Announcements

2 April 2024
Meet Us at the 20th National Youth Congress on Catalysis, 10–14 May 2024, Dalian, China


MDPI will be attending the 20th National Youth Congress on Catalysis (20NYCC), which will be held from 10 to 14 May 2024 in Dalian, China.

Since its initiation in 1987, the National Youth Congress on Catalysis has been held every two years, aiming to provide a platform for mutual learning and communication among young catalytic workers (under 45 years of age). The conference will focus on topics such as biocatalysis, organocatalysis, photocatalysis, and electrocatalysis, showcasing the latest progress and achievements in the basic and applied research of young Chinese catalytic workers in the fields of energy, chemical engineering, materials, and biology in recent years. It will also delve into the opportunities, challenges, and future innovative development directions of the Chinese catalytic field under the current unprecedented changes of the century, promote exchanges in cutting-edge catalysis science and technology and interdisciplinary integration, deepen communication and cooperation between industry, academia, and research, and comprehensively promote the development of catalysis science and technology in China.

The following MDPI journals will be represented at the conference:

If you are planning to attend the above conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#A21) and start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://20nycc.scimeeting.cn/cn/web/index/.

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts


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

Visit to Seoul, South Korea

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

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

MDPI and South Korea by Numbers

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

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

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

Institutional Partnerships with South Korea

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


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

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

MDPI Hosts Seminar for Academia and Media

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

“MDPI is actively democratizing science”

MDPI in the News


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

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

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

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

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

Impactful Research

Featured Articles on Women’s Leadership and Healthcare

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

Women’s Leadership

Women’s Reproductive Health

Women’s Preventive Healthcare

Featured Articles in MDPI Journal Women

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

Inside MDPI

 

Championing Women’s Healthcare and Access to Healthcare Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

MDPI Joins United2Act in Collective Fight to Stop Paper Mills

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

The text below is taken from our official announcement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts


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

Visit to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

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

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

Japan’s Open Access statistics

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

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

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

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


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

MDPI and Japan by Numbers

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

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

General Feedback – a side note

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts


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

MDPI’s Impact on Romania

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


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

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

Romania ranks as a top 20 contributing country.

The Numbers: 2019–2023

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

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

Institutional Open Access Programs

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

Our growth and presence in Romania are a true testament.

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


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

Impactful Research

MDPI Joins the STM Integrity Hub

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

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

Joris van Rossum, Director of Research Integrity, STM

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

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

Inside MDPI

MDPI Expands Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team (RIPE)

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

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

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


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

Introducing our Research Integrity and Publication Ethics Team

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

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

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

Quality Updates to Special Issues Oversight

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

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

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

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Coming Together for Science

Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses

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

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

Recap on the #Viruses2024 Conference

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming In-Person Event

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

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

Find more upcoming MDPI events here.


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Closing Thoughts

Researcher to Reader (R2R) Conference

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

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

R2R Peer Review Innovations Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

MDPI and Digital Science Meeting

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

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


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

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

What is Altmetric?

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

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

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

Sources Tracked by Altmetric


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

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

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

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Impactful Research

Ten High-Altmetric Articles Published by MDPI

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

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

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

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

J. Pers. Med. 2017, 7(2), 3; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm7020003

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

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

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

J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(3), 404; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm8030404

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

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

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

Quaternary 2021, 4(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/quat4030024

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

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

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

Animals 2020, 10(6), 1007; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10061007

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

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

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

Animals 2022, 12(15), 1933; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12151933

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

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

How do I use altmetrics?

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

Sharing Research Online

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

“An Update on Eukaryotic Viruses Revived from Ancient Permafrost”

Viruses 2023, 15(2), 564; https://doi.org/10.3390/v15020564

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

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

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

Healthcare 2019, 7(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7010001

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

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

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

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1212; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041212

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

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

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

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(3), 431; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15030431

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

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

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

Animals 2023, 13(4), 590; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13040590

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

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

Inside MDPI

MDPI Annual Meeting Celebrations in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

MDPI and TU Delft Adopt Flat Fee Model in Extended Partnership

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

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

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

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

Benefits to MDPI’s IOAP

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

For further information, see our IOAP FAQ.

Closing Thoughts

Reflections on the 2024 APE Conference

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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

“We can share best practices and lessons learned”

Incorporating MDPI’s Insights into Conferences

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

29 January 2024
Acknowledgment of the Reviewers of Catalysts in 2023

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

In 2023, Catalysts received 4352 review reports, from 2773 reviewers. This past year, we worked with reviewers from 83 countries and regions, reflecting the diversity in our collaboration with research communities. Their dedication shapes scholarly discourse and advances global research. The editorial team expresses gratitude for the vital role played by each reviewer in the Catalysts family throughout 2023, and we look forward to their continued support in 2024.

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

A. Santhana Krishna Kumar Lucas Santos-Juanes
A. V. S. L. Sai Bharadwaj Lucia Trinca
Abdulfatah A. Yusuf Luciano Almeida
Abhishek Chakraborty Lucjan Chmielarz
Abniel Machín Luhui Wang
Aditya Velidandi Luigi Di Bitonto
Adolfo Romero-Galarza Luis Alberto Estudillo-Wong
Adriana Urda Luis E. Iglesias
Adriano A. Mendes Luis Humberto Mendoza Huizar
Afrasiab Tareen M. Hussein Assadi
Afzal Khan Mabrook Amer
Agata Łamacz Madalina Tudorache
Ahmad Bazli Ramzi Magdi El Fergani
Ahmad Mustafa Maheen Gull
Ahmed Al-Mamoori Mahmoud Parvazinia
Ahmed Faramawy Mahmoud Sayed
Ahmed Jasim Mahnaz Najafi
Aida Villa Malaikozhundan Balasubramanian
Ajay Kumar Malcolm Jobling
Akash Gautam Manos Vlasiou
Akbar Hojjati-Najafabadi Manuel Ramos
Akihiko Ishii Manzoor Dar
Akira Morikawa Marc Visseaux
Alain Favre-Reguillon Marcelo E. Domine
Albert Moyano Marcelo Guzman
Alberto Fraile Marco Rabuffetti
Alejandro Cruz Maria A. Longo
Alejandro Islas-Jácome Maria Chernysheva
Aleksandra Bielicka-Giełdoń Maria Do Carmo Rangel
Aleksey V. Zaitsev Maria Goula
Aleksey Vedyagin Maria Luisa Testa
Alessandro Blasi Maria Michela Dell'Anna
Alex Grigoropoulos Maria Victoria Navarro
Alexander Baykov Mariana Souza
Alexander Schmidt Marina Holyavka
Alexander Simenel Marina Shilina
Alexander Syuy Mario Simoes
Alexandrina Nan Marlon Bastidas
Alexandru Popa Marta Feroci
Alexey V. Salin Martha Leticia Hernandez-Pichardo
Ali Cherif Martin Bojinov
Ali Gemeay Martin Hájek
Ali Maleki Martin Høj
Ali Shafiee Martina Pinto
Aliaksandr Shaula Marwa El-Azazy
Alireza Moshfegh Masoumeh Ghalkhani
Amal Baqais Maurizio Volpe
Amin Fatoni Mauro Bassetti
Amit Kumar Maxim Grishin
Ana C. Gomes Maxim Lutoshkin
Ana Cristino Mehdi Hatami
Ana Fernandes Meiyang Cui
Ana Maria Faisca Phillips Melisa Bertero
Anastassiya Mashentseva Menggang Li
Anatoli Popov Mercedes Zurro
Andoni Choya Michael Schalli
André Delavault Michel Brondani
André L. Menezes De Oliveira Miguel Ángel Gómez García
Andre Luis De Castro Peixoto Miguel Menendez
Andrea Baschieri Mihai Gîrțu
Andrea Beck Mikhail Moskalik
Andrea Biffis Milan Poudel
Andrea Gualandi Miljana Radović Vučić
Andrei Dumitrescu Mingbin Yuan
Andrew Chien Minggui Lin
Andrey Aksenov Mingjun Jia
Andrey Bukhtiyarov Miroslav Pavlović
Andrey Saraev Mohamed A. Basyooni
Andrey Zagoruiko Mohamed Abd El-Aal
Ang Ren Mohamed Abdel-Hamed
Angela Martins Mohamed Mokhtar Mohamed Mostafa
Angelita Barcellos Mohammad Bagher Askari
Aniruddha Mondal Mohammad Ehtisham Khan
Anita Trenczek-Zajac Mohammed Bakhsh
Anjaneyulu Putta Mohammed Rahman
Anna Trusek Mohan Varkolu
Anna Zimina Mohd Fairus Bin Ahmad
Anton Ivanov Mohd Imran
Anton Koskin Mohd Khan
Anton Shalygin Mohsen Mesbah
Antonia Sandoval González Mohsen Padervand
Anuj Kumar Montse Bazaga-García
Anwar Iqbal Mostafa El-Miligy
Arghya Ghosh Motasem Alazaiza
Arie Geerlof Muhammad Ajmal
Arindam Indra Muhammad Altaf Nazir
Aristide Giuliano Muhammad Bilal Hanif
Arkadij Sobolev Muhammad Kashif Shahid
Arlene Gonçalves Corrêa Muhammad Raziq Rahimi Kooh
Artem Belousov Muhammad Saeed
Arthur Vashurin Muhammad Sheraz Ahmad
Artur Ratkiewicz Muhammad Sufyan Javed
Arun Thirumurugan Muhammad Tayyab
Arunkumar Jayakumar Mujeeb Khan
Arvind Negi Munawar Khalil
Asfandyar Khan Murid Hussain
Asim Ali Yaqoob Mutasem Bani-Fwaz
Asim Bhaumik Mzamo Shozi
Astam Patra Naresh Duvva
Athanasia Petala Naseer Iqbal
Attila Egedy Natalia Pozdnyakova
Baji Shaik Nattanan T-Thienprasert
Bartłomiej Potaniec Nattawut Osakoo
Bathula Babu Naveen Kulkarni
Beatriz De Rivas Nayef Ghasem
Beatriz Trindade Barrocas Nelson Nunes
Bekir Eser Nevena Prlainovic
Belén Altava Nicholas Harmer
Benjaram Reddy Nicola Sangiorgi
Bernd Schöllhorn Nikita Sviridenko
Bhaskararao Bangaru Nikolaos D. Charisiou
Bin Zhao Ning Wang
Bo Wang Nitin Chaudhari
Bocheng Tang Njomza Ajvazi
Bogdan Cojocaru Nobuhumi Nakamura
Bogdan Tutunaru Noto Susanto Gultom
Bogdan Ulejczyk Oleg Korchagin
Bojan A. Marinković Oleg Kozaderov
Bojana Vasiljevic Oleg M. Demchuk
Boopathy Ramasamy Oleg Manaenkov
Boris Minaev Oleg Shichalin
Bowen Lu Oleg Silyukov
Božidar Čobeljić Olga Belskaya
Carlo Morelli Olga Bulavchenko
César Leyva-Porras Olivia Soliman
Cezar Comanescu Omid Akhavan
Changseok Han Oriana Piermatti
Changwu Zheng Osama Al-Madanat (Germany)
Chao Zhao Osama Al-Madanat (Jordan)
Chennaiah Ande Ottó Horváth
Chenxi Wang Pablo Lopez-Albarran
Chenyang Li Pankaj Sharma
Christopher Parlett Patricia Concepcion
Christos Argirusis Patricio Cancino
Christos Kordulis Patricio Muñoz Torres
Chunxiang Zhu Paul Chesler
Claudia Palopoli Paul Vargas Jentzsch
Cláudio Rocha Pavel Abramov
Cong Gao Pavel Demakov
Congbin Ji Pavel Reyes
Cyril Alexeev Paweł Błoniarz
Dana Copolovici Pedro Maireles-Torres
Daniel Dobslaw Peiyong Ni
Daniel Oyekunle Petr Yeletsky
Daniele Franchi Pezhman Shiri
Danila Vasilchenko Pier Carlo Ricci
Danilo Russo Pierpaolo Napolitano
Daqin Guan Piotr Bartczak
Davide Tessaro Poernomo Gunawan
Dawid Kutyla Prabhakarn Arunachalam
Dayu Li Pranjali Naik
Debabrata Sengupta Protap Biswas
Debtanu Maiti Pu Zheng
Deep Raj Putrakumar Balla
Dengxu Wang Qiang Wang
Dezhi Han Qinfang Zhang
Didier Bourissou Qing Wang
Diego Luna Quoc Bao Le
Dieter Vollath R. Peña-Garcia
Dinesh Barak Rachela G. Milazzo
Divya Prasad Radu Racovita
Dmitriy Shtarev Rafael Araújo
Dmitriy Yambulatov Rafael Das Chagas
Dmitry Selishchev Rafael Huirache Acuña
Dmitry Sharapa Rafał Janus
Domenico Frattini Rahul Majee
Durgasha Poudyal Rajender Boddula
Edgar Mosquera Ralitsa Velinova
Edgardo Meza Fuentes Ram Hona
Edith Luévano-Hipólito Rameswar Bhattacharjee
Edson Roberto Santana Ramón Raudel Peña Garcia
Edward Gillan Raul San Martin Faces
Egor Verbitskiy Raymond J. Gorte
Ekaterina Smal Reda Elkacmi
Emilio San-Fabián Reinaldo Giudici
Emmanuel Topoglidis Remigiusz Kowalik
Enrique Rodriguez-Castellon Renata N. Vilas Bôas
Enver Güler Renata Siedlecka
Erdinç Öz Roberto Fiorenza
Eugene V. Radchenko Rodrigo Soto
Eva Diaz Roger Bringué
Evando Araújo Roland Schoch
Evgeniy Titov Roland Wohlgemuth
Evgeny Abkhalimov Roong Jien Wong
Ewa M. Iwanek Rosa María Camacho-Ruiz
Ewumbua Monono Rudy Situmeang
Ezequiel Banús Runping Ye
Fabia Grisi S. V. Ramanaiah
Fabio Aricò Sabari Ghosh
Fabio Salomone Sabinus Oscar Onyebuchi Eze
Fabrice Gros Sadegh Khazalpour
Faezeh Moghzi Saeed Bahadorikhalili
Fanghao Zhang Sagar Balagangadhara Udyavara
Fanhui Meng Sak Sittichompoo
Farhan Javed Sakshum Khanna
Farid Aiouache Salvatore Baldino
Fatemeh Rajabi Sándor Beszédes
Fei Chang Sanja Bogojevic
Feng Guo Sanja J. Armakovic
Flavia Zacconi Sanja Panic
Flavio Colmati Sanjivkumar Muthusamy
Fnu Asaduzzaman Sapana Jadoun
Francesca Leonelli Sara Fulignati
Francesco Arena Sathish Ci
Francesco Giacalone Sathish Mohan Botsa
Francisco Garcia-Canovas Satriyo Wahono
Fupin Liu Selda Oezkan
Gábor Hornyánszky Sercan Karav
Galina Kovalenko Serge Thorimbert
Gang Feng Sergei Preis
Gazali Tanimu Sergey Belenov
Georg Sprenger Sergey Tin
Georgios Bampos Sergi Maicas
Gerardo A. Flores-Escamilla Sergio Obregon
Gianluca Landi Sethupathi Velmurugan
Giorgio Della Sala Seval Gunduz
Giorgio Tofani Seyed Mehdi Sajjadi
Giovanni Gallo Seyedeh Somayeh Taghavi
Girish Kumar Shahid Zaman
Girolamo Casella Shambhulinga Aralekallu
Giuseppina Cerrato Shaoxuan Ren
Gleiston Dias Shashanka Rajendrachari
Gonzalo De Gonzalo Shashi Bhatia
Grazia Giuseppina Politano Shengjie Wang
Grigory Mamontov Shengli Pang
Guadalupe Gutiérrez-Soto Shih-Wen Chen
Guangchao Liang Shijie Li
Guillermo Díaz-Sainz Shikha Agarwal
Guo-Liang Lu Shinya Ikeno
Guoqiang Cao Shirjana Saud
Gustavo Kashiwagi Shoufeng Tang
György Keglevich Showkat Bhawani
Haibo Ge Shuangxi Xing
Hammadi El Farissi Shuchen Hsieh
Hamzeh Kiyani Shuhao Liu
Hang Coong Shun Lu
Hanyu Zhang Sidi Zhu
Harsh Vardhan Silvana Pedatella
Hasanudin Hasanudin Silvia Carlotto
Heberton Wender Silviya Boycheva
Hemali Rathnayake Simonas Ramanavičius
Heping Li Simonetta Tuti
Hongda Li Sivachandiran Loganathan
Hongfei Ma Snezana Uskokovic-Markovic
Hongwei Zhang Sohan Lal
Hongxing Dai Soichi Yabuki
Hossein Esmaeili Soliman El-Hout
Hsuan-Ying Chen Sónia Carabineiro
Hu Li Souraya Goumri-Said
Huan Pang Sreshtha Sinha Majumdar
Hun Park Sridhar Budhi
Hussein Younus Sriram Balasubramanian
I. N. Zorov Stanislav Grabovskii
Idrees Khan Stefan Janecek
Ieva Barauskienė Stefano Paganelli
Igor S. Mashkovsky Stefano Vecchio Ciprioti
Igor Sivaev Subba Cheekatla
Iiknur Altin Sulakshana Shenoy
Ildar Ilyasov Sushobhan Mukhopadhyay
Ileana Lick Suyun Xu
Ilya Fateev Svetlana Selishcheva
Ilya Tumkin Sylwia Górecka
Ilya Zavidovskiy Taha Hemaida
Imgon Hwang Taher Yousefi Amiri
Imran Hasan Taizhong Huang
Ingrid Motta Takayuki Doi
Inna Solyanikova Tamara Ivetić
Ioanna Martinaiou Tamara Lazarevic-Pasti
Ionut Banu Tamer Saleh
Iran Rocha Segundo Tang Li
Irina Zvereva Tatiana Rostovshchikova
Iván Sciscenko Tatiana Sheshko
Ivana Mihajlovic Tatiparthi Sagar
Iwona Kuźniarska-Biernacka Tatyana Tabakova
J. Andres Tavizon-Pozos Theerayut Phengsaart
J. M. Ramirez-De-Arellano Thi Thanh Binh Nguyen
Jacek Wojnarowicz Thierry Ribeiro
Jacopo De Bellis Tianhua Tang
Jadranka Milikić Tien Nguyen
Jaideep Malik Tomer Zidki
Jaime Escalante Tomoya Takada
Jaime Soler Tomoyuki Toda
Jakub Mokrzycki Toshifumi Dohi
Jakub Rajewski Tshimangadzo Munonde
Jamal Rafique Tuan Sang Tran
Jan Back Umar Farooq
Janet Jan-Roblero Vadim Boyarskiy
Janvit Terzan Vadim Igorevich Popkov
Jaqueline Senra Vadim Samoilov
Jaroslaw Blaszczyk Vairaprakash Pothiappan
Jaroslaw Serafin Vairavel Parimelazhagan
Jasvir Dalal Valentin Romanovski
Javier Ereña Valeryia Kasneryk
Javier Fernández Catalá Vasilii Evtushok
Javier Herguido Veeranjaneyulu Gannedi
Javier Linares-Pastén Venkata Surya Kumar Choutipalli
Jawayria Najeeb Vesna Tepavčević
Jelena Lović Vicente Cortés Corberán
Jesus Gonzalez-Cobos Vicente Gotor-Fernández
Jesús Mengual Vignesh Muthusamy
Jeyashelly Andas Vijay Devra
Jian Qi Vikram Dalal
Jianqiang Wang Vladimir Katnov
Jin You Zheng Vladimir Larionov
Jinchun Tu Vladimír Mastihuba
Jin-Chung Sin Wang Yao
Jinjie Qian Waqas Alam Mir
Jinsong Gong Wei Guo
Joan Manuel Rodríguez-Díaz Wei Sun
João Gomes Weili Dai
João Paulo Winiarski Weitao Shan
Joaquín Martínez Triguero Wen Luo
Johann Heider Wenfang Liu
John Zhou Wenjie Zang
Jon Ander Onrubia Calvo Wenjun Wang
Jordi Badia Wenqiang Yang
Jorge Alberto Mendoza-Pérez Wibawa Hendra Saputera
Jorge Donadelli Willem Berkel Van
José Arandes William Chong
José Barrera-Andrade William Leonardo Da Silva
Jose Escobar Xia Xin
Jose J. Martínez Xiangfei Li
José Luís Figueiredo Xiangxian Ying
José Palenzuela Xiaochen Shen
Joseph Govan Xiaofang Liu
Juan Adrian Ramos Guivar Xiaogang Liu
Juan Castillo Xiaohui Ren
Juan Pablo Bortolozzi Xiaomei Yang
Jugal Kumawat Xiaoming Yue
Jun Chen Xiaoyang Liu
Jun Gu Xin Ma
Junkuo Gao Xinglu Wang
Junshan Li Xingxu Lu
Junxian Liu Xingyun Li
Justo Lobato Xinjun Feng
Kabir Oyedotun Xinpeng Cheng
Kadriye Özlem Hamaloğlu Xinxin Xiao
Kah Yam Xinyu Li
Kalliopi Ladomenou Xiong He
Kamal Sadek Xue Han
Kamaldeep Sharma Yagang Zhang
Karolina Kula Yamei Li
Karthik Kannan Yanbin Feng
Kechrist Obileke Yanping Zhu
Kedhareswara Sairam Pasupuleti Yassine Slimani
Kenso Soai Yi-En Du
Khalid Umar Yilang Liu
Ki Hyun Nam Yingluo He
Kiadtisak Saenboonruang Yongjun Ji
Kira E. Vostrikova Yongman Choi
Kirill Cherednichenko Yongqiang Ji
Kirill Laptinskiy Yousra Kotp
Konstantin Dement'ev Yu Tang
Konstantinos Christoforidis Yu Yu Titova
Kumar Ajay Yuanyuan Dong
Kun Zheng Yucang Liang
Kuntal Chatterjee Yuhang Qi
Lahoucine Bahsis Yun Shan
Lajos Fodor Yun Wang
Laura Bulgariu Yury I. Bauman
Laura Santamaria Yury V. Dubinin
Lemma Tufa Zaka Ullah
Leonarda Francesca Liotta Zeai Huang
Leonid Kulikov Zekai Zhang
Lichen Bai Zhangfeng Qin
Likius Daniel Zhaoxi Sun
Lilia Sineva Zhen Zhang
Liming Fan Zheng-Yuan Su
Lin Yu Zheyu Luo
Lingcong Li Zhixing Gan
Liuye Mo Ziliang Chen
Liwen Xing Zinaida Shifrina
Long Kuai Zisimos Toumasatos
Longcheng Zhang Zohra Benzarti
Longyong Xie Zohreh Masoumi
Lorenzo Mino Zsolt Rapi
Lu Liu Zuoli He
Lucas Hernández-Saravia Zuzanna Bielan

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Nobel Prize Laureates Entrust MDPI with Their Research

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

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

The best of the best trust us with their work.

Nobel Prize Laureates Who Have Published with MDPI

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

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

2023 Nobel Prize Winners Published by MDPI

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

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

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

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

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

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Impactful Research

MDPI Journals Newly Indexed in 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inside MDPI

MDPI Appoints New Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

MDPI’s 2024 In-Person Academic Events Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events with details to be announced:

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

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Closing Thoughts

Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024

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

Becoming a stronger organisation

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

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

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

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

Accountability and communication

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

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

Here’s to a joyous and prosperous 2024!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

6 December 2023
Editorial Board Members from Catalysts Featured in the 2023 Highly Cited Researchers List Published by Clarivate

Recently, Clarivate™ revealed its 2023 list of Highly Cited Researchers™ at universities, research institutes, and commercial organizations.

The scientists who were selected for this year’s list published highly cited papers in the 11-year period from January 2012 to December 2022, with a citation frequency in the top 1% of academic subjects in the same year in the Web of ScienceTM database. This year, 7,125 designations were issued to 6,849 individuals, representing just 1 in 1,000 researchers worldwide. This means that these researchers have been significant and influential in their chosen field or fields over the last decade. The list spans social and scientific researchers from 67 countries or regions.

According to our statistics, 20 members of the Editorial Board of Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) were selected for the list of Highly Cited Researchers by ClarivateTM in 2023. They are being recognized for their high-quality scientific research achievements and outstanding contributions to their professional fields. Catalysts sincerely congratulates all the elected editorial members and hopes that they continue to work with the journal.

Researcher

Category

Affiliation

Wang, Ying

Cross-Field

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Huang, Hongwei

Materials Science

China University of Geosciences, China

Zhang, Hui

Cross-Field

Wuhan University, China

Yang, Jianping

Cross-Field

Donghua University, China

Ran, Jingrun

Cross-Field

University of Adelaide, Australia

Gong, Jinlong

Chemistry

Tianjin University, China

Hu, Jin-Song

Cross-Field

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Zhu, Junfa

Chemistry

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Lu, Junling

Cross-Field

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Guo, Lin

Cross-Field

Beihang University, China

Li, Linlin

Cross-Field

Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China

Zhu, Mingshan

Cross-Field

Jinan University, China

Dou, Shi Xue

Chemistry

University of Shanghai for Science & Technology, China

Ma, Tianyi

Chemistry

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia

Chen, Wei

Agricultural Sciences

Xi'an University of Science & Technology, China

Choi, Wonyong

Cross-Field

Korea Institute of Energy Technology (KENTECH), South Korea

Li, Yat

Cross-Field

University of California Santa Cruz, United States

Pan, Xiaoqing

Cross-Field

University of California Irvine, United States

Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto

Biology and Biochemistry

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain

Fu, Gengtao

Cross-Field

Nanjing Normal University, China

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

MDPI Spain Summit


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

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

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

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

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

Connecting with Editorial Board Members


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

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

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

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

Open Access in Spain

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

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

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

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


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

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

Impactful Research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inside MDPI

Corporate Marketing and Communications Strategy Session


Members of MDPI’s Corporate Marketing & Communications team.

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

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

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

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

Strategy Session

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

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


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

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

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

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

The press release below provides further details.

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

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month


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

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

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

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

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

Healthy men help build healthy families and a healthy society

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

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

Mindfulness

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

23 November 2023
Meet Us at the 2023 Annual Meeting of China Chemical Industry Society, 27–29 November 2023, Guangzhou, China


A range of MDPI journals will be attending the 2023 Annual Meeting of China Chemical Industry Society. This meeting will be held in Guangzhou, China, from 27 to 29 November 2023.

The annual meeting of China Chemical Industry Society is held every two years. It is an international, multi-disciplinary, and trans-regional high-level academic event in the field of chemical engineering. It plays an important role in promoting the academic prosperity of chemical engineering and promoting scientific and technological innovation in the chemical industry.

This annual meeting is hosted by the China Chemical Society and hosted by South China University of Technology, Guangdong University of Technology, and Sinopec Guangzhou Engineering Co., Ltd. With the theme of “New Fields, New Tracks, New Industries, New Dynamics”, the annual conference will include an opening ceremony and main forum, high-achieving academic lectures, 29 thematic sub-forums, a chemical technology innovation exhibition, and other supporting activities. The conference will welcome around 3000 attendees.

The following MDPI journals will be represented at the conference:

  • Processes;
  • Polymers;
  • Membranes;
  • Energies;
  • Surfaces;
  • Catalysts.

If you are planning to attend this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us at our booth (#A033). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit http://www.ciesc.cn/notice/a2310.html or contact the Processes Editorial Office.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Shen, Zexiang
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Shi, Yi
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Simões, Manuel
Sing, Swee Leong
Singh, Vijay P.
Smagghe, Guy
Smith, Lee
Soffietti, Riccardo
Song, Houbing
Song, Jibin
Song, Yu
Sood, Anil K.
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Stadler, Marc
Stanley, H. Eugene
Stephanopoulos, Gregory
Sternberg, Cora N.
Stoumpos, Constantinos C.
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Sun, Baoguo
Sun, Cuixia
Sun, Fengchun
Sun, Hongqi
Sun, Jie
Sun, Lijun
Sun, Litao
Sun, Runcang
Sun, Yanjuan
Sun, Zaicheng
Sun, Zhipei
Sureda, Antoni
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Tan, Chaoliang
Tan, Weihong
Tang, Chuan-He
Tang, Chuyang
Tang, Dianping
Tang, Yongbing
Tanzi, Rudolph E.
Terpos, Evangelos
Teschendorff, Andrew E.
Tian, He
Timsit, Jean-Francois
Tiwari, Aviral Kumar
Tohge, Takayuki
Tousoulis, Dimitris
Tran, Lam-Son Phan
Tress, Wolfgang
Trivedi, Pankaj
Tsao, Rong
Tully, Mark A.
Tung, Chen-Ho
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Vandenbroucke, Roosmarijn E.
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varsani, Arvind
Vatanen, Tommi
Verbeke, Kristin
Vermote, Eric
Verpoorte, Robert
Vieta, Eduard
Vincent, Jean-Louis
Vita, Antonio
Wan, Jiafu
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Wanek, Wolfgang
Wang, Bin
Wang, Bo
Wang, Chao
Wang, Chuanyi
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Dan
Wang, Feng
Wang, Gongming
Wang, Guoxiu
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Wang, Hao
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Zhu, Yi
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Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zou, Quan
Zou, Ruqiang
Zuo, Chao

20 November 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Computational Catalysis”


Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Computational Catalysis”, which is dedicated to publishing original computational-based investigations within the broad field of catalysis. This includes the development of new computational techniques and screening methods, as well as the rigorous application of current computational tools for discovering new catalysts, reaction mechanisms, or catalytic processes.

We welcome you to read the top cited papers published in 2021 and 2022. As they are open access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal.

1. “A Review: Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) for Visualizing the Real-Time Local Catalytic Activity”
by Anant Preet and Tzu-En Lin 
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 594; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050594
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/594

2. “Sol-Gel Synthesis of ZnO Nanoparticles Using Different Chitosan Sources: Effects on Antibacterial Activity and Photocatalytic Degradation of AZO Dye”
by Ilham Ben Amor, Hadia Hemmami, Salah Eddine Laouini, Mohammed Sadok Mahboub and Ahmed Barhoum
Catalysts 2022, 12(12), 1611; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12121611
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/12/1611

3. “A Force Field for a Manganese-Vanadium Water Oxidation Catalyst: Redox Potentials in Solution as Showcase”
by Gustavo Cárdenas, Philipp Marquetand, Sebastian Mai and Leticia González
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 493; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040493
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/493

4. “Cu/O Frustrated Lewis Pairs on Cu Doped CeO2(111) for Acetylene Hydrogenation: A First-Principles Study”
by Shulan Zhou, Qiang Wan and Shulan Zhou
Catalysts 2022, 12(1), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12010074
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/1/74

5. “Non-Idealities in Lab-Scale Kinetic Testing: A Theoretical Study of a Modular Temkin Reactor”
by Gregor D. Wehinger, Bjarne Kreitz and C. Franklin Goldsmith
Catalysts 2022, 12(3), 349; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030349
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/349

6. “Electrochemical Characteristics of Nanosized Cu, Ni, and Zn Cobaltite Spinel Materials”
by Mohamed Mokhtar M. Mostafa, Wejdan Bajafar, Lin Gu, Katabathini Narasimharao, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Abdulmohsen Alshehri, Nezar H. Khdary, Sulaiman Al-Faifi and Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury
Catalysts 2022, 12(8), 893; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12080893
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/8/893

7. “Visible Light Active Magnesium Silicate–Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanocomposites for Methylene Blue Degradation and Pb2+ Adsorption“
by Muhmmed Ali Alnassar, Abdulmohsen Alshehri and Katabathini Narasimharao
Catalysts 2022, 12(10), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12101256
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/10/1256

8. “Mechanism of Guaiacol Hydrodeoxygenation on Cu (111): Insights from Density Functional Theory Studies”
by Destiny Konadu, Caroline Rosemyya Kwawu, Richard Tia, Evans Adei and Nora Henriette de Leeuw
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 523; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040523
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/523

9. “Amalgamated Titanium Oxide-Carbon Hollow Sphere/Nickel-Layered Double Hydroxide as an Efficient Photocatalyst for the Degradation of Methyl Orange“
by Auhood S. Al-Soihi, Qana A. Alsulami and Mohamed Mokhtar M. Mostafa
Catalysts 2022, 12(10), 1200; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12101200
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/10/1200

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Cathy Yang (cathy.yang@mdpi.com).

9 November 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2022 in the Section “Environmental Catalysis”


The Section “Environmental Catalysis” of Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) is dedicated to publishing original and high-quality research communications, articles, and review articles on the topics of the catalytic elimination of gas, liquid, and solid-phase pollutants. As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2022:

1. “Catalytic Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol: A Review”
by Menghao Ren, Yanmin Zhang, Xuan Wang and Hengshan Qiu
Catalysts 2022, 12(4), 403; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12040403
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/4/403

2. “Metal Oxides as Catalyst/Supporter for CO2 Capture and Conversion, Review”
by Nezar H. Khdary, Alhanouf S. Alayyar, Latifah M. Alsarhan, Saeed Alshihri and Mohamed Mokhta
Catalysts 2022, 12(3), 300; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030300
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/300

3. “Surface Modification of Biochar for Dye Removal from Wastewater”
by Lalit Goswami, Anamika Kushwaha, Saroj Raj Kafle and Beom-Soo Kim
Catalysts 2022, 12(8), 817; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12080817
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/8/817

4. “Research Progress and Reaction Mechanism of CO2 Methanation over Ni-Based Catalysts at Low Temperature: A Review”
by Li Li, Wenqing Zeng, Mouxiao Song, Xueshuang Wu, Guiying Li and Changwei Hu
Catalysts 2022, 12(2), 244; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12020244
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/2/244

5. “Noble-Metal-Based Catalytic Oxidation Technology Trends for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Removal
by Hyo-Sik Kim, Hyun-Ji Kim, Ji-Hyeon Kim, Jin-Ho Kim, Suk-Hwan Kang, Jae-Hong Ryu, No-Kuk Park, Dae-Sik Yun and Jong-Wook Bae
Catalysts 2022, 12(1), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12010063
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/1/63

6. “CO and CO2 Methanation over CeO2-Supported Cobalt Catalysts”
by Thuy Ha Nguyen, Han Bom Kim and Eun Duck Park
Catalysts 2022, 12(2), 212; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12020212
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/2/212

7. “Recent Developments in Advanced Oxidation Processes for Organics-Polluted Soil Reclamation”
by Crina Calenciuc, Antía Fdez-Sanromán, Gabriela Lama, Sivasankar Annamalai, Angeles Sanromán and Marta Pazos
Catalysts 2022, 12(1), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12010064
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/1/64

8. “CuS-Based Nanostructures as Catalysts for Organic Pollutants Photodegradation
by Luminita Isac, Cristina Cazan, Luminita Andronic and Alexandru Enesca
Catalysts 2022, 12(10), 1135; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12101135
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/10/1135

9. “Heterogeneous Activation of Persulfate by LaMO3 (M=Co, Fe, Cu, Mn, Ni) Perovskite Catalysts for the Degradation of Organic Compounds
by Donatos Manos, Foteini Papadopoulou, Antigoni Margellou, Dimitrios Petrakis and Ioannis Konstantinou
Catalysts 2022, 12(2), 187; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12020187
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/2/187

10. “Utilization of CO2-Available Organocatalysts for Reactions with Industrially Important Epoxides”
by Tomáš Weidlich and Barbora Kamenická
Catalysts 202212(3), 298; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030298
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/298

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Asteria Wang (asteria.wang@mdpi.com).

9 November 2023
Meet Us at the 9th National Conference on Surface Analytical Sciences and Technology Applications, 17–20 November 2023, Fuzhou, China


In order to actively promote the development of surface analysis science and its application technology, promote the integration of surface analysis technology with other disciplines, strengthen exchanges and cooperation among peers, and establish a communication platform for surface analysis, the 9th National Conference on Surface Analytical Sciences and Technology Applications will be held in Fuzhou, China, from 17 to 20 November 2023. The conference includes 10 sessions: surface interface analysis and energy catalysis, surface interface and two-dimensional materials, surface interface and organic semiconductors, surface interface and energy storage technology, surface interface and thermal catalysis, surface interface and photoelectrocatalysis, surface interface and synchronization radiation technology, and three mini-thematic sessions.

The International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS, ISSN: 1422-0067) is an open access journal providing an advanced forum for biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, molecular biophysics, molecular medicine, and all aspects of molecular research in chemistry, and is published semimonthly online by MDPI. IJMS will sponsor a Young Scientist Award and will be participating as an exhibitor at the conference along with three other MDPI journals.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us at our booth. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information, please feel free to contact the IJMS Editorial Office at ijms@mdpi.com.

9 November 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Electrocatalysis”


Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Electrocatalysis”, which aims at publishing original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to this cross-disciplinary field of electrocatalysis. This includes corrosion science, electroanalytical sensors, wastewater treatment, electro-organic synthesis, and energy conversion and storage devices.

We welcome you to read the top cited papers published in 2021 and 2022. As they are open access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal.

1. “A Brief Review of Catalytic Cathode Materials for Na-CO2 Batteries”
by Dong Sui, Meijia Chang, Haiyu Wang, Hang Qian, Yanliang Yang, Shan Li, Yongsheng Zhang and Yingze Song
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 603; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050603
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/603

2. “From CO2 to Value-Added Products: A Review about Carbon-Based Materials for Electro-Chemical CO2 Conversion”
by Lilian D. Ramírez-Valencia, Esther Bailón-García, Francisco Carrasco-Marín and Agustín F. Pérez-Cadenas
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 351; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030351
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/351

3. “Carbon Monoxide Tolerant Pt-Based Electrocatalysts for H2-PEMFC Applications: Current Progress and Challenges”
by Costas Molochas and Panagiotis Tsiakaras
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1127; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091127
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1127

4. “Hierarchical Ternary Sulfides as Effective Photocatalyst for Hydrogen Generation Through Water Splitting: A Review on the Performance of ZnIn2S4
by Ravichandran Janani, Raja Preethi V, Shubra Singh, Aishwarya Rani and Chang-Tang Chang
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 277; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020277
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/277

5. “High Selectivity Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution Reaction and Anti-Chlorine Corrosion Strategies in Seawater Splitting”
by Shanshan Jiang, Yang Liu, Hao Qiu, Chao Su and Zongping Shao
Catalysts 2022, 12(3), 261; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030261
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/261

6. “Electrocatalytic Investigation by Improving the Charge Kinetics between Carbon Electrodes and Dopamine Using Bio-Synthesized CuO Nanoparticles”
by Shashanka Rajendrachari, Gururaj Kudur Jayaprakash, Anup Pandith, Abdullah Cahit Karaoglanli and Orhan Uzun
Catalysts 2022, 12(9), 994; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12090994
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/9/994

7. “Reduced Graphene Oxide-Supported Pt-Based Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells with Enhanced Activity and Stability”
by Irina V. Pushkareva, Artem S. Pushkarev, Valery N. Kalinichenko, Ratibor G. Chumakov, Maksim A. Soloviev, Yanyu Liang, Pierre Millet and Sergey A. Grigoriev
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 256; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020256
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/256

8. “Solid-State Ball-Milling of Co3O4 Nano/Microspheres and Carbon Black Endorsed LaMnO3 Perovskite Catalyst for Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalysis”
by Chelladurai Karuppiah, Balamurugan Thirumalraj, Srinivasan Alagar, Shakkthivel Piraman, Ying-Jeng Jame Li and Chun-Chen Yang
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010076
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/76

9. “V2O5/Carbon Nanotube/Polypyrrole Based Freestanding Negative Electrodes for High-Performance Supercapacitors”
by Jincy Parayangattil Jyothibasu, Ming-Zhu Chen, You-Ching Tien, Chi-Ching Kuo, Erh-Chiang Chen Yi-Chun Lin, Tai-Chin Chiang and Rong-Ho Lee
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 980; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11080980
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/980

10. “Fabrication of High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitor Consists of Nickel Oxide and Activated Carbon (NiO//AC)”
by Rajangam Vinodh, Rajendran Suresh Babu, Raji Atchudan, Hee-Je Kim, Moonsuk Yi, Leandro Marques Samyn and Ana Lucia Ferreira de Barros
Catalysts 2022, 12(4), 375; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12040375
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/4/375

11. “Highly Graphitized Fe-N-C Electrocatalysts Prepared from Chitosan Hydrogel Frameworks”
by Giorgia Daniel, Tomasz Kosmala, Federico Brombin, Marco Mazzucato, Alessandro Facchin, Maria Chiara Dalconi, Denis Badocco, Paolo Pastore, Gaetano Granozzi and Christian Durante
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 390; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030390
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/390

12. “Activating the FeS (001) Surface for CO2 Adsorption and Reduction through the Formation of Sulfur Vacancies: A DFT-D3 Study”
by Nelson Y. Dzade and Nora H. de Leeuw
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 127; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010127
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/127

13. “Methanol, Ethanol, and Formic Acid Oxidation on New Platinum-Containing Catalysts”
by Vladislav S. Menshikov, Ivan N. Novomlinsky, Sergey V. Belenov, Anastasya A. Alekseenko, Olga I. Safronenko and Vladimir E. Guterman
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 158; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020158
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/158

14. “Surface-Modified Ta3N5 Photoanodes for Sunlight-Driven Overall Water Splitting by Photoelectrochemical Cells”
by Tomohiro Higashi, Yutaka Sasaki, Yudai Kawase, Hiroshi Nishiyama, Masao Katayama, Kazuhiro Takanabe and Kazunari Domen
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 584; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050584
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/584

15. “2D-Layered Non-Precious Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction: Fundamentals to Applications”
by Prasanta Kumar Sahoo, Soubhagya Ranjan Bisoi, Yi-June Huang, Dung-Sheng Tsai and Chuan-Pei Lee
Catalysts 2021, 11(6), 689; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11060689
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/6/689

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Janine Li (janine.li@mdpi.com).

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Open Access Week 2023 – the Global Drive to Open Continues

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

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

Core principles of OA publishing

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

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

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

Policy driving change

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

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

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

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

MDPI is proud to lead the transition to open access.

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Impactful Research

Spotlight on Smart Cities

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

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

Highly cited papers in Smart Cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testimonial

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

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

Inside MDPI

MDPI Manchester office, UK Visit


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

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

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

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

The UK by numbers

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

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

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

We are currently hiring EEs in various locations worldwide.

English Editing at MDPI

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

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

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

Testimonials

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

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

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Coming Together for Science

STM and Frankfurt Book Fair

Attending STM

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

Meeting with Web of Science

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

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

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

75th Frankfurt Book Fair


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

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

MDPI Books

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

MDPI Strategy Meeting

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

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

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

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


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

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

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

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

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

Promoting the values of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration

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

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

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

Funders' policies are getting aligned with open science

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

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

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

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

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

16 October 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Catalytic Materials”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Catalytic Materials”. Catalytic materials exist in several forms and can be prepared using various methods involving different schemes and protocols. They can also be applied in many fields, such as environmental and sustainable catalysis, biomass valorization, renewable fuels production, CO2 recycling, synthetic chemistry, gas storage/capture, drug delivery, catalysis, photocatalysis, chemical sensing, etc. The present Section on catalytic materials aims to advance our understanding of heterogeneous catalysis, offering a comprehensive investigation of physicochemical properties, catalytic application, and the structure-activity relationship.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2021 and 2022:

1. “C-,N- and S-Doped TiO2 Photocatalysts: A Review”
by Aleksandra Piątkowska, Magdalena Janus, Kacper Szymański and Sylwia Mozia
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 144; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010144
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/144

2. “A Review on Metal Ions Modified TiO2 for Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Pollutants”
by Dafu Jiang, Tunmise Ayode Otitoju, Yuanyuan Ouyang, Noor Fazliani Shoparwe, Song Wang, Ailing Zhang and Sanxi Li
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1039; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091039
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1039

3. “An Overview of the Photocatalytic Water Splitting over Suspended Particles
by Muhammad Amtiaz Nadeem, Mohd Adnan Khan, Ahmed Abdeslam Ziani and Hicham Idriss
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010060
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/60

4. “Anti-Coking and Anti-Sintering Ni/Al2O3 Catalysts in the Dry Reforming of Methane: Recent Progress and Prospects”
by Xingyuan Gao, Zhiyong Ge, Guofeng Zhu, Ziyi Wang, Jangam Ashok and Sibudjing Kawi
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 1003; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11081003  
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/1003

5. “The Efficacy of Silver Nitrate (AgNO3) as a Coating Agent to Protect Paper against High Deteriorating Microbes
by Amr Fouda, Gomaa Abdel-Maksoud, Hosam A. Saad, Adil A. Gobouri, Zuhair M. Mohammedsaleh and Mohamad Abdel-Haleem El-Sadany
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 310; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030310
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/310

6. “Recent Advances in Metal Catalyst Design for CO2 Hydroboration to C1 Derivatives”
by Sylwia Kostera, Maurizio Peruzzini and Luca Gonsalvi
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010058
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/58

7. “Porous Silica-Based Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Catalysts: A Review”
by Andrea Erigoni and Urbano Diaz
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010079
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/79

8. “Catalytic Deactivation of HY Zeolites in the Dehydration of Glycerol to Acrolein”
by Israel Pala-Rosas, José L. Contreras, José Salmones, Beatriz Zeifert, Ricardo López-Medina, Juan Navarrete-Bolaños, Sofía Hernández-Ramírez, Jennipher Pérez-Cabrera and Andrés A. Fragoso-Montes de Oca
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 360; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030360
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/360

9. “Metal-Supported Biochar Catalysts for Sustainable Biorefinery, Electrocatalysis, and Energy Storage Applications: A Review
by Rubén Ramos, Víctor K. Abdelkader-Fernández, Renata Matos, Andreia F. Peixoto and Diana M. Fernandes
Catalysts 2022, 12(2), 207; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12020207
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/2/207

10. “MgCr-LDH Nanoplatelets as Effective Oxidation Catalysts for Visible Light-Triggered Rhodamine B Degradation”
by Susanginee Nayak and Kulamani Parida
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1072; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091072
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1072

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Rita Lin (rita.lin@mdpi.com).

13 October 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Biomass Catalysis”


The Section “Biomass Catalysis” in the journal Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) publishes original and high-quality research communications, articles, and review articles in the areas of catalytic conversion of biomass and its derivatives to (gas, liquid, or solid) chemicals, fuels, and materials.

The focus of this Section is on the understanding of catalytic processes for biomass conversion at the micro-, meso-, and macro-scale including: (1) the rational design and synthesis of advanced catalysts, (2) the characterization of their structures and active sites, (3) the understanding of the catalytic mechanism, and (4) resulting catalytic processes and technologies.

Our goal is to make high-quality and impactful research in biomass catalytic conversion promptly and easily accessible to a worldwide audience to accelerate progress in renewable sources conversion, with the aim of contributing to a more sustainable future.

We welcome you to read the top cited papers published in 2021 and 2022 in this Section. As our journal is of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in it.

1. “Hydrochar: A Review on Its Production Technologies and Applications”
by Shima Masoumi, Venu Babu Borugadda, Sonil Nanda and Ajay K. Dalai
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 939; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11080939
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/939

2. “Advances in Valorization of Lignocellulosic Biomass towards Energy Generation”
Ikram ul Haq, Kinza Qaisar, Ali Nawaz, Fatima Akram, Hamid Mukhtar, Xin Zohu, Yong Xu, Muhammad Waseem Mumtaz, Umer Rashid, Wan Azlina Wan Ab Karim Ghani et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 309; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030309
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/309

3. “Current State and Perspectives on Transesterification of Triglycerides for Biodiesel Production”
by Mohammed Salaheldeen, Abdalbasit Adam Mariod, Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua, S. M. Ashrafur Rahman, Manzoore Elahi M. Soudagar and I. M. Rizwanul Fattah
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1121; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091121
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1121

4. “The Catalysed Transformation of Vegetable Oils or Animal Fats to Biofuels and Bio-Lubricants: A Review”
by Martin Hájek, Aleš Vávra, Héctor de Paz Carmona and Jaroslav Kocík
Catalysts 202111(9), 1118; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091118
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1118

5. “Extra-Heavy Oil Aquathermolysis Using Nickel-Based Catalyst: Some Aspects of In-Situ Transformation of Catalyst Precursor”
by Alexey V. Vakhin, Firdavs A. Aliev, Irek I. Mukhamatdinov, Sergey A. Sitnov, Sergey I. Kudryashov, Igor S. Afanasiev, Oleg V. Petrashov and Danis K. Nurgaliev
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 189; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020189
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/189

6. “Oxidation of Sulfamethoxazole by Rice Husk Biochar-Activated Persulfate”
by Efstathios Avramiotis, Zacharias Frontistis, Ioannis D. Manariotis, John Vakros and Dionissios Mantzavinos
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 850; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070850
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/850

7. “Deep Eutectic Solvents as Catalysts for Upgrading Biomass”
by Payam Kalhor and Khashayar Ghandi
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 178; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020178
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/178

8. “Influence of Nutrient-Stress Conditions on Chlorella vulgaris Biomass Production and Lipid Content”
by Patryk Ratomski and Małgorzata Hawrot-Paw
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 573; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050573
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/573

9. “A Review on Production and Surface Modifications of Biochar Materials via Biomass Pyrolysis Process for Supercapacitor Applications”
by Rifat Mehdi, Asif Hussain Khoja, Salman Raza Naqvi, Ningbo Gao and Nor Aishah Saidina Amin
Catalysts 2022, 12(7), 798; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12070798
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/7/798

10. “Heterogeneous Catalysts for Conversion of Biodiesel-Waste Glycerol into High-Added-Value Chemicals”
by Nabila Tabassum, Ramyakrishna Pothu, Aishanee Pattnaik, Rajender Boddula, Putrakumar Balla, Raveendra Gundeboyina, Prathap Challa, Rajendiran Rajesh, Vijayanand Perugopu, Naresh Mameda and et al.
Catalysts 2022, 12(7), 767; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12070767
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/7/767

11. “Recent Advances in Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid”
By Hanyu Cong, Haibo Yuan, Zekun Tao, Hanlin Bao, Zheming Zhang, Yi Jiang, Di Huang, Hongling Liu and Tengfei Wang
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1113; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091113
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1113

12. “Catalyst Stability—Bottleneck of Efficient Catalytic Pyrolysis”
by Jacek Grams and Agnieszka M. Ruppert
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 265; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020265
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/265

13. “Catalytic Hydrocracking of Fresh and Waste Frying Oil over Ni- and Mo-Based Catalysts Supported on Sulfated Silica for Biogasoline Production”
by Karna Wijaya, Asma Nadia, Arina Dinana, Amalia Febia Pratiwi, Alfrets Daniel Tikoalu and Arief Cahyo Wibowo
Catalysts 2021, 11(10), 1150; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11101150
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/10/1150

14. “Thermal Conversion of Flax Shives in Sub- and Supercritical Ethanol in the Presence of Ru/C Catalyst”
by Aleksandr S. Kazachenko, Angelina V. Miroshnikova, Valery E. Tarabanko, Andrey M. Skripnikov, Yuriy N. Malyar, Valentina S. Borovkova, Valentin V. Sychev and Oxana P. Taran
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 970; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11080970
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/970

15. “Photocatalytic Pretreatment of Commercial Lignin Using TiO2-ZnO Nanocomposite-Derived Advanced Oxidation Processes for Methane Production Synergy in Lab Scale Continuous Reactors”
by Yu-Ming Chu, Hafiz Muhammad Asif Javed, Muhammad Awais, Muhammad Ijaz Khan, Sana Shafqat, Falak Sher Khan, Muhammad Salman Mustafa, Dawood Ahmed, Sami Ullah Khan and Rana Muhammad Arif Khalil
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010054
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/54

16. “An Overview of the Latest Advances in the Catalytic Synthesis of Glycerol Carbonate”
by Debora Procopio and Maria Luisa Di Gioia
Catalysts 2022, 12(1), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12010050
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/1/50

17. “Trends in Widely Used Catalysts for Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) Production: A Review”
by Shafaq Nisar, Muhammad Asif Hanif, Umer Rashid, Asma Hanif, Muhammad Nadeem Akhtar and Chawalit Ngamcharussrivichai
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1085; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091085
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1085

You are welcome to view the article list to read more papers published in this Section.

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Cathy Yang (cathy.yang@mdpi.com).

12 October 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Catalysis for Sustainable Energy”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section Catalysis for Sustainable Energy. The Section is dedicated to publishing original and high-quality research communications, articles, and reviews on catalytic reactions that enable for the sustainable production and transformation of energy.

As they are of an open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read the top-cited papers published in this section in 2021 and 2022:

1. “A Review of Hydrogen Purification Technologies for Fuel Cell Vehicles”
by Zhemin Du, Congmin Liu, Junxiang Zhai, Xiuying Guo, Yalin Xiong, Wei Su and Guangli He
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 393; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030393
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/393

2. “Main Hydrogen Production Processes: An Overview”
by Marco Martino, Concetta Ruocco, Eugenio Meloni, Pluton Pullumbi and Vincenzo Palma
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 547; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050547
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/547

3. “Advanced Nickel-Based Catalysts for Urea Oxidation Reaction: Challenges and Developments”
by Yaming Ma, Chenxiang Ma, Yingche Wang and Ke Wang
Catalysts 2022, 12(3), 337; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030337
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/337

4. “A Short Review on Catalyst, Feedstock, Modernised Process, Current State and Challenges on Biodiesel Production”
by Abdulkareem G. Alsultan, Nurul Asikin-Mijan, Zueriani Ibrahim, Robiah Yunus, Siti Zulaika Razali, Nasar Mansir, Aminul Islam, Sivasangar Seenivasagam and Yun Hin Taufiq-Yap
Catalysts 2021, 11(11), 1261; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11111261
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/11/1261

5. “CeO2-Based Heterogeneous Catalysts in Dry Reforming Methane and Steam Reforming Methane: A Short Review”
by Wan Nabilah Manan, Wan Nor Roslam Wan Isahak and Zahira Yaakob
Catalysts 2022, 12(5), 452; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12050452
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/5/452

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Rita Lin (rita.lin@mdpi.com).

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Open Access in China

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

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

Open Access Policy in China

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

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

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

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

MDPI Offices in China

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


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

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

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

Our Strength is in Our People

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

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

Impactful Research

MDPI Awards

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

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

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

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

MDPI Awards to Scholars from China

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

MDPI’s Tu Youyou Award


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

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

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

2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Professor Youyou Tu

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

Highly Cited Articles by Chinese Scholars Published in MDPI

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

Read more:

Inside MDPI

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

Marketing Department in China

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

Collaborations, Scholarships and Meetings

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

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

Scholarships in China

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

Meeting with the Society of Chinese University Journals (CUJS)


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The Numbers

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

Final Reflections on our MDPI Offices in Beijing and Wuhan


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

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

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

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

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

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

Hospitality and Service

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

24 September 2023
Meet Us at the 22nd Chinese Zeolite Conference (22CZC), 11–14 October 2023, Luoyang, China


MDPI will be attending the 22nd Chinese Zeolite Conference, which will be held from 11 to 14 October 2023 in Luoyang, China. The conference is co-organized by Jilin University, the Chinese Zeolite Association, and Jalon Micro-Nano New Materials Co., Ltd.

The Chinese Zeolite Conference is a series of national academic conferences sponsored by the Chinese Zeolite Association of the Chinese Chemical Society and is held every two years. The theme of the 22nd conference is “Porous Materials and High-Quality Development”. The scope of the conference includes but is not limited to the synthesis, modification, and characterization of porous materials; host–guest chemistry and functional materials; the adsorption, separation, and diffusion properties of porous materials; the catalysis and chemical processes of porous materials; the properties, structures, and applications of porous materials; theoretical calculations and simulations; and the industrial applications of porous materials. The conference will include invited reports, keynote reports, oral reports, short reports, and poster presentations.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please stop by our booth #26. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://www.chemsoc.org.cn/meeting/22ndCZC/.

6 September 2023
Recap of Awards Granted to Scholars in 2022


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

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

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

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

To explore more MDPI awards, please click here.

5 September 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Photocatalysis”


Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Photocatalysis”. The Section is dedicated to publishing original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to this cross-disciplinary field of photochemistry, photo-electrochemistry, and catalysis and will attract the interest of chemists, physicists, biochemists, surface and materials scientists, and engineers. Photocatalysts are of great importance since they can be utilized in a large array of research fields, including solar energy conversion, photosensible sensors, wastewater and air treatment, organic as well as inorganic synthesis, and surface science and storage devices.

As the papers published in Catalysts are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our top cited papers published in 2021:

1. “Review on the Visible Light Photocatalysis for the Decomposition of Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin, Tetracyclines, and Sulfonamides Antibiotics in Wastewater”
by Samar Shurbaji, Pham Thi Huong, and Talal Mohammed Altahtamouni
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 437; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040437
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/437

2.Advanced Two-Dimensional Heterojunction Photocatalysts of Stoichiometric and Non-Stoichiometric Bismuth Oxyhalides with Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Applications”
by Kishore Sridharan, Kishore Sridharan, S. Girish Kumar, Chiaki Terashima, Akira Fujishima and Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 426; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040426
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/426

3. “Synthesis of N-Doped TiO2 for Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of Atmospheric NOx
by Tamal Tahsin Khan, Gazi A. K. M. Rafiqul Bari, Hui-Ju Kang, Tae-Gyu Lee, Jae-Woo Park, Hyun Jin Hwang, Sayed Mukit Hossain, Jong Seok Mun, Norihiro Suzuki, Akira Fujishima, et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 109; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010109
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/109

4. “Toward Scaling-Up Photocatalytic Process for Multiphase Environmental Applications”
by Mohamed Gar Alalm, Ridha Djellabi, Daniela Meroni, Carlo Pirola, Claudia L. Bianchi and Daria Camilla Boffito
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 562; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050562
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/562

5. “Metal Oxide-Based Photocatalytic Paper: A Green Alternative for Environmental Remediation”
by Daniela Nunes, Ana Pimentel, Rita Branquinho, Elvira Fortunato and Rodrigo Martins
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 504; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040504
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/504

6. “Green Synthesis of Flower-Shaped Copper Oxide and Nickel Oxide Nanoparticles via Capparis decidua Leaf Extract for Synergic Adsorption-Photocatalytic Degradation of Pesticides”
by Amna Iqbal, Atta ul Haq, Gabriel Antonio Cerrón-Calle, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Paul Westerhoff and Sergi Garcia-Segura
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 806; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070806
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/806

7. “Tuning Structural Properties of WO3 Thin Films for Photoelectrocatalytic Water Oxidation”
by Amar Kamal Mohamedkhair, Qasem Ahmed Drmosh, Mohammad Qamar and Zain Hassan Yamani
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030381
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/381

8. “TiO2 Photocatalysis for the Transformation of Aromatic Water Pollutants into Fuels”
by Osama Al-Madanat, Yamen AlSalka, Wegdan Ramadan and Detlef W. Bahnemann
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 317; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030317
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/317

9. “The Influence of Photocatalytic Reactors Design and Operating Parameters on the Wastewater Organic Pollutants Removal—A Mini-Review”
by Alexandru Enesca
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050556
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/556

10. “A Review of Photocatalytic Materials for Urban NOx Remediation”
by Hugo Savill Russell, Louise Bøge Frederickson, Ole Hertel, Thomas Ellermann and Steen Solvang Jensen
Catalysts 2021, 11(6), 675; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11060675
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/6/675

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Abigail Zhao (abigail.zhao@mdpi.com).

 

4 September 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Nanostructured Catalysts”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Nanostructured Catalysts”, which is dedicated to publishing original and high-quality research communications, articles, and review articles on topics covering the design, synthesis, modeling, and catalytic application of nanomaterials. The Section covers the broad fields of catalysis by nanoparticles (including colloidal, supported, alloy, and core–shell structures), nanocomposites (where intimate contact is engineered between two or more unique phases at the nanoscale), and nanoporous materials (including zeolites and MOFs), and by single atoms or sites (including single-atom alloys and immobilized homogeneous catalysts).

As they are published in an open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We invite you to read our top cited papers published in 2021 and 2022 listed below:

1. “Green Synthesis of Metallic Nanoparticles: Applications and Limitations”
by Pritam Kumar Dikshit, Jatin Kumar, Amit K. Das, Soumi Sadhu, Sunita Sharma, Swati Singh, Piyush Kumar Gupta and Beom Soo Kim
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 902; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11080902
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/902

2. “The Catalytic Activity of Biosynthesized Magnesium Oxide Nanoparticles (MgO-NPs) for Inhibiting the Growth of Pathogenic Microbes, Tanning Effluent Treatment, and Chromium Ion Removal”
by Ebrahim Saied, Ahmed M. Eid, Saad El-Din Hassan, Salem S. Salem, Ahmed A. Radwan, Mahmoud Halawa, Fayez M. Saleh, Hosam A. Saad, Essa M. Saied and Amr Fouda
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 821; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070821
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/821

3. “Kinetics and Selectivity Study of Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis to C5+ Hydrocarbons: A Review”
by Zahra Teimouri, Nicolas Abatzoglou and Ajay K. Dalai
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 330; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030330
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/330

4. “A Review on Green Synthesis of Nanoparticles and Their Diverse Biomedical and Environmental Applications”
by Melvin S. Samuel, Madhumita Ravikumar, Ashwini John J., Ethiraj Selvarajan, Himanshu Patel, P. Sharath Chander, J. Soundarya, Srikanth Vuppala, Ramachandran Balaji and Narendhar Chandrasekar
Catalysts 2022, 12(5), 459; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12050459
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/5/459

5. “Biological Synthesis of Nanocatalysts and Their Applications”
by Arpita Roy, Amin Elzaki, Vineet Tirth, Samih Kajoak, Hamid Osman, Ali Algahtani, Saiful Islam, Nahla L. Faizo, Mayeen Uddin Khandaker, Mohammad Nazmul Islam et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(12), 1494; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11121494
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/12/1494

6. “Classification, Synthetic, and Characterization Approaches to Nanoparticles, and Their Applications in Various Fields of Nanotechnology: A Review”
by Yousaf Khan, Haleema Sadia, Syed Zeeshan Ali Shah, Muhammad Naeem Khan, Amjad Ali Shah, Naimat Ullah, Muhammad Farhat Ullah, Humaira Bibi, Omar T. Bafakeeh, Nidhal Ben Khedher et al.
Catalysts 2022, 12(11), 1386; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12111386
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/11/1386

7. “Nano-Biochar as a Sustainable Catalyst for Anaerobic Digestion: A Synergetic Closed-Loop Approach”
by Lalit Goswami, Anamika Kushwaha, Anju Singh, Pathikrit Saha, Yoseok Choi, Mrutyunjay Maharana, Satish V. Patil and Beom Soo Kim
Catalysts 2022, 12(2), 186; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12020186
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/2/186

8. “Bio-Catalytic Activity of Novel Mentha arvensis Intervened Biocompatible Magnesium Oxide Nanomaterials”
by Shah Faisal, Abdullah, Hasnain Jan, Sajjad Ali Shah, Sumaira Shah, Muhammad Rizwan, Nasib Zaman, Zahid Hussain, Muhammad Nazir Uddin, Nadia Bibi et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 780; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070780
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/780

9. “Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO–CdS Composite Nanostructures towards the Degradation of Rhodamine B under Solar Light”
by Thirumala Rao Gurugubelli, R. V. S. S. N. Ravikumar and Ravindranadh Koutavarapu
Catalysts 2022, 12(1), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12010084
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/1/84

10. “Current Trends and Future Prospects of Nanotechnology in Biofuel Production”
by Indrajeet Arya, Asha Poona, Pritam Kumar Dikshit, Soumya Pandit, Jatin Kumar, Himanshu Narayan Singh, Niraj Kumar Jha, Hassan Ahmed Rudayni, Anis Ahmad Chaudhary and Sanjay Kumar
Catalysts 2021, 11(11), 1308; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11111308
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/11/1308

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Cicy Chen (cicy.chen@mdpi.com).

1 September 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Biocatalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section Biocatalysis. The Section is dedicated to publishing original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to this cross-disciplinary field of biotechnology, and will attract the interest of chemists, enzymologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, polymer scientists, bioinformaticians, and engineers.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2021 and 2022:

1. “Getting the Most Out of Enzyme Cascades: Strategies to Optimize In Vitro Multi-Enzymatic Reactions”
by Regine Siedentop, Christiane Claaßen, Dörte Rother, Stephan Lütz and Katrin Rosenthal
Catalysts 2021, 11(10), 1183; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11101183  
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/10/1183

2. “A Review on Biological Synthesis of the Biodegradable Polymers Polyhydroxyalkanoates and the Development of Multiple Applications”
by Bryan Dalton, Purabi Bhagabati, Jessica De Micco, Ramesh Babu Padamati and Kevin O’Connor
Catalysts 2022, 12(3), 319; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030319
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/319

3. “Lipase Immobilization in Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Biofuel Production”
by Aniello Costantini and Valeria Califano
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 629; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050629
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/629 

4. “Immobilization of Enzymes by Polymeric Materials”
by Xingyi Lyu, Rebekah Gonzalez, Andalwisye Horton and Tao Li
Catalysts 2021, 11(10), 1211; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11101211
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/10/1211

5. “Bioreactor and Bioprocess Design Issues in Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass
by Giuseppe Olivieri, René H. Wijffels, Antonio Marzocchella and Maria Elena Russo
Catalysts 2021, 11(6), 680; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11060680
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/6/680

6. “Nanoscale Cerium Oxide: Synthesis, Biocatalytic Mechanism, and Applications”
by Guangchun Song, Nan Cheng, Junjie Zhang, Huixian Huang, Yanfang Yuan, Xiaoyun He, Yunbo Luo and Kunlun Huang
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1123; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091123
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1123

7. “Agro-Industrial Food Waste as a Low-Cost Substrate for Sustainable Production of Industrial Enzymes: A Critical Review”
by Vishal Sharma, Mei-Ling Tsai, Parushi Nargotra, Chiu-Wen Chen, Chia-Hung Kuo, Pei-Pei Sun and Cheng-Di Dong
Catalysts 2022, 12(11), 1373; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12111373
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/11/1373

8. “Bio-Derived Catalysts: A Current Trend of Catalysts Used in Biodiesel Production”
by Hoang Chinh Nguyen, My-Linh Nguyen, Chia-Hung Su, Hwai Chyuan Ong, Horng-Yi Juan and Shao-Jung Wu
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 812; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070812
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/812

9. “Electrocatalysis by Heme Enzymes—Applications in Biosensing
by Lidia Zuccarello, Catarina Barbosa, Smilja Todorovic and Célia M. Silveira
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 218; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020218
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/218

10. “Sugarcane Bagasse Saccharification by Enzymatic Hydrolysis Using Endocellulase and β-glucosidase Immobilized on Different Supports”
by Wilson G. Morais Junior, Thályta F. Pacheco, Shipeng Gao, Pedro A. Martins, José M. Guisán and Nídia S. Caetano
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 340; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030340
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/340

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Snowy Bian (snowy.bian@mdpi.com).

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Our Commitment to Sustainability

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

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

MDPI and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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

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

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

MDPI journals specializing in sustainability-related topics:

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

Read more:

Impactful Research

Highly Cited Articles in Sustainability

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

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

“Sustainability received a 2022 CiteScore of 5.8”

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

Highly Cited Papers in Sustainability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more:

Inside MDPI

President of Ireland Authors Editorial in MDPI Journal Sustainability

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

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

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

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

Read the completed editorial here:

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

Coming Together for Science

The World Sustainability Forum 2023

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

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

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

MDPI Sustainability Foundation: Recognizing Excellence in Sustainability Research

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

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

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

2023 World Sustainability Award Winners

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

Interviews with 2023 Emerging Sustainability Leader Award Finalists

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

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

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Closing Thoughts

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

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

MDPI’s Interaction with Elsevier

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

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

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

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

‘Fully OA’ Organizations Dedicated to Open Access

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

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

17 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Young Investigator Awards in Chemistry and Materials Science—Winners Announced


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

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

Crystals:

  • Mattia Biesuz, University of Trento, Italy

Metals:

  • Yonggang Yao, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Molecules:          

  • Cesar de la Fuente-Nunez, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Nanomaterials:

  • Liang Huang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Aiping Chen, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), USA
  • Leonardo Ricotti, BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy

About MDPI Awards:

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

To see more MDPI awards, click here.

17 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in Chemistry and Materials Science—Winners Announced


We are proud to recognize the winners of MDPI’s 2022 Travel Awards in chemistry and materials science for their outstanding presentations and present them with the prize.

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

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

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

Catalysts:           

  • Shiva Mohajernia, University of Siegen, Germany

Chemistry:          

  • Maria Antonietta Casulli, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Japan            

Gels:     

  • Lan Xiao, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Materials:           

  • Danila Merino, Smart Materials Group of the Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
  • Elena Blundo, University of Rome, Italy

Nanomaterials:   

  • Arun Kumar, Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Italy
  • Elena Blundo, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy            

Separations:        

  • Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

About MDPI Awards:

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

To see more MDPI awards, click here.

17 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in Chemistry and Materials Science—Winners Announced


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

We are proud to recognize the winners for the 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in chemistry and materials science for their outstanding contributions among the extensive competition.

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

Catalysts:

  • Aleksandr S. Kazachenko, Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science, Russia
  • Ionut Banu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
  • Shahid Zaman, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
  • Rahat Javaid, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Japan

Coatings:

  • Anca Mazare, Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany
  • Costica Bejinariu, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania

Fibers:

  • Aref Abbasi Moud, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Amit Kenny, Shamoon College of Engineering, Ashdod, Israel

Gels:

  • Bapan Pramanik, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Mutian Hua, University of California, USA            

JFB:

  • Elisa Boanini, University of Bologna, Italy

Materials:

  • Alexander Sobolev, Ariel University, Israel
  • Anca Mazare, Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen Nurnberg, Germany
  • László Almásy, Centre for Energy Research, Hungary
  • Valerio Belardi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Wenbin Zhou, Imperial College London, UK
  • Piotr A. Gauden, Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland

Magnetochemistry:

  • Moustafa Darwish, Tanta University, Egypt

Metals: 

  • Wolfgang Löser, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW), Germany
  • Weimin Wang, Shandong University, China

Nanomaterials:

  • Gueorgui Gueorguiev, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Tsung-Rong Kuo, Taipei Medical University, China
  • Kisan Chhetri, Jeonbuk National University, Republic of Korea

Polymers:

  • Yiwen Li, Sichuan University, China
  • Saulius Grigalevicius, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Mirela-Fernanda Zaltariov, “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Romania
  • Narsimha Mamidi, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Nikolaos Politakos, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Separations:

  • Balawanthrao Jadhav, South Dakota State University, USA
  • Łukasz Dąbrowski, Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Sidi Zhu, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China

About MDPI Awards:

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

For more MDPI awards, click here.

17 August 2023
MDPI’s 2022 Best PhD Thesis Awards in Chemistry and Materials Science—Winners Announced


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

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

Ceramics:

  • “Metal Nanoparticle Carbon Nanocomposites to Produce Electrochemical Devices for Environmental Water Monitoring”
    by Wenchao Duan, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM-CSIC), Spain

Crystals:

  • “Modeling and Design of a Phononic Crystal with Piezoelectric Defects for Broadband Energy Localization and Harvesting”
    by Soo-Ho Jo, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea

Logistics:

  • “A Decision-Support Framework for Smart and Sustainable Reverse Logistics Network Design”
    by Xu Sun, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Macromol:

  • “Polymer Drug Carriers for Immuno-Oncotherapy”
    by Marina Rodrigues Tavares, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • “Design and Fabrication of Advanced Materials Obtained from Hemp Fibers and Sustainable Polymers”
    by Gianluca Viscusi, Department of Industrial Engineering-University of Salerno, Italy

Materials:

  • “Ultrafast Processes in Perylene and Rubrene Systems: Singlet Fission, Excimer Formation and Charge Transfer”
    by Wenjun Ni, Dalian University of Technology, China

Metals:

  • “Computational and Experimental Thermo-Mechanics of Metal Additive Manufacturing: Stress, Warpage, Cracks and Properties”
    by Xufei Lu, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain

Molecules:

  • “Development of Modern Sample Preparation Techniques Utilizing Novel Materials Combined with Chromatographic and Spectrometric Methods for the Determination of Environmental Pollutants in Food and Environmental Samples”
    by Natalia Manousi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • “Studying Protein Function with Fluorescent Nanoantennas”
    by Scott G. Harroun, University of Montreal, Canada

Nanomaterials:

  • “Predictive Modelling of Ultrafast Hot Carrier Dynamics and Nonlinear Photothermal Phenomena in Designer Nanophotonic Structures”
    by Andrea Schirato, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Physchem:

  • “Studying Protein Function with Fluorescent Nanoantennas”
    by Scott G. Harroun, Université de Montréal / Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

Polymers:

  • “Formation, Modification and New Applications of Orderly Structured Titanium Oxide Nanostructures”
    by Simonas Ramanavicius, State Research Institute Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Lithuania 

Sustainable Chemistry:

  • “Electrochemical Routes for Upgrading Carbon-based Greenhouse Gases”
    by Aditya Prajapati, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

About MDPI Awards:

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

To see more MDPI awards, click here.

17 August 2023
MDPI’s Best Paper Awards in Chemistry and Materials Sciences—Winners Announced in 2022


The purpose of our best paper awards is to promote and recognize the most impactful contributions published within MDPI journals.

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

We are honored to present the winners announced in 2022 in chemistry and materials science, who were selected among an extensive competition, and congratulate the authors for their outstanding scientific publications. MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition for the academic community.

C:

Coatings:

Fibers:

Inorganics:

Magnetochemistry:

Materials:

Membranes:

Molecules:

Nanomaterials:

Polymers:

About MDPI Awards:

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

To see more MDPI awards, click here.

8 August 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry”, which is dedicated to publishing original and high-quality research communications, articles, and review articles on topics related to organic and polymer synthesis using catalysts (e.g., metal catalysts and organocatalysts). It covers the broad fields of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis as well as organic, organometallic, inorganic, and bioinorganic chemistry.

As they are published in an open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal. We invite you to read our top cited papers published in 2021 listed below:

1. “Non-Covalent Interactions in Enantioselective Organocatalysis: Theoretical and Mechanistic Studies of Reactions Mediated by Dual H-Bond Donors, Bifunctional Squaramides, Thioureas and Related Catalysts”
by Ana Maria Faisca Phillips, Martin H. G. Prechtl and Armando J. L. Pombeiro
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 569; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050569
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/569

2. “The Lord of the Chemical Rings: Catalytic Synthesis of Important Industrial Epoxide Compounds”
by Yudong Meng, Francesco Taddeo, Adriana Freites Aguilera, Xiaoshuang Cai, Vincenzo Russo, Pasi Tolvanen and Sébastien Leveneur
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 765; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070765
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/765

3. “Recent Advances in Homogeneous/Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation for Potential Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) Systems”
by Jun-Young Cho, Hahyeon Kim, Jeong-Eun Oh and Boyoung Y. Park
Catalysts 2021, 11(12), 1497; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11121497
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/12/1497

4. “Isoquinolone Syntheses by Annulation Protocols”
by Ruimao Hua
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 620; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050620
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/620

5. “Traceless Directing Groups in Sustainable Metal-Catalyzed C–H Activation”
by Athanasios Zarkadoulas, Ioanna Zgouleta, Nikolaos V. Tzouras and Georgios C. Vougioukalakis
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 554; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050554
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/554

6. “Regiodivergent Organocatalytic Reactions”
by Mayavan Viji, Srinu Lanka, Jaeuk Sim, Chanhyun Jung, Heesoon Lee, Manjunatha Vishwanath and Jae-Kyung Jung
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 1013; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11081013
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/1013

7. “Recent Progress of Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts for C–C Bond Forming Reactions”
by Atsushi Ohtaka
Catalysts 2021, 11(11), 1266; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11111266
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/11/1266

8. “Epoxidation of Terpenes”
by Yacoub Mahamat Ahmat, Sara Madadi, Luc Charbonneau and Serge Kaliaguine
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 847; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070847
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/847

9. “Asymmetric Catalytic Ketimine Mannich Reactions and Related Transformations”
by Changgong Xu, Carlyn Reep, Jamielyn Jarvis, Brandon Naumann, Burjor Captain and Norito Takenaka
Catalysts 2021, 11(6), 712; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11060712
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/6/712

10. “Enantioselective Catalytic C-H Amidations: An Highlight”
by Eleonora Tosi, Renata Marcia de Figueiredo and Jean-Marc Campagne
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 471; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040471
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/471

If you are an active researcher in the field and passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Rita Lin (rita.lin@mdpi.com).

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Open Peer Review Reports

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

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

Start and Growth of Open Peer Review at MDPI

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

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

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

Benefits of Open Peer Review

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

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

Impactful Research

MDPI Papers Cited in the News – IJERPH edition

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

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

Highly Cited Journal Publications

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

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

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

Example of Recent Mentions

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

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

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

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

Inside MDPI

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

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

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

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

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

In the near future, our Data Analytics team plans to deploy similar AI projects to improve other critical aspects of our services, offering an enhanced experience to our authors and readers.

Click here to learn about MDPI’s review process, including procedures, responsibilities, and benefits.

Read more:

Coming Together for Science

The Future of IJERPH

On 5 July 2023, Prof. Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou, the founding Editor-in-Chief of IJERPH, along with five Section Editors in Chief (Prof. Dr. Germán Vicente-Rodríguez, Prof. Dr. Karl Goodkin, Prof. Dr. William A. Toscano, Prof. Dr. Jimmy T. Efird, and Prof. Dr. William Douglas Evans), gathered in Basel to discuss the future of the journal. The meeting provided an opportunity to address the recent decision by The Web of Science to delist IJERPH due to the journal failing the Content Relevance criterion, and propose best strategies that will ensure high scientific rigor as well as a clear scope and aim of IJERPH, going forward.

While the delisting is disappointing for IJERPH, as well as for our authors, academic editors, and the entire scientific community supporting our journal, we see it as an opportunity to reflect and prepare for the future direction of the journal.

Since its launch in 2004, IJERPH’s vision and mission have evolved to be more complete and comprehensive in engaging scientific communities. In light of this, we will refresh the journal’s aims and scope, ensuring they align with the organic expansion of IJERPH. Additionally, we will restructure the journal sections into broader categories, encouraging collaborative research and transdisciplinary approaches for authors. This is designed to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among diverse fields, contributing to a holistic understanding of health promotion and disease prevention. We are confident that these next steps will enhance the scientific strength and societal impact of our journal.

Journal Achievements

In addition to the productive discussions, we took the time to celebrate some of the remarkable achievements of IJERPH, which I highlight below:

  • Founded by Prof. Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou in 2004
  • Indexed in PubMed in 2008
  • Received its first Impact Factor in 2012
  • Published its 5000th paper in 2017
  • Over 60,000 papers published as at June 30, 2023
  • 131,628,173 paper views in 2018–2022
  • Over 28,000 mentions in prominent news outlets
  • 17,000 papers cited 10 times or more as at June 30, 2023
  • No.1 journal in the 2022 Google Scholar Metrics in the category of Public Health
  • Awarded several editions of Young Investigator Awards, Travel Awards, and Outstanding Reviewer Awards since 2018.

These achievements showcase the journal’s significant contributions to the field and its impact on global health. We are proud of the exceptional work accomplished by the IJERPH team and look forward to building upon this success in the years to come.

Closing Thoughts

MDPI’s Impact in Spain

During the past month, I had the opportunity to visit our new office building in Barcelona, where I met with our local colleagues to discuss the ways we serve the scholarly community, particularly in Spain. The multi-functional office plays a vital role in supporting various business needs, including editorial, design, conference management, data analytics, journal relationship management, publishing partnerships, and collaborations with societies.

Spain holds a significant position in MDPI’s global market, ranking as the fourth-largest contributor to the total number of papers published by MDPI as at July 2023, ranking next to Italy, the USA, and China, with Germany completing the top five.

The Numbers

Out of the 1,680,000 total MDPI articles published as at 25 July, almost 80,000 articles are contributed by Spanish authors, representing nearly 40,000 unique authors affiliated with Spanish institutions. Remarkably, over 6,300 of these authors hold editorial board member (EBM) positions within MDPI journals, with 30 of them serving as Editors-in-Chief (EiCs).

Our commitment to working with institutions is very evident in Spain, where we have successfully established over 40 Institutional Open Access Programs (IOAP) with esteemed institutions such as the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, the University of Navarre, and Complutense University of Madrid.

Over the past five years, we have successfully organized eight in-person conferences in Barcelona, attracting over 1,150 registrations, with two forthcoming events scheduled for 2024. Barcelona's excellent connectivity to international airports makes it easily accessible to participants from around the world. Its welcoming atmosphere provides us with the perfect environment for knowledge-sharing, networking, and contributing to the local economy.

Our growth and presence in Spain are a true testament to the incredible service we provide to the scholarly community and the relationships we foster through responsive and collaborative communication. We look forward to continuing to support Spanish scholars, providing them a valuable and trusted experience with MDPI, the leader in open access publishing.

Testimonials

I close this letter as I did in the first edition, by sharing testimonials from our stakeholders. Here are a few IJERPH testimonials from a Spanish guest editor and an author:

Guest Editor
“I want to thank the kindness, attention and professionalism of the MDPI team throughout the editorial process of the Special Issue. I believe that it is a very professional and quality editorial process.”
- Professor Víctor Arufe-Giráldez, University of A Coruña
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence
Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Physical Education: Present and Future
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Author
“I want to thank the rigor of the revisions made to the manuscripts to improve their quality, the support to the authors for the editor assignment system they have and the follow-up they carry out, for the speed in answering and in carrying out the entire process of the revision, and for doing all this at an affordable price.”
- Dr. María Paz García-Caro, University of Granada
Article in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Factors Associated with Suicide Attempts and Suicides in the General Population of Andalusia (Spain)

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

25 July 2023
Meet Us at the 15th European Congress on Catalysis (EuropaCat 2023), 27 August–1 September 2023, Prague, Czech Republic


Conference: 15th European Congress on Catalysis (EuropaCat 2023)
Date: 27 August–1 September 2023
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

MDPI will be attending EuropaCat 2023 as an exhibitor. We welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us.

EuropaCat has become a traditional meeting place for scientists and researchers from academia and industry who are based all over Europe. Consequently, it has developed into a forum to discuss important challenges in the field of catalysis and the related industrial areas and beyond. The conference is jointly organized by the catalysis societies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are planning to attend this conference, please do not hesitate to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.europacat2023.cz/.

12 July 2023
Prof. Dr. Ewa Kowalska Appointed Section Associate Editor of Section “Nanostructured Catalysts” in Catalysts


We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Ewa Kowalska has been appointed Section Associate Editor of the “Nanostructured Catalysts” Section in Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344). We wish Prof. Dr. Ewa Kowalska every success in her new position and we look forward to her contributions to the journal.

Name: Prof. Dr. Ewa Kowalska
Affiliation: Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 2, 30-387 Krakow, Poland
Interests: heterogeneous photocatalysis; advanced oxidation processes (AOPs); environmental purification; plasmonic nanoparticles; antimicrobial properties; visible-light-responsive materials
Homepage: https://ewakowalskasapporo.wixsite.com/ewa-kowalska

 

 

Nanostructured catalysts are believed to be groundbreaking materials for solving the most urgent issues facing humanity, such as energy, the environment and water. Thanks to nanoarchitecture design, it is possible to control the properties of materials, and thus their catalytic performance. This Section aims at addressing all aspects of nanostructured catalysts (dark, photo, electro), including design, synthesis, characterization, application and computational analysis. All types of manuscripts (communications, research and reviews) addressing a broad range of topics will be considered in this Section. Manuscripts must be original and significant for the development of catalysis science.

Prof. Dr. Ewa Kowalska has led five Special Issues for Catalysts. One of these Special Issues, titled “Theme Issue in Memory to Prof. Jiro Tsuji (1927–2022)”, in which nine papers have been published, is still open for submissions.

For more information about the “Nanostructured Catalysts” Section, please visit the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/nanocatalysis.

11 July 2023
MDPI’s Newly Launched Journals in June 2023

With the first issue released in June 2023, five new MDPI journals disseminating multi-disciplinary science are due to launch, which will cover the subjects of medicine & pharmacology, biology and physical sciences.

The newly launched journals will be overseen by professional Editorial Board Members and Editors to ensure an accurate and rapid publication, rigorous peer review and broad visibility.

Please feel free to browse and discover more about the new journals below.

Journal Founding Editor-in-Chief Journal topics (selected)
Prof. Dr. Jun Ma, Peking University, China| Editorial | view inaugural issue growth and development;
diet and nutrients; school health promotion policies and practices; child health and care; adolescent health and wellbeing | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Bernd Rehm, Griffith University, Australia | Editorial | view inaugural issue DNA and gene synthesis; synthetic transcription factors; protein engineering; viral engineering; metabolic engineering | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Varsha Gandhi, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA | Editorial | view inaugural issue lymphatics; cancers associated with lymphocytes and lymphoblasts; lymphatic tissues; lymphoma; lymphoid leukemia | view journal scope | submit an article
Dr. Bradley Turner, University of Melbourne, Australia | Editorial | view inaugural issue multiple sclerosis; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; primary lateral sclerosis; atherosclerosis; systemic sclerosis | view journal scope | submit an article
Prof. Dr. Clemens Burda, Case Western Reserve University, USA | Editorial | view inaugural issue Gamma ray, X-ray, and UV–Vis spectroscopies; NIR/mid-infrared/Raman spectroscopy; microwave and THz spectroscopy; high-resolution gas-phase atomic, molecular, and cluster spectroscopy; MS, NMR, and EPR spectroscopy | view journal scope | submit an article

We wish to thank everyone who has supported the development of open access publishing. You are welcome to submit an application to the New Journal Committee (newjournal-committee@mdpi.com) if you would like to create more new journals.

3 July 2023
MDPI Insights: The CEO’s Letter #1 - Open Access and Impactful Research

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

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


Opening Thoughts

The Future is Open, and MDPI is Leading the Way

I strongly believe in a future that embraces openness, where open source, open information, and open access (OA) take center stage. This belief that led me to join MDPI in 2020, and I am honored to have recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this capacity, and operating in close liaison with Dr. Lin and MDPI’s senior management, I shall work to build on Dr. Lin’s achievements of the past quarter-century. In this role, I will focus on communication initiatives to promote MDPI's remarkable work and continue to build our company as a trusted leader in OA publishing. For over two decades, MDPI has been at the forefront of reshaping the academic publishing landscape, with OA surpassing subscription-based publishing in 2020. This trajectory is deeply rooted in our history and reflects our unwavering commitment and vision for an open future.

1 Million Published Articles

2023 began with a remarkable achievement for MDPI, as we became the first OA publisher to reach the milestone of 1 million published articles. This represents 2.7 million unique authors who have trusted us with their work, or about a third of all researchers worldwide. As the world's most cited OA publisher, we are proud in sharing these significant milestones.

Our mission remains unchanged: to make science open and accessible to all. We understand the importance of knowledge access, empowering researchers to stay at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. Our diverse range of journals covers a wide spectrum of disciplines, offering cutting-edge insights, trusted tools, and crucial knowledge to address global challenges.

Liberating Science

As the world’s leading OA publisher, MDPI is actively liberating science. We are committed to eliminating the frustrations researchers and the general public face when accessing information, ensuring it is not locked behind paywalls. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to information, and our commitment to open access publishing drives our work.

In this inaugural edition of Insights: The CEO's Letter, I draw inspiration from the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. Its stated mission reminds us that true impact is achieved when knowledge is widely and readily available to society:

"Our mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the information is not made widely and readily available to society”

Impactful Research

MDPI Publishes Impactful Research: Recognized by Leading Indexing Databases

MDPI journals are indexed in every single top database in the world.

As of June 2023, we have 214 journals indexed within Web of Science, 223 indexed within Scopus, 87 indexed within PubMed and PMC, and 17 indexed within MEDLINE, and these numbers increase every month. We constantly strive to expand the coverage of our journals within leading multi-disciplinary and scope-specific databases, resulting in an incredibly broad range of journals that are indexed within a variety of databases. MDPI has active relationships with approximately 65 well-known databases around the world, and we continue to expand our portfolio every year so that your work can be found, cited, and referenced with ease.

Continued Growth of MDPI Journals

The 2022 Scopus and Web of Science journal citation metrics were officially released in June, and I am pleased to report that 31 MDPI journals received their first CiteScore, taking the total number of journals with a CiteScore to 216. The number of MDPI journals receiving an Impact Factor (IF) also continues to grow with 111 receiving their first, by being covered in the ESCI, bringing our total number of journals with an IF to 208 of which 41 journals received an IF above 4.0. Looking at 2022 CiteScores in the Scopus database, 80% of MDPI journals have a score that ranks them in Q1 or Q2 in at least one subject category.

Publishing impactful science would not be possible without all of our authors, editors and reviewers. Thank you for your contribution and continued support! Together we share the latest scientific insights faster and ensure that your work is accessible to all.

Read more

Interview with Indexing Manager—Constanze Shelhorn

Inside MDPI

Preprints.org: Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

At MDPI, we are dedicated to driving the advancement of science. Through our initiative, Preprints.org, researchers can publish their work and gain valuable feedback from the broader research community, ensuring rapid progress in their respective fields. This is particularly crucial during times of health and climate challenges, where timely dissemination of findings is essential.

Increased Visibility for Preprints

I am pleased to share that Clarivate recognizes the significance of preprints and has taken a crucial step to enhance their visibility. Clarivate has added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science, encompassing preprints published not only on Preprints.org but also on other reputable repositories.

Looking ahead, the future of preprints appears promising, bolstered by the recent indexing announcement from the Web of Science. As a result, preprints will receive increased visibility, serving as a valuable resource for staying informed about the latest research developments.

Read more

What are Preprints?
The Pros and Cons of Preprints
Preprints and COVID-19
Preprints—The Future of Open Access Publishing?

Coming Together for Science

The First International Conference on Antioxidants: Sources, Methods, Health Benefits and Industrial Applications

In this edition of ‘Coming Together for Science,’ I am pleased to highlight the First International Conference on Antioxidants organized by our conference team in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. The conference attracted over 130 attendees, who engaged in 42 talks, and 89 poster presentations spread across several sessions.

Working Together

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Alessandra Napolitano (Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Naples, Italy) and Prof. Dr. Rosa M. Lamuela Raventos (Department of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Gastronomy, University of Barcelona, Spain) as chairs, and supported by the committee members, 10 invited keynote speakers, poster presenters, and all the attendees, this dedicated group of academics came together to discuss the natural sources, methodologies, health benefits, and industrial applications of antioxidants.

Especially noteworthy is the positive feedback received from attendees, with 94% rating the overall organization of the conference as good or excellent. I particularly love the picture above, capturing the gathering of some of the participants. You can browse through more photos in the event gallery located here.

Managing Events With Sciforum

If you are considering hosting your own academic event, I highly recommend checking out Sciforum, MDPI's event management platform. Sciforum simplifies the entire process, making it easy to host your own event by allowing you to focus on what really matters: Science!

Read more

Sciforum: forthcoming events
Spotlight on Antioxidants

Closing Thoughts

Stefan Tochev, Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Dr. Eric O. Freed, Peter Roth, Wynne Wang, Allison Yang

Viruses and Editorial Quality: Acknowledging the Dedication of our Viruses Journal Team

During a June meeting with Dr. Eric O. Freed, the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of our journal Viruses, I was reminded of the exceptional dedication of our editorial board. Meeting with Eric is a pleasure, as he has a strong commitment and clear vision for the journal. Over the course of two days, we gained a deep understanding of the journal’s expectations and focus on strategic growth, editorial board representation, and engagement.

I am pleased to share that Viruses holds a CiteScore of 7.1 (an increase of 7.57% versus the 2021 metric) and an Impact Factor of 4.7. You can view the journal statistics here. Viruses publishes highly cited papers, and is indexed in renowned databases such as Scopus, SCIE (Web of Science), PubMed, and others, and maintains affiliations with prestigious societies. Moreover, the Viruses team has recently announced an exciting upcoming event titled ‘Viruses 2024 – A World of Viruses,’ scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 14–16 February 2024.

Testimonials

If you notice my enthusiasm regarding our editorial service, it’s because the surveys and testimonials we receive speak volumes about the experiences of our authors, reviewers, and guest editors who collaborate with MDPI. The purpose of these letters is to highlight the exceptional work that we do and the experiences we create for the scholars – thus, let me end with this testimonial from an author:

“It was a great pleasure to publish in Viruses Special Issue [Emerging Viruses in Aquaculture]. The submission process was easy. Guest editors were very helpful and provided all the guidance and support as needed. The handling of the manuscript by the Editorial Team was very fast, efficient, and professional. The reviewer’s comments were insightful, and the publication processes were remarkably rapid.”
Ms. Magdalena Stachnik, Państwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny | PIWet

Article in Viruses: Emerging Viral Pathogens in Sturgeon Aquaculture in Poland: Focus on Herpesviruses and Mimivirus Detection

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

29 June 2023
Meet Us at the 21st National Conference on Catalysis, 21–25 July 2023, Kunming, China


MDPI will attend the 21st National Conference on Catalysis. This event of the Chinese Chemical Society will be held from 21 to 25 July 2023 in Kunming, China, and is hosted by the Catalysis Professional Committee of the Chinese Chemical Society. The event is being jointly organized by Yunnan University, Kunming University of Science and Technology, and Yunnan Precious Metals Laboratory.

This conference is the largest academic conference at the highest level in the field of catalysis in China and is held every two years. The theme of the conference is "Catalytic Science and Technology for Two-Carbon Strategy", and its topics will cover both the development of frontier technology and basic research into catalysis in the fields of chemical industry, energy, environment, materials, biology, pharmaceuticals, analysis, etc.

The conference program will include invited reports, oral reports, poster presentations, forums, creative pop-up sessions, etc. During the conference, the Catalysis Professional Committee will issue the “Ninth China Catalysis Award”. The conference will also organize well-known manufacturers in the field of catalysis to carry out related product exhibitions and technical exchanges and arrange special workshops on their applications.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#C035) and start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://21ncc.scimeeting.cn/cn/web/index/16736.

28 June 2023
2022 Impact Factors for MDPI Journals

The 2022 citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and we’re pleased to announce the following results for MDPI journals:

We are thrilled to announce that 90% of our ranked MDPI journals, specifically 86 out of 96 (captured in the table below), are performing above average in Q1 or Q2. This year, Clarivate has expanded its Impact Factor (IF) awards to include journals in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), providing greater transparency for the full set of journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. As a result, 111 of MDPI journals have received their first IF in 2023, with 37 journals surpassing an IF of 3.0. In total, 208 MDPI journals have been honored with an IF.

Clarivate explains that by "expanding the coverage but holding to highly selective standards, the [Impact Factor] is now a reliable indicator of trustworthiness, as well as a measure of scholarly impact, at the journal level."

Please visit our blog post where we discuss the release of the latest citation metrics with our Indexing Manager, Dr. Constanze Schelhorn, to find out what's different this time around and how to make use of different metrics available.

Journal Impact Factor Rank Quartile Category
Vaccines 7.8 Q1 Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Antioxidants 7.0 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemistry, Medicinal
Cells 6.0 Q2 Cell Biology
Nutrients 5.9 Q1 Nutrition & Dietetics
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 5.6 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 5.6 Q2 Business
Biomolecules 5.5 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biosensors 5.4 Q1 Chemistry, Analytical
Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Fractal and Fractional 5.4 Q1 Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Marine Drugs 5.4 Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Pharmaceutics 5.4 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Nanomaterials 5.3 Q1 Physics, Applied
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Cancers 5.2 Q2 Oncology
Foods 5.2 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Polymers 5.0 Q1 Polymer Science
Remote Sensing 5.0 Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Q2 Remote Sensing
Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
Environmental Sciences
Antibiotics 4.8 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Infectious Diseases
Drones 4.8 Q2 Remote Sensing
Journal of Functional Biomaterials 4.8 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Materials Science, Biomaterials
Biomedicines 4.7 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Journal of Fungi 4.7 Q2 Mycology
Microbiology
Viruses 4.7 Q2 Virology
Bioengineering 4.6 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Gels 4.6 Q1 Polymer Science
Molecules 4.6 Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Pharmaceuticals 4.6 Q2 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Chemistry, Medicinal
Toxics 4.6 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Environmental Sciences
Biomimetics 4.5 Q1 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Q2 Materials Science, Biomaterials
Microorganisms 4.5 Q2 Microbiology
Plants 4.5 Q1 Plant Sciences
Biology 4.2 Q2 Biology
Chemosensors 4.2 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Electrochemistry
Membranes 4.2 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Polymer Science
Toxins 4.2 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Food Science & Technology
Metabolites 4.2 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Batteries 4.0 Q2 Electrochemistry
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Q3 Energy & Fuels
Catalysts 3.9 Q2 Chemistry, Physical
Journal of Clinical Medicine 3.9 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Land 3.9 Q2 Environmental Studies
Sensors 3.9 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Sustainability 3.9 Q2 Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Buildings 3.8 Q2 Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Agronomy 3.7 Q1 Agronomy
Q2 Plant Sciences
Fermentation 3.7 Q2 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Pathogens 3.7 Q2 Microbiology
Agriculture 3.6 Q1 Agronomy
Diagnostics 3.6 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Genes 3.5 Q2 Genetics & Heredity
Journal of Intelligence 3.5 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Lubricants 3.5 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Processes 3.5 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Coatings 3.4 Q2 Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Physics, Applied
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 3.4 Q2 Geography, Physical
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Materials 3.4 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Micromachines 3.4 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Physics, Applied
Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Water 3.4 Q2 Water Resources
Environmental Sciences
Brain Sciences 3.3 Q3 Neurosciences
Energies 3.2 Q3 Energy & Fuels
Fire 3.2 Q1 Forestry
Q2 Ecology
Life 3.2 Q2 Biology
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 3.1 Q3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Horticulturae 3.1 Q1 Horticulture
Animals 3.0 Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Veterinary Sciences
Insects 3.0 Q1 Entomology
Atmosphere 2.9 Q3 Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Electronics 2.9 Q2 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Physics, Applied
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Forests 2.9 Q1 Forestry
Inorganics 2.9 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.9 Q1 Engineering, Marine
Q2 Oceanography
Engineering, Ocean
Metals 2.9 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease 2.9 Q2 Tropical Medicine
Parasitology
Q3 Infectious Diseases
Universe 2.9 Q2 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Physics, Particles & Fields
Healthcare 2.8 Q2 Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Q3 Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Applied Sciences 2.7 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Physics, Applied
Q3 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Crystals 2.7 Q2 Crystallography
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Entropy 2.7 Q2 Physics, Multidisciplinary
Magnetochemistry 2.7 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Q3 Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Symmetry 2.7 Q2 Multidisciplinary Sciences
Actuators 2.6 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Engineering, Mechanical
Aerospace 2.6 Q1 Engineering, Aerospace
Behavioral Sciences 2.6 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Current Oncology 2.6 Q3 Oncology
Machines 2.6 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Q3 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Medicina 2.6 Q3 Medicine, General & Internal
Separations 2.6 Q3 Chemistry, Analytical
Minerals 2.5 Q2 Mining & Mineral Processing
Mineralogy
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Children 2.4 Q2 Pediatrics
Diversity 2.4 Q2 Biodiversity Conservation
Q3 Ecology
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 2.4 Q3 Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Mathematics 2.4 Q1 Mathematics
Photonics 2.4 Q3 Optics
Veterinary Sciences 2.4 Q1 Veterinary Sciences
Fishes 2.3 Q2 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Fisheries
Axioms 2.0 Q2 Mathematics, Applied
Systems 1.9 Q2 Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Tomography 1.9 Q3 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging


Note: The Journal of Personalized Medicine's Impact Factor was omitted in the original release and will be assigned separately. Please find the data on the journal webpage in due course.

Source: 2022 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports TM (Clarivate, 2023)

 

20 June 2023
Catalysts Receives an Increased CiteScore of 6.3


We are pleased to inform you that Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) has received an updated CiteScore of 6.3, an increase of 15% compared with the 2021 metric and maintaining growth for five consecutive years!

Catalysts’ CiteScore ranks as follows:

  • Q1 (50 out of 227 journals) in the “Environmental Science (General Environmental Science)” category;
  • Q2 (49 out of 185 journals) in the “Chemistry (Physical and Theoretical Chemistry)” category;
  • Q2 (31 out of 64 journals) in the “Chemical Engineering (Catalysis)” category.

For more journal statistics, please visit https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/stats.

Excellent performance is inseparable from the support and dedication of all journal editors, reviewers, authors, and readers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to the journal.

2 June 2023
Catalysts | Top Cited Papers in 2022


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) is a peer-reviewed open access journal of catalysts and catalyzed reactions published monthly online by MDPI. Catalysts publishes reviews, regular research papers (articles), and short communications. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible.

We welcome you to read the top-cited papers published in 2022. As they are open access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in our journal.

1. “A Review on Green Synthesis of Nanoparticles and Their Diverse Biomedical and Environmental Applications”
by Melvin S. Samuel, Madhumita Ravikumar, Ashwini John J., Ethiraj Selvarajan, Himanshu Patel, P. Sharath Chander, J. Soundarya, Srikanth Vuppala, Ramachandran Balaji and Narendhar Chandrasekar
Catalysts 2022, 12(5), 459; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12050459
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/5/459

2. “A Review on Biological Synthesis of the Biodegradable Polymers Polyhydroxyalkanoates and the Development of Multiple Applications”
by Bryan Dalton, Purabi Bhagabati, Jessica De Micco, Ramesh Babu Padamati and Kevin O’Connor
Catalysts 2022, 12(3), 319; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030319
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/319

3. “Nano-Biochar as a Sustainable Catalyst for Anaerobic Digestion: A Synergetic Closed-Loop Approach”
by Lalit Goswami, Lalit Goswami, Anamika Kushwaha, Anju Singh, Pathikrit Saha, Yoseok Choi, Mrutyunjay Maharana, Satish V. Patil and Beom Soo Kim
Catalysts 2022, 12(2), 186; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12020186
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/2/186

4. “Metal Sulfide Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Generation: A Review of Recent Advances”
by Zamin Mamiyev and Narmina O. Balayeva
Catalysts 2022, 12(11), 1316; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12111316
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/11/1316

5. “Catalytic Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol: A Review”
by Menghao Ren, Yanmin Zhang, Xuan Wang and Hengshan Qiu
Catalysts 2022, 12(4), 403; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12040403
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/4/403

6. “Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Degradations of Analgesic, Mucolytic, and Anti-Biotic/Viral/Inflammatory Drugs Widely Used in Controlling SARS-CoV-2”
by Mahsa Ebrahimi and Omid Akhavan
Catalysts 2022, 12(6), 667; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12060667
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/6/667

7. “Aspergillus flavus-Mediated Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles and Evaluation of Their Antibacterial, Anti-Candida, Acaricides, and Photocatalytic Activities”
by Amr Fouda, Mohamed A. Awad, Zarraq E. AL-Faifi, Mohammed E. Gad, Areej A. Al-Khalaf, Reham Yahya and Mohammed F. Hamza
Catalysts 2022, 12(5), 462; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12050462
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/5/462

8. “Bismuth Sillenite Crystals as Recent Photocatalysts for Water Treatment and Energy Generation: A Critical Review”
by Oussama Baaloudj, Hamza Kenfoud, Ahmad K. Badawi, Achraf Amir Assadi, Atef El Jery, Aymen Amine Assadi and Abdeltif Amrane
Catalysts 2022, 12(5), 500; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12050500
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/5/500

9. “High Selectivity Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution Reaction and Anti-Chlorine Corrosion Strategies in Seawater Splitting”
by Shanshan Jiang, Yang Liu, Hao Qiu, Chao Su and Zongping Shao
Catalysts 2022, 12(3), 261; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12030261
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/3/261

10. “Agro-Industrial Food Waste as a Low-Cost Substrate for Sustainable Production of Industrial Enzymes: A Critical Review”
by Vishal Sharma, Mei-Ling Tsai, Parushi Nargotra, Chiu-Wen Chen, Chia-Hung Kuo, Pei-Pei Sun and Cheng-Di Dong
Catalysts 2022, 12(11), 1373; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12111373
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/12/11/1373

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Snowy Bian (snowy.bian@mdpi.com).

 

 

21 April 2023
Meet Us at the 21st National Electrochemistry Conference, 22–25 May 2023, Dalian, China


MDPI will be attending the 21st National Electrochemistry Conference, organized by the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry (CSE) and hosted by the Dalian University of Technology, which will be held from 22 to 25 May 2023, in Dalian, China. The conference will focus on the development of electrochemical science and comprehensively present the latest research progress and results achieved in electrochemistry in China in the new era. The aim is to promote the application of electrochemical science and technology in energy, environment, materials and other relevant fields, and to achieve the sustainable development of society.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#55) and start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: http://www.sciencemate.com/meeting/electrochem.

31 March 2023
Meet Us at the 7th Conference on New Energy and New Chemical Materials Cum National Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage Materials, 7–9 April 2023, Wuhan, China


Conference: The 7th Conference on New Energy and New Chemical Materials Cum National Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage Materials
Date: 7–9 April 2023
Place: Wuhan, China

Materials (ISSN: 1996-1944) will be attending the 7th Conference on New Energy and New Chemical Materials Cum National Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage Materials as an exhibitor from 7 to 9 April 2023, in Wuhan, China.

The 7th Conference on New Energy and New Chemical Materials Cum National Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage Materials is an important academic conference in the field of new energy materials and devices research in China. It has been successfully held six times in Xiamen, Suzhou, Dalian, Zhengzhou, and twice in Xi'an. The conference will focus on academic exchanges and discussions on secondary batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and electrocatalysis, advanced energy storage materials and technologies, anode and cathode materials, and other energy storage technologies from the academic and application fields. The conference will bring together famous domestic experts, scholars, and enterprise technicians to discuss the future development prospects and directions of new energy materials and devices research.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Materials;
  • Metals;
  • Catalysts;
  • Nanomaterials;
  • Batteries;
  • Electrochem;
  • Electronic Materials;
  • Crystals.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you plan on attending this conference. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you might have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: http://www.zgclzk.org.cn/col.jsp?id=141.

13 March 2023
MDPI’s Newly Launched Journals in December 2022

As a leading open access publisher, MDPI provides scholars with a high-quality and rich academic exchange platform by continuously expanding into new and exciting research areas.

In December 2022, MDPI launched five new journals, covering multiple subjects such as life sciences, biology, medicine and pharmacology, social sciences and humanities. These new journals are being edited by established scholars across the world.

Journal

Founding Editor-in-Chief

Journal Topics (Selected)

Prof. Dr. Fabio Gresta, University of Messina, Italy| Editorial | view inaugural issue

grass/forage/turf production; grassland management; pasture monitoring; grazing and livestock; grass agro-ecosystems| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Christos G. Athanassiou, University of Thessaly, Greece| Editorial | view inaugural issue

pesticides; fungicides; herbicides; fertilizers; soil conditioners| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Stephen H. Safe, Texas A&M University, USA| Editorial | view inaugural issue

receptor structure; receptor function; receptor signaling; receptor expression and regulation; receptor interactions with drugs| view journal scope | submit an article

Dr. Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde, University of Mons-UMONS, Belgium| Editorial | view inaugural issue

drug discovery; medicinal chemistry; preclinical and clinical research; marketed drugs; intellectual property and regulatory affairs| view journal scope | submit an article

Prof. Dr. Heather Kanuka, University of Alberta, Canada| Editorial | view inaugural issue

higher education; tertiary education; policy and practice in higher education; educational leadership in higher education; educational administration and management in higher education| view journal scope | submit an article

If you are interested in creating more open access journals with us to publish cutting-edge research, please send your journal proposal application to newjournal-committee@mdpi.com.

7 March 2023
Displaying Co-Authors’ Email Addresses on the Webpage of Published Papers

MDPI is pleased to announce that we now display the co-authors’ email addresses in addition to the corresponding author’s email address on the webpage of published papers, protected by Captcha. For more information about this change, please visit the journal’s instructions for authors page. 

We believe this change will facilitate academic discussions and advance our cause of open science and research. The corresponding authors are responsible for communicating with their co-authors and indicating in our system (https://susy.mdpi.com/) if co-authors would prefer for their email addresses not to be displayed.

7 March 2023
Meet Us at the 19th National Youth Conference on Catalysis, 9–13 April 2023, Nanjing, China

MDPI will be attending the 19th National Youth Conference on Catalysis (19NYCC), hosted by the Catalysis Committee of the Chinese Chemical Society and Nanjing University, which will be held from 9 to 13 April 2023 in Nanjing, China. The conference will be held at the Nanjing International Youth Conference Hotel, 8 Yecheng Road, Jianye District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. More than 100 outstanding young scholars in catalysis science and technology and related fields are invited to make conference reports, keynote reports, and invitation reports. A total of 1200 delegates are expected to attend.

The theme of this conference is “Youth Catalysis in the Two-Carbon Era - From Science to Application”. The conference establishes a platform for young catalysis workers in China (under the age of 45) to learn and communicate. It aims to show the latest progress and achievements of young Chinese catalysis workers in basic and applied research in the field of catalysis science as well as technology and discuss the opportunities, challenges, and future development directions faced by the catalysis field. It also aims to further promote the development of catalytic science and technology in China.

The main topics of the conference include the following: catalytic mechanism and theoretical calculation; new catalytic materials; catalytic advanced characterization; heterogeneous catalytic reactions; photo/electrocatalysis; small-molecule catalytic conversion; green catalysis; environmental catalysis; and industrial catalysis.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference and our booth, please visit https://www.chemsoc.org.cn/meeting/19NYCCC/.

 

16 February 2023
Increasing Visibility for Preprints.org – Clarivate adds the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science

On 9 February 2023, Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics, added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science platform, streamlining the research process by allowing researchers to locate and link to preprints alongside other trusted content in the database.

The Preprint Citation Index will act as a bridge to connect cutting-edge preprints with peer-reviewed journal articles published within the Web of Science Core Collection. Alerts can be easily set to monitor new research across several repositories and authors will also be able to include preprints on their Web of Science Research Profile to more accurately display their various research outputs.

As of its launch, the Preprint Citation Index will provide nearly two million preprints from various repositories, including MDPI’s own Preprints.org.

MDPI's Preprints Platform – Preprints.org

To advance Open Science and the fast dissemination of research, MDPI offers researchers a free multidisciplinary preprint platform. Preprints.org accepts submissions from all research areas and offers authors high visibility, permanent archiving, article-level Metrics and immediately citable content by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to all preprints.

During submission to any MDPI journal, authors have the option to share their research as a preprint. After an initial screening, the manuscript is available online in 48 hours or less. Once online, preprints can be downloaded, shared, commented on, and cited, providing authors maximum visibility.

We invite you to join the ranks of the over 100k researchers using Preprints.org and share your research.

For more information, please visit Preprints.org.

7 February 2023
Catalysts | Highly Cited Special Issues from the Section “Catalytic Reaction Engineering”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Catalytic Reaction Engineering”. The Section is dedicated to publishing original and high-impact contributions that report new reaction mechanisms, kinetics, and reaction engineering with emphasis on the recent progress in sustainable catalysts and catalytic processes.

You are welcome to read the Highly Cited Special Issues. As Catalysts is an open access publication, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal.

1. Special Issue “Current Advanced Technologies in Catalysts/Catalyzed Reactions”
Edited by Sagadevan Suresh and Is Fatimah
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/catalysts_catalyzed_reactions
Viewed by 15616 | Cited by 32

2. Special Issue “Photocatalytic Reaction Engineering for Energy Conversion, Water and Air Purification”
Edited by Hugo de Lasa and Salvador Escobedo
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/pre
Viewed by 10764 | Cited by 19

3. Special Issue “10th Anniversary of Catalysts: Feature Papers in Catalytic Reaction Engineering”
Edited by Hugo de Lasa and Mohammad Mozahar Hossain
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/FP_Catalytic_Reaction_Engineering
Viewed by 9240 | Cited by 6

4. Special Issue “Catalytic CO2 Methanation Reactors and Processes”
Edited by Son Ich Ngo and Enrique García-Bordejé
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/metha_react
Viewed by 8136 | Cited by 12

5. Special Issue “Catalytic Reaction Engineering for the Sustainability of the Environment”
Edited by Michael Nigra
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/cataly_reac_engin_sustain_environ
Viewed by 3597 | Cited by 6

6. Special Issue “Multicomponent Catalytic Reactions under Green Conditions”
Edited by Giovanna Bosica
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/MRUGCS
Viewed by 1941 | Cited by 5

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in editorial work, please do not hesitate to contact the Catalysts Editorial Office (catalysts@mdpi.com).

26 December 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited and Highly Accessed Special Issues in Section “Catalysis for Sustainable Energy”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Catalysis for Sustainable Energy”, dedicated to publishing original and high-quality research communications, articles, and reviews on the topics of catalytic reactions that enable the sustainable production and transformation of energy.

“Catalysis for Sustainable Energy” aims to cover recent promising research in the field of the development of innovative catalytic materials, from their syntheses (powdered or structured catalysts) to their application in reactions including water splitting (electrochemical/ photochemical), CO2 reduction, transformation to value-added chemicals (CH3OH, C2+), environmental catalysis, biomass pyrolysis/gasification, reforming of hydrocarbons/bio-oil/glycerol, methane oxidative coupling, dehydrogenation, etc. Special attention is given to the durability and reusability of applied catalysts.

We welcome you to read the highly cited and highly accessed Special Issues. As Open Access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal.

1. “Catalysis for Energy Production”
Edited by Maria A. Goula and Kyriaki Polychronopoulou
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/catalysis_energy
Viewed by 65010 | Cited by 321

2. “Heterogeneous Catalysis for Energy Conversion”
Edited by Gang Feng, Supawadee Namuangruk and Yan Jiao
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/hetero_energy
Viewed by 36481 | Cited by 133

3. “Catalysts for Sustainable Hydrogen Production: Preparation, Applications and Process Integration”
Edited by Marco Martino and Concetta Ruocco
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/cshp
Viewed by 33200 | Cited by 202

4. “Advanced Functional Materials for Photo/Electro-Catalysts for Environmental and Energy Applications”
Edited by Sekar Karthikeyan and Boopathy Ramasamy
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/AFM_SF
Viewed by 6895 | Cited by 10

5. “Advanced Catalysts for Achieving Hydrogen Economy from Liquids”
Edited by Bing Zhang and Chuntian Qiu
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/catalysts_hydrogen
Viewed by 6050 | Cited by 13

6. “Advanced Catalysts for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion”
Edited by Peng Gao, Di Bao, Liangxin Ding and Xianbiao Fu
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/Catalysts_Electrochemical_Energy
Viewed by 3012 | Cited by 8

7. “Catalytic Reforming of Light Hydrocarbons”
Edited by Ahmed Sadeq A. Al-Fatesh
Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/reform_hydrocarbon
Viewed by 2484 | Cited by 8

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in editorial work, please do not hesitate to contact the Catalysts Editorial Office (catalysts@mdpi.com).

24 December 2022
Catalysts | 2021 Highly Cited and Highly Accessed Special Issues in Section “Photocatalysis”


Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Photocatalysis”. This Section is dedicated to publishing the original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to the cross-disciplinary fields of photochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and catalysis, and will attract the interest of chemists, physicists, biochemists, surface and materials scientists, and engineers. Photocatalysts are of great importance as they can be utilized in a large array of research fields, including solar energy conversion, photosensible sensors, wastewater and air treatment, organic as well as inorganic synthesis, and surface science and storage devices.

As open access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our highly cited and highly accessed Special Issues for 2021 below:

  1. Special Issue “Photocatalysis and Environment”
    edited by Sami Rtimi, Daria Camilla Boffito and Aymen Amine Assadi
    Viewed by 33,331 | Cited by 306
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/photocatalysis_environment
  2. Special Issue "Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Wastes in Water"
    edited by María Victoria López Ramón, José Rivera-Utrilla and Manuel Sánchez-Polo
    Viewed by 24,780 | Cited by 132
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/photocata_degradation
  3. Special Issue "Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Pollutants and Inactivation of Microorganisms"
    edited by Anna Zielińska-Jurek
    Viewed by 39,434 | Cited by 133
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/nano-photocatal
  4. Special Issue "Innovative and Practical Trends in Photocatalytic Degradation of Environmental Pollutants"
    edited by Mohamed Ateia, Matthew Johnson and Bożena Czech
    Viewed by 19,338 | Cited by 64
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/Photocatalytic_Degradation_Pollutants
  5. Special Issue "Photocatalysis in the Wastewater Treatment"
    edited by Gassan Hodaifa and Rafael Borja
    Viewed by 21,322 | Cited by 69
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/photocatal_wastewater
  6. Special Issue "Porous Materials for Photocatalysis and Energy"
    edited by Abel Santos
    Viewed by 22,100 | Cited by 60
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/porous_photocatal_energy
  7. Special Issue "Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2"
    edited by Martin Reli
    Viewed by 11,572 | Cited by 50
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/CO2_Photocatalytic_Reduction
  8. Special Issue "Novel Photocatalysts for Environmental and Energy Applications"
    edited by Dionysios (Dion) Demetriou Dionysiou, Sami Rtimi, Ewa Kowalska, Changseok Han and Marcin Janczarek
    Viewed by 12,451 | Cited by 38
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/Photocatalysts_Environmental_Energy
  9. Special Issue "Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Photocatalysis"
    edited by Maria Luisa Marin and Francisco Boscá
    Viewed by 10,586 | Cited by 33
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/mech_photocat
  10. Special Issue "Advances in Water-Splitting Activity of Highly Efficient Cocatalyst/Photocatalyst Composites"
    edited by Tzu-Hsuan Chiang
    Viewed by 13,914 | Cited by 33
    Webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/photocataly_composites

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in editorial work, please do not hesitate to contact the Catalysts Editorial Office (catalysts@mdpi.com).

22 December 2022
Special Issue Mentor Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative—the MDPI Special Issue Mentor Program.

This program will enable early career researchers (who must hold a Ph.D. in a related field) to experience editing a Special Issue in MDPI journals, under the mentorship of our experienced Editorial Board Members or other experienced scientists. The mentor program will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to gain editorial experience, and to cultivate their ability to edit scientific research.

The mentee’s responsibilities include:

  • Proposing a Special Issue title and assisting the mentor in preparing a summary (around 200–400 words) and 3–10 keywords describing the background, importance, and goal of the Issue;
  • Writing a brief promotion plan for the Special Issue;
  • Preparing a list of scholars who may be interested in the Issue and personally e-mailing invitations on behalf of Guest Editors;
  • Writing an editorial for the online Special Issue together with the mentor.

The mentor’s responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a final check before the Special Issue is published online;
  • Performing editorial control of the Special Issue and quality control of the publications, both of which must be carried out in a timely manner;
  • Providing suggestions to younger scholars if they have any doubts or concerns regarding submissions;
  • Organizing video calls with young scholars and the Editorial Office regularly to discuss problems and improvement suggestions for the Special Issue;
  • Making and submitting decisions regarding submissions with the assistance of mentees.

Certificates and awards:
After the Special Issue closes, the Editorial Office will provide official certificates for all the mentors and early career researchers.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your Special Issue proposal to the Editorial Office of a journal you choose, and we will discuss the process (i.e., mentor collaboration, Special Issue topic feasibility analysis, etc.) in further detail. The full list of MDPI journals is as follows: https://www.mdpi.com/about/journals.

In addition to the new Special Issue Mentor Program, we will continue to welcome all Special Issue proposals focusing on hot research topics.

14 December 2022
"Thanks a Million!" – One Million Articles Published in MDPI Journals

MDPI has just become the first open access (OA) publisher to reach the milestone of one million articles published. That is one million articles freely available to all, to circulate and build upon! We are proud to share this special moment with the global scientific community.

This landmark has been reached thanks to the immeasurable support of more than 600,000 expert reviewers, 66,000 editorial board members and 6700 hard-working colleagues across MDPI’s global offices.

Within more than 25 years of publishing, our journals received 2.1 million manuscripts and generated 4.6 million peer review reports to get to one million papers published.

1 Million Infographic

Reaching the milestone of one million articles published reinforces our mission to remove any existing barriers and to make scientific research accessible to all. Since its inception, MDPI’s goal has been to create reliable processes to make science open. This is a path towards facilitating the dissemination of novel insights in scientific communities.

Regular feedback from authors and reviewers shows that our service is greatly appreciated and needed. At the same time, the feedback helps us identify areas for further improvement.

As it stands, a significant share of published research findings remain closed access. More than half of the content published with the most well-known legacy publishers stays behind a paywall, and that is not including articles published in hybrid OA journals, or made available months or years after publication.

A new policy announced by the US administration in August 2022 requires that, as of January 2026, all US federally funded research be made freely and immediately available after publication. While the new policy does not mandate articles be published under an open access license, it is aligned with the open access movement in removing all barriers to research. Similarly, some of the most advanced research institutions in the world intend to have all funded research articles published in open access by 2025.

MDPI is proud to be the leading agent of the transition to open access.

"Thanks a Million" to all the contributors!

8 December 2022
MDPI Sustainability Foundation: New Look and Nominations for the 2023 Sustainability Awards Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the website of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation has been revamped! For the past couple of months, our UX UI team and front-end developers have been working hard to launch the website in time for the opening of the Sustainability Awards nominations.

The website is not the only thing that has had a remodeling. Indeed, the format of the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award (ESLA) has been updated. ESLA is now a competition open to individual researchers or start-ups founded by researchers under the age of 35. Nominee applications will go through 2 rounds of selection until the final 3 are decided. The finalists will then be invited to give pitch presentations during the Award Ceremony to win either first place (10,000 USD) or runner-up (2 x 5000 USD).

The World Sustainability Award, on the other hand, remains the same: a total prize money of 100,000 USD is up for grabs by senior individual researchers or groups of researchers from the international research community.

Nominations for both the World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader award are now open! Check out our new website for more information on how to nominate.

8 December 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited and Highly Accessed Special Issues in the Section “Computational Catalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Computational Catalysis”, which is dedicated to publishing original computational-based investigations within the broad field of catalysis. These include the development of new computational techniques and screening methods, as well as the rigorous application of current computational tools for discovering new catalysts, reaction mechanisms, or catalytic processes.

We welcome you to read the highly Cited and highly accessed Special Issues. As Open Access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal.

1. "Computational Methods and Their Application in Catalysis"
Edited by José R. B. Gomes
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/computational_methods
Viewed by 42,482 | Cited by 91

2. "DFT and Catalysis"
Edited by Yong-Kul Lee
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/DFT_Cataly
Viewed by 18,646 | Cited by 51

3. "Feature Papers to Celebrate "Computational Catalysis"—Trends and Outlook"
Edited by C. Heath Turner
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/celebrate_computcata
Viewed by 18,419 | Cited by 67

4. "Computational Chemistry and Catalysis: Prediction and Design"
Edited by Salah-Eddine Stiriba, Mar Ríos-Gutiérrez, Roberto Schimmenti, Saurabh Bhandari and Lahoucine Bahsis
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/comput_catalysis_prediction_design
Viewed by 16,602 | Cited by 35

5. "The Role of Catalysts in Functionalization of C-H and C-C Bonds"
Edited by Mohamed Mokhtar M. Mostafa, Tamer S. Saleh and Nesreen S. Ahmed
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/Functionalization_Bonds
Viewed by 8,567 | Cited by 3

6. "Mechanism/Kinetic Modeling Study of Catalytic Reactions"
Edited by Maria Jaworska and Piotr Lodowski
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/Mechanism_Kinetic_Catalytic_Reactions
Viewed by 6,444

7. "Catalysts: Reactor Modeling Using Computational Fluid Dynamics"
Edited by Gregor Dionys Wehinger and Thomas Eppinger
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/special_issues/reactor_modeling_cfd
Viewed by 3,739 | Cited by 5

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in editorial work, please do not hesitate to contact the Catalysts Editorial Office (catalysts@mdpi.com).

28 September 2022
Peer Review Week 2022 – Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research

Peer Review Week began 19 September 2022 under the theme of “Research Integrity: Creating and Supporting Trust in Research”. Through various blog articles, podcast, and webinar, we discussed this crucial subject throughout the week, celebrating the essential role peer review plays in maintaining research quality.

To begin, we held a Webinar on the topic. Professor Peter W. Choate and Dr. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi joined Dr. Ioana Craciun, one of MDPI’s scientific officers, for an in-depth discussion.

We invite you to view the event recording:

During the week, the MDPI Blog in a series articles highlighted how good Peer Review safeguards research integrity. The following topics were covered:

In a new edition of Insight Faster, an MDPI podcast, we were delighted to talk to the co-chairs of the Peer Review Week committee, Jayashree Rajagopalan (Senior Manager of Global Community Engagement for CACTUS) and Danielle Padula (Head of Marketing and Community Development at Scholastica) to get their take on this year’s event and its related topics.

You can find the Podcast here.

We hope you enjoy the contents!

20 September 2022
Meet Us at the 12th National Organic Chemistry Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society, 25–29 September 2022, Hefei, China


Symmetry
(ISSN: 2073-8994) will be attending the 12th National Organic Chemistry Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society, held in Hefei, China, from 25 to 29 September 2022. This conference aims to achieve an in-depth exchange of the latest research results in organic chemistry and related disciplines and to discuss the frontier trends and future development trends of organic chemistry. During this conference, MDPI (at booth #26) will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest inspirations with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Symmetry (leading journal);
  • IJMS;
  • Molecules;
  • Catalysts;
  • Sustainability;
  • Pharmaceuticals;
  • Molbank;
  • Organics;
  • Chemistry.

If you plan on attending this conference, feel free to stop by our booth: #26. 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://12noc.ustc.edu.cn/.

20 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Environmental Catalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Environmental Catalysis”, which aims to cover promising recent research in the field of the development of innovative catalytic materials from their syntheses (powdered or structured catalysts) to their application in model pollutants and in real mixtures of pollutants’ removal from (outdoor and indoor) air, water, and wastewater. Special attention is given to their durability and reusability and to by-products’ formation in the catalytic process.

As Catalysts is an open-access publication, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We invite you to read the most highly cited papers published in 2021 listed below:

1. “Recovery/Reuse of Heterogeneous Supported Spent Catalysts”
by Mariachiara Miceli et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 591; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050591
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/591

2. “Facet-Dependent Reactivity of Ceria Nanoparticles Exemplified by CeO2-Based Transition Metal Catalysts: A Critical Review”
by Michalis Konsolakis et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 452; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040452
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/452

3. “Towards the Large-Scale Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide”
by Subin Park et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 253; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020253
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020253

4. “Tungsten-Based Catalysts for Environmental Applications”
by Fabien Can et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(6), 703; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11060703
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11060703

5. “Waste Animal Bones as Catalysts for Biodiesel Production; A Mini Review”
by Fayaz Hussain et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 630; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050630
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050630 

6. “A Review on the Treatment of Petroleum Refinery Wastewater Using Advanced Oxidation Processes”
by Wamda Faisal Elmobarak et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 782; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070782
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070782

7. “Sonochemical and Sonoelectrochemical Production of Energy Materials”
by Faranak Foroughi et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 284; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020284
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020284 

8. “Metal-Organic Frameworks in Oxidation Catalysis with Hydrogen Peroxide”
by Oxana Kholdeeva et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(2), 283; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020283
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020283

9. “Green Synthesis of Silver and Gold Nanoparticles via Sargassum serratifolium Extract for Catalytic Reduction of Organic Dyes”
by Beomjin Kim et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 347; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030347
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030347

10. “Particle Number Emissions of a Euro 6d-Temp Gasoline Vehicle under Extreme Temperatures and Driving Conditions”
by Barouch Giechaskiel et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 607; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050607
Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050607

If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Bella Zhang (bella.zhang@mdpi.com).

15 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the “Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry” Section. This Section is dedicated to publishing original and high-quality research communications, articles, and review articles on the related topics of organic and polymer synthesis using catalysts (metal catalysts, organocatalysts). The fields to be covered widely concern homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis as well as organic, organometallic, inorganic, and bioinorganic chemistry.

As they are published in an open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2020 and 2021 listed below:

1. “Palladium and Copper Catalyzed Sonogashira cross Coupling an Excellent Methodology for C-C Bond Formation over 17 Years: A Review”
by Umer Rashid et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 443; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040443
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/443

2. “Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymers: A Review on the Use of Schiff-Base Metal Complexes as Catalysts for the Ring Opening Polymerization (ROP) of Cyclic Esters”
by Carl Redshaw et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 800; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10070800
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/7/800

3. “Recent Progress with Pincer Transition Metal Catalysts for Sustainability”
by Martin Nielsen et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 773; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10070773
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/7/773

4. “α-Functionalization of Imines via Visible Light Photoredox Catalysis”
by José Alemán et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 562; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050562
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/562

5. “Epoxide Syntheses and Ring-Opening Reactions in Drug Development”
by Gerasimos Rassias et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1117; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101117
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1117

6. “Decomposition of Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalyst”
by Bartosz Trzaskowski et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(8), 887; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10080887
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/8/887

7. “Mono vs. Difunctional Coumarin as Photoinitiators in Photocomposite Synthesis and 3D Printing”
by Jacques Lalevée et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1202; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101202
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1202

8. “Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Sulfides, Sulfoxides and Sulfones via C-S Bond Construction from Non-Halide Substrates”
by Yan Xiao et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(11), 1339; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111339
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/11/1339

9. “Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Alkyne Hydrofunctionalizations—Mechanistic Insights”
by Andrea Biffis et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1210; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101210
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1210

10. “Use of Titanium Complexes Bearing Diphenolate or Calix[n]arene Ligands in α-Olefin Polymerization and the ROP of Cyclic Esters”
by Carl Redshaw et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 210; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020210
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/210

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Rita Lin (rita.lin@mdpi.com).

13 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in the Section “Catalysis for Sustainable Energy”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Catalysis for Sustainable Energy” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/catalysis_for_sustainable_energy), dedicated to publishing original and high-quality research communications, articles, and reviews on the topics of catalytic reactions that enable the sustainable production and transformation of energy.

“Catalysis for Sustainable Energy” aims to cover recent promising research in the field of the development of innovative catalytic materials, from their syntheses (powdered or structured catalysts) to their application in reactions including water splitting (electrochemical/ photochemical), CO2 reduction, transformation to value-added chemicals (CH3OH, C2+), environmental catalysis, biomass pyrolysis/gasification, reforming of hydrocarbons/bio-oil/glycerol, methane oxidative coupling, dehydrogenation, etc. Special attention is given to the durability and reusability of applied catalysts.

As Catalysts is an open access journal, our readers are provided free and unlimited access to the full text of all published articles. We welcome you to read the highly cited papers published in the “Catalysis for Sustainable Energy” Section listed below:

1. “Synthesis and Characterization of CNT/TiO2/ZnO Composites with High Photocatalytic Performance”
by Dongxu Li et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(4), 151; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8040151
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/4/151

2. “The Activation of Methane on Ru, Rh, and Pd Decorated Carbon Nanotube and Boron Nitride Nanotube: A DFT Study”
by Bundet Boekfa et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(5), 190; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8050190
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/5/190

3. “Carbon Self-Doped Carbon Nitride Nanosheets with Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production”
by Weibing Li et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(9), 366; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8090366
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/9/366

4. “Theoretical Study on the Hydrogenation Mechanisms of Model Compounds of Heavy Oil in a Plasma-Driven Catalytic System”
by Rui Gao et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(9), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8090381
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/9/381

5. “Straightforward Design for Phenoxy-Imine Catalytic Activity in Ethylene Polymerization: Theoretical Prediction”
by Vinich Promarak et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(10), 422; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8100422
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/10/422

6. “Theoretical Study on the Quantum Capacitance Origin of Graphene Cathodes in Lithium Ion Capacitors”
by Chengmeng Chen et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(10), 444; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8100444
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/10/444

7. “H2 Thermal Desorption Spectra on Pt(111): A Density Functional Theory and Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation Study”
by Maohong Fan et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(10), 450; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8100450
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/10/450

8. “Catalytic Performance of Gold Supported on Mn, Fe and Ni Doped Ceria in the Preferential Oxidation of CO in H2-Rich Stream”
by Jianguo Wang et al.
Catalysts 2018, 8(10), 469; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8100469
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/8/10/469

9. “Hierarchical Nanostructured Photocatalysts for CO2 Photoreduction”
by Su-Il In et al.
Catalysts 2019, 9(4), 370; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9040370
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/9/4/370

10. “A Short Review on Catalyst, Feedstock, Modernised Process, Current State and Challenges on Biodiesel Production”
by Abdulkareem G. Alsultan et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(11), 1261; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11111261
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/11/1261

11. “Oxide and Organic–Inorganic Halide Perovskites with Plasmonics for Optoelectronic and Energy Applications: A Contributive Review”
by Brahim Aïssa et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(9), 1057; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11091057
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/9/1057

If you are an active researcher in the field and passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Angela Xue (angela.xue@mdpi.com).

8 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Biocatalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Biocatalysis” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/biocatalysis). The Section is dedicated to publishing original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to this cross-disciplinary field of biotechnology, and will attract the interest of chemists, enzymologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, polymer scientists, bioinformaticians, and engineers.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2020 and 2021:

1. “One Pot Use of Combilipases for Full Modification of Oils and Fats: Multifunctional and Heterogeneous Substrates”
by Roberto Fernandez-Lafuente et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 605; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060605
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/605

2. “Optimization of the Production of Enzymatic Biodiesel from Residual Babassu Oil (Orbignya sp.) via RSM”
by Gloria Fernandez-Lorente et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 414; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040414
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/414

3. “Recent Advances in Enzyme-Nanostructure Biocatalysts with Enhanced Activity”
by Haiming Fan et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(3), 338; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10030338
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/3/338

4. “The Immobilization of Lipases on Porous Support by Adsorption and Hydrophobic Interaction Method”
by Mohd Shukuri Mohamad Ali et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 744; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10070744
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/7/744

5. “Biocatalysis with Laccases: An Updated Overview”
by Daniela Monti et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010026
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/26

6. “Current Status and Future Perspectives of Supports and Protocols for Enzyme Immobilization”
by José C. S. dos Santos et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(10), 1222; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11101222
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/10/1222

7. “Challenges and Opportunities in Identifying and Characterising Keratinases for Value-Added Peptide Production”
by Robert Speight et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 184; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020184
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/184

8. “Encapsulation of HRP Enzyme onto a Magnetic Fe3O4 Np–PMMA Film via Casting with Sustainable Biocatalytic Activity”
by Yaaser Q. Almulaiky et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 181; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020181
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/181

9. “Advances in Recombinant Lipases: Production, Engineering, Immobilization and Application in the Pharmaceutical Industry”
by Fabiano Jares Contesini et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(9), 1032; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10091032
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/9/1032

10. “Characterization of Electrode Performance in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells Using Cyclic Voltammetry and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy”
by Ho Shing Wu et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 782; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10070782
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/7/782

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Snowy Bian (snowy.bian@mdpi.com).

6 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Nanostructured Catalysts”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Nanostructured Catalysts” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/nanocatalysis), which aims to publish promising recent research and novel trends in the design, synthesis, modeling, and catalytic application of nanomaterials, with a particular focus on green chemical processes.

As our journal is of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in it. We welcome you to read the highly cited papers published in 2020 and 2021:

1. “Green Synthesis of Metallic Nanoparticles: Applications and Limitations”
by Pritam Kumar Dikshit et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 902; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11080902
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/902

2. “The Catalytic Activity of Biosynthesized Magnesium Oxide Nanoparticles (MgO-NPs) for Inhibiting the Growth of Pathogenic Microbes, Tanning Effluent Treatment, and Chromium Ion Removal”
by Ebrahim Saied et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 821; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070821
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/821

3. “Fabrication of ZnO-Fe-Mxene Based Nanocomposites for Efficient CO2 Reduction”
by Karthik Kannan et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 549; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050549
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/549

4. “Biological Synthesis of Nanocatalysts and Their Applications”
by Arpita Roy et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(12), 1494; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11121494
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/12/1494

5. “Kinetics and Selectivity Study of Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis to C5+ Hydrocarbons: A Review”
by Zahra Teimouri et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 330; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030330
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/330

6. “A Colorimetric Aptamer Sensor Based on the Enhanced Peroxidase Activity of Functionalized Graphene/Fe3O4-AuNPs for Detection of Lead (II) Ions”
by Zui Tao et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 600; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060600
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/600

7. “Nano-Ru Supported on Ni Nanowires for Low-Temperature Carbon Dioxide Methanation”
by Tomasz Siudyga et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 513; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050513
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/513

8. “Carbon-Based Materials for the Development of Highly Dispersed Metal Catalysts: Towards Highly Performant Catalysts for Fine Chemical Synthesis”
by Elena Pérez-Mayoral et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(12), 1407; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10121407
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/12/1407

9. “Copper-Containing Mixed Metal Oxides (Al, Fe, Mn) for Application in Three-Way Catalysis”
by Tim Van Everbroeck et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(11), 1344; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111344
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/11/1344

10. “Emerging Energy Harvesting Technology for Electro/Photo-Catalytic Water Splitting Application”
by Jianfei Tang et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 142; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010142
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/1/142

11. “Controllable Hydrothermal Synthesis and Photocatalytic Performance of Bi2MoO6 Nano/Microstructures”
by Tao Ji et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1161; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101161
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1161

12. “Advances in Designing Au Nanoparticles for Catalytic Epoxidation of Propylene with H2 and O2
by Van-Huy Nguyen et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 442; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040442
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/442

13. “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Phyto-Mediated Catalyst, and Its Application for a Selective Oxidation of (VAL) into Vanillin under Visible Light”
by Afnan Al-Hunaiti et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(8), 839; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10080839
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/8/839

14. “Effect of Calcination Time on the Physicochemical Properties and Photocatalytic Performance of Carbon and Nitrogen Co-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles”
by Emile Salomon Massima Mouele et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(8), 847; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10080847
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/8/847

15. “High Efficient and Cost Effective Titanium Doped Tin Dioxide Based Photocatalysts Synthesized via Co-precipitation Approach”
by Hanen Letifi et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 803; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070803
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/803

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Dora Zhang (dora.zhang@mdpi.com).

6 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Biomass Catalysis”


The Section “Biomass Catalysis” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/biomass_catalysis) of the journal Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) publishes original and high-quality research communications, articles, and review articles in the areas of catalytic conversion of biomass and its derivatives to (gas, liquid, or solid) chemicals, fuels and materials.

The focus of this Section is on the understanding of catalytic processes for biomass conversion at the micro-, meso-, and macro scale from 1) the rational design and synthesis of advanced catalysts, to 2) the characterization of their structures and active sites, to 3) the understanding of the catalytic mechanism, and 4) resulting catalytic processes and technologies.

Our goal is to make high-quality and impactful research in biomass catalytic conversion promptly and easily accessible to a wide audience worldwide to accelerate progress in renewable sources conversion, with the aim of contributing to a more sustainable future.

We welcome you to read the highly cited papers published in 2020 and 2021 in this Section. As our journal is of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in it.

1. “Recent Advances in Glycerol Catalytic Valorization: A Review”
by Sergio Nogales-Delgado and Vicente Montes et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(11), 1279; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111279
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/11/1279

2. “Acid Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Sugars and Furfurals Formation”
by Katarzyna Świątek et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 437; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040437
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/437

3. “Biodiesel Production Using Solid Acid Catalysts Based on Metal Oxides”
by Maja Leitgeb et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 237; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020237
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/237

4. “Recent Developments in Metal-Based Catalysts for the Catalytic Aerobic Oxidation of 5-Hydroxymethyl-Furfural to 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid”
by Wenhao Luo et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 120; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10010120
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/1/120

5. “The Composition and Structure of Ultra-Dispersed Mixed Oxide (II, III) Particles and Their Influence on In-Situ Conversion of Heavy Oil”
by Irek I. Mukhamatdinov et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10010114
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/1/114

6. “Supermagnetic Nano-Bifunctional Catalyst from Rice Husk: Synthesis, Characterization and Application for Conversion of Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel”
by Umer Rashid et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 225; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020225
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/225

7. “Biolubricants from Rapeseed and Castor Oil Transesterification by Using Titanium Isopropoxide as a Catalyst: Production and Characterization“
by Sergio Nogales-Delgado
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 366; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040366
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/366

8. “Advances in Valorization of Lignocellulosic Biomass towards Energy Generation”
by Hamid Mukhtar and Umer Rashid et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 309; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030309
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/309

9. “Hydrochar: A Review on Its Production Technologies and Applications”
by Ajay K. Dalai et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 939; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11080939
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/939

10. “One-Pot Alcoholysis of the Lignocellulosic Eucalyptus nitens Biomass to n-Butyl Levulinate, a Valuable Additive for Diesel Motor Fuel”
by Anna Maria Raspolli Galletti et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 509; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050509
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/509

11. “Catalytic Thermochemical Conversion of Algae and Upgrading of Algal Oil for the Production of High-Grade Liquid Fuel: A Review”
by Changwei Hu et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020145
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/145

12. “Production of Levulinic Acid from Cellulose and Cellulosic Biomass in Different Catalytic Systems”
by Xuebin Lu and Rui Zhang et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(9), 1006; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10091006
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/9/1006

You are welcome to view the article list to read more highly cited articles published in 2020 and 2021.

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Cathy Yang (cathy.yang@mdpi.com).

2 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Catalytic Reaction Engineering”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Catalytic Reaction Engineering” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/Catalytic_Reaction_Engineering). The Section is dedicated to publishing original and high-impact contributions that report new reaction mechanisms, kinetics, and reaction engineering with emphasis on the recent progress in sustainable catalysts and catalytic processes.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2020 and 2021:

1. “Recent Progress in Low-Cost Catalysts for Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste to Fuels”
by Ganjar Fadillah et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 837; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070837
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/837

2. “Photocatalytic Conversion of Organic Pollutants in Air: Quantum Yields Using a Silver/Nitrogen/TiO2 Mesoporous Semiconductor under Visible Light”
by Adilah Sirivallop et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 529; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050529
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/529

3. “Solution and Parameter Identification of a Fixed-Bed Reactor Model for Catalytic CO2 Methanation Using Physics-Informed Neural Networks”
by Son Ich Ngo et al.
Catalysts 202111(11), 1304; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11111304
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/11/1304

4. “Application of Agricultural Waste as Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biodiesel Production”
by Haris Mahmood Khan et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(10), 1215; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11101215
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/10/1215

5. “Statistical Modeling and Performance Optimization of a Two-Chamber Microbial Fuel Cell by Response Surface Methodology”
by Muhammad Nihal Naseer et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(10), 1202; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11101202
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/10/1202

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Angela Xue ().

2 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Photocatalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Photocatalysis” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/photocatalysis). The Section is dedicated to publishing original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to this cross-disciplinary field of photochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and catalysis, and will attract the interest of chemists, physicists, biochemists, surface and materials scientists, and engineers. Photocatalysts are of great importance since they can be utilized in a large array of research fields, including solar energy conversion, photosensible sensors, wastewater and air treatment, organic as well as inorganic synthesis, and surface science and storage devices.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2021:

1. “Toward Scaling-Up Photocatalytic Process for Multiphase Environmental Applications”
by Mohamed Gar Alalm et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 562; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050562
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/562

2. “TiO2 Photocatalysis for the Transformation of Aromatic Water Pollutants into Fuels”
by Osama Al-Madanat et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 317; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030317
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/317

3. “Tuning Structural Properties of WO3 Thin Films for Photoelectrocatalytic Water Oxidation”
by Amar Kamal Mohamedkhair et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030381
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/381

4. “First-Principles Study of Electronic and Optical Properties of Two-Dimensional WSSe/BSe van der Waals Heterostructure with High Solar-to-Hydrogen Efficiency”
by Zhengyang Zhu et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(8), 991; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11080991
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/8/991

5. “Application of TiO2-Based Photocatalysts to Antibiotics Degradation: Cases of Sulfamethoxazole, Trimethoprim and Ciprofloxacin”
by Anastasiya Kutuzova et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(6), 728; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11060728
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/6/728

6. “Green Synthesis of Flower-Shaped Copper Oxide and Nickel Oxide Nanoparticles via Capparis decidua Leaf Extract for Synergic Adsorption-Photocatalytic Degradation of Pesticides”
by Amna Iqbal et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(7), 806; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11070806
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/7/806

7. “Metal Oxide-Based Photocatalytic Paper: A Green Alternative for Environmental Remediation”
by Daniela Nunes et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 504; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040504
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/504

8. “TiO2-Graphene Quantum Dots Nanocomposites for Photocatalysis in Energy and Biomedical Applications”
by Anuja Bokare et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 319; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030319
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/3/319

9. “Review on the Visible Light Photocatalysis for the Decomposition of Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin, Tetracyclines, and Sulfonamides Antibiotics in Wastewater”
by Samar Shurbaji et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(4), 437; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11040437
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/4/437

10. “Effective Strategies, Mechanisms, and Photocatalytic Efficiency of Semiconductor Nanomaterials Incorporating rGO for Environmental Contaminant Degradation”
by Noor Haida Mohd Kaus et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(3), 302; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11030302
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/3/302

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Abigail Zhao ().

2 September 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020 in the Section “Photocatalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Photocatalysis” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/photocatalysis). The Section is dedicated to publishing original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to this cross-disciplinary field of photochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and catalysis, and will attract the interest of chemists, physicists, biochemists, surface and materials scientists, and engineers. Photocatalysts are of great importance since they can be utilized in a large array of research fields, including solar energy conversion, photosensible sensors, wastewater and air treatment, organic as well as inorganic synthesis, and surface science and storage devices.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2020:

1. “Facile Preparation of a Novel Bi2WO6/Calcined Mussel Shell Composite Photocatalyst with Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance”
by Shijie Li et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1166; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101166
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1166

2. “A Review on Quantum Dots Modified g-C3N4-Based Photocatalysts with Improved Photocatalytic Activity”
by Yanling Chen et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 142; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10010142
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/1/142

3. “Synthesis and Surface Modification of TiO2-Based Photocatalysts for the Conversion of CO2
by Samar Al Jitan et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 227; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020227
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/227

4. “Synthesis of Conducting Bifunctional Polyaniline@Mn-TiO2 Nanocomposites for Supercapacitor Electrode and Visible Light Driven Photocatalysis”
by Milan Babu Poudel et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 546; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050546
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/546

5. “Recent Progresses on Metal Halide Perovskite-Based Material as Potential Photocatalyst”
by Bianca-Maria Bresolin et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 709; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060709
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/709

6. “Recent Advances in Niobium-Based Materials for Photocatalytic Solar Fuel Production”
by Barbara Nascimento Nunes et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 126; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10010126
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/1/126

7. “Hydrothermal Synthesis of rGO-TiO2 Composites as High-Performance UV Photocatalysts for Ethylparaben Degradation”
by Miller Ruidíaz-Martínez et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 520; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050520
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/520

8. “Semiconductor Electrode Materials Applied in Photoelectrocatalytic Wastewater Treatment—an Overview”
by Elzbieta Kusmierek et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 439; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040439
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/439

9. “Antiviral Effect of Visible Light-Sensitive CuxO/TiO2 Photocatalyst”
by Masahiro Miyauchi et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(9), 1093; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10091093
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/9/1093

10. “Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) Based Photocatalysts: An Outstanding Strategy for Efficient Photocatalytic CO2 Conversion”
by Abdul Razzaq et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1185; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101185
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1185

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Abigail Zhao ().

24 August 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2021 in the Section “Catalytic Materials”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the section “Catalytic Materials” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/catalytic_materials). Catalytic materials exist in several forms and can be prepared using various methods involving different schemes and protocols. They can also be applied in many fields, such as environmental and sustainable catalysis, biomass valorization, renewable fuels production, CO2 recycling, synthetic chemistry, gas storage/capture, drug delivery, catalysis, photocatalysis, chemical sensing, etc. The present Section on Catalytic Materials aims to advance our understanding of heterogeneous catalysis, offering a comprehensive investigation of physicochemical properties, catalytic application, and the structure–activity relationship.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2021 below:

  • “Expanding the Family of Octahedral Chiral-at-Metal Cobalt(III) Catalysts by Introducing Tertiary Amine Moiety into the Ligand”
    by Tat’yana F. Savel’yeva et al.
    Catalysts 202111(2), 152; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020152
    Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/152

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Patty Ge (patty.ge@mdpi.com).

24 August 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020 in the Section “Catalytic Materials”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the section “Catalytic Materials” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/catalytic_materials). Catalytic materials exist in several forms and can be prepared using various methods involving different schemes and protocols. They can also be applied in many fields, such as environmental and sustainable catalysis, biomass valorization, renewable fuels production, CO2 recycling, synthetic chemistry, gas storage/capture, drug delivery, catalysis, photocatalysis, chemical sensing, etc. The present Section on catalytic materials aims to advance our understanding of heterogeneous catalysis, offering a comprehensive investigation of physicochemical properties, catalytic application, and the structure-activity relationship.

As they are of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal. We welcome you to read our most highly cited papers published in 2020 below:

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Patty Ge (patty.ge@mdpi.com).

19 August 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020 in the Section “Environmental Catalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Environmental Catalysis” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/environmental_catalysis). This Section aims to cover promising recent research in the field of the development of innovative catalytic materials from their syntheses (powdered or structured catalysts) to their application in model pollutants and in real mixtures of pollutants’ removal from (outdoor and indoor) air, water, and wastewater. Special attention is given to their durability and reusability and to by-products’ formation in the catalytic process.

As open-access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal. We invite you to read the most highly cited papers published in 2020 below:

1. “Catalytic Hydrogen Production from Methane: A Review on Recent Progress and Prospect”
by Luning Chen et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(8), 858; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10080858
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/8/858

2. “Recent Advances on the Rational Design of Non-Precious Metal Oxide Catalysts Exemplified by CuOx/CeO2 Binary System: Implications of Size, Shape and Electronic Effects on Intrinsic Reactivity and Metal-Support Interactions”
by Michalis Konsolakis et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 160; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020160
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/160

3. “A CeO2 Semiconductor as a Photocatalytic and Photoelectrocatalytic Material for the Remediation of Pollutants in Industrial Wastewater: A Review”
by Elzbieta Kusmierek et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(12), 1435; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10121435
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/12/1435

4. “Recent Advances in Non-Precious Transition Metal/Nitrogen-doped Carbon for Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts in PEMFCs”
by Meixiu Song et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 141; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10010141
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/1/141

5. “Comparative Study of ZnO Thin Films Doped with Transition Metals (Cu and Co) for Methylene Blue Photodegradation under Visible Irradiation”
by William Vallejo et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 528; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050528
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/528

6. “Photocatalysis for Organic Wastewater Treatment: From the Basis to Current Challenges for Society”
by Salma Izati Sinar Mashuri et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(11), 1260; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111260
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/11/1260

7. “Particle Number Emissions of a Diesel Vehicle during and between Regeneration Events”
by Barouch Giechaskiel et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 587; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050587
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/587

8. “Most Recent Advances in Diesel Engine Catalytic Soot Abatement: Structured Catalysts and Alternative Approaches”
by Eugenio Meloni et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 745; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10070745
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/7/745

9. “Toxicity Reduction of Industrial and Municipal Wastewater by Advanced Oxidation Processes (Photo-Fenton, UVC/H2O2, Electro-Fenton and Galvanic Fenton): A Review”
by Juan José Rueda-Márquez et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 612; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060612
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/612

10. “Heterogeneous Photocatalysis Scalability for Environmental Remediation: Opportunities and Challenges”
by Sherif A. Younis et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1109; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101109
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1109

11. “Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of Au/TiO2 Nanoparticles against Ciprofloxacin”
by Pedro Martins et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 234; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020234
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/234

12. “Non-Thermal Plasma Coupled with Catalyst for the Degradation of Water Pollutants: A Review”
by Mariaconcetta Russo et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(12), 1438; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10121438
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/12/1438

13. “CeO2 for Water Remediation: Comparison of Various Advanced Oxidation Processes”
by Roberto Fiorenza et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 446; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040446
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/446

14. “The Issue of Soot-Catalyst Contact in Regeneration of Catalytic Diesel Particulate Filters: A Critical Review”
by Luciana Lisi et al.
Catalysts 202010(11), 1307; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111307
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/11/1307

15. “Mechanistic Insights for Dry Reforming of Methane on Cu/Ni Bimetallic Catalysts: DFT-Assisted Microkinetic Analysis for Coke Resistance”
by Ahmed Omran et al.
Catalysts 202010(9), 1043; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10091043
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/9/1043

16. “A Highly Active Au/In2O3-ZrO2 Catalyst for Selective Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol”
by Zhe Lu et al.
Catalysts 202010(11), 1360; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111360
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/11/1360

17. “VOC Removal from Manure Gaseous Emissions with UV Photolysis and UV-TiO2 Photocatalysis”
by Xiuyan Yang et al.
Catalysts 202010(6), 607; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060607
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/607

18. “A Review on Catalysts Development for Steam Reforming of Biodiesel Derived Glycerol; Promoters and Supports”
by Nasim Ghaffari Saeidabad et al.
Catalysts 202010(8), 910; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10080910
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/8/910

19. “Pyrolysis of Polyethylene Terephthalate over Carbon-Supported Pd Catalyst”
by Chanyeong Park et al.
Catalysts 202010(5), 496; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050496
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/496

20. “Analysis of Research Status of CO2 Conversion Technology Based on Bibliometrics”
by Yi Xing et al.
Catalysts 202010(4), 370; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040370
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/370

If you are an active researcher in this field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor, Ms. Bella Zhang (bella.zhang@mdpi.com).

14 August 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Electrocatalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Electrocatalysis” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/electrocatalysis), which aims at publishing original, novel, and high-impact contributions related to this cross-disciplinary field of electrochemistry. This includes corrosion science, electroanalytical sensors, wastewater treatment, electro-organic synthesis, and energy conversion and storage devices.

We welcome you to read the highly cited papers published in 2020 and 2021. As our journal is of open access format, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in it.

1. “Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors: A Review of Recent Advances”
by Parnia Forouzandeh et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(9), 969; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10090969
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/9/969

2. “Advanced Catalytic Materials for Ethanol Oxidation in Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells”
by Yun Zheng et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 166; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020166
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/166

3. “Outlook on the Role of Microbial Fuel Cells in Remediation of Environmental Pollutants with Electricity Generation”
by Asim Ali Yaqoob et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(8), 819; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10080819
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/8/819

4. “Electrochemical CO2 Reduction to CO Catalyzed by 2D Nanostructures”
by Chaitanya B. Hiragond et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(1), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10010098
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/1/98

5. “Hydrogen Evolution Reaction-From Single Crystal to Single Atom Catalysts”
by Sanjin J. Gutić et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(3), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10030290
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/3/290

6. “Fundamentals of Gas Diffusion Electrodes and Electrolysers for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation: Challenges and Opportunities”
by Sandra Hernandez-Aldave et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 713; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060713
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/713

7. “A Zn-Doped Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ Perovskite Cathode with Enhanced ORR Catalytic Activity for SOFCs”
by Qiannan Zeng et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 235; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020235
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/235

8. “A Brief Review of Catalytic Cathode Materials for Na-CO2 Batteries”
by Dong Sui et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 603; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050603
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/603

9. “Recent Advances of First d-Block Metal-Based Perovskite Oxide Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Water Splitting”
by Jian Wang et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 770; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10070770
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/7/770

10. “Reduced Graphene Oxide-Supported Pt-Based Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells with Enhanced Activity and Stability”
by Irina V. Pushkareva et al.
Catalysts 2020, 11(2), 256; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11020256
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/2/256

11. “Simple Environmentally-Friendly Reduction of 4-Nitrophenol”
by Albert Serrà et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 458; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040458
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/458

12. “Activated Carbon/MnO2 Composites as Electrode for High Performance Supercapacitors”
by Jang Rak Choi et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 256; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020256
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/256

13. “Platinum Group Metal-Free Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction: Applications in Microbial Fuel Cells”
by Maida Aysla Costa de Oliveira et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 475; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050475
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/475

14. “Facile Synthesis of Tin Dioxide Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic Degradation of Congo Red Dye in Aqueous Solution”
by Chih Ming Ma et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 792; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10070792
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/7/792

15. “Nanostructured β−NiS Catalyst for Enhanced and Stable Electro−oxidation of Urea”
by Tzu-Ho Wu et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(11), 1280; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111280
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/11/1280

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Maeve Yue (maeve.yue@mdpi.com).

5 August 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2020–2021 in the Section “Computational Catalysis”


Catalysts
(ISSN: 2073-4344) has launched the Section “Computational Catalysis” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/computational_catalysis), which is dedicated to publishing original computational-based investigations within the broad field of catalysis. This includes the development of new computational techniques and screening methods, as well as the rigorous application of current computational tools for discovering new catalysts, reaction mechanisms, or catalytic processes.

We welcome you to read the highly cited papers published in 2020 and 2021. As open access publications, you have free and unlimited access to the full text of all of the articles published in our journal.

1. “Dispersion of Defects in TiO2 Semiconductor: Oxygen Vacancies in the Bulk and Surface of Rutile and Anatase”
by Mohammadreza Elahifard et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(4), 397; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10040397
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/4/397

2. “In Situ Spectroscopic Methods for Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction”
by Ali Seifitokaldani et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(5), 481; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10050481
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/5/481

3. “Exploring the Mechanism of Catalysis with the Unified Reaction Valley Approach (URVA)—A Review”
by Elfi Kraka et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 691; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060691
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/691

4. “Trends and Outlook of Computational Chemistry and Microkinetic Modeling for Catalytic Synthesis of Methanol and DME”
by Myung-June Park et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(6), 655; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10060655
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/6/655

5. “The Effects of the Metal Ion Substitution into the Active Site of Metalloenzymes: A Theoretical Insight on Some Selected Cases”
by Tiziana Marino et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(9), 1038; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10091038
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/9/1038

6. “A Review: Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) for Visualizing the Real-Time Local Catalytic Activity”
by Tzu-En Lin et al.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 594; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050594
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/11/5/594

7. “Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalyzed by Pt3M (M = 3d Transition Metals) Supported on O-doped Graphene”
by Qingfeng Ge et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(2), 156; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10020156
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/2/156

8. “Bioinspired Design and Computational Prediction of SCS Nickel Pincer Complexes for Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide”
by Xinzheng Yang et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(3), 319; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10030319
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/3/319

9. “Deciphering the Mechanism of Silver Catalysis of “Click” Chemistry in Water by Combining Experimental and MEDT Studies”
by Salah-Eddine Stiriba et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(9), 956; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10090956
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/9/956

10. “Influence of Surface Ligands on Charge-Carrier Trapping and Relaxation in Water-Soluble CdSe@CdS Nanorods”
by Maria Wächtler et al.
Catalysts 2020, 10(10), 1143; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10101143
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4344/10/10/1143

If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact the Section Managing Editor Ms. Carina Liu (carina.liu@mdpi.com).

3 July 2022
Catalysts | Highly Cited Papers in 2021

It is our honor to congratulate the authors of the three articles below, which have been marked as “Highly Cited Papers” according to the Web of Science data! As of January/February 2022, these highly cited papers received enough citations to place them in the top 1% of the academic field of “Chemistry” based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year.

1. “C-,N- and S-Doped TiO2 Photocatalysts: A Review”
by Piątkowska, A.; Janus, M.; Szymański, K.; and Mozia, S.
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 144; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010144

2. “Biocatalysis with Laccases: An Updated Overview”
by Bassanini, I.; Ferrandi, E.E.; Riva, S.; and Monti, D.
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010026

3. “A Brief Review of Catalytic Cathode Materials for Na-CO2 Batteries”
by Sui, D.; Chang, M.; Wang, H.; Qian, H.; Yang, Y.; Li, S.; Zhang, Y.; and Song, Y.
Catalysts 2021, 11(5), 603; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11050603

We would like to congratulate the authors for producing such high-quality papers in Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344). You are all welcome to read and share the articles.

Catalysts Editorial Office

28 June 2022
2021 Impact Factors - Released

The 2021 citation metrics have been released in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and we’re pleased to announce the following results for MDPI journals:

Journal Impact Factor Rank Category
Antioxidants 7.675 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemistry, Medicinal
Cells 7.666 Q2 Cell Biology
Nutrients 6.706 Q1 Nutrition & Dietetics
Cancers 6.575 Q1 Oncology
Pharmaceutics 6.525 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 6.208 Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Marine Drugs 6.085 Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biomolecules 6.064 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Batteries * 5.938 Q2 Electrochemistry
Energy & Fuels
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Viruses 5.818 Q2 Virology
Biosensors 5.743 Q1 Chemistry, Analytical
Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Fungi 5.724 Q1 Mycology
Q2 Microbiology
Nanomaterials 5.719 Q1 Physics, Applied
Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Metabolites 5.581 Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Foods 5.561 Q1 Food Science & Technology
Drones * 5.532 Q2 Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing 5.349 Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
Q2 Remote Sensing
Environmental Sciences
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 5.318 Q2 Business
Antibiotics 5.222 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Infectious Diseases
Pharmaceuticals 5.215 Q1 Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Q2 Chemistry, Medicinal
Biology 5.168 Q1 Biology
Fermentation 5.123 Q2 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Toxins 5.075 Q1 Toxicology
Q2 Food Science & Technology
Bioengineering * 5.046 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Polymers 4.967 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Clinical Medicine 4.964 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Vaccines 4.961 Q2 Immunology
Medicine, Research & Experimental
Molecules 4.927 Q2 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Microorganisms 4.926 Q2 Microbiology
Journal of Functional Biomaterials * 4.901 Q2 Engineering, Biomedical
Materials Science, Biomaterials
Biomedicines 4.757 Q2 Medicine, Research & Experimental
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Plants 4.658 Q1 Plant Sciences
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 4.614 Q1 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Q2 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCIE)
Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Membranes 4.562 Q1 Polymer Science
Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Pathogens 4.531 Q2 Microbiology
Catalysts 4.501 Q2 Chemistry, Physical
Toxics 4.472 Q2 Toxicology
Environmental Sciences
Gels 4.432 Q1 Polymer Science
Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease 4.415 Q2 Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems
Chemosensors 4.229 Q1 Instruments & Instrumentation
Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Electrochemistry
Genes 4.141 Q2 Genetics & Heredity
Diagnostics 3.992 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Agronomy 3.949 Q1 Agronomy
Plant Sciences
Land 3.905 Q2 Environmental Studies
Sustainability 3.889 Q2 Environmental Sciences (SCIE)
Environmental Studies (SSCI)
Q3 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SCIE)
Q4 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (SSCI)
Sensors 3.847 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Chemistry, Analytical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Materials 3.748 Q1 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q2 Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry, Physical
Biomimetics * 3.743 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Q3 Materials Science, Biomaterials
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease * 3.711 Q1 Tropical Medicine
Q2 Parasitology
Q3 Infectious Diseases
Lubricants * 3.584 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Fractal and Fractional 3.577 Q1 Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Water 3.530 Q2 Water Resources
Q3 Environmental Sciences
Micromachines 3.523 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Physics, Applied
Chemistry, Analytical
Q3 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Journal of Personalized Medicine 3.508 Q2 Medicine, General & Internal
Health Care Sciences & Services
Agriculture 3.408 Q1 Agronomy
Processes 3.352 Q2 Engineering, Chemical
Separations 3.344 Q2 Chemistry, Analytical
Magnetochemistry 3.336 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Q3 Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Brain Sciences 3.333 Q3 Neurosciences
Buildings 3.324 Q2 Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
Forests 3.282 Q1 Forestry
Energies 3.252 Q3 Energy & Fuels
Life 3.251 Q2 Biology
Coatings 3.236 Q2 Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Physics, Applied
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Animals 3.231 Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science
Veterinary Sciences
Journal of Intelligence * 3.176 Q2 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Fishes 3.170 Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology
Q2 Fisheries
Healthcare 3.160 Q2 Health Policy & Services (SSCI)
Health Care Sciences & Services (SCIE)
Inorganics * 3.149 Q2 Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear
Insects 3.139 Q1 Entomology
Atmosphere 3.110 Q3 Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Current Oncology 3.109 Q3 Oncology
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 3.099 Q2 Geography, Physical
Q3 Computer Science, Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Diversity 3.029 Q2 Biodiversity Conservation
Ecology
Tomography 3.000 Q3 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Current Issues in Molecular Biology 2.976 Q3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Medicina 2.948 Q3 Medicine, General & Internal
Symmetry 2.940 Q2 Multidisciplinary Sciences
Horticulturae 2.923 Q1 Horticulture
Machines 2.899 Q2 Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Systems * 2.895 Q2 Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Applied Sciences 2.838 Q2 Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Physics, Applied
Q3 Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Children 2.835 Q2 Pediatrics
Minerals 2.818 Q2 Mining & Mineral Processing
Mineralogy
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Universe 2.813 Q2 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Q3 Physics, Particles & Fields
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 2.744 Q1 Engineering, Marine
Q2 Oceanography
Engineering, Ocean
Entropy 2.738 Q2 Physics, Multidisciplinary
Fire * 2.726 Q2 Forestry
Q3 Ecology
Metals 2.695 Q2 Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Electronics 2.690 Q3 Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Computer Science, Information Systems
Physics, Applied
Crystals 2.670 Q2 Crystallography
Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Aerospace 2.660 Q1 Engineering, Aerospace
Mathematics 2.592 Q1 Mathematics
Photonics 2.536 Q3 Optics
Actuators 2.523 Q2 Instruments & Instrumentation
Q3 Engineering, Mechanical
Veterinary Sciences 2.518 Q2 Veterinary Sciences
Behavioral Sciences * 2.286 Q3 Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Axioms * 1.824 Q2 Mathematics, Applied

For more information on Impact Factors and what it means to index academic journals, please visit our related blog posts.

 

* Journals given their first Impact Factor in 2022

Source: 2021 Journal Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports TM (Clarivate, 2022)

 

27 June 2022
Recruiting Topical Advisory Panel Members for Catalysts


The Catalysts Editorial Office is pleased to inform you that applications are open for the Topical Advisory Panel. Should you decide to serve on the Topical Advisory Panel, you would be responsible for some of the following tasks, depending on your availability:

  • Providing regular reviews of manuscripts;
  • Setting up at least one Special Issue in partnership with a senior researcher within two years of your appointment and proposing a detailed strategy plan for the Special Issue (including soliciting papers, promoting the Special Issue, etc.);
  • Providing support for Special Issues/Topics related to your expertise when their Guest Editor(s) are not available. This includes Special Issue promotion via social media and giving advice on some scientific matters;
  • Promoting our journal at conferences (adding 1–2 slides into your presentation, distributing flyers, recommending the journal to your colleagues, etc.), on social media, and other relevant platforms;
  • Working with Editorial Board Members or the Editorial Office to promote high-quality/featured papers (for example, writing summaries or highlights for editor-selected papers).

To qualify as a Topical Advisory Panel Member, applicants must:

  • Have expertise and experience in a field related to Catalysts;
  • Have completed their Ph.D. within the last approximately 10 years;
  • Have published at least 6 papers in the last 5 years as a first author or corresponding author;
  • Currently hold an independent research position in academia or at a government institute.

Each year, members’ performance is evaluated, and outstanding members are promoted to the Editorial Board by the Editor-in-Chief. Please visit the following link to submit your application: 
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/topical_advisory_panel_application.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office (catalysts@mdpi.com) for further details and clarification.

Catalysts Editorial Office

27 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Young Investigator Awards in “Chemistry & Materials Sciences”—Winners Announced

MDPI’s Young Investigator Awards recognize promising junior researchers, acknowledge their contributions, and enhance communication among scientists. We are proud to present the winners for the year 2021 in the “Chemistry & Materials Sciences” category. The winners were selected by the journals’ editors.

We warmly congratulate the awarded Young Investigators for their outstanding contributions.

MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Coatings:

  • Marta Mohedano, Complutense University of Madrid-UCM, Spain

Materials:

  • Edoardo Baldini, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Magnetochemistry:

  • Mauro Perfetti, University of Florence, Italy

Membranes:

  • Xu Hou, Xiamen University, China

Molecules:

  • Biplab Maji, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India

Nanomaterials:

  • Andres Castellanos-Gomez, Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales de Madrid, Spain
  • Takuya Isono, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Panbo Liu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

27 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Awards in “Chemistry & Materials Sciences”—Winners Announced

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

We are proud to recognize the winners for the year 2021 in the “Chemistry & Materials Sciences” category for their outstanding contributions among extensive competition by presenting them with the Outstanding Reviewer Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners on their achievement.

MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

Catalysts:

  • Rahat Javaid, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Japan
  • Georgios Bampos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Esmail Doustkhah, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
  • Pawan Kumar, University of Alberta, Canada

Magnetochemistry:

  • Lorenzo Sorace, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Materials:

  • Khaled Giasin, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Oldrich Sucharda, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Danil Pimenov, South Ural State University, Russia
  • Marián Palcut, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

Metals:

  • Khaled Giasin, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Catalin Pruncu, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Jacek Tomków, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
  • Alexander Yu Churyumov, National University of Science and Technology (MISiS), Russia
  • Hesam Pouraliakbar, Chungnam National University, South Korea

Nanomaterials:

  • George Kenanakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Greece
  • Goshtasp Cheraghian, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
  • Oana Cadar, Research Institute for Analytical Instrumentation, Romania

Polymers:

  • Sawsan A. Zaitone, Suez Canal University, Saudi Arabia
  • Lucia Baldino, University of Salerno Via Giovanni Paolo II, Fisciano (SA) Italy
  • Gyorgy Szekely, University of Manchester, UK
  • Bin Jiang, Northeast Agricultural University, China
  • Haibao Lu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

 

27 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Best Paper Awards in “Chemistry & Materials Sciences”—Winners Announced

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

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

We are honored to present the winners in the “Chemistry & Materials Sciences” category, who were selected amongst the extensive competition, and congratulate the authors for their outstanding scientific publications.

MDPI will continue to provide support and recognition to the academic community.

C — Journal of Carbon Research

Catalysts:

Ceramics:

Coatings:

Crystals:

Magnetochemistry:

Membranes:

Nanomaterials:

Polymers:

27 June 2022
MDPI’s 2021 Travel Awards in “Chemistry & Materials Sciences—Winners Announced

We are proud to recognize the winners of MDPI’s 2021 Travel Awards in the “Chemistry & Materials Sciences” category for their outstanding presentations.

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

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

We would like to warmly congratulate the winners of Travel Awards for the year 2021 and wish them the greatest success with their future research endeavors.

MDPI will continue to enhance communication among scientists.

Crystals:

  • Gaojun Mao, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • Lidia Bofill Herrera, University of Barcelona, Spain

Gels:

  • Demetra Giuri, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Martina Genta, Imperial College London, UK

Journal of Functional Biomaterials:

  • Anushree Seth, Washington University, USA

Magnetochemistry:

  • Fabio Ferreira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Giulia Serrano, University of Florence, Italy

Materials

  • Giulia Fredi, University of Trento, Italy
  • Mattia Biesuz, Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic

Metals:

  • Adriana Eres-Castellanos, Spanish National Center for Metallurgical Research, Spain
  • Pavel Shurkin, National University of Science and Technology, Russia

Nanomaterials:

  • Aleksandrs Leitis, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, France
  • Ekaterina Kolesova, ITMO, Russia

Separations:

  • Christoph Gstoettner, Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands

9 June 2022
2021 CiteScores - Released


The 2021 citation metrics have been officially released in Scopus!

We are pleased to announce that 182 MDPI journals are included, of which:

● 21 journals received their first CiteScore.
● 85% of journals increased their CiteScore from 2020.
● 155 journals (85%) ranked above average, in at least one category.

The following 65 MDPI journals (36%) ranked among the top 25% of journals, in at least one category:

Journal

CiteScore

Quartile

Category

Non-coding RNA

10.1

Q1

Genetics

Journal of Functional Biomaterials

10.0

Q1

Biomedical Engineering

Marine Drugs

8.1

Q1

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)

Batteries

7.9

Q1

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nutrients

7.9

Q1

Nutrition and Dietetics

Remote Sensing

7.4

Q1

General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Drones

7.2

Q1

Computer Science Applications

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

6.9

Q1

Inorganic Chemistry

Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks

6.9

Q1

Computer Networks and Communications

Cells

6.7

Q1

General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

Nanomaterials

6.6

Q1

General Chemical Engineering

Toxins

6.6

Q1

Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

Viruses

6.6

Q1

Infectious Diseases

Antioxidants

6.5

Q1

Food Science

Fibers

6.5

Q1

Civil and Structural Engineering

Resources

6.4

Q1

Nature and Landscape Conservation

Sensors

6.4

Q1

Instrumentation

Big Data and Cognitive Computing

6.1

Q1

Management Information Systems

Molecules

5.9

Q1

Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Polymers

5.7

Q1

Polymers and Plastics

Biosensors

5.6

Q1

Engineering (miscellaneous)

Catalysts

5.5

Q1

General Environmental Science

Smart Cities

5.5

Q1

Urban Studies

Future Internet

5.4

Q2

Computer Networks and Communications

Beverages

5.3

Q1

Food Science

Fermentation

5.3

Q1

Plant Science

Environments

5.2

Q1

Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Inventions

5.2

Q1

General Engineering

Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity

5.1

Q1

Development

Colloids and Interfaces

5.0

Q1

Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Energies

5.0

Q1

Control and Optimization

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

5.0

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

Sustainability

5.0

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

Fire

4.9

Q1

Forestry

Robotics

4.9

Q1

Control and Optimization

Soil Systems

4.9

Q1

Soil Science

Geosciences

4.8

Q1

General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing

4.8

Q1

Mechanical Engineering

Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease

4.8

Q1

Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Water

4.8

Q1

Geography, Planning and Development

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

4.5

Q1

Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Sports

4.5

Q1

Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Entropy

4.4

Q1

Mathematical Physics

Journal of Clinical Medicine

4.4

Q1

General Medicine

Symmetry

4.3

Q1

General Mathematics

Cosmetics

4.2

Q1

Surgery

Foods

4.1

Q1

Health Professions (miscellaneous)

Journal of Fungi

4.1

Q1

Plant Science

ChemEngineering

4.0

Q1

General Engineering

Forests

4.0

Q1

Forestry

Journal of Intelligence

4.0

Q1

Education

Antibiotics

3.9

Q1

General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics

Cryptography

3.9

Q1

Applied Mathematics

Behavioral Sciences

3.8

Q1

Development

Buildings

3.8

Q1

Architecture

Metals

3.8

Q1

Metals and Alloys

Publications

3.5

Q1

Communication

Social Sciences

3.4

Q1

General Social Sciences

Mathematics

2.9

Q1

General Mathematics

Fractal and Fractional

2.8

Q1

Analysis

Animals

2.7

Q1

General Veterinary

Axioms

2.6

Q1

Algebra and Number Theory

Heritage

1.8

Q1

Conservation

Religions

1.0

Q1

Religious Studies

Philosophies

0.9

Q1

Philosophy

Source: 2021 CiteScores™ (Elsevier)

22 February 2022
Catalysts | Call for Special Issue Proposals


The Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344) Editorial Office is pleased to announce this open call for Special Issue proposals, to provide a group of authors with the opportunity to work on an interconnected set of papers on an innovative topic. We would like to solicit high-quality proposals, which will be evaluated through a competitive procedure on a rolling basis throughout the year.

To ensure that the topic of your proposal is within the scope of Catalysts, please refer to information about the aim and scope of Catalysts at the following website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/about.

Please submit your proposals using the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/journalproposal/sendproposalspecialissue/catalysts.

The following information must be provided in a proposal:

  • A 150–200-word summary rationalizing the significance, novelty, technical advancements, and adherence to the scope of the journal of the proposed topic;
  • 5–15 keywords for the topic;
  • An anticipated deadline (we normally run a Special Issue for 6–8 months);
  • A list of at least eight confirmed submissions (if you do not have 8 planned papers, please send your proposal to catalysts@mdpi.com, along with a list of at least 40 potential authors in related research fields);
  • A brief resume of the proposed Guest Editors together with their key information (title, name, email, affiliation, personal website, and keywords of interests).

The benefits of being a Guest Editor are as follows:

  • Special discounts will be offered for your submissions and any articles you invite;
  • Expanding your network by engaging with experts in the field;
  • Keeping up with developments in the field;
  • Increasing your own influence;
  • Recognition by the promotion evaluation committee;
  • If 10 or more papers are published in the Special Issue, the Special Issue can be published as a printable book, and each Guest Editor will receive a complimentary hard copy.

The responsibilities of being a Guest Editor are as follows:

  • Refining the Special Issue title, scope, and schedule and providing the required information to set up the Special Issue website;
  • Inviting submissions;
  • Promoting the Special Issue within networks on social media, personal websites, relevant networks, and any attended conferences when possible;
  • Pre-checking, making decisions, and overviewing the process of manuscript submission;
  • Writing an editorial when the Special Issue is successfully published.

The Editorial Office will take care of setting up the Special Issue website, arranging the promotional materials, and assisting with invitations to contribute papers in addition to taking care of the rest of the administrative tasks associated with the peer review process, including inviting reviewers, collating reviews, contacting authors, and professional production before publication.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office (catalysts@mdpi.com) for further details and clarification.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Catalysts Editorial Office

17 December 2021
Welcoming New Editorial Board Members of Catalysts

Please join us in welcoming the following recognized researchers, who have recently joined the Editorial Board of Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344).

Dr. Valeria La Parola, Italy

Prof. Dr. Xiaohua Zhang, China

Dr. Yejun Qiu, China

Prof. Dr. Sheng Chen, China

Prof. Dr. Mohammed Bettahar, France

Prof. Dr. Wenshuai Zhu, China

Dr. Xuming Zhang, Hong Kong

Prof. Dr. Xingyou Lang, China

Prof. Dr. Lin Guo, China

Prof. Dr. Matthias Stein, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gengtao Fu, China

Prof. Dr. Jianping Yang, China

Dr. Weiyong Yuan, China

Dr. Anabela A. Valente, Portugal

Prof. Dr. Ernesto C. Pereira, Brazil

Prof. Dr. Helei Liu, China

Prof. Dr. Xiaohe Liu, China

Prof. Dr. Boxiong Shen, China

We wish them every success in their new position, and we look forward to their contributions to the journal.

22 November 2021
722 MDPI Editorial Board Members Receiving "2021 Highly Cited Researchers" Distinction

It is our great honor to congratulate the Editorial Board Members and Editors in MDPI's journals who have been distinguished as 2021 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate, according to Web of Science data. We herewith express our gratitude for the immense impact the named researchers continue to make on scientific progress and on our journals' development.

Clarivate's annual list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM identifies the most highly cited scientists for the past decade. Their impactful papers are among the top 1 per cent in the citation distribution of one or more of 22 fields analyzed in the "Essential Science Indicators", distinguishing them as hugely influential among their peers.

Abate, Antonio
Abatzoglou, John T.
Abbaszadeh, Mostafa
Acharya, U. Rajendra
Acharya, Viral V.
Agarwal, Ravi P.
Ahn, Myung-Ju
Airoldi, Laura
Ali, Imran
Allakhverdiev, Suleyman I.
Aluko, Rotimi E.
Anasori, Babak
Andersson, Dan I.
Andes, David
Anker, Stefan D.
Apergis, Nicholas
Ariga, Katsuhiko
Arqub, Omar Abu
Aschner, Michael
Assaraf, Yehuda G.
Astruc, Didier
Atala, Anthony
Atanasov, Atanas G.
Atangana, Abdon
Bahram, Mohammad
Bakris, George L.
Balandin, Alexander A.
Baleanu, Dumitru
Balsamo, Gianpaolo
Bando, Yoshio
Banks, William A.
Bansal-Travers, Maansi
Barba, Francisco J.
Barros, Lillian
Basit, Abdul W.
Baskonus, Haci Mehmet
Bassetti, Matteo
Battino, Maurizio
Bell, Jordana T.
Bellomo, Nicola
Benediktsson, Jon Atli
Benelli, Giovanni
Benjakul, Soottawat
Bhatnagar, Amit
Biddle, Stuart J. H.
Biondi, Antonio
Biondi-Zoccai, Giuseppe
Bjarnsholt, Thomas
Blaabjerg, Frede
Blaschke, Thomas
Blay, Jean-Yves
Blumwald, Eduardo
Blunt, John W.
Boffetta, Paolo
Bogers, Marcel
Bonomo, Robert A.
Bowman, David M.J.S.
Boyer, Cyrille
Brestic, Marian
Brevik, Eric C.
Buhalis, Dimitrios
Burdick, Jason A.
Byrd, John C.
Cabeza, Luisa F.
Cai, Xingjuan
Cai, Jianchao
Calhoun, Vince D.
Calin, George
Cao, Jinde
Cao, Guozhong
Carvalho, Andre F.
Castellanos-Gomez, Andres
Cerqueira, Miguel Ângelo Parente Ribeiro
Chang, Jo-Shu
Chang, Chih-Hao
Chastin, Sebastien
Chau, Kwok-wing
Chemat, Farid
Chen, Xiaobo
Chen, YangQuan
Chen, Jianmin
Chen, Chaoji
Chen, Min
Chen, Qi
Chen, Jun
Chen, Xi
Chen, Peng
Chen, Yulin
Chen, Bo
Chen, Chen
Chen, Zhi-Gang
Chen, Wei-Hsin
Chen, Gang
Chen, Yongsheng
Chen, Xiang
Chen, Yimin
Chen, Runsheng
Chen, Lidong
Chen, Shaowei
Chen, Qian
Chen, Yu
Chen, Shuangming
Chiclana, Francisco
Cho, Sun Young
Choi, Wonyong
Chowdhary, Anuradha
Choyke, Peter L.
Cichocki, Andrzej
Corella, Dolores
Corma, Avelino
Cortes, Javier
Cortes, Jorge
Costanza, Robert
Crommie, Michael F.
Cui, Yi
Cui, Haiying
Cui, Qinghua
Cummings, Kenneth Michael
Dai, Shifeng
Dai, Sheng
Daiber, Andreas
Davis, Steven J.
Dawson, Ted M.
de la Fuente-Nunez, Cesar
Decker, Eric Andrew
Dekel, Avishai
Demaria, Marco
Deng, Yong
Deng, Xiangzheng
DePinho, Ronald A.
Desneux, Nicolas
Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios
Ding, Aijun
Dionysiou, Dionysios D.
Dokmeci, Mehmet Remzi
Dolgui, Alexandre
Dong, Fan
Dou, Shi Xue
Dou, Letian
Du, Qian
Du, Bo
Dube, Shanta Rishi
Dufresne, Alain
Dummer, Reinhard
Dupont, Didier
Edwards, David
Elaissari, Abdelhamid
Elhoseny, Mohamed
Ellahi, Rahmat
Ellis, Erle C.
ElMasry, Gamal
Esteller, Manel
Estévez, Mario
Fabbro, Doriano
Facchetti, Antonio
Fan, Zhanxi
Fang, Chuanglin
Fasano, Alessio
Fečkan, Michal
Felser, Claudia
Feng, Liangzhu
Fensholt, Rasmus
Ferdinandy, Péter
Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto
Ferreira, Isabel C. F. R.
Filippi, Massimo
Fisher, Helen
Fortino, Giancarlo
Fosso Wamba, Samuel
Franceschi, Claudio
Fujita, Hamido
Fujita, Masayuki
Gai, Francesco
Gaisford, Simon
Galanakis, Charis M.
Galluzzi, Lorenzo
Galvano, Fabio
Gan, Ren-You
Gan, Lihua
Gandomi, Amir H.
Gao, Bin
Gao, Feng
Gao, Minrui
Gao, Huijun
Gao, Wei
Gao, Huile
Garbe, Claus
Garcia, Hermenegildo
Gasbarrini, Antonio
Gasco, Laura
Gautret, Philippe
Geng, Yong
Gerdts, Gunnar
Geschwind, Daniel H.
Ghadimi, Noradin
Ghaffari, Roozbeh
Ghamisi, Pedram
Giampieri, Francesca
Glick, Bernard R.
Gnant, Michael
Goel, Ajay
Gogotsi, Yury
Goldewijk, Kees Klein
Gong, Jinlong
Gong, Yongji
Govindan, Kannan
Granato, Daniel
Grancini, Giulia
Green, Douglas R.
Grosso, Giuseppe
Gu, Ke
Guan, Cao
Guastella, Adam J.
Guerrero, Josep M.
Gui, Guan
Guizani, Mohsen
Guo, Zaiping
Gupta, Rangan
Gutzmer, Ralf
Haase, Dagmar
Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz
Hagemann, Stefan
Hagger, Martin
Hamblin, Michael R.
Hammoudeh, Shawkat
Han, Heesup
Hanes, Justin
Harrison, Roy M.
Hartung, Hans-Peter
Hasanuzzaman, Mirza
He, Jr-Hau
He, Hongwen
He, Jiaqing
He, Debiao
Henseler, Jörg
Herrera, Francisco
Herrera-Viedma, Enrique
Hetz, Claudio
Ho Kim, Jung
Holmes, Elaine
Hossain, Ekram
Hsueh, Po-Ren
Hu, Xiaosong
Hu, Wenbin
Huang, Jianping
Huang, Hongwei
Huang, Yu
Huang, Jianying
Huang, Peng
Huang, Baibiao
Huang, Shaoming
Hubacek, Klaus

Iqbal, Hafiz M. N.
Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi
Izzo, Angelo A.
Jacobson, Kenneth A.
Jain, Atul
Jankovic, Joseph
Jelezko, Fedor
Ji, Xiaobo
Ji, Guangbin
Jiang, Hai-Long
Jiang, Lei
Jiang, Junjun
Jiang, Qing
Jiang, Shibo
Jin, Shi
Jones, Peter A.
Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh
Kaner, Richard B.
Kannan, Kurunthachalam
Kappos, Ludwig
Karagiannidis, George K.
Karimi, Hamid Reza
Karimi-Maleh, Hassan
Karp, Peter D.
Kataoka, Kazunori
Katritch, Vsevolod
Kawi, Sibudjing
Keesstra, Saskia
Kepp, Oliver
Keyzers, Robert A.
Khademhosseini, Ali
Khan, Nafees A.
Kiessling, Fabian
Kim, Ki-Hyun
Kim, Haegyeom
Kim, Jeonghun
Kim, Jong Seung
Kirkwood, John M.
Kisi, Ozgur
Kivshar, Yuri
Klenk, Hans-Peter
Ko, Wen-Chien
Konopleva, Marina Y.
Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.
Koonin, Eugene V.
Kou, Gang
Krausmann, Fridolin
Krebs, Frederik C.
Kroemer, Guido
Kuca, Kamil
Kudo, Masatoshi
Kuhn, Jens H.
Kumar, Devendra
Kumar, Alan Prem
Kumar, Sudhir
Kumar Sangaiah, Arun
Kurths, Juergen
Kuznetsov, Nikolay V.
Kuzyakov, Yakov
Kwan, Mei-Po
Kyrpides, Nikos C.
La Vecchia, Carlo
Lai, Yuekun
Lam, James
Lammers, Twan
Lamuela-Raventos, Rosa M.
Lancellotti, Patrizio
Landi, Francesco
Laurent, Sophie
Lavie, Carl J.
Laxminarayan, Ramanan
Lee, Sang Soo
Lee, Jin-Wook
Lee, Pooi See
Lehmann, Johannes
Lei, Yaguo
Lei, Ting
Leng, Lijian
Leung, Dennis Y. C.
Leung, Victor C. M.
Levine, Ross
Li, Wei
Li, Jie
Li, Jinghong
Li, Jun
Li, Heng
Li, Gang
Li, Yat
Li, Peng
Li, Hailong
Li, Changpin
Li, Yan
Li, Yurui
Li, Xiaodi
Li, Hong
Li, Shutao
Li, Hongyi
Li, Zhijun
Li, Peiyue
Lin, Yuehe
Lin, Hongjun
Lin, Lin
Lip, Gregory Y. H.
Liu, Jian
Liu, Meng
Liu, Hong
Liu, Tao
Liu, Lei
Liu, Jianxing
Liu, Wei
Liu, Gang
Liu, Yang
Liu, Peide
Lockhart, Shawn R.
Long, Hualou
Löscher, Wolfgang
Lu, Jun
Lu, Jianquan
Lu, Nanshu
Lucey, Brian
Lund, Henrik
Luo, Jun
Luo, Yi
Luo, Jingshan
Luo, Yangchao
Lupton, Deborah
Luque, Rafael
Lv, Wei
Lvov, Yuri M.
Lyons, Timothy W.
Ma, Tianyi
Ma, Jun
Ma, Jiayi
Ma, Wen-Xiu
Ma, Yanming
Maggioni, Aldo Pietro
Mahmood, Nasir
Mahmoudi, Morteza
Mai, Liqiang
Mallavarapu, Megharaj
Mandala, Mario
Mardani, Abbas
Marengo, Jose
Maria Rossolini, Gian
Martinoia, Enrico
Mathiesen, Brian Vad
Mathivanan, Suresh
Mattick, John S.
Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof
McCabe, Matthew E.
McCauley, Darren
McClements, David Julian
Melcher, Karsten
Melenhorst, Jan Joseph
Melero, Ignacio
Mezzetti, Bruno
Mirjalili, Seyedali
Mishchenko, Artem
Mittler, Ron
Moreau, Philippe
Motohashi, Hozumi
Mousavi Khaneghah, Amin
Mu, Shichun
Mueller, Lukas A.
Mueller-Roeber, Bernd
Muenzel, Thomas
Muhammad, Khan
Munger, J. William
Nauen, Ralf
Naushad, Mu.
Negri, Eva
Nemeroff, Charles B.
Newman, David J.
Niaura, Raymond S.
Nie, Feiping
Nieto, Juan J.
Novara, Agata
Nunkoo, Robin
Ogino, Shuji
Olabi, Abdul-Ghani
Ong, Hwai Chyuan
O'Regan, Donal
Orsini, Nicola
Ouyang, Minggao
Ozcan, Aydogan
Pacher, Pal
Pan, Xiaoqing
Pan, Likun
Pan, Quan-Ke
Pang, Huan
Pavela, Roman
Pedrycz, Witold
Pei, Yanzhong
Peng, Shushi
Peng, Qing
Peng, Mugen
Perc, Matjaz
Perez-Alvarez, Jose Angel
Perlin, David S.
Piquero, Alex R.
Polasky, Stephen
Pommier, Yves
Poor, H. Vincent
Postolache, Mihai
Potenza, Marc N.
Poulter, Benjamin
Preat, Veronique
Prinsep, Michele R.
Pu, Hong-Bin
Putnik, Predrag
Qiu, Jieshan
Qu, Xiaogang
Quiles, José L.
Rabczuk, Timon
Ramakrishna, Seeram
Ramkissoon, Haywantee
Ran, Jingrun
Recio, Isidra
Reiter, Russel J.
Remuzzi, Giuseppe
Ren, Jinsong
Ren, Jun
Riahi, Keywan
Richardson, Paul G.
Rignot, Eric
Rimm, David
Rinn, John L.
Robert, Caroline
Rodriguez, Rosa M.
Rojo, Teofilo
Ros, Emilio
Rosen, Marc A.
Roubaud, David
Russo, Alessandro
Russo, Gian Luigi

Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Sander, Chris
Santamouris, Mattheos
Santoro, Gabriele
Saraiva, Jorge A.
Sarchiapone, Marco
Scalbert, Augustin
Schloter, Michael
Schneider, Gisbert
Schubert, Ulrich S.
Schulz, Rainer
Schwab, Matthias
Schweizer, Frank
Scolyer, Richard A.
Scorrano, Luca
Scott, David
Scott, Stuart A.
Scott, Daniel
Serra-Majem, Lluis
Sethi, Gautam
Shabala, Sergey
Shaheen, Sabry M.
Shao, Zongping
Sharma, Gaurav
Shen, Guozhen
Shen, Hao
Sheremet, Mikhail A.
Shi, Peng
Shi, Yumeng
Shoenfeld, Yehuda
Siano, Pierluigi
Sillanpaa, Mika
Simões, Manuel
Simpson, Richard J.
Singh, Bhupinder Pal
Singh, Vijay P.
Smagghe, Guy
Song, Yu
Song, Houbing
Sood, Anil K.
Srivastava, Hari M.
Stadler, Marc
Stadler, Peter F.
Stanley, H. Eugene
Stoumpos, Constantinos C.
Strano, Michael S.
Stunnenberg, Hendrik G.
Su, shiliangsu@whu.edu.cn
Su, Chun-Yi
Subramanian, S. V.
Sun, Zhipei
Sun, Fengchun
Sun, Hongqi
Sunderland, Elsie M.
Suzuki, Nobuhiro
Svenning, Jens-Christian
Szabo, Csaba
Szallasi, Arpad
Szolnoki, Attila
Tacke, Frank
Tan, Weihong
Tan, Chaoliang
Tang, Hua
Tang, Chuyang
Tang, Chuan-He
Tanzi, Rudolph E.
Teichmann, Sarah
Telenti, Amalio
Thakur, Vijay Kumar
Thiele, Holger
Tian, Jie
Tohge, Takayuki
Tran, Lam-Son Phan
Truhlar, Donald G.
Tsao, Rong
Tsuda, Kenichi
Tukker, Arnold
Tung, Chen-Ho
Turskis, Zenonas
Urquhart, Andrew
Valko, Marian
Van Breusegem, Frank
Van de Wiele, Tom
van der Werf, Guido
van Wesemael, Bas
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Varma, Rajender S.
Varsani, Arvind
Varshney, Rajeev K.
Vasilakis, Nikos
Vasilakos, Athanasios V.
Vasquez, Juan C.
Vatanen, Tommi
Ventura, Marco
Vermote, Eric
Veronese, Nicola
Verpoorte, Robert
Vethaak, A. Dick
Vieta, Eduard
Vincent, Jean-Louis
Wagner, Wolfgang
Walton, Vaughn M.
Wan, Jiafu
Wan, Shaohua
Wang, Qi
Wang, Joseph
Wang, Meng
Wang, Tao
Wang, Yuan
Wang, Xin
Wang, Chao
Wang, Yong
Wang, Jun
Wang, Erkang
Wang, Sibo
Wang, Jian
Wang, Ning
Wang, John
Wang, Qin
Wang, Shaojian
Wang, Guoxiu
Wang, Huanting
Wang, Chunsheng
Wang, Gongming
Wang, Zhong Lin
Wang, Lianzhou
Wang, Shaobin
Wang, Yang
Wang, Zifa
Wei, Zhixiang
Wei, Leyi
Weissleder, Ralph
Wen, Guanghui
Wiens, John J.
Wigneron, Jean-Pierre
Willerslev, Eske
Wishart, David S.
Witlox, Frank
Wu, Jun
Wu, Tom
Wu, Hao Bin
Wu, Hui
Wu, Haijun
Wu, Zhongbiao
Wu, Zhong-Shuai
Wu, Zheng-Guang
Xia, Meimei
Xia, Xinhui
Xiang, Quanjun
Xiao, Jianbo
Xiao, Jie
Xie, Jian-Hua
Xin, Sen
Xing, Baoshan
Xiong, Rui
Xu, Bin
Xu, Li Da
Xu, Yi-Jun
Xu, Hui
Xu, Zeshui
Yamauchi, Yusuke
Yan, Huaicheng
Yan, Kai
Yang, Chenguang
Yang, Xiao-Jun
Yang, Bing
Yang, Yun-Gui
Yang, Jie
Yang, Jian
Yang, Xinsong
Yang, Shihe
Yang, Yi
Yang, Yang
Yao, Jen-Chih
Yao, Yonggang
Yazyev, Oleg
Yin, Yulong
Yin, Zongyou
Yin, Shen
Yin, Ya-xia
Yin, Shou-Wei
Ying, Guang-Guo
Young, Allan H.
Yu, Shu-Hong
Yu, Jun
Yu, Guihua
Yu, Wenwu
Yu, Guocan
Yu, Minghao
Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J.
Zavadskas, Edmundas Kazimieras
Zeadally, Sherali
Zhai, Tianyou
Zhang, Wei
Zhang, Binlin
Zhang, Shujun
Zhang, Guoping
Zhang, Zengqiang
Zhang, Yu Shrike
Zhang, Qichun
Zhang, Xian-Ming
Zhang, Guowen
Zhang, Min
Zhang, Yue-Jun
Zhang, Shaoqing
Zhang, Fan
Zhang, Weili
Zhang, Xiaodong
Zhang, Zhien
Zhang, Tierui
Zhang, Hongjie
Zhang, Dengsong
Zhang, Liangpei
Zhang, Dan
Zhang, Yu-Dong
Zhang, Fusuo
Zhao, Yi
Zhao, Guochun
Zhao, Li-Dong
Zheng, Hao
Zheng, Gengfeng
Zhong, Cheng
Zhou, Weiqi
Zhou, Qi
Zhou, Jizhong
Zhu, Hongwei
Zhu, Chengzhou
Zhu, Junfa
Zhu, Zhe
Zhu, Quanxin
Zhuang, Xiaodong
Zhuang, Xiaoying
Zou, Quan

The full list of 2021 Highly Cited Researchers  can be accessed at the following webpage in the Web of ScienceTM https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2021/.

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16 November 2021
Topical Advisory Panel Established to Support Editorial Board

Academic editors play a crucial role in leading our journals and ensuring that each article undergoes a robust and timely peer-review. With the launch of Topics this year and addition of Topic Editors to our family of academic editors, we decided it would be a good time to restructure our academic boards, thus providing more clarity and support for each role. MDPI is pleased to announce the launch of a new position—Topical Advisory Panel Member, that will replace the previous position of Topics Board Member. The Topical Advisory Panel will be comprised of early career researchers eager to gain experience in editorial work.

The main responsibility of the new members of the Topical Advisory Panel is to regularly provide support to Guest Editors, Topic Editors, and Section Board Members. The responsibilities of the Topical Advisory Panel are available here: https://www.mdpi.com/editors.

Each year, the members’ performances are evaluated, and outstanding members are promoted to the Editorial Board by the Editor-in-Chief.

To qualify as a Topical Advisory Panel Member, applicants must:

  • Have expertise and experience in the field related to the journal;
  • Have received a Ph.D. in the last 10 years, approximately;
  • Have at least 6-8 published papers in the last 5 years as first author or corresponding author;
  • Currently hold an independent research position in academia or a government institute.

If you are interested in this role, please contact the editorial office by email.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

25 October 2021
Open Access Week 2021 | It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity, 25–31 October

Founded in 1996, MDPI was one of the first fully Open Access publisher. Over 25 years MDPI has grown to become the largest Open Access publisher globally, publishing over 160,000 articles across more than 350 journals in 2020. At the core, MDPI was founded in response to a pressing need of fast publication and inclusion. The scholar was set at the centre of the publication process for the first time. Acting as a service provider, rather than a product provider, MDPI exists to help scientists achive their objective to disseminate research results. At MDPI, we believe scientists deserve a better service from the publishing world.

The International Open Access Week (Open Access Week), founded by the SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Alliance and student partners in 2008, has been successfully running for 13 years. As an advocate and pioneer of open access publishing, MDPI actively responds to the call of International Open Access Week. This year’s theme of “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” highlights the Recommendation’s call for equitable participation from all authors and readers.

For the last 25 years, MDPI has been committed to disseminating open research. Here is a video showing MDPI’s Commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity for More than 25 Years.

International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress in the building of more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussions and actions that need to be continued, year in and year out. MDPI has always aimed to provide professional and efficient publishing services to scholars around the world.

Our mission is to make scientific research accessible to everyone; this year, we interview and hold discussions with open science ambassadors on how to build an equal and inclusive environment for open science. Academic editors help us collaborate with more institutions to advocate for open access ideas.

Read our anniversary blog post: "Sharing 'Collective Human Knowledge': The Benefits of Open Access Publication"

Besides this, our scientific community is a key driver of our success and MDPI’s remarkable growth. Despite the pandemic, we have prepared online conferences and workshops to gather scholars from different communities.

The Basel Sustainable Publishing online forum provides an equal opportunity for stakeholders and researchers from multi-cultural environments to exchange ideas and eliminate barriers to participation.

Conference date: 25 October 2021, online
Conference website: https://bspf2021.sciforum.net/
Main topics: MDPI discusses the current dilemma of open access science from various perspectives such as governments, libraries, and publishers, and related measures on how to change the status quo of discrimination from a global perspective.

We aim to support equality, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications. We collaborate with universities and key laboratories and have scholarly communications with researchers, teachers, and students on open access workshops.

  • 25 October 2021
    Energies journal and Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 28 October 2021
    Machines journal and State Key Laboratory of Traction Power, Southwest Jiaotong University
  • 29 October 2021
    Processes journal and Beijing Institute of Technology
  • 29 October 2021
    Coatings journal and Wuhan University of Technology

MDPI is committed to providing open access and high-quality publishing services for scholars and promoting rapid dissemination of academic achievements. We hope to promote the practices and policies of open access publishing and diversify the dissemination of academic achievements.

23 September 2021
2020 MDPI Top Reviewer Award—Winners Announced


Rigorous peer-review is the cornerstone of high-quality academic publishing. Over 369,916 scholars served as reviewers for MDPI journals in 2020. 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 of all reviewers’ names to express our gratitude. In addition, this year, the MDPI Top Reviewer Award was announced, to recognize the very best reviewers for their expertise and dedication, and their high-quality, and timely review reports. We are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2020 MDPI Top Reviewer Award:

  • Adriana Burlea-Schiopoiu;
  • Alban Kuriqi;
  • Álvaro González-Vila;
  • Alessandro Alaimo;
  • Alexey Beskopylny;
  • Alexander Yu Churyumov;
  • Alberto Fernández-Isabel;
  • Andrea Mastinu;
  • Antonios N. Papadopoulos;
  • Anton Rassõlkin;
  • Antonio Humberto Hamad Minervino;
  • Arkadiusz Matwijczuk;
  • Artur Słomka;
  • Baojie He;
  • Bartłomiej Potaniec;
  • Bojan Đurin;
  • Camilo Arturo Rodriguez Diaz;
  • Carmelo Maria Musarella;
  • Chiachung Chen;
  • Chiman Kwan;
  • Cristian Busu;
  • Danil Pimenov;
  • Dan-Cristian Dabija;
  • Delfín Ortega-Sánchez;
  • Demetrio Antonio Zema;
  • Denis Butusov;
  • Elena Lucchi;
  • Gaurab Dutta;
  • Livia Anastasiu;
  • M. R. Safaei.

For more information about how to become a reviewer of MDPI journals, please see: www.mdpi.com/reviewers.

22 September 2021
MDPI Joins SDG Publishers Compact

UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. In 2020 the SDG Publishers Compact was launched, aimed to inspire publishers and accelerate progress to achieve the 17 goals by 2030. Members of the programme are committed to support the publication of materials that will promote and inspire actions towards SDGs.

MDPI is an eager advocate of SDGs and has already been supporting the programme by creating Special Issues and publishing a series of books on SDGs prior to joining the Compact in 2021. MDPI's Sustainability Foundation initiated the World Sustainability Awards in 2016. We fully support UN's goals to promote sustainable actions that make the world a better place for all and, as part of its commitment, we will focus our actions on SDG10: Reduced Inequalities whilst promoting all 17 SDGs. For more details, please visit the programme’s website: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdg-publishers-compact/.

Joining this initiative was a unanimous decision. MDPI has in its core values the dissemination of science for all, breaking the wall between research access and under-represented members of the scientific community and the general population. To support this initiative further and continue to support under-represented scientists, MDPI will take a series of actions that will be announced once ready.

The first action MDPI takes is to nominate Dr. Liliane Auwerter as the coordinator of the programme. Dr. Auwerter studied Environmental Process Technology (UTFPR, Brazil), obtained her MSc degree in Water and Environmental Engineering (University of Surrey, UK) and in 2020 completed her PhD in self-healing low-friction materials for water transport (Imperial College London, UK), always focusing on diverse scientific projects that would potentially bring sustainability to industrial processes. As a student in Brazil, she engaged in volunteering activities focused on environmental education and took part in the Millennial Development Goals meetings held at the university.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Liliane Auwerter
Scientific Officer
liliane.auwerter@mdpi.com

16 September 2021
Welcoming New Editorial Board Members of Catalysts

We welcome the following recognized researchers, who recently joined the Editorial Board of Catalysts (ISSN: 2073-4344):

Dr. Valeria Di Sarli, Italy

Prof. Dr. Jeng-Yu Lin, Taiwan

Prof. Dr. Jamal Chaouki, Canada

Prof. Dr. Zijing Lin, China

Prof. Dr. Andres R. Alcantara, Spain

Dr. Ying Wang, China

Prof. Dr. Hanna Kierzkowska-Pawlak, Poland

Dr. Tianyi Ma, Australia

Prof. Dr. Jacek Tyczkowski, Poland

Prof. Dr.Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez, UK

Dr. Pedro Castano, Spain

Prof. Dr. Porun Liu, Australia

Prof. Dr. Marcos Fernández García, Spain

Dr. Caue Ribeiro, Brazil

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mozahar Hossain, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Helmut Schäfer, Germany

Dr. Shou-Heng Liu, Taiwan

Prof. Dr. Samuel Dagorne, France

Prof. Dr. Xu Xiang, China

Prof. Dr. M. Fátima C. Guedes da Silva, Portugal

Prof. Dr. Minghua Zhou, China

Prof. Dr. Ludovico Valli, Italy

Prof. Dr. Ilenia Rossetti, Italy

Prof. Dr. Jun Wang, China

Prof. Dr. Hugode Lasa, Canada

Dr. RaulSan Martin, Spain

Prof. Dr. Valentin Valtchev, France

Dr. Jiefang Zhu, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Hua Tang, China

Prof. Dr. John M. Vohs, USA

Prof. Dr. Joris W. Thybaut, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Jin-Song Hu, China

Dr. Jean-Luc Dubois, France

Dr. Tomás García, Spain

Prof. Dr.Nicolas Abatzoglou, Canada

Prof. Dr. Carlo Nervi, Italy

Dr. Haralampos N. Miras, UK

Dr. Rubén M. Buey, Spain

Prof. Dr. Stefania Specchia, Italy

Prof. Dr. Maria CorneliaIliuta, Canada

Prof. Dr. Yuanhua Sang, China

Dr. Chong-Yong Lee, Australia

Prof. Dr. Jie Fan, China

Prof. Dr. Shi Xue Dou, Australia

Prof. Dr. Ying-Ming Pan, China

Prof. Dr. Kangle Lv, China

Prof. Dr. Christos Trapalis, Greece

Prof. Dr. Jin Yong Lee, Korea

Prof. Dr. Yu Huang, China

Prof. Dr. Avelina García-García, Spain

Prof. Dr. Yat Li, USA

Dr. Valérie Caps, France

Prof. Dr. Daniela Pappalardo, Italy

Prof. Dr. Zailai Xie, China

Prof. Dr. Claudio Greco, Italy

Prof. Dr. Omid Akhavan, Iran

Dr. Zehui Zhang, China

Prof. Dr. Zhangxiong Wu, China

Prof. Dr. Teruyuki Kondo, Japan

Dr. Stephen P. Thomas, UK

Prof. Dr. Linlin Li, China

Dr. Jorge N. Beltramini, Australia

Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Belgium

15 September 2021
Meet Us at the 20th National Catalysis Conference, Wuhan, China, 15–20 October 2021


MDPI will be attending the 20th National Catalysis Conference in Wuhan, China, which will take place from 15 to 20 October 2021. The theme of the conference is “Catalytic Science and Technology for Green, Low-Carbon, High-Quality Economic Development”. The topics include the science and technology of catalytic materials and catalyst preparation, catalytic materials and catalytic reaction characterization technology and theory, green catalysis, environmental catalysis, energy catalysis, and science and technology in the catalysis process of petroleum and chemical industry.

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://20ncc.mzpco.com/.

10 September 2021
Recruiting Editorial Board Members for the New Section “Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals” of Catalysts


Catalysts
(ISSN 2073-4344) has just launched a new Section: “Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals”. If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact us about joining the board and contributing to the Section.

The Section “Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/catalysis_for_pharmaceuticals) aims to publish original, novel and high-impact contributions dealing with the use of catalyzed processes for the preparation of bioactive molecules and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

The “Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals” Section invites the scientific community to submit communications, research papers and review articles mainly, but not exclusively, on the following subject areas:

  • Chemical catalysis in the preparation of APIs;
  • Organocatalysis;
  • Biocatalysis;
  • Asymmetrical catalysis;
  • Flow catalysis;
  • Sustainable processes;
  • Design of new catalysts.

This position is open to experts in all aspects of catalysis for pharmaceuticals. To apply for this position, recommend potential candidates or request further information, please contact Catalysts Editorial Office ().

27 August 2021
Recruiting Editorial Board Members for the New Section “Catalytic Reaction Engineering” of Catalysts


Catalysts
(ISSN 2073-4344) has just launched a new Section: “Catalytic Reaction Engineering”. If you are an active researcher in the field and are passionate about participating in cutting-edge research publications, please do not hesitate to contact us about joining the board and contributing to the Section.

The Section “Catalytic Reaction Engineering” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts/sections/Catalytic_Reaction_Engineering) publishes original and high-impact contributions that report new reaction mechanisms, kinetics, and reaction engineering with emphasis on the recent progress in sustainable catalysts and catalytic processes.

The “Catalytic Reaction Engineering” Section invites the scientific community to submit communications, research papers, and review articles, mainly but not exclusively, on the following subject areas:

  • Novel catalysts with their performance being demonstrated under relevant process conditions;
  • Catalytic processes for alternative fuel production, as well as air and water purification;
  • Catalytic mechanisms involving step-based reaction networks;
  • Rate models based on structural physicochemical catalyst properties;
  • Catalytic reaction engineering with statistically determined rates and kinetic parameters;
  • Laboratory scale reactors for a thorough evaluation of catalysts and catalytic processes;
  • Reactor design and reaction engineering for catalytic processes;
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) based modeling and simulation of catalysts and catalytic reactors;
  • Computational approaches for the simulation and scale-up of strategically important catalytic processes.

This position is open to experts in all aspects of catalytic reaction engineering. To apply for this position, recommend potential candidates, or request further information, please contact Janine Li (janine.li@mdpi.com) from the Catalysts Editorial Office.

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
Review of Catalysts 8th–10th Webinars

Catalysts has hosted three webinars in the past Second Quarter and received enthusiastic responses. Catalysts has been committed to promoting exchanges and progress in the academic field of catalysis. We look forward to your participation.

Catalysts 8th Webinar:
CO₂ Valorization and Conversion into Value-Added Chemicals
Chairs:
Dr. Leonarda Francesca Liotta, Institute of Nanostructured Materials, Palermo Research Division, Italy;
Dr. Giuseppe Bonura, CNR-ITAE, Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies, Italy.
Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Nor Aishah Saidina Amin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia;
Prof. Dr. Xin Tu, University of Liverpool, UK.

Catalysts 9th Webinar:
Catalysis by Palladium
Chair:
Prof. Dr. Sónia Carabineiro, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Maria Michela Dell'Anna, DICATECh, Politecnico di Bari, Italy;
Prof. Dr. Antonio Salomone, Department of Chemistry, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy.

Catalysts 10th Webinar:
Plasma Catalysis for Environmental and Energy-Related Applications
Chair:
Dr. Monica Magureanu, Department of Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania.
Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Annemie Bogaerts, Research Group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp Campus Drie Eiken, Wilrijk-Antwerp, Belgium;
Prof. Dr. Chris Hardacre, Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.