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13 September 2021
Announcing the Recipients of the 2021 World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

The MDPI Sustainability Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award. The recipients were selected from the nominations received over the course of the year, and were voted by the Selection Committee made up of the two permanent members: Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, founder and President of MDPI and founder and chairman of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Ed Constable, former Vice President for Research of the University of Basel; as well as two non-permanent members: Prof. Dr. Manfred Max Bergman, Section Editor-in-Chief of the Sustainability journal, and Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, President of Global Footprint Network.

Nominees for the World Sustainability Award may be individual researchers or groups of researchers, whereas the nominees for the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are individual researchers aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline. The awardees must have made, and continue to make, a unique and outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are granted according to merit and impact, without any discrimination based on gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

About the World Sustainability Awards

The World Sustainability Award was established in 2017 by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability and is conferred to individual researchers or research teams who have made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular.

The past recipients of the World Sustainability Award are Prof. Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs and Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs (2017), Dr. Mathis Wackernagel and Dr. Zhifu Mi (2018), and Prof. Dr. Michael E. Mann and Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha (2020).

The past recipients of the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are Dr. Esther Ngumbi and Dr. Xiaosong Hu (2017), Dr. Bradley Hiller and Dr. Xiadong Zhang (2018), and Dr. Jing Meng and Dr. Natalia Mykhaylova (2020).

Recipients of the 2021 World Sustainability Award

We are happy to announce that the recipients of the 2021 World Sustainability Award are Prof. Dr. John Elkington and Prof. Dr. Jianguo Liu. The award is recognized with a sum of USD 100’000 to be divided equally between the two awardees. The World Sustainability Award prize money is entirely funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation.

About Prof. Dr. John Elkington

Current affiliation: Volans, UK

Professor Elkington is a world-renowned author, advisor, and entrepreneur who has advocated and promoted sustainability for more than four decades. He is Visiting Professor at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management, Imperial College, and University College London (UCL). Over the years, he has promoted sustainable development as an advisor to many governments, business, and civic institutions around the world. In 2008 he became the Co-founder and Chairman of Volans, a think tank and “future-focused business working at the intersection of sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation”. One of his most significant contributions to the field of sustainability was the introduction of the triple bottom line in his 1997 book entitled Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business. The concept of the triple bottom line, which promotes the idea that business should balance economic pursuits with social and environmental outcomes, has by now become a gold standard within the field of sustainability. Notably, it has been used as the benchmark for the development of global initiatives such as The UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About Prof. Dr. Jianguo Liu

Current affiliation: Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University, USA

Jianguo “Jack” Liu is a world leader in systems integration and sustainability (e.g., integrating ecology with social sciences, policy, and technologies for understanding and promoting global sustainability). He holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, and is University Distinguished Professor and founding director of Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University (USA). He has translated many research findings to effective policy and management for global sustainability, especially in China. Furthermore, he has amplified the impacts through helping numerous others. Liu’s pioneering research has opened up new frontiers in sustainability and greatly advanced the fundamental understanding of global challenges. He coined the integrated concept of telecoupling (socioeconomic-environmental interactions over distances), and has been leading the development and applications of the award-winning telecoupling framework. This framework helps disentangle the complexity of globalization and systematically expand sustainability science from focus on specific places separately to human-nature interactions across distant places. It provides a powerful tool to uncover hidden impacts of human activities within specific places on sustainability elsewhere. Many of his research findings have been translated into effective policies and management interventions, which have helped the recovery of a global wildlife icon (giant pandas), improved management of protected areas, and revolution of China’s environmental protection.

Recipients of the 2021 Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

We are happy to announce that the recipients of the 2021 Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are Dr. Lela Mélon and Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak. The award is recognized with a sum of USD 20’000 to be divided equally between the two awardees. The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award prize money is entirely funded by the MDPI journal Sustainability.

About Dr. Lela Mélon

Current affiliation:

1) ESCI-UPF: Academic director of the Postgraduate Course in Sustanability Transition Management and Climate Emergency; Professor of Sustainability in Business Law

2) UPF: Executive Director of the Planetary Wellbeing Institutional Framework.

From the beginning of her academic career, Dr. Mélon has been focusing on path-breaking insights into corporate sustainability, arguing against a noncritical application of the shareholder primacy in the light of environmental and social sustainability challenges the corporate sector poses. With the SCOM project, Dr. Mélon achieved a remarkable impact with her work in academia and beyond, connecting the private and the public sector, opening science to broader society and created far-reaching strategic connection, which have been further fostered all up to today. She devoted her time and efforts to place sustainability as a guiding principle in the field of higher education and brought together the private and public sector through her work, assuring that the scientific findings are aligned with the needs of the society as a whole.

About Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak

Current affiliation: Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb

Anet Režek Jambrak is a Professor from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is also a scientific advisor in food engineering (biotechnical sciences). From 2019, she founded the Laboratory for Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology. She is member of Global Young Academy (GYA), European Union of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) and International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST). Her field of research is food chemistry, food physics, nonthermal processing, advanced thermal processing, sustainability, food processing, Industry 4.0, digitalization, etc.

3 August 2021
Announcement on Japanese Consumption Tax (JCT)

This serves to announce to our valued authors based in Japan that value-added tax, or consumption tax will now be imposed on article processing fees and other service fees for all papers submitted, or resubmitted (assigned new paper IDs), effective from 15 August 2021. The change is in accordance with the Japanese "Act for Partial Revision of the Income Tax Act and Other Acts" (Act No. 9 of 2015), which includes a revision of consumption taxation on cross-border supplies of services such as digital content distribution.

For additional information from the National Tax Agency please see here ("Cross-border supplies of electronic services").

Contact: Setsuko Nishihara, MDPI Tokyo

5 July 2021
Sustainability Has Received Updated Impact Factor of 3.251 and Increased CiteScore of 3.9


We are pleased to inform you that Sustainability received an updated Journal Impact Factor of 3.251 in the June 2021 release of the Journal Citation Reports®. The journal's 5-Year Impact Factor is 3.473. Sustainability now ranks 124/274 (Q2) in the “Environmental Sciences (SCIE)” category, 60/125 (Q2) in the “Environmental Studies (SSCI)” category, 6/9 (Q3) in the “Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)” category and 30/44 (Q3) in the “Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)” category. It has also received an increased CiteScore (2020 Scopus data) of 3.9. In addition, Sustainability now ranks 110/704 (Q1) in the “Geography, Planning and Development” category and 18/104 (Q1) in the “Environmental Science (miscellaneous)” category.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the authors, reviewers, and editors who have contributed to the journal and enabled this excellent achievement!

5 July 2021
Meet Us at the 2nd International Conference for Global Chinese Academia on Energy and Built Environment, Chengdu, China, 16–19 July 2021


MDPI will be attending the 2nd International Conference for Global Chinese Academia on Energy and Built Environment (CEBE 2021) in Chengdu, China, on 16–19 July 2021. The conference aims at establishing a worldwide platform for promoting global cooperation and innovative communications for ethnic Chinese around the globe, sharing cutting-edge achievements in the utilization of clean energy, the enhancement of energy efficiency via the built environment, and the improvement in environmental quality.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please 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: http://www.cebe2021.com.

30 June 2021
2020 Impact Factors - Released

The 2020 citation metrics have been officially released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR)!

We are pleased to announce that 85 MDPI journals are included, of which:

  • 10 journals received their first impact factor
  • 96% of journals increased their impact factor from 2019
  • 32 journals (38%) ranked among the top 25% of journals, in at least one category
Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Cancers 6.639 Q1 • Oncology
Cells 6.600 Q2 • Cell Biology
Pharmaceutics 6.321 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Antioxidants 6.312 Q1 • Food Science & Technology 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Biomedicines 6.081 Q1 • Medicine, Research & Experimental
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy 
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 5.923 Q1 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Pharmaceuticals 5.863 Q1 • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Journal of Fungi 5.816 Q1 • Mycology
• Microbiology
Nutrients 5.717 Q1 • Nutrition & Dietetics
Biosensors 5.519 Q1 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Marine Drugs 5.118 Q1 • Chemistry, Medicinal
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biology 5.079 Q1 • Biology
Nanomaterials 5.076 Q1 • Physics, Applied
Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Viruses 5.048 Q2 • Virology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 4.945 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
• Health Care Sciences & Services
Metabolites 4.932 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biomolecules 4.879 Q2 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Remote Sensing 4.848 Q1 • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Q2 • Remote Sensing
• Imaging Science & Photographic Technology 
• Environmental Sciences
Gels * 4.702 Q1 • Polymer Science
Antibiotics 4.639 Q2 • Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Toxins 4.546 Q1 • Toxicology
• Food Science & Technology
Vaccines 4.422 Q2 • Immunology
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.411 Q2 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 4.350 Q2 • Food Science & Technology
Polymers 4.329 Q1 • Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.241 Q1 • Medicine, General & Internal
Toxics 4.146 Q2 • Toxicology
• Environmental Sciences
Catalysts 4.146 Q2 • Chemistry, Physical
Microorganisms 4.128 Q2 • Microbiology
Membranes 4.106 Q1 • Polymer Science
Q2 • Engineering, Chemical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 
• Chemistry, Physical
Genes 4.096 Q2 • Genetics & Heredity
Fermentation * 3.975 Q2 • Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease * 3.948 Q2 • Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Plants 3.935 Q1 • Plant Sciences
Life 3.817 Q2 • Biology
Diagnostics 3.706 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Current Oncology 3.677 Q3 • Oncology
Materials 3.623 Q1 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Physics, Applied 
• Physics, Condensed Matter
Sensors 3.576 Q1 • Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Pathogens 3.492 Q2 • Microbiology
Agronomy 3.417 Q1 • Agronomy
• Plant Sciences
Chemosensors 3.398 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 • Electrochemistry
Land 3.395 Q2 • Environmental Studies
Brain Sciences 3.394 Q3 • Neurosciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 3.390 Q1 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Tomography 3.358 Q2 • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Fractal and Fractional * 3.313 Q1 • Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Sustainability 3.251 Q2 • Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
• Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 • Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Water 3.103 Q2 • Water Resources
• Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 3.049 Q3 • Business
Energies 3.004 Q3 • Energy & Fuels
Agriculture 2.925 Q1 • Agronomy
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2.899 Q2 • Geography, Physical
• Computer Science, Information Systems
Q3 • Remote Sensing
Micromachines 2.891 Q2 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Coatings 2.881 Q2 • Materials Science, Coatings & Films
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Children 2.863 Q2 • Pediatrics
Processes 2.847 Q3 • Engineering, Chemical
Separations 2.777 Q3 • Chemistry, Analytical
Insects 2.769 Q1 • Entomology
Animals 2.752 Q1 • Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
• Veterinary Sciences
Symmetry 2.713 Q2 • Multidisciplinary Sciences
Atmosphere 2.686 Q3 • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
• Environmental Sciences
Applied Sciences 2.679 Q2 • Engineering, Multidisciplinary
• Physics, Applied
Q3 • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Photonics 2.676 Q2 • Optics
Buildings * 2.648 Q2 • Construction & Building Technology
• Engineering, Civil
Healthcare 2.645 Q2 • Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Q3 • Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Minerals 2.644 Q2 • Mining & Mineral Processing
• Mineralogy
• Geochemistry & Geophysics
Forests 2.633 Q1 • Forestry
Crystals 2.589 Q2 • Crystallography
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Entropy 2.524 Q2 • Physics, Multidisciplinary
Diversity 2.465 Q2 • Biodiversity Conservation
Q3 • Ecology
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.458 Q2 • Oceanography
• Engineering, Marine 
• Engineering, Ocean
Medicina 2.430 Q2 • Medicine, General & Internal
Machines * 2.428 Q2 • Engineering, Mechanical
Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Electronics 2.397 Q3 • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
• Computer Science, Information Systems 
• Physics, Applied
Fishes * 2.385 Q2 • Fisheries
• Marine & Freshwater Biology
Metals 2.351 Q2 • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Horticulturae * 2.331 Q1 • Horticulture
Veterinary Sciences * 2.304 Q1 • Veterinary Sciences
Universe 2.278 Q3 • Physics, Particles & Fields
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mathematics 2.258 Q1 • Mathematics
Magnetochemistry 2.193 Q3 • Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
• Chemistry, Physical 
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 2.081 Q4 • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Actuators 1.994 Q3 • Instruments & Instrumentation
• Engineering, Mechanical
Aerospace * 1.659 Q2 • Engineering, Aerospace

* Journals given their first Impact Factor in 2021

29 June 2021
A Spotlight on Environmental Psychology and Sustainability with Dr. Susan Clayton

We are very pleased to announce that Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) has a new CiteScore of 3.9, earning its place as a Q1 journal in both Scopus and SCImago. Alongside this journal milestone, Dr. Fanli Jia, Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Exploring Global Environmentalism: Environmental Identity, Belief, and Pro-environmental Behaviors", has requested a virtual interview with author and Editorial Board Member, Dr. Susan Clayton, to raise the global awareness of environmental psychology and sustainability.

Susan Clayton, a pioneer in her domain, is among one of the first researchers to examine how people think about and make personal connections to the natural environment. Notably, she has developed the Environmental Identity Scale to assess the role that the natural environment plays in people’s sense of selves, as well as the Climate Change Anxiety Scale to assess people’s social and emotional responses to natural environment changes. By integrating developmental, educational, social, and cultural aspects into her work, Dr. Clayton has not only led ground-breaking research but has also helped shape the field of environmental/conservational psychology.

Now, for Sustainability’s first interview editorial, two experts in the field of environmental psychology, Dr. Fanli Jia and Dr. Susan Clayton, have come together to discuss the trajectory of environmentalism in the frontiers of psychological sustainability.

The Interview

Dr. Fanli Jia (FJ): Please tell us a bit about your work on the environment on identity, which has inspired many researchers for the past 18 years, including me. What encouraged you to explore this topic?

Dr. Susan Clayton (SC): Yeah, it was really reading what people had to say about their own relationship to the natural world and listening to people, including some of my students, that made me realize that the environment did have this psychological significance for them. So, I would say specific quotes that I read in essays or specific things my students said in class. Before that, I’d been mostly thinking of my environmental interests as separate from my psychological interest. But I realized, no, this is very deep, this is very meaningful. So, then I started to read in the identity literature, which I wasn’t that familiar with, and try and think about how that applied to environmental identity.

FJ: I was fascinated by Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory of identity development. Before my graduate training, I came across your work at a conference in Toronto where you talked about environmental identity a long time ago. I thought that was very interesting. Then I went to a graduate school where I examined moral identity and narrative identity from developmental and cultural aspects. Then finally, I integrated moral and narrative into environmental identity. So that’s kind of like, at the time, I really focused on your work. So, it took me a while.

SC: Yeah, it can take a while. You hear these things and they stick in your brain and then maybe it takes a few years for them to develop into your research ideas.

FJ: You published an updated environmental identity scale [1] in our Special Issue and tested the scale in different samples and cultures. Three samples from the United States, one sample from Russia, one from Taiwan, and one from [the] Swiss. Why are culture and diversity important in the field?

SC: Yeah, of course, culture and diversity are important across the field of psychology. As we want to be able to describe humans, we have to recognize what is stable and what isn’t stable across cultures. We have to be more inclusive in our research focus. I think culture is particularly relevant here because identity and the person’s relationship with nature, and even the way they construct the idea of nature, are very much affected by the culture they grew up in. I did a study a while back, maybe 10 years or so, in Turkey [2], looking at the relationship between national identity and environmental identity there and comparing that to the US, and it was quite different in Turkey. They at least perceived much more support for valuing the environment.

Whereas I think in the US, that was less true. So, in the US, national identity and environmental identity were completely uncorrelated. Therefore, I think it just shows an example of how the values and belief systems you grew up with affect the way you value nature and see yourself as related to it. I think we’re increasingly aware that a lot of indigenous societies construct the relationship between humans and the natural world in a very different way than, you know, mainstream Western societies do. So, there’s a lot of diversity there.

FJ: Yeah, research on environmental psychology within indigenous cultures has been scarce. There is a study about Native American children’s understanding of the natural environment [3]. At the beginning, researchers used a traditional method such as plastic toy animals in hypothetical situations to measure human−animal interaction. A Native American research member rejected the method because Native American children would view the plastic animals alone as unnatural and ecologically inappropriate on perceiving nature.

I have also conducted several studies in China, Canada, and the USA. I found environmental norms were different in these countries, especially in China [4,5,6], where household waste managing programs were just formally introduced and became mandatory in 2019. You have some articles conducted in China as well. In one recent paper in Environmental Education Research [7], you examined environmental literacy in Chengdu, China. Could you tell us about how you established the collaboration in China?

SC: It was really just luck and coincidence. My university had a kind of travel study program for faculty. The president was very interested in having a group of faculty members go to China one year. I reached out on the internet and I said, “I’m going to China. Does anybody have any connections with people I could meet there?” Terry Maple, who is a very well-known, comparative psychologist who used to run the Atlanta zoo, gave me the name [of a woman, Sarah Bexell], who worked in Chengdu at the Panda base. I was able to visit the base and meet some of her colleagues and coworkers.

Over the years, she invited me back several times to work with them on some projects about how people were relating to the Pandas [8]. Then, just that study about environmental literacy in environmental education at different levels in China [7]. I’ve actually been to China at least five times. I briefly tried to learn Mandarin and gave up. It was just too hard. It’s just very fascinating because there are huge cultural differences there. Thinking about how people think about their relationship with the natural world and also the extent to which it is threatened and the individual role in addressing those issues too, I think are all very different there.

FJ: For the past 30 years, you have devoted your research to the environment and climate change, what do you consider your three most important observation?

SC: Yeah, I should say I haven’t been working on environmental issues this whole time. It took me about 10 years to kind of get to that place. Now, I don’t know how broad you want me to be, but one very broad conclusion I would say is that, you know, psychology has a role to play in addressing environmental issues such as climate change obviously but also loss of biodiversity. So, that would be the message that I would proclaim the loudest from the rooftops is that psychologists need to be aware of this and other people need to be aware of this. The second would be that personal identity does affect the way we respond to environmental issues. If we really need to understand how people are going to be affected by environmental changes and what they’re going to do about them, we need to think about that personal identity and sense of self. I guess the third would just be the message that climate change is going to have a psychological impact on mental health and wellbeing and also on social relations. So, we really need to be examining those impacts.

FJ: I plan to propose a course for environmental psychology. I have your textbook, Conservation Psychology [9]. I think the three components you have mentioned are in the textbook. Students should be interested in reading this book about how humans and the environment are connected. To follow up the question, what do you think is the future direction of this work in the field of environmental psychology?

SC: I think people are going to be, and should be, more interdisciplinary—talking to economists, talking to ecologists, talking to public health officials, and also just incorporating more of the subdisciplines within psychology. I think most of us who are working on sort of environmental psychology were trained in maybe social or personality psychology. However, increasingly, there’s awareness of developmental and clinical. I think we need to get organizational behavior kinds of people involved. There’s some really interesting work by cognitive psychologists, so we need more of that. Some beginning evidence of sort of the neuroscience of environmental impacts, so definitely crossing more of those borders.

I think people need to pay more attention to the impact of their research. I totally support basic research. I don’t think all research has to be applied. But we could do more, especially if we are trying to do applied research, to think about, have I picked the best topic? Have I picked the best behavior? Is this research likely to have any impact whatsoever? I think those of us who are working in the environmental field are very aware that we’re facing some serious challenges. It would be nice if our research could help those at least in some minor way or indirect way.

The third thing I’ll end on is a sort of optimistic point. I think that there’s much greater—and I’m sure you’re aware of this—much greater awareness of the role that psychologists have to play. So I think there will be more opportunities to get involved in informing policy, applied applications, and in forming interdisciplinary teams. I think that will definitely affect the way we do our research.

FJ: Yes. That leads to the Special Issues my colleagues (Dr. Kyle Matsuba, an environmental psychologist, and Dr. Kendall Soucie, a developmental/health psychologist) and I, as a developmental/cultural psychologist, are organizing right now. I really liked that Special Issue ideas that can gather all different subareas of psychology from an interdisciplinary perspective. We also had researchers from business, environmental policy, economics, and industries contribute their works in our Special Issue.

Could you give some advice for our journal Sustainability and especially the further direction of our Special Issue? (https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Global_Environmentalism (accessed on 3 May 2021)).

SC: Yeah, that’s a tough one because I thought about for me and the way I engage with this journal, and obviously I do read papers from it. I submit papers, I review papers. However, there’s so much published by this journal that it’s kind of overwhelming. I wouldn’t do anything like just skim through the table of contents. It just would take me too long, which is what I sometimes do for other journals. Like, what’s new in Journal of Environmental Psychology. Something that would help readers kind of filter the publications in Sustainability to say. These are the articles that are going to be useful to me or meaningful to me. Maybe even algorithms that would say, if you read this, you might also be interested in that. So that kind of thing, in terms of attracting more readers, targeted mailings, like this group might want to know about this Special Issue, for example. I like the Special Issue idea but there certainly seems to be a lot of them.

FJ: How do you see open access publications or journals in your field, compared to traditionally subscribed journals?

SC: Open access is good. It’s important. It makes the article readership available to people who might not otherwise have access, but, it’s not free. The authors are paying instead of the readers. I don’t have any funds from my institution to cover those kinds of costs. So, increasingly maybe they can be incorporated into grants. Universities might have to get into the habit of making funds like this available, but I worry that moving to more open access will disadvantage people at the less financially solid institutions or under-resourced countries too. One possibility is to have the option that you can publish it in a regular model, or you can pay extra and publish it open access. But that still suggests that more people will read the ones that are open access, so it’s still a kind of a disadvantage to the other people. I don’t have a good answer, honestly.

References

  1. Clayton, S.; Czellar, S.; Nartova-Bochaver, S.; Skibins, J.C.; Salazar, G.; Tseng, Y.-C.; Irkhin, B.; Monge-Rodriguez, F.S. Cross-cultural validation of a revised environmental identity scale. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2387.
  2. Clayton, S.; Kilinç, A. Proenvironmental concern and behavior in Turkey: The role of national and environmental Identity. PsyEcology 2013, 4, 311–330.
  3. Washinawatok, K.; Rasmussen, C.; Bang, M.; Medin, D.; Woodring, J.; Waxman, S.; Marin, A.; Gurneau, J.; Faber, L. Children’s play with a forest diorama as a window into ecological cognition. Cogn. Dev. 2017, 18, 617–632.
  4. Jia, F.; Yu, H. Action, communication, and engagement: How parents “ACE” children’s pro-environmental behaviors. Environ. Psychol. 2021, 74, 101575.
  5. Jia, F.; Yu, H. Brief data report on parent-child pro-environmental engagement across five cities in China. Data Brief 2021, 36, 106970.
  6. Jia, F.; Soucie, K.; Alisat, S.; Pratt, M. Sowing seeds for future generations: Development of generative concern and its relation to environmental narrative identity. J. Behav. Dev. 2016, 40, 466–470.
  7. Clayton, S.; Bexell, S.M.; Xu, P.; Tang, Y.F.; Li, W.J.; Chen, L. Environmental literacy and nature experience in Chengdu, China. Educ. Res. 2019, 25, 1105–1118.
  8. Clayton, S.; Bexell, S.; Ping, X.; Zhihe, Z.; Jing, L.W.; Wei, C.H.; Yan, H. Confronting the wildlife trade through public education at zoological institutions in Chengdu, PR China. Zoo Biol. 2018, 37, 119–129.
  9. Clayton, S.; Myers, G. Conservation Psychology: Understanding and Promoting Human Care for Nature, 2nd ed.; John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, USA, 2015.

17 June 2021
Sustainability | International Conference “Shaping Light for Health and Wellbeing in Cities”—Special Issue Is Online Now!

This year, Sustainability has partnered with the International Conference “Shaping Light for Health and Wellbeing in Cities”. Scheduled for 16–17 December 2021, the conference aims to investigate the multifaceted consequences that light has on health and wellbeing in cities.

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The Plight of Light

A major consequence of urbanization is an exponential increase in human exposure to electric light at night. Public outdoor illumination and the artificial sky glow created by highly urbanized areas are the main sources of exposure. This is complemented by increasing exposure to light at the individual level through domestic lighting and light-emitting screens, or too little exposure during the day due to shift work or unregulated lifestyles. 

The consequences of inappropriate and disruptive light exposure, generated by the urban environment, profoundly affect people’s health and wellbeing, altering their circadian rhythm. These effects cannot be overlooked, especially when they affect vulnerable populations like older adults. Light also shapes urban spaces and social life, thus influencing people’s behavior, moods, and sense of security, as well as social relationships, easing or hampering socialization and participation in civic life.

Although public awareness of light-related health and wellbeing issues is increasing, there is less understanding of how health and wellbeing impacts derived from urban lighting are mediated by the social inequalities present in cities, which, in turn, may determine the kind and amount of light that citizens are exposed to.  

Conference Special Issue Is Now Online!

We have teamed up with conference organizers, ENLIGHTENme consortium, to host a Conference Special Issue: "Conference Exclusive Selection: Shaping Light for Health and Wellbeing in Cities". The Special Issue will include a selection of high-quality papers presented at the conference, which will support the collection of evidence on indoor and outdoor lighting impacts on health and wellbeing. The articles will examine various domains, including medicine, social sciences, urban and lighting design, urban planning, and ethics, as well as the tools and policy guidance to support the decision-making processes, ensuring the integration of health and wellbeing in urban lighting plans and policies.

16 June 2021
Meet us at the 16th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology, Beijing, China, 25–28 June 2021


MDPI will be attending the 16th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT16) in Beijing, China, on 25–28 June 2021. The theme for this year’s ICWMT16 is “Building Zero-waste Cities Progressively”.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please 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: http://bcrctraining.edusoho.cn/.

10 June 2021
Conservation | Meet our Editorial Board – Professor Iain Gordon

This week, we are pleased to introduce to you Professor Iain Gordon!

Iain Gordon works as an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, where his interests lie at the human/environment interface, particularly in the context of biodiversity management, ecosystem services provided by agricultural landscapes and engaging human communities in the management of natural resources.

Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Professor Gordon holds both British and Australian nationality, graduating with a zoology honours degree from the University of Aberdeen. In 1986, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge and has since led interdisciplinary research across 5 continents.

Over the past 30 years, Iain Gordon has published over 200 papers in international, peer review journals and published seven books, with an eighth to be published shortly by Springer! His published research spans a range of areas, including livestock nutrition and health, ecology of natural ecosystems, grazing management to achieve environmental objectives, and community-based conservation.

Alongside his research, Professor Gordon has been employed in senior management positions in both Australia and the UK. He joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia in 2003, leading its Building Resilient Biodiversity Assets Theme and the rangeland management programme of the Water for a Healthy Country Great Barrier Reef Theme. During this time, he was Officer in Charge of the Davies Lab in Townsville and lead the co-location CSIRO with James Cook University in the Australian Tropical Science Innovation Precinct.

In 2010, Iain Gordon returned to Scotland, where he was Chief Executive and Director of the James Hutton Institute, the largest agri-environment research institute of its kind in the UK. Whilst residing in the UK, he also worked as Director of the Centre of Expertise for Climate Change, a new knowledge brokering mechanism for providing evidence to support policy, before moving back to Australia in 2019.

We caught up with Professor Iain Gordon to gain some insight into the field of Conservation today!

What encouraged you to enter the field of Conservation?

“I was brought up in the Caribbean & Kenya and as a child I loved nature, especially wild animals. I wanted to watch them and understand and work out what they were doing and why. I was lucky enough to do my undergraduate project on oryx 9a large antelope and my PhD on a nature reserve off the West Coast of Scotland. Very different environments, but all in the interest of getting into the minds of animals and through that work out how they see the world. Only with that in your mind’s eye can you hope to understand what is needed to conserve them.”

Which paper (if any) changed your outlook on the field of Conservation?

“More generally in field biology it was Richard Dawkins’s book The Selfish gene. I read it when I was at university & it opened my eyes into a world of understanding why animals behave in the way they do, from a theoretical point of view. I don’t agree with everything Dawkins’s writes, but I read his books because they make me think differently.”

What advice would you give to young researchers/scientists looking to begin their career in Conservation?

“Get out into nature and get your feet wet and your hands dirty. It is only through experience that we can work out how the world works. Data is merely a window into a room we look into from the outside.”

8 June 2021
Meet Us Virtually at 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

MDPI will be attending IGARSS 2021, to be held in virtual form from 12th to 16th of July 2021.

IGARSS 2021, which will take place from 12 to 16 July 2021, is a joint effort of the Low Countries, the Netherlands and Belgium, and they have chosen Crossing Borders as the overall theme of the conference:

  • Between countries and research institutes;
  • Between types of platforms (from satellites to drones);
  • Between data sources;
  • Between disciplines.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online 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 and our virtual booth, please visit: https://igarss2021.com/default.asp.

4 June 2021
The 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 2021) - Award Nominations and Abstract Submissions are Now Open!


This year, on 13th–15th September, MDPI has partnered with the University of Basel to bring you the 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 2021).

Calling for a “New Normal”

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many of the world’s outdated economic, social, and environmental systems, prompting widespread calls for a global shift towards a more sustainable “new normal”.

Now, more than a year on since the world entered various forms of lockdown or pandemic management, WSF 2021 is an opportunity to help re-evaluate the relationships between society, politics, and the commercial world. By providing major sessions on topics of Business and Finance, Climate, Health and Medicine, Water and Education, WSF 2021 aims to establish platforms and networks among stakeholders and bring structure to the vision of a more sustainable world after the pandemic.

World Sustainability Awards – We Welcome your Nominations

At WSF 2021, we are excited to host this year’s World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation and the Sustainability journal, respectively, and we welcome your nominations!

The recipients of the World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are chosen from nominees by a Selection Committee consisting of a maximum of five members, including permanent members Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, founder and President of MDPI and founder and chairman of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Ed Constable, former Vice President for Research of the University of Basel.

Nominees for the World Sustainability Award may be individual researchers or groups of researchers, whereas the nominees for the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are individual researchers aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline. The awardees must have made, and continue to make, a unique and outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general or to a sustainability-relevant issue.

Awardees of both the World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award will receive a monetary prize of USD 100,000 and USD 20,000, respectively.

Abstract Submissions are Now Open!

Until the 13th July 2021, we are seeking proposals for session streams, sessions, and presentations of papers and posters for WSF 2021. All submissions should aim to foster research, networking, and debates in science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences, as well as fruitful exchanges between academia and the public, civic, or private sectors – We are looking forward to your submissions.

 

Contact us: 

Email: [email protected]
Follow WSF on LinkedIn and Twitter

28 April 2021
Book BuilderCompile a Customized E-Book from Your Favorite MDPI Open Access Content

MDPI Books recently released Book Builder, a new online tool to conveniently arrange, design and produce an eBook from any content published in MDPI journals. Book Builder offers two functions: on the one hand (1) Selections, available to every registered user of MDPI; on the other hand (2) Special Issue Reprints, which can be used exclusively by Guest Editors of Special Issues.

Selections

In just a matter of a few clicks, all users are now able to assemble books from MDPI articles and receive instantaneous feedback in the form of a fully produced and compiled book (PDF), which can be downloaded or ordered as print copy. Selections can include any paper published with MDPI, picking and combining content from different journals and special issues.

This way, the user may for example choose to compile an ebook focusing around a particular topic, or assemble articles from a group of others.

 

We invite you to make yourself familiar with the new tool! The Book Builder can be found here: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/books/book_builder.

Special Issue Reprints

The Book Builder allows Guest Editors of MDPI journals to create a reprint from a successfully completed Special Issue or Topical Collection in book format. If you are a Guest Editor for an MDPI journal, you can use the new tool  to create an PDF document which includes all articles published in the Special Issue as well as a book cover and table of contents.

For Special Issues containing a minimum of 5 articles, the Guest Editor can request its publication on the MDPI Book platform. Published reprints are assigned an ISBN and DOI.

In addition to the PDF copy of the Reprint Book, as a token of our gratitude, MDPI offers every Guest Editor one (1) complimentary print copy (via print-on-demand). All contributors benefit from a discount on orders of any additional print copies, to share with colleagues or libraries or others.

 



Why choose MDPI Books?

In line with our organization's values, MDPI Books publishes all content in open access, promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge in a globalized world. MDPI Books encompasses all the benefits of open access—high availability and visibility, as well as wide and rapid dissemination. MDPI Books are distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License, meaning as an author you retain the copyright for your work. In addition, with MDPI Books you can complement the digital version of your work with a high-quality printed counterpart.

If you are interested in editing a book volume or series, or have a monograph manuscript to be considered for publication, please submit your proposal online and look at our Information for Authors.

Contact: Laura Wagner, MDPI Books Manager (email)

20 April 2021
Meet us at the OceanTech Asia Pacific, Zhoushan Campus, Zhejiang University, China, May 19 - 21, 2021


MDPI will be attending the OceanTech Asia Pacific, Zhoushan Campus, Zhejiang University, China, May 19 - 21, 2021.

OceanTech Asia Pacific (OAP) provides strategic venues for marine engineers, technologists, industrialists and scientists to facilitate the development, strengthening and exchange of new solutions – technologies and methodologies. The objectives of OAP are to facilitate sustainable utilization of oceanic resources to address contemporary economic and societal challenges: Augmenting and maintaining environmentally sound human habitats, food supplies, energy resources and transportation; Upgrading, development and transfer of new instruments, tools and methodologies for further marine research and discovery.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth C017). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.oceantech-ap.com/

15 April 2021
MDPI Celebrates Company Milestone With 25th Anniversary Page
"We exist to help scientists achieve their own objectives"


In June of this year, MDPI will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its foundation. To mark this significant milestone, we have created a 25th Anniversary page on our website that evokes the development of our company over the past quarter-century.

MDPI has been a pioneer of Open Access publishing ever since the concept was first created.

In a wide-ranging interview, our CEO Delia Mihaila reflects on the company’s 25th anniversary and its contribution to the world of scientific publishing.

Delia considers how MDPI has evolved since starting life in 1996 as a visionary ‘project’ run out of an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, by Dr. Shu-Kun Lin. A chemist who was passionate about the long-term preservation of rare chemical sample, Dr. Lin was determined to help scholars publish their findings as quickly as possible and make their research results available to as wide a readership as possible worldwide. That determination remains unchanged 25 years later.

Today, MDPI is an international organization with over 4,000 employees based on three continents and in ten countries, and ranks among the world's top four academic publishers.

MDPI's mission is to accelerate access to new scientific research, delivering insight faster for researchers worldwide. Read more here about the company's remarkable success story and what the Open Access publishing model can offer the global scientific community.

8 April 2021
Recruiting Editoral Board Members for Future Transportation

Future Transportation (ISSN 2673-7590) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal, which publishes emerging technologies and potential applications in all areas of transportation and other disciplines such as civil engineering, economics, environment and geography, and computer science.

Future Transportation is recruiting new Editorial Board members with expertise in research and findings concerning transportation studies and related topics.

Editorial Board members should be active researchers in transportation or a related field and be passionate about participating in scientific communication and publishing activities. The applicants should have experience in the peer-review process of open-access scientific journals. Scholars who have the experience to lead national research projects, organize academic congresses, or achieved significant achievements will have priority in the evaluation.

The responsibilities of Editorial Board members will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Making decisions regarding whether a manuscript can be accepted or not, based on the reports we collect;
  • Serving as the Editor for a Special Issue on a topic related to their research interests when it is convenient or introducing candidates;
  • Promoting Future Transportation and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences;
  • Advising on the journal’s development.

The internal MDPI Editors will serve as Assistant Editors to provide support when required.

As an Editorial Board member, you will have the unique opportunity for networking and communication with scholars in the Future Transportation community, to build a long-term relationship and mark you as influential within your discipline. You will be able to receive the Editor Certificate for this authorized identity. In addition, you will be able to publish one free paper per year after peer review.

The term of this position is two years. The benefits will be evaluated annually based on your yearly editorial work performance and contribution to the journal Editorial Office.

If you are interested with this position, please send your application with self-introduction and academic resume to the journal Editorial Office ([email protected]).

The journal Editorial Office looks forward to working with you.

Future Transportation Editorial Office

16 March 2021
Recruiting Editors for Sustainable Chemistry

Sustainable Chemistry (ISSN 2673-4079) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal published quarterly by MDPI, which provides an advanced forum for studies that present significant advances in the development of alternative green and sustainable technologies in chemical engineering.

Sustainable Chemistry is recruiting new Editorial Board members with expertise in green and sustainable chemistry.

Editorial Board members should be active researchers in sustainable chemistry or a related field and be passionate about participating in scientific communication and publishing activities. The applicants should have experience in the peer-review process of open-access scientific journals. Scholars who have experience to lead national research projects, organize academic congresses, or achieved significant achievements will have priority in the evaluation.

The responsibilities of Editorial Board members will include but are not limited to making decisions regarding whether a manuscript can be accepted or not, based on the reports we collect; serving as the Editor for a Special Issue on a topic related to their research interests when it is convenient or introducing candidates; promoting Sustainable Chemistry and increasing its visibility at related academic conferences; and advising on the journal’s development. The internal MDPI Editors will serve as Assistant Editors to provide support when required.

As an Editorial Board member, you will have the unique opportunity for networking and communication with scholars in the Sustainable Chemistry community, to build a long-term relationship and mark you as influential within your discipline. You will be able to receive the Editor Certificate for this authorized identity. In addition, you will be able to publish one free paper per year after peer review.

The term of this position is two years. The benefits will be evaluated annually based on yearly editorial work performance and contribution by the journal Editorial Office.

If you are interested with this position, please send your application with self-introduction and academic resume to the journal Editorial Office ([email protected]).

The journal Editorial Office looks forward to working with you.

Sustainable Chemistry Editorial Office

10 March 2021
Journal Selector: Helping to Find the Right MDPI Journal for Your Article


At MDPI, we strive to make your online publication process seamless and efficient. To achieve this, our team is continuously developing tools and features to make the user experience useful and convenient.

As the number of academic papers continues to grow, so does the need to analyze and work with them on a large scale. This prompted us to design a new feature aimed at helping researchers find journals that are relevant to their publication by matching their abstract topic. In this regard, we designed a similarity model that automatically identifies the most suitable academic journals for your paper.

We are pleased to introduce Journal Selector, a new feature that measures similarity in academic contexts. By simply entering the title and/or abstract into our Journal Selector, the author will see a list of the most related scientific journals published by MDPI. This method helps authors select the correct journals for their papers, highlighting the time of publication and citability.

The methodology is known as representation learning, where words are represented as vectors in hyperspace. Representation helps us differentiate between different concepts within articles, and in turn, helps us identify similarities between them.

We used an advanced machine learning model to better capture the semantic meanings of words. This helps the algorithm make better predictions by leveraging scientific text representation. In turn, this ensures high precision, helping authors decide which journal they should submit their paper to.

The goal is to support authors to publish their work in the most suitable journal for their research, as fast as possible, accelerating their career progress.

Contact: Andrea Perlato, Head of Data Analytics, MDPI (email)

8 March 2021
Women in Sustainability

Under the travel restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic, academic exchanges have become increasingly strained. Yet, our endeavors for advancing scholarly publishing and communication never stop. To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, we are dedicated to furthering cutting-edge research on human inclusion and equality, and acknowledging the achievements of women in advancing Sustainability.

Sustainability runs Special Issues to create collections of papers to promote the diversity of scholarly communication among our readers, editors and authors. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue are collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries, please contact the Editorial Office and we hope that this will spark new ideas for further collaborations and discussions.

On this International Women’s Day, we present the latest research below on, and by, women in Sustainability:

Gender Issues in Transport and Mobility
edited by Pierluigi Coppola and Ines. Kawgan-Kagan
Submission deadline 28 May 2021
Keywords: gender-specific needs; women in transport; gender analysis methods; transport equity assessment; social inclusion and fairness in transport

Social Sustainability in Business from a Gender Perspective
edited by Mónica Segovia Pérez and Eva Cifre
submission deadline 31 May 2021
Keywords: social sustainability; gender; gender equality; decent work; working conditions; health and well-being; corporate sustainability; women’s pro-environmental attitudes and values; research; COVID-19

Women for Sustainable Energy
edited by Valeria Palomba, Luisa F. Cabeza, Anna Laura Pisello and Cristina Prieto
submission deadline 31 July 2021
Keywords: energy; energy efficiency; sustainable future; smart city; renewable energy sources; LCA; energy policy

Inclusive Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health (WASH2): Towards a Sustainable and Healthy Society
edited by Sayed Mohammad Nazim Uddin and Chad Staddon
submission deadline 31 August 2021
Keywords: Global Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health (WASH2); Social exclusion; Marginalization; Global South and North; Inequalities and insecurity; Global health or international health or one health research; Risks, hazards and vulnerabilities; Homelessness; Poverty and power; Service delivery; WASH2 and women; Indigenous/First Nations/Aboriginal people; WASH2 system approach; Community-based research; Epidemiology; Health policy; Environmental health; Urban political ecology; Humanitarian WASH2

Sustainability and Resilience to Climate Change Hazards and Gender Equality
edited by Anastasia Zabaniotou, Paola Rizzi, Khaled A. Al-Sahili, Vasiliki Skoulou and Maria Cristina Marolda
submission deadline 30 Mar 2021
Keywords: Gender Equality; Climate Change; Resilience, Hazards; Vulnerability; Policies; Education; Research

Moving toward Sustainability: Rethinking Gender Structures in Education and Occupation Systems
edited by Sandra L. Hanson and Enrique S. Pumar
submission deadline 1 Apr 2021
Keywords: sustainability; gender; education; occupations; structures; inequality

Gender in Sustainable Innovation
edited by Ana Beatriz Hernández Lara and Amado Alarcón Alarcón
submission deadline 31 May 2021
Keywords: Gender and strategic management; Gender and corporate governance; Gender in sustainable innovation; Gender in sustainable entrepreneurship; Gender as a dimension of quality and impact of research; Role of gender in sustainable development goals

Social Sustainability in Business from a Gender Perspective
edited by Mónica Segovia Pérez and Eva Cifre
submission deadline 31 May 2021
Keywords: social sustainability; gender; gender equality; decent work; working conditions; health and well-being; corporate sustainability; women’s pro-environmental attitudes and values; research; COVID-19

To access the full list of Special Issues, please click here.

Sustainability Editorial Office
[email protected]

 

18 February 2021
Sustainability | 2020 Review

The year 2020 was a year of growth for Sustainability. The journal received 30,204 submissions and published 10,591 articles from 36,396 international authors. The total number of reviewers invited and involved in the peer-review process of the journal reached 17,123, with an additional 2,442 academic editors (including 592 Editorial Board Members and 1850 Topic Editors) joining our journal’s Board during this year. Sustainability articles were cited 12,703 times in 2020 and the impact factor (IF) is 2.576. Thanks to the commitment and dedication of the Editorial staff, the median time between submission and publication further decreased to 38 days.

The journal established the following 8 topical Sections: Hazards and Sustainability; Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation; Climate Change; Sustainable Materials; Health and Sustainability; Sustainable Food; Resources and Sustainable Utilization; and Sustainable Management. Additionally, in 2020 Sustainability became a journal affiliated with the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).

High Altmetrics Papers

Adapting to Climate Change: The Interplay between International and Domestic Institutions in the Context of Climate Finance
Adaptation, Official Development Assistance, and Institution Building: The Case of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
Jonathan Rosenberg

Sustainable Urban and Rural Development
Smart City Governance in Developing Countries: A Systematic Literature Review
Si Ying Tan et al.

Sustainable Urban and Rural Development
Urban Digital Twins for Smart Cities and Citizens: The Case Study of Herrenberg, Germany
Fabian Dembski et al.

Sustainable Education and Approaches
Analysis on the Higher Education Sustainability in China Based on the Comparison between Universities in China and America
Yong-Ming He et al.

Environmental Sustainability and Applications
Environmental Impacts of a Pet Dog: An LCA Case Study
Kim Maya Yavor et al.

Collections/Special Issues

Sustainability runs Special Issues to create collections of articles on specific topics with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject, who oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. High-quality Collections/Special Issues will be printed as books. The book can be made available on Amazon, eBookMall, Apple books, etc.

Hot Special Issues

Sustainable Urban Planning Techniques

Sustainable Energy Economics and Policy

Sustainable Natural Resource Management

Smart Cities, City Dashboards, Planning and Evaluation of Urban Performances

Business, Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development

Open Calls

Climate Change and Circular Bioeconomy: Old Challenges and New Opportunities for Environmental Biotechnology
edited by Silvio Matassa and Willy Verstraete
submission deadline 30 July 2021

Sustainable Innovations and Governance in the Agri-Food Industry
edited by Concetta Nazzaro, Marco Lerro and Marcello Stanco
submission deadline 24 September 2021

Feature Paper on Sustainability Wastewater Management
edited by Dariusz Młyński and Piotr Bugajski
submission deadline 30 November 2021

Read full list of call for papers at https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/sustainability/special_issues.

On behalf of the editorial team, we would like to express our gratitude to the Editor-in-Chief of Sustainability, all Section Editors-in-Chief and Editorial Board Members, as well as to the Guest Editors of Special Issues, Topic Board Members, and Reviewer Board Members, all of whom have ensured the continued success of the journal through their hard work and diligence!

In 2021, Sustainability will continue to contribute to academic exchange and sharing of knowledge.

15 December 2020
MDPI adopts C4DISC principles to improve diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications

MDPI is proud to adopt the principles of the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) to support building equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications.

The C4DISC represents organizations and individuals working in scholarly communications and is focused on addressing issues of diversity and inclusion within the publishing industry.

MDPI’s Managing Editors encourage the Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors to appoint diverse expert Editorial Boards. This is also reflective in our multi-national and inclusive workplace. We are proud to create equal opportunities without regard to gender, ethnicity, geographic location, sexual orientation, age, disability, political beliefs, religion, or socio-economic status. There is no place for discrimination in our workplace and editors of MDPI journals are to uphold these principles in high regard.

Representatives from C4DISC meet monthly, and have started to implement initiatives to shed light and improve on the lack of diversity in scholarly communications. Some of the initiatives include developing a joint statement of principles; conducting market research; providing training resources, best practices, toolkits, and documentation for our collective memberships; and establishing outreach programs, curricula, events, and publications.

The Coalition is committed to:

  • eliminating barriers to participation, extending equitable opportunities across all stakeholders, and ensuring that our practices and policies promote equitable treatment and do not allow, condone, or result in discrimination;
  • creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences;
  • promoting diversity in all staff, volunteers, and audiences, including full participation in programs, policy formulation, and decision-making;
  • raising awareness about career opportunities in our industries to groups who are currently underrepresented in the workforce;
  • supporting our members in achieving diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

14 December 2020
Article Layout and Templates Revised for Future Volumes

At MDPI we have slightly revised the layout for articles to be published in the 2021 Volume, starting at the end of December 2020. As of today, the article templates available for download on ‘Instructions for Authors’ pages have been updated.

The most noticeable change can be found on the first page of the article, where a left-hand column has been created to include the following front matter elements: (i) the recommended citation style for the article, (ii) the publishing history, (iii) as well as the Creative Commons Attribution license used (iv) a standard note regarding affiliations. At the same time, the extra spacing on the left means the authors’ affiliations are now more clearly set apart than before. Other front matter key elements such as journal logo, article type, article title, authors, abstract and keywords remain unchanged.

The blank column on the left runs through all pages in an article; as a result, the main text is slightly more condensed, which improve reader friendliness for smaller screens. Small figures/tables are aligned on the left with standard indenture, while large figures/tables are centered and covering the full width of the page. The revised layout was applied in the article pictured below, to serve as an example:

1) Information is displayed in the left information bar.


2) In the main text, there is a blank column on the left.


3) Small tables/figures are aligned on the left, large tables/figures are centered.

11 December 2020
2020 "Highly Cited Researchers" on MDPI Journal's Editorial Boards

We are pleased to acknowledge that many academic editors who have made an impact on MDPI journals as editorial board members, editors-in-chief, or section editors, are recognized as 2020 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate.

Highly Cited Researchers highlights the top 1% of researchers, by citations, in one or more of the 22 fields used in Clarivate Analytics Essential Science Indicators. We offer our congratulations to 279 academic editors of MDPI journals who were recognized as the most influential scholars in their fields in 2020.


Adams, Dave
Agarwal, Ravi P.
Ahn, Choon Ki
Ahn, Myung-Ju
Albrecht, Randy A.
Andersson, Dan I.
Anker, Stefan D.
Apergis, Nicholas
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Artaxo, Paulo
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Barba, Francisco J.
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Benelli, Giovanni
Bhatnagar, Amit
Bialystok, Ellen
Blaabjerg, Frede
Blay, Jean-Yves
Bogers, Marcel
Bolton, Declan J.
Boyer, Cyrille
Brocca, Luca
Bruix, Jordi
Buhalis, Dimitrios
Burdick, Jason A.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cabrerizo-Lorite, Francisco Javier
Cai, Jianchao
Calhoun, Vince D.
Cantu, Robert C.
Cerqueira, Miguel
Chang, Jo-Shu
Chau, Kwok-wing
Chemat, Farid
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Jun
Chen, Min
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Wei
Chen, Wei-Hsin
Chen, Xiaofeng
Chen, Yangkang
Chen, Zhi-Gang
Chiclana, Francisco
Corella, Dolores
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Cummings, Kenneth Michael
Dai, Shifeng
Decker, Eric A.
DePinho, Ronald A.
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Dincer, Ibrahim
Du, Yihong
Dupont, Didier
Edwards, David
Ellahi, Rahmat
Ellis, Erle C.
ElMasry, Gamal
Esteller, Manel
Estruch, Ramón
Fang, Chuanglin
Fasano, Alessio
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Ferreira, Isabel
Fortino, Giancarlo
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gao, Bin
Gao, Feng
Gao, Wei
Garbe, Claus
García, Hermenegildo
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Giampieri, Francesca
Giralt, Sergio A.
Glanz, Karen
Goldewijk, Kees Klein
Gössling, Stefan
Govindan, Kannan
Granato, Daniel
Grosso, Giuseppe
Grosso, Giuseppe
Guerrero, Josep M.
Haase, Dagmar
Hagger, Martin S.
Hamblin, Michael R.
Han, Heesup
Jankovic, Joseph
Janotti, Anderson

Jiang, Hai-Long
Kalaji, Hazem M.
Kalantar-Zadeh, Kourosh
Kaner, Richard B.
Karimi, Hamid Reza
Kataoka, Kazunori
Keesstra, Saskia
Kepp, Oliver
Kerminen, Veli-Matti
Keyzers, Robert A.
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Klemeš, Jiří Jaromír
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Konopleva, Marina Y.
Krammer, Florian
Krebs, Frederik C.
Kroemer, Guido
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kurths, Juergen
Kurzrock, Razelle
Kuznetsov, Nikolay V.
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lam, James
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Lee, Sangmoon
Leung, Victor C. M.
Li, Jinghong
Li, Yurui
Lindahl, José M. Merigó
Lip, Gregory Y. H.
Loh, Xian Jun
Long, Hualou
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Jingshan
Luque, Rafael
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Jun
Ma, Wen-Xiu
Ma, Yanming
Maeda, Keisuke
Makarova, Kira
Mantovani, Alberto
Martín-Belloso, Olga
Martinoia, Enrico
Marzband, Mousa
Masclaux-Daubresse, Celine
Masson, Patrick
Mateos, María Victoria
Mathiesen, Brian Vad
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McArthur, Grant A.
McCauley, Darren
Medlock, Jolyon M.
Melero, Ignacio
Mezzetti, Bruno
Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.
Moran, Daniel
Mueller, Lukas A.
Mueller-Roeber, Bernd
Naushad, Mu
Nemeroff, Charles B.
Nieto, Juan J.
O'Donnell, Colm
Ogino, Shuji
Olabi, Abdul-Ghani
O'Regan, Donal
Orsini, Nicola
Oswald, Isabelle P.
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pahl-Wostl, Claudia
Pang, Huan
Payne, James E.
Peng, Shushi
Perc, Matjaz
Perez-Alvarez, Jose Angel
Piquero, Alex R.
Ploss, Alexander
Postolache, Mihai
Pradhan, Biswajeet
Prinsep, Michele R.
Qian, Dong
Qu, Xiaogang
Reiter, Russel J.
Riahi, Keywan
Richter, Andreas
Rignot, Eric
Robert, Caroline
Ros, Emilio
Rosell, Rafael

Rosen, Marc A.
Rossolini, Gian Maria
Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Sakthivel, Rathinasamy
Schwab, Matthias
Scolyer, Richard A.
Serra-Majem, Lluis
Sethi, Gautam
Seto, Karen C.
Settele, Josef
Seymour, John F.
Shi, Peng
Siano, Pierluigi
Sillanpää, Mika
Simal-Gandara, Jesus
Smagghe, Guy
Srivastava, Hari M.
Stadler, Peter F.
Sun, Fengchun
Sunderland, Elsie M.
Suzuki, Nobuhiro
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Tan, Weihong
Teixeira, José António
Thakur, Vijay Kumar
Tong, Shilu
Tornabene, Francesco
Tsao, Rong
Tukker, Arnold
Turskis, Zenonas
Uversky, Vladimir N.
van Wesemael, Bas
Van Zwieten, Lukas
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varma, Rajender S.
Varshney, Rajeev K.
Vasquez, Juan C.
Velicogna, Isabella
Vieta, Eduard
Wade, Timothy J.
Wagner, Wolfgang
Wamba, Samuel Fosso
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Qi
Wang, Tao
Wang, Yuan
Wiens, John J.
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Tom
Wu, Zhongbiao
Xia, Xinhui
Xiao, Wenjiao
Xin, Sen
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Bin
Xu, Zeshui
Yan, Huaicheng
Yang, Bing
Yang, Hongxing
Yang, Jie
Yang, Xiao-Jun
Yin, Shen
Ying, Guang-Guo
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Guihua
Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J.
Zavadskas, EdmundasKazimieras
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zhu, Zhe
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zou, Quan

The full list of 2020 Highly Cited Researchers  can be accessed on https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2020/

--- Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) is a Clarivate product.

8 November 2020
The UN Sustainable Development Goals: an Interdisciplinary Academic Introduction

EdX MOOC “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: An Interdisciplinary Academic Introduction” (University of Leuven)

Climate change, pandemics, poverty, hunger, energy, conflicts,… These are big challenges the humanity is facing today, and they are all interrelated. To overcome such systemic issues, we need to step up actions at all levels.

In 2015, the United Nations have adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a framework of goals to build a better, more viable and sustainable world for all by 2030. This framework is a powerful tool to translate sustainability commitments into concrete actions at all levels, from the local to the global. But five years into the SDGs, how well do you know about them? How did they came up to be? How are they structured? What challenges do they face?

The EdX MOOC “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: an Interdisciplinary Academic Introduction”, developed by the University of Leuven (Belgium), unravels the complex web of the 17 SDGs and explains their emergence, structure, and interrelatedness. In a systematic manner, the course explores the background and the reality of each of the SDGs, and reflects on the challenges they are confronted with.

The course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of academic experts from the University of Leuven, as well as by practitioners in the field. Throughout the 6 modules, you will explore the concept of sustainable development and each of the 17 SDGs through videos complemented by reading materials. The discussion platforms and activities will offer you the opportunity to exchange with your peers on some of the most salient sustainability issues globally as well as to share your own experiences in contributing to the SDGs in your daily life.

The course consists of 6 modules and takes approximately 25 hours to complete, which you can do at your own pace up until 25 October 2021. As it is 100% online, it is entirely COVID-safe and you can take it from wherever you want.

As an introductory course, this MOOC is targeted at anyone with any educational or professional background who is interested in understanding how the ambitious 2030 Agenda and its SDGs aim to solve global issues.

Interested? Join over 5000 participants around the world and enroll now: https://www.edx.org/course/the-un-sustainable-development-goals-an-interdisci

What learners have said about the course…

“This was a great introductory course to the SDGs and now I feel a lot more confident in the holistic aspect of sustainability!”

“I liked the interactive material. Breaking it up with videos and little finger exercises was really excellent and a great way to reflect critically on the goals without spending too much time and effort on each task (manageable for us with busy schedules!). The content addressed both criticisms, trade-offs and synergies, giving a very realistic outlook on the SDGs and inspires us to think about how we can reform, adapt and continue making progress.”

“The course is very well-designed in term of contents and how lecturers analyze each goal and give examples.”

“The MOOC was really good to broaden my horizon. It was clearly divided according to the goals, so I could easily follow the lectures. I could understand the importance of SDGs for all actors in public and private sectors.”

26 October 2020
Meet us at the China Materials Conference and Exhibition 2020, Qingdao, Shandong, China, November 19–21, 2020

MDPI will be attending the China Materials Conference and Exhibition 2020, Qingdao, Shandong, China, November 19–21, 2020.

CMC's 19th annual meeting is the premier venue for the presentation in the field of materials sciences, where one can learn from experts, forge collaborations with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance their career.

The purpose of the conference is to build an exchange platform for experts, scholars, professors, scientific and technological workers, relevant government management departments and leaders, entrepreneurs, and related personnel, engaged in the scientific research, development, and industrialization of new materials in China to exchange and share the latest materials research achievements, in order to achieve the purpose of mutual promotion and common improvement.

There are many outstanding people in the committee of the meeting, such as Professor Boyun Huang and Academician Lian Zhou of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor Bingbo Wei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc. The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth C13). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://cmc2020.medcon.net.cn/cn/web/index/

24 September 2020
Announcing the Recipients of the 2020 World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

BASEL, Switzerland, Sept. 16, 2020 — The recipients of the World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are chosen from nominees by a Selection Committee consisting of seven members, including permanent members Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, founder and President of MDPI and founder and chairman of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Ed Constable, former Vice President for Research of the University of Basel.

The five non-permanent members of the selection committee consist of a university professor from the Scientific Board of the journal Sustainability, a university professor from the university hosting the respective World Sustainability Forum, and a representative from an intergovernmental organization, civic society, and the business sector.

Nominees for the World Sustainability Award may be individual researchers or groups of researchers, whereas the nominees for the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are individual researchers aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline. The awardees must have made, and continue to make, a unique and outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are granted according to merit and impact, without any discrimination based on gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation. The recipients are informed no later than two months before the upcoming World Sustainability Forum, whereby Dr. Shu-Kun Lin coordinates the selection procedure.

About the World Sustainability Award

The World Sustainability Award was established in 2017 by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability and is conferred to individual researchers or research teams who have made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular.

The first award was made jointly to Professor Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, renowned economics professor, global leader in sustainable development, and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, paediatrician, public health specialist and research scholar at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

The second World Sustainability Award was made jointly to Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, president of the Global Footprint Network and Dr. Zhifu Mi, University College London. Since 1997, Mathis Wackernagel has advanced the Ecological Footprint for countries through the National Footprint Accounts, which continue to be the world’s only comprehensive metric able to compare human demand on nature to what the planet can renew. They inform about countries’ exposure to core sustainability challenges, including climate change and resource constraints. The Global Footprint Network reaches over 3 billion media impressions ever year with its Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity has used more from nature than the earth can renew in the entire year. Dr. Zhifu Mi is a lecturer at University College London and co-developer of the China Emission Accounts and Datasets, which provides the most up-to-date, comparable, verifiable, and free emission-accounting inventories of China.

Dr. Michael E. Mann and Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha are the joint recipients of the 2020 World Sustainability Award.

“We are thrilled to recognize the work of Dr. Chadha Santuccione and Dr. Mann to add their names to the list of eminent awardees who champion sustainable development” said Prof. Dr. Ed Constable, former Vice President for Research of the University of Basel and co-chair of the Award Selection Committee.

To find out more, visit https://wsforum.org/instructions#awardees


About Prof. Dr. Michael E. Mann

Dr. Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on climate science and climate change. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002, was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geophysical Union in 2012 and the National Conservation Achievement Award of the NWF in 2013. He made Bloomberg News' list of the fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He received the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One in 2017, the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the AAAS in 2018, and the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union in 2018. In 2019, he received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org, author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and four books: Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect, and The Tantrum that Saved the World. His fifth, forthcoming book “The New Climate War” is due to be released January 2021.

About Dr. med. Antonella Santuccione Chadha


Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha is a medical doctor with expertise in clinical pathology, neuroscience, and psychiatric disorders. She is head of stakeholder engagement for Alzheimer’s disease at Biogen. She is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit organization “Women’s Brain Project”, which is addressing the influence of sex and gender on mental and brain diseases. As a medical doctor, Antonella has decades of experience in preclinical research, patient treatment, clinical development, medical affairs, and setting up the international regulatory framework for Alzheimer’s disease. Always focused on solving the puzzles related to Alzheimer’s and other psychiatric diseases, she has worked with Swissmedic, Roche, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several European universities, the EU Commission Directorate for Health and Food Safety, the World Health Organization, the CEO and several Alzheimer’s’ disease Organizations.

In 2018 and 2019, she was among the top 100 Women in Business in Switzerland and in 2019 she was elected Woman of the Year in Switzerland by the Magazine "Women in Business". She is the Vice-president of Euresearch and acts as a scientific advisor for several start-ups and scientific institutions. Dr. Santuccione Chadha is keenly interested in removing bias when developing solutions for mental and neurological diseases to achieve precision medicines. She is advocating and involved in the creation of an Institute for sex and gender precision medicine in Switzerland.

About the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

Recipients of the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are individual researchers aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline. Awardees must have made, and continue to make, a unique and outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular.

The joint recipients of the 2020 Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are Dr. Jing Meng and Dr. Natalia Mykhaylova.

About Dr. Jing Meng

Dr. Jing Meng is a Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UCL), and a fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance at the University of Cambridge. Her research focus is on sustainable production and consumption, including theories and modeling of environmental economics, climate change and air pollution policies, energy decarbonization, and trade policies. Jing received her Ph.D. degree in Environmental Geography from Peking University. Jing's research focuses on the impact of international trade on the distribution, climate, and health impacts of black carbon. Jing also holds a bachelor’s degree in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Jing is an associate editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production and a guest editor of the Journal of Environmental Management and Sustainability.

About Dr. Natalia Mykhaylova

Natalia Mykhaylova has a background in engineering, chemistry, and design. Natalia is passionate about the environmental sustainability field. Her Ph.D. work involved the development of novel sensor devices and adaptable wireless networks for air pollution monitoring and smart city applications. She founded four ventures and three non-profit initiatives. She provided consulting services to community organizations working with environmental data sources and conducted community air pollution research projects. She also developed a software solution that makes use of traffic data to reduce city congestion and the associated carbon emissions, winner of Climate Hack-To-Action as well as Climathon. She led the development of a modular solution to add more green space to the impermeable city core as well as manage stormwater run-off in dense urban environments, winner of Green Infrastructure Hack-a-thon. She co-founded Cleanopy Inc. and has developed a unique portable device for children that offers continuous indoor and outdoor protection from air pollution.

More recently, Natalia Mykhaylova is a founder and CEO of WeavAir, which develops sensor modules that improve the indoor air quality and energy efficiency of HVAC systems. She leads WeavAir teams in North America and Asia and the company received 15 awards in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company was incorporated in Canada and Korea and has received many awards and a large amount of interest in North America, Asia, and Europe.

About the World Sustainability Award

The World Sustainability Award is funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the ultimate aim of fostering the transfer from sustainability research to sustainable practices and societies.

The prize is USD 100,000, to be shared between the awardees.

To view the Award Ceremony and presentation from each recipient, please visit: https://youtu.be/gVzppr2uoRg.

To find out more, please visit https://wsforum.org/instructions.

9 July 2020
Open Access Agreement Between Jisc Collections and MDPI

We are delighted to announce the establishment of our Open Access agreement with Jisc Collections, which will allow UK institutions to benefit from access to article processing charge (APC) discounts and streamlined payment workflows.

All institutions participating in the agreement will also gain access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information for easy identification and additional transparency.

Eligible authors affiliated with the participating institutions are prompted to choose the corresponding Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via our online submission system.

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About Jisc

Jisc's vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. At its heart is the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection.  Jisc also provides technology solutions for its members (colleges, universities and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.

For more information, contact [email protected]

About MDPI

MDPI is a publisher of fully peer-reviewed, Open Access journals with a focus on thorough and rapid editorial processing. Its aim is to ensure that high-quality research is verified and made available to the research community as quickly as possible. MDPI stands at the forefront of the Open Access movement, having launched its first online journal Molecules in 1996. Today, MDPI is a leader in Open Access publishing with over 250 journals across all research disciplines, and all content published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

For any questions about this agreement, please contact the MDPI IOAP team at [email protected].

29 June 2020
Updated Impact Factors Released in the Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate)

The updated citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), published by Clarivate. The recent release of the JCR includes seventy-one MDPI titles. Out of these, 18 titles are newcomers, receiving a first Journal Impact Factor which is based on citation activity in 2019: Actuators, Agriculture, Biology, Biomedicines, Biosensors, Chemosensors, Children, Healthcare, Journal of Fungi, Journal of Personalized Medicine (JPM), Land, Life, Magnetochemistry, Membranes, Pharmaceuticals, Photonics, Separations and Toxics.

  • Out of the previously listed journals, a total of 72 percent boast an increased Impact Factor.
  • 25 journals are ranked among the top 25% of journals in at least one of the categories they are ranked for.
  • Articles published in 2019 in MDPI journals account for approximately 17 percent of of articles published in gold Open Access journals covered in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).

First Impact Factors

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category Details
Actuators 1.957 31/64 (Q2) • Instruments & Instrumentation Link
Agriculture 2.072 25/91 (Q2) • Agronomy Link
Biology 3.796 19/93 (Q1) • Biology Link
Biomedicines  4.717 30/138 (Q1)
36/270 (Q1)
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Link
Biosensors 3.240 24/86 (Q2) • Chemistry, Analytical Link
Chemosensors 3.108 16/64 (Q1)
27/86 (Q2)
13/27 (Q2)
• Instruments & Instrumentation
• Chemistry, Analytical
• Electrochemistry
Link
Children 2.078 50/128 (Q2) • Pediatrics Link
Healthcare 1.916 62/102 (Q3)
45/87 (Q3)
• Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
• Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Link
Journal of Fungi 4.621 5/29 (Q1)
31/135 (Q1)
• Mycology
• Microbiology
Link
Journal of Personalized Medicine 4.433 24/165 (Q1)
10/102 (Q1)
• Medicine, General & Internal
• Health Care Sciences & Services
Link
Land 2.429 58/123 (Q2) • Environmental Studies (SSCI) Link
Life 2.991 26/93 (Q2)
109/267 (Q2)
• Biology
• Microbiology
Link
Magnetochemistry 1.947 22/45 (Q2)
109/159 (Q3)
201/314 (Q3)
• Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
• Chemistry, Physical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Membranes 3.094 53/143 (Q2)
129/314 (Q2)
23/89 (Q2)
• Engineering, Chemical
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Polymer Science
Link
Pharmaceuticals 4.286 49/270 (Q1) • Pharmacology & Pharmacy Link
Photonics 2.140 48/97 (Q2) • Optics Link
Separations 1.900 53/86 (Q3) • Chemistry, Analytical Link
Toxics 3.271 32/92 (Q2)
92/265 (Q2)
• Toxicology
• Environmental Sciences
Link

Updated Impact Factors

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category Details
Agronomy 2.603 18/91 (Q1)
65/234 (Q2)
• Agronomy
• Plant Sciences
Link
Animals 2.323 10/63 (Q1)
14/142 (Q1)
• Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
• Veterinary Sciences
Link
Antibiotics 3.893 23/93 (Q1)
64/270 (Q1)
• Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Link
Antioxidants 5.014 10/139 (Q1)
56/297 (Q1)
7/61 (Q1)
• Food Science & Technology
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Medicinal
Link
Applied Sciences 2.474 161/314 (Q3)
32/91 (Q2)
88/177 (Q2)
62/154 (Q2)
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Engineering, Multidisciplinary
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Physics, Applied
Link
Atmosphere 2.397 48/93 (Q3) • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences Link
Biomolecules 4.082 98/297 (Q2) • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Link
Brain Sciences 3.332 113/271 (Q2) • Neurosciences Link
Cancers 6.126 37/244 (Q1) • Oncology Link
Catalysts 3.520 65/159 (Q2) • Chemistry, Physical Link
Cells 4.366 70/195 (Q2) • Cell Biology Link
Coatings 2.436 10/21 (Q2) • Materials Science, Coatings & Films Link
Crystals 2.404 10/26 (Q2)
165/314 (Q3)
• Crystallography
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Diagnostics 3.110 39/165 (Q1) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Diversity 1.402 119/168 (Q3) • Ecology Link
Electronics 2.412 125/266 (Q2) • Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Link
Energies 2.702 63/112 (Q3) • Energy & Fuels Link
Entropy 2.494 33/85 (Q2) • Physics, Multidisciplinary Link
Foods 4.092 27/139 (Q1) • Food Science & Technology Link
Forests 2.221 17/68 (Q1) • Forestry Link
Genes 3.759 53/177 (Q2) • Genetics & Heredity Link
Insects 2.220 18/101 (Q1) • Entomology Link
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 2.849 58/193 (Q2)

32/170 (Q1)

105/265 (Q2)
• Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
• Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Link
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) 4.556 74/297 (Q1)
48/177 (Q2)
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Link
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (IJGI) 2.239 31/50 (Q3)
18/30 (Q3)
• Geography, Physical
• Remote Sensing
Link
Journal of Clinical Medicine 3.303 36/165 (Q1) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.033 31/66 (Q2) • Oceanography Link
Marine Drugs 4.073 16/61 (Q2) • Chemistry, Medicinal Link
Materials 3.057 132/314 (Q2) • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary Link
Mathematics 1.747 28/324 (Q1) • Mathematics Link
Medicina 1.205 107/165 (Q3) • Medicine, General & Internal Link
Metabolites 4.097 95/297 (Q2) • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Link
Metals 2.117 18/79 (Q1)
185/314 (Q3)
• Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Link
Micromachines 2.523 56/92 (Q3)
23/64 (Q2)
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Link
Microorganisms 4.152 37/135 (Q2) • Microbiology Link
Minerals 2.380 6/21 (Q2)
11/30 (Q2)
• Mining & Mineral Processing
• Mineralogy
Link
Molecules 3.267 70/177 (Q2)
141/297 (Q2)
• Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Link
Nanomaterials 4.324 89/314 (Q2)
42/103 (Q2)
• Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
• Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Link
Nutrients 4.546 17/89 (Q1) • Nutrition & Dietetics Link
Pathogens 3.018 65/135 (Q2) • Microbiology Link
Pharmaceutics 4.421 44/270 (Q1) • Pharmacology & Pharmacy Link
Plants 2.762 58/234 (Q1) • Plant Sciences Link
Polymers 3.426 16/89 (Q1) • Polymer Science Link
Processes 2.753 59/143 (Q2) • Engineering, Chemical Link
Remote Sensing 4.509 9/30 (Q2) • Remote Sensing Link
Sensors 3.275 22/86 (Q2)
77/266 (Q2)
15/64 (Q1)
• Chemistry, Analytical
• Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
• Instruments & Instrumentation
Link
Sustainability 2.576 120/265 (Q2)
26/41 (Q3)

53/123 (Q2)
6/8 (Q3)
• Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
• Environmental Studies (SSCI)
• Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Link
Symmetry 2.645 29/71 (Q2) • Multidisciplinary Sciences Link
Toxins 3.531 21/92 (Q1)
34/139 (Q1)
• Toxicology
• Food Science & Technology
Link
Universe 1.752 18/29 (Q3)
42/68 (Q3)
• Physics, Particles & Fields
• Astronomy & Astrophysics
Link
Vaccines 4.086 57/158 (Q2)
50/138 (Q2)
• Immunology
• Medicine, Research & Experimental
Link
Viruses 3.816 12/37 (Q2) • Virology Link
Water 2.544 31/94 (Q2) • Water Resources Link

Source: Clarivate 2020, InCites Journal Citation Reports®.

25 June 2020
The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) is Now an Affiliated Society Member of Sustainability, Smart Cities and Buildings

Earlier this year, the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) became affiliated to Sustainability, Smart Cities and Buildings. As part of this collaboration, all members of CIB enjoy a discount on the article processing charges (APC) when submitting articles to these three journals.

The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) was established in 1953 with the support of the United Nations as an Association whose objectives were to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between government research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.

CIB has since developed into a worldwide network of over 3,000 experts from about 300 member organizations with a research, university, industry or government background, who collectively are active in all aspects of research and innovation for building and construction. It covers the technical, economic, environmental and organizational aspects of the built environment during all stages of its life cycle, addressing basic and applied research, documentation and translation of research results, and the implementation to industry practice.

CIB is a professional organization whose functions are highly relevant to the scope of Sustainability, Smart Cities and Buildings. We look forward to collaborating with CIB and publishing state-of-the-art research from its members in this field.

13 May 2020
Recruiting Guest Editors for Seven New Sections of Sustainability

Sustainability has witnessed significant growth over the past few years, both in terms of overall influence and the quality and quantity of topics that the journal covers. To manage this expansion, we have decided to set up the following seven topical sections, allowing more specific avenues toward which experts all over the world can submit their works.

Hazards and Sustainability
Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation
Climate Change
Sustainable Materials
Health and Sustainability
Sustainable Food
Resources and Sustainable Utilization

Given the prospect of Open Access repositories and especially the vigorous development of Sustainability, we are now recruiting Guest Editors (GEs) for these sections. As Guest Editor, you will have the following responsibilities and opportunities:

– To serve as Editor of Special Issues on topics related to your critical research interests, at your convenience;

– To decide whether a manuscript qualifies for acceptance in the Special Issue, according to MDPI criteria;

– To promote Sustainability at academic events, and to increase its visibility within related academic fields;

– To invite paper submissions and enjoy our premium editorial service at any time.

It is our pleasure to receive applications from leading experts, like yourself, in the aforementioned academic fields. We welcome and encourage you to apply.

To submit your application, please contact the Sustainability Editorial Office ([email protected]). If you have any questions that you would like to clarify before or after applying, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

13 May 2020
COVID-19 Academic Resources Center


Since 1996, MDPI has been committed to supporting the research community by providing the latest research freely available and making relevant and useful research available as quickly as possible. The world is current experiencing a pandemic of COVID-19, and researchers are working extremely hard to understand it and find a cure.

The values MDPI holds strongly are particularly important at the moment, and we will continue to publish relevant, peer-reviewed research as quickly as possible in open access format. This means that it will immediately be available for researchers, health professionals, and the general public to read, distribute, and reuse. We believe that scientific advancements will be crucial to overcoming this pandemic, and will do everything we can to support researchers working looking for solutions.

COVID-19 Academic Resources Center contains a variety of information related to COVID-19 available from MDPI, including journal articles, special issues, and preprints, among others.

For more information, please visit: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/covid-19

7 May 2020
Recruiting Editors for Eight New Sections Set up in Sustainability

In order to better categorize papers published within the journal, the following eight new topical sections have been set up recently:

Hazards and Sustainability

Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation

Climate Change

Sustainable Materials

Health and Sustainability

Sustainable Food

Resources and Sustainable Utilization

Sustainable Management

We are now recruiting the Editorial Board Members (EBMs) for these sections. As an Editorial Board member, you have the following responsibilities:

– To make decisions on whether a manuscript can be accepted, or not, based on the reports we collect;
– To serve as Editor of a Special Issue on a topic related to your research interests when it is convenient for you;
– To promote Sustainability and increase its visibility at related academic conferences.

If you are an active researcher in one of the aforementioned fields and are passionate about participating in the cutting-edge research of the corresponding field, please do not hesitate to get in touch ([email protected]).

Sustainability Editorial Office

20 April 2020
Meet us at the 2020 IAFP (International Association for Food Protection) Annual Meeting, held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 25–28 October 2020.


MDPI will be attending 2020 IAFP Annual Meeting, held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 25–28 October 2020.

Each year, the International Association for Food Protection hosts an Annual Meeting, providing attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe. Held in various locations throughout North America, this meeting has grown over the years to become the leading food safety conference worldwide. IAFP 2020 will be held at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The IAFP Annual Meeting is attended by more than 3,800 of the top industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals from six continents. This renowned event owes its reputation and success to the quantity, quality, and diversity of each year’s program; the quality and relevance of exhibits sharing the latest in available technologies; leading experts speaking on a variety of timely topics; and special recognition of outstanding professionals and students for their contributions in the food safety field.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #736). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please see the following link: http://www.foodprotection.org/annualmeeting/

9 April 2020
Free Open Platforms to Support Academics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a leading Open Access publisher, MDPI is committed to fostering open scientific exchange in all forms across all disciplines. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many researchers have to stay at home and many academic conferences have been cancelled or postponed. In light of these changes, MDPI has adopted numerous initiatives that may help accelerate scientific exchange and provide support to the academics during this period.

Scholarly Community—Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

Comprehensive and Free Literature DatabaseScilit

Scilit is a comprehensive, free database for scientists that uses a new method to collate data and index scientific material. Our crawlers extract the latest data from CrossRef and PubMed on a daily basis. This means that newly published articles are immediately added to Scilit.

Display Academic AchievementsSciProfiles

SciProfiles is an innovative social network for researchers and scholars that is developed by MDPI. In line with our broad mission, the purpose of SciProfiles is to accelerate discovery and innovation by facilitating immediate access to research results and providing opportunities for academic networking.

Organize and Participate in Conferences OnlineSciforum

Sciforum is an event planning platform that supports open science by offering the opportunity to host and participate in academic conferences. It provides an environment for scholarly exchange, discussion of topics of current interest, building of networks, and establishing collaborations.

Post Early Versions of Research OutputsPreprints

Preprints is a platform dedicated to making early versions of research outputs permanently available and citable. We post original research articles and comprehensive reviews, and papers can be updated by authors at any time. Content on Preprints is not peer-reviewed, and feedback can be received from readers.

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MDPI remains committed to open science and open data and has signed a statement, along with more than thirty scholarly publishers, showing our intention to facilitate sharing of new research findings as early on as possible. The initiative sees publishers collectively removing barriers to new research, in the face of a global healthcare crisis.

25 March 2020
MDPI Comment on the COVID-19 Virus

The world is currently suffering from a global pandemic of the corona virus COVID-19. MDPI expresses its sympathies for all of those affected by the virus and stands in solidarity with medical staff and researchers treating patients and searching for scientific solutions.

MDPI has previously published papers covering corona viruses in addition to new papers on the current outbreak, see all papers here. In particular, Viruses has published a number of Special Issues and papers on the topic (see here, here, and here) as well as a forthcoming Special Issue.

Alongside journal articles, MDPI has been a strong supporter of preprints, which are increasingly being used to rapidly disseminate the latest research, and we run the preprint server Preprints.org. Our database of research articles, Scilit, is free to use and covers all publishers including preprint servers. New papers are often in search results within hours of publication and users can set up alerts for new papers.

Our main priority during this period has been the health and safety of staff, and we continue to allow staff to work at home and closely monitor the situation in all locations in which we work. Despite the restrictions, we continue to provide a full publication service and, by close collaboration with our editorial boards and making use our in-house teams, ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in publishing vital research. Fast and open publication has always been at the core of MDPI values and is now more important than ever.

We hope that a solution to the current situation will emerge soon. In the meantime, we will do our best to continue communicating vital research in all fields.

18 March 2020
MDPI Co-Signed Position Statement on Transformative Agreements

The advantages of the open access model of scientific publishing are being increasingly recognized in the scientific community. It allows new scientific evidence to be accessed from the moment of publication for free by anyone around the globe, boosting the impact of new research. In response, many funders, libraries and universities have been adopting new principles to accelerate the transition to open access.

Recently, “transformative agreements” have been negotiated between traditional publishers and various institutions. While increasing the number of open access papers, these agreements lack binding commitments to a full transition to open access, their conditions vary across different regions, and access is still limited for many users.

MDPI is a co-signatory of the recent position statement raising concerns about potential downsides of transformative agreements and how they may delay a full transition to open access. The statement highlights that these models “risk perpetuating current limitations on access, transparency and market competitiveness, while simultaneously facilitating excessive charges on the public purse”.

As a pioneering open access journal publisher, MDPI is the first to promote the importance of science being made available to everyone. Our peer-reviewed journals, covering diverse academic disciplines, are fully accessible to the public free of charge under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). This is why, along with other open access publishers, MDPI is a proud signatory of the position paper and is committed to contributing to the replacement of weak transitional agreements with “agreements with publishers that are already fully committed to open science and who offer full, immediate and transparent Open Access”.

Read the position paper here

16 March 2020
Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Awards 2020 - Open for Application

We are pleased to announce that Encyclopedia will be awarding five Outstanding Contributor Awards for researchers in 2020. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Encyclopedia Editorial Board.

Prize for Winners

  1. An official certificate;
  2. A cash award of 500 CHF or an MDPI discount voucher of 800 CHF.


Application Deadline

31 December, 2020 (Please send your application email with a list of all entries you contributed to our office before the deadline: [email protected])

Candidate Requirements

  1. Have a Ph.D. degree;
  2. Have more than three qualified entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020.

Evaluation Standards

  1. Number of entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020;
  2. Quality of entries online (including length, figure quality, and novelty);
  3. Impact of entries (including the number of likes, discussion contents, views, and downloads).

If you are a researcher and have not yet contribute entries to Encyclopedia, please do not miss this chance to highlight your research results.

12 March 2020
Meet us at the 8th International Crop Science Congress, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 21–25 June 2020

MDPI will be attending the 8th International Crop Science Congress, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 21–25 June 2020.

This is a conference on Crop Science to stimulate thinking among scientists as to how advances in crop science, in all their aspects, can assist in meeting the critical diverse global challenges that lie ahead. This congress will address basic and applied aspects of plant and crop sciences as they relate to strategies to develop unique, sustainable, agricultural systems having the capacity to support animal and human health on a global scale, while being mindful of our custodial responsibilities towards the well-being of our planet Earth.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please 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: https://www.icsc2020.com/.

21 January 2020
Meet Us at the 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2020) in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, 19–24 July, 2020


MDPI will be attending the IGARSS 2020, to be held in Hawaii, USA, 19–24 July 2020

Hosted by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2020) will be held Sunday, 19 July through Friday, 24 July, 2020 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA. The main theme of the 2020 symposium is "Remote Sensing: Global Perspectives for Local Solutions".

GARSS 2020 is offering unique perspectives, discussions, research, solutions, and an opportunity to network in a beautiful environment.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Remote Sensing

Atmosphere

Land

Sustainability

Drones

IJGI

Sensors

Geosciences

Hydrology

Applied Sciences

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth # 82). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://igarss2020.org/default.asp.

21 January 2020
Meet Us at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Denver, USA


MDPI will be attending the AAG annual meeting, to be held in Denver, USA, from 6–10 April 2020

The AAG 2020 is joined by fellow geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting will be held from Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10, 2020, and will feature over 6,900 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers.

The Annual Meeting of the AAG is quite possibly the largest geography conference in the world, with over 8,500 geographers converging from the U.S., Canada, and nearly 60 other countries in a typical year. With thousands of different papers and presentations scheduled throughout the conference, you’ll find no shortage of activities that reflect your specific interests within the field of geography.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency – Denver at Colorado Convention Center and the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Downtown Denver, Colorado. For more information, visit https://www2.aag.org/aagannualmeeting/.


The following MDPI journals will be represented:

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Remote Sensing

Land

Sustainability

Sensors

Water

Urban Science

Climate

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #415). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://www2.aag.org/aagannualmeeting/.

11 October 2019
Introducing SciProfiles, an Academic Social Network

MDPI is pleased to announce the release of SciProfiles, its social network platform for researchers and scholars.

The purpose of SciProfiles is aligned with MDPI’s broad mission to accelerate discovery and innovation by facilitating immediate access to research results and to serve scholars and communities by providing opportunities for academic networking.

SciProfiles also ambitions to serve as a sustainable, transparent and community-driven research evaluation system aligned with the DORA principles (https://sfdora.org/). Through their scientific profiles, academics can highlight their contribution to research communities, and measure their impact on their field, beyond publication numbers and impact factors. SciProfiles is currently a beta version and will enrich to give researchers the possibility to highlight all of their contributions to science and their scientific communities as authors, reviewers, editors, conference organizers, conference panelists, conference keynote speakers, or even as lecturers or student mentors at their University.

The classic components of popular community social networks, including follower/following, classical metrics, endorsements and recommendations (https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/announcements/1690), comments (https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/announcements/1397) are or will be very soon highlighted in SciProfiles as open science contributions.

To help increase the impact and visibility of articles and their authors to an appropriate audience, the platform offers a NewsFeed that includes recommendations of relevant content based on interests, publication history, saved searches or colleagues’ recommendations.

SciProfiles’ avatars are now being integrated on several MDPI platforms, meaning that you will directly access researchers’ profiles from any of the MDPI platforms:

MDPI's journal publishing website: www.mdpi.com
MDPI's conference hosting and management website: www.sciforum.net
MDPI's pre-print website : www.preprints.org
MDPI's knowledge sharing website : www.encyclopedia.pub
MDPI's books store: www.mdpi.com/books
MDPI's literature database : www.scilit.net

SciProfiles aims to serve scientific communities at large. It can be embedded into third-party websites and also welcomes integration of data from third-parties.

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/2
Dr. Franck Vazquez: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/FranckVazquez
Dr. Martyn Rittman: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/martynrittman

9 October 2019
Meet Us at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, USA, 10–15 November 2019


MDPI will be attending the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, USA, 10–15 November 2019.

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #335). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2019.

2 October 2019
Winners of the 2019 MDPI Writing Prize

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 MDPI Writing Prize. Entrants were asked to write on the theme "Judging research: How should research and researchers be evaluated and rewarded?" We received a large number of excellent essays from PhD students and postdocs, and the process of shortlisting and choosing winners was not an easy one. The winners demonstrated excellent writing skills alongside interesting and thought-provoking ideas.

As last year, we will begin the process of collating all entries into a book that will be available in open access format. Alongside promoting good writing skills, we see the prize as a way to promote the voices of early career researchers within broader debates and policy discussions.

Congratulations to all of the participants and especially the winners. The winners are:

1st Prize (500 CHF):
Albin Nilsson (National Centre for Nuclear Research, Warsaw, Poland)
[Read here]

2nd Prize (250 CHF):
Qi Zhang (Shandong University, Jinan, China)
[Read here]
Igor Ogashawara (Indiana University, Indianapolis, US)
[Read here]

3rd Prize (100 CHF):
Margaret Sivapragasam (Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Perak, Malaysia)
[Read here]
Arvind Sharma (The University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia)
[Read here]
Jose Flores-Guerrero (University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)
[Read here]

The MDPI Writing Prize is an annual award supported by MDPI Author Services, which provides services including language editing, reformatting, plagiarism checks, and image editing.

20 September 2019
MDPI Now Gives Scholars the Possibility to Endorse and Recommend Articles

MDPI is pleased to announce the release of a new functionality giving the possibility for researchers and scholars to endorse, and formally recommend articles to their colleagues.

MDPI was an early signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (https://sfdora.org/read/) which calls for improvement in how quality and impact of scholarly research outputs are evaluated, especially in moving beyond journal-based citation metrics (journal Impact Factor, Scopus Citescore, etc.).

MDPI supports the establishment of article-level impact metrics, including citations, views, downloads, and Altmetric scores. These measures serve as an impact indicator for research articles on a case–by-case basis, assessing paper on its own merit. However, these metrics are also subjective and can give a biased picture of the article impact: they do not directly reflect the quality or the intrinsic scientific value of the article.

In our view, community engagement with publications based on community-driven metrics can help to overcome this limitation. We have therefore launched an option for scholars to endorse articles, indicating their own assessment of its content and making a recommendation to their community. This follows our implementation of the open source Hypothesis commenting tool, which has been available for all articles published by MDPI for over a year (https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/announcements/1397). Both endorsement and commenting are available for all previously published and forthcoming MDPI articles.

In addition to potentially serving as a sustainable solution to article assessment, endorsements will help scientific communities to identify the most relevant articles, independently of the journal in which it was published.

The code for the endorsing functionality, which relies on DOIs and ORCIDs, will be made available on GitHub with an open source license.

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, President and Founder
Dr. Franck Vazquez, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Martyn Rittman, Publishing Director

16 September 2019
Meet Us at XXV IUFRO World Congress (IUFRO 2019) in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, 29 Sep–5 Oct 2019

MDPI will be attending the XXV IUFRO World Congress (IUFRO 2019) in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, 29 Sep–5 Oct 2019.

The Congress will be a great opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge on technological innovations, as well as to stay up to date on the latest research findings and trends for the future of forestry and forest research in all areas of the world.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to meet us in VIP lounge room. 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: http://iufro2019.com/

11 September 2019

Create an Entry in Encyclopedia to Get a 100 CHF Voucher in Publishing in MDPI Journals

Encyclopedia is pleased to announce that certain well-prepared entries are eligible for a 100 CHF voucher, which can be used for paper publication in any journals in MDPI. We believe that your contribution would be a great help in keeping up with scientific developments. Do not miss the chance to publish with us. Please clink here to find the detailed guideline.

Encyclopedia is a free online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as provide a comprehensive record of scientific development. If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact us via [email protected].

11 September 2019
Society Collaborations Established in June and July 2019

In June and July 2019, four societies chose to establish a cooperation with MDPI journals.

Society

Journal

Spanish Society of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology (SEFIG)

Pharmaceutics

Spanish Society for Cellular Biology (SEBC)

International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS)

Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

Sustainability

Clim4Vitis (Climate Change Impact Mitigation for European Viticulture)

Applied Sciences

As part of this collaboration, the members of these affiliated societies will enjoy a discount on the article processing charges (APC) when submitting articles to the corresponding journals. The collaboration goes beyond the discount benefit offered to members and includes other services as well as cross-promotions.

Further information about these societies:

Spanish Society of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology (SEFIG) is a national organization that includes pharmacists and other graduates devoted to pharmaceutical R&D and pharmaceutical education related to the pharmaceutical industry, university education, and research centers or health institutions.

Spanish Society for Cellular Biology (SEBC) was founded in 1984 and it is currently formed by over 350 members. It was initially established as a scientific association to coordinate research and formative activities in the field of Cell Biology.

Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is an innovation consortium that seeks to make Canada a global leader in low carbon smart mobility technologies across heavy-duty and light-duty platforms, including advanced transit, transportation, and integrated mobility applications. It supports the commercialization of technologies through industry-led collaborative research, development, demonstration/delivery, and integration (RDD&I) projects that bring innovative design to Canada’s low-carbon smart mobility eco-system.

Clim4Vitis (Climate Change Impact Mitigation for European Viticulture) is a three-year Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union Research and Innovation programme. Coordinated by UTAD (Portugal), with the support of PIK (Germany), UNIFI (Italy), LIST (Luxembourg) and SPI (Portugal), the project aims to encourage S&T capacity and performance in grapevine modelling with a vision to implement methods and tools for assessing climate change impacts on European viticulture. First edition of the project Newsletter can be found here.

6 September 2019
Meet us at the 35th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, 21-24 October 2019

MDPI will be attending the 35th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, 21-24 October 2019.

The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has become the preeminent national conference in this important environmental area. The conference attracts 600-800 attendees annually which includes a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), environmental engineering, environmental consulting, and academia.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #B34). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.aehsfoundation.org/Ecc-Exhibitor-Info.aspx

6 August 2019
Preprints Reaches 10,000 Posted Articles Milestone

We are pleased to announce that Preprints has passed the milestone of 10,000 posted preprints. We are delighted to have reached this after just over three years of operation. Our congratulations and thanks go to our authors and advisory board who have supported growth of the platform and been crucial to its operation.

You can find further details at https://www.preprints.org/announcement/show/37.

5 August 2019
Meet Us at “Embracing the Digital Environment” 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, November 10-13, 2019


MDPI will be attending the “Embracing the Digital Environment” 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, November 10-13, 2019.

The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America will host approximately 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2019 International Annual Meeting. This premier scientific meeting provides unlimited networking opportunities, scientific abstracts, oral and poster sessions, a robust exhibit hall, technical workshops, and professional and destination tours. Plus, there's a career center, graduate and undergraduate programs, distinguished lecturers, awards, continuing education units (CEU's), prizes, and more! 

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #320). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.acsmeetings.org/

2 August 2019
DeepGreen Partnering with Publishers and Universities in Distributing Open Access Content to Institutional Repositories

Last week, the DeepGreen initiative in Germany started into an advanced test phase with the publishing partners S. Karger AG, SAGE Publishing, MDPI, Frontiers and De Gruyter, as well as 27 universities from all over Germany, from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences to University of Konstanz.

DeepGreen aims at lowering the barriers for open access publishing by automatically delivering metadata and full text publications from participating publishers to authorized repositories at German universities.

In preparation for a later live operation, the advanced test phase serves to gain experience with extensive data deliveries from publishers and also handling different repository software (including OPUS4, DSpace, EPrints, MyCoRe). DeepGreen thereby acts as a sophisticated platform, receiving articles published by authors affiliated with German universities and depositing these articles to respective university repositories, based on the affiliation metadata. For more information about DeepGreen: https://deepgreen.kobv.de

Karger AG has been a close cooperation partner of the DeepGreen consortium since 2016. S. Karger has more than 80 subscription-based and around 20 open access journals covering a wide spectrum in health science. DeepGreen will assign S. Karger articles to authorized institutions on the legal basis of German alliance and national licenses.

SAGE Publishing  was founded by Sara Miller McCune in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE publishes more than 1,000 journals and over 600 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne. SAGE Publishing has been a close cooperation partner of DeepGreen since 2016.

MDPI  is a scientific open access publisher and has been a partner of DeepGreen since 2017. MDPI comprises 205 peer-reviewed journals of various disciplines. All articles are published under a CC-BY license and are freely available without embargo period.

Frontiers  is a scientific open access publisher with 61 journals of over 600 academic disciplines. All articles are peer-reviewed and published freely available under CC-BY license.

De Gruyter  is an academic publisher with more than 700 subscription-based and open access journals of 29 disciplines. Articles provided by De Gruyter will be assigned to institutions with German alliance and national licenses.

There is promising communication with other publishers.

DeepGreen is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the consortium comprises six institutions: the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg, Bavarian State Library, Bavarian Library Network, University Library of the Technische Universität Berlin, University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

If you would like to know in more detail which institutions take part in the advanced test phase of DeepGreen, you can find more information here.

2 August 2019
Recruiting Editors for Sustainability

Sustainability is recruiting Editorial Board members for a new section on the "Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development". Professor Annamaria Di Fabio, from the University of Florence, is serving as Section Editor-in-Chief and she's editing a prolific special issue on the topic.

The journal is looking to expand the Editorial Board and cover areas that are less well-represented by the current team. If you are interested to serve as an Academic Editor on the editorial board, or have potential candidates to recommend, please reach out to us by 31 December 2019.

Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal covering the environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. Sustainability has an impact factor 2018 of 2.592. The website of Sustainability can be accessed at https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/sustainability.

As an Editorial Board member, you have the following responsibilities:

– To make decisions on whether a manuscript can be accepted, or not, based on the
reports we collect;
– To serve as Editor of a Special Issue on a topic related to your research interests when it is convenient for you;
– To promote Sustainability and increase its visibility at related academic conferences.

To apply or request further information, please contact the Sustainability Editorial
Office ([email protected]). We look forward to hearing from you soon.

22 July 2019
The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is Now Affiliated to Sustainability

In June 2019, the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) became affiliated to Sustainability. As part of this collaboration, all members of CUTRIC enjoy a discount on the article processing charges (APC) when submitting articles to Sustainability.

The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is an innovation consortium that seeks to make Canada a global leader in low carbon smart mobility technologies across heavy-duty and light-duty platforms, including advanced transit, transportation, and integrated mobility applications. It supports the commercialization of technologies through industry-led collaborative research, development, demonstration/delivery, and integration (RDD&I) projects that bring innovative design to Canada’s low-carbon smart mobility eco-system.

CUTRIC's work generates solutions that decrease fuel consumption, reduce emissions, eliminate redundancies, reduce congestion, improve the quality of life for Canadians, advance the digital integration of low-cost mobility solutions for communities across Canada, increase road safety and reduce road accidents. CUTRIC supports the technologies required for a 21st century low-carbon economy.

CUTRIC is a professional organization whose functions are highly relevant to the scope of Sustainability. We look forward to collaborating with CUTRIC and publishing state-of-the-art research from its members in this field.

17 July 2019
First Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum

The University of Basel and the MDPI Sustainability Foundation are organizing the First Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum on 9th September 2019.

The aim of this event is to provide background and perspectives on Plan S to Learned Societies, which have to make well-informed decisions to transition their journals to Open Access (OA).

The BSPF will bring together several representatives of Learned societies, Plan S architects as well as representatives from various publishers and publishing platforms. After getting the big picture from cOAlition S, panel discussions will allow to better understand the diverse challenges that Learned societies are facing to transition their journals to OA as well as to identify sustainable, implementable and scalable solutions for successful Open Access transition.

For program details and registration, please follow the link below:
https://sciforum.net/conference/SustainableSolutionsToOpenAccess

3 July 2019
Meet Us at the Conference EWTEC 2019 in Napoli, Italy, 1–6 September 2019


MDPI will be attending the 13th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC 2019) in Napoli, Italy, 1–6 September 2019.

The European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference series are international, technical and scientific conferences, focused on ocean renewable energy. EWTEC series are widely respected for their commitment to maintaining high standards in the quality of academic and industrial contributions to their proceedings.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Sustainability

Water

Energies

Applied Sciences

Electronics

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #13). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.ewtec.org/conferences/ewtec-2019/.

21 June 2019
Meet Us at World Water Week 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden, 25–30 August 2019


World Water Week
is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2019, World Water Week will address the theme “Water for society – Including all”.

In the fourth year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2019 World Water Week addresses the basic objective of this agenda to secure inclusive and sustainable development for all people in all countries. The UN is focusing on “no-one left behind” as the theme for the 2019 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. In Stockholm, we are aligning this 2019 Thematic Scope with that theme, broadened to the wider perspective of inclusiveness. Water security underlies human and environmental security; access to and use of water in adequate quantity and quality are fundamental to survival and prosperity.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#A10). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/.

20 June 2019
Sustainability Receiving 2018 Updated Impact Factor of 2.592

We are pleased to inform that Sustainability received an updated Journal Impact Factor of 2.592 in the recent release of the Journal Citation Reports®. The journal's 5-Year Impact Factor is 2.801. Sustainability now ranks 105/250 (Q2) in the category 'Environmental Sciences' (SCIE), 20/35 (Q3) in 'Green & Sustainable Science & Technology' (SCIE), 44/116 (Q2) in 'Environmental Studies' (SSCI) and 3/6 (Q2) in 'Green & Sustainable Science & Technology' (SSCI).


Evolution of Impact Factor, Citations and Publications for Sustainability:


Source: data according to Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product; and Scopus journal metrics.

19 June 2019
Meet Us at EUROMAT 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden, 15 September


MDPI will be attending the European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes (EUROMAT 2019) in Stockholm, Sweden on 1–5 September 2019.

EUROMAT is the premier international congress in the field of materials science and technology in Europe. The visions of EUROMAT2019 are to:

  • Facilitate a programme where academia, research institutes and industry can meet and exchange ideas and provide information on the latest scientific development in
  • Promote involvement of top universities and researchers in materials science including special contribution from large scale facilities like MAXIV in Lund
  • Demonstrate efficient knowledge transfer between research and its application through the active involvement of research institutes in Sweden like RISE and Swerea

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Materials
Metals
Catalysts
Nanomaterials
Processes
Polymers
Molecules
JFB
Sustainability
Coatings
Inorganics

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#BrB1) in Norra Latin - The Marble Vault. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://euromat2019.fems.eu/.

11 June 2019
Meet Us at ICCE 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece, 16–20 June 2019

MDPI will be attending the 17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE 2019) in Thessaloniki, Greece on 16–20 June 2019.

ICCE 2019 addresses scientists in the academia, industry and in governmental institutions alike. ICCE 2019 provides a unique information and communication platform for environmental scientists and a forum of professional exchange with collaborators and colleagues from related disciplines.

Participants, from more than 70 countries have submitted their works to be presented at the conference in oral and poster presentations. 5 plenary and 25 keynote lectures as well as 5 satellite events highlighting priority scientific issues within Environmental Chemistry have been planned. A panel discussion among editors from some of the most prestigious environmental science journals has been organized, aiming to give essential information and experience to young but also senior researchers about publishing articles in top rated peer reviewed journals.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth in venue hall. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://icce2019.org/.

4 June 2019
Meet Us at 2019 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Louisville, KY, 30 October – 3 November 2019


MDPI will be attending the 2019 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Louisville, KY, 30 October – 3 November 2019.

The SAF National Convention is one of the largest conferences related to Forestry in the USA. This is a great opportunity to connect face-to-face with nearly 2000 land management and forestry professionals.

The 2019 SAF Convention will highlight mega trends such as advanced wood materials and new products from cellulose, while acknowledging the legacy of American wood use in music, food, shelter, and culture.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #517). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.eforester.org/Safconvention/Default.aspx.

10 May 2019
Meet us at the 27th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition‎ (EUBCE 2019) in Lisbon, Portugal


MDPI's team of editors is going to attend EUBCE 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, from 27-30 May, 2019.

As the largest gathering of biomass experts, the EUBCE combines one of the largest science and technology conferences with a high industry exhibition, attracting biomass professionals from around the globe. Key topics include biomass resources, biomass conversion technologies for heating, cooling and electricity, biomass conversion technologies for energy carriers, chemicals and materials, biomass sustainability, impacts and policies, and bioenergy integration in energy systems.

MDPI representatives will be exhibiting our open access journals Energies, Sustainability, Catalysts, Resources and Processes.

If you will also be in attendance, please stop by our booth. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have regarding open access publishing or our journals. For more information about this conference, please visit http://www.eubce.com/.

9 May 2019
New Title Oceans Seeking Founding Editor-in-Chief

Oceans is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal which is aiming to provide cutting-edge research related to all aspects of oceanography. We are now seeking a founding Editor-in-Chief to develop Oceans into a leading flagship journal in this field.

The main responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief include the following:

  • Setting the scope and direction of the journal
  • Advising on the strategic development of the journal
  • Ensuring the quality of the published content
  • Coordinating the Editorial Board and stimulating their contributions to the journal
  • Promoting the journal at scientific conferences and through other venues

A full application for evaluation should include these items:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A description of the candidate’s vision for Oceans.

Applications are due by 9th July 2019. Please send your application or any questions to the Oceans Editorial Office ([email protected]).

8 May 2019
Meet Us at the 24th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE 2019) in Manchester, UK, 26–29 June 2019


MDPI will be attending the 24th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE 2019), to be held in Manchester, UK, 26–29 June 2019.

EAERE (The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists) is one of the largest and most prominent scientific associations worldwide in the field of environmental and resource economics. Its annual conference attracts up to 750 participants from academic institutions, the public sector, and private industry. There are participants from 80 countries in Europe and beyond, who conduct research, design policy and operate in the field of environmental and resource economics.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Sustainability

Energies

Climate

Water

Urban Science

Resources

Economies

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth # 5). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have regarding our journals and open access publishing. For more information about the conference, please visit http://www.eaere-conferences.org/index.php?p=124

8 May 2019
Meet us at the 46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 46) in Chicago, Illinois, USA


MDPI will attend PVSC 46 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from 16−21 June 2019.

As the signature event in the burgeoning solar power technology and market sector, the PVSCs have a rich tradition of bringing together students, innovators, researchers and PV leaders in a vibrant and highly integrative forum to share information, gain knowledge, strengthen collaborations and move forward photovoltaic science and technology from basic and applied research into large scale manufacturing and deployments.

Our representatives will be exhibiting our open access journals Energies, Coatings, Sustainability, Catalysts, Nanomaterials, Materials, Electronics, and Applied System Innovation (ASI).

If you will also be in attendance, please stop by our booth (# 110). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have regarding open access publishing or our journals. For more information about this conference, please visit https://www.ieee-pvsc.org/PVSC46/index.php.

4 April 2019
Meet Us at IGARSS 2019 in Yokohama, Japan, 28 July – 2 August 2019

MDPI will be attending the 2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, to be held in Yokohama, Japan, 28 July – 2 August 2019.

This conference will be the 39th annual IGARSS symposium and will continue the excellent tradition of gathering world-class scientists, engineers and educators engaged in the fields of geoscience and remote sensing. We believe that the additional scientific themes of this event, focusing on 'Disasters and Environment' will allow the formation of an inspiring technical program.

IGARSS is recognized today as a premier event in remote sensing and provides an ideal forum for obtaining up-to-date information about the latest developments, exchanging ideas, identifying future trends in your research area and making contacts with the international remote sensing community. With intensive and careful planning underway we anticipate a technically outstanding and most pleasant symposium.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Remote Sensing
IJGI
Sensors
Water
Geosciences
Atmosphere
Land
Forests
JMSE
Sustainability

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth # 30). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://igarss2019.org/CallForSponsorsExhibitors.asp.

20 March 2019
Fostering Open Access Publishing Worldwide: New IOAP Participants in February and March 2019

We are pleased to welcome more universities from Poland, Italy, Germany, Brazil and other parts of the world to MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). A warm welcome to the institutions listed below, who have joined the Program in February and March this year.


James Madison University (JMU), Harrisonburg USA
Loughborough University UK
Lublin University of Technology Poland
Marquette University, Milwaukee USA
Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand
Medical College of Wisconsin USA
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń Poland
Poznań University of Life Sciences Poland
Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin Germany
Rothamsted Research, Harpenden UK
Santa Clara University (SCU)  USA
Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau Germany
University of Aveiro Portugal
University of Brasília Brazil
University of Duisburg-Essen Germany
University of Greifswald Germany
University of Molise Italy
University of Naples Parthenope Italy
University of São Paulo (USP) - São Carlos Institute of Physics Brazil
University of Szczecin Poland
University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn Poland
University West, Trollhättan Sweden
UTP University of Science and Technology, Bydgoszcz Poland
VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland Finland


Authors affiliated with these institutions can now enjoy a discount on the APC for papers accepted for publication in any MDPI journal. If you would like to learn more about our program, please visit: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/ioap or email us at [email protected].

5 March 2019
MDPI Joins Jisc’s Publications Router Service

We are delighted to announce our participation in Jisc’s Publication Router project, as of March 2019.

Publications Router is a Jisc service that automatically sends notifications about research articles to institutions' systems such as their repositories or CRISs, since May 2015. Through this agreement, MDPI will provide Jisc with daily feeds and information regarding published articles, which will be gathered by their system and delivered to institutions also registered to this service. Nearly all of our articles are published within 15 days of acceptance, so institutions will receive them quite promptly.

The feed will include the full text of the published version of record, with no embargo, so the articles can be exposed immediately for public view. They are accompanied by rich metadata, including confirmation of the immediate CC BY licence, minimising the need for any manual intervention or checking.

For more information about Publications Router, you may contact Jisc’s central helpdesk at [email protected]. For any queries about MDPI’s institutional agreements and collaborations, you may get in touch with MDPI’s Institutional Engagement team at [email protected], which would be very happy to hear from further UK institutions.

1 February 2019
2018 MDPI Top Reviewer AwardWinners Announced


Rigorous peer-review is the cornerstone of high quality academic publishing. Over 97,000 scholars served as reviewers for MDPI journals in 2018. We are extremely appreciative of all those who made a contribution to the editorial process in this capacity. At the beginning of every year, journal editorial offices publish a list all reviewers’ names to express our gratitude. In addition, this year the “MDPI Top Reviewer Awards” are announced, to recognize the very best reviewers for their expertise, dedication, high quality, and timely review reports. We are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2018 MDPI Top Reviewer Awards:

  • Ali Behnood
  • Andrea Pezzuolo
  • Angela Gorgoglione
  • Anna D'Auria
  • Antonio D'Andrea
  • Azhar Abbas
  • Bogdan Zagajewski
  • Chunhui Chen
  • Dominika Głąbska
  • Dominika Guzek
  • Dragan Pamucar
  • Francisco J. G. Silva
  • Frank Li
  • Gianluca Serafini
  • Gyorgy Szekely
  • Haozhi Pan
  • Helvi Heinonen-Tanski
  • José Manuel Gómez-Soberón
  • Kathy Lewis
  • Klara Kosova
  • Luis N. López De Lacalle
  • M. Z. Naser
  • Malwina Tytła
  • Masoume Amirkhani
  • Matteo Ghidelli
  • Moretti Laura
  • Petra Schneider
  • Roberto Cerchione
  • Spyros Papaefthymiou
  • Ştefan Cristian Gherghina

24 January 2019
JAMS Journals: A Low-Cost Publishing Platform


Since 2010, MDPI has run its own online submission system. More recently, we have made the software, with accompanying publishing services, available to other publishers as JAMS (Journal and Article Management System). We are now delighted to announce the launch of JAMS Journals, a standardized platform for operating open access journals at low cost.

JAMS Journals provides a comprehensive service, including a shared submission website, journal websites hosted at a URL provided by the publisher, and a full production service. There is a small setup fee and the cost for each published paper is just a few hundred Swiss francs.

The platform demonstrates that running an open access journal can be straightforward and affordable. The JAMS Journals platform is suitable for

  • small publishers or groups of scholars looking to launch their own journal;
  • existing publishers or societies seeking to explore open access options;
  • publishers looking to convert an existing subscription journal to open access.

JAMS journals launches with two journals from Canadian-based publisher Etcetera Publications:

Dr AJ Al-Rajab (President of Etcetera Publications) comments:

“In the past few months, we were working on our project to launch new open access scientific journals in the field of agricultural and environmental sciences. We decided to go with JAMS for this venture because of the high quality of their services, reasonable prices, professionalism and easy communication. Our portfolio is expected to grow rapidly during 2019 to include more titles covering different areas in agriculture and environment. MDPI earned already our complete satisfaction and we are looking for a long term cooperation.”

Alongside the new platform, we continue to provide flexible, tailored journal management solutions for existing publishers. For any questions or to request a quotation, contact Dr. Constanze Schelhorn ([email protected]).

24 January 2019
Popularity of Preprints Continues to Grow

2018 was a great year for preprints, with increasing numbers of authors looking to make their papers available online before peer review. Along with other preprint servers, our platform Preprints.org  saw an increase in the uptake from authors, and more than double the number of announced papers compared to 2017. In fact, we recently passed two important milestones: 8000 preprints online and 30,000 authors. 

We believe that the whole research community has the opportunity to benefit from work being available online as early as possible. We thank and congratulate our authors for supporting us to make this goal a reality.

In 2019, we will be looking carefully at how to provide better value for authors, maintain efficiency while growing in size, and make sure we remain well-connected with the research community. 

If you want to participate, you can consider screening preprints or joining our advisory board. And, of course, posting your own work.

9 January 2019
Open Access Agreement between the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and MDPI

We are delighted to announce the establishment of our national Open Access agreement with the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Through this national agreement, the Austrian institutions listed below as well as FWF will cover the Article Processing Charges (APC) of manuscripts published by eligible corresponding or funded authors in MDPI journals as long as central funds are available.

All participating institutions have gained access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information as well as Funder and Grant ID details for easy identification and additional transparency. At the same time eligible authors are benefited from an APC discount which comes at no cost for the institutions.

Eligible corresponding authors affiliated with the participating institutions are prompted to choose the corresponding Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via our online submission system. The program will be selected automatically if authors submit their papers using their institutional email address. To claim their discount, FWF funded authors should choose the particular funder and add their Grant ID upon online submission of their manuscript. The institutions will then crosscheck the information and confirm the APC funding.

Eligible authors that have their APC covered by their institution or funder are advised to include the following sentence in their acknowledgments: "Open Access Funding by the [name of the institution/funder]".

The full text of the agreement is openly available online at: http://0-doi.org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.5281/zenodo.2536007

For any questions about the agreement, please contact the KEMÖ Consortium at [email protected], FWF at [email protected], or the MDPI IOAP team at [email protected]

The Austrian institutions participating in this agreement are:

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • University for Continuing Education Krems
  • University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna
  • University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
  • University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
  • Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Institute of Science and Technology Austria
  • MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  • University of Graz
  • University of Linz
  • University of Salzburg
  • Graz University of Technology
  • TU Wien
  • University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
  • University of Vienna

This is our first collective agreement with a national library consortium, while the individual institutions around the world participating in our IOAP are now more than 500 - see details here: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/ioap. We would be mostly interested in discussing about possible collaborations with other consortia, funders, and institutions in our mutual efforts to accelerate Open Access.

2 January 2019
Encyclopedia—the Scholarly Community Encyclopedia

We are pleased to announce the new platform Encyclopedia, which is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

We encourage authors of review articles to quote and adapt the content of their published papers to create Encyclopedia entries. You can create completely new entries on topics in which you have knowledge and expertise. There is no limit on the topics or research fields. All of science and the humanities are included. Each entry will be published directly after submission.

We also have prepared a DOI application function in Encyclopedia. Once a DOI application is approved, the entry website will announce the DOI number and a pdf version with DOI information will be automatically created.

We look forward to your contributions and hope you will make use of this service. Find more about the service at: https://encyclopedia.pub/

31 October 2018
Meet Us at the BES Annual Meeting 2018 in Birmingham, UK, 16–19 December 2018


MDPI will be attending the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2018, to be held in Birmingham, UK, 16–19 December 2018.

Over the last 40 years, the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting has grown into Europe’s largest and most influential annual event dedicated to ecology. In 2018, the British Ecological Society staging the Annual Meeting at the ICC in the heart of Birmingham. From 16–19 December 2018, 1600 ecologists—many of them world leaders in their field—representing business, academia, professional bodies, and NGOs from across the world, will converge in the United Kingdom’s second largest city for #BES2018.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Sustainability
Forests
Land
Climate
Life
Challenges

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Stand #F). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/events/bes2018/.

30 October 2018
Institutional Open Access Agreement between Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MDPI


We are delighted to announce that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is now a participant of our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). Authors funded by the BMGF can enjoy discounts on the APC, while the funder covers the costs of eligible articles centrally. BMGF also has access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information as well as Grant ID details for easy identification and additional transparency.

We hope that funded authors find the programme beneficial and we are happy to offer our IOAP to other funders that need a streamlined workflow of compliance checking and APC coverage. 

To claim their discount, BMGF funded authors should choose the particular funder and add their Grant ID upon online submission of their manuscript.

For any questions about the BMGF agreement, please contact the funder at [email protected] or the MDPI IOAP team at [email protected].

2 October 2018
MDPI Welcomes Plan S

Recently, it was announced that a group of European funders supported 10 principles that will help to expand open access, known as Plan S. MDPI warmly welcomes this move as a step towards achieving more open and accessible communication of research across all disciplines. Some aspects remain to be clarified, however the details given so far match the aims and values that MDPI has held over the past two decades.

We believe that open access publishers should be active participants in discussions around Plan S, particularly regarding potential new business models and practical aspects of implementation. MDPI supports APCs as a transparent unit of payment for article publishing, however we are committed to exploring other measures and recently signed the Jussieu Call. Sustainability is a key value for MDPI, and future funding models should have at their heart the sustainability of knowledge and research dissemination. Plan S provides an opportunity for funders and publishers to directly discuss funding of open access journals in ways that are beneficial to all parties involved.

5 September 2018
Meet Us at MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, USA, 25–30 November 2018


MDPI will be attending 2018 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, to be held in Boston, USA, 25–30 November 2018.

This conference is the key forum to present research to an interdisciplinary and international audience. It provides a window on the future of materials science and offers an opportunity for researchers—from students and postdoctoral fellows, to Nobel and Kavli Prize Laureates—to exchange technical information and network with colleagues.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #123). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.mrs.org/fall2018

30 August 2018
MDPI establishes Open Access agreement with Qatar National Library

We are happy to announce the establishment of an Open Access (OA) agreement with Qatar National Library (QNL). QNL is committed to supporting and helping Qatar authors publish OA at no cost. Through this national agreement, QNL will cover the Article Processing Charges (APC) of manuscripts published by Qatar-based corresponding authors in MDPI journals.

Eligible corresponding authors affiliated with Qatar research centers and universities are prompted to choose QNL as part of our Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via our online submission system. The program will be selected automatically if authors submit their papers using their institutional email and/or a computer registered with the institution’s IP range. QNL will then crosscheck the information and confirm the APC funding.

Qatar authors that have their APC covered by QNL are advised to include the following sentence in their acknowledgments: "The publication of this article was funded by Qatar National Library".

For more information, please visit Open Access at QNL or email the QNL Open Access team at [email protected].

13 July 2018
Meet Us at the XXVI Ibero-American Catalysis Congress (CICat 2018) in Coimbra, Portugal, 9–14 September 2018


Our editorial team will be attending the XXVI Ibero-American Catalysis Congress (CICat 2018) in Coimbra, Portugal, 9–14 September 2018

As a result of the biannual meetings held since 1968, the Ibero-American Federation of Catalysis Societies (FISoCat), the Portuguese Society of Chemistry (SPQ) and the University of Coimbra, have the pleasure of organizing the XXVI Ibero-American Catalysis Congress (CICat 2018).

As in previous editions, this event aims to be a meeting point for the Ibero-American community working in Catalysis and in all its different areas of scientific knowledge. The 2018 CICat has a symbolic historical importance, for reaching 50 years since the beginning of this series of Encounters. Participants of CICat 2018 are also invited to visit the city of Coimbra, as well as its historic center and the University of Coimbra (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

Catalysts
Processes
Energies
Symmetry
Applied Sciences
Sustainability
Materials

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth near the Lobby Coffee Break). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://cicat2018.eventos.chemistry.pt/?setLn=es.

26 June 2018
2017 Impact Factor Released for Sustainability:  2.075

We are pleased to inform that Sustainability received an updated Journal Impact Factor of 2.075 in the June 2018 release of the Journal Citation Reports®.The journal's 5-Year Impact Factor is 2.177. Sustainability now ranks 51/108 (Q2) in the category 'Environmental Studies' (SSCI), 120/241 (Q2) in 'Environmental Sciences' (SCIE) and 21/33 (Q3) in 'Green & Sustainable Science & Technology' (SCIE).

Overview of Citation Metrics:

  • Journal Impact Factor, 2 yrs (2017): 2.075
  • 5-Year Impact Factor (2017): 2.177
  • CiteScore, 3 yrs (Scopus): 2.37
  • SJR Scimago Journal Rank 2017(SJR): 0.537
  • Source Normalized Impact 2017 (SNIP): 1.030


Evolution of Impact Factor, Citations and Publications for Sustainability:


Source: data according to Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product; and Scopus journal metrics.

19 June 2018
Meet us at the 15th European Society for Agronomy Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, 27–30 August 2018

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 27th to the 31th of August, 2018
Website: http://www.esa-congress-2018.ch/

We will be attending the XV ESA Congress in Geneva from the 27th to the 31th of August 2018. The congress will offer a broad base of sessions related to crop physiology, cropping systems, farming systems and value chains in order to manage natural capital by making secure the availability and by managing the quality of natural resources. It is organized by four Swiss institutions involved in agricultural research (Agroscope, ETH Zurich, FiBL Switzerland and the Swiss Society of Agronomy) and it is open to scientists, professionals and students interested to discuss the scientific advances and possible practical applications. Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

If you are attending this conference, please stop by our booth (Booth #5). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have concerning open access publishing and our journals.

For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.esa-congress-2018.ch/.

19 June 2018
Meet us at the 2018 ASA and CSSA Annual Meeting


Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Date: 4–7 November 2018

We will be attending the 2018 ASA and CSSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA, to be held 4–7 November 2018. The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy will host approximately 2,500 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2018 International Annual Meeting, "Enhancing Productivity in a Changing Climate". It’s the premiere opportunity for professionals working in agronomic, crop, soil, and related sciences to hear about the latest research, meet and learn from their peers, expand their knowledge base, and take advantage of an abundance of networking opportunities to enhance their career. This year’s Annual Meeting will feature more than 2,000 technical presentations, along with a host of networking events and award ceremonies. The world-class exhibition displays the latest scientific equipment, supplies, services, and reference materials available. Representatives of the following MDPI open access journals will attend:

If you are attending this conference, please stop by our booth (Booth #624). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have concerning open access publishing and our journals.

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

12 June 2018
Meet US at IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, 16–21 September 2018


MDPI will be attending the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, 16–21 September 2018.

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals covering the full water cycle. As the Congress rotates through cities and countries each event has an extra emphasis on issues of specific interest to the region. The 2018 edition taking place in Tokyo will have as key focus the digital economy, megacities, diffusion of innovation, disaster resilience and sustainability.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #102). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://worldwatercongress.org/

1 June 2018
Sustainability 2017 CiteScore™ Announced - 2.37

We are pleased to report Sustainability received a CiteScore of 2.37 for 2017. The metric reflects citation activity in 2017 in Scopus for papers published in the period 2014‒2016.

For the full details in the current CiteScore release, please see the journal's Source profile. To check the full list of MDPI journals receiving CiteScores, please see here.

31 May 2018
2017 CiteScore™ Metrics Released

The 2017 CiteScore™ data is available now, based on citation data in the Scopus® database. The current CiteScore reflects citation activity in 2017 for articles published in 2014‒2016. Please note that the list below includes journals assigned a CiteScore in this year’s release. For a full list of journals indexed in Scopus, please see our journal list.

Thirteen of our journals received a CiteScore which is in the top 10% of the distribution in at least one of the categories (marked with * in the table below), while a further 32 journals exhibit scores that are in the first quartile of the respective categories.

To access the full data for MDPI journals, please see here. More data can also be found in SJR Scimago Journal & Country Rank.

Unlike CiteScores and the widely used Journal Impact Factors, the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) metrics are normalized in order to correct for differences in citation practices between scientific fields. Therefore, the SNIP allows direct comparison between journals specialized in different fields.

According to 2017 data, MDPI publishes six journals with an average citation impact, or SNIP, in excess of 1.500. These journals are Biomolecules, Cancers, Journal of Clinical Medicine (JCM), Marine Drugs, Remote Sensing and Sensors (see the last column in the table below).

CiteScore Data for MDPI Journals

Journal Rank (Quartile)
Category Link CiteScore 2017
2016

2015
SNIP 2017
Aerospace 43/116 (Q2) • Aerospace Engineering Link 1.23 - -  1.152
Agriculture 69/309 (Q1)

91/398 (Q1)
78/255 (Q2)
• Agronomy and Crop Science
• Plant Science
• Food Science
Link 1.93 - -  1.133
Agronomy 46/309 (Q1) • Agronomy and Crop Science Link 2.38 - -  1.115
Algorithms 22/46 (Q2)
61/125 (Q2)

60/107 (Q3)

64/114 (Q3)
• Numerical Analysis
• Computational Mathematics
• Computational Theory and Mathematics
• Theoretical Computer Science
Link 1.03 1.15 1.07  0.749
Animals 12/154 (Q1) *
48/367 (Q1)
• General Veterinary
• Animal Science and Zoology
Link 2.02 1.46 1.66  1.099
Antibiotics 6/68 (Q1) *


62/263 (Q1)
55/230 (Q1)
31/108 (Q2)
47/134 (Q2)
139/398 (Q2)
• General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
• Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology (medical)
• Microbiology (medical)
• Microbiology
• Biochemistry
Link 2.85 1.65 -  0.975
Antibodies 43/143 (Q2)
61/164 (Q2)
85/189 (Q2)
• Drug Discovery
• Immunology and Allergy
• Immunology
Link 2.85 - -  0.844
Antioxidants 23/119 (Q1)
35/169 (Q2)
100/398 (Q2)
119/367 (Q2)
102/264 (Q2)
• Clinical Biochemistry
• Physiology
• Biochemistry
• Molecular Biology
• Cell Biology
Link 3.42 - -  1.361
Applied Sciences 48/270 (Q1)
15/66 (Q1)

31/116 (Q2)
18/53 (Q2)

151/434 (Q2)

186/535 (Q2)
• General Engineering
• Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
• Instrumentation
• Process Chemistry and Technology
• General Materials Science
• Computer Science Applications
Link 1.90 - -  0.801
Biology 12/177 (Q1)*

32/186 (Q1)


10/40 (Q1)
• General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
• General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
• General Immunology and Microbiology
Link 3.48 3.02 2.78  0.961
Biomolecules 31/398 (Q1) *
41/367 (Q1)
• Biochemistry
• Molecular Biology
Link 5.72 1.67 3.08  1.542
Biosensors 20/119 (Q1) • Clinical Biochemistry Link 3.59 2.83 2.37  1.122
Brain Sciences 47/111 (Q2) • General Neuroscience Link 2.56 - -  0.695
Cancers 26/323 (Q1) *
23/191 (Q1)
• Oncology
• Cancer Research
Link 5.82 5.02 4.07  1.567
Catalysts 32/151 (Q1)

21/46 (Q2)
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
• Catalysis
Link 3.23 3.44 3.45  0.954
Crystals 76/272 (Q2)

140/434 (Q2)

127/398 (Q2)

26/64 (Q2)
• General Chemical Engineering
• General Materials Science
• Condensed Matter Physics
• Inorganic Chemistry
Link 1.97 1.89 1.47  0.745
Diagnostics 49/119 (Q2) • Clinical Biochemistry Link 2.43 - -  0.788
Diversity 30/124 (Q1)

14/52 (Q2)


83/306 (Q2)
11/29 (Q2)
• Nature and Landscape Conservation
• Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
• Ecology
• Ecological Modelling
Link 2.15 2.03 1.96  1.300
Electronics 109/644 (Q1)

26/148 (Q1)

42/224 (Q1)

50/259 (Q1)

23/96 (Q1)
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Hardware and
Architecture
• Control and Systems Engineering
• Computer Networks and Communications
• Signal Processing
Link 2.97 - -  1.227
Energies 6/73 (Q1) *
31/192 (Q1)

103/644 (Q1)

4/16 (Q1)
47/140 (Q2)
• Control and Optimization
• Energy Engineering and Power Technology
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Energy (miscellaneous)
• Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Link 3.11 2.50 2.87  1.340
Entropy 35/202 (Q1) • General Physics and Astronomy Link 2.41 1.87 1.99  1.189
Forests 17/129 (Q1) • Forestry Link 2.31 2.06 1.76  0.990
Future Internet 132/259 (Q3) • Computer Networks and Communications Link 1.25 - - -
Games 132/187 (Q3)
78/110 (Q3)

305/418 (Q3)
• Statistics and Probability
• Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
• Applied Mathematics
Link 0.61 0.87 0.57  1.038
Genes 21/91 (Q1)
74/311 (Q1)
• Genetics (clinical)
• Genetics
Link 3.49 3.62 3.18  0.374
Geosciences 32/182 (Q1)

• General Earth and Planetary Sciences Link 1.97 1.67 1.29  0.856
Information 143/251 (Q3) • Information Systems Link 1.16 0.78 0.94  1.146
Insects 27/135 (Q1) • Insect Science Link 1.85 1.81 1.38  0.719
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 80/478 (Q1)


34/106 (Q2)
• Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
• Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Link 2.41 2.38 2.42  0.931
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) 7/69 (Q1) *
61/535 (Q1)

20/163 (Q1)
9/64 (Q1)
26/151 (Q1)

89/367 (Q2)
17/46 (Q2)
• Spectroscopy
• Computer Science Applications
• Organic Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
• Molecular Biology
• Catalysis
Link 3.86 3.73 3.37  0.998
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (IJGI) 79/605 (Q1)

22/82 (Q2)

13/36 (Q2)
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
• Computers in Earth Sciences
Link 2.10 1.62 1.52  1.062
Journal of Clinical Medicine (JCM) 10/841 (Q1) * • General Medicine Link 7.07 - -  1.535
Journal of Functional Biomaterials (JFB) 43/199 (Q1)
23/77 (Q2)
• Biomedical Engineering
• Biomaterials
Link 3.47 - -  1.344
Journal of Low Po-
wer Electronics and Applications (JLPEA)
301/644 (Q2) • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Link 1.12 0.98 0.83  0.367
Journal of Personalized Medicine (JPM) 54/189 (Q2) • Medicine (miscellaneous) Link 2.61 - -  0.944
Land 50/124 (Q2)

129/306 (Q2)
36/65 (Q3)
• Nature and Landscape Conservation
• Ecology
• Global and Planetary Change
Link 1.44 - -  0.658
Life 4/94 (Q1) *
70/561 (Q1)

40/186 (Q1)


20/80 (Q2)
• Palaeontology
• Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
• General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
• Space and Planetary Science
Link 3.16 2.95 1.68  0.935
Marine Drugs 17/146 (Q1) • Drug Discovery Link 4.58 3.83 3.66  1.537
Materials 83/434 (Q1) • General Materials Science Link 3.02 3.26 3.11  1.285
Membranes 5/18 (Q2)

15/53 (Q2)

4/10 (Q2)
• Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
• Process Chemistry and Technology
• Filtration and Separation
Link 2.69 2.19 2.95  0.880
Metabolites 47/209 (Q1)

103/398 (Q2)
127/367 (Q2)
• Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
• Biochemistry
• Molecular Biology
Link 3.35 - -  0.925
Metals 155/434 (Q2) • General Materials Science Link 1.87 - -  0.955
Micromachines 105/554 (Q1)
154/644 (Q1)

64/224 (Q2)
• Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Control and Systems Engineering
Link 2.31 1.83 1.78  0.987
Minerals 33/175 (Q1)


45/208 (Q1)
• Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
• Geology
Link 2.21 2.13 1.77  1.149
Molecules 4/25 (Q1)

25/172 (Q1)
18/104 (Q1)
31/163 (Q1)
30/151 (Q1)

31/146 (Q1)
55/160 (Q2)
• Chemistry (miscellaneous)
• Pharmaceutical Science
• Analytical Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
• Drug Discovery
• Molecular Medicine
Link 3.27 3.09 2.65  1.146
Nutrients 11/255 (Q1) *
9/112 (Q1) *
• Food Science
• Nutrition and Dietetics
Link 4.35 4.29 4.07  1.403
Pathogens 38/263 (Q1)
20/108 (Q1)
9/40 (Q1)

40/164 (Q1)
110/367 (Q2)
• Infectious Diseases
• Microbiology (medical)
• General Immunology and Microbiology
• Immunology and Allergy
• Molecular Biology
Link 3.52 - -  1.166
Pharmaceuticals 14/172 (Q1) *
33/160 (Q1)
• Pharmaceutical Science
• Molecular Medicine
Link 4.12 4.90 3.64  1.370
Pharmaceutics 21/172 (Q1) • Pharmaceutical Science Link 3.68 3.83 2.68  1.092
Photonics 30/116 (Q1)
80/270 (Q2)

53/160 (Q2)
• Instrumentation
• Radiology Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
• Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Link 1.96 - -  0.817
Plants 73/561 (Q1)

48/389 (Q1)
44/306 (Q1)
• Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
• Plant Science
• Ecology
Link 3.13 - -  0.969
Polymers 17/142 (Q1)
63/359 (Q1)
• Polymers and Plastics
• General Chemistry
Link 3.30 3.74 3.37  1.213
Religions 26/389 (Q1) * • Religious Studies Link 0.56 - -  0.676
Remote Sensing 13/182 (Q1) * • General Earth and Planetary Sciences Link 4.03 3.56 3.76  1.559
Resources 19/142 (Q1)

39/261 (Q1)
• Nature and Landscape Conservation
• Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Link 2.69 - -  1.387
Scientia Pharmaceutica 92/172 (Q3) • Pharmaceutical Science Link 0.86 - -  0.513
Sensors 9/116 (Q1) *
25/160 (Q1)

100/644 (Q1)

19/104 (Q1)
113/398 (Q2)
• Instrumentation
• Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Analytical Chemistry
• Biochemistry
Link 3.23 2.78 2.21  1.550
Social Sciences 81/213 (Q2) • General Social Sciences Link 0.60 - -  0.445
Sustainability 61/605 (Q1) *

55/261 (Q1)

60/140 (Q2)
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
• Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Link 2.37 1.96 1.78  1.030
Symmetry 44/327 (Q1)
17/45 (Q2)

16/40 (Q2)

14/25 (Q2)
• General Mathematics
• Computer Science (miscellaneous)
• Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
• Chemistry (miscellaneous)
Link 1.32 1.12 0.95  0.802
Toxins 18/106 (Q1)

21/111 (Q1)
• Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
• Toxicology
Link 3.32 3.34 3.76  1.136
Vaccines 5/230 (Q1) *
13/263 (Q1) *
18/302 (Q1) *
11/146 (Q1) *
32/189 (Q1)
• Pharmacology (medical)
• Infectious Diseases
• Pharmacology
• Drug Discovery
• Immunology
Link 4.88 1.23 3.76  1.255
Viruses 29/263 (Q1)
16/68 (Q1)
• Virology
• Infectious Diseases
Link 3.88 3.60 3.74  1.130
Water 66/605 (Q1)

37/191 (Q1)

43/199 (Q1)
193/398 (Q2)
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Water Science and Technology
• Aquatic Science
• Biochemistry
Link 2.29 2.05 1.96  1.007

2 May 2018
Meet us at the ESA Annual Meeting 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana


MDPI will be represented at the ESA Annual Meeting 2018 which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, 5–10 August 2018.

Extreme events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, fires and storms, are exacerbated by human activities and challenge populations, communities and ecosystems, as well as our human health and living conditions. The ability of ecosystems to respond to these challenges depends on the integrity of resilience mechanisms that have been severely undermined by land-use practices that increase effects of extreme conditions. Past civilizations, such as the Maya and Mesopotamians, apparently exacerbated the droughts (that caused their demise) through deforestation and agricultural practices similar to our own. Clearly, the sustainability of ecosystem services and human well-being depends on ecosystem resilience to extreme events.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #208). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have regarding open access publishing or our journals. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://esa.org/neworleans/

30 April 2018
Winners of the First MDPI Writing Prize

We are pleased to announce the results of the first MDPI Writing Prize. We received a large number of entries from across the globe on the theme of “The Global Benefits of Open Research”. It was a pleasure to read so many original, well-researched and well-presented ideas, and the final choice was not an easy one. We are pleased to announce that the winners are as follows:

1st prize (500 CHF, Swiss knife and certificate)

Edmond Sanganyado, Shantou University, China

2nd prizes (250 CHF, Swiss knife and certificate)

Kamala T. Rajahgopal, Asia e University, Malaysia
Yin Zhixuan, Qingdao University of Technology, China

3rd prizes (100 CHF, Swiss knife and certificate)

Alexandra Ticea, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania
Ankur Sarker, University of Virginia, USA
Daniel Attoye, United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Congratulations to all of them! The winning entries can be downloaded by clicking on the names above. A compilation of all entries will soon be available as an open access book.

The writing prize is sponsored by the MDPI English editing service.

23 March 2018
Check for Updates: A New Function in the Article PDF Version

At MDPI, we always want to keep you up to date. Even for already published articles, some corrections or minor changes may occur. To prevent you from missing any updates, from now on you will be able to access the latest version of any manuscript by clicking on the “check for updates” logo that you can find in the PDF file, even if you have saved the file on your computer.

16 March 2018
Meet US at RFG 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, 16–21 June 2018


We will be attending the RFG 2018, to be held in Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 16–21 June 2018. It is the first international conference dedicated to the availability of resources needed to sustain future generations. The conference will examine the critical natural resources that have led to the development of the human race over the last 10,000 years, and remain fundamental to our existence—energy, minerals and water. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a conference with implications for a sustainable future. Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

Resources
Water
Energies
Minerals
Sustainability
Environments

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #509). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.rfg2018.org

15 March 2018
Congratulations to Eleven Journals for Publishing the Tenth Volume in 2018

Congratulations to the journals Cancers, Diversity, Future Internet, Nutrients, Polymers, Pharmaceutics, Remote Sensing, Sustainability, Symmetry, Toxins and Water for publishing their 10th volume in 2018!

We would like to send warm wishes from the Editors-in-Chief of these journals and look to the future. Acknowledgement of our past achievements provides the strongest stimulus for future endeavor.

To date, the journal Cancers has published more than 1000 papers and will receive its first impact factor in June. This milestone could not be achieved without our readers, authors, peer reviewers, editors, and all the people working for the journal who, for years, have contributed their tremendous efforts.

— Prof. Dr. Samuel Mok
Editor-in-Chief of Cancers

Ten years is a long time but a short period for a new journal. When we started Diversity 10 years ago, we had hoped that a journal with such a broad coverage of topics would attract potential authors and good contributions. We are very satisfied that our vision became reality.
Today, Diversity is home to interesting studies on different aspects of diversity mainly in biology, ranging from systematics, phylogeny and evolution, to ecology, biodiversity and conservation issues. I am confident that the next 10 years will witness the further growth of Diversity both in quality and quantity.

— Prof. Dr. Michael Wink
Editor-in-Chief of Diversity

Ten years have passed from the foundation of the “Future Internet” MDPI journal. We have witnessed the positive evolution of our journal, with ever-increasing interest from potential authors. The increasing fundamental eco-systemic importance of the journal’s subjects has also had positive effects. Therefore, the journal is currently evolving to cope with the increasing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary views.
Past achievements and future prospects give us reason to celebrate ten years since the journal’s foundation. We will also set up a commemorative Special Issue.

— Prof. Dr. Dino Giuli
Editor-in-Chief of Future Internet

It is with great pride that Nutrients enters its 10th year of publication. Through the hard work and dedication of its Editorial Board, journal staff, and individuals who have unselfishly given their time to peer-review manuscripts, the journal has grown to become a leading publisher of nutrition research. During this 10th Anniversary year of Nutrients, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all who have contributed to the journal during its first decade.


— Prof. Dr. Jonathan Buckley
Editor-in-Chief of Nutrients

I am pleased and honored to celebrate the first decade of Pharmaceutics, as the founding Editor-in-Chief. This is also an opportunity for me to thank our authors, readers, reviewers, and editorial board members for their continuous support. We will receive our first impact factor in June 2018, in recognition of the great efforts made in the past ten years. We shall strive to improve the journal in the next ten years.


— Prof. Dr. Yvonnne Perrie
Editor-in-Chief of Pharmaceutics

Since its foundation in 2009, Polymers has evolved into an internationally renowned and successful Open Access journal. The core concept, namely that Open Access publishing can stand for high-quality publications, is working well. On a daily basis, ever since the journal’s foundation, the editorial team and the editorial board dedicate themselves to ensuring a high-quality rigorous peer-review process: only 30 to 50% of the submissions will be published in Polymers. This strategy been complemented by, among other features, the increasing impact factor of Polymers, the most recent one being 3.364. On the occasion of Polymers’ 10th anniversary, we would like to thank all authors who have contributed to the success of the journal by submitting their high-quality research papers. We look forward to your continuous support and the continued growth of the journal in the next decade.

— Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker
Editor-in-Chief of Polymers

MDPI’s Open Access journal Remote Sensing is now one of the top international scientific journal 's in remote sensing science. Well known scientists in the subject, from all over the world, publish in it on a regular basis. It has an outstanding and dedicated editorial team, editorial office, and reviewers. We pride ourselves on publishing high-quality original scientific articles. Our goal remains to become # 1 Journal in Remote Sensing Science.


— Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail
Editor-in-Chief of Remote Sensing

The tenth anniversary of Sustainability is a momentous milestone, and it has been a privilege for me to be a part of it as Editor-in-Chief. This anniversary demonstrates the growing interest in and recognition of the importance of sustainability. The journal has been able to showcase the many advances made over the last decade in the thinking, methods and applications surrounding sustainability. Recently, the content of the journal has reflected the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. Sustainability has had a notable impact and expects to have an even greater impact over its next decade through publishing research on new advances in sustainability and fostering critical discussion.

— Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen
Editor-in-Chief of Sustainability

Our journal Symmetry celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018. During the last 10 years, the journal has become one of the leading journals among all multi-science journals. This shows the fundamental role played by the symmetries of nature in natural science. This also reflects the huge number of researchers whose work relates to symmetry. We hope to achieve even better results in the coming years.


— Prof. Dr. Sergei D. Odintsov
Editor-in-Chief of Symmetry

It is my honor as Editor-in-Chief of Toxins to inaugurate the 10th anniversary of the journal’s inception. From the founding EIC, Professor Florian Lang and EIC Vernon Tesh and the many Section EICs and Editorial Board Members, the combined leadership of this effort to provide an outstanding vehicle for the dissemination of the results of high-quality scientific investigations and in-depth, insightful comprehensive reviews has resulted in the flagship journal of toxinology as we know it today. The publication metrics associated with Toxins support this claim by virtue of our increase in manuscript submissions and publications and annual citation rate of articles published in Toxins. Importantly, the impact factor for Toxins remains strong and representative of the significance of the science published in Toxins. As we progress in this anniversary year, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary with a continuation of our acclaimed travel award program for Post-Doctoral Fellows in the field of Toxinology as well as our soon to be announced “Toxins' 10th Anniversary Top Cited Researcher Award” program.
Thus, 2018 will be an exciting year, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Toxins, but also a year of looking forward for the best practices by which the journal can serve the toxinology community. With that in mind, please join us in celebrating the journal by submitting your work to Toxins and as always I welcome your suggestions for the improvement of “our” journal.

— Prof. Dr. Jay W. Fox
Editor-in-Chief of Toxins

Thank you to all the dedicated researchers, reviewers and editors who have made Water a success. The journal has become a popular outlet for cutting-edge research in the broad field of water science, technology, management and governance. The Open Access format has proven to be attractive, and authors highly value the quick handling of papers. After ten years, Water has become an established journal in the field.


— Prof. Dr. Arjen Y. Hoekstra
Editor-in-Chief of Water

To mark the anniversaries, we have established a Special Issue to look back over the previous decade of outstanding accomplishments and highlight innovative frontier research perspectives. We encourage you to keep an eye on the publications in this Special Issue and this journal, and hope you consider it as a venue for your future publications.

13 March 2018
MDPI Becoming a Member of UKSG

We are proud to announce that MDPI is now a member of UKSG, the UK´s largest scholarly communications community. Through UKSG, different stakeholders share their knowledge and experience in order to improve the knowledge and information environment for researchers. UKSG´s members include universities, publishers, content providers, intermediaries, and other similar organisations. Members participate in discussions and events on issues around scholarly communications.

The UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition is a flagship initiative from the UKSG and one of the most stimulating events in the scholarly communications calendar. It is held annually and attracts a large number of delegates. More information is available at https://www.uksg.org/events/annualconference

MDPI is delighted to be a part of this active community and we look forward to making our own contribution. We will continue to support organisations and initiatives that boost collaboration and vision within scholarly communication.

More information about UKSG can be found at https://www.uksg.org/. The full membership list is available at: https://www.uksg.org/members.

8 March 2018
Meet Us at NANOTECH 2018 in Anaheim, CA, USA, 13–16 May 2018


We will be attending the 20th annual Nanotech 2018 Conference & Expo (NANOTECH 2018), co-located with the TechConnect World Innovation Conference, Defense TechConnect Summit and Spring SBIR/STTR Conference. The event will attract more than 350 featured exhibitors and an expected crowd of more than 4000 attendees, including business executives, venture capitalists, politicians, s cientists and researchers from over 70 countries. Nanotech contains 38 symposiums and brings together specialists from a wide range of scientific fields, technology and business.

Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

Sensors
Materials
Nanomaterials
Journal of Functional Biomaterials (JFB)
Journal of Imaging
Sustainability
Fluids
Photonics
Electronics
Catalysts
Applied Sciences
Inventions
Diagnostics
Cancers
Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications (JLPEA)
Designs
Pharmaceuticals
C
Inorganics
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)
Machines
Pharmaceutics
Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing (JMMP)
Actuators
Robotics
Energies
Biosensors
Chemosensors
Membranes
Coatings
Micromachines

If you will also attend this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth # 317). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit:

https://www.techconnectworld.com/Nanotech2018/

Conference Location:
Anaheim Convention Center,
800 W Katella Avenue
Anaheim CA 92802
USA

1 February 2018
MDPI Signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

The DORA initiative addresses the need for advanced approaches in the evaluation and measurement of the quality of scientific research outputs. It is a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines. MDPI proudly joins a list of more than 400 organizations around the world which support DORA’s recommendations for improving the way the quality of research results is evaluated.

More info can be found at http://www.ascb.org/dora/

25 January 2018
Meet Us at the ACS National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans, USA, 18–22 March 2018


We will be attending the 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition. It is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in Chemistry and the related disciplines. Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

Agronomy
Applied Sciences

Beverages
Biomimetics

Biosensors
C

Catalysts
ChemEngineering
Chemosensors
Coatings
Energies
Environments
Fibers
Foods
Gels
Inorganics

Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (JMSE)
Lubricants
Materials
Mathematics
Metals
Molecules
Nanomaterials
Polymers
Processes
Resources

Safety
Sensors
Separations
Sustainability
Symmetry

Toxins
Water

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #640). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://0-www-acs-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/content/acs/en/meetings/national-meeting.html?sc=home_meetings_170818_mtg_NO18_od

28 December 2017
Meet Us at the AAG Annual Meeting 2018 in New Orleans


We will be attending the AAG Annual Meeting 2018, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 10–14 April 2018. The American Association of Geographers' (AAG) Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (IJGI)
Sustainability

Remote Sensing
Religions
Data

Land
Social Sciences
Climate
Geosciences
Quaternary
Societies
Water

If you are also attending this conference, please stop by our booth (Booth #202). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have concerning open access publishing and our journals. For more information, please visit www.aag.org/annualmeeting.

Conference address:
Sheraton/Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Conference date:
10–14 April 2018

19 December 2017
Announcing the MDPI English Writing Prize

 

The competition is still open until end of March! Please check out the banner for more details: https://mdpi-res.com/data/english-prize.pdf

15 December 2017
UCL Press Adopts the MDPI Editorial Platform JAMS

We are delighted to announce that UCL Press has adopted MDPI's Journal Article & Management System, JAMS, including production services. JAMS is a modular, integrated editorial platform for academic publishers. It offers flexibility, ease-of-use, and is a fully integrated solution for the end-to-end management of scholarly journals. JAMS is based on the software used to publish MDPI’s portfolio of journals. 

Ian Caswell, UCL Press Journals Manager, says he is "excited to see UCL Press and MDPI partner together to implement the JAMS submission system for all UCL Press journals. The system offered a flexible, efficient and straightforward solution for our processes from author submission to ready for publication. I am grateful for the valuable experience and support MDPI have offered and look forward to developing our programme with an effective submission system in place.” Dr Martyn Rittman, MDPI’s Publishing Services Manager, adds, “We are proud to support one of the UK’s premier university presses in their publishing operation. This is an excellent way for us at MDPI to share our experience and knowledge, and benefit the research community beyond our own journals.”

JAMS combines services that are kept separate for many publishers. The entire editorial process, production and invoicing (e.g. for open access article processing charges) are fully integrated into a single platform. This allows for efficient, fast manuscript processing. For further information about JAMS, see https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/publishing_services

23 November 2017
New Participants in the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP)

We are pleased to welcome new participants to MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), designed to help institutions manage the transition to the Open Access publishing model. Researchers affiliated with participating universites benefit from a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC) for any paper published in an MDPI journal, while the participating library or university incurs no basic fee for participating in the program.

The IOAP set of free services, provided by MDPI to institutions that sign up, include:
  • No fee for participants and no obligation to prolong after the initial 12 months. The participants may withdraw from the programme at any time, and we will also keep it free for the library for as long as they continue in the programme.
  • Authors affiliated with the university will receive a 10% discount on the APC.
  • The institution is granted free access to the MDPI submission system and can receive free alerts of new submissions to our journals.
  • By default, authors from the institution will continue to be invoiced directly unless the institution opts for central billing.
  • Auto-archiving of papers into the institutions´ repository as long as it supports SWORD 1.3.

More details about the programme and a list of our current participant institutions can be found at: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/ioap

Institutions which are interested to participate may do so online at: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/ioap-form

The following North American universities have signed up to the IOAP program recently:

Connecticut College, USA
Emory University, USA
Florida International University, USA
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Mississippi State University, USA
Northeastern University, USA
Rice University, USA
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
University of Rhode Island, USA
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
University of Toronto, Canada
University of Windsor, Canada
University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
Wellesley College, USA
West Virginia University, USA

Many prestigious institutions from Europe and Asia have joined as well:

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Malaysia
Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Newcastle University, UK
Northumbria University, UK
Southwest University, China
Technical University of Crete, Greece
University Malaya, Malaysia
University of Antwerp, Belgium
University of Cyprus, Cyprus
University of Manchester, UK
University of Reading, UK
University of Sussex, UK
University of Warwick, UK
West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin, Poland

We offer a warm welcome to the new participants!

10 November 2017
Available Journal Awards at MDPI

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, for example, Young Investigator Awards, Travel Awards, Best Paper Awards, and Best Poster Awards, etc. The awardees range from PhD students to junior scientists.

Currently, the following 44 awards given by MDPI journals are accepting applications. Please click on the award title below to check whether you are eligible for it and start the application process.

Subject

Journal

Award

Intended Awardee

Biology & Life Sciences

Animals

Travel Award 2018

PhD students or postdoctoral researchers

Antioxidants

Travel Awards 2018

Postdoctoral researchers or PhD students

Biology

Travel Award 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Forests

2019 Travel award

Postdocs or PhD students

International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS)

Outstanding Contribution Awards 2018

Ground-breaking contribution in the fields of Molecular Biology, and Molecular Pathology

Journal of Fungi (JoF)

Travel Awards 2018

PhD graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows

Life

Travel Award 2018

PhD students or postdoctoral fellows

Metabolites

Travel Award 2018

PhD students

Pharmaceuticals

Travel Award 2018

PhD students

Toxins

Travel Award 2018

Postdoctoral fellows

Viruses

Best Oral Presentation Award 2018

Viruses 2018 participants

Viruses

Best Poster Award 2018

Viruses 2018 participants

Water

2018 Young Investigator Award

Young investigators

Chemistry & Materials Science

Biomimetics

 

Travel Award 2018

Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Trainee / Research Associate

Catalysts

Travel Award 2018

PhD students

Chemosensors

Travel Award 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Entropy

Young Investigator Award 2018

Young investigators

Fibers

2018 Travel award

Postdocs or PhD students

Magnetochemistry

Travel Award 2018

Postdocs

Materials

Travel Award 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Metals

Travel Award 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Minerals

Travel Awards 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Sensors

Travel Award 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Sensors

Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2017

Sensors' reviewers in 2017

Sensors

Young Investigator Award 2018

Young investigators

Technologies

Travel Award 2018

PhD students

Computer Science & Mathematics

Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (MTI)

Travel Awards 2018

Postdoctoral researchers or PhD students

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information(IJGI)

2018 Travel Award

Postdocs

Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (JSAN)

Travel Award 2018

Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students

Journal of Imaging

Travel Award 2018

Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students

Engineering

Actuators

Travel Award 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Remote Sensing

Best Paper Awards 2019

Authors

Machines

Travel Award 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Micromachines

Travel Awards 2018

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Fluids

Travel Award 2018

Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students

ChemEngineering

Travel Award 2018

Postdoctoral researchers and PhD students

Environmental & Earth Sciences

Diversity

Travel Awards 2018

Postdoctoral fellows

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

Best Paper Award 2018

Authors who submit from 1 Nov 2017 to 31 Oct 2018

Resources

Travel Award 2018

Postdocs or PhD students

Geosciences

Travel Award 2018

Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students

Physical Sciences & Astronomy

Galaxies

Travel Award 2018

Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, or lecturers in cosmology or galaxies physics

Applied Science

Travel Award 2018

Postdocs

Medicine & Pharmacology; Public Health & Healthcare

Journal of Clinical Medicine (JCM)

2018 Travel Award

PhD or postdoctoral fellows

Medicines

Travel Award 2018

Postdocs

7 November 2017
MDPI has signed the Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity

The Jussieu Call aims to develop and implement alternative models to meet the aims of open science while promoting bibliodiversity. In particular it wishes to promote new business models for funding open access publication. It was drafted on the Jussieu campus in Paris by a group of French researchers and scientific publishing professionals.

MDPI supports scholarly communities and initiatives that innovate and further promote Open Access publishing. There is a need to explore different frameworks to fund open access in ways that ensure that excessive funds are not diverted from research towards publishing. Many fair funding models already exist, and they can be further developed and extended. These include institutional support, library contributions or subsidies, premium services, participatory funding, etc. For this reason, MDPI has signed up to the Jussieu call and welcomes its aims.

More information can be found at http://jussieucall.org/ (archived here)

 

6 October 2017
Dr. Franck Vazquez, MDPI CEO, Interviewed by Scholarly Kitchen

The Society for Scholarly Publishing’s popular blog about topics in academic publishing, Scholarly Kitchen, recently interviewed MDPI’s CEO, Dr. Franck Vazquez. He shared some thoughts and information on the past and future of MDPI and open access publishing in general:

“In the long run, we aim to anchor MDPI in research communities. We recently developed and launched the preprint platform Preprints, revamped our free-to-use conference hosting platform Sciforum, and are working on other projects, such as Scilit, our bibliographic database.”

Read the full interview here.

29 September 2017
Meet Us at ASA CSSA SSSA Annual Meeting 2017 in Tampa


We will be attending the ASA CSSA SSSA Annual Meeting 2017, which will be held at Tampa Convention Center, October 22–25, 2017, representing the following open access journals:

Agronomy
Forests
Agriculture
Foods
Plants
Land
Horticulturae
Sustainability

Please come visit our stand to chat with our delegates about our journals and travel awards that you might be interested in. The Editorial Board Member of Agronomy, Professor Jerry L. Hatfield, section leader of Global Agronomy, will also be there to answer your questions about the journal and publishing. We look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have.

Conference address:
2017 ASA CSSA SSSA Annual Meeting
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL, USA

Conference date:
October 22–25 2017


For more information on the conference, please visit:
https://www.acsmeetings.org/home

26 September 2017
Meet us at Sardinia Symposium 2017: Sardinia on 2–6 October 2017

We will be attending the Sardinia Symposium 2017—16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (http://www.sardiniasymposium.it/). The symposium will focus as per tradition on the advances of Waste Management science and technology, presenting case studies and discussing the main controversial subjects, sharing experiences among different countries, valuating social and economical balances. And it will be held in S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Italy, from 2–6 October 2017, representing the following open access journals:

Sustainability (https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/sustainability)
Reclycling (https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/recycling)
Environments (https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/environments)

Please come along to our booth (booth number: 8b) to chat with our delegates about our journals. Our delegates will also answer any questions about online publishing and our journals. We look forward to meeting you in person in Sardinia!

For more information on the Symposium, please visit:
http://www.sardiniasymposium.it/

19 September 2017
A Warm Welcome to the New IOAP Participants

We are delighted to have welcomed 24 new participants to our Institutional Open Access Programme (IOAP) since the beginning of September this year. These are University libraries and Research Institutions located around the world; from the USA and Canada to the UK, and from Norway and Spain to Greece. Well respected Universities, such as the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Arizona in the US, have signed up, while their researchers can now benefit from a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC) for any papers they publish in MDPI journals, at no cost for the library or the University.

We are more than happy to see the Open Access movement growing stronger and wider every day and we appreciate the vital role which librarians, repository managers, and other scholarly communications professionals play in the field. Our communication with and service to this community is, therefore, one of our principal priorities. The IOAP is our way to support academic and scientific Institutions as well as their scholars in managing, administrating, and publishing research in an Open Access world.

The IOAP set of free services, provided by MDPI to institutions that sign up, include:

  • No fee for participants and no obligation to prolong after the initial 12 months. The participants may withdraw from the programme at any time, and we will also keep it free for the library for as long as they continue in the programme.
  • Authors affiliated with the university will receive a discount on the article processing charge (APC).
  • The institution is granted free access to the MDPI submission system and can receive free alerts of new submissions to our journals.
  • By default, authors from the institution will continue to be invoiced directly unless the institution opts for central billing.
  • Auto-archiving of papers into the institutions´ repository as long as it supports SWORD 1.3.

More details about the programme and a list of our current participant institutions can be found at: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/ioap

Institutions which are interested to participate may do so online at: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/ioap-form

 The full list of the Institutions that signed up in September is as follows:

  1. University of Denver, USA
  2. University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  3. University of Arizona, USA
  4. Institute of Metrology of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5. Middlebury College, USA
  6. Touro College, USA
  7. University of New Orleans, USA
  8. University of Leicester, UK
  9. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
  10. University of Strathclyde, UK
  11. Cranfield University, UK
  12. Hope College, USA
  13. Oregon State University, USA
  14. Drew University, USA
  15. Swansea University, UK
  16. University of South Florida, USA
  17. University of Georgia, USA
  18. Arizona State University, USA
  19. University of Southern Mississippi, USA
  20. Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
  21. Grinnell College, USA
  22. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  23. University of Patras, Greece
  24. Public University of Navarre, Spain

23 June 2017

Congratulations for Publishing the 100,000th Peer-Reviewed Article

Congratulations to the authors Javier Monroy and Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez from Universidad de Malaga, Spain, Victor Hernandez-Bennets, Han Fan and Achim Lilienthal from Örebro University, Sweden for publishing the 100,000th peer-reviewed article.

The article is published in the Chemical Sensors section of Sensors.

GADEN: A 3D Gas Dispersion Simulator for Mobile Robot Olfaction in Realistic Environments

Evermore pressing environmental concerns have led global actors and decision-makers to search for stricter emission monitoring approaches. As part of novel monitoring systems, robots with gas and environmental sensors are a promising solution. However, validation of such robotic inspectors is expensive, time consuming, and plagued by repeatability issues. In this article, we present GADEN (the short form for Gas Dispersion Simulator for Mobile Robot Olfaction in Realistic Environments), which combines gas dispersion and robotics simulation in a common framework. Developed under the widely used Robot Operating System (ROS), GADEN enables validation of sensing strategies with gas dispersion being simulated using computational fluid dynamics and filament dispersion theory. GADEN allows simulating complex, realistic, 3D environments for reproducible testing of robotic gas sensing algorithms. Through qualitative and quantitative evaluations, we show that GADEN is a versatile and user-friendly evaluation tool and emphasize its enormous potential for the mobile robot olfaction community.

 

Read the full article here: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/1424-8220/17/7/1479/htm

14 June 2017
2016 Impact Factor released for Sustainability – 1.789

We are pleased to inform that the updated Impact Factor of Sustainability has just been released. According to the Journal Citation Reports® published by Clarivate Analytics in June 2017, the new Impact Factor of Sustainability is 1.789, and the 5-Year Impact Factor is 1.850. Compared to the previous year the Impact Factor increased by 33 percent (see figures below).

Sustainability now ranks 47/105 (Q2) in the category ‘Environmental Studies’ (SSCI), 119/229 (Q3) in ‘Environmental Sciences’ (SCIE) and 18/31 (Q3) in ‘Green & Sustainable Science & Technology’ (SCIE).

Evolution of Impact Factor, Citations and Publications for Sustainability:

6 June 2017
CiteScore™ Metrics Released for Scopus Journals

The CiteScore, the new citation metric for journals covered in the Scopus® database, was released on 1 June 2017, reflecting the citation activity in 2016 for articles published during the three previous years. Please note that the list below does not contain all MDPI journals covered in Scopus. For the CiteScore to serve as a reliable metric at least three volumes of articles need to be indexed in Scopus; journals which have not met this criterion have been omitted here.

Ten MDPI journals received a CiteScore which is in the Top 10% of scores in at least one of the categories, while a further 21 journals exhibit scores that are in the first quartile of the respective categories.

CiteScore Data for MDPI Journals

Journal Rank Category Link CiteScore 2016
2015

2014
Algorithms 44/112 (Q2)
49/111 (Q2)
19/42 (Q2)

52/113 (Q2)
• Numerical Analysis
• Computational Mathematics
• Computational Theory and Mathematics
• Theoretical Computer Science
Link 1.15 1.07 1.06
Animals 69/343 (Q1)
21/146 (Q1)
• Animal Science and Zoology
• General Veterinary
Link 1.46 1.66 0.74
Biology 13/92 (Q1)

34/81 (Q1)

10/75 (Q1)

• General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
• General Biochemistry, Gene-
tics and Molecular Biology
• General Immunology and Microbiology
Link 3.02 2.78 1.74
Biomolecules 234/382 (Q3)
260/353 (Q3)
• Biochemistry
• Molecular Biology
Link 1.67 3.08 1.00
Biosensors 36/118 (Q2)
209/2156 (Q1)
• Clinical Biochemistry
• General Medicine
Link 2.83 2.37 2.04
Cancers 29/196 (Q1)
27/321 (Q1)
• Cancer Research
• Oncology
Link 5.02 4.07 2.31
Catalysts 18/44 (Q2)
27/144 (Q1)
• Catalysis
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Link 3.44 3.45 2.17
Crystals 70/270 (Q2)

25/64 (Q2)
118/398 (Q2)
131/424 (Q2)
• General Chemical Engineering
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Condensed Matter Physics
• General Materials Science
Link 1.89 1.47 1.03
Diversity 10/41 (Q1)

9/25 (Q2)
76/291 (Q2)
24/109 (Q1)
• Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
• Ecological Modelling
• Ecology
• Nature and Landscape Conservation
Link 2.03 1.96 1.82
Energies - - Link 2.50 2.87 2.66
Entropy 51/198 (Q2) • General Physics and Astronomy Link 1.87 1.99 1.69
Forests 17/127 (Q1) • Forestry Link 2.06 1.76 1.84
Games 204/398 (Q3)
83/181 (Q2)
48/105 (Q2)
• Applied Mathematics
• Statistics and Probability
• Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
Link 0.87 0.57 0.64
Genes 62/300 (Q1)
18/90 (Q1)
• Genetics
• Genetics (clinical)
Link 3.62 3.18 1.33
Geosciences 36/169 (Q1)

• General Earth and Planetary Sciences Link 1.67 1.29 1.13
Information 156/237 (Q3) • Information Systems Link 0.78 0.94 0.74
Insects 28/131 (Q1) • Insect Science Link 1.81 1.38 1.23
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 67/446 (Q1)

31/102 (Q2)
• Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
• Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Link 2.38 2.42 2.47
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) 23/157 (Q1)
8/64 (Q1)
90/353 (Q1)
22/144 (Q1)

16/44 (Q1)
8/62 (Q1)
• Organic Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Molecular Biology
• Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
• Catalysis
• Spectroscopy
Link 3.73 3.37 3.06
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 12/29 (Q2)
28/79 (Q2)

96/587 (Q1)
• Computers in Earth Sciences
• Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
• Geography, Planning and Development
Link 1.62 1.52 -
Journal of Low Power Electronic Applications (JLPEA) 301/645 (Q2) • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Link 0.98 0.83 0.83
Life 65/525 (Q1)

36/186 (Q1)

5/92 (Q1)
20/80 (Q2)
• Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
• General Biochemistry, Gene-
tics and Molecular Biology
• Palaeontology
• Space and Planetary Science
Link 2.95 1.68 1.20
Marine Drugs 18/145 (Q1) • Drug Discovery Link 3.83 3.66 3.59
Materials 63/424 (Q1) • General Materials Science Link 3.26 3.11 2.69
Membranes 103/424 (Q1) • Materials Science Link 2.19 2.95 2.42
Micromachines 173/645 (Q2)

69/211 (Q2)

113/526 (Q1)
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Control and Systems Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
Link 1.83 1.78 2.10
Minerals 45/206 (Q1)
29/167 (Q1)
• Geology
• Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
Link 2.13 1.77 -
Molecules 32/157 (Q1) • Organic Chemistry Link 3.09 2.65 2.62
Nutrients 12/247 (Q1) • Food Science Link 4.29 4.07 3.78
Pharmaceuticals 8/168 (Q1)
21/158 (Q1)
• Pharmaceutical Science
• Molecular Medicine
Link 4.90 3.64 1.92
Pharmaceutics 19/168 (Q1) • Pharmaceutical Science Link 3.83 2.68 2.46
Polymers 13/138 (Q1)
44/354 (Q1)
• Polymers and Plastics
• General Chemistry
Link 3.74 3.37 4.10
Remote Sensing 13/169 (Q1) • General Earth and Planetary Sciences Link 3.56 3.76 3.23
Sensors 25/96 (Q2)
25/159 (Q1)

124/382 (Q2)
103/645 (Q1)
• Analytical Chemistry
• Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
• Biochemistry
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Link 2.78 2.21 2.40
Sustainability 49/129 (Q2)

68/587 (Q1)

56/236 (Q1)
• Renewable Energy, Sustai-nability and the Environment
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Link 1.96 1.78 1.52
Symmetry 17/42 (Q2)
49/111 (Q2)
• Numerical Analysis
• Computational Mathematics
Link 1.12 0.95 1.02
Toxins 16/102 (Q1)

16/108 (Q1)
• Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
• Toxicology
Link 3.34 3.76 2.85
Vaccines 146/184 (Q4)
151/250 (Q3)
93/145 (Q3)
186/299 (Q3)
130/232 (Q3)
• Immunology
• Infectious Diseases
• Drug Discovery
• Pharmacology
• Pharmacology (medical)
Link 1.23 3.76 2.85
Viruses 15/68 (Q1)
34/250 (Q1)
• Virology
• Infectious Diseases
Link 3.60 3.74 3.80
Water 33/184 (Q1)

48/195 (Q1)
62/587 (Q1)

198/382 (Q3)
• Water Science and Technology
• Aquatic Science
• Geography, Planning and Development
• Biochemistry
Link 2.05 1.96 1.45

23 May 2017
Meet Us at 25th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society

We will be attending the 25th North American Meeting (NAM) of the Catalysis Society, which takes place June 4-9, 2017, representing the following open access journals:

Catalysts

Metals

Nanomaterials

Molecules

Energies

Sustainability

Applied Sciences

Coatings

Magnetochemistry

Processes

C

Please come along to our stand, booth number #211, to talk to our delegates about our journals and travel awards you could apply. We also would like to invite you to our ‘Meet and Greet’ session at 12:00 pm on 7th June! Catalysts Professor Keith Hohn, the Editor-in-Chief of Catalysts, and the Editorial Board Member Professor Calvin Bartholomew will be there to answer your questions about the Open Access publishing.

Food and refreshments will be provided and we look forward to meeting you in person to answer your questions.

Conference address:

MDPI booth - number #211

25th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society

June 4-9, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA

For more information on the conference, please visit
http://www.nam25.org/

 

17 May 2017
Three New Institutional Memberships Established

Inst Member

We are pleased to announce that the Goethe University of Frankfurt, the Technical University of Hamburg (TU Hamburg-Harburg), as well as the Humboldt University of Berlin, in Germany, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these instititions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

          

 

4 May 2017
MDPI Supports the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC)

As an open access publisher, we are keen to support openness and transparency in the research process. Citation data is very important for assessing the value of individual papers and the contribution of researchers. As such, we support the recently launched Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC). The initiative recognizes that citations should be freely available and machine-readable. By doing so, authors gain the maximum benefit from having their work cited.

MDPI now uploads citation data with metadata uploaded to Crossref when registering digital object identifiers (DOIs) for published papers. We are delighted to take this step to support a truly open research environment.

2 May 2017
Publons Peer Review Academy Goes Live

Getting high quality review reports is critical for any journal’s editorial process. At MDPI we have put in place several measures to motivate reviewers and reward them for their work. We are proud of the quality of reviewer reports we receive and grateful for the hours put in by active researchers from across the globe.

Reviewers of MDPI’s largest journals can get recognition via Publons, a website dedicated to rewarding peer reviewers. They have now taken this one step further and launched the Publons Reviewer Academy to help train reviewers to provide useful feedback. Through the academy, researchers can be trained and tutored in various aspects of how to provide structured feedback that will be of genuine help to editors and authors. We support this initiative and recommend it to potential MDPI reviewers, especially early career researchers. See the Publons announcement for further information.

More information on reviewing for MDPI, including how to volunteer as a reviewer, can be found here.

24 April 2017
Two New Institutional Memberships Established

Inst Member

We are pleased to announce that the following universities have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Primary authors from these instititions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

 Trinity    UNSW

 

30 March 2017
Credit for Preprints Comments via Publons

Preprints.org is a platform run by MDPI that allows authors to make early versions of manuscripts available before peer review has been completed.

One of the major benefits of putting a preprint online is to get feedback before journal submission. Until now, however, the feedback has been on a voluntary basis. Preprints is delighted to be the first preprint server to collaborate with Publons to acknowledge substantial comments as reviews and give commentators the opportunity to receive credit for their efforts. 

When you add a comment to any article, there is a check box to click for it to appear on Publons. If you have already linked your account it will be passed on automatically. If you don't already have a Publons account, you will be contacted soon afterwards with instructions on how to create one.

We appreciate the enthusiasm and cooperation of Publons in this project and expect it to be of great benefit to authors and commenters alike.

20 March 2017
MDPI 2016 Annual Report Released

We are pleased to announce that our annual report for the year 2016 has now been published. 

It contains information regarding company and journal performance, conferences and other publishing services that we provided throughout 2016. 

To read the report in full or download a copy, please click here.

15 March 2017
Our 100,000th Article Could be Yours!

After the 20th anniversary of MDPI in 2016, we will reach another milestone this year and will publish the 100,000th peer-reviewed article in one of our 170+ open access journals.

100,000th

We would like you to be part of this great achievement and so are offering to publish the 100,000th accepted paper free of charge.

To be in with a chance, select a journal in one of our 10 scientific subject areas and submit your paper.

Access the live tracker on published articles here.

100000tracker

 

 

3 March 2017
1000 Preprints Online

We are delighted that Preprints now has 1000 papers online since its launch on 3 May 2016.

For more information, see the editorial here.

 

9 February 2017
MDPI is Attending the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce that MDPI will be attending the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting (5-9 April 2017) and representing the following open access journals:

Remote Sensing
Sustainability
Land
Water
Humanities
Agriculture
Geosciences
Agronomy
Social Sciences
Administrative Sciences
Data
Climate
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Urban Science

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #422) and meet the representative editors.

Conference details:

2017 AAG Annual Meeting
5-9 April 2017
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA, USA
http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting

 

9 February 2017
Minister and State Secretaries Visit MDPI Office at STP, Belgrade, Serbia

Earlier this week the Science Technology Park in Belgrade, Serbia was visited by Swiss Secretary of State Dr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, as well as Serbian Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Ana Brnabic, State Secretary Dr. Vladimir Popovic and Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Siniša Mali.

During the visit to the STP they had a short presentation from MDPI’s CEO Dr. Franck Vazquez and IT Manager Mr. Miloš Čučulović, and further discussed important issues such as Open Access and Open education. Dr. Dell'Ambrogio said he was impressed with the potential for development and ideas for business.

For more information please see:

http://bit.ly/2kpIu7k and http://bit.ly/2kpUQfz

   

7 February 2017
The 6th World Sustainability Forum: Final Press Release

Basel, 29 January 2017

The 6th World Sustainability Forum #WSF2017SA: African universities critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Jeffrey and Sonia Sachs win first World Sustainability Award.

Universities need to take the lead in solving the greatest challenges the world faces today, particularly in Africa. They need to do this not only through education – teaching the next generation to think critically and creatively to find sustainable solutions – but also through research that cuts across a range of disciplines. To ensure these solutions are implemented, they need to partner with the private sector and with government.

This was the key message from the 6th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2017), which took place in Cape Town on 27 and 28 January 2017. Sponsored by MDPI and the journal Sustainability under the patronage of the Universities of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town (UCT), University of Basel and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, the conference was attended by key national and international speakers, including world-leading economist Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, senior United Nations (UN) advisor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

The WSF is an annual sustainability conference which addresses research in a range of areas related to sustainable development and sustainability globally. This was the first WSF to take place on the African continent. Discussions at the 2017 conference were driven by the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN in September 2015.

Achieving the SDGs “is the moonshot for our generation,” said Sachs. “Like the moonshot [moon landing] of the 1960s, these are tough, bold and achievable objectives.”

This is a nasty, tough world we live in, and our world agrees on very little. So when 193 governments agree on something, that is important. And when they agree on something as important as sustainable development, that is really something for us to grab hold of – that is a lifeline.”

There was agreement at the WSF that the SDGs are particularly important for Africa, and that African universities in particular have a role to play in achieving them.

Said Professor Tyrone Pretorius, vice-chancellor of UWC: “The quest for sustainable development can only be met through education. Universities today are the oil that fuels the knowledge economy.”

As part of the drive to develop academic capacity to provide the knowledge needed to meet the SDGs, WSF2017 was preceded by the 1st Postgraduate Forum on Sustainability. “A series of workshops for postgraduate education linked to WSF are important, in order to equip postgraduates with the skills necessary to promote sustainability,” said Professor Thandi Mgwebi, director for research at UWC. A second postgraduate forum will take place alongside the WSF2018 in Beijing.

This capacity development is particularly critical to Africa. Said Sachs: “African universities need to do research to find solutions to Africa’s development challenges, because no other university will.”

The UN set a target of achieving the SDGs by 2030: “I regard this as the breakthrough period to end extreme poverty on the continent,” said Sachs, “and for Africa to become one of the most dynamic centres of the world economy.”

It is a critical time for South African universities, said Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation at UCT: “Higher education is at a crossroads, and there is much polarisation. We need to think carefully about how this sustainable development agenda is owned by all so that it is inclusionary.”

There was also strong emphasis on public–private partnerships – for universities, business and government to work together to achieve the goals.

Said Professor Francis Petersen, deputy vice-chancellor at UCT and vice-chancellor designate at the University of the Free State: “Business sustainability has become critical, because there is increasing demand and complexity of demand on business from the natural, social and economic environment. Sustainability cannot be a standalone issue, divorced from business as usual. Sustainability needs to be embedded into business.”

Environmental crises and climate change was also high on the WSF agenda. In his keynote address, Sachs noted the irreversibility of the climate- and environmental-related challenges.

If we don’t get our act together, we lose the chance of safety,” he said.

Said Professor Mark New, pro vice-chancellor and director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at UCT: “We have a fundamental challenge in responding to climate change, and we must go further than just putting a plaster on a wound. We need to address the deep structural issues, to move from our current model of development into climate-compatible development.”

This requires researchers to find the evidence for the correct development pathways to take, and then support the ability of policymakers at all levels to enable the shift to climate-compatible development planning.”

Said Dr. Aldo Stroebel, executive director of international relations and cooperation at the NRF, in closing: “We have seen over the past two days an urgency towards the next step of thinking, that critical type of framework that we all must engage with, not only from an academic perspective, but further up into the policy environment and into rural-based environments where one can clearly see the links and effectiveness of the work.”

World Sustainability Awards

The first World Sustainability Award and the first Emerging Sustainability Leader Awards were presented by Prof. Thandi Mgwebi, Director of Research at UWC, and Dr. Franck Vazquez, CEO of MDPI, during the ceremony on 27 January 2017 as part of the gala dinner of the 6th World Sustainability Forum in South Africa.after day one of proceedings of the 2017 World Sustainability Forum South Africa.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs and Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs are the joint recipients of the first World Sustainability Award. Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned economist and senior United Nations (UN) advisor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Sonia Sachs is a paediatrician and public health specialist, and director of the Health Centre at the Centre for Sustainable Development, also at Columbia University.

The joint recipients of the first Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are Dr. Esther Ngumbi and Dr. Xiaosong Hu. Esther Ngumbi is a postdoctoral researcher at Auburn University in Alabama USA and serves as a 2015 Clinton Global University Mentor for agriculture. Xiaosong Hu is a professor at the Chongqing University in China and specialises in automotive control systems and mechanical engineering.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Awards are funded to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the ultimate aim of fostering the transition to sustainable practices and societies.

The World Sustainability Award is funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, and included a monetary prize of USD 100,000 to Jeffrey and Sonia Sachs. The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award is funded by the journal Sustainability, awarded to researchers under 40, and included a monetary prize of USD10,000.

Issued jointly by: UCT Global Strategy and Visibility, Research Office, UWC Communications & Media and MDPI AG

Conference photos are free available at: https://sciforum.net/conference/wsf-6/page/175 Photo credit: Matthias Burkhalter

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31 January 2017
Three New Institutional Memberships Established

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We are pleased to announce that the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, the University of Manitoba, Canada and the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these institutions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

 

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27 January 2017
6th World Sustainability Forum under way in South Africa

The 6th World Sustainability Forum is currently being held at the Cape Sun Hotel until 28 January 2017. 

The Forum will showcase the work of internationally renowned researchers and include more than 150 presentations. During the conference dinner, the World Sustainability Award, associated with a US$ 100,000 prize, will be announced, as well as the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, associated with a US$ 10,000 prize. The prizes are sponsored by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation and Sustainability, an academic open access journal by MDPI.

Here are some pictures from the forum so far:

To see the full WSF2017 program and schedule, please see here: https://sciforum.net/conference/wsf-6/page/schedule

19 January 2017
Cape Town to Host the 6th World Sustainability Forum

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Cape Town will host the 6th World Sustainability Forum at the Cape Sun Hotel on 27 and 28 January 2017. This prominent event, held for the first time in Africa, will include many illustrious South African and international experts, such as Her Excellency Graça Machel (Sustainable Development Advocate for the United Nations, Mozambique), Joyene Isaacs (HoD Agriculture Western Cape Government), Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University, USA), Max Bergman (SRaM, University of Basel), Mark New (Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town), Frans Swanepoel (FutureAfrica, University of Pretoria) and Francis Petersen (Vice-Chancellor-designate, University of the Free State). The Forum will provide a stage for national and international debates on sustainability in South Africa, the African continent, and about international perspectives on sustainability. It brings together researchers and representatives from government and the business sector to discuss a wide-ranging set of issues associated with sustainability, including food security, water and energy scarcity, mining, poverty reduction, climate change, and urbanisation.

The next few decades will be marked by profound changes in the relationships between global economics, national societies, and the environment. We have entered what some call the Anthropocene, an age in which human activity dominates the climate and the environment. These changes will have numerous consequences on societies around the globe. South Africa and Africa will play a central role, for better or worse, in creating opportunities and risks during these changing times as Africa is profoundly influencing and being influenced by global developments.

The adoption of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was accompanied by what insiders considered an optimism they have not experienced in relation to UN resolutions before. The relative efficiency in the drafting, the lack of trenches between East and West, or between North and South, and the unanimity of support of the 193 countries speak volumes. In stark contrast, sustainability seems to go against a changing economic and political tide, where waves of nationalism and protectionism from some of the most powerful countries risk the wellbeing of the rest of the world. The 6th World Sustainability Forum will enable fruitful exchanges, which sensitise South African and international communities to the global urgency and specifics of sustainability.

The Forum will showcase the work of internationally renowned researchers and include more than 150 presentations. During the conference dinner, the World Sustainability Award, associated with a US$ 100 000 prize, will be announced, as well as the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, associated with a US$ 10 000 prize. The prizes are sponsored by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation and Sustainability, an academic open access journal by MDPI. The World Sustainability Forum is preceded by the Postgraduate Forum on Sustainability, which will introduce more than 100 young scholars from South Africa and the African continent to sustainability research. Both events are organized and sponsored by the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Basel, MDPI, and by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Contacts:

Scientific Matters: Prof Manfred Max Bergman, Social Research and Methodology Group (SRaM), University of Basel, Switzerland; Email:  [email protected]

Press Accreditation and General Enquiries: Mr Matthias Burkhalter, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland; Email: [email protected]; Tel. +41 61 683 77 34 

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6 January 2017
MDPI Supports the OA2020 Initiative

MDPI is now a proud supporter of the OA2020 Initiative.

Open Access 2020 is an international initiative that aims to induce the swift, smooth and scholarly-oriented transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing.

MDPI is participating in the upcoming Berlin13 conference in March 2017, where we are contributing to the initiative by aiding in the design of the roadmap which will make OA the default publishing model.

For more information please see here.

 

5 January 2017
Three New Institutional Memberships Established

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We are pleased to announce that the University of Texas at Arlington, USA, the Harbin Institute of Technology, China and TU Darmstadt, Germany, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these institutions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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22 December 2016
Happy Festive Season!

Season's greetings from everyone at MDPI!

22 December 2016
Two New Institutional Memberships Established

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We are pleased to announce that the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany and the University of California, Berkeley, USA, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these instititions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

 

  

19 December 2016
MDPI and Wellcome Trust Compliance

The Wellcome Trust has, for a number of years, required that the results of its funded projects are published in open access format. Recently it announced criteria that publishers must fulfil for publication fees to be paid by the Trust. MDPI is pleased to have been added to the list of compliant publishers.

Only publishers who have confirmed their compliance by 16 December 2016 will be eligible to receive payment of APCs by the Wellcome Trust as of 1 April 2017. For more information on the criteria and a full list of publishers that meet them, see here.

13 December 2016
Meet MDPI at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting

MDPI is currently attending the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting (12–16 December, 2016)

If you are also attending the conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #1147) and meet the representative editors.

Conference details:

2016 AGU Fall Meeting
12–16 December 2016
Moscone Center
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

 

8 December 2016
Three New Institutional Memberships Established

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We are pleased to announce that Purdue University, USA, the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, Spain and the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these instititions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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16 November 2016
World Sustainability Award - Final Extension

The deadline for the World Sustainability Award has been extended for one last time! You now have one more month to nominate an individual researcher, group or project! The final deadline for nominations will be December 15, 2016. 

For full details, please visit here.

11 November 2016
Three New Institutional Memberships Established

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We are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota, USA, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these instititions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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10 November 2016
MDPI is Participating in the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting

We are pleased to announce that MDPI will be attending the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting (12–16 December, 2016) and representing the following open access journals:

Atmosphere
Water
Remote Sensing
Minerals
Sustainability
Climate
Land
Geosciences
Hydrology
Infrastructures
Resources
Entropy
Environments
Aerospace

If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (Booth #1147) and meet the representative editors.

Conference details:

2016 AGU Fall Meeting
12–16 December 2016
Moscone Center
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

 

4 November 2016
MDPI Joins the United Nations Global Compact

MDPI has become a member of the United Nations Global Compact to support corporate sustainability and have committed ourselves to the ten principles associated with the Compact.

Sustainability has always been at the core of MDPI’s values, starting with the collection and preservation of rare chemical samples that started in 1996 and led to the first journal, Molecules. Sustainability has become one of our flagship journals and we have supported and organized several conferences and events based on Sustainability, including the upcoming 6th World Sustainability Forum. As a global enterprise, we see it as our duty to promote responsible practices that will ensure a bright future for our planet. Given this, the choice to join the Global Compact was an easy one and we will do our utmost to fully implement it.

 

3 November 2016
MDPI Now a Member of SPARC Europe

We are delighted to announce that MDPI has become a member of SPARC Europe, an organization that works for open scholarship in Europe, including support of open access publication.

As one of the few publishers to join SPARC Europe to date, MDPI looks forward to making a contribution that puts open scholarship on a positive and sustainable path. We fully support the goals of open scholarship that allow the largest number of people possible to benefit from work of researchers in all disciplines. We hope that our membership will enable us to work with other stakeholders to find the best possible solution.

2 November 2016
World Sustainability Award Deadline Extension

The deadline for the World Sustainability Award has been extended! You now have until November 15, 2016 to nominate an individual researcher, group or project!

For full details, please visit here.

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26 October 2016
Four New Institutional Memberships Established

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We are pleased to announce that the Wuppertal Institut, Germany, the University of Girona, Spain and Central South University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these instititions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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24 October 2016
International Open Access Week 2016

Meet us during International Open Access Week 2016! We will be presenting at various locations in Europe and China. 

To get involved and for full details see the complete list of events organised by MDPI here.

 

18 October 2016
Institutional Membership established with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain and Aalto University, Finland

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We are pleased to announce that the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain and Aalto University, Finland, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these universities will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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12 October 2016
Institutional Membership Established with Iowa State University and the University of North Texas, USA

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We are pleased to announce that the Iowa State University and the University of North Texas, USA, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these universities will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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7 October 2016
MDPI at Open Access Days in Munich, 10-11 October 2016

Meet MDPI during the Open Access Days held from 10-11 October 2016 at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. 

The two-day event will feature experts from the open access sector, scientists from all disciplines, publishing representatives and supporters of scientific research and communication from libraries as well as research institutes and funding institutions. Join us!

For more information about the event and to see the program, visit the event webpage.

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7 October 2016
Institutional Membership Established with the University of Sevilla and the University of Alicante, Spain

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We are pleased to announce that the University of Sevilla and the University of Alicante, Spain have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these universities will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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29 September 2016
Institutional Membership Established with the University of Delaware

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We are pleased to announce that the University of Delaware, USA, has joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from this university will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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19 September 2016
Peer Review Week 2016

As an open access publisher indebted to the work of our peer reviewers, we are proud to support Peer Review Week 2016. As part of the week's activities and to celebrate this year's theme "Recognition for Review", MDPI will host two webinars that anyone can join.

These webinars will explore the role and value of reviewers and the recognition they receive from a publishers perspective, with examples from MDPI's experience in publishing nearly 80,000 peer reviewed papers, along with evidence from reviewer surveys. It will also touch upon potential changes in how review is carried out and tips for early career researchers who want to be involved in the review process.

Details and links to join can be found below:

Wednesday September 21, 08:00 (CEST)

Friday September 23, 16:00 (CEST)

For more information about all the activites taking place, please visit the Peer Review Week website.

 

6 September 2016
Institutional Membership established with Kansas State University and Northwestern University, USA

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We are pleased to announce that Kansas State University and Northwestern Universty, USE, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these universities will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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5 September 2016
Institutional Membership Established with University College Cork

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We are pleased to announce that University College Cork, Ireland, has joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from this university will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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22 August 2016
MDPI New Office Location

We are pleased to announce that MDPI has now moved to a new permanent address:

MDPI AG
St. Alban Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel
Postfach, CH-4020 Basel
Switzerland

Telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged.

10 August 2016
Institutional Membership established with the University of Texas at Austin, USA, the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland and the University of Granada and the Compultense University of Madrid, Spain

We are pleased to announce that the following institutions have joined MDPI's institutional membership program in August 2016:

Authors affiliated with these institutions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

            

18 July 2016
Institutional Membership established with Louisiana State University and Florida State University, USA, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, University of Rostock, Germany, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland and Southeast University, China

We are pleased to announce that the following institutions have joined MDPI's institutional membership program in July 2016:

Authors affiliated with these institutions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

                    

12 July 2016
MDPI Moving to New Office Location in Basel (Switzerland) in August 2016

As of 20 August 2016, MDPI's new address in Basel will be:

MDPI AG
St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel
Switzerland

Telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged.

St. Alban-Anlage 66 was built from 1947 to 1948 and initially the home of the "Bühler AG", a book printing business. 

 


For more information about this building, see: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/about/headquarters

21 June 2016
"Behind the Scenes of Academic Publishing—A Publisher's Perspective" - MDPI's Lecture at the University of Basel

From the 15-16 September, 2016, MDPI will run a course on Academic Publishing at the University of Basel.

In this two day workshop, MDPI will look in detail at the role performed by academic journal publishers and how they interact with academics. Ethical dimensions, what happens when problems occur and how the publisher coordinates all aspects of the submission process will also be covered. 

For more detailed information about the program, trainers and registration please visit the course webpage.

 

 

14 June 2016
2015 Impact Factors Released

We are pleased to report the 2015 Journal Impact Factors in the latest Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition, published by Thomson Reuters in June 2016. Twenty out of 25 journals have seen an increase in their Impact Factor and two journals (Crystals and IJGI) received a first Impact Factor. Coatings was recently added to SCIE and will receive its first Impact Factor in next year’s JCR.

Updated Impact Factors for Journals in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)

Journal 2015 Impact Factor Details Category Rank
Applied Sciences 1.726 Link 83/163 (Q3) in ‘Chemistry, Multidisciplinary’;
129/271 (Q2) in ‘Materials Science, Multidisciplinary’;
64/145 (Q2) in ‘Physics, Applied’
Atmosphere 1.221 Link 66/84 (Q4) in ‘Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences’
Catalysts 2.964 Link 53/144 (Q2) in ‘Chemistry, Physical’
Energies 2.077 Link 43/88 (Q2) in ‘Energy & Fuels’
Entropy 1.743 Link 25/79 (Q2) in ‘Physics, Multidisciplinary’
Forests 1.583 Link 19/66 (Q2) in ‘Forestry’
Genes 3.242 Link 60/165 (Q2) in ‘Genetics & Heredity’
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 2.035 Link 101/225 (Q2) in ‘Environmental Sciences’
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) 3.257 Link 110/289 (Q2) in ‘Biochemistry & Molecular Biology’;
51/163 (Q2) in ‘Chemistry, Multidisciplinary’
Marine Drugs 3.345 Link 13/59 (Q1) in ‘Chemistry, Medicinal’
Materials 2.728 Link 63/271 (Q1) in ‘Materials Science, Multidisciplinary’
Metals 1.574 Link 18/73 (Q1) in ‘Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering’;
145/271 (Q3) in ‘Materials Science, Multidisciplinary’
Micromachines 1.295 Link 30/56 (Q3) in ‘Instruments & Instrumentation’
63/83 (Q4) in ‘Nanoscience & Nanotechnology’
Minerals 1.468 Link 9/21 (Q2) in ‘Mining & Mineral Processing;
14/29 (Q2) in ‘Mineralogy’
Molecules 2.465 Link 24/59 (Q2) in ‘Chemistry, Organic’
Nanomaterials 2.690 Link 64/271 (Q1) in ‘Materials Science, Multidisciplinary’;
36/83 (Q2) in ‘Nanoscience & Nanotechnology’
Nutrients 3.759 Link 16/78 (Q1) in ‘Nutrition & Dietetics’
Polymers 2.944 Link 20/85 (Q1) in ‘Polymer Science’
Remote Sensing 3.036 Link 5/28 (Q1) in ‘Remote Sensing’
Sensors 2.033 Link 36/75 (Q2) in ‘Chemistry, Analytical’;
16/27 (Q3) in ‘Electrochemistry’;
12/56 (Q1) in ‘Instruments & Instrumentation’
Sustainability 1.343 Link 146/225 (Q3) in ‘Environmental Sciences’;
22/29 (Q4) in ‘Green & Sustainable Science & Technology’
Symmetry 0.841 Link 31/63 (Q2) in ‘Multidisciplinary Sciences’
Toxins 3.571 Link 16/89 (Q1) in ‘Toxicology’
Viruses 3.042 Link 14/33 (Q2) in ‘Virology’
Water 1.687 Link 33/85 (Q2) in ‘Water Resources’

Journals with First Impact Factors

Journal 2015 Impact Factor Details Category Rank
Crystals 2.075 Link 13/26 (Q2) in ‘Crystallography’
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 0.651 Link 45/49 (Q4) in ‘Geography, Physical’;
26/28 (Q4) in ‘Remote Sensing’.

 

14 June 2016
2015 Impact Factor Released for Sustainability – 1.343

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We are pleased to inform you that the new Impact Factor of Sustainability has just been released. According to the Journal Citation Reports® published by Thomson Reuters in June 2016, the new Impact Factor of Sustainability is 1.343. Compared to last year, the Impact Factor has increased by 43 percent (see figures below).

Sustainability now ranks 146/225 (Q3) in the category ‘Environmental Sciences’ and 22/29 in the category ‘Green & Sustainable Science & Technology’.

Evolution of Impact Factor, Citations and Publications for Sustainability:

26 May 2016
Institutional Membership established with University of Bremen, Germany, Koç University, Turkey, IIASA, Austria and Jilin University and Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS, China

We are pleased to announce that the following institutions have joined MDPI's institutional membership program in May 2016:

Authors affiliated with these institutions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

                

23 May 2016
Institutional Membership Established with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and the South China University of Technology, Beijing University of Technology and Southern Medical University, China

We are pleased to announce that the following institutions have joined MDPI's institutional membership program in April and May 2016:

Authors affiliated with these institutions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

            

26 April 2016
New Section on www.mdpi.com - Latest Books

You may have noticed a new section that is now visible on our home page. This section is called "Latest Books" and showcases recent publications from MDPI Books, our book publishing service.

Books Section

By clicking on the hyperlink "More Books" you will be taken to the MDPI Books Home Page. There you will find more information about the service, as well as the "Recent Publications" list. 

Clicking on any of the book images in this list will take you to detailed information about that book (shown below). Here you can also download a PDF version of the book, or order a hardcover printed copy.

For further information about the MDPI Books service, please visit the webpage or contact [email protected].

 Individual Book Page

 

31 March 2016
Axioms, Behavioral Sciences, Photonics, Separations and Toxics added to the Emerging Sources Citation Index in Web of Science

We are pleased to announce that the journals Axioms, Behavioral Sciences, Photonics, Separations and Toxics were recently accepted for inclusion in the newly launched Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) in Web of Science.

ESCI serves to highlight promising journals which are still under consideration for the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) or the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).

 

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30 March 2016
Institutional Membership established with the University of Winchester, UK, Silesian University of Technology, Poland and Beijing Jiaotong University and Zhejiang University, China

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We are pleased to announce that the University of Winchester, UK, the Silesian University of Technology, Poland and Beijing Jiaotong University and Zhejiang University, China, have joined our Institutional Membership program. Primary authors from these universities will benefit from a 10% discount on article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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24 March 2016
New Editorial Office in Barcelona, Spain

We are excited to announce the opening of our new editorial office in Barcelona, Spain. The launch team is led by a Senior Editor and comprises further staff holding doctoral degrees with several years of research experience. The new editorial team will help us to get closer to European research communities and progress Sciforum, the platform to support the scientific community via conference hosting and other functions. They will also help spread the word about Open Access and meet academics at scientific events.

We are in the process of hiring more doctoral and masters graduates to join the editorial team and welcome applications via [email protected]. For contact details about the office, see our contact page.

22 February 2016
Membership Established with the Max Planck Society

We are pleased to announce that the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) has signed an agreement with MDPI to support authors associated with the Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft). As of 22 February 2016, corresponding authors will receive full funding from the MPDL for articles published in MDPI journals, with a 10% discount applied to the Article Processing Charges. Additional details can be found at our institutional membership page.

Founded in 1948, The Max Planck Society is one of Germany’s leading research organizations, and is currently made up of 83 institutes conducting basic research in natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and humanities. 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from its ranks of scientists and the society has more than 15,000 publications in scientific journals each year.

 

5 February 2016
Institutional Membership Extension: Wageningen University, CSIC, University of Zürich, ETH Zürich, University of Tübingen and Osnabrück University

We are pleased to announce that Wageningen University, the Netherlands, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain, the University of Zürich and ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and the University of Tübingen and Osnabrück University, Germany, have not only renewed their institutional memberships with MDPI after two years of successful cooperation, but have also increased the reduction of the article processing charges (APCs) for affiliated authors to 25%.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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5 February 2016
Institutional Membership established with Brock University, Canada and the University of Pisa, Italy

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We are pleased to announce that Brock University, Cananda, and the University of Pisa, Italy, have joined MDPI's institutional membership program: Primary authors from these universities will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges as of 01 February 2016. 

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

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25 January 2016
MDPI Sponsors diss:kurs with the University of Basel

 

MDPI is pleased to announce its newly established sponsorship of diss:kurs, an event coordinated by the University of Basel to support their doctorate program. For more information about the event and how to register, please visit the diss:kurs webpage.

 

7 January 2016
New Institutional Memberships Established with Tsinghua University, the Chinese Society of Micro-Nano Technology, Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Ulm

We are pleased to announce that the following institutions have joined MDPI's institutional membership program as of 1 January 2016:

  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Chinese Society of Micro-Nano Technology (CSMNT)
  • Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • University of Ulm, Germany

Authors affiliated with these institutions will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

 

 

5 January 2016
Safety, Fermentation, C-Journal of Carbon Research, Magnetochemistry, Batteries and Horticulturae Released Their First Issue in December 2015

We are pleased to announce that MDPI's open access journals Safety, Journal of Imaging, Fermentation, C-Journal of Carbon Research, Magnetochemistry, Batteries and Horticulturae released their first issue at the end of December 2015.

  

23 December 2015
Happy Festive Season!

Season's greetings from everyone at MDPI!

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17 December 2015
Institutional Membership Extension: University of Bern, Switzerland

We are pleased to announce that the University of Bern, Switzerland has not only renewed their institutional membership with MDPI after two years of successful cooperation, but also increased the reduction of the article processing charges (APCs) for affiliated authors to 25%.

 

17 December 2015
Institutional Membership with the University of Ulm and Helmholtz Zentrum Munich

We are pleased to announce that University of Ulm, Germany and Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, Germany has joined MDPI's institutional membership program:

Primary authors from the University of Ulm and Helmholtz Zentrum Munich will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges as of 1 January 2016. Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

 

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9 December 2015
Membership Established with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

We are pleased to announce that Virginia Tech has joined MDPI's institutional membership program. Authors from Virginia Tech will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges as of 1 December 2015. Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

1 December 2015
Membership Established with the Technical University of Denmark and the University of North Florida

We are pleased to announce that the following universities have joined MDPI's institutional membership program:

  • Technical University of Denmark (as of 1 November 2015)
  • University of North Florida, USA (as of 15 November 2015)

Primary authors from the Technical University of Denmark and the University of North Florida will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

17 November 2015
Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies

This publication is the fourth in the Heritage Studies series and aims to reflect upon the many dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development within the Heritage Studies discourse. Sustainability as a concept and sustainable development as a goal are presented in official policies within UNESCO’s understanding of heritage, in its paradigmatic reflections and in the diversity of theories and methods, including many different and sometimes conflicting understandings of sustainability within this discourse. Thus, the contributors to this publication discuss sustainability as it directly concerns the potential of different approaches to World Heritage and Intangible Heritage. The inclusion of the four dimensions of sustainability—environmental, economic, social and cultural—into the Heritage Studies discourse opens a new perspective on the discourse itself.

This publication is available at the following link: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/454854

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With best wishes,
Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert
UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, LG 10, Room 234a, Erich-Weinert-Str. 1, Cottbus, Germany

2 October 2015
Membership Established with the University of Freiburg and the University of Regensburg

We are pleased to announce that the following universities have joined MDPI's institutional membership program:

University of Freiburg, Germany
University of Regensburg, Germany

Primary authors from the University of Freiburg and the University of Regensburg will benefit from a 10% discount on the article processing charges as of 1 October 2015 and 1 November 2015.

Additional details can be found on our institutional membership page.

19 June 2015
Updated Impact Factor for Sustainability – 0.942

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The 2014 Impact Factors have been recently released. According to the 2015 release of the Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (published by Thomson Reuters in June 2015), the updated Impact Factor for Sustainability is 0.942. Sustainability now ranks 175/221 (Q4) in the category ‘Environmental Sciences’.

Evolution of the Sustainability Impact Factor:

Evolution of citations to Sustainability:

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