings before formal peer review, have gained popularity, enhancing the speed at which new knowledge is disseminated. The rise of blockchain technology is also being explored to ensure transparency and authenticity in scholarly publishing. 

For more than twenty years, open access scholarly publishing has been revolutionizing academia by promoting the values of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration. Its support for interdisciplinary research, evolving policies, and innovative practices all contribute to its growing influence in the global research community. As open access continues to expand, it holds the potential to democratize knowledge, advance science, and drive positive societal change. 

MDPI is proud to be a leader in the transition to open access.

2 October 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #4 - MDPI Presence in China

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Open Access in China

It is Saturday, 23 September, and I have just returned from an unforgettable 12-day trip to China, visiting our main offices in Beijing and Wuhan. In the wake of a packed and very enjoyable agenda of internal and external meetings, I would like to use this edition of the CEO Letter to showcase how MDPI supports the scholarly community in China.

Coincidentally, Jack McKenna, Communications Associate from MDPI’s corporate content team, has just released a blog article discussing China’s open access (OA) policy. It is a timely read, providing a concise overview of the development of the OA movement in China and reflecting on its future. I shall draw some content from Jack’s piece and use this edition of the CEO Letter to highlight the various ways in which MDPI is involved in this market. And it would be remiss of me not to include some pictures and highlights from my travels!

Open Access Policy in China

As per Jack’s post, in 2020, China became the world’s leading producer of research articles. Today, China is experiencing a “substantial growth rate in OA [Open Access] publication”. This growth is supported by the State’s commitment to research & development and its policy “requiring the promotion of open science”.

Over the past two decades, there have been gradual developments in China’s OA framework, with repositories and platforms being developed in a consistent manner. Currently, key institutions across China – including the National Science Library, the National Science and Technology Library, and the Natural Science Foundation of China – support OA. The State aims to establish consistent policies across government agencies – a framework for a more encompassing embrace of OA across institutions.

In China, the number of subscription-only articles decreased by nearly 30% over the 10-year period of 2011–2021, while gold OA increased by 22%. Between 2017 and 2020 alone, China published 800,921 academic papers in an OA format.

In 2023, as the leading publisher of academic research, China is pursuing “self-reliance”. Therefore, the State will be establishing consistent policies across government agencies, including those related to OA. Additionally, it will want to ensure that Chinese people can access the research that is supported by Chinese funding and produced by Chinese academics. For this reason, “Open Access is a matter of priority in China”.

MDPI Offices in China

 While the history of MDPI begins in Basel, Switzerland, the story of MDPI’s founder is very much rooted in China. Dr. Shu-kun Lin, Founder and President of MDPI, graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University in 1982. He also studied physical chemistry at the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1982–1986; MSc in 1985), and at the University of Louisville, USA (1987–1989). Dr. Lin completed his doctorate in organic chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) in 1992.


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) at MDPI’s Wuhan office.

In 2002, MDPI’s Basel headquarters moved to Matthäusstrasse 11, 4052 Basel, and Dr. Lin opened an editorial office in Qingdao, China, which launched the journal Marine Drugs in the following year. Below is a list of MDPI’s current offices in China and their respective dates of inauguration:

  • 2008: Beijing (Tongzhou, Haidian)
  • 2013: Wuhan (Hankou, Guanggu)
  • 2019: Tianjin
  • 2021: Dalian
  • 2021: Nanjing

Our Strength is in Our People

With over 6,000 MDPI staff, across 20 offices in 11 countries, MDPI is able to offer authors responsive and efficient round-the-clock support, enabling a rapid publication process.

In my experience, stakeholders are genuinely surprised when they realize the extent of our global operations. My response is to reiterate that our people are our strength. This is why we have fast and efficient processes and top-notch responsiveness. Our global presence ensures that your manuscript is constantly attended to, rather than sitting on someone’s desk. We prioritize our authors’ needs and act quickly to move things through the various stages of publication. MDPI is built on speed, convenience, and competence, which I believe are core pillars for success in any industry. We continually strive to improve our systems and processes on the basis of these core strengths. We literally have over 6,000 staff worldwide dedicated to serving your needs. It’s not magic: it’s people; it’s real.

Impactful Research

MDPI Awards

To support the academic community, and especially young researchers, and also to enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals offer various awards in specific fields. We serve the scientific community by funding research to facilitate the development of sustainable global solutions through our annual World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award.

In 2022, MDPI made awards totalling over US$1 million in recognition and support of researchers worldwide.

Across our journal catalogue, we have granted over 2,000 awards to recognize and support researchers from all disciplines. Since 2016, these awards have served as a source of recognition, acknowledging the impact of research by heightening the influence of talented individuals. The award types mainly include the Young Investigator Award, the Best PhD Thesis Award, the Best Paper Award, and the Outstanding Reviewer Award.

To learn more about MDPI Awards and to find out which are currently available, please click here.

MDPI Awards to Scholars from China

Since 2021, there have been 23 Best Paper Awards granted to authors affiliated with Chinese institutions, identifying their papers as having high-quality scientific impact. A total of 45 Chinese scholars have received awards such as the Young Investigator Award, the Best PhD Thesis Award, the Outstanding Reviewer Award, and the Tu Youyou Award, among others. Prizes for these awards include MDPI grants for paid publications, totalling over CHF 70,000 for scholars affiliated with Chinese institutions.

MDPI’s Tu Youyou Award


Prof. Tu Youyou (left), Dr. Shu-Kun Lin (President, MDPI).

In 2015, Professor Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.” In order to commemorate Professor Tu’s contributions to human health and to promote the passion and spirit conveyed by her experiences, MDPI in 2016 established the ‘Tu Youyou Award’, which runs biennially to recognize outstanding scholars dedicated to the research of natural products and medicinal chemistry.

The 2022 Tu Youyou Award was granted to Prof. Dr. Xiaoguang Lei of Peking University. Click here to access the interview with the winner.

2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Professor Youyou Tu

Professor Tu’s work was celebrated in a Special Issue from Molecules on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The Special Issue: 'Artemisinin (Qinghaosu): Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor Youyou Tu on the Occasion of her 80th Anniversary” was created five years before she won the Nobel Prize, highlighting the visibility MDPI provides researchers and their work.

Highly Cited Articles by Chinese Scholars Published in MDPI

Click here to access the most cited MDPI papers published by scholars affiliated with Chinese institutions. This list presents the most influential research from the more than 287,000 MDPI papers published by Chinese scholars. With over 9 million total citations, I encourage you to maximize your visibility and impact by publishing with MDPI, the number one most cited open access publisher.

Read more:

Inside MDPI

Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) with the Beijing Marketing team.

Marketing Department in China

During my visit to our offices in Beijing and Wuhan, I had the opportunity to meet with, and to present to, our local marketing teams. These teams are responsible for various journal-related and corporate promotional activities, including newsletters, conferences, seminars, author training, journal awards, content creation, digital marketing, and social media.

I was pleased by the ambition and curiosity of our marketing colleagues. They showed a strong desire to collaborate and acquire knowledge and tactics to effectively market and promote MDPI-journal-related activities. I presented some of the principles and objectives that we apply in the Corporate Marketing and Communications department, and used the opportunity to strengthen our collaborative communications across offices.

Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI) with the Wuhan Marketing team.

Coming Together for Science

Collaborations, Scholarships and Meetings

MDPI maintains partnerships with nearly 190 learned societies and over 800 institutions and consortia, helping to facilitate the transition to OA publishing. Our commitment to working with institutions is evident in China, where we have successfully established over 35 Institutional Open Access Programs (IOAP) with esteemed institutions such as the Tsinghua University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Our institutional partnerships, waiver programs, and article processing cost discounts create diverse pathways to OA publishing for researchers worldwide.

Scholarships in China

Since 2021, several MDPI journals (Sensors, Photonics, Coatings, Materials, Energies, and Journal of Fungi) have funded full scholarships for four Master’s and five Ph.D. projects in China. These scholarships align with Tianjin University, Wuhan University of Technology, Central South University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the China University of Petroleum (Beijing).

Meeting with the Society of Chinese University Journals (CUJS)


Prof. Tieming Zhang (President of CUJS, centre) and MDPI colleagues at CUJS office.

I am pleased to have participated in some highly productive meetings during my visit to China, including one with the Society of Chinese University Journals (CUJS). The meeting involved Prof. Tieming Zhang (President of CUJS), Assoc. Prof. Xin Zhang (Vice President and Secretary General), and Dr. Fei Gao (Executive Member of CUJS). Alongside my colleagues Dr. Guoshi Liu, Dr. Giulia Stefenelli, and Anita Sun, I represented MDPI and held an open discussion to address any questions regarding OA and MDPI.

We discussed several methods for collaboration, including a workshop on the future of peer review, MDPI sponsoring a funding grant for early-career researchers, and transitioning journals from diamond to gold OA. I am thankful for the opportunity to have met our colleagues at CUJS in person and feel very confident about our future collaborations in support of OA publishing in China.

MDPI hosts free academic seminars, author training sessions, and academic conferences as part of its commitment to enrich and support the scholarly community. CUJS often stages academic events (e.g., conferences, editor training, and editor competitions), and I believe there are great opportunities for CUJS and MDPI to collaborate accordingly.

Meeting with National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC)


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Giulia Stefenelli (Chair of Scientific Officers, MDPI), Anita Sun (PR Manager, MDPI) and Dr. Guoshi Liu (Managing Director, MDPI) at the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

We also visited the NSLC Director, Xiwen Liu, and colleagues Ying Jin, Zhesi Shen, and Sichao Tong. Following our introductions, we gave a presentation on the history and editorial process at MDPI, discussing specific details related to MDPI’s business and data. We highlighted the status of our  IOAP collaborations in China and the makeup of our author base, specifically in China, and drew attention to the fact that MDPI has published research by authors from every country in the world. We then discussed the design indicators, calculation methods and implementation purposes of the ‘Early Warning Journal List’ and how we can have open communication to provide any data regarding MDPI journals. I am pleased to report that we reached a consensus on future communications, and am grateful to NSLC for hosting us in their offices.

In-person meetings with stakeholders provide an invaluable opportunity to communicate what MDPI is about and the various ways in which we serve the scholarly community. While digital marketing and online communication are essential, they are no replacement for the understanding and trust that come about through in-person interactions.

The Numbers

As at September 2023, China holds the largest position in MDPI’s global market, ranking as the largest contributor to the total number of papers published by MDPI.

At this point in time, there were more than 847,000 China mainland scholars who have published with MDPI, 51 of whom are Section-Editors-in-Chief (SEiC) of MDPI journals, with seven serving as Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) for journals such as Air, Big Data and Cognitive Computing, Blockchains, Future, Nanoenergy Advances, and Targets.

Our growth and presence in China are a true testament to the service we provide to the scholarly community, and to the relationships we foster through collaborative activities. We look forward to continuing to support the growth of the scholarly community in China, providing a valuable and trusted experience with MDPI.

Closing Thoughts

Final Reflections on our MDPI Offices in Beijing and Wuhan


Stefan Tochev (CEO, MDPI), Dr. Constanze Schelhorn (Indexing Manager, MDPI), Jiale Shang (Admin, Tongzhou, MDPI) at Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing.

I spent approximately two weeks visiting some of our offices in China, and the first word that comes to mind when describing my experience is ‘hospitality.’ My colleagues and I were met with enthusiasm and delight at the airport by the Tongzhou Admin team (thank you, Jiale Shang, and thank you, Eric Wang, for keeping us organized on this trip!) and were taken care of with great attention. From hotels to transportation, dinners, and meetings, our stay was catered for perfectly.

Perhaps this is where MDPI’s focus on customers and service originates. At our core, we are a service company that provides a publishing platform for its authors. It’s therefore no surprise that authors consistently rate their experience with MDPI very highly.

95% of submitting authors rate their overall experience with the MDPI publication process as Excellent or Good (Springer Nature report 90%).

91% of submitting authors rate their overall experience with the MDPI peer review process as Excellent or Good.

Speed/Efficiency and Editorial Relationship are two key reasons underlying this high satisfaction score. ‘Editorial Relationship’ can be further explored, but in the past month, the most commonly noted aspects were the professionalism, kindness, availability, communicativeness, and personalized assistance provided by our editorial staff throughout the process. These attributes are at the core of our work across all our offices and continents.

Hospitality and Service

Just as our Chinese colleagues strove to keep us engaged by showing us the city sights (thank you, Thea Pan, and Jason Wu from the Wuhan Marketing team!) and sharing a variety of wonderful meals, our editorial staff are committed to serving our authors throughout their publishing journey. Our aim is to place the author at the centre of everything we do, eager to welcome our ‘guests’ and provide them with a pleasant publishing experience.

I asked my colleague Francis Wu (Senior Publisher, Wuhan office) where this hospitality originates. He responded that it is part of Chinese culture. I reflected long and deep on this answer. China is a vast country, and when visitors arrive, hosts want to ensure they feel welcomed and taken care of in order to maximize their time and visit. I can’t think of a better analogy for how I would want our authors to feel when they visit MDPI for their publishing needs. A company culture that prioritizes service, something that goes beyond products and productivity, and focuses on the overall experience. Over 6,000 people, across all MDPI offices, are ready, willing and able to go the extra mile for their colleagues and their customers. This is something I am truly proud of.

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

25 September 2023
Free Media Partnership between Children and XXIV FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO 2023), 9–12 October 2023, Paris, France


We are pleased to announce that the XXIV FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO 2023) has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Date: 9–12 October 2023
Place: Paris, France

It is an honor to welcome you to participate in the XXIV FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics to be held in Paris, France, from 9 to 12 October 2023. The FIGO World Congress is the leading and largest global event in gynecology and obstetrics. FIGO 2023 presents evidence-based research on scientific innovations in the specialties of obstetrics and gynecology.

Join world-renowned experts, researchers, clinical practitioners, parent associations representatives, key industries and other leaders and professionals in obstetrics, gynecology and neonatology at this highly anticipated FIGO 2023 congress.

For more details, please visit the following link: https://figo2023.org/.

Children Editorial Office

6 September 2023
Recap of Awards Granted to Scholars in 2022


MDPI is committed to supporting the academic community, nurturing talent and advancing science. Awards are an important part of the research landscape and play a vital role in helping academics gain recognition, especially young researchers as they embark on new research avenues.

In 2022, our journals presented a total number of 394 Awards, including Travel Awards, Young Investigator Awards, Best PhD Thesis Awards, Best Paper Awards, and Outstanding Reviewer Awards, with several winners announced for some of the awards. The total prize sum amounted to just under 580,000 Swiss francs (CHF), or approximately 650,000 US dollars. Overall, more than 720 scholars were awarded.

The majority of the awards were dedicated to young researchers in relatively early stages of their careers. This encompassed 66 of the afore-mentioned Travel Awards, 60 Young Investigator Awards, supporting research projects and conference attendance, as well as 51 Best PhD Thesis Awards. Additionally, 113 Best Paper Awards were given by our journals. The selection committees were entrusted with identifying the most impactful and novel research and review articles published in their journal within a given year.

MDPI will continue its support and recognition for the academic community moving forward, sponsoring new awards across disciplines. To learn more about all the awardees and their research projects in your field of study, please visit the following pages:

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

30 August 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #3 - Sustainability and Co-opetition

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Our Commitment to Sustainability

As a pioneer in academic open access publishing since 1996, MDPI has always been dedicated to facilitating scientific exchange across all disciplines. Our approach to open science is guided by principles such as Open Access (OA), Timeliness and Efficiency, Simplicity, High-Quality Service, Flexibility, and a commitment to Sustainability. This commitment involves preserving published papers for the long term and supporting the future of science through partnerships, sponsorships, and awards.

In this edition of the CEO Letter, I will delve into MDPI’s various sustainability initiatives. As a leader in OA publishing, we are able to provide the public with a significant amount of environment-related content at no cost.

MDPI and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2020, the SDG Publishers Compact was launched to accelerate implementation of the SDGs by promoting content that informs, develops, and inspires action. MDPI joined this initiative in 2021 and subsequently launched the MDPI SDG Hub in 2022, offering free access to recent research within the scope of each of the 17 SDGs. We also support authors from underrepresented communities by waiving publication charges for selected SDG-related papers. Detailed sustainability practices and supported publications are available in the report under each Goal page.

“More than 80% of MDPI articles and reviews published in 2022 relate to the Sustainable Development Goals.” [source: InCites, Accessed on 21.08.2023]

As at August 2023, MDPI boasts 14 journals dedicated to sustainability-related topics. Our first journal in this area, Sustainability, has published over 29,000 articles on the SDGs, accumulating over 240,000 citations (source: InCites, as at 1 January 2023). These journals serve as vital platforms for researchers to share insights and address environmental challenges. In addition:

MDPI journals specializing in sustainability-related topics:

  • 2009: Sustainability
  • 2012: Resources
  • 2013: Climate
  • 2014: Environments
  • 2016: Recycling
  • 2019: Clean Technologies
  • 2020: Sustainable Chemistry
  • 2021: Wind, Biomass, Conservation, Pollutants, Solar
  • 2022: Waste, Microplastics

Read more:

Impactful Research

Highly Cited Articles in Sustainability

In 2022, content published in Sustainability and indexed in Journal Citation Reports (JCR) received nearly 190,000 citations. This highlights the fact that Sustainability publishes highly cited research articles related to environmental sciences and SDG-related topics such as climate action.

We are pleased to share that Sustainability received a 2022 CiteScore of 5.8, marking a 16% increase from the 2021 metric. Specifically, the CiteScore positions Sustainability as follows: Q1 (27 out of 163) in the “Environmental Science (miscellaneous)” category, and Q1 (101 out of 779) in the “Geography Planning and Development” category. For additional journal statistics, please visit here.

“Sustainability received a 2022 CiteScore of 5.8”

While MDPI journals such as Climate and Atmosphere have a distinct focus on atmosphere pollution and its impact on climate processes, journals like Sustainability, Environments, Water, Remote Sensing, and IJERPH publish content related to climate change. These journals have published over 32,300 articles related to SDG 13: Climate Action.

Highly Cited Papers in Sustainability

Below are several highly cited papers published in Sustainability over the past three years. Citation metrics are current as at 15 August 2023.

1. “A Global Assessment: Can Renewable Energy Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050?
Authors: Jerry L. Holechek, Hatim M. E. Geli, Mohammed N. Sawalhah, and Raul Valdez
Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4792; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14084792
Citations: Crossref (97), Scopus (91), Web of Science (82), Google Scholar (125)

This paper addresses one of the most significant challenges of climate change – achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2050. The meta-analysis suggests that while difficult, this transition is possible through the concerted application of pathways, lifestyle changes, and global cooperation.

2. “Anxiety and the Ecological Crisis: An Analysis of Eco-Anxiety and Climate Anxiety
Author: Panu Pihkala
Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 7836; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12197836
Citations: Crossref (144), Scopus (121), Web of Science (159), Google Scholar (382)

This paper has received substantial media attention, including coverage by The Guardian, BBC, Vice, and CNBC. An interview with Dr. Panu Pihkala, a leading interdisciplinary researcher on the topic, can be found on MDPI’s podcast: Insight Faster, Episode 1.

3. “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Its Mitigation Strategies: A Review
Authors: Gurdeep Singh Malhi, Manpreet Kaur, and Prashant Kaushik
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1318; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13031318
Citations: Crossref (207), Scopus (221), Web of Science (186), Google Scholar (355)

This paper reviews literature on climate change, addressing its causes, future projections, impact on agriculture, including plant physiology, growth, productivity, pest infestation, and the economic implications of mitigation strategies.

4. Impacts of Plastic Pollution on Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Development Goals, and Need to Focus on Circular Economy and Policy Interventions
Authors: Rakesh Kumar, Anurag Verma, Arkajyoti Shome, Rama Sinha, Srishti Sinha, Prakash Kumar Jha, Ritesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Shubham, Shreyas Das, Prabhakar Sharma, and P. V. Vara Prasad
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9963; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13179963
Citations: Crossref (134), Scopus (136), Web of Science (113), Google Scholar (184)

This review aims to assess the adverse effects of plastic pollution on ecosystems, link the management of plastic with the SDGs, and propose policy measures using transdisciplinary approaches. Empowering communities to reduce plastic use is crucial. Addressing global plastic pollution is a priority.

Sustainability is an international, cross-disciplinary, open access journal that explores environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. It provides a forward-looking platform for research on sustainability and sustainable development, and is published semi-monthly online by MDPI. Sustainability is affiliated with The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).

Read more:

Inside MDPI

President of Ireland Authors Editorial in MDPI Journal Sustainability

It’s a very special occasion when the president of a country takes the initiative to write an editorial for a journal. Michael D. Higgins, President of the Republic of Ireland, has contributed his insights to a forthcoming Special Issue in Sustainability:

This Special Issue, focusing on “making sustainable development happen” at grassroots levels, allows for perspectives from, and on, the major world faiths, exploring how challenges have been conceptualised and addressed, in addition to case studies of faith-based sustainability initiatives in practice.

The experience of faith institutions and communities in translating theological and moral commitments to sustainable development into action is now a topic we must examine with urgency; one on which I am so glad this Special Issue focuses.

As President of Ireland, I very much support this Special Issue of Sustainability. It is my great hope that the contents of the papers contained herein will assist in making sustainable development happen at grassroots levels across the world so that we can cooperate together, people of faith and of none, to ensure a just, inclusive and sustainable future for all on our fragile planet.

Read the completed editorial here:

Special Issue “Faith and Sustainable Development: Exploring Practice, Progress and Challenges among Faith Communities and Institutions”: Foreword by the President of Ireland
Author: Michael D. Higgins
Sustainability 2023, 15(12), 9683; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su15129683

Coming Together for Science

The World Sustainability Forum 2023

The World Sustainability Forum (WSF) is a biennial MDPI event focused on sustainability. WSF 2023 marks the tenth anniversary of the conference series, taking place on 14 September. For the first time, the event will be hosted as a 24-hour conference across three locations – Singapore, Basel in Switzerland, and Toronto in Canada – alongside virtual streaming.

This unique format allows us to span three time zones, providing live coverage of critical sustainability-related topics throughout the day:

  • The Singapore Hub, chaired by Professor Horn Mun Cheah and Associate Professor Renee Tan, will explore “Sustainability for Social and Community Impact”.
  • The Basel Hub, chaired by Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak and Dr. Lela Mélon, will delve into “Sustainability in the industry, and at university and corporate settings”.
  • The Toronto Hub, led by Dr. Umberto Berardi, will discuss “The Sustainable Built Environment”.

MDPI Sustainability Foundation: Recognizing Excellence in Sustainability Research

The MDPI Sustainability Foundation supports researchers through two sustainability-focused awards:

  1. The World Sustainability Award, amounting to USD 100,000, is given to senior researchers.
  2. The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, valued at USD 20,000, sponsored by the journal Sustainability, is presented to early-career researchers.

The winners of the Sustainability Foundation will be formally awarded during the WSF2023 on 14 September. Interviews with the award winners and finalists are available below.

2023 World Sustainability Award Winners

  1. Professor Michael R. Templeton
  2. Professor Tom Lyon
  3. Dr Krithi K. Karanth

Interviews with 2023 Emerging Sustainability Leader Award Finalists

  • Dr. Bahareh Kamranzad
  • Dr. Youjin Kim
  • Dr. Julia Lohmann

As a hybrid event, WSF23 provides scholars with the option to attend in person at one of the conference sites or, for a more sustainable approach, virtually. All sessions will be recorded and archived for future access. Registration is open until 3 September 2023, with in-person and virtual tickets available here.

Read more:

Closing Thoughts

“Co-opetition”: Collaboration Plus Healthy Competition – A Visit to Elsevier

I firmly believe in fostering collaboration and at the same time promoting healthy competition within the academic publishing industry. The market offers ample room for publishers and related companies to provide valuable services and products that enrich the academic community. While MDPI is recognized for its efficient and streamlined processes –thanks to our over 6,000 colleagues, in-house tools, and initiatives that support the author journey – our ethos has always involved learning from and collaborating with other organizations.

MDPI’s Interaction with Elsevier

In January 2023, I had a brief conversation with Judy Verses, President of Global Academic and Government Markets at Elsevier, following her participation in a panel discussion at the Academic Publishers Europe event in Berlin. One of the highlights for me was Judy’s insight into the impact of research, particularly her emphasis on the role of collaboration, including policy and showing the impact of research to influence on funding decisions.

“Such collaborations drive forward-looking strategies to elevate our support for the scholarly community”

Judy and I resumed our discussion in August, when I visited Elsevier's office to review current projects, such as our recent agreement with Science Direct and the continued indexing of MDPI journals in Scopus (indexing database owned by Elsevier). We also explored possible opportunities for the future, including a potential collaboration to expand MDPI’s Scilit data infrastructure. This endeavour aims to aggregate and provide access to scholarly metadata encompassing journal articles, conference papers, books, preprints, and more. While these discussions are ongoing, the underlying principle remains that such collaborations drive forward-looking strategies to elevate our services and support for the scholarly community.

It was great that Judy and I acknowledged the merits of 'co-opetition,' a concept based of the belief that fostering cooperation alongside healthy competition can lead to shared advancements for both individual companies and the industry at large.

‘Fully OA’ Organizations Dedicated to Open Access

MDPI proudly aligns with the ‘Fully OA’ group, a collaborative initiative comprising nine organizations dedicated to Open Access. Our monthly meetings, including an OASPA representative, serve as platforms to share non-confidential information, resources, and projects. These gatherings also facilitate discussions on topics relevant to fully OA organizations. Occasionally, joint actions spring from these interactions, such as collaborative blog posts on pertinent subjects and joint statements, such as a recent response to the House Appropriations Committee.

This display of cooperation among competing entities forms a strategic alliance focused on nurturing the best interests of the OA publishing model.

As I wrap up this third edition of the CEO Letter, I encourage you to seize opportunities for collaboration and contribute to advancing our shared academic culture. As the African proverb has it, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

25 August 2023
Meet Us at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 100th Annual Conference, 30 October–2 November 2023, Atlanta, USA


MDPI will attend the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 100th Annual Conference. The 2023 annual meeting of ACRM is the world’s largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research event. Rehabilitation professionals and community members from around the globe are encouraged to join. With 150+ inter-professional groups at ACRM, including community groups, committees, and task forces, the 100th anniversary conference is planning 4 powerful plenaries, 15+ symposia, 300+ educational sessions, symposia and lectures, and 600+ scientific papers and digital poster presentations, etc.

To enhance patient care, the presentation of science by researchers is required, and to inform and improve research, feedback from the clinicians is required. The aim of the ACRM 100th annual conference is to encourage attendees to join the discussions and collaborations in order to help move the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation forward.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth #413 and start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://conference.acrm.org/.

 

18 August 2023
Meet Us at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2023 National Conference & Exhibition, 20–24 October 2023, Washington, USA


MDPI will attend the American Academy of Pediatrics 2023 National Conference & Exhibition. This event will be held in Washington D.C. for five days from Friday, 20 October, to Tuesday, 24 October 2023.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Children;
  • JCM;
  • Medicina;
  • Healthcare;
  • IJERPH;
  • JPM;
  • Clinpract;
  • Diagnostics;
  • Medicines.

If you plan on attending this conference, please stop by our booth and speak with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit https://aapexperience.org/.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Young Investigator Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


MDPI’s Young Investigator Awards recognize promising junior researchers, acknowledge their contributions, and enhance communication among scientists. We are proud to present the winners for the year 2022 in biology and life sciences. The winners were selected by the journals’ Award Evaluation Committee.

We warmly congratulate the awarded young investigators for their outstanding contributions. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Agriculture:

  • Thomas Hartinger, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria

Agronomy:

  • Leontina Lipan, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain

Animals:

  • Daniel Stec, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Brain Sciences:

  • Dibyadeep Datta, Yale Medical School, USA
  • Giacomo Valle, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Morgan H. James, Rutgers University, USA

Foods:

  • Xiaonan Lu, McGill University, Canada

Genes:

  • Alfredo Iacoangeli, King's College London, UK
  • Elisa De Franco, University of Exeter, UK
  • Riccardo Pecori, German Cancer Research Center, Germany
  • Vanessa Silva, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal

Horticulturae:

  • Massimiliano Renna, University of Bari Aldo Moro at Bari, Italy

Insects:

  • Adam G. Dolezal, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States

Microorganisms:

  • Carla Rodrigues, Institut Pasteur, France
  • Lorena Rodriguez-Rubio, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Kevin Solomon, University of Delaware, USA

Nutrients:

  • Colleen Deane, University of Southampton, UK

Toxins:

  • Paz Otero Fuertes, University of Vigo, Spain

Pathogens:

  • Marta Giovanetti, National Reference Laboratory of Flavivirus in the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil
  • Carrie M. Long, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), USA

Vaccines:

  • Carina Joe, University of Oxford, UK

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


We are proud to recognize the winners of MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in biology and life sciences for their outstanding presentations.

MDPI journals regularly offer travel awards to encourage junior scientists to present their latest research at academic conferences in specific fields, which helps to increase their influence.

The winners mentioned below were carefully selected by the journal editors based on an outline of their research and the work to be presented at an academic conference.

We would like to warmly congratulate the winners of the 2022 Travel Awards and wish them the greatest success in their future research endeavors. MDPI will continue to enhance communication among scientists.

Brain Sciences:

  • Liloia Donato, University of Turin, Italy
  • Roberta Bettoni, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Diversity:

  • Vanessa Silva, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal

IJMS:

  • Carlo Matera, University of Milan, Italy
  • Elisabetta Coppi, University of Florence, Italy
  • Ilaria Tonazzini, Nanoscience Institute—National Research Council (CNR) @ NEST in Pisa, Italy

MPs:

  • Pere Catala, University Eye Clinic Maastricht, Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands

Sports:

  • Angela Blasimann, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Angelo Sabag, Western Sydney University, Australia

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


In order to acknowledge our reviewers, who demonstrate diligence, professionalism, and timeliness when generously dedicating their time to reviewing manuscripts, MDPI journals regularly offer outstanding reviewer awards to scholars who participate in the peer review process.

We are proud to recognize the winners for the year 2022 in biology and life sciences for their outstanding contributions, among extensive competition, by presenting them with an Outstanding Reviewer Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners on their achievements. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Agronomy:

  • Ewa Ropelewska, The National Institute of Horticultural Research, Poland
  • Marek Rašovský, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Prakash Jha, Kansas State University, USA
  • Vasileios Greveniotis, Institute of Industrial and Forage Crops, Greece

Biology:

  • Alberto Collareta, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Francisco Curate, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Gianpiero Greco, University of Study of Bari, Italy
  • Luca Poli, University of Study of Bari, Italy
  • Shaohua Chen, South China Agricultural University, China

Brain Sciences:

  • Chong Chen, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

Children:

  • Marco Sapienza, University of Catania, Italy
  • Sabina Barrios-Fernández, University of Extremadura, Spain

Diversity:

  • Corrado Battisti, Torre Flavia LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) Station, Italy
  • Daniel Stec, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Emilia Grzędzicka, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Igor Zelnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Endocrines:

  • Eva S. Liu, 1Harvard Medical School, USA 2Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA

Fermentation:

  • Aleksandra Szydlowska, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS), Poland
  • Mohamed Ali Abdel-Rahman, Al-Azhar University, Egypt

Fishes:

  • Andrew G. Jeffs, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mohamed Samy-Kamal, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain

Foods:

  • Baskaran Stephen Inbaraj, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
  • Marzena Włodarczyk-Stasiak, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland
  • Minaxi Sharma, Haute Ecole Provinciale de Hainaut-Condorcet, Belgium
  • Viviani Ruffo de Oliveira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

Genes:

  • Federico Manuel Giorgi, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Jan Bocianowski, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Magdalena Mroczek, Center for Cardiovascular Genetics and Gene Diagnostics, Switzerland

IJMS:

  • Keigi Fujiwara, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
  • Tomasz W. Kaminski, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Takujiro Homma, Yamagata University, Japan
  • William Bryan Terzaghi, Wilkes University, United States
  • Zong-jie Cui, Beijing Normal University, China

Insects:

  • Abraão Almeida Santos, University of Florida, USA
  • Agata Kaczmarek, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Miguel A. García-Martínez, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Life:

  • Andrei S. Rodin, Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute, USA
  • Kazuhiko Kotani, Jichi Medical University, Japan

Metabolites:

  • Jianing Mi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Nguyen Phuoc Long, Inje University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea
  • Xian Luo, University of Alberta, Canada

Pathogens:

  • Guillaume Fiches, Ohio State University, USA
  • Jianxuan Wu, Gilead Sciences, USA
  • Tomasz M. Karpiński, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poland

Plants:

  • Alicia Ayerdi Gotor, Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle, France
  • Andrea Mastinu, University of Brescia, Italy
  • Edyta Paczos-Grzeda, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland
  • Narayan Bhusal, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • Mohsen Hesami, University of Guelph, Canada

Toxins:

  • Christian Müller, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Margarita Fernández-Tejedor, IRTA, Spain

Vaccines:

  • Christian Napoli, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy
  • Federico Marchesi, University of Parma, Italy
  • Roger E. Thomas, University of Calgary, Canada

Veterinary Sciences:

  • Fun-In Wang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Valeria Grieco, University of Milan, Italy

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Best PhD Thesis Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced


MDPI’s Best PhD Thesis Awards are presented to recognize the young scholars who are judged to have completed the most outstanding PhD thesis in their field of research and to encourage them to continue their outstanding work and further contributions to their field.

We would like to warmly congratulate the winners of the 2022 Best PhD Thesis Awards and wish them success in their future research endeavors. MDPI will continue to enhance communication among scientists.

Brain Sciences:

  • “CYP2D in the Brain Alters Response to Drugs and Neurotoxins”
    by Marlaina R. Stocco, University of California, USA
  • “Neural Encoding of Prior Experience in Sensorimotor Behavior”
    by Nicolas Meirhaeghe, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone, France
  • “Perinatal Stem Cell: Epigenetic, Biological and Differentiative Characteristics”
    by Giulia Gaggi, University "G.D'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Genes:

  • “Uncovering the Genetic Variation Involved in Asthma Exacerbations through Multiple Genomic Approaches”
    by Esther Herrera Luis, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain

Veterinary Sciences:

  • “Development of Novel Tools for Monitoring Antimicrobial Resistance in Complex Microbial Communities and Their Application to Improving Our Stewardship of Antimicrobials in Livestock”
    by Ashenafi Feyisa Beyi, Iowa State University, United States

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

14 August 2023
MDPI’s Best Paper Awards in Biology and Life Sciences—Winners Announced in 2022


The purpose of our Best Paper Awards is to promote and recognize the most impactful contributions published within MDPI journals.

The editors of each journal carefully selected reviews and research papers through a rigorous judging process based on criteria such as scientific merit, overall impact, and the quality of presentation.

We are honored to present the winners for the year 2022 in biology and life sciences, who were selected amongst extensive competition, and congratulate the authors for their outstanding scientific publications. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Agronomy:

Biology:

Brain Sciences:

Diversity:

Genes:    

IJMS:     

Insects:  

Life:

Metabolites:          

MPs:

Pathogens:

Plants:

Toxins:

Vaccines:               

Veterinary Sciences:

About MDPI Awards:

In order to reward the academic community, especially young researchers and enhance communication among scientists, MDPI journals regularly offer various awards to researchers in specific fields. These awards, serving as a source of inspiration and recognition, help raise the influence of talented individuals who have been credited with outstanding achievements and are making a significant contribution to the advancement of their fields.

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

7 August 2023
Free Media Partnership between Children and the 5th Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2023), 19–23 September 2023


We are pleased to announce that the 5th Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2023) has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Date: 19–23 September 2023
Place: Rome, Italy

The 5th Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2023) is held by the European Society for Paediatric Research, Union of European Neonatal & Perinatal Societies and European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants. The strength of jENS 2023 lies in evidence-based research to scientific innovations, aiming at the future of neonatology.

Join world renowned experts, researchers, clinical practitioners, parent association representatives, key industries and other leaders and professionals in neonatology, pediatrics, and family-centred care at this highly anticipated jENS Congress!

For more details, please visit the following link: https://www.mcascientificevents.eu/jens/.

Children Editorial Office

27 July 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #2 - Open Peer-Review and IJERPH

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

Open Peer Review Reports

Continuing the topic of openness from my inaugural monthly CEO letter, in these Opening Thoughts, I highlight the growth and importance of open peer-review reports at MDPI. Open peer reports align with the principles of open science, making the publishing process more transparent and facilitating rigorous peer review.

MDPI journals operate an open peer-review option by default, allowing authors to publish review reports and author responses (often referred to as open reports) together with the published paper. Publishing the reviewer reports and author responses together with the article provides greater transparency and trust for readers, as this allows them to track the editorial decision-making process. Open peer-review also encourages reviewers and editors to provide high-quality comments, as these will be made public if the article is accepted for publication.

Start and Growth of Open Peer Review at MDPI

The MDPI journal Life was a pioneer in offering this opportunity to its authors in 2014. The first MDPI article with peer-review reports openly published was a review by the Nobel Laureate Werner Arber, in which the review reports were published as supplementary material. By 2018, open peer-review was available across all MDPI journals. As such, MDPI authors have embraced the open peer-review model, providing a steady increase in the number of MDPI articles. As of 2023, approximately one-third (34.0%) of MDPI articles were published with open review reports.

As at July 2023, the percentage of MDPI articles published with open peer review has increased to 36.2% of the total papers published in 2023 so far, indicating ongoing growth in adoption.

Open peer review continues to play a critical role in the assessment of the peer-review process in Life. For further insights, please see the recent editorial by Dr. Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto, the former Editor-in-Chief of Life, who spearheaded the implementation of the open peer-review process.

Benefits of Open Peer Review

The benefits of open peer review include increased transparency, trust and constructive feedback. To promote open communication further and increase the robustness of the peer-review process, we encourage reviewers to sign their reports so that their name appears on the review report (this process is referred to as open identity). The default option is for reviewers to remain anonymous; however, by signing the reports, reviewers receive direct credit for their contribution to the peer-review process and show their commitment towards open science.

As the leading open access publisher, MDPI remains committed to promoting open peer-review and encourages authors to choose this approach. Our goal is to provide a rigorous and transparent peer-review process that benefits the scientific community, and we believe that open peer-review is a vital step in fostering openness and collaboration in scientific communication.

Impactful Research

MDPI Papers Cited in the News – IJERPH edition

Every month, our corporate marketing team compiles data from Altmetrics to create a list of MDPI papers that have been cited in the news. This list continues to grow as renowned news outlets regularly reference research published by MDPI in their articles.

During 2022, a total of 111,965 MDPI research papers were mentioned in prominent news outlets such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Guardian, the BBC, CNN, Time, and Harvard Business Review.

Highly Cited Journal Publications

IJERPH, known for publishing impactful research, received the most news mentions among all MDPI journals in 2022, based on Altmetrics data:

  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: 3509 mentions
  • Nutrients: 2698 mentions
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences: 1701 mentions
  • Journal of Clinical Medicine: 1131 mentions
  • Viruses: 1111 mentions

These numbers show the recognition and impact of the articles published in IJERPH. For a more detailed view of the journal’s most cited and viewed papers, you can visit here. In total, IJERPH has garnered over 28,000 mentions in prominent news outlets, and as at July 2023, an impressive count of over 17,000 papers cited 10 times or more. These figures highlight the impactful contribution of IJERPH publications to the scientific community.

Example of Recent Mentions

During May and June 2023, a noteworthy selection of articles from IJERPH was cited in news articles, including:

The Washington Post: “Bringing nature inside can improve your health. Here’s how to do it.”
IJERPH paper:Physiological Benefits of Viewing Nature: A Systematic Review of Indoor Experiments

Harvard Business Review: “How to Take Better Breaks at Work, According to Research
IJERPH paper:Canine-Assisted Therapy Improves Well-Being in Nurses

National Geographic: “Lyme disease is spreading fast—but a vaccine may be on the way
IJERPH paper:Range Expansion of Tick Disease Vectors in North America: Implications for Spread of Tick-Borne Disease

Inside MDPI

MDPI Develops an Artificial Intelligence Tool to Enhance the Peer-Review Process

At MDPI, we believe that rigorous peer-review is the corner-stone of high-quality academic publishing. We are grateful to the scholars who generously dedicate their time to peer-review articles submitted to MDPI journals. Their contributions are invaluable to the advancement of science.

Peer-review is a critical part of the publication process, ensuring that MDPI upholds the highest quality standards for the papers we publish. Every manuscript submitted to our journals undergoes a comprehensive peer-review process conducted by subject-matter experts.

To further enhance our peer-review process, our Data Analytics team has developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool designed to support the selection of reviewers. This proprietary tool utilizes Natural Language Processing (NLP), a specially designed AI language model, to extract information from the title and abstract of submitted papers. It then searches our database for similar manuscripts and suggests potential reviewers based on this analysis. Integrated with MDPI's submission system (SuSy), the AI tool cross-references the suggested candidates with our reviewer database to verify their invitation status and availability.

The goal of this tool is to provide better targeted peer-review invitations, reducing the number of emails sent for each paper and increasing the efficiency of our editorial staff.

In the near future, our Data Analytics team plans to deploy similar AI projects to improve other critical aspects of our services, offering an enhanced experience to our authors and readers.

Click here to learn about MDPI’s review process, including procedures, responsibilities, and benefits.

Read more:

Coming Together for Science

The Future of IJERPH

On 5 July 2023, Prof. Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou, the founding Editor-in-Chief of IJERPH, along with five Section Editors in Chief (Prof. Dr. Germán Vicente-Rodríguez, Prof. Dr. Karl Goodkin, Prof. Dr. William A. Toscano, Prof. Dr. Jimmy T. Efird, and Prof. Dr. William Douglas Evans), gathered in Basel to discuss the future of the journal. The meeting provided an opportunity to address the recent decision by The Web of Science to delist IJERPH due to the journal failing the Content Relevance criterion, and propose best strategies that will ensure high scientific rigor as well as a clear scope and aim of IJERPH, going forward.

While the delisting is disappointing for IJERPH, as well as for our authors, academic editors, and the entire scientific community supporting our journal, we see it as an opportunity to reflect and prepare for the future direction of the journal.

Since its launch in 2004, IJERPH’s vision and mission have evolved to be more complete and comprehensive in engaging scientific communities. In light of this, we will refresh the journal’s aims and scope, ensuring they align with the organic expansion of IJERPH. Additionally, we will restructure the journal sections into broader categories, encouraging collaborative research and transdisciplinary approaches for authors. This is designed to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among diverse fields, contributing to a holistic understanding of health promotion and disease prevention. We are confident that these next steps will enhance the scientific strength and societal impact of our journal.

Journal Achievements

In addition to the productive discussions, we took the time to celebrate some of the remarkable achievements of IJERPH, which I highlight below:

  • Founded by Prof. Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou in 2004
  • Indexed in PubMed in 2008
  • Received its first Impact Factor in 2012
  • Published its 5000th paper in 2017
  • Over 60,000 papers published as at June 30, 2023
  • 131,628,173 paper views in 2018–2022
  • Over 28,000 mentions in prominent news outlets
  • 17,000 papers cited 10 times or more as at June 30, 2023
  • No.1 journal in the 2022 Google Scholar Metrics in the category of Public Health
  • Awarded several editions of Young Investigator Awards, Travel Awards, and Outstanding Reviewer Awards since 2018.

These achievements showcase the journal’s significant contributions to the field and its impact on global health. We are proud of the exceptional work accomplished by the IJERPH team and look forward to building upon this success in the years to come.

Closing Thoughts

MDPI’s Impact in Spain

During the past month, I had the opportunity to visit our new office building in Barcelona, where I met with our local colleagues to discuss the ways we serve the scholarly community, particularly in Spain. The multi-functional office plays a vital role in supporting various business needs, including editorial, design, conference management, data analytics, journal relationship management, publishing partnerships, and collaborations with societies.

Spain holds a significant position in MDPI’s global market, ranking as the fourth-largest contributor to the total number of papers published by MDPI as at July 2023, ranking next to Italy, the USA, and China, with Germany completing the top five.

The Numbers

Out of the 1,680,000 total MDPI articles published as at 25 July, almost 80,000 articles are contributed by Spanish authors, representing nearly 40,000 unique authors affiliated with Spanish institutions. Remarkably, over 6,300 of these authors hold editorial board member (EBM) positions within MDPI journals, with 30 of them serving as Editors-in-Chief (EiCs).

Our commitment to working with institutions is very evident in Spain, where we have successfully established over 40 Institutional Open Access Programs (IOAP) with esteemed institutions such as the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, the University of Navarre, and Complutense University of Madrid.

Over the past five years, we have successfully organized eight in-person conferences in Barcelona, attracting over 1,150 registrations, with two forthcoming events scheduled for 2024. Barcelona's excellent connectivity to international airports makes it easily accessible to participants from around the world. Its welcoming atmosphere provides us with the perfect environment for knowledge-sharing, networking, and contributing to the local economy.

Our growth and presence in Spain are a true testament to the incredible service we provide to the scholarly community and the relationships we foster through responsive and collaborative communication. We look forward to continuing to support Spanish scholars, providing them a valuable and trusted experience with MDPI, the leader in open access publishing.

Testimonials

I close this letter as I did in the first edition, by sharing testimonials from our stakeholders. Here are a few IJERPH testimonials from a Spanish guest editor and an author:

Guest Editor
“I want to thank the kindness, attention and professionalism of the MDPI team throughout the editorial process of the Special Issue. I believe that it is a very professional and quality editorial process.”
- Professor Víctor Arufe-Giráldez, University of A Coruña
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Physical Education: Present and Future
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Author
“I want to thank the rigor of the revisions made to the manuscripts to improve their quality, the support to the authors for the editor assignment system they have and the follow-up they carry out, for the speed in answering and in carrying out the entire process of the revision, and for doing all this at an affordable price.”
- Dr. María Paz García-Caro, University of Granada
Article in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Factors Associated with Suicide Attempts and Suicides in the General Population of Andalusia (Spain)

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

19 July 2023
Meet Us at the 50th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Neonatal Screening, 25–26 August 2023, Niigata, Japan


MDPI will attend the 50th annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Neonatal Screening as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Niigata, Japan, from 25 to 26 August 2023.

The Japan Mass Screening Society started as a metabolic disorder screening study group established in 1973. At the national level, the world's top-level newborn screening is being carried out for more than 20 diseases. The society is made up of enthusiastic researchers and engineers from a wide range of fields, including obstetricians and gynecologists, pediatricians, basic medical researchers, and laboratory engineers. It has developed into an academic organization that has great significance in society.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • International Journal of Neonatal Screening (IJNS);
  • Children;
  • Cells;
  • Healthcare.

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us at our booth. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit https://shinsen-mc.co.jp/jsns2023/.

17 July 2023
Children | Highly Cited Papers in 2023

As Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is an open access journal, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly cited papers in 2023.

1. “The Relationship between Physical Fitness and Perceived Well-Being, Motivation, and Enjoyment in Chinese Adolescents during Physical Education: A Preliminary Cross-Sectional Study”
by Wei Zheng, Hejun Shen, Mohammed B. Belhaidas, Yaping Zhao, Lei Wang and Jin Yan
Children 2023, 10(1), 111; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10010111
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/1/111

2. “Orthodontic Retainers—A Critical Review”
by Ioannis Lyros, Ioannis A. Tsolakis, Michael P. Maroulakos, Eleni Fora, Theodoros Lykogeorgos, Maria Dalampira and Apostolos I. Tsolakis
Children 2023, 10(2), 230; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020230
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/230

3. “Loneliness and Well-Being in Children and Adolescents during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review”
by Ann H. Farrell, Irene Vitoroulis, Mollie Eriksson and Tracy Vaillancourt
Children 2023, 10(2), 279; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020279
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/279

4. “A Bizarre Cause of Acute Appendicitis in a Pediatric Patient: An Ingested Tooth”
by Zenon Pogorelić and Tin Čohadžić
Children 2023, 10(1), 108; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10010108
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/1/108

5. “Telehealth Use in Pediatric Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study on the Perspectives of Caregivers”
by Gergana Damianova Kodjebacheva, Charlotte Tang, Faith Groesbeck, Loretta Walker, Jillian Woodworth and Jennifer Schindler-Ruwisch
Children 2023, 10(2), 311; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020311
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/311

6. “Nutrition Profile for Countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region with Different Income Levels: An Analytical Review”
by Hanna Leppäniemi, Eman Ibrahim, Marwa M. S. Abbass, Elaine Borghi, Monica C. Flores-Urrutia, Elisa Dominguez Muriel, Giovanna Gatica-Domínguez, Richard Kumapley, Asmus Hammerich and Ayoub Al-Jawaldeh
Children 2023, 10(2), 236; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020236
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/236

7. “Patient-Specific 3D-Printed Models in Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease”
by Zhonghua Sun
Children 2023, 10(2), 319; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020319
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/319

8. “COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Children’s Education but Opens up a New Learning System in a Romanian Rural Area”
by Oana Miruna Oprea, Iuliana Elena Bujor, Alexandra Elena Cristofor, Alexandra Ursache, Bianca Sandu, Ludmila Lozneanu, Cristina Elena Mandici, Andreea Silvana Szalontay, Marcel Alexandru Gaina and Daniela-Roxana Matasariu
Children 2023, 10(1), 92; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10010092
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/1/92

9. “Prevalence of Burnout Syndrome and Fear of COVID-19 among Adolescent University Students”
by Raimundo Aguayo-Estremera, Gustavo R. Cañadas, Luis Albendín-García, Elena Ortega-Campos, Tania Ariza, Carolina S. Monsalve-Reyes and Emilia Inmaculada De la Fuente-Solana
Children 2023, 10(2), 243; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020243
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/243

10. “Comparison between Restorative Materials for Pulpotomised Deciduous Molars: A Randomized Clinical Study”
by Kanwalpreet Kaur, Bharat Suneja, Sunaina Jodhka, Ravinder S. Saini, Saurabh Chaturvedi, Shashit Shetty Bavabeedu, Fahad Hussain Alhamoudi, Marco Cicciù and Giuseppe Minervini
Children 2023, 10(2), 284; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020284
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/284

17 July 2023
Children | Highly Downloaded Papers in 2023

As Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is an open access journal, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly downloaded papers of 2023 shown below.

1. “Effectiveness of an Oral Health Education Program Using a Smart Toothbrush with Quantitative Light-Induced Fluorescence Technology in Children”
by Jihyun Lee, Taeyang Lee, Hoi-In Jung, Wonse Park and Je Seon Song
Children 2023, 10(3), 429; https://10.3390/children10030429
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/429

2. “Exploring the Opportunity to Use Virtual Reality for the Education of Children with Disabilities”
by Ioana Bianca Chițu, Alina Simona Tecău, Cristinel Petrișor Constantin, Bianca Tescașiu, Tamara-Oana Brătucu, Gabriel Brătucu and Ioana-Mădălina Purcaru
Children 2023, 10(3), 436; https://10.3390/children10030436
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/436

3. “Social Media in Adolescents: A Retrospective Correlational Study on Addiction”
by Rebecca Ciacchini, Graziella Orrù, Elisa Cucurnia, Silvia Sabbatini, Francesca Scafuto, Alessandro Lazzarelli, Mario Miccoli, Angelo Gemignani and Ciro Conversano
Children 2023, 10(2), 278; https://10.3390/children10020278
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/278

4. “Orthodontic Retainers—A Critical Review”
by Ioannis Lyros, Ioannis A. Tsolakis, Michael P. Maroulakos, Eleni Fora, Theodoros Lykogeorgos, Maria Dalampira and Apostolos I. Tsolakis
Children 2023, 10(2), 230; https://10.3390/children10020230
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/230

5. “Analysis of Self-Perceived Physical Fitness of Physical Education Students in Public Schools in Extremadura (Spain)”
by Carmen Galán-Arroyo, David Manuel Mendoza-Muñoz, Jorge Pérez-Gómez, Claudio Hernández-Mosqueira and Jorge Rojo-Ramos
Children 2023, 10(3), 604; https://10.3390/children10030604
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/604

6. “Citation Network Analysis on the Influence of Vision on Academic Performance”
by Sandrina Esteves, Clara Martinez-Perez, Cristina Alvarez-Peregrina and Miguel Ángel Sánchez-Tena
Children 2023, 10(3), 591; https://10.3390/children10030591
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/591

7. “Parenting Stress in Mothers of Children with Permanent Hearing Impairment”
by Grazia Isabella Continisio, Domenico D’Errico, Silvia Toscano, Nelson Mauro Maldonato, Raffaella De Falco, Francesco Nunziata, Angelica Rodio, Antonio Casarella, Valeria Del Vecchio, Anna Rita Fetoni et al.
Children 2023, 10(3), 517; https://10.3390/children10030517
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/517

8. “Nutritional Aspects of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: An A to Z for Dietitians”
by Maria G. Grammatikopoulou, Konstantinos Gkiouras, Vasiliki Syrmou, Tonia Vassilakou, Theodora Simopoulou, Chistina G. Katsiari, Dimitrios G. Goulis and Dimitrios P. Bogdanos
Children 2023, 10(2), 203, 1379; https://10.3390/children10020203
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/203

9. “Cyberbullying as a Learned Behavior: Theoretical and Applied Implications”
by Christopher P. Barlett
Children 2023, 10(2), 325; https://10.3390/children10020325
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/325

10. “Developmental Pathway Choices of Young People Presenting to a Gender Service with Gender Distress: A Prospective Follow-Up Study”
by Joseph Elkadi, Catherine Chudleigh, Ann M. Maguire, Geoffrey R. Ambler, Stephen Scher and Kasia Kozlowska
Children 2023, 10(2), 314; https://10.3390/children10020314
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/314

17 July 2023
Children | Highly Viewed Papers in 2023

As Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is an open access journal, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly viewed papers in 2023.

1. “Developmental Pathway Choices of Young People Presenting to a Gender Service with Gender Distress: A Prospective Follow-Up Study”
by Joseph Elkadi, Catherine Chudleigh, Ann M. Maguire, Geoffrey R. Ambler, Stephen Scher and Kasia Kozlowska
Children 2023, 10(2), 314; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020314
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/314

2. “Characterization of MRI White Matter Signal Abnormalities in the Pediatric Population”
by Katharina J. Wenger, Caroline E. Koldijk, Elke Hattingen, Luciana Porto and Wiebke Kurre
Children 2023, 10(2), 206; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020206
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/206

3. “Associations between Chronic Pain and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Youth: A Scoping Review”
by Eleanor A. J. Battison, Patrick C. M. Brown, Amy L. Holley andAnna C. Wilson
Children 2023, 10(1), 142; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10010142
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/1/142

4. “Orthodontic Retainers—A Critical Review”
by Ioannis Lyros, Ioannis A. Tsolakis, Michael P. Maroulakos, Eleni Fora, Theodoros Lykogeorgos, Maria Dalampira and Apostolos I. Tsolakis
Children 2023, 10(2), 230; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020230
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/230

5. “Effectiveness of an Oral Health Education Program Using a Smart Toothbrush with Quantitative Light-Induced Fluorescence Technology in Children”
by Jihyun Lee, Taeyang Lee, Hoi-In Jung, Wonse Park and Je Seon Song
Children 2023, 10(3), 429; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10030429
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/429

6. “Loneliness and Well-Being in Children and Adolescents during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review”
by Ann H. Farrell, Irene Vitoroulis, Mollie Eriksson and Tracy Vaillancourt
Children 2023, 10(2), 279; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020279
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/279

7. “Promoting Positive Social Interactions: Recommendation for a Post-Pandemic School-Based Intervention for Social Anxiety”
by Yang Ni and Fanli Jia
Children 2023, 10(3), 491; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10030491
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/3/491

8. “Social Media in Adolescents: A Retrospective Correlational Study on Addiction”
by Rebecca Ciacchini, Graziella Orrù, Elisa Cucurnia, Silvia Sabbatini, Francesca Scafuto, Alessandro Lazzarelli, Mario Miccoli, Angelo Gemignani and Ciro Conversano
Children 2023, 10(2), 278; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020278
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/278

9. “Mediterranean Milk Ladder: Integrating a Healthy Eating Plan While Reintroducing Cow’s Milk”
by Emilia Vassilopoulou, Colleen McMilin and Carina Venter
Children 2023, 10(2), 234; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10020234
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/2/234

10. “Secondary Prevention of Diabetes Type 1 with Oral Calcitriol and Analogs, the PRECAL Study”
by Dimitrios T. Papadimitriou, Eleni Dermitzaki, Panagiotis Christopoulos, Maria Papagianni, Kleanthis Kleanthous, Chrysanthi Marakaki, Anastasios Papadimitriou and George Mastorakos
Children 2023, 10(5), 862; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children10050862
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/10/5/862

11 July 2023
MDPI’s Newly Launched Journals in June 2023

With the first issue released in June 2023, five new MDPI journals disseminating multi-disciplinary science are due to launch, which will cover the subjects of medicine & pharmacology, biology and physical sciences.

The newly launched journals will be overseen by professional Editorial Board Members and Editors to ensure an accurate and rapid publication, rigorous peer review and broad visibility.

Please feel free to browse and discover more about the new journals below.

Journal Founding Editor-in-Chief Journal topics (selected)
Prof. Dr. Jun Ma, Peking University, China| Editorial | view inaugural issue growth and development;
diet and nutrients; school health promotion policies and practices; child health and care; adolescent health and wellbeing | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Bernd Rehm, Griffith University, Australia | Editorial | view inaugural issue DNA and gene synthesis; synthetic transcription factors; protein engineering; viral engineering; metabolic engineering | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Varsha Gandhi, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA | Editorial | view inaugural issue lymphatics; cancers associated with lymphocytes and lymphoblasts; lymphatic tissues; lymphoma; lymphoid leukemia | view journal scope | submit an article
Dr. Bradley Turner, University of Melbourne, Australia | Editorial | view inaugural issue multiple sclerosis; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; primary lateral sclerosis; atherosclerosis; systemic sclerosis | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Clemens Burda, Case Western Reserve University, USA | Editorial | view inaugural issue Gamma ray, X-ray, and UV–Vis spectroscopies; NIR/mid-infrared/Raman spectroscopy; microwave and THz spectroscopy; high-resolution gas-phase atomic, molecular, and cluster spectroscopy; MS, NMR, and EPR spectroscopy | view journal scope | submit an article

We wish to thank everyone who has supported the development of open access publishing. You are welcome to submit an application to the New Journal Committee ([email protected]) if you would like to create more new journals.

3 July 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter #1 - Open Access and Impactful Research

Welcome to the MDPI Insights: The CEO's Letter.

In these monthly letters, I will showcase two key aspects of our work at MDPI: our commitment to empowering researchers and our determination to facilitating open scientific exchange.


Opening Thoughts

The Future is Open, and MDPI is Leading the Way

I strongly believe in a future that embraces openness, where open source, open information, and open access (OA) take center stage. This belief that led me to join MDPI in 2020, and I am honored to have recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this capacity, and operating in close liaison with Dr. Lin and MDPI’s senior management, I shall work to build on Dr. Lin’s achievements of the past quarter-century. In this role, I will focus on communication initiatives to promote MDPI's remarkable work and continue to build our company as a trusted leader in OA publishing. For over two decades, MDPI has been at the forefront of reshaping the academic publishing landscape, with OA surpassing subscription-based publishing in 2020. This trajectory is deeply rooted in our history and reflects our unwavering commitment and vision for an open future.

1 Million Published Articles

2023 began with a remarkable achievement for MDPI, as we became the first OA publisher to reach the milestone of 1 million published articles. This represents 2.7 million unique authors who have trusted us with their work, or about a third of all researchers worldwide. As the world's most cited OA publisher, we are proud in sharing these significant milestones.

Our mission remains unchanged: to make science open and accessible to all. We understand the importance of knowledge access, empowering researchers to stay at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. Our diverse range of journals covers a wide spectrum of disciplines, offering cutting-edge insights, trusted tools, and crucial knowledge to address global challenges.

Liberating Science

As the world’s leading OA publisher, MDPI is actively liberating science. We are committed to eliminating the frustrations researchers and the general public face when accessing information, ensuring it is not locked behind paywalls. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to information, and our commitment to open access publishing drives our work.

In this inaugural edition of Insights: The CEO's Letter, I draw inspiration from the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. Its stated mission reminds us that true impact is achieved when knowledge is widely and readily available to society:

"Our mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the information is not made widely and readily available to society”

Impactful Research

MDPI Publishes Impactful Research: Recognized by Leading Indexing Databases

MDPI journals are indexed in every single top database in the world.

As of June 2023, we have 214 journals indexed within Web of Science, 223 indexed within Scopus, 87 indexed within PubMed and PMC, and 17 indexed within MEDLINE, and these numbers increase every month. We constantly strive to expand the coverage of our journals within leading multi-disciplinary and scope-specific databases, resulting in an incredibly broad range of journals that are indexed within a variety of databases. MDPI has active relationships with approximately 65 well-known databases around the world, and we continue to expand our portfolio every year so that your work can be found, cited, and referenced with ease.

Continued Growth of MDPI Journals

The 2022 Scopus and Web of Science journal citation metrics were officially released in June, and I am pleased to report that 31 MDPI journals received their first CiteScore, taking the total number of journals with a CiteScore to 216. The number of MDPI journals receiving an Impact Factor (IF) also continues to grow with 111 receiving their first, by being covered in the ESCI, bringing our total number of journals with an IF to 208 of which 41 journals received an IF above 4.0. Looking at 2022 CiteScores in the Scopus database, 80% of MDPI journals have a score that ranks them in Q1 or Q2 in at least one subject category.

Publishing impactful science would not be possible without all of our authors, editors and reviewers. Thank you for your contribution and continued support! Together we share the latest scientific insights faster and ensure that your work is accessible to all.

Read more

Interview with Indexing Manager—Constanze Shelhorn

Inside MDPI

Preprints.org: Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

At MDPI, we are dedicated to driving the advancement of science. Through our initiative, Preprints.org, researchers can publish their work and gain valuable feedback from the broader research community, ensuring rapid progress in their respective fields. This is particularly crucial during times of health and climate challenges, where timely dissemination of findings is essential.

Increased Visibility for Preprints

I am pleased to share that Clarivate recognizes the significance of preprints and has taken a crucial step to enhance their visibility. Clarivate has added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science, encompassing preprints published not only on Preprints.org but also on other reputable repositories.

Looking ahead, the future of preprints appears promising, bolstered by the recent indexing announcement from the Web of Science. As a result, preprints will receive increased visibility, serving as a valuable resource for staying informed about the latest research developments.

Read more

What are Preprints?
The Pros and Cons of Preprints
Preprints and COVID-19
Preprints—The Future of Open Access Publishing?

Coming Together for Science

The First International Conference on Antioxidants: Sources, Methods, Health Benefits and Industrial Applications

In this edition of ‘Coming Together for Science,’ I am pleased to highlight the First International Conference on Antioxidants organized by our conference team in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. The conference attracted over 130 attendees, who engaged in 42 talks, and 89 poster presentations spread across several sessions.

Working Together

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Alessandra Napolitano (Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Naples, Italy) and Prof. Dr. Rosa M. Lamuela Raventos (Department of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Gastronomy, University of Barcelona, Spain) as chairs, and supported by the committee members, 10 invited keynote speakers, poster presenters, and all the attendees, this dedicated group of academics came together to discuss the natural sources, methodologies, health benefits, and industrial applications of antioxidants.

Especially noteworthy is the positive feedback received from attendees, with 94% rating the overall organization of the conference as good or excellent. I particularly love the picture above, capturing the gathering of some of the participants. You can browse through more photos in the event gallery located here.

Managing Events With Sciforum

If you are considering hosting your own academic event, I highly recommend checking out Sciforum, MDPI's event management platform. Sciforum simplifies the entire process, making it easy to host your own event by allowing you to focus on what really matters: Science!

Read more

Sciforum: forthcoming events
Spotlight on Antioxidants

Closing Thoughts

Stefan Tochev, Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Dr. Eric O. Freed, Peter Roth, Wynne Wang, Allison Yang

Viruses and Editorial Quality: Acknowledging the Dedication of our Viruses Journal Team

During a June meeting with Dr. Eric O. Freed, the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of our journal Viruses, I was reminded of the exceptional dedication of our editorial board. Meeting with Eric is a pleasure, as he has a strong commitment and clear vision for the journal. Over the course of two days, we gained a deep understanding of the journal’s expectations and focus on strategic growth, editorial board representation, and engagement.

I am pleased to share that Viruses holds a CiteScore of 7.1 (an increase of 7.57% versus the 2021 metric) and an Impact Factor of 4.7. You can view the journal statistics here. Viruses publishes highly cited papers, and is indexed in renowned databases such as Scopus, SCIE (Web of Science), PubMed, and others, and maintains affiliations with prestigious societies. Moreover, the Viruses team has recently announced an exciting upcoming event titled ‘Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses,’ scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 14–16 February 2024.

Testimonials

If you notice my enthusiasm regarding our editorial service, it’s because the surveys and testimonials we receive speak volumes about the experiences of our authors, reviewers, and guest editors who collaborate with MDPI. The purpose of these letters is to highlight the exceptional work that we do and the experiences we create for the scholars – thus, let me end with this testimonial from an author:

“It was a great pleasure to publish in Viruses Special Issue [Emerging Viruses in Aquaculture]. The submission process was easy. Guest editors were very helpful and provided all the guidance and support as needed. The handling of the manuscript by the Editorial Team was very fast, efficient, and professional. The reviewer’s comments were insightful, and the publication processes were remarkably rapid.”
Ms. Magdalena Stachnik, Państwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny | PIWet

Article in Viruses: Emerging Viral Pathogens in Sturgeon Aquaculture in Poland: Focus on Herpesviruses and Mimivirus Detection

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

28 June 2023
2022 Impact Factors for MDPI Journals

The 2022 citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and we’re pleased to announce the following results for MDPI journals:

We are thrilled to announce that 90% of our ranked MDPI journals, specifically 86 out of 96 (captured in the table below), are performing above average in Q1 or Q2. This year, Clarivate has expanded its Impact Factor (IF) awards to include journals in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), providing greater transparency for the full set of journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. As a result, 111 of MDPI journals have received their first IF in 2023, with 37 journals surpassing an IF of 3.0. In total, 208 MDPI journals have been honored with an IF.

Clarivate explains that by "expanding the coverage but holding to highly selective standards, the [Impact Factor] is now a reliable indicator of trustworthiness, as well as a measure of scholarly impact, at the journal level."

Please visit our blog post where we discuss the release of the latest citation metrics with our Indexing Manager, Dr. Constanze Schelhorn, to find out what's different this time around and how to make use of different metrics available.

Journal Impact Factor Rank Quartile Category
Vaccines 7.8 Q1 Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Antioxidants 7.0 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemistry, Medicinal
Cells 6.0 Q2 Cell Biology
Nutrients 5.9 Q1 Nutrition & Dietetics
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 5.6 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 5.6 Q2 Business
Biomolecules 5.5 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biosensors 5.4 Q1 Chemistry, Analytical
Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Fractal and Fractional 5.4 Q1 Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Marine Drugs 5.4 Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Pharmaceutics 5.4 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Nanomaterials 5.3 Q1 Physics, Applied
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Cancers 5.2 Q2 Oncology
Foods 5.2 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Polymers 5.0 Q1 Polymer Science
Remote Sensing 5.0 Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Q2 Remote Sensing
Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
Environmental Sciences
Antibiotics 4.8 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Infectious Diseases
Drones 4.8 Q2 Remote Sensing
Journal of Functional Biomaterials 4.8 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Materials Science, Biomaterials
Biomedicines 4.7 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Journal of Fungi 4.7 Q2 Mycology
Microbiology
Viruses 4.7 Q2 Virology
Bioengineering 4.6 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Gels 4.6 Q1 Polymer Science
Molecules 4.6 Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Pharmaceuticals 4.6 Q2 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Chemistry, Medicinal
Toxics 4.6 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Environmental Sciences
Biomimetics 4.5 Q1 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Q2 Materials Science, Biomaterials
Microorganisms 4.5 Q2 Microbiology
Plants 4.5 Q1 Plant Sciences
Biology 4.2 Q2 Biology
Chemosensors 4.2 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Electrochemistry
Membranes 4.2 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Polymer Science
Toxins 4.2 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Food Science & Technology
Metabolites 4.2 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Batteries 4.0 Q2 Electrochemistry
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Q3 Energy & Fuels
Catalysts 3.9 Q2 Chemistry, Physical
Journal of Clinical Medicine 3.9 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Land 3.9 Q2 Environmental Studies
Sensors 3.9 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Sustainability 3.9 Q2 Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Buildings 3.8 Q2 Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Agronomy 3.7 Q1 Agronomy
Q2 Plant Sciences
Fermentation 3.7 Q2 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Pathogens 3.7 Q2 Microbiology
Agriculture 3.6 Q1 Agronomy
Diagnostics 3.6 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Genes 3.5 Q2 Genetics & Heredity
Journal of Intelligence 3.5 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Lubricants 3.5 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Processes 3.5 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Coatings 3.4 Q2 Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Physics, Applied
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 3.4 Q2 Geography, Physical
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Materials 3.4 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Micromachines 3.4 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Physics, Applied
Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Water 3.4 Q2 Water Resources
Environmental Sciences
Brain Sciences 3.3 Q3 Neurosciences
Energies 3.2 Q3 Energy & Fuels
Fire 3.2 Q1 Forestry
Q2 Ecology
Life 3.2 Q2 Biology
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 3.1 Q3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Horticulturae 3.1 Q1 Horticulture
Animals 3.0 Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Veterinary Sciences
Insects 3.0 Q1 Entomology
Atmosphere 2.9 Q3 Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Electronics 2.9 Q2 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Physics, Applied
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Forests 2.9 Q1 Forestry
Inorganics 2.9 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.9 Q1 Engineering, Marine
Q2 Oceanography
Engineering, Ocean
Metals 2.9 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease 2.9 Q2 Tropical Medicine
Parasitology
Q3 Infectious Diseases
Universe 2.9 Q2 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Physics, Particles & Fields
Healthcare 2.8 Q2 Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Q3 Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Applied Sciences 2.7 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Physics, Applied
Q3 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Crystals 2.7 Q2 Crystallography
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Entropy 2.7 Q2 Physics, Multidisciplinary
Magnetochemistry 2.7 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Q3 Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Symmetry 2.7 Q2 Multidisciplinary Sciences
Actuators 2.6 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Engineering, Mechanical
Aerospace 2.6 Q1 Engineering, Aerospace
Behavioral Sciences 2.6 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Current Oncology 2.6 Q3 Oncology
Machines 2.6 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Q3 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Medicina 2.6 Q3 Medicine, General & Internal
Separations 2.6 Q3 Chemistry, Analytical
Minerals 2.5 Q2 Mining & Mineral Processing
Mineralogy
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Children 2.4 Q2 Pediatrics
Diversity 2.4 Q2 Biodiversity Conservation
Q3 Ecology
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 2.4 Q3 Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Mathematics 2.4 Q1 Mathematics
Photonics 2.4 Q3 Optics
Veterinary Sciences 2.4 Q1 Veterinary Sciences
Fishes 2.3 Q2 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Fisheries
Axioms 2.0 Q2 Mathematics, Applied
Systems 1.9 Q2 Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Tomography 1.9 Q3 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging


Note: The Journal of Personalized Medicine's Impact Factor was omitted in the original release and will be assigned separately. Please find the data on the journal webpage in due course.

Source: 2022 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports TM (Clarivate, 2023)

 

27 June 2023
Free Media Partnership between Children and OASIS—Holistic Care Hirschsprung’s Disease, 27–29 July 2023, Rostock Warnemünde, Germany


We are pleased to announce that OASIS—Holistic Care Hirschsprung‘s Disease has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Date: 27–29 July 2023
Place: Rostock Warnemünde, Germany

This collaboration grew between clinicians and patient associations from Poland, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany and will take place in Warnemünde, organized by the Rostock Colorectal Center.

Hirschsprung Disease (HSCR) is a rare disease affecting the capability to pass stool and results in obstruction of the bowel, and it affects approximately 1:5000 liveborn babies, with its most severe form, Total Colonic Aganglionosis (TCA), affecting 2–5 % of all children with HSCR.

There will be ample opportunities for networking, both professionally and socially.

For more details, please visit the following link: https://kinderchirurgie.med.uni-rostock.de/oasis/oasis-summer-symposium-2023.

Children Editorial Office

21 June 2023
Children Receives an Updated CiteScore of 2.0


We are pleased to inform you that Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) has received an updated CiteScore of 2.0. The 2022 CiteScore™ was released recently, which assessed the scientific influence of journals in the 2019 to 2022 period.

The CiteScore of Children ranks Q3 (166 out of 306) in the "Medicine: Pediatric, Perinatology and Child Health" category.

For more journal statistics, please visit https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/stats.

Excellent performance is only possible the support and dedication of all journal editors, reviewers, authors, and readers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to the journal.

15 June 2023
Meet Us at the Annual Meeting of American Psychological Association 2023 (APA 2023), 3–5 August 2023, Washington DC, USA


MDPI will attend the Annual Meeting of American Psychological Association 2023 (APA 2023) as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Washington DC, USA, from 3 to 5 August 2023.

The Annual Meeting of American Psychological Association is organized by the American Psychological Association annually. The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with over 146,000 members, including scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. APA 2023 will provide in-person engagement with psychology professionals (practitioners, researchers, scientists, academicians, students, and others) who seek solutions to the work challenges that they face within the field.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Behavioral Sciences;
  • J. Intell.;
  • EJIHPE;
  • Healthcare;
  • JCM;
  • Social Sciences;
  • Psychoactives;
  • Psych;
  • Children;
  • Psychiatry International.

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us at our booth #244. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit https://convention.apa.org/.

16 May 2023
Children Webinar | Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology—Held on 5 May 2023


On Friday, 5 May 2023, MDPI and the journal Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) organized a webinar titled “Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology”. The webinar focused on the pharmacotherapy of newborns.

Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert first introduced the limited size and extensive variability of neonatal clinical pharmacology. Dr. Robert B. Flint and Dr. Nadir Yalcin showed us new emerging tools that may facilitate the improvement of pharmacotherapy, for both pharmacokinetics (model-informed precision dosing) and -dynamics (machine learning to improve drug–drug interaction or adverse drug reaction recognition), and both approaches are subsequently discussed in the webinar to show ways and approaches for future progress.

Please note that this webinar is associated with a Special Issue in Children entitled “Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology”. The deadline is 25 August 2023.

You can watch the recorded webinar at the following link:

Webinar Chair and Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert, 1Department of Development and Regeneration, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; 2Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; 3Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands;
  • Dr. Robert B. Flint, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology Erasmus University Medical Center–Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands;
  • Dr. Nadir Yalcin, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

16 May 2023
Meet Us at the 19th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society, 18–22 June 2023, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Conference: 19th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society

Date: 18–22 June 2023

Place: Niagara Falls Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2G 3Y9

Booth: #T12

MDPI will be attending the 19th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society, which will be held from 18 to 22 June 2023 in downtown Niagara Falls, Canada, at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.

The conference is the official annual meeting of the Metabolomics Society, and the largest metabolomics meeting worldwide. It will cover the major scientific themes of: technology advances; computational metabolomics, statistics, and bioinformatics; metabolomics in health and disease; and metabolomics of plants, food, environment and microbes. A special theme for this conference will focus on mental health, drug addiction and medicinal cannabis. The scientific program will include plenary and keynote talks, three parallel scientific sessions, interactive poster sessions, sponsor lunches, other networking events and a specially organized parallel session to promote metabolomics research in industry. A strong line-up of both introductory and advanced workshops will take place on Sunday, 18 June, and the morning of Monday, 19 June. To complement the exciting scientific program, the conference will offer a welcome reception, vibrant early career events, a conference dinner and other engaging social activities.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Please do not hesitate to reach out ([email protected]) if you plan on attending this conference. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you might have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.metabolomics2023.org/.

12 May 2023
Children | Highly Downloaded Papers in 2022

As Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is a journal of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly downloaded papers of 2022 shown below.

1. “Fatal Hypernatremic Dehydration in a Term Exclusively Breastfed Newborn”
by Christie del Castillo-Hegyi, Jennifer Achilles, B. Jody Segrave-Daly and Lynnette Hafken
Children 2022, 9(9), 1379; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9091379
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/9/1379

2. “Finding the True Number of Females with Autistic Spectrum Disorder by Estimating the Biases in Initial Recognition and Clinical Diagnosis”
by Robert McCrossin
Children 2022, 9(2), 272; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020272
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/272

3. “The Impact of Parental Alienating Behaviours on the Mental Health of Adults Alienated in Childhood”
by Suzanne Verhaar, Mandy Louise Matthewson and Caitlin Bentley
Children 2022, 9(4), 475; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9040475
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/4/475

4. “Transcranial Photobiomodulation for the Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Retrospective Study”
by Stefano Pallanti, Michele Di Ponzio, Eleonora Grassi, Gloria Vannini and Gilla Cauli
Children 2022, 9(5), 755; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9050755
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/5/755

5. “The Behavioral Effects of Montessori Pedagogy on Children’s Psychological Development and School Learning”
by Edouard Gentaz and Sylvie Richard
Children 2022, 9(2), 133; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020133
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/133

6. “A Critical Review on the Complex Interplay between Social Determinants of Health and Maternal and Infant Mortality”
by Rada K. Dagher and Deborah E. Linares
Children 2022, 9(3), 394; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030394
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/394

7. “The Impact of Vitamin K2 (Menaquionones) in Children’s Health and Diseases: A Review of the Literature”
by Agnieszka Kozioł-Kozakowska and Katarzyna Maresz
Children 2022, 9(1), 78; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010078
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/78

8. “To Mask or Not to Mask—Evaluation of Cognitive Performance in Children Wearing Face Masks during School Lessons (MasKids)”
by Anne Schlegtendal, Lynn Eitner, Michael Falkenstein, Anna Hoffmann, Thomas Lücke, Kathrin Sinningen and Folke Brinkmann
Children 2022, 9(1), 95; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010095
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/95

9. “Lactoferrin as Possible Treatment for Chronic Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Children with Long COVID: Case Series and Literature Review”
by Rosa Morello, Cristina De Rose, Sara Cardinali, Piero Valentini and Danilo Buonsenso
Children 2022, 9(10), 1446; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9101446
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/10/1446

10. “Pediatric Clavicle Fractures and Congenital Pseudarthrosis Unraveled”
by Lisa van der Water, Arno A. Macken, Denise Eygendaal and Christiaan J. A. van Bergen
Children 2022, 9(1), 49; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010049
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/49

12 May 2023
Children | Highly Viewed Papers in 2022

As Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is a journal of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly viewed papers of 2022 shown below.

1. “Fatal Hypernatremic Dehydration in a Term Exclusively Breastfed Newborn”
by Christie del Castillo-Hegyi, Jennifer Achilles, B. Jody Segrave-Daly and Lynnette Hafken
Children 2022, 9(9), 1379; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9091379
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/9/1379

2. “Finding the True Number of Females with Autistic Spectrum Disorder by Estimating the Biases in Initial Recognition and Clinical Diagnosis”
by Robert McCrossin
Children 2022, 9(2), 272; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020272
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/272

3. “The Impact of Parental Alienating Behaviours on the Mental Health of Adults Alienated in Childhood”
by Suzanne Verhaar, Mandy Louise Matthewson and Caitlin Bentley
Children 2022, 9(4), 475; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9040475
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/4/475

4. “Hopelessness, Suicidality, and Co-Occurring Substance Use among Adolescent Hallucinogen Users—A National Survey Study”
by Saral Desai, Vidisha Jain, Sona Xavier and Wei Du
Children 2022, 9(12), 1906; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9121906
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/12/1906

5. “To Mask or Not to Mask—Evaluation of Cognitive Performance in Children Wearing Face Masks during School Lessons (MasKids)”
by Anne Schlegtendal, Lynn Eitner, Michael Falkenstein, Anna Hoffmann, Thomas Lücke, Kathrin Sinningen and Folke Brinkmann
Children 2022, 9(1), 95; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010095
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/95

6. “A Critical Review on the Complex Interplay between Social Determinants of Health and Maternal and Infant Mortality”
by Rada K. Dagher and Deborah E. Linares
Children 2022, 9(3), 394; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030394
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/394

7. “Transcranial Photobiomodulation for the Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Retrospective Study”
by Stefano Pallanti, Michele Di Ponzio, Eleonora Grassi, Gloria Vannini and Gilla Cauli
Children 2022, 9(5), 755; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9050755
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/5/755

8. “The Behavioral Effects of Montessori Pedagogy on Children’s Psychological Development and School Learning”
by Edouard Gentaz and Sylvie Richard
Children 2022, 9(2), 133; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020133
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/133

9. “The Impact of Vitamin K2 (Menaquionones) in Children’s Health and Diseases: A Review of the Literature”
by Agnieszka Kozioł-Kozakowska and Katarzyna Maresz
Children 2022, 9(1), 78; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010078
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/78

10. “Screen Time of Preschool-Aged Children and Their Mothers, and Children’s Language Development”
by Riikka Mustonen, Ritva Torppa and Suvi Stolt
Children 2022, 9(10), 1577; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9101577
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/10/1577

12 May 2023
Children | Highly Cited Papers in 2022

As Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is a journal of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly cited papers of 2022 shown below.

1. “One-Year Clinical Performance of Activa™ Bioactive-Restorative Composite in Primary Molars”
by Lisa Lardani, Giacomo Derchi, Vincenzo Marchio and Elisabetta Carli
Children 2022, 9(3), 433; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030433
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/433

2. “COVID-19 Infection in Children and Infants: Current Status on Therapies and Vaccines”
by Giuseppina Malcangi, Alessio Danilo Inchingolo, Angelo Michele Inchingolo, Fabio Piras, Vito Settanni, Grazia Garofoli, Giulia Palmieri, Sabino Ceci, Assunta Patano, Antonio Mancini et al.
Children 2022, 9(2), 249; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020249
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/249

3. “A Critical Review on the Complex Interplay between Social Determinants of Health and Maternal and Infant Mortality”
by Rada K. Dagher and Deborah E. Linares
Children 2022, 9(3), 394; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030394
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/394

4. “Oralbiotica/Oralbiotics: The Impact of Oral Microbiota on Dental Health and Demineralization: A Systematic Review of the Literature”
by Alessio Danilo Inchingolo, Giuseppina Malcangi, Alexandra Semjonova, Angelo Michele Inchingolo, Assunta Patano, Giovanni Coloccia, Sabino Ceci, Grazia Marinelli, Chiara Di Pede, Anna Maria Ciocia et al.
Children 2022, 9(7), 1014; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9071014
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/7/1014

5. “Epidemiology, Microbiology and Severity of Bronchiolitis in the First Post-Lockdown Cold Season in Three Different Geographical Areas in Italy: A Prospective, Observational Study”
by Anna Camporesi, Rosa Morello, Valentina Ferro, Luca Pierantoni, Alessandro Rocca, Marcello Lanari, Gian Luca Trobia, Tiziana Sciacca, Agata Giuseppina Bellinvia, Alessandra De Ferrari et al.
Children 2022, 9(4), 491; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9040491
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/4/491

6. “Oral Health Preventive Program in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
by Elisabetta Carli, Marco Pasini, Francesca Pardossi, Isabella Capotosti, Antonio Narzisi and Lisa Lardani
Children 2022, 9(4), 535; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9040535
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/4/535

7. “Evaluation of Children Caries Risk Factors: A Narrative Review of Nutritional Aspects, Oral Hygiene Habits, and Bacterial Alterations”
by Andrea Butera, Carolina Maiorani, Annalaura Morandini, Manuela Simonini, Stefania Morittu, Julia Trombini and Andrea Scribante
Children 2022, 9(2), 262; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020262
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/262

8. “Three-Dimensional Printing Technology in Orthodontics for Dental Models: A Systematic Review”
by Ioannis A. Tsolakis, Sotiria Gizani, Nearchos Panayi, Georgios Antonopoulos and Apostolos I. Tsolakis
Children 2022, 9(8), 1106; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9081106
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/8/1106

9. “Illness Characteristics of COVID-19 in Children Infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant”
by Erika Molteni, Carole H. Sudre, Liane Dos Santos Canas, Sunil S. Bhopal, Robert C. Hughes, Liyuan Chen, Jie Deng, Benjamin Murray, Eric Kerfoot, Michela Antonelli et al.
Children 2022, 9(5), 652; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9050652
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/5/652

10. “The Effect of Age, Biological Maturation and Birth Quartile in the Kinanthropometric and Physical Fitness Differences between Male and Female Adolescent Volleyball Players”
by Mario Albaladejo-Saura, Raquel Vaquero-Cristóbal, Juan Alfonso García-Roca and Francisco Esparza-Ros
Children 2022, 9(1), 58; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010058
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/58

12 May 2023
Topical Collection Webinar | Sleep(-Related) Phenotypes: Future Directions for Insomnia, ADHD, Restless Sleep Disorders in Childhood, Held on 24 May 2023


On Wednesday, 24 May 2023, MDPI and the journals International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH, ISSN: 1660-4601) and Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) organized the webinar entitled "Sleep(-Related) Phenotypes: Future Directions for Insomnia, ADHD, Restless Sleep Disorders in Childhood". The webinar focused on the current findings in children presenting insomnia and restless sleep. 

Insomnia, defined as difficulties falling asleep, difficulties maintaining sleep, or early awakenings, is a very common complaint. Presentations in this webinar demonstrate comprehensively that insomnia complaints are a transdiagnostic issue in (a)typically developing children. Therefore, careful assessment and diagnosis, as presented in these talks, are crucial steps toward successful treatment. The detrimental impact on families' sleep cannot be ignored, that is, at least one parent will have poor sleep when struggling each night with a poor-sleeping child. Thus, increased awareness across healthcare professionals is the priority of our pediatric sleep field, and this should resonate across our society. 

Speaker/Presentation
Prof. Dr. Karen Spruyt
Chair Introduction
Prof. Dr. Lourdes M. DelRosso
Restless Sleep Disorder
Prof. Dr. Silvia Miano
Sleep Phenotypes in ADHD: A Distinction between Primary and Secondary Forms
Prof. Dr. Oliviero Bruni
Phenotypes of Insomnia in Early Childhood: Early Identification and Treatment
Q&A Session
Prof. Dr. Karen Spruyt
Closing of Webinar

Please note that this webinar is associated with the Topical Collection in both IJERPH and Children: "Sleep in Children".  

Webinar Chair and Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Karen Spruyt, Université de Paris, INSERM –Neuro Diderot, Academic Hospital Robert Debré, France;
  • Prof. Dr. Oliviero Bruni, Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, Sapienza University, Italy;
  • Prof. Dr. Silvia Miano, 1Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland; 2Sleep Medicine Unit, Ospedale Civico, Switzerland;
  • Prof. Dr. Lourdes M. DelRosso, Department of Medicine, University of California, USA.

10 May 2023
Meet Us at the ATS (American Thoracic Society) Conference 2023, 21–23 May 2023, Washington DC, USA


Conference: ATS (American Thoracic Society) Conference 2023
Date: 21–23 May 2023
Location: Washington DC, USA

MDPI will be attending ATS 2023 as an exhibitor; we welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

This conference has been organized by the American Thoracic Society, and it will showcase the latest advances and discoveries in respiratory science, patient care and global respiratory health. At the conference, specialists will share and discuss the latest research and its applications to clinical, basic, and translational science in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are planning to attend this conference, please do not hesitate to talk with us online. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #2606, and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://conference.thoracic.org/.

5 May 2023
Meet Us at the 20th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP 2023), 29 June–1 July 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark


Conference: 20th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP 2023)
Date: 29 June–1 July 2023
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

MDPI will be attending ESCAP 2023 as an exhibitor; we welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

This conference is organized by the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The theme of the conference is “Mental health of children and adolescents”. At the conference, specialists will share and discuss the latest research and applications of environmental and chemical substances in relation to society.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are planning to attend this conference, please do not hesitate to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.escap2023.eu/.

21 April 2023
Free Media Partnership between Children and EURLYAID International Early Childhood Intervention Conference, 15–16 May, Prague, Czech Republic


We are pleased to announce that the EURLYAID International Early Childhood Intervention Conference has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Conference: EURLYAID International Early Childhood Intervention Conference
Date:
15–16 May 2023
Place: Prague, Czech Republic

The aim of the conference, titled "Building bridges together in early childhood intervention", is to connect specialized fields and create multidisciplinary teams and comprehensive support for families caring for children with special needs. We include parents in the role of experts, as they know their children's needs best and are therefore equal partners with early childhood intervention (ECI) consultants and other specialists.

Top experts on ECI from all over the world, and other leading professionals from the Czech Republic and abroad will participate in the conference. Contributions will be made by speakers from the field of ECI as well as many other collaborating professions.

Visit the conference website for more information at www.eciprague.com. Registration is open until 26 April 2023.

Children Editorial Office

7 April 2023
Children Webinar | Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology, 5 May 2023


Pharmacotherapy is a very powerful intervention to improve outcome, and this is also true in neonates. The prescription of a given drug should result in a safe and effective intervention to treat or prevent a specific disease or risk in an individual patient or population while avoiding disproportional side effects. Clinical pharmacology supports these aims in predicting drug-related (side) effects driven by pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD). The dynamic changes related to maturation and growth in newborns result in a unique setting with extensive variability. Non-maturational changes (such as disease characteristics, drug–drug interactions, pharmacogenetics, and lactation-related exposure) further add to this variability.

This is a growing and active field of clinical research, with several reports on PK, PD, pharmacovigilance and -safety, and pharmaco-epidemiology having been published. This clinical field is further supported by novelties in the methods that are currently available (low-volume sample analysis, population PK analysis, physiology-based PK).

Date: 5 May 2023, at 11:00 a.m. CEST | 5:00 a.m. EST | 5:00 p.m. CST Asia
ID:
880 0570 9862

Register now for free!

Chair and Speakers

Chair:
Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert, 1. Department of Development and Regeneration, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
2. Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
3. Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Speaker:
Dr. Robert B. Flint, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology Erasmus University Medical Center – Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Speaker:
Dr. Nadir Yalcin, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Program:

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert
Chair Introduction

11:00–11:10

Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert
Presentation: “Neonatal clinical pharmacology: limited in size, extensive in variability”

11:10–11:30

Dr. Robert B. Flint
Presentation: “From therapeutic drug monitoring to model informed precision dosing”

11:30–11:50

Dr. Nadir Yalcin
Presentation: “New tools to improve pharmacotherapy and safety: Artificial Intelligence approaches”

11:50–12:10

Q&A

12:10–12:25

Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert 
Closing of Webinar

12:25–12:30

Relevant SI

Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert, Dr. Nadir Yalcin, Dr. Robert B. Flint and Dr. Sinno H.P. Simons
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2023

This is a free webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized. Certificates of attendance will be delivered to those who attend the live webinar.

Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll let you know when the recording is available to watch.

7 April 2023
World Health Day–Health for All

On 7 April 2023—World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) will observe its 75th anniversary. In 1948, countries of the world came together and founded the WHO to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable, so that everyone, everywhere, can attain the highest level of health and well-being. The WHO’s 75th anniversary is an opportunity to look back at public health successes that have improved quality of life over the last seven decades. It is also an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow. In order to encourage everyone to understand health and pay attention to health, we have also curated a list of publications on topics related to universal health coverage, healthy diet, and mental health. We also want to remind everyone that all research published in MDPI journals is available in an open access format, allowing practitioners, policy makers, and people around the world to access the latest scientific knowledge to build upon and share. Although we still have a long way to go to achieve universal health, this day also provides an opportunity to celebrate the progress made and inspire further action toward a more just and equitable world. Join us on a journey at MDPI to achieve Health for All.

Journal Recommendation

Section: Nutrition and Public Health

Special Issue: Dietary Antioxidants and Cardiovascular Health

Section: School Health

Topical Collection: Poxviruses

Special Issue: Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Symptoms, Evaluation and Treatment

Special Issue: Organophosphate-Induced Neurotoxicity: Countermeasures, Mechanisms, and Physiology

30 March 2023
Meet Us at the 29th Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research, 12–15 June 2023, Torino, Italy


Conference:
29th Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research
Date: 12–15 June 2023
Place: Torino, Italy

MDPI will be attending the 29th Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research, held in Torino, Italy, from 12 to 15 June 2023. This conference aims to achieve an in-depth exchange of the latest research results in the field of basic research, clinical application, cutting-edge technology, and industrial development in the field of cancer research over the year. During this conference, MDPI will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://www.eacr2023.org/.

29 March 2023
Meet Us at the 19th World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology 2023, 2–7 July 2023, Glasgow, Scotland

This conference organized by the British Pharmacological Society and International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacologists (IUPHAR) will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 2 July to 7 July 2023. The topic of the conference focuses on pharmacology and drug discovery, research, and development, and the conference will include six days of symposia, keynote lectures, workshops, and debates. Discover the latest in pharmacology research and developments across 10 content themes.

Pharmaceuticals (ISSN: 1424-8247) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal of medicinal chemistry and related drug sciences, published monthly online by MDPI. Pharmaceuticals will participate in this event as an exhibitor together with nine other MDPI journals, among which Pharmaceuticals, Journal of Personalized Medicine and Biomedicines will have journal representatives at our booth.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us at our booth #A22. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://wcp2023.org/ or contact the Pharmaceuticals Editorial Office at [email protected].

24 March 2023
Children | Highly Cited and Highly Accessed Special Issues in the Section “Child Neurology”


Children (ISSN 2227-9067) has launched the Section “Child Neurology”, which is dedicated to publishing papers on the diagnosis and treatment of child and adolescent neurological disorders. These include diagnosis, therapy, supportive care, long-term outcomes, epidemiology and disease prevention, and the economic impact of pediatric neurological disorders (both on the patient and the healthcare system).

We welcome you to read the highly cited and highly accessed Special Issues. As Children is an Open Access publication, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal.

1. “Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry in Infancy and Early Childhood Development”
Edited by Michelle de Haan
Webpage: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/special_issues/Neuroscience_Neuropsychiatry_Infancy_Childhood
Viewed by 6,714 | Cited by 3

2. “Cognitive and Linguistic Development in Children and Adolescents”
Edited by Irene Cadime, Iolanda Ribeiro and Maria Luisa Lorusso
Webpage: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/special_issues/U4024A0PGF
Viewed by 6,437 | Cited by 1

3. “Advances in Autism Research: Diagnosis, Treatment and Best Practices”
Edited by Raffaella Devescovi and Antonio Narzisi
Webpage: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/special_issues/Autism_Diagnosis_Treatment_Practices
Viewed by 4,852 | Cited by 4

4. “Advances in Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders”
Edited by Rohan Sharma and Aravindhan Veerapandiyan
Webpage: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/special_issues/Advances_Pediatric_Neuromuscular_disorders
Viewed by 2,614 | Cited by 0

5. “Diagnosis and Treatment in Childhood Epilepsy”
Edited by Debopam Samanta
Webpage: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/special_issues/Diagnosis_Childhood_Epilepsy
Viewed by 2,347 | Cited by 1

13 March 2023
MDPI’s Newly Launched Journals in December 2022

As a leading open access publisher, MDPI provides scholars with a high-quality and rich academic exchange platform by continuously expanding into new and exciting research areas.

In December 2022, MDPI launched five new journals, covering multiple subjects such as life sciences, biology, medicine and pharmacology, social sciences and humanities. These new journals are being edited by established scholars across the world.

Journal

Founding Editor-in-Chief

Journal Topics (Selected)

Prof. Dr. Fabio Gresta, University of Messina, Italy| Editorial | view inaugural issue

grass/forage/turf production; grassland management; pasture monitoring; grazing and livestock; grass agro-ecosystems| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Christos G. Athanassiou, University of Thessaly, Greece| Editorial | view inaugural issue

pesticides; fungicides; herbicides; fertilizers; soil conditioners| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Stephen H. Safe, Texas A&M University, USA| Editorial | view inaugural issue

receptor structure; receptor function; receptor signaling; receptor expression and regulation; receptor interactions with drugs| view journal scope | submit an article

Dr. Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde, University of Mons-UMONS, Belgium| Editorial | view inaugural issue

drug discovery; medicinal chemistry; preclinical and clinical research; marketed drugs; intellectual property and regulatory affairs| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Heather Kanuka, University of Alberta, Canada| Editorial | view inaugural issue

higher education; tertiary education; policy and practice in higher education; educational leadership in higher education; educational administration and management in higher education| view journal scope | submit an article

If you are interested in creating more open access journals with us to publish cutting-edge research, please send your journal proposal application to [email protected].

7 March 2023
Displaying Co-Authors’ Email Addresses on the Webpage of Published Papers

MDPI is pleased to announce that we now display the co-authors’ email addresses in addition to the corresponding author’s email address on the webpage of published papers, protected by Captcha. For more information about this change, please visit the journal’s instructions for authors page. 

We believe this change will facilitate academic discussions and advance our cause of open science and research. The corresponding authors are responsible for communicating with their co-authors and indicating in our system (https://susy.mdpi.com/) if co-authors would prefer for their email addresses not to be displayed.

22 February 2023
Free Media Partnership between Children and the 31st World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI), 23–25 November 2023, Vienna, Austria


We are pleased to announce that the 31st World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI) has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067). The conference will provide ample opportunities for networking both professionally and socially.

Conference date: 23–25 November 2023
Place: Vienna, Austria

The World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility (COGI) is a ‘concept congress’ dealing mainly with controversial issues in the broad field of women’s health, in the format of debates and discussions, and allowing ample time for speaker–participant interaction. The congress gives key opinion leaders from around the world the opportunity to effectively debate clinical and therapeutic dilemmas and other key issues facing clinicians in their daily practice.

The COGI Congress aims to provide a forum of the highest standard for scientific, educational, and social exchange between professionals involved in women’s health, and to continue its mission to promote research and education and to disseminate new knowledge.

For more details, please visit the following link: https://cogi-congress.org/general-information/.

Children Editorial Office

16 February 2023
Increasing Visibility for Preprints.org – Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

On 9 February 2023, Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics, added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science platform, streamlining the research process by allowing researchers to locate and link to preprints alongside other trusted content in the database.

The Preprint Citation Index will act as a bridge to connect cutting-edge preprints with peer-reviewed journal articles published within the Web of Science Core Collection. Alerts can be easily set to monitor new research across several repositories and authors will also be able to include preprints on their Web of Science Research Profile to more accurately display their various research outputs.

As of its launch, the Preprint Citation Index will provide nearly two million preprints from various repositories, including MDPI’s own Preprints.org.

MDPI's Preprints Platform – Preprints.org

To advance Open Science and the fast dissemination of research, MDPI offers researchers a free multidisciplinary preprint platform. Preprints.org accepts submissions from all research areas and offers authors high visibility, permanent archiving, article-level Metrics and immediately citable content by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to all preprints.

During submission to any MDPI journal, authors have the option to share their research as a preprint. After an initial screening, the manuscript is available online in 48 hours or less. Once online, preprints can be downloaded, shared, commented on, and cited, providing authors maximum visibility.

We invite you to join the ranks of the over 100k researchers using Preprints.org and share your research.

For more information, please visit Preprints.org.

1 February 2023
Free Media Partnership between Children and the 49th Annual Conference for International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD 2023), 18–21 October 2023, Rotterdam, Netherlands


We are pleased to announce that the 49th Annual Conference for International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD 2023) has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067). The conference will provide ample opportunities for networking professionally and socially.

Conference date: 18–21 October 2023
Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands

The International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) is a professional organization whose aims are to promote clinical and basic science, research, education and advocacy in children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes. The strength of ISPAD lies in the scientific and clinical expertise in childhood and adolescent diabetes of its members. ISPAD is the only international society focusing specifically on all types of childhood diabetes.

For more details, please visit the following link: https://www.ispad.org/.

Children Editorial Office

5 January 2023
Meet the Editors | Interview with Prof. Paul R. Carney—New Editor-in-Chief of Children


We are pleased to announce that Prof. Paul R. Carney has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Name: Prof. Paul R. Carney
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Child Health, the University of Missouri at Columbia, USA
Interests: children’s health; pediatric sleep medicine; pediatric epilepsy; biomedical engineering

The following is a short Q&A with Prof. Paul R. Carney, who shared his vision for the journal with us, as well as his views of the research area and Open Access publishing:

Part I—Regarding the journal Children:

What appealed to you about the journal Children that made you want to take the role of its Editor-in-Chief?
The quality and impact of articles that the journal Children publishes, such as the last 3 focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on children and adolescents in terms of school closures, risk assessment, and impact on children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders is what initially appealed to me.

What are the expectations you have for this journal? What perspective do you think the journal will bring to the related fields?
I feel that this journal’s perspective that focuses on informing about recent issues affecting youth and children is needed and adds a perspective that was missing.

What do you think of the development of Open Access in publishing?
Open Access, in my opinion, is one way of gaining fresh perspectives on important subjects that affect so many youths and children. Without Open Access, we might miss some of these essential new perspectives.

Part II—Regarding the main fields of interest:

Can you share your career development story briefly? For example, what cases have influenced you the most?
Something that comes to mind is the demand for effective treatments from parents who do not stop trying to push us doctors and researchers to keep searching and researching to improve the quality of their children’s lives. This is how, in Florida, I became involved in the study of cannabidiol for untreatable seizures through a Florida Department of Health grant to study its effectiveness and safety.

As a researcher in children’s health, what are the latest developments in your field?
Some of the latest developments include better medications for seizures, including better drug treatments, surgery, brain stimulation, and precision medicine.

Do you have any valuable suggestions you would like to share with young students and early career researchers?
I would suggest that we listen to the parents and to the youth and children. What do they most need from us to help make their life quality better? If we follow their lead, we will be on the right track.

We wish Prof. Paul R. Carney every success in his new position, and we look forward to his contributions to the journal.

22 December 2022
Special Issue Mentor Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative—the MDPI Special Issue Mentor Program.

This program will enable early career researchers (who must hold a Ph.D. in a related field) to experience editing a Special Issue in MDPI journals, under the mentorship of our experienced Editorial Board Members or other experienced scientists. The mentor program will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to gain editorial experience, and to cultivate their ability to edit scientific research.

The mentee’s responsibilities include:

  • Proposing a Special Issue title and assisting the mentor in preparing a summary (around 200–400 words) and 3–10 keywords describing the background, importance, and goal of the Issue;
  • Writing a brief promotion plan for the Special Issue;
  • Preparing a list of scholars who may be interested in the Issue and personally e-mailing invitations on behalf of Guest Editors;
  • Writing an editorial for the online Special Issue together with the mentor.

The mentor’s responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a final check before the Special Issue is published online;
  • Performing editorial control of the Special Issue and quality control of the publications, both of which must be carried out in a timely manner;
  • Providing suggestions to younger scholars if they have any doubts or concerns regarding submissions;
  • Organizing video calls with young scholars and the Editorial Office regularly to discuss problems and improvement suggestions for the Special Issue;
  • Making and submitting decisions regarding submissions with the assistance of mentees.

Certificates and awards:
After the Special Issue closes, the Editorial Office will provide official certificates for all the mentors and early career researchers.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your Special Issue proposal to the Editorial Office of a journal you choose, and we will discuss the process (i.e., mentor collaboration, Special Issue topic feasibility analysis, etc.) in further detail. The full list of MDPI journals is as follows: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/journals.

In addition to the new Special Issue Mentor Program, we will continue to welcome all Special Issue proposals focusing on hot research topics.

14 December 2022
"Thanks a Million!" – One Million Articles Published in MDPI Journals

MDPI has just become the first open access (OA) publisher to reach the milestone of one million articles published. That is one million articles freely available to all, to circulate and build upon! We are proud to share this special moment with the global scientific community.

This landmark has been reached thanks to the immeasurable support of more than 600,000 expert reviewers, 66,000 editorial board members and 6700 hard-working colleagues across MDPI’s global offices.

Within more than 25 years of publishing, our journals received 2.1 million manuscripts and generated 4.6 million peer review reports to get to one million papers published.

1 Million Infographic

Reaching the milestone of one million articles published reinforces our mission to remove any existing barriers and to make scientific research accessible to all. Since its inception, MDPI’s goal has been to create reliable processes to make science open. This is a path towards facilitating the dissemination of novel insights in scientific communities.

Regular feedback from authors and reviewers shows that our service is greatly appreciated and needed. At the same time, the feedback helps us identify areas for further improvement.

As it stands, a significant share of published research findings remain closed access. More than half of the content published with the most well-known legacy publishers stays behind a paywall, and that is not including articles published in hybrid OA journals, or made available months or years after publication.

A new policy announced by the US administration in August 2022 requires that, as of January 2026, all US federally funded research be made freely and immediately available after publication. While the new policy does not mandate articles be published under an open access license, it is aligned with the open access movement in removing all barriers to research. Similarly, some of the most advanced research institutions in the world intend to have all funded research articles published in open access by 2025.

MDPI is proud to be the leading agent of the transition to open access.

"Thanks a Million" to all the contributors!

14 December 2022
Children | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Surgery”


  1. “Validity of Appendicitis Inflammatory Response Score in Distinguishing Perforated from Non-Perforated Appendicitis in Children”
    by Zenon Pogorelić, Jakov Mihanović, Stipe Ninčević, Bruna Lukšić, Sara Elezović Baloević and Ozren Polašek
    Children 2021, 8(4), 309; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040309
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/309
  2. “Dynamic and Static Splinting for Treatment of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Systematic Review”
    by Vito Pavone, Claudia de Cristo, Andrea Vescio, Ludovico Lucenti, Marco Sapienza, Giuseppe Sessa, Piero Pavone and Gianluca Testa
    Children 2021, 8(2), 104; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020104
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/104
  3. “Musculoskeletal Pathology in Cerebral Palsy: A Classification System and Reliability Study”
    by H. Kerr Graham, Pam Thomason, Kate Willoughby, Tandy Hastings-Ison, Renee Van Stralen, Benan Dala-Ali, Peter Wong and Erich Rutz
    Children 2021, 8(3), 252; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030252
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/252
  4. “Consequences of COVID-19 Lockdown on Children and Their Pets: Dangerous Increase of Dog Bites among the Paediatric Population”
    by Giovanni Parente, Tommaso Gargano, Marco Di Mitri, Sara Cravano, Eduje Thomas, Marzia Vastano, Michela Maffi, Michele Libri and Mario Lima
    Children 2021, 8(8), 620; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080620
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/620
  5. “Learning Curve for Laparoscopic Repair of Pediatric Inguinal Hernia Using Percutaneous Internal Ring Suturing”
    by Zenon Pogorelić, Dario Huskić, Tin Čohadžić, Miro Jukić and Tomislav Šušnjar
    Children 2021, 8(4), 294; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040294
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/294
  6. “Abdominal Wall Defects—Current Treatments”
    by Isabella N. Bielicki, Stig Somme, Giovanni Frongia, Stefan G. Holland-Cunz and Raphael N. Vuille-dit-Bille
    Children 2021, 8(2), 170; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020170
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/170
  7. “Novel Treatments and Technologies Applied to the Cure of Neuroblastoma”
    by Irene Paraboschi, Laura Privitera, Gabriela Kramer-Marek, John Anderson and Stefano Giuliani
    Children 2021, 8(6), 482; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060482
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/482
  8. “Effects on Recovery of Pediatric Patients Undergoing Total Intravenous Anesthesia with Propofol versus Ketofol for Short—Lasting Laparoscopic Procedures”
    by Ana Nevešćanin Biliškov, Božena Ivančev and Zenon Pogorelić
    Children 2021, 8(7), 610; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070610
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/610
  9. “The Safety and Effectiveness of Laparoscopic Pyloromyotomy Using 3-mm Electrocautery Hook versus Open Surgery for Treatment of Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis in Infants”
    by Zenon Pogorelić, Ana Zelić, Miro Jukić and Carlos Martin Llorente Muñoz
    Children 2021, 8(8), 701; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080701
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/701
  10. “Chronological Age in Different Bone Development Stages: A Retrospective Comparative Study”
    by Abel Emanuel Moca, Luminit Ligia Vaida, Rahela Tabita Moca, Anamaria Violeta Tutuianu,Călin Florin Bochis, Sergiu Alin Bochis, Diana Carina Iovanovici and Bianca Maria Negrutiu
    Children 2021, 8(2), 142; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020142
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/142

14 December 2022
Children | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine”


  1. “Factors Affecting the Quality of Sleep in Children”
    by Ahmad Fadzil
    Children 2021, 8(2), 122; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020122
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/122
  2. “The Effect of Adenotonsillectomy on Children’s Behavior and Cognitive Performance with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: State of the Art”
    by Paola Di Mauro, Salvatore Cocuzza, Antonino Maniaci, Salvatore Ferlito, Deborak Rasà, Roberta Anzivino, Claudio Vicini, Giannicola Iannella and Ignazio La Mantia
    Children 2021, 8(10), 921; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8100921
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/10/921
  3. “Sleep and the General Behavior of Infants and Parents during the Closure of Schools as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Comparison with 2019 Data”
    by Yasuaki Shinomiya, Arika Yoshizaki, Emi Murata, Takashi X. Fujisawa, Masako Taniike and Ikuko Mohri
    Children 2021, 8(2), 168; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020168
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/168
  4. “Change of Internet Use and Bedtime among Junior High School Students after Long-Term School Closure Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic”
    by Hideki Nakayama, Takanobu Matsuzaki, Satoko Mihara, Takashi Kitayuguchi and Susumu Higuchi
    Children 2021, 8(6), 480; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060480
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/480
  5. “Which Is More Important for Health: Sleep Quantity or Sleep Quality?”
    by Jun Kohyama
    Children 2021, 8(7), 542; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070542
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/542
  6. “A Longitudinal Study of Subjective Daytime Sleepiness Changes in Elementary School Children Following a Temporary School Closure Due to COVID-19”
    by Yoko Komada, Yoshiki Ishibashi, Shunta Hagiwara, Mariko Kobori and Akiyoshi Shimura
    Children 2021, 8(3), 183; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030183
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/183
  7. “Predicting Treatment Outcomes Using Explainable Machine Learning in Children with Asthma”
    by Mario Lovri ́c, Ivana Bani ́c, Emanuel Laci ́c, Kristina Pavlovi ́c, Roman Kern and Mirjana Turkalj
    Children 2021, 8(5), 376; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050376
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/376
  8. “Sleep Quality and Duration in European Adolescents (The AdolesHealth Study): A Cross-Sectional, Quantitative Study”
    by Pablo Galan-Lopez, Raúl Domínguez, Thordis Gísladóttir, Antonio J. Sánchez-Oliver, Maret Pihu, Francis Ries and Markos Klonizakis
    Children 2021, 8(3), 188; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030188
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/188
  9. “Calprotectin: An Ignored Biomarker of Neutrophilia in Pediatric Respiratory Diseases”
    by Grigorios Chatziparasidis and Ahmad Kantar
    Children 2021, 8(6), 428; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060428
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/428
  10. “The Link between Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”
    by Gino Luis Urbano, Bea Janine Tablizo, Youmna Moufarrej, Mary Anne Tablizo, Maida Lynn Chen and Manisha Witmans
    Children 2021, 8(9), 824; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8090824
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/9/824

14 December 2022
Children | Top 5 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Orthopedics”


  1. “Diagnostic Accuracy of 3D Ultrasound and Artificial Intelligence for Detection of Pediatric Wrist Injuries”
    by Jack Zhang, Naveenjyote Boora, Sarah Melendez, Abhilash Rakkunedeth Hareendranathan and Jacob Jaremko
    Children 2021, 8(6), 431; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060431
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/431
  2. “Effect of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Pediatric Patients’ Admissions to the Emergency Department in an Italian Orthopedic Trauma Hub”
    by Fabio Verdoni, Martina Ricci, Cristina Di Grigoli, Nicolò Rossi, Michele Davide Maria Lombardo, Domenico Curci, Riccardo Accetta, Marco Viganò, Giuseppe Maria Peretti and Laura Mangiavini
    Children 2021, 8(8), 645; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080645
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/645
  3. “Is a Parry Fracture—An Isolated Fracture of the Ulnar Shaft—Associated with the Probability of Abuse in Children between 2 and 16 Years Old?”
    by Kyra Hermans, Duncan Fransz, Lisette Walbeehm-Hol, Paul Hustinx and Heleen Staal
    Children 2021, 8(8), 650; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080650
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/650
  4. “Analysis of Clinical Outcome and Predictors of Mortality in Pediatric Trauma Population: Evidence from a 10 Year Analysis in a Single Center”
    by Ya-Chih Yang, Tsung-Han Hsieh, Chi-Yuan Liu, Chun-Yu Chang, Yueh-Tseng Hou, Po-Chen Lin, Yu-Long Chen, Da-Sen Chien, Giou-Teng Yiang and Meng-Yu Wu
    Children 2021, 8(8), 688; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080688
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/688
  5. “Diagnosis and Treatment for Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures with Brachial Artery Injuries”
    by Tu Ngoc Vu, Son Hong Duy Phung, Long Hoang Vo and Uoc Huu Nguyen
    Children 2021, 8(10), 933; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8100933
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/10/933

14 December 2022
Children | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Neonatology”


  1. “Neonatal Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-N) Associated with Prenatal Maternal SARS-CoV-2: A Case Series”
    by Ravindra Pawar, Vijay Gavade, Nivedita Patil, Vijay Mali, Amol Girwalkar, Vyankatesh Tarkasband, Sanjog Loya, Amit Chavan, Narendra Nanivadekar and Rahul Shinde et al.
    Children 2021, 8(7), 572; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070572
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/572
  2. “Efficacy of Intact Cord Resuscitation Compared to Immediate Cord Clamping on Cardiorespiratory Adaptation at Birth in Infants with Isolated Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CHIC)”
    by Kévin Le Duc, Sébastien Mur, Thameur Rakza, Mohamed Riadh Boukhris, Céline Rousset, Pascal Vaast, Nathalie Westlynk, Estelle Aubry, Dyuti Sharma and Laurent Storme
    Children 2021, 8(5), 339; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050339
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/339
  3. “Effect of a Larger Flush Volume on Bioavailability and Efficacy of Umbilical Venous Epinephrine during Neonatal Resuscitation in Ovine Asphyxial Arrest”
    by Deepika Sankaran, Payam Vali, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Peggy Chen, Sylvia F. Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, Jayasree Nair, Bobby Mathew, and Munmun Rawat et al.
    Children 2021, 8(6), 464; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060464
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/464
  4. “The Role of Lung Ultrasound in the Management of the Critically Ill Neonate—A Narrative Review and Practical Guide”
    by Lukas Aichhorn, Erik Küng, Lisa Habrina, Tobias Werther, Angelika Berger, Berndt Urlesberger and Bernhard Schwaberger
    Children 2021, 8(8), 628; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080628
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/628
  5. “Resuscitation with an Intact Cord Enhances Pulmonary Vasodilation and Ventilation with Reduction in Systemic Oxygen Exposure and Oxygen Load in an Asphyxiated Preterm Ovine Model”
    by Praveen Chandrasekharan, Sylvia Gugino, Justin Helman, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Lori Nielsen, Nicole Bradley, Jayasree Nair, Vikash Agrawal, Mausma Bawa and Andreina Mari et al.
    Children 2021, 8(4), 307; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040307
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/307
  6. “Comparison of Heart Rate Feedback from Dry-Electrode ECG, 3-Lead ECG, and Pulse Oximetry during Newborn Resuscitation”
    by Siren Rettedal, Joar Eilevstjønn, Amalie Kibsgaard, Jan Terje Kvaløy and Hege Ersdal
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1092; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121092
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1092
  7. “How to Provide Motherside Neonatal Resuscitation with Intact Placental Circulation?”
    by David Hutchon, Simone Pratesi, and Anup Katheria
    Children 2021, 8(4), 291; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040291
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/291
  8. “The Importance of Rhythmic Stimulation for Preterm Infants in the NICU”
    by Joëlle Provasi, Loreline Blanc and Isabelle Carchon
    Children 2021, 8(8), 660; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080660
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/660
  9. “Psychological Wellbeing of Parents with Infants Admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic”
    by Laura Polloni, Francesco Cavallin, Elisabetta Lolli, Rossana Schiavo, Martina Bua, Biancarosa Volpe, Marta Meneghelli, Eugenio Baraldi and Daniele Trevisanuto
    Children 2021, 8(9), 755; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8090755
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/9/755
  10. “Impact of COVID-19 Mitigation Policy in South Korea on the Reduction of Preterm or Low Birth Weight Birth Rate: A Single Center Experience”
    by Sae-Yun Kim, So-Young Kim, Kicheol Kil and Young Lee
    Children 2021, 8(5), 332; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050332
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/332

14 December 2022
Children | Top 5 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Infectious Diseases”


  1. “Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic on Bronchiolitis Hospitalizations: The Experience of an Italian Tertiary Center”
    by Giacomo Stera, Luca Pierantoni, Riccardo Masetti, Davide Leardini, Carlotta Biagi, Danilo Buonsenso, Andrea Pession and Marcello Lanari
    Children 2021, 8(7), 556; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070556
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/556
  2. “The Relationship between COVID-19 and Innate Immunity in Children: A Review”
    by Piero Valentini, Giorgio Sodero and Danilo Buonsenso
    Children 2021, 8(4), 266; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040266
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/266
  3. “COVID-19 and Inherited Metabolic Disorders: One-Year Experience of a Referral Center”
    by Albina Tummolo, Giulia Paterno, Annamaria Dicintio, Pasquale Stefanizzi, Livio Melpignano and Maurizio Aricò
    Children 2021, 8(9), 781; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8090781
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/9/781
  4. “Diagnostic Performance of SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test in a Large, German Cohort”
    by Olivier Mboma, Elmar Rieke, Parviz Ahmad-Nejad, Stefan Wirth and Malik Aydin
    Children 2021, 8(8), 682; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080682
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/682
  5. “Early Microbial–Immune Interactions and Innate Immune Training of the Respiratory System during Health and Disease”
    by Gustavo Nino, Carlos E. Rodriguez-Martinez and Maria J. Gutierrez
    Children 2021, 8(5), 413; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050413
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/413

14 December 2022
Children | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Dentistry”


  1. “Safety and Effects of the Rapid Maxillary Expander on Temporomandibular Joint in Subjects Affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Retrospective Study”
    by Andrea Abate, Davide Cavagnetto, Francesca Maria Emilia Rusconi, Paolo Cressoni and Luca Esposito
    Children 2021, 8(1), 33; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8010033
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/1/33
  2. “Assessment of Genetical, Pre, Peri and Post Natal Risk Factors of Deciduous Molar Hypomineralization (DMH), Hypomineralized Second Primary Molar (HSPM) and Molar Incisor Hypomineralization (MIH): A Narrative Review”
    by Andrea Butera, Carolina Maiorani, Annalaura Morandini, Manuela Simonini, Stefania Morittu, Stefania Barbieri, Ambra Bruni, Antonia Sinesi, Maria Ricci, Julia Trombini et al.
    Children 2021, 8(6), 432; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060432
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/432
  3. “Oral Health Status and Patterns of Dental Service Utilization of Adolescents in Lesotho, Southern Africa”
    by Abbas Jessani, Mir Faeq Ali Quadri, Pulane Lefoka, Abdul El-Rabbany, Kirsten Hooper, Hyun Ja Lim, Eketsang Ndobe, Mario Brondani and Denise M. Laronde
    Children 2021, 8(2), 120; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020120
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/120
  4. “Etiology of Molar-Incisor Hypomineralization (MIH): A Cross-Sectional Study of Saudi Children”
    by Latifa Alhowaish, Laila Baidas, Mohammed Aldhubaiban, Lanre L. Bello and Nouf Al-Hammad
    Children 2021, 8(6), 466; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060466
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/466
  5. “Conservative Treatment of Complicated Crown Fracture and Crown-Root Fracture of Young Permanent Incisor—A Case Report with 24-Month Follow-Up”
    by David Marinčák, Vojtěch Doležel, Michal Přibyl, Iva Voborná, Ivo Marek, Jiří Šedý and Radovan Žižka
    Children 2021, 8(9), 725; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8090725
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/9/725
  6. “Views of Indian Migrants on Adaptation of Child Oral Health Leaflets: A Qualitative Study”
    by Amit Arora, Roneel Maharaj, Seemagni Naidu, Ritesh Chimoriya, Sameer Bhole, Simone Nash and Charlotte Jones
    Children 2021, 8(1), 28; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8010028
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/1/28
  7. “Experience and Prevalence of Dental Caries in 6 to 12-Year-Old School Children in an Agricultural Community: A Cross-Sectional Study”
    by Juan José Villalobos-Rodelo, Martha Mendoza-Rodríguez, Rosalina Islas-Zarazúa, Sonia Márquez-Rodríguez, Mariana Mora-Acosta, América Patricia Pontigo-Loyola, María de Lourdes Márquez-Corona, Carlo Eduardo Medina-Solís and Gerardo Maupomé
    Children 2021, 8(2), 99; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020099
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/99
  8. “Self-Reported Dental Caries by Mexican Elementary and Middle-School Schoolchildren in the Context of Socioeconomic Indicators: A National Ecological Study”
    by Juan Fernando Casanova-Rosado, Alejandro José Casanova-Rosado, Mirna Minaya-Sánchez, Juan Alejandro Casanova-Sarmiento, José Luis Robles-Minaya, Sonia Márquez-Rodríguez, Mariana Mora-Acosta, Rosalina Islas-Zarazúa, María de Lourdes Márquez-Corona and Leticia Ávila-Burgos et al.
    Children 2021, 8(4), 289; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040289
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/289
  9. “The Most Common Vitamin D Receptor Polymorphisms (ApaI,FokI, TaqI, BsmI, and BglI) in Children with Dental Caries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
    by Masoud Sadeghi, Amin Golshah, Mostafa Godiny, Roohollah Sharifi, Atefeh Khavid, Nafiseh Nikkerdar and Santosh Kumar Tadakamadla
    Children 2021, 8(4), 302; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040302
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/302
  10. “Does Dental Fear in Children Predict Untreated Dental Caries? An Analytical Cross-Sectional Study”
    by Suman Panda, Mir Faeq Ali Quadri, Imtinan H. Hadi, Rafaa M. Jably, Aisha M. Hamzi and Mohammed A. Jafer
    Children 2021, 8(5), 382; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050382
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/382

14 December 2022
Children | Top 5 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Cardiology”


  1. “Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination: What Do We Know So Far?”
    by Bibhuti B. Das, William B. Moskowitz, Mary B. Taylor and April Palmer
    Children 2021, 8(7), 607; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070607
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/607
  2. “Cardiac Manifestations in Children with SARS-COV-2 Infection: 1-Year Pediatric Multicenter Experience”
    by Nicoletta Cantarutti, Virginia Battista, Rachele Adorisio, Marianna Cicenia, Claudia Campanello, Elisa Listo, Andrea Campana, Gianluca Trocchio and Fabrizio Drago
    Children 2021, 8(8), 717; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080717
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/717
  3. “Single Ventricle—A Comprehensive Review”
    by P. Syamasundar Rao
    Children 2021, 8(6), 441; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060441
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/441
  4. “Cardiothoracic CTA in Infants Referred for Aortic Arch Evaluation—Retrospective Comparison of Iomeprol 350, Ioversol 350, Iopromide 370 and Iodixanol 320”
    by Marian Pop
    Children 2021, 8(11), 949; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8110949
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/11/949
  5. “SARS-CoV-2 Myocarditis in a High School Athlete after COVID-19 and Its Implications for Clearance for Sports”
    by Bibhuti B. Das
    Children 2021, 8(6), 427; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8060427
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/6/427
 

14 December 2022
Children | Top 5 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Pediatric Allergy and Immunology”


  1. “Current Insights into Atopic March”
    by Mitsuru Tsuge, Masanori Ikeda, Naomi Matsumoto, Takashi Yorifuji and Hirokazu Tsukahara
    Children 2021, 8(11), 1067; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8111067
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/11/1067
  2. “Barrier Impairment and Type 2 Inflammation in Allergic Diseases: The Pediatric Perspective”
    by Michele Ghezzi, Elena Pozzi, Luisa Abbattista, Luisa Lonoce, Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti and Enza D’Auria
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1165; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121165
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1165
  3. “NOD2 Mutation-Associated Case with Blau Syndrome Triggered by BCG Vaccination”
    by Akiko Arakawa, Naotomo Kambe, Ryuta Nishikomori, Akiyo Tanabe, Masamichi Ueda, Chikako Nishigori, Yoshiki Miyachi and Nobuo Kanazawa
    Children 2021, 8(2), 117; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020117
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/117
  4. “An Overview of the Relevance of IgG4 Antibodies in Allergic Disease with a Focus on Food Allergens”
    by Thomas A. E. Platts-Mills, Behnam Keshavarz, Jeffrey M. Wilson, Rung-chi Li, Peter W. Heymann, Diane R. Gold, Emily C. McGowan and Elizabeth A. Erwin
    Children 2021, 8(5), 418; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050418
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/418
  5. “Acute Mild Pancreatitis Following COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine in an Adolescent”
    by Ahmad Kantar, Manuela Seminara, Marta Odoni and Ilaria Dalla Verde
    Children 2022, 9(1), 29; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010029
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/29

14 December 2022
Children | Top 5 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Oncology and Hematology”


  1. “Influence of a Child’s Cancer on the Functioning of Their Family”
    by Anna Lewandowska
    Children 2021, 8(7), 592; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070592
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/592
  2. “Prevalence of Sleep Disturbances in Pediatric Cancer Patients and Their Diagnosis and Management”
    by Irtiza N. Sheikh, Michael Roth and Peter L. Stavinoha
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1100; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121100
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1100
  3. “Educational Pain Points for Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors: Review of Risks and Remedies ”
    by Peter L. Stavinoha, Thuy Trinh-Wong, Laura N. Rodriguez, Chawncey M. Stewart and Kris Frost
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1125;https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121125
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1125
  4. “Pediatric and Adult Low-Grade Gliomas: Where Do the Differences Lie?”
    by Ladina Greuter, Raphael Guzman and Jehuda Soleman
    Children 2021, 8(11), 1075; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8111075
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/11/1075
  5. “Parental Pesticide Exposure and Childhood Brain Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Confirming the IARC/WHO Monographs on Some Organophosphate Insecticides and Herbicides”
    by Joseph Feulefack, Aiza Khan, Francesco Forastiere and Consolato M. Sergi
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1096; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121096
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1096

14 December 2022
Children | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Global and Public Health”


  1. Obesity in Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic”
    by Androniki Stavridou, Evangelia Kapsali, Eleni Panagouli, Athanasios Thirios, Konstantinos Polychronis, Flora Bacopoulou, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Maria Tsolia, Theodoros N. Sergentanis and Artemis Tsitsika
    Children 2021, 8(2), 135; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020135
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/135
  2. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Interrelation of Physical Activity, Screen Time and Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents in Germany: Results of the Motorik-Modul Study”
    by Kathrin Wunsch, Carina Nigg, Claudia Niessner, Steffen C. E. Schmidt, Doris Oriwol, Anke Hanssen-Doose, Alexander Burchartz, Ana Eichsteller, Simon Kolb, Annette Worth et al.
    Children 2021, 8(2), 98; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020098
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/98
  3. “You Can’t Go to the Park, You Can’t Go Here, You Can’t Go There”: Exploring Parental Experiences of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Their Children’s Movement Behaviours”
    by Negin A. Riazi, Kelly Wunderlich, Madelaine Gierc, Mariana Brussoni, Sarah A. Moore, Mark S. Tremblay and Guy Faulkner
    Children 2021, 8(3), 219; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030219
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/219
  4. Changes in Healthy Behaviors and Meeting 24-h Movement Guidelines in Spanish and Brazilian Preschoolers, Children and Adolescents during the COVID-19 Lockdown”
    by José Francisco López-Gil, Mark S. Tremblay and Javier Brazo-Sayavera
    Children 2021, 8(2), 83; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020083
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/83
  5. “Effects of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Portuguese Children’s Motor Competence”
    by André Pombo, Carlos Luz, Cristina de Sá, Luis Paulo Rodrigues and Rita Cordovil
    Children 2021, 8(3), 199; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030199
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/199
  6. Dietary Sugar Intake and Its Association with Obesity in Children and Adolescents”
    by Emmanuella Magriplis, George Michas, Evgenia Petridi, George P. Chrousos, Eleftheria Roma, Vassiliki Benetou, Nikos Cholopoulos, Renata Micha, Demosthenes Panagiotakos and Antonis Zampelas
    Children 2021, 8(8), 676; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080676
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/676
  7. “Effect of Air Pollution on Obesity in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
    by Nichapa Parasin, Teerachai Amnuaylojaroen and Surasak Saokaew
    Children 2021, 8(5), 327; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050327
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/327
  8. “Relative Age Effect on Motor Competence in Children Aged 4–5 Years”
    by Rubén Navarro-Patón, Marcos Mecías-Calvo, José Eugenio Rodríguez Fernández and Víctor Arufe-Giráldez
    Children 2021, 8(2), 115;https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020115
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/115
  9. “Differences on Motor Competence in 4-Year-Old Boys and Girls Regarding the Quarter of Birth: Is There a Relative Age Effect?”
    by Rubén Navarro-Patón, Víctor Arufe-Giráldez, Alberto Sanmiguel-Rodríguez and Marcos Mecías-Calvo
    Children 2021, 8(2), 141; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020141
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/141
  10. “The Role of Preschool Hours in Achieving Physical Activity Recommendations for Preschoolers”
    by Sara Lahuerta-Contell, Javier Molina-García, Ana Queralt and Vladimir E. Martínez-Bello
    Children 2021, 8(2), 82; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020082
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/82

14 December 2022
Children | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Child Neurology”


  1. Online Videogames Use and Anxiety in Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
    by Concetta De Pasquale , Matteo Chiappedi, Federica Sciacca, Valentina Martinelli and Zira Hichy
    Children 2021, 8(3), 205; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030205
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/205
  2. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Adaptive Functioning, Behavioral Problems, and Repetitive Behaviors of Italian Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Observational Study”
    by Martina Siracusano, Eugenia Segatori, Assia Riccioni, Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti, Paolo Curatolo
    and Luigi Mazzone
    Children 2021, 8(2), 96; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020096
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/96
  3. Reading Skills of Children with Dyslexia Improved Less Than Expected during the COVID-19 Lockdown in Italy”
    by Ilaria Maria Carlotta Baschenis, Laura Farinotti, Elena Zavani, Serena Grumi, Patrizia Bernasconi, Enrica Rosso, Livio Provenzi, Renato Borgatti, Cristiano Termine and Matteo Chiappedi
    Children 2021, 8(7), 560; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070560
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/560
  4. School Performance among Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review”
    by Eleni Panagouli, Androniki Stavridou, Christina Savvidi, Anastasia Kourti, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Theodoros N. Sergentanis and Artemis Tsitsika
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1134; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121134
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1134
  5. Effectiveness of Virtual Reality-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with ADHD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”
    by Dulce Romero-Ayuso, Abel Toledano-González, María del Carmen Rodríguez-Martínez, Palma Arroyo-Castillo, José Matías Triviño-Juárez, Pascual González, Patrocinio Ariza-Vega, Antonio Del Pino González and Antonio Segura-Fragoso
    Children 2021, 8(2), 70; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020070
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/70
  6. Update on Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis in Children and Adolescents”
    by Serena Massa, Adriana Fracchiolla, Cosimo Neglia, Alberto Argentiero and Susanna Esposito
    Children 2021, 8(4), 280; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040280
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/280
  7. Sex Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Repetitive Behaviors and Adaptive Functioning”
    by Martina Siracusano, Valentina Postorino, Assia Riccioni, Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti, Monica Terribili, Paolo Curatolo and Luigi Mazzone
    Children 2021, 8(5), 325; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050325
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/325
  8. Dyslexia Telerehabilitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Rhythm-Based Intervention for Reading”
    by Alice Cancer, Daniela Sarti, Marinella De Salvatore, Elisa Granocchio, Daniela Pia Rosaria Chieffo
    and Alessandro Antonietti
    Children 2021, 8(11), 1011; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8111011
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/11/1011
  9. Association between CCC-2 and Structural Language, Pragmatics, Social Cognition, and Executive Functions in Children with Developmental Language Disorder
    by Clara Andrés-Roqueta, Irene Garcia-Molina and Raquel Flores-Buils
    Children 2021, 8(2), 123; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020123
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/123
  10. Using Stakeholder Involvement, Expert Knowledge and Naturalistic Implementation to Co-Design a Complex Intervention to Support Children’s Inclusion and Participation in Schools: The CIRCLE Framework”
    by Donald Maciver, Cathleen Hunter, Lorna Johnston and Kirsty Forsyth
    Children 2021, 8(3), 217; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030217
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/217

14 December 2022
Children | Top 10 Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”


  1. “Associations between Parenting Style and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents Aged 11–17 Years: Results of the KiGGS Cohort Study (Second Follow-Up)”
    by Özge Azman, Elvira Mauz, Matthias Reitzle, Raimund Geene, Heike Hölling and Petra Rattay
    Children 2021, 8(8), 672; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080672
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/672
  2. “School Satisfaction and Happiness in 10-Year-Old Children from Seven European Countries”
    by Diego Gómez-Baya, Francisco José García-Moro, Alicia Muñoz-Silva and Nuria Martín-Romero
    Children 2021, 8(5), 370; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050370
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/370
  3. “Behavioral Inhibition in Childhood: European Portuguese Adaptation of an Observational Measure (Lab-TAB)”
    by Luís Faísca , Laura I. Ferreira , Catarina C. Fernandes, Jeffrey R. Gagne and Ana T. Martins
    Children 2021, 8(2), 162; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020162
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/162
  4. “Family Functioning in Families of Adolescents with Mental Health Disorders: The Role of Parenting Alliance”
    by Sofía Baena, Lucía Jiménez, Bárbara Lorence and Ma Victoria Hidalgo
    Children 2021, 8(3), 222; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030222
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/222
  5. “Prevalence and Correlates of Mental Health Problems among Chinese Adolescents with Frequent Peer Victimization Experiences”
    by Liuyue Huang, Kaixin Liang, Weiwei Jiang, Qiaomin Huang, Na Gong and Xinli Chi
    Children 2021, 8(5), 403; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050403
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/403
  6. “Parenting Styles, Coparenting, and Early Child Adjustment in Separated Families with Child Physical Custody Processes Ongoing in Family Court”
    by Mónica Pires and Mariana Martins
    Children 2021, 8(8), 629; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080629
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/629
  7. “Psychological Distress Symptoms and Resilience Assets in Adolescents in Residential Care”
    by Ida Lemos, Marta Brás, Mariana Lemos and Cristina Nunes
    Children 2021, 8(8), 700; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8080700
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/8/700
  8. “The Influence of Parental Perfectionism and Parenting Styles on Child Perfectionism”
    by Cláudia Carmo, Diana Oliveira, Marta Brás and Luís Faísca
    Children 2021, 8(9), 777; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8090777
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/9/777
  9. “Psychometric Properties of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire-Dysregulation Profile in Italian Early Adolescents”
    by Valentina Levantini, Eleonora Cei, Gennarina Pirri and Pietro Muratori
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1123; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121123
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1123
  10. “The Impact of Extended E-Learning on Emotional Well-Being of Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Saudi Arabia”
    by Sehar-un-Nisa Hassan, Fahad D. Algahtani, Mohammad Raafat Atteya, Ali A. Almishaal, Ahmed A. Ahmed, Sofian T. Obeidat, Reham Mohamed Kamel and Rania Fathy Mohamed
    Children 2022, 9(1), 13; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010013
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/13

8 December 2022
MDPI Sustainability Foundation: New Look and Nominations for the 2023 Sustainability Awards Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the website of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation has been revamped! For the past couple of months, our UX UI team and front-end developers have been working hard to launch the website in time for the opening of the Sustainability Awards nominations.

The website is not the only thing that has had a remodeling. Indeed, the format of the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award (ESLA) has been updated. ESLA is now a competition open to individual researchers or start-ups founded by researchers under the age of 35. Nominee applications will go through 2 rounds of selection until the final 3 are decided. The finalists will then be invited to give pitch presentations during the Award Ceremony to win either first place (10,000 USD) or runner-up (2 x 5000 USD).

The World Sustainability Award, on the other hand, remains the same: a total prize money of 100,000 USD is up for grabs by senior individual researchers or groups of researchers from the international research community.

Nominations for both the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader award are now open! Check out our new website for more information on how to nominate.

8 December 2022
Editorial Board Members from Children Featured among the World’s Top 2% Scientists in 2022

Scientists at Stanford University have recently published an update of their list of the top 2% most widely cited scientists—the World’s Top 2% Scientists.

The time node of the statistical data of this list is from 1960 to 2022, and it is divided into two lists: "Lifetime Scientific Influence Ranking" and "2022 Annual Scientific Influence Ranking". The "Lifetime Scientific Influence Ranking" counts the comprehensive influence performance of scientists during their careers, and the "2022 Annual Influence Ranking" focuses on highlighting the academic influence of scientists in the previous year. This ranking, considered the most prestigious worldwide, is based on the bibliometric information contained in the Scopus database and includes more than 200,000 researchers from the more than 10 million scientists considered to be active worldwide, with 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields taken into account.

We are pleased to share that 65 Editorial Board Members from MDPI’s Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) were featured in the World’s Top 2% Scientists list in 2022.

Name

Affiliation

Prof. Dr. G. Allen Finley

Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr. Hany Aly

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, USA

Dr. Andrew J. Murphy

St Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA

Prof. Dr. Anne Greenough

King's College London, UK

Prof. Dr. Boris Zernikow

Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

Dr. Bahaaldin Alsoufi

University of Louisville, USA

Prof. Dr. Benedetto Vitiello

Regina Margherita Hospital, Italy

Prof. Dr. Vineet Bhandari

The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper/Cooper

Medical School of Rowan University, USA

Prof. Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman

State University of New York, USA

Dr. Carlo Dani

Careggi University Hospital; University of Florence, Italy

Dr. Cinzia Maspero

Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale; Unviverity of Milan

(Università degli Studi di Milano) Maggiore Policlinico, Italy

Prof. Dr. Ciro Esposito

“Federico II” University of Naples, Italy

Prof. Dr. Camillo Ricordi

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA

Prof. Dr. Dick Tibboel

Sophia Children’s Hospital, the Netherlands

Dr. Daniele Trevisanuto

University of Padova, Italy

Dr. David S. Cooper

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, USA

Prof. Dr. Dirk Bassler

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Douglas Fuchs

Vanderbilt University, USA

Dr. Elaine Boyle

University of Leicester, UK

Dr. Elizabeth Asztalos

University of Toronto, Canada

Prof. Dr. Gianvincenzo Zuccotti

University of Milan, Italy

Dr. Gillian Wigglesworth

University of Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Henry C. Lee

Stanford University, USA

Dr. Helen Leonard

University of Western, Australia

Dr. Hoang Nguyen

UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Prof. Dr. Hyekyun Rhee

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Dr. Ernesto Ippolito

University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy

Dr. Jareen Meinzen-Derr

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

Dr. Jennifer Stinson

The Hospital for Sick Children; University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Jason Gilliland

Western University, Canada

Prof. Dr. Jim Buttery

Monash University, Australia

Prof. Dr. Joel Katz

York University, Canada

Dr. Karleen Gribble

Western Sydney University, Australia

Prof. Dr. Karel Allegaert

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Kathy J. Jenkins

Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Prof. Dr. Karen Dineen Wagner

The University of Texas Medical Branch, USA

Prof. Dr. Luciano Fadiga

University of Ferrara; Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Dr. Maria Marino

Federico II University of Naples, Italy

Dr. Mary Ellen McCann

Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Dr. Marzia Lazzerini

Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Italy

Dr. Maura Massimino

Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Italy

Prof. Dr. Mikko Hallman

Mikko Hallman; Oulu University Hospital, Finland

Dr. Chaya S. Moskowitz

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Prof. Dr. Olaf Gefeller

Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Prof. Dr. P. Syamasundar Rao

UT-Houston McGovern Medical School, USA

Prof. Paul Monagle

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Dr. Peter Bader

University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany

Dr. Piero Pavone

University of Catania, Italy

Prof. Dr. Ryszard Grenda

Children's Memorial Health Institute, Poland

Prof. Dr. Reto Huber

Child Development Center, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Regina Fölster-Holst

Universitatsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Germany

Prof. Dr. R. Rodney Howell

University of Miami, USA

Dr. Sisira Edirippulige

The University of Queensland, Australia

Prof. Dr. Steven M. Donn

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, USA

Prof. Dr. Stefano Negrini

Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Dr. Steven A. Miller

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, USA

Dr. Stijn Verhulst

Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium

Dr. Kun Tang

Tsinghua University, China

Prof. Dr. Waldemar A. Carlo

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Prof. Dr. Walter K. Kraft

Thomas Jefferson University, USA

Dr. Michael Weiss

University of Florida, USA

Dr. William T. Zempsky

University of Connecticut; Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, USA

Dr. Yvonne Zurynski

Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia

Prof. Dr. Wenhao Zhou

Children's Hospital of Fudan University, China

Dr. Zenon Pogorelić

University Hospital of Split, Croatia

The latest rankings reflect the significant influence and research excellence of these scientists, who are committed to furthering their knowledge for the benefit of the world.

We would like to congratulate our Editorial Board Members on their excellent achievements and thank them for their immense contributions to the scientific progression and development of Children.

30 November 2022
Children | Seeking Cooperation with Academic Conferences


Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of pediatrics, focusing on the dissemination of clinical, epidemiological, and translational science relevant to children’s health, published monthly online by MDPI.

The publication focuses on sharing clinical, epidemiological, and translational science relevant to children’s health. Moreover, the primary goals of the publication are to highlight under‑represented pediatric disciplines, to emphasize interdisciplinary research, and to disseminate advances in knowledge in global child health. In addition to original research, the journal publishes expert editorials and commentaries, clinical case reports, and insightful communications reflecting the latest developments in pediatric medicine. By publishing meritorious articles as soon as the editorial review process is completed, rather than at predefined intervals, Children also permits rapid open access sharing of new information, allowing us to reach the broadest audience in the most expedient fashion.

Scope

Articles in Children include, but are not limited to:

  • Public Health and Epidemiology;
  • Global Health;
  • General Pediatrics;
  • Pediatric Subspecialties:
    • Neurology;
    • Developmental/Behavioral Medicine;
    • Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine;
    • Hematology-Oncology;
    • Adolescent Medicine;
    • Pulmonology;
    • Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition;
    • Surgery;
    • Cardiology;
    • Endocrinology;
    • Critical Care Medicine;
    • Urology;
    • Sleep medicine;
    • Allergy and Immunology;
    • Genetics;
    • Nephrology;
    • Infectious Diseases;
    • Emergency Medicine;
    • Rheumatology;
    • Ethics.
  • Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine;
  • Health Service and Health Policy Research.

In order to support the scientific community and contribute to the faster distribution of important scientific research, Children has cooperated with various academic conferences and is now seeking cooperation with additional academic conferences. The journal is open to a diverse range of collaborations, such as media partnerships, awards, exhibitions, and publications.

We welcome consultations with any conferences related to Children. If you are interested in collaborating with Children, please contact us at [email protected].

17 November 2022
Children | Highly Viewed Papers in 2021

Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of pediatrics, focusing on the dissemination of clinical, epidemiological and translational science relevant to children’s health, published monthly online by MDPI.

As they are open access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We invite you to read the most highly viewed papers published in 2021, listed below:

  1. “Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination: What Do We Know So Far?”
    by Bibhuti B. Das, William B. Moskowitz, Mary B. Taylor and April Palmer
    Children 2021, 8(7), 607; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070607
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/607
  2. “School Performance among Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review”
    by Eleni Panagouli, Androniki Stavridou, Christina Savvidi, Anastasia Kourti, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Theodoros N. Sergentanis and Artemis Tsitsika
    Children 2021, 8(12), 1134; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8121134
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/12/1134
  3. “Obesity in Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic”
    by Androniki Stavridou, Evangelia Kapsali, Eleni Panagouli, Athanasios Thirios, Konstantinos Polychronis, Flora Bacopoulou, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Maria Tsolia, Theodoros N. Sergentanis and Artemis Tsitsika
    Children 2021, 8(2), 135; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020135
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/135
  4. “Neonatal Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-N) Associated with Prenatal Maternal SARS-CoV-2: A Case Series”
    by Ravindra Pawar, Vijay Gavade, Nivedita Patil, Vijay Mali, Amol Girwalkar, Vyankatesh Tarkasband, Sanjog Loya, Amit Chavan, Narendra Nanivadekar, Rahul Shinde et al.
    Children 2021, 8(7), 572; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070572
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/572
  5. “The Impact of COVID-19 School Closure on Child and Adolescent Health: A Rapid Systematic Review”
    by Sonia Chaabane, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Karima Chaabna, Ravinder Mamtani and Sohaila Cheema
    Children 2021, 8(5), 415; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050415
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/415
  6. “Meconium Aspiration Syndrome: A Narrative Review”
    by Chiara Monfredini, Francesco Cavallin, Paolo Ernesto Villani, Giuseppe Paterlini, Benedetta Allais and Daniele Trevisanuto
    Children 2021, 8(3), 230; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030230
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/230
  7. “Molecular Mechanisms of Maternal Diabetes Effects on Fetal and Neonatal Surfactant”
    by Hilal Yildiz Atar, John E. Baatz and Rita M. Ryan
    Children 2021, 8(4), 281; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040281
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/281
  8. “Factors Affecting the Quality of Sleep in Children”
    by Ahmad Fadzil
    Children 2021, 8(2), 122; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020122
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/122
  9. “Social and Family Factors as Determinants of Sleep Habits in Japanese Elementary School Children: A Cross-Sectional Study from the Super Shokuiku School Project”
    by Satomi Sawa, Michikazu Sekine and Masaaki Yamada
    Children 2021, 8(2), 110; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020110
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/110
  10. “Evidence for the Management of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Very Preterm Infants”
    by Tobias Muehlbacher, Dirk Bassler and Manuel B. Bryant
    Children 2021, 8(4), 298; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040298
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/298

If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Children Editorial Office ([email protected]).

17 November 2022
Children | Highly Cited Papers in 2021

Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of pediatrics, focusing on the dissemination of clinical, epidemiological and translational science relevant to children’s health, published monthly online by MDPI.

As they are open access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We invite you to read the most highly cited papers published in 2021, listed below:

  1. “Obesity in Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic”
    by Androniki Stavridou, Evangelia Kapsali, Eleni Panagouli, Athanasios Thirios, Konstantinos Polychronis, Flora Bacopoulou, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Maria Tsolia, Theodoros N. Sergentanis and Artemis Tsitsika
    Children 2022, 8(2), 135; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020135
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/135
  2. “The Impact of COVID-19 School Closure on Child and Adolescent Health: A Rapid Systematic Review”
    by Sonia Chaabane, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Karima Chaabna, Ravinder Mamtani and Sohaila Cheema
    Children 2021, 8(5), 415; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8050415
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/5/415
  3. “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Interrelation of Physical Activity, Screen Time and Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents in Germany: Results of the Motorik-Modul Study”
    by Kathrin Wunsch, Carina Nigg, Claudia Niessner, Steffen C. E. Schmidt, Doris Oriwol, Anke Hanssen-Doose, Alexander Burchartz, Ana Eichsteller, Simon Kolb, Annette Worth et al.
    Children 2021, 8(2), 98; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020098
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/98
  4. ““You Can’t Go to the Park, You Can’t Go Here, You Can’t Go There”: Exploring Parental Experiences of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Their Children’s Movement Behaviours
    by Negin A. Riazi, Kelly Wunderlich, Madelaine Gierc, Mariana Brussoni, Sarah A. Moore, Mark S. Tremblay and Guy Faulkner
    Children 2021, 8(3), 219; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030219
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/219
  5. “Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination: What Do We Know So Far?”
    by Bibhuti B. Das, William B. Moskowitz, Mary B. Taylor and April Palmer
    Children 2021, 8(7), 607; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070607
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/607
  6. “Changes in Healthy Behaviors and Meeting 24-h Movement Guidelines in Spanish and Brazilian Preschoolers, Children and Adolescents during the COVID-19 Lockdown”
    by José Francisco López-Gil, Mark S. Tremblay and Javier Brazo-Sayavera
    Children 2021, 8(2), 83; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8020083
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/2/83
  7. “Neonatal Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-N) Associated with Prenatal Maternal SARS-CoV-2: A Case Series”
    by Ravindra Pawar, Vijay Gavade, Nivedita Patil, Vijay Mali, Amol Girwalkar, Vyankatesh Tarkasband, Sanjog Loya, Amit Chavan, Narendra Nanivadekar, Rahul Shinde, Ravindra Pawar et al.
    Children 2021, 8(7), 572; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8070572
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/7/572
  8. “Effects of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Portuguese Children’s Motor Competence”
    by André Pombo, Carlos Luz, Cristina de Sá, Luis Paulo Rodrigues and Rita Cordovil
    Children 2021, 8(3), 199; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8030199
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/3/199
  9. “Safety and Effects of the Rapid Maxillary Expander on Temporomandibular Joint in Subjects Affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Retrospective Study”
    by Andrea Abate, Davide Cavagnetto, Francesca Maria Emilia Rusconi, Paolo Cressoni and Luca Esposito
    Children 2021, 8(1), 33; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8010033
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/1/33
  10. “Validity of Appendicitis Inflammatory Response Score in Distinguishing Perforated from Non-Perforated Appendicitis in Children”
    by Zenon Pogorelić, Jakov Mihanović, Stipe Ninčević, Bruna Lukšić, Sara Elezović Baloević and Ozren Polašek
    Children 2021, 8(4), 309; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children8040309
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/8/4/309

If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Children Editorial Office ([email protected]).

8 November 2022
Children | Highly Cited Papers in 2020

Children is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of pediatrics, focusing on the dissemination of clinical, epidemiological and translational science relevant to children’s health, published monthly online by MDPI.

As open-access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We invite you to read the most highly cited papers published in 2020 below:

  1. Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Following SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Review of Clinical Presentation, Hypothetical Pathogenesis, and Proposed Management
    By Natasha A. Nakra, Dean A. Blumberg, Angel Herrera-Guerra and Satyan Lakshminrusimha.
    Children 2020, 7(7), 69; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7070069
    Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/7/69
  2. COVID-19 Impact on Behaviors across the 24-Hour Day in Children and Adolescents: Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Sleep
    By Lauren C. Bates, Gabriel Zieff, Kathleen Stanford, Justin B. Moore, Zachary Y. Kerr, Erik D. Hanson, Bethany Barone Gibbs, Christopher E. Kline and Lee Stoner
    Children 2020, 7(9), 138; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090138
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/138
  3. Prevalence and Associated Factors of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties during COVID-19 Pandemic in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    By Jacqueline Nonweiler, Fiona Rattray, Jennifer Baulcomb, Francesca Happé and Michael Absoud
    Children 2020, 7(9), 128; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090128
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/128
  4. Risk Perception of COVID-19 Infection and Adherence to Preventive Measures among Adolescents and Young Adults
    By Xin Yu Yang, Rui Ning Gong, Samuel Sassine, Maxime Morsa, Alexandra Sonia Tchogna, Olivier Drouin, Nicholas Chadi and Prévost Jantchou.
    Children 2020, 7(12), 311; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7120311
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/12/311
  5. COVID-19: Neurological Considerations in Neonates and Children
    By Carl E. Stafstrom and Lauren L. Jantzie.
    Children 2020, 7(9), 133; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090133
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/133
  6. Contextualizing Parental/Familial Influence on Physical Activity in Adolescents before and during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Prospective Analysis
    By Barbara Gilic, Ljerka Ostojic, Marin Corluka, Tomislav Volaric and Damir Sekulic.
    Children 2020, 7(9), 125; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090125
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/125
  7. Family Socioeconomic Status and Exposure to Childhood Trauma: Racial Differences
    By Shervin Assari
    Children 2020, 7(6), 57; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7060057
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/6/57
  8. High Levels of Stress Due to the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic among Parents of Children with and without Chronic Conditions across the USA
    By Miranda A.L. van Tilburg, Emily Edlynn, Marina Maddaloni, Klaas van Kempen, Maria Díaz-González de Ferris and Jody Thomas.
    Children 2020, 7(10), 193; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7100193
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/10/193
  9. Effects of a Need-Supportive Motor Skill Intervention on Children’s Motor Skill Competence and Physical Activity
    By Joonyoung Lee, Tao Zhang, Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu and Xiangli Gu.
    Children 2020, 7(3), 21; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7030021
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/3/21
  10. Prevalence and Selected Sociodemographic of Movement Behaviors in Schoolchildren from Low- and Middle-Income Families in Nanjing, China: A Cross-Sectional Questionnaire Survey
    By Si-Tong Chen and Jin Yan.
    Children 2020, 7(2), 13; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7020013
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/2/13
If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Children Editorial Office ([email protected]).

8 November 2022
Children | Highly Viewed Papers in 2020

Children is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of pediatrics, focusing on the dissemination of clinical, epidemiological and translational science relevant to children’s health, published monthly online by MDPI.

As open-access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We invite you to read the most highly viewed papers published in 2020 below:

  1. Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Following SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Review of Clinical Presentation, Hypothetical Pathogenesis, and Proposed Management
    By Natasha A. Nakra, Dean A. Blumberg, Angel Herrera-Guerra and Satyan Lakshminrusimha.
    Children 2020, 7(7), 69; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7070069
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/7/69
  2. COVID-19 Impact on Behaviors across the 24-Hour Day in Children and Adolescents: Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Sleep
    By Lauren C. Bates, Gabriel Zieff, Kathleen Stanford, Justin B. Moore, Zachary Y. Kerr, Erik D. Hanson, Bethany Barone Gibbs, Christopher E. Kline and Lee Stoner.
    Children 2020, 7(9), 138; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090138
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/138
  3. Prevalence and Associated Factors of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties during COVID-19 Pandemic in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    By Jacqueline Nonweiler, Fiona Rattray, Jennifer Baulcomb, Francesca Happé and Michael Absoud.
    Children 2020, 7(9), 128; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090128
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/128
  4. Socio-Economic and Environmental Determinants of Malnutrition in under Three Children: Evidence from PDHS-2018
    By Muhammad Shahid, Yang Cao, Muhammad Shahzad, Rafit Saheed, Umara Rauf, Madeeha Gohar Qureshi, Abdullah Hasnat, Asma Bibi and Farooq Ahmed
    Children 2022, 9(3), 361; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030361
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/361
  5. Family Socioeconomic Status and Exposure to Childhood Trauma: Racial Differences
    By Shervin Assari.
    Children 2020, 7(6), 57; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7060057
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/6/57
  6. COVID-19: Neurological Considerations in Neonates and Children
    By Carl E. Stafstrom and Lauren L. Jantzie.
    Children 2020, 7(9), 133; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090133
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/133
  7. Caudal Regression Syndrome
    By Ranjit I. Kylat and Mohammad Bader.
    Children 2020, 7(11), 211; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7110211
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/11/211
  8. Effects of Social Media and Smartphone Use on Body Esteem in Female Adolescents: Testing a Cognitive and Affective Model
    By Hwajin Yang, Joy Jiaqi Wang, Germaine Y. Q. Tng and Sujin Yang.
    Children 2020, 7(9), 148; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7090148
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/9/148
  9. Nutrition Education in the Australian New South Wales Primary School Curriculum: Knowledge and Attitudes of Students and Parents
    By Nienke de Vlieger, Jolien van Rossum, Nicholas Riley, Andrew Miller, Clare Collins and Tamara Bucher
    Children 2020, 7(4), 24; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7040024
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/4/24
  10. Risk Perception of COVID-19 Infection and Adherence to Preventive Measures among Adolescents and Young Adults
    By Xin Yu Yang, Rui Ning Gong, Samuel Sassine, Maxime Morsa, Alexandra Sonia Tchogna, Olivier Drouin, Nicholas Chadi and Prévost Jantchou.
    Children 2020, 7(12), 311; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7120311
    https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/7/12/311
If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Children Editorial Office ([email protected]).

4 November 2022
Meet Us at the 27th Congress of the Chinese Pediatric Society, 15–18 December 2022, Changsha, China

MDPI will be attending the 27th Congress of the Chinese Pediatric Society, held in Changsha, China, from 15–18 December 2022.

27th Congress of Chinese Pediatric Society

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth: #B67. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions that you may have. 

For more information about the conference, please see the following link: https://nccps2022.tiemeeting.com/CN.

28 September 2022
Peer Review Week 2022 – Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research

Peer Review Week began 19 September 2022 under the theme of “Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research”. Through various blog articles, podcast, and webinar, we discussed this crucial subject throughout the week, celebrating the essential role peer review plays in maintaining research quality.

To begin, we held a Webinar on the topic. Professor Peter W. Choate and Dr. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi joined Dr. Ioana Craciun, one of MDPI’s scientific officers, for an in-depth discussion.

We invite you to view the event recording:

During the week, the MDPI Blog in a series articles highlighted how good Peer Review safeguards research integrity. The following topics were covered:

In a new edition of Insight Faster, an MDPI podcast, we were delighted to talk to the co-chairs of the Peer Review Week committee, Jayashree Rajagopalan (Senior Manager of Global Community Engagement for CACTUS) and Danielle Padula (Head of Marketing and Community Development at Scholastica) to get their take on this year’s event and its related topics.

You can find the Podcast here.

We hope you enjoy the contents!

13 September 2022
Free Media Partnership between Children and the 41st Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID 2023), 8–12 May 2023, Lisbon, Portugal


We are pleased to announce that the 41st Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID 2023) has set up a free media partnership with Children (ISSN: 2227-9067).

Conference: 41st Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID)
Date: 8–12 May 2023
Place: Lisbon, Portugal

This conference will bring together world-renowned researchers and clinicians for a very exciting multifaceted program covering areas that include clinical issues, epidemiology, public health, microbiology, immunology, host–pathogen interactions, genomics, and their interfaces, highlighting more recent progress as well as where advances have been more challenging.

The ESPID is the world’s premier paediatric infectious diseases meeting for professionals who want to stay up to date, apply state-of-the-art science to clinical care, present their research, and reinforce existing as well as develop new collaborations.

There will be ample opportunities for networking professionally and socially.

For more details, please visit the following link: https://espidmeeting.org/welcome-to-espid/.

Children Editorial Office

13 September 2022
Meet Us at the 34th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2022), 18–21 September 2022, Athens, Greece


MDPI will be attending the 34th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2022), held in Athens, Greece, from 18 to 21 September 2022. The main theme of the 2022 conference is “Strengthening the global role of environmental epidemiology”, stressing the need to study and understand local conditions in order to synthesize knowledge and make a difference for our planet. In the 2022 conference we will continue advancing our society’s aims in promoting epidemiological studies that link environmental exposures to human health.

During this conference, MDPI (at booth #22) will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest inspirations with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth: #22. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please see the following link: https://isee2022.org/.

25 August 2022
Children | Highly Cited Papers in the First Half of 2022

Children (ISSN: 2227-9067) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of pediatrics, focusing on the dissemination of clinical, epidemiological, and translational science relevant to children’s health, published monthly online by MDPI.

As our journal is of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in it. We invite you to read the most highly cited papers published in the first half of 2022 below:

1. “COVID-19 Infection in Children and Infants: Current Status on Therapies and Vaccines”
by Felice Lorusso et al.
Children 2022, 9(2), 249; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020249
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/249

2. “Fractures in Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Pathogenesis, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Prevention”
by Wouter Nijhuis et al.
Children 2022, 9(2), 268; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020268
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/268

3. “Association between Coagulation Profile and Clinical Outcome in Children with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or MIS-C: A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study”
by Andrea Lo Vecchio et al.
Children 2022, 9(2), 279; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020279
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/279

4. “Socio-Economic and Environmental Determinants of Malnutrition in under Three Children: Evidence from PDHS-2018”
by Yang Cao et al.
Children 2022, 9(3), 361; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030361
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/361

5. “Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents: Cognitive and Emotional Representations”
by Alexandra Maftei et al.
Children 2022, 9(3), 359; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9030359
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/3/359

6. “Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors—A Comprehensive Review of Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Multidisciplinary Management”
by Abdelhafeez H. Abdelhafeez et al.
Children 2022, 9(1), 38; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010038
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/38

7. “The Effect of Age, Biological Maturation and Birth Quartile in the Kinanthropometric and Physical Fitness Differences between Male and Female Adolescent Volleyball Players”
by Raquel Vaquero-Cristóbal et al.
Children 2022, 9(1), 58; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9010058
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/1/58

8. “Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures: Should We Avoid Surgery during After-Hours?”
by Sietse E. S. Terpstra et al.
Children 2022, 9(2), 189; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children9020189
Available online: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/2227-9067/9/2/189

If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Children Editorial Office ([email protected]).

12 August 2022
Recruiting Section Editors-in-Chief for Children


To develop different research areas and continue to attract high-quality papers, Children (ISSN 2227-9067) is recruiting Section Editors-in-Chief (more details can be found at https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections). At present, the following Sections have not yet found suitable scholars to lead them:

“Pediatric Neonatology”
(https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections/Pediatric_Neonatology)

“Pediatric Cardiology”
(https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections/Pediatric_Cardiology)

“Pediatric Nephrology”
(https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections/Pediatric_Nephrology)

“Pediatric Orthopedics”
(https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections/Pediatric_Orthopedics)

“Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”
(https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections/Child_Adolescent_Psychiatry)

“Pediatric Allergy and Immunology”
(https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections/Pediatric_Allergy_Immunology)

“Pediatric Infectious Diseases”
(https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children/sections/Pediatric_Infectious_Diseases)

We are now recruiting Section Editors-in-Chief (SEiC) for these Sections. If you are an active researcher in one of the aforementioned fields and are passionate about publishing cutting-edge research, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]/[email protected]. You can find more information on our homepage: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/children

The Section Editor-in-Chief has the following responsibilities:

  • Making decisions on whether a manuscript can be accepted based on the reports we collect;
  • Reviewing a small number of papers per year and managing the Section together with other journal editors;
  • Promoting Children and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences.

Children is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of pediatrics, focusing on the dissemination of clinical, epidemiological, and translational science relevant to children’s health, published monthly online by MDPI.

We believe that by combining our rigorous editorial policies with your expertise, we can build a high-quality journal. We thank you in advance for your interest and look forward to collaborating with you in the future.

Children Editorial Office

12 August 2022
Children | Special Issue Mentor Program


The Special Issue Mentor Program will enable early career researchers to experience editing a Special Issue in the journal Children (ISSN: 2227-9067), under the mentorship of our experienced Editorial Board Members. The mentor program will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to gain editorial experience and to cultivate their ability to edit scientific research.

Special Issue Mentor Program application process:

  • The journal will send an announcement to recruit early career researchers (ECRs);
  • The ECR will apply for the Guest Editor position and write a short plan for the Special Issue;
  • The Editorial Office will share the ECR’s plan with a suitable Editorial Board Member and discuss whether they are interested in mentoring them;
  • The mentor and ECR will reach an agreement and the ECR will edit the issue under the guidance of their mentor.

The mentees responsibilities include:

  • Providing CV, including a list of publications;
  • Proposing a Special Issue title and a short introduction;
  • Writing a brief promotion plan for the Special Issue;
  • Writing an editorial for the online Special Issue;
  • Reviewing and making decisions for submissions under the mentorship of our Editorial Board Member.

Mentor’s responsibilities:

  • Conducting a final check before the Special Issue is published online;
  • Co-editing the Special Issue with younger scholars and performing quality control of the publications in the SI;
  • Providing suggestions to younger scholars if they have doubts or concerns regarding submissions;
  • Organizing video calls with young scholars and the office regularly to discuss the problems and improvement suggestions for the Special Issue.

Certificates and awards:

When the Special Issue is closed, our office ([email protected]) will provide certificates for all the mentors. Younger scholars will be prioritized as candidates for our journal award.

Children Editorial Office

20 July 2022
Meet Us at the 15th China Nutrition Science Congress, 29–31 July 2022, Wuhan, China


Conference
: 15th China Nutrition Science Congress
Date: 29–31 July 2022
Place: Wuhan, China
Booth: #3

Nutrients (ISSN: 2072-6643) will be attending the 15th China Nutrition Science Congress 2022 as an exhibitor from 29 to 31 July in Wuhan, China.

The 15th China Nutrition Science Congress is a key academic activity of The Chinese Nutrition Society, which is a scientific grand meeting in the nutrition field, and an important platform to display the latest research results on nutrition in China, sharing the latest research progress in the field of nutrition.

The theme of the conference is “Food Nutrition and Health”. The conference will host many well-known experts and outstanding scholars in the field of nutrition and health to discuss basic theoretical research and the application of food nutrition and health, the latest breakthroughs in the field of nutrition, exchange new academic ideas and new methods, and forecast the future development trends of nutrition.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Nutrients;
  • Children;
  • CIMB;
  • Fermentation;
  • Foods;
  • Healthcare;
  • Nutraceuticals;
  • Obesities;
  • Women.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you plan on attending this conference. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you might have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://cnsc2021.sciconf.cn/cn/web/index/11176.

28 June 2022
2021 Impact Factors - Released

The 2021 citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and we’re pleased to announce the following results for MDPI journals:

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Antioxidants 7.675 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemistry, Medicinal
Cells 7.666 Q2 Cell Biology
Nutrients 6.706 Q1 Nutrition & Dietetics
Cancers 6.575 Q1 Oncology
Pharmaceutics 6.525 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 6.208 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Marine Drugs 6.085 Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biomolecules 6.064 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Batteries * 5.938 Q2 Electrochemistry
Energy & Fuels
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Viruses 5.818 Q2 Virology
Biosensors 5.743 Q1 Chemistry, Analytical
Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Fungi 5.724 Q1 Mycology
Q2 Microbiology
Nanomaterials 5.719 Q1 Physics, Applied
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Metabolites 5.581 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 5.561 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Drones * 5.532 Q2 Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing 5.349 Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
Q2 Remote Sensing
Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 5.318 Q2 Business
Antibiotics 5.222 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Infectious Diseases
Pharmaceuticals 5.215 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Chemistry, Medicinal
Biology 5.168 Q1 Biology
Fermentation 5.123 Q2 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Toxins 5.075 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Food Science & Technology
Bioengineering * 5.046 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Polymers 4.967 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.964 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Vaccines 4.961 Q2 Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.927 Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Microorganisms 4.926 Q2 Microbiology
Journal of Functional Biomaterials * 4.901 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Materials Science, Biomaterials
Biomedicines 4.757 Q2 Medicine, Research & Experimental
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Plants 4.658 Q1 Plant Sciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 4.614 Q1 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Membranes 4.562 Q1 Polymer Science
Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Pathogens 4.531 Q2 Microbiology
Catalysts 4.501 Q2 Chemistry, Physical
Toxics 4.472 Q2 Toxicology
Environmental Sciences
Gels 4.432 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 4.415 Q2 Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Chemosensors 4.229 Q1 Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Electrochemistry
Genes 4.141 Q2 Genetics & Heredity
Diagnostics 3.992 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Agronomy 3.949 Q1 Agronomy
Plant Sciences
Land 3.905 Q2 Environmental Studies
Sustainability 3.889 Q2 Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
Q4 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Sensors 3.847 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Materials 3.748 Q1 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Biomimetics * 3.743 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Q3 Materials Science, Biomaterials
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease * 3.711 Q1 Tropical Medicine
Q2 Parasitology
Q3 Infectious Diseases
Lubricants * 3.584 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Fractal and Fractional 3.577 Q1 Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Water 3.530 Q2 Water Resources
Q3 Environmental Sciences
Micromachines 3.523 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Physics, Applied
Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 3.508 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Health Care Sciences & Services
Agriculture 3.408 Q1 Agronomy
Processes 3.352 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Separations 3.344 Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Magnetochemistry 3.336 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Q3 Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Brain Sciences 3.333 Q3 Neurosciences
Buildings 3.324 Q2 Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Forests 3.282 Q1 Forestry
Energies 3.252 Q3 Energy & Fuels
Life 3.251 Q2 Biology
Coatings 3.236 Q2 Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Physics, Applied
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Animals 3.231 Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Veterinary Sciences
Journal of Intelligence * 3.176 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Fishes 3.170 Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Q2 Fisheries
Healthcare 3.160 Q2 Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Inorganics * 3.149 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Insects 3.139 Q1 Entomology
Atmosphere 3.110 Q3 Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Current Oncology