Announcements

10 April 2024
Meet Us at the 18th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, 6–10 May 2024, Hangzhou, China


MDPI will be attending the 18th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC 2024), which will be held from 6 to 10 May 2024 in Hangzhou, China.

The International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry is the most prestigious international conference in the area of supramolecular science. The history of ISMSC can be traced back to two originally independent symposia, the International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMC) and the International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry (ISSC). The ISMC series was founded by Professors Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen and began in 1977, in Provo, Utah, USA. Three years later, the first ISSC was held in Warsaw, Poland. With the increasing overlap of research topics in macrocyclic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry, in 2006, ISMC and ISSC were merged, and the first joint conference was held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The success of this merger served to launch the ISMSC as the premier conference in the field. The ISMSC has been held annually ever since with a hiatus for the pandemic. It moves from one nation to another. The previous meeting was held in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2023.

ISMSC 2024 will be held at the Blossom Water Museum Hotel Hangzhou (Address: No. 118, Shuibo Road, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China). Hangzhou, the Capital of Zhejiang Province, is one of China’s most enduringly popular holiday spots. More than 1,000 international and domestic researchers, students, and industry representatives in the field of macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry will attend the conference, including two Nobel Prize Laureates, one Wolf Prize winner, and over 20 academicians from China and overseas.

The following MDPI journals will be represented at the conference:

If you are planning on attending this conference, please do not hesitate to stop by our booth 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 website: https://www.ismsc2024.com/index.

10 April 2024
Meet Us at the 2024 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), 27–31 May 2024, Strasbourg, France

The 2024 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) will be held from 27 to 31 May 2024, in Strasbourg, France. The conference is organized by the European Materials Research Society and Foundation Jean-Marie Lehn.

The conference will focus on the following:

  • Vascular disorders;
  • Decarbonized energy and sustainability;
  • Materials for human well-being;
  • Two-dimensional materials and surfaces: synthesis, characterization, and perspectives;
  • Advanced characterization of materials;
  • Materials sciences for cultural heritage;
  • Electronics, magnetics, and photonics.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #27 and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://www.european-mrs.com/meetings/2024-spring-meeting.

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.

Read more:

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.


Organize Your Event with MDPI’s Sciforum

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

Closing Thoughts

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

29 February 2024
Meet Us at TMS 2024 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 3–7 March 2024, Orlando, Florida, USA


A range of MDPI journals will be attending the TMS 2024 Annual Meeting & Exhibition from 3 to 7 March 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida, USA.

The TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition brings together more than 4,000 engineers, scientists, business leaders, and other professionals in the fields of minerals, metals, and materials for a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary exchange of technical knowledge.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to drop by our booth and start a conversation with us. We look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://www.tms.org/TMS2024/Home/, or contact the Materials Editorial Office at materials@mdpi.com or the Metals Editorial Office at metals@mdpi.com.

21 February 2024
Meet Us at ACS Spring 2024—Many Flavors of Chemistry, 17–21 March 2024, New Orleans, LA, USA


Conference:
ACS Spring 2024
Organization: American Chemical Society
Date: 17–21 March 2024
Place: Halls D & E, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, USA
Booth: #2530

MDPI journals will be attending ACS Spring 2024—Many Flavors of Chemistry as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA, USA, from 17 to 21 March 2024.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 151,000 members in 140 countries. ACS meetings and expos are held biannually. This expo is an opportunity for thousands of chemistry professionals to meet, share ideas, and advance scientific and technical knowledge. The topic in Spring 2024 is “Many Flavors of Chemistry”.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

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

1 February 2024
Acknowledgment of the Reviewers of Polymers in 2023

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

In 2023, Polymers received 15,373 review reports, from 8321 reviewers. This past year, we worked with reviewers from 103 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 Polymers 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. M. Fattahi Lidija Slemenik Perše
A. Raja Annamalai Lifen Li
Aamir Rasool Liliana Argueta-Figueroa
Abdelaziz El-Hoshoudy Liliana Licea
Abdolmajid Alipour Liliana Reynoso-Cuevas
Abdorreza Mesgar Liliya Frolova
Abdul Haleem Liliya Logoyda
Abdul Jatoi Linda Ansone-Bertina
Abhilash Edacherian Ling Qin
Abhinay Thakur Ling Yang
Abul Kalam Azad Ling Zhao
Achmad Solikhin Lingli Deng
Adam Pyzik Ling-Ling Ma
Adam Sutton Liping Gu
Adel Al Fatease Lisandro Simão
Adel Elamri Liseane Padilha Thives
Adela-Eliza Dumitrascu Lishu Shao
Adina Magdalena Musuc Liting Wang
Adrian Antosik Liudmyla Soldatkina
Adrian Ionut Nicoara Liyang Shen
Adrian Lewandowski Ljiljana Kljajevic
Adrián Matencio Ljubica Kazi
Adriana Balan Ljubisa Nikolic
Adriana Dabija Loganathan Veeramuthu
Adriana Pavinatto Lokesh Karthik Narayanan
Adriano Aguiar Mendes Lokesh Koodlur Sannegowda
Afshin Abrishamkar Long Zhu
Aftab Khan Longwei Jiang
Agata Niemczyk Loredana Incarnato
Agnė Kairytė Lorena Deleanu
Agnieszka Dąbrowska Lorenza Maddalena
Agnieszka Marcinkowska Lorenzo Antonio Picos Corrales
Agnieszka Piegat Lorenzo Lisuzzo
Agnieszka Wiącek Lorenzo Paolo Ingrassia
Agnieszka Zgoła-Grześkowiak Luca Boccarusso
Agnishwar Girigoswami Luca Bonaiti
Agustín Herrera-May Luca Goglio
Agustina Alaimo Luca Liviu Rus
Ahmad Adlie Shamsuri Luca Sorrentino
Ahmad Kueh Lucia Pirvu
Ahmad Rashed Labanieh Lucia Toniolo
Ahmed Al-Qatatsheh Lucia Trinca
Ahmed El-Fiqi Lucjusz Zaprutko
Ahmed Elkaseer Ludmila Dulebová
Ahmed El-Sayed Luidmila Yakimova
Ahmed Eltwati Luigi De Napoli
Ahmed Fatimi Luis Alfonso Trujillo-Cayado
Ahmed Hassan Al Ghorab Luís Alves
Ahmed Jasim Luis Edmundo Lugo Uribe
Ahmed Maamoun Luís Giner-Tarrida
Ahmed Taha Luis Villarreal-Gómez
Ahmed Tara Luisa Ferreira
Ahmed Zayed Łukasz Szeleszczuk
Ahmet Can Lukka Thuyavan Yogarathinam
Ahmet Gürses M. Shahnawaz Khan
Aida Cavallo Maciej Dębowski
Aidar Gubaidullin Maciej Przybyłek
Aiman Abu Ammar Maciej Skotak
Aivars Vembris Maciej Sydor
Akbar Ali Madhu Puttegowda
Akbar Hojjati-Najafabadi Maduka Lankani Weththimuni
Akesh Kakarla Magdalena Broda
Akinrinade Ayankojo Magdalena Gierszewska
Akshay Ajay Narkhede Magdalena Konefał
Al Mamun Magdalena Rogulska
Alaa Abd-Elnaiem Magdalena Tokarska
Alaa Fahmy Magdalena Urbaniak
Alberto Gregori Magdalena Włodarska
Alberto Mannu Magdalena Wrona
Aldo Amaro-Reyes Magdalena Zdanowicz
Aldobenedetto Zotti Magdi El Fergani
Alejandra Baldi Mahfouz Abd-Elgawad
Alejandra García García Mahuya Das
Alejandra Torres Maiyong Zhu
Alejandro J. Alvarez Maja Kozarski
Alejandro Tapia Majid Ali
Aleksandar Kondinski Majid Baniassadi
Aleksandar Széchenyi Maksim Zavalishin
Aleksander Poreda Malaikozhundan Balasubramanian
Aleksandr Kozhevnikov Małgorzata Ewa Zakrzewska
Aleksandr Levin Małgorzata Kosińska-Pezda
Aleksandra Bukhovets Malgorzata Ulewicz
Aleksandra Mikhailidi Małgorzata Wasilewska
Aleksandra Smejda-Krzewicka Malgorzata Zieba
Aleksei A. Titov Malik Abdul Rub
Aleksei Shchegolkov Manickam Ramesh
Aleksey D. Drozdov Manikandan Sivan
Aleksey Kuznetsov Maninder Singh
Ales Buyakov Manjunath Maddikeari
Alessandro Cavallo Manjunath Patel Gowdru Chandrashekarappa
Alessandro Marrone Manjunath Shettar
Alessandro Piovano Manoj Kumar Pasupathi
Alexander Bunge Manorama Singh
Alexander Dolgoborodov Manuel José Lis Arias
Alexander Eliseev Manuela List
Alexander Fomin Maojun Li
Alexander Kaszonyi Maosud Soroush Bathaei
Alexander Lykov Maozhou Meng
Alexander Malkin Mar Fernandez Gutierrez
Alexander Martynov Marc Visseaux
Alexander Minakov Marcela Slovakova
Alexander Nikolaev Marcelin Benchea
Alexander Omelyanchik Marcelo Suzuki
Alexander Pozdnyakov Marcin Borowicz
Alexander Protsenko Marcin Chutkowski
Alexander Tarasov Marcin Górski
Alexander Toikka Marcin Graba
Alexander V. Artem’ev Marcin Włoch
Alexander Vasil’kov Marco Bonopera
Alexander Voloshin Marco Carnevale Miino
Alexandra Bargan Marco Dattilo
Alexandre Vetcher Marco Freschi
Alexandre Zakharov Marco Mandolini
Alexandrina Nan Marco Zanetti
Alexej Bubnov Marcos Teixeira
Alexey Beskopylny Marek Pagáč
Alexey Bobrovsky Marek Piątkowski
Alexey Cheremisin Marek Pokorny
Alexey Iordanskii Marek Szostak
Alexey Sivokhin Marek Urbanski
Alexey Slobodinyuk Margaret Gradova
Alexey Yushkin Margherita Izzi
Alfredo Vázquez-Ovando Maria Addolorata Bonifacio
Ali Aghajanian Sabbagh Maria Carmo Lança
Ali Asghar Javidparvar María Dolores Galindo-Riaño
Ali Atta Maria Federica De Riccardis
Ali Ayati Maria Jose De Jesus Valle
Ali Behboudi María José Martín-Alfonso
Ali Dabbagh Maria Kalourkoti Rikkou
Ali Ebrahimi-Mamaghani Maria Pia Ferraz
Ali Kandemir Maria Rios
Ali Mardani Maria Stanca
Ali Rafe Maria Zielecka
Ali Reza Kamali Mariacecilia Pasini
Ali Salem Marian Ion
Ali Taghvaie Nakhjiri Mariana Domnica Stanciu
Ali Umut Sen Mariana Palage
Ali Zarrabi Mariana Sofia Peixoto Fernandes
Alin Dinita Marianna Arinina
Alina Crina Muresan Marianna Triantou
Alireza Akhavan-Safar Mariano Romero
Alireza Hadi Marichelvam Mariappan Kadarkarainadar
Alireza Mohammad Karim Marija Babić Radić
Alireza Moradkhani Marija Gizdavic-Nikolaidis
Aliya Hasanah Marija M. Vuksanović
Almaz Saifutdinov Marija Milašinović-Šeremešić
Alperen Degirmenci Marija Stojmenović
Alvaro Ridruejo Marina Corral Bobadilla
Amalia Gordano Marina Holyavka
Ambikapathi Nivetha Marina Zoccola
Amer Charbaji Mario Ruiz
Amin Tamadon Mário Santos
Aminoddin Haji Maris Knite
Amir Hussain Idrisi Mariusz Fabijański
Amir Mansourizadeh Mariusz Jaśniok
Amir R. Masoodi Mariya Dimitrova
Amirhossein Moghanian Mark B. Frampton
Amjad Hussain Marko Petrič
Ammar Melaibari Markos Petousis
Amr Selim Abu Lila Marlinda Rahman Ab Rahman
Amroune Salah Marta Fernandes
Ana Cazacu Marta Kaluza
Ana Clotilde Fonseca Marta Skaf
Ana Dora Pontinha Marta Szekalska
Ana Filgueiras Marta Wójcik
Ana Maria Tanase Martin Ivanov
Ana Messias Martin Pollák
Ana Paula Betencourt Martins Amaro Marwa Elkady
Ana Paula Serafini Immich Marya Ahmed
Ana Pilipović Masoud Ahmadi
Ana Ribeiro Masoud Nazarian-Samani
Ana Vrsalović-Presečki Masoumeh Ghalkhani
Ana-Maria Pană Massimiliano Avalle
Anastassiya Mashentseva Massimiliano Gaeta
Anatoly Rinkevich Massimiliano Galluzzi
Anbazhagan Sathiyaseelan Massimo Corsalini
Anca Bonciu Massimo Mariello
Anda Barkane Mastura Mohammad Taha
Anderson M. S. Medeiros Mathias Ulbricht
André Christoforo Matteo Minelli
André Lopes Matteo Sambucci
Andrea Baliello Matteo Strozzi
Andrea Boghi Matthias Schwotzer
Andrea Mezzetta Mattia Bartoli
Andrea Rosario Proto Matyas Ando
Andrea Tagliabue Mauricio Morel
Andreas Pacholski Mauricio Torres
Andreas Sundermann Maurizio Vignolo
Andreas Willert Mauro Bassetti
Andreea Groza Maxim Galkin
Andrei Klyndyuk Maxim Lutoshkin
Andrei Okhokhonin Maxim Mishnev
Andrei Potapov Maximilian Lackner
Andrei Tumarkin Mayra Alvarez
Andres-Amador Garcia-Granada Mayra Gurrola
Andrey Basko Mazen Al-Kheetan
Andrey Krauklis Megat Ahmad Kamal Megat Hanafiah
Andrey Nagdalian Mehdi Derradji
Andrey Shcherbakov Mehdi Hatami
Andrey V. Sybachin Mehdi Salami-Kalajahi
Andrey Vasilev Mehmet Senel
Andrey Yurkov Melanie Ecker
Andrii Kondratiev Meng He
Andrzej Ambroziak Meng Song
Andrzej Hutorowicz Meng Wu
Andrzej Katunin Meriem Fizir
Andrzej Łukaszewicz Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh
Andrzej Miszczyk Michael Arkas
Andrzej Pawlak Michael G. Debije
Angel Fernandez Cuello Michael Roger Mucalo
Angelo Ferlazzo Michaela Patila
Angelo Savio Calabrese Michał Łach
Anik Karan Michel Fillon
Anil Banerjee Michele Baglioni
Anil Kumar Siroha Mickaël Dollé
Anilkumar Thaghalli Shivanna Mieszko Wieckiewicz
Anima Ghosh Miguel Sanchez-Soto
Animesh Pan Miha Steinbucher
Aninidta De Mihaela Balan-Porcarasu
Anjan Bedi Mihaela Hamcerencu
Anjaneyulu Putta Mihaela Iuliana Avǎdǎnei
Anjani Devi Chintagunta Mihai Brebu
Anka Trajkovska Petkoska Mihai Gîrțu
Anna Baranowska-Korczyc Mihai Todică
Anna Braga Mihail Secu
Anna Drabczyk Mihalj Poŝa
Anna Kamenskikh Mikelis Kirpluks
Anna Karewicz Mikhail Basov
Anna Kulminskaya Mikhail Efimov
Anna Mielańczyk Mikhail Gapanovich
Anna Paradowska-Stolarz Mikhail Inyushin
Anna Rabajczyk Mikhail Krakhalev
Anna Rudawska Mikhail Proskurnin
Anna Shipovskaya Mikhail Savelyev
Anna Strzelewicz Mikhail Soldatov
Annalisa Paolone Mikhail Vorob'ev
Annalisa Volpe Milad Sheydaei
Annamaria Visco Milan Kragović
Anne Heponiemi Milda Jucienė
Anqi Ji Milica Aćimović
Anthony Harker Milos Nenadovic
Anthony Thuault Mina Namvari
Anton Mostovoy Mine Seçkin
Anton Tkachenko Ming Gao
Antonella Patti Ming Zeng
Antoneta Tomljenović Mingjing Zheng
Antoni Mitus Mingliang Li
Antonio Apicella Mingze Sun
Antonio Capezza Mingzhe Chen
Antonio Di Martino Mini K. Madhavan
Antonio Gilson Barbosa De Lima Mir Saman Safavi
António Pereira Miran Merhar
Antonios Stamopoulos Mirella Bertolo
Antonis Gitsas Mirjana Kostic
Antony Raj Thiruppathi Miroslav Němec
Antreas Kantaros Mirta Inés Aranguren
Anushree Das Mititelu Magdalena
Anvay Patil Mizhi Xu
Anwar Iqbal Mohamad Al-Sheikhly
Anżelina Marek Mohamadreza Zarastvand
Apri Iswanto Mohamed Abd El-Aal
Arantzazu Santamaria-Echart Mohamed Abdel-Hamed
Arbind Prasad Mohamed Ali
Arianna De Mori Mohamed Bakar
Arif Babaev Mohamed Darwish
Arif Nuryawan Mohamed Diab
Aris Giannakas Mohamed ElAassar
Aristotelis Sgouros Mohamed Habila
Arit Das Mohamed Korrany Hassan Ibrahiem
Arkadiusz Bednarz Mohamed Orabi
Arkamitra Kar Mohamed Salaheldeen
Armida Sánchez-Escalante Mohamed Samir Mohyeldin
Armin Mirzapour Kouhdasht Mohamed Shaban
Arnaldo Santos Mohamed Trabia
Arnold Isaac Mohammad Ali Mohtadi Bonab
Arshad Jamal Mohammad Al-natour
Artem Belesov Mohammad Arafat
Artem Selyutin Mohammad Bagher Askari
Artur Geivandov Mohammad Bayan
Artur Khannanov Mohammad Ehtisham Khan
Artūras Žalga Mohammad Hassan
Arun Kumar Mohammad Kazem Mohammadi
Arun Kumar Patra Mohammad Mohsenzadeh
Arun Kumar Rajendran Mohammad NasimAhmad Khalid Anwer
Arun Kumar Shukla Mohammad Rabbani
Arun Y. Patil Mohammad Sayem Mozumder
Aruna Dhathathreyan Mohammad Tajul Islam
Arunasankar Chithambar Ganesh Mohammed Awad
Arunkumar Palaniappan Mohammed Ghazwani
Arvind Negi Mohammed Kadhom
Arwa Daghrery Mohammed Mossa Al-Sawalha
Asep Muhamad Samsudin Mohana Rani Gokana
Ashish Mohite Mohd Remy Rozainy Mohd Arif Zainol
Ashish Pandey Mohd Shahbudin Masdar
Ashlin Sathyan Mohd Yusuf Khan
Ashmeet Singh Mohd Zamidi Ahmad
Ashraf Ali Mohsin Khurshid
Asif Mahmood Moisés Franco Molina
Asim Bhaumik Moiz Abdul
Asimul Islam Mojtaba Karamimoghadam
Asmaa Selim Mojtaba Lezgy-Nazargah
Assadawoot Srikhaow Mona Al-Shemy
Asunción Martínez García Mona Mohamed Amin Abdel-Fatah
Atasi Dan Mondher Wali
Ateeq Rahman Monica Boffito
Athina Angelopoulou Monica Trif
Atul Dhall Monika Wereńska
Atul Kumar Moon-Sung Kang
Augusto Cannone Falchetto Morteza Yousefi
Aurelia Mandes Moslem Fattahi
Aurica Farcas Mostafa Mabrouk
Avishek Chanda Mostafa Shooshtari
Avtar Singh Mostafizur Rahaman
Aydi Abdelkarim Mounesha Garaga
Ayhan Celik Moussa Leblouba
Azadeh Babaei Moyuan Cao
Aziah Serri Mrinmoy Karmakar
Azizollah Khormali Mrinmoy Mondal
B. NagarajaGanesh Muahammad Atiq Ur Rehman
Babak Chehroudi Muammel Hanon
Babak Eslami Muhammad Aamir
Badr M. Thamer Muhammad Adnan
Bahaa Shaqour Muhammad Ali Hashmi
Bahram Dabir Muhammad Asim Farooq
Baiju Pazhamkalathil Krishnan Muhammad Bilal Sadiq
Balakumar Chandrasekaran Muhammad Fareed
Baltus Cornelius Bonse Muhammad Imran Khan
Balzhima Shagdarova Muhammad Imran Malik
Bangaru Bhaskararao Muhammad Imran Saleem
Bappaditya Naskar Muhammad Iqbal
Barbara Kozub Muhammad Kashif Shahid
Barbara Lapinska Muhammad Raziq Rahimi Kooh
Barbara Pilch-Pitera Muhammad Saeed
Barbara Stella Muhammad Shafiq
Bargel Hendrik Muhammad Wajid Ullah
Bartłomiej Ambrożkiewicz Muhammet Ceylan
Basak Tuna Mujeeb Khan
Beata Dudziec Murali Dama
Beatriz Merillas Murat Demiral
Begüm Yarar Kaplan Murillo-Gómez Fabián
Behnam Akhoundi Murni Sarian
Béla Gyurcsik Murugan Arunachalam
Belén Altava Mustafa Anwar
Bence Sipos Mustafa Mortas
Benedikt Kötter Mu'tasime Abdel-jaber
Benjamín Floran Garduño Muthu Arumugam
Bernardo Ribeiro Muyang Lin
Bernd Rathke N. Senthilkumar
Bharadwaja Srimat Tirumala Peddinti N. H. Padmaraj
Bharat Shrimant Nabila Mehwish
Bhim Sen Thapa Nabilah Afiqah Mohd radzuan
Bhishma Karki Nader Nciri
Bhupendra Prajapati Nader Tanideh
Bin Quan Nadia Intan
Bin Sheng Nafisa Gull
Binbin Chen Nagaraj Nagaprasad
Bindu Madhavan Vijaya Ramnath Nagaraj Nandihalli
Bindu Subhadra Naji Kharouf
Binfeng Yin Namil Kim
Bing Wang Namkyung Lee
Bingchen Wang Namrata Patil
Binoy Maiti Nancy Elbaz
Binyang Du Naozumi Teramoto
Bishnu Prasad Bastakoti Naresh Duvva
Björn Sjöstrand Naresh Kumar
Blaž Belec Naresh Kumar Thangavel
Bo Liu Naresh Reddy Kolanu
Bob Howell Nashwa Sallam
Bogdan Alexandru Sava Natalia Chumakova
Bogdan Marian Tofanica Natalia Gogoleva
Bogdan Pricop Natalia Pozdnyakova
Bogdan Tutunaru Nathalie Lavoine
Bogdan Vasyliv Naveed Ahmed
Boguslaw Kruczek Naveen Vasudev Kulkarni
Bohan Yin Nebojsa Pavlovic
Bolin Ji Neelesh Mehra
Boonyadist Vongsak Neetu Talreja
Boryana Nikolova-Mladenova Nenad Ignjatović
Boyuan Yu Nicholas Farr
Bozhidar Stefanov Nicholas Long
Branka Pilic Nicola Baldo
Brian Cameron Wooding Webb Nicola Montaldo
Briatico-Vangosa Francesco Nicola Sangiorgi
Bridget Mutuma Nicolas Joly
Brigita Tomšič Nicoleta Radu
Brunella Corrado Nieves Cubo-Mateo
Bruno Caillier Nikola Španić
Bryan Beckingham Nikolaos Chalmpes
Brzeczek-Szafran Alina Nikolaos Politakos
Burcu Gumuscu Nikolay Bezhin
Calin Steindal Nikolay Gorshkov
Camilla Noè Nikolay Pyataev
Candace Day Nikos Karayiannis
Cândida Malça Nils Hanik
Cândida Teixeira Tomaz Nima Mohamadian
Carlos Bruno Barreto Luna Ning An
Carlos Cuevas-Suárez Niranjan Patra
Carlos Doñate Buendia Nirav Joshi
Carlos Henrique Scuracchio Noboru Osaka
Carlos Jesús Carrasco Noorfatimah Yahaya
Carlos Medina Nora Mestorino
Carlos Miguel Marto Norazlianie Sazali
Carmen Mihailescu Noriko Hiraishi
Carmen Moreno-Marrodan Noureddine Issaoui
Carmen Otilia Rusănescu Nuno Costa
Carolina André Nuno Ferreira
Caroline Aymes-Chodur Nunzia Gallo
Catalin Pruncu Nuttawee Niamsiri
Catia Algieri Oana Pop
Catia Giovanna Lopresto Oguzhan Der
Celal Duran Oksana Velgosova
Célio Fernandes Oksana Zholobko
César Cayo-Rojas Ola Sundman
Cesar Saldias Olawumi Sadare
Cevat Erisken Oleg Gradov
Ceyhun Akarsu Oleg Khyzhun
Ceyhun Aksoylu Oleg Sazonov
Cezar Comanescu Oleg Shichalin
Cezary Kraśkiewicz Oleg Yaroshchuk
Chairul Irawan Olena Ivashchenko
Chanchira Jubsilp Olesya Buryakovskaya
Chang-An Xu Olga Goryacheva
Changcheng Liu Olga Karavai
Changmin Shi Olga Sinitsyna
Chang-Min Yoon Olga Yarmolenko
Chan-Moon Chung Olga Zhigalina
Chao Kai Chang Oliver Brüggemann
Chao Zhao Olivia Soliman
Chaofan Sun Olivier Coutelier
Chaoliang Fu Olli-Ville Laukkanen
Chek Hai Lim Olya Stoilova
Chellapandian Maheswaran Omar Mahmoud
Chen Li Omer Sadak
Chen Xie Omid Akhavan
Cheng Chen Omid Sam-Daliri
Cheng Gu Onur Cetinkaya
Cheng Lian Orion Itzhak
Chengbin Yu Osman Konuray
Chenggao Li Osman Ülkir
Cheng-Hsun-Tony Chang Ovidiu Nemes
Chenxi Wang Ovidiu-Cristian Oprea
Chenxi Zhai Pablo Lopez-Albarran
Chen-Yu Kao Pablo Stefani
Cherng-Wen Darren Tan Pablo Zapico
Chi Zhang Pai Peng
Chi-Chun Pan Pai-Yi Hsiao
Chih-Feng Huang Panagiotis Mallis
Chih-Hao Lee Panagiotis Stavropoulos
Chi-Hui Tsou Pandiyarasan Veluswamy
Chih-Wen Wu Paola Faraoni
Chinmai Bhat Paola Nitti
Chis Adriana Aurelia Paolo Trucillo
Christian Bux Paresh Samantaray
Christian Gernhardt Parisa Mojaver
Christian Mayer Parthena Kosmidou
Christian Schuster Parvathalu Kalakonda
Christian Wiraja Paschalina Terzopoulou
Christie Ying Kei Lung Pasquale Fernando Fulvio
Christophe Boisson Patric Eberle
Christos Katsiropoulos Patricia Kara De Maeijer
Chukwuemeke William Isaac Patrícia Manarte-Monteiro
Chun Lin He Patrick Martin
Chunbao Du Patrycja Makoś-Chełstowska
Chunmei Ding Paul Marshall
Chunxin Ma Paul O'Brien
Chuyen Van Pham Paul Sundaram
Cíntia Helena Saraceni Paula Navascués
Ciprian Cristea Paulina Parcheta-Szwindowska
Clara Casado Coterillo Paulius Griskevicius
Claudia Espro Paulo Jorge Palma
Claudia Pelosi Paulo Nobre Balbis Dos Reis
Claudia Sergi Pavel Demakov
Claudio Caprari Pavel Ivchenko
Claudio Terraza Pavel Melnikov
Claudio Tosto Pavel Mokrejš
Conghua Lu Pavel Nikishau
Constantin Chalioris Pavel Padnya
Corneliu Cojocaru Pavel Rehak
Costel Ciubotariu Pavel S. Koroteev
Cristian Peptu Pavel Zelenovskiy
Cristian Petcu Pavlo Kryvenko
Cristian Simion Paweł Palutkiewicz
Cristiano Fragassa Paweł Piszko
Cristie Luis Kugelmeier Paweł Sułkowicz
Cristina Busuioc Payal Ganguly
Cristina Cazan Payam Shafigh
Cristina Chircov Pedaballi Sireesha
Cristina Martin Sabroso Pedram Azari
Cristina Pelin Pedro José Rivero
Cyril Nicolas Pedro Luis De Hoyos Martínez
Da Cao Pedro Maireles-Torres
Dagmara Bajer Peibo An
Da-Hua Wei Peilong Hou
Daijun Feng Peng Miao
Dajana Kučić Grgić Pengfei Wang
Daksh Shelly Pengfei Zhao
Dalel Daâssi Petar Antov
Dalius Jucius Peter Hammer
Damián Reyes Jáquez Peter O'Connell
Damiano Spagnuolo Peter Rusinov
Dan Rosu Peter Timmins
Dan Wang Petr Kadlec
Dana Elena Popa Petr Pantyukhov
Dania Olmos Petr Snetkov
Daniel Breite Pezhman Shiri
Daniel Fernández-Quiroz Pham Son Minh
Daniel Gromadzki Phan Vu Hoang Giang
Daniel Olvera-Trejo Philip Barnett
Daniel Otto Philipp Röse
Daniel Torres-Lagares Philippe Colomban
Daniel Wałach Philippe Lecomte
Daniela Franke Pier Nicola Sergi
Daniela Ionita Piere Rodriguez-Aliaga
Daniela Karashanova Pierluigi Stipa
Daniela Rusu Pierre-Alexandre Blanche
Daniele Battegazzore Pietro Mandracci
Daniele Eugenio Lucchetta Pietro Renato Avallone
Daniele Mantione Pilanee Vaithanomsat
Daniil Kozlov Ping Liu
Danilo Justino Carastan Piotr Zieliński
Danuta Król Polona Dobnik Dubrovski
Danuta Matykiewicz Posa Sudhakara
Dany Munoz-Pinto Pouyan Ghabezi
Daodao Hu Prabhanjan Giram
Dapeng Chen Prabhu Paramasivam
Daqin Guan Pradeep Lamichhane
Daria Voropaeva Pradeep Panda
Darkhan Yerezhep Pradip Bhowmik
Dave Mangindaan Pranav Nawani
David De Smet Pranjali Naik
David Penaloza Prashanth Ravishankar
David Sergeevichev Pratik Koirala
David Šilha Praveena Bindiganavile Anand
David Wheeler Prhashanna Ammu
Davide Ciceri Priyaranjan Samal
Davide Masato Prokopios Georgopanos
Davide Nocita Proloy Taran Das
Davood Rahmatabadi Przemysław Mania
Davor Kržišnik Przemysław Podulka
Debasis Mitra Pulak Bhushan
Debjit Roy Purushothaman Kuppan
Dengxu Wang Qi Cai
Denis Pankratov Qi Chen
Denis Rodrigue Qi He
Dervis Ozkan Qian Mao
Desimir Knežević Qiancheng Zhu
Deutou Nemaleu Juvenal Giogetti Qiang Li
Devarajan Balaji Qiao Yan
Devayani R. Tipre Qifeng Zhang
Dezhi Yang Qiguo Rong
Dhan Lord Fortela Qing Wang
Dharmendra Singh Qingchang Liu
Dhruvi Patel Qinghua Wang
Diana Cholakova Qingquan Liu
Diana Ciolacu Qingshan Dong
Diego Romano Perinelli Qixuan Zheng
Dieter Dirksen Qiyi Zhang
Dignesh Khunt Quanjin Ma
Dihao Wang Que Huang
Dimitris Tsamatsoulis Quentin Bourgogne
Din Bandhu Quoc Bao Le
Dinakaran Thirumalai Quyen Vu Thi
Dinara Sobola Rabah Azouani
Dinesh Barak Rachel Partovi
Dinesh Patel Rachid Touzani
Dinesh Salunke Rada Kazakova
Dinesh Veeran Ponnuvelu Radu Racovita
Divya Dheer Rafael Camarillo
Divya Prasad Rafael Das Chagas
Divya Sivasubramani Rafael Guerra Lund
Djalal Trache Rafael Guillen
Dmitrii Stoliarov Rafael Melo
Dmitrijs Serdjuks Rafal Szukiewicz
Dmitry Buslovich Rafal Ziobro
Dmitry Kiesewetter Raheel Ahmad
Dmitry Selishchev Rahela Kulčar
Dmitry Zimnyakov Rahmat Ullah
Doina Dimonie Raj Arya
Domagoj Drenjančević Rajender Boddula
Domenico Licursi Rajendran Suresh Babu
Dong Zhang Rajeshkumar Lakshminarasimhan
Dongping Zhu Rajeshkumar Selvaraj
Dongsheng Lei Raji Atchudan
Dong-Wook Han Raji Govindan
Dongxia Ye Rajwali Khan
Dongyu Bai Rakesh Chaudhari
Dongzhao Jin Rakesh Rajaboina
Dorota Chełminiak-Dudkiewicz Ralf Sindelar
Dorota Krasowska Ralitsa Velinova
Dorota Siuta Raluca Nicoleta Darie-Nita
Dragan Marinkovic Raluca Nicu
Drahomír Čadek Ram Krishna Upadhyay
Duangjai Tungmunnithum Rama Krishna Alla
Dumitru Popovici Rameswar Bhattacharjee
Dumitru-Doru Burduhos-Nergis Ramiro Guerrero-Santos
Dunja Gorjanc Ramon Miralbes Buil
Dustin Shipp Ramón Raudel Peña Garcia
Dzmitry Shcharbin Ran Li
Ebrahim Seidi Rando Tuvikene
Ecevit Bilgili Ranjit De
Edgars Elsts Ranz Stelzer
Edit Csapó Rasoul Shadnia
Edith Luévano-Hipólito Rathinavel Vedalakshmi
Edoardo Bocci Ravan Rahimov
Edson Roberto Santana Ravi Pandiselvam
Eduard-Marius Lungulescu Ravi Tutika
Eduardo Alberto López-Maldonado Ravichandran Kollarigowda
Eduardo Guzmán Solís Ravichandran Manickam
Eduardo Moreira Da Silva Ravichandranath Singathi
Eduardo Pereira Razvan Udroiu
Edyta Małachowska Reda El-Shishtawy
Egemen Avcu Reinier Akkermans
Egidijus Griskonis Renata Adami
Egor Morokov Renata Coelho Rodrigues Noronha
Ehsan Arshid Rene Buchet
Ehsan Bari Rene Rietra
Ehsan Mohammadi Zahrani Reza Alebrahim
Ekaterina Dinastiia Reza Salehiyan
Ekaterina Naumenko Reza Shirazi
El Hadi Erbiai Rezwanul Haque
Elahe Amini Riadh Neffati
Elaheh Jooybar Ricardo Branco
Elanthamilan Elaiyappillai Ricardo Mendes
Eleftheria Pechlivani Ricardo Ribeiro
Elen Pacheco Riccardo Beltrami
Elena Balashova Ridwan Pratama Putra
Elena Colusso Rita Mota
Elena Dinte Ritesh Verma
Elena Golubeva Ritu Raval
Elena Kelbysheva Rizwan Khan
Elena Magaril Roald Tiggelaar
Elena Torrieri Robert Carleer
Elena Torskaya Robert Kosturek
Elena-Raluca Baciu Robert Matos
Eleni Aretoulaki Robert Panowicz
Eleni Gianni Roberto Ambrosio Lazaro
Eleonora Desnica Roberto Pastore
Eligiusz Postek Roberto Ruiz-Caro
Elisa Toto Roberto Spina
Elsayed Gamal Zaki Roddel Remy
Elshad Allahyarov Rodrigo Lins
Elvira Pantuso Rogelio Cuevas-García
Elyor Berdimurodov Rogelio Rodríguez Rodríguez
Elżbieta Megiel Roger Rowell
Emad Mohamed Masoud Rogerio Buchaim
Emad Newair Rogerio de Sousa Junior
Emad Soliman Roghayeh Heiran
Emad Yousif Roman Marsalek
Eman Fayad Roman Popielarz
Emanuele Maccaferri Roman Shishkin
Emilia Janiszewska-Turak Roman V. Toms
Emiliano Bedini Rony Mia
Emiliano Pasquini Roozbeh Abedini-Nassab
Emmanouil-Georgios Tzanakakis Rosa María Camacho-Ruiz
Emmanuel Fortunato Gulino Rosanna Tofalo
Emna Cherif Roshan Thotagamuge
Emna Helal Rossella Arrigo
Emre Kinaci Rossella Surace
Eng-Tong Phuah Roxana Gabriela Zgârian
Engy Elekhnawy Roxana Jijie
Ennio Cocca Rozli Zulkifli
Enrique Casarejos Ruben Foresti
Enrique Cuan-Urquizo Rubén Gonzalez Nunez
Enrique Saldívar-Guerra Rudolf Kiefer
Erkan Senses Rudolf Pfaendner
Ervin Kovács Rui Cheng
Esmat Ali Rui Dai
Essam Abdel-Fattah Rui Li
Ester Chiessi Ruiheng Wu
Ester Guaus Ruijie Ma
Esther Rebollar Ruoxing Wang
Esther Treviño Rustam Gumerov
Eugene Postnikov Ruth Mwongeli Muthoka
Eugene Statnik Ryszard Cierpiszewski
Eugenio Meloni S. M. Anas
Eun-Suk Jang Sabarinathan Pushparaj Subramaniyan
Eva Santos Sachin Salunkhe
Evangelia Tarani Sadaf Bashir Khan
Evangelia Vouvoudi Saeed Olyaee
Evangelina García-Armenta Saeid Lotfian
Evelina Pavlovna Domashevskaya Sagar Pardeshi
Everaldo Silvino Dos Santos Sagarmoy Mandal
Ewa Głowińska Sahand Sarbishei
Ewa Korzeniewska Saif Qaid
Ewa Olȩdzka Saishuai Wen
Ewa Olewnik-Kruszkowska Sajal Sen
Fabiano Rodembusch Sakshum Khanna
Fabio Ganazzoli Salatul Islam Mozumder
Facundo Almeraya-Calderón Salim Albukhaty
Facundo Mattea Sallal Abid
Faizan Ullah Salvatore Andrea Pullano
Fang-Cheng Liang Sameer Awad
Fanny Monteil-Rivera Sameer Hussain
Farong Huang Samina Mehnaz
Fatih Doǧan Samir Cimic
Fatima Ezzahra Arrakhiz Sándor Beszédes
Fatouma Mohamed Abdoul-Latif Sandor Solyom
Fausto Tucci Sanja Bogojevic
Fawaz Aldabbagh Sanja Ražić
Fedor Barkov Sanjay Kumar Singh Patel
Fei Pan Sanjit Acharya
Feipeng Yang Sanjiv Prashar
Feiyu Xu Sanjoy Paul
Felipe Kodaira Santanu Pradhan
Feng Chen Santhana Krishna Kumar Alagarsamy
Feng Guo Santiago Casado
Feng Li Santiago Pedro Aubourg Martínez
Ferdows B. Zarrabi Santo Previti
Fernanda Medeiros Borsagli Santosh Kumar Sahu
Fernanda Tonelli Sapana Jadoun
Fernanda Vilarinho Sara Cerra
Fernando Aguilar-Ayala Sascha Rohn
Fernando Carrillo-Navarrete Sathish Kumar Palaniappan
Fernando Notario-Pérez Satish Vishwanathaiah
Filipa Pires Saul Utrera-Barrios
Filippo Pierini Saurabh Mishra
Filiz Lokumcu Altay Saurabh Sharma
Fiora Artusio Sayan Ganguly
Fioretta Asaro Sayan K. Das
Florian Csarman Scott Iacono
Florian Pape Sean-Thomas Lundin
Fnu Asaduzzaman Sebastian Schwaminger
Forat Yasir AlJaberi Sébastien Alix
Fouad Ali Abdullah Abdullah Sebastien Bernacchi
Foziyah Zakir Seif Eddine Fenni
Franc Vrečer Selcan Karakus
Francesc Xavier Espinach Selim Gürgen
Francesca Nardelli Selvin Thoomas
Francesco Arcadio Semen Sologubov
Francesco Aymerich Semra Akgönüllü
Francesco Branda Senka Popović
Francesco Ciardelli Senthil Kumar Subramaniam
Francesco Fuso Senthil Muthu Kumar Thiagamani
Francesco Puleio Seong Ho Han
Francesco Trotta Seppo Karrila
Francis Avilés Serge Perez
Francisco Fraga-López Sergei Alexandrov
Francisco Gilabert Sergei Chirkov
Francisco Ríos Sergei Kostjuk
Francisco-Javier Ayaso Sergei Shmakov
Francois Morini Sergei Stel'makh
Francois Rault Sergey A. Milenin
Frank Alifui-Segbaya Sergey Bondarchuk
Frédéric Addiego Sergey Ilyin
Frederick Bossuyt Sergey Kapranov
Frieder Scheller Sergey Kidalov
Fu Sun Sergey Kolotilov
Fuchu Liu Sergey Legkov
Fujun Zhang Sergey Pyrlin
Fulden Ulucan Karnak Sergey Savin
Fuqing Cui Sergey Sazhenkov
Gábor Dogossy Sergey Shevtsov
Gábor Katona Serhiy Pyshyev
Gabriela Dudek Sevil Savaşkan Yilmaz
Gabriela Toader Seyed Abdollah Mansouri Mehryan
Gabriele Maria Fortunato Seyed Hadi Peighambardoust
Gabriele Toietta Seyed Mohammad Amini
Gaetano Palumbo Seyed Sina Mousavi
Gagandeep Kaur Seyyed Emad Hooshmand
Gagandeep Singh Seyyed Mehdi khoshfetrat
Galina Kurlyandskaya Sezai Kutuk
Galina Petrovna Karpacheva Shahid Adeel
Gamal El-Hiti Shahid Ud Din Wani
Gamaleldin Harisa shahriar Bakrani Balani
Garry Kerch Shahrokh Hatefi
Gaweł Sołowski Shahryar Jafarinejad
Gelmires De Araujo Neves Shai Factor
Gennadiy Vladimirovich Stepanov Shaker Qaidi
Gennady Kolesnikov Shakhawan Al-Zangana
Gennaro Rollo Shalini Jayaraman Rukmani
George Karalis Shamaila Zafar
George Verros Shambhulinga Aralekallu
George Voyiatzis Shamim Ahsan
Georgi Kostov Shaofeng Duan
Georgios Bokias Shaoxuan Ren
Georgios C. Psarras Sharanabasava Ganachari
Gesmi Milcovich Sharareh Harirchi
Gheorghe Oancea Sharmistha Barthakur
Giancarla Alberti Shashank Kane
Giangiacomo Minak Shashanka Rajendrachari
Gianina Dodi Shengfeng Cheng
Gianluca Ciardelli Sheng-Heng Chung
Giannin Mosoarca Shenghuang Lin
Giedrė Kasparavičienė Shengjie Wang
Giedrius Janusas Sher Singh Meena
Gintautas Bagdziunas Sherif El-Badawy
Gioele Pagot Sherif Fahmy
Giorgio Tofani Shibghatullah Muhammady
Giovanna Concu Shichao Ding
Giovanni Ciampi Shijie Li
Giovanni Maria Sardi Shinpei Ogawa
Girish Kumar Shisong Ren
Girolamo Costanza Shiv Dutt Purohit
Gisbert Riess Shivani Pathania
Gisela Ohms Shixiong Yi
Giulia De Riso Shiyu Fu
Giuseppe Lacidogna Shiyu Hu
Giuseppe Trusso Sfrazzetto Shu Fen Chuang
Giuseppina Uva Shuai Liang
Gleiston Dias Shuang Liang
Goran Nikolic Shuangxi Xing
Goran Palijan Shubhangi Khadtare
Govind Pathak Shuhao Liu
Govindarajan Narayanan Shuhua Yang
Gozde Eke Shuijian He
Graciela Abuin Shun Lu
Grazia Giuseppina Politano Siamak Shams Es-haghi
Gražyna Simha Martynková Sid Ahmed Slimane
Grigor Bantchev Siddharth Gautam
Grigorios Kyriakopoulos Sidi Zhu
Grzegorz Adamek Siew Xian Chin
Grzegorz Janowski Sikandar Khan
Grzegorz Jodłowski Silke Scheerer
Grzegorz Karwasz Silvestre Bongiovanni Abel
Grzegorz Kowalski Simona Căprărescu
Grzegorz Woroniak Simona Errico
Guangji Xu Simona Liliana Iconaru
Guangtao Zan Simona Noveanu
Guanhua Wang Simonas Ramanavičius
Guendalina Zuccari Siok Wei Tay
Guerino Sacripante Siu Hong Dexter Wong
Guillermo Copello Siwatt Thaiudom
Guillermo Herrera-Perez Sixun Zheng
Gulbarshin Shambilova Siyamak Safapour
Gulshan Verma Slađana Davidović
Gunawan Prihandana Slavica Maletic
Guo-Cheng Han Slawomir Jakiela
Guohua Zhu Snehasis Bhakta
Guoping Guan Sofia Morozova
Gyula Palyi Sohail Mumtaz
Habib Ouadi Sohrab Hossain
Hafiezal Radzi Sohrab Nasiri
Hailong Fan Soichi Yabuki
Hailong Qiu Sónia Carabineiro
Hai-Mei Li Sonia Freddi
Haiquan Liu Sotiris Patsios
Haiyang Zhang Soumen Das
Hamdan Ahmad Soumen Mandal
Hamdy F. M. Mohamed Sourav Chatterjee
Hamed Nosrati Sridhar Patra
Hamed Peidayesh Stanislaw Frackowiak
Hamed Saghaei Stefan Hardon
Hamed Salimi-Kenari Stefan Kranz
Hamid Mohammad-Sedighi Stefan Wolny
Hamid Shaikh Stefana Cvetković
Hamideh Darjazi Stefano Bacci
Hamzeh Kiyani Stefano Bettati
Hang Yu Stefano Castellani
Hangbo Yue Štěpán Hýsek
Hani Manssor Albetran Stephan Kabasci
Hanif Haidari Stephan Kubowicz
Haniyeh Fayazfar Stephan Sprenger
Hans Bäumler Stephanie TerMaath
Hanseob Jeong Stephen Goldman
Hany Abdo Stephen Inbaraj
Hany Bauomy Steven Lim
Hao Jiang Subhadip Mondal
Hao Yang Subhendu Chakraborty
Hao Zeng Sudarshan Singh
Hao-Long Zhou Suhail Khan
Haomiao Xie Suitu Wang
Haoran Lin Sujit Kumar Pradhan
Haoran Qu Sukanta Shill
Haoyu Wang Sukhmanjot Kaur
Haradhan Kolya Suman Alishetty
Harnoor Singh Sachar Suman Debnath
Harsh Vardhan Sumanta Sahoo
Hasan Özdoğan Sun Kyoung Kim
Hassan Ouachtak Sundarapandian Ramkanth
Hassan Shokry Suneetha Vuppu
Haw-Ming Huang Surachai Wongcharee
Hayath Thameem Basha Suraj Pathak
Hayder Abdullah Surajudeen Sikiru
He Sun Surinder Singh
Heba Isawi Sushant Rawal
Hebat-Allah Tohamy Sutapa Dutta
Héctor García-Ortega Suzana Pasanec Preprotić
Hector Siller Sven Rutkowski
Heli Siti Munawaroh Sven Sängerlaub
Helinando De Oliveira Svetlana Batasheva
Hemali Rathnayake Swarup Roy
Hend Mohamed Abdel-Bar Syed Ahmad Farhan
Hennebert Pierre Syed Farhan Raza Syed Farhan Raza
Henrique Pinho Syed Mahmood
Henryk Bednarski Sylvain Caillol
Henryk Kania Sylwia Baluta
Heri Kusuma Szabolcs Fischer
Hesam Pouraliakbar Szymon Malinowski
Himarati Mondal T. R. Praveenkumar
Hiroki Yamamoto Tǎchiţǎ Vlad-Bubulac
Hiromitsu Sogawa Tadesse Gemeda Wakjira
Hirosato Monobe Taha El-Sayed
Hiroyasu Yamaguchi Takahiro Wada
Hisao Haniu Takehisa Hanawa
Hodhaifa Derdar Tamara Fernández Arévalo
Hongfeng Xie Tamara Lazarevic-Pasti
Hong-Wei He Tamara Tomašegović
Hongyang Ma Tamás Hofmann
Hongyao Yin Tamerlan Magkoev
Hongyu Chen Tania Santos
Hongyu Liu Tanya Kumari
Hooman Shafaee Tao Wang
Horst-Christian Langowski Tao Xu
Hossam Nabwey Tarek Al-Arbi Ganat
Hossein Ebrahimnezhad-Khaljiri Tarek Dayyoub
Hossein Eivaz Mohammadloo Tariq Almubarak
Hossein Esmaeili Tatheer Zahra
Hossein Maleki-Ghaleh Tatiana Myasoedova
Hossein Molavi Tatiana Rostovshchikova
Hossein Nassiraei Tatyana Lugovitskaya
Houssem Boulebd Teboho Clement Mokhena
Hsuan-Ying Chen Teng-Chun Yang
Hua Wei Teodor Rusu
Hualing He Teresa Rucinska
Huan Ding Teresa Silvestri
Huaping Wang Tetsuo Takayama
Huazhe Jiao Thanate Ratanawilai
Hugo Cruz Thanavel Rajangam
Hugo Espinosa Andrews Thanongsak Imjai
Hui Ren Thawatchai Phaechamud
Huizhong Zhao Theodora Krasia-Christoforou
Hussein Hamada Thi Thanh Binh Nguyen
Hynek Balcar Thirumalai Ramanathan
Ian Burgess Thomas Keller
Ian Hartley Thuat Trinh
Ianasi Catalin Tianhao Yu
Ibrahim Maamoun Tianhua Tang
Ida Poljansek Tianxiong Ju
Idil Arslan-Alaton Tibor Alpár
Ignacio Rintoul Tibor Toth-Katona
Igor I. Ponomarev Tien Nguyen
Igor Makarov Timothy Ebert
Igor Mucha Timur Shakirov
Igor Shchapin Tirath Raj
Ileana Alexandra Pavel Tomasz Kozior
Ilia Uvarov Tomasz Majka
Iliana Medina-Ramirez Tomasz Rozwadowski
Iliya Petriev Tomasz Rudnicki
Ilya Khodov Tomasz Rydzkowski
Ilya Klabukov Tomasz Trzepieciński
Ilya Ozhogin Tomaz Velnar
Ilya Pankov Tomislav Cigula
Ilya Zavidovskiy Tomislav Sedlar
Ilyas Khan Tommaso D' Antino
Imran Khan Tomoya Nishiwaki
Ina Prade Tomoya Takada
Inderbir Singh Torkan Shafighfard
Inese Filipova Toshiya Okazaki
Inge-Willem Noordergraaf Traian Cicone
Inocencio Rafael Martín Benenzuela Trushit Upadhyaya
Inwoo Cheong Tsuyoshi Yoda
Ioan Petean Tuan Sang Tran
Ioana Stanculescu Turgay Seckin
Ioannis Asimakopoulos Tze Chuen Yap
Ioannis Mastorakos Tz-Feng Lin
Ioannis Nikolakakis U. Vijayalakshmi
Ioannis Petsagkourakis Uday Bagale
Ioannis Tsivintzelis Udaya Sree Dakarapu
Iolanda De Marco Uddhav Kanbur
Ion Calina Ugo D'Amora
Iren Kuznetsova Uliana Nikulova
Irene Ling Ulises Páramo-García
Irina Cherunova Umair Ahmed Qureshi
Irina Kasyanova Umapathi Reddicherla
Irina Le-Deygen Umesh Prasad
Irina Meghea Urška Kavčič
Iryna Kravchenko Ursula Windberger
Isabel Fernandes Urszula Mizerska
Isabel Lado Touriño Uttam Paul
Isabel Oliveira Uwe Lappan
Islam Khalil Vadim Boyarskiy
Islam Minisy Vahideh RABANI
Ismaeil Haririan Valentin Năstasă
Ismael Flores Vivián Valentin Romanovski
Ismail Fidan Valentina Beghetto
Ismail Özdemir Valentina Marascu
István Antal Valentina Mazzanti
István Budai Valentina Medri
Iuliana Cocean Valentina Polivtseva
Iva Chianella Valeria Lanza
Ivan Gajdoš Valery Chebanenko
Ivan Gitsov Valery Sinditskii
Ivan Lange Van Du Nguyen
Ivan Pelevin Van-Tho Hoang
Ivan Petronijević Vasanthan Devaraj
Ivan Ristić Vasile Cojocaru
Ivan Ružiak Vasilii Otvagin
Ivan Savic Vasiliy Vladimirovich Spiridonov
Ivan Skvortsov Vassil Jivkov
Ivan Stefanović Vassilios Saltas
Ivana Lukic Vassilis Gaganis
Ivana Mitar Vassilis Stathopoulos
Ivana Stajcic Veerapandian Ponnuchamy
Ivanka Spassova Venerando Pistarà
Ivaylo Dimitrov Venkatachalam Ponnusami
Ivica Duretek Vera Budaeva
Iwona Grabowska Vera Freitas
Izabela Irska Vera Marinova
Izabela Janowska Vera Mazankova
Izabell Craciunescu Vicente Samuel Fuertes Miquel
Jaber Keyvan Rad Vicente Serna-Escolano
Jacek Andrzejewski Victor Furer
Jacek Hulimka Víctor Javier Cruz-Delgado
Jacek Lewandowicz Victor Reshetnyak
Jacek Nowaczyk Victor Tcherdyntsev
Jacek Pacana Victoria Corregidor
Jacek Pietraszek Victorien Jeux
Jacobo Elies Vijay Mishra
Jaeheum Yeon Vijay Raghunathan
Jaejong Park Vijay Tambrallimath
Jaime Escalante Vijayanandh Raja
Jaime Santoyo-Salazar Vikas Anand Saharan
Jaime Taha-Tijerina Viktor Klimov
Jakub Grajewski Viktor Sevastianov
Jakub Hodul Vilma Ratautaite
Jakub Żurawski Vinay Kumar
Jamarosliza Jamaluddin Vinayak Parale
James Maguire Vinod Ayyappan
Jan Król Vinod Kumar
Jan Kudlaček Violeta Dediu
Jandeep Singh Violeta Koleva
Janusz Kluczynski Vipan Kumar
Janusz Madaj Virginia Dinca-Balan
Janusz Torzewski Vishakha Tambe
Jaroslaw Krzywanski Vishnu Saseendran
Jasvir Dalal Vistasp Karbhari
Javad Mehrmashhadi Vitaliy Shevchenko
Javad Payandehpeyman Vito Speranza
Javier Cañavate Vítor Antunes
Javier Lopez Vladimír Chmelko
Javier Martin Vladimir E. Katnov
Jayashree Nath Vladimir Kurbatov
Jean Duhamel Vladimir Lozinsky
Jeffrey Wang Vladimir Pankratov
Jelena T. Petrović Vladimir R. Shayapov
Jen-Chang Yang Vladimir Yusupov
Jeng-Ywan Jeng Vladislav S. Ivanov
Jérémy Odent Vlastimil Borůvka
Jesus Pablos Volkan Esat
Jesús Puente-Córdova Volker Schöppner
Jesús-María García-Martínez Volodymyr Gunka
Jhaleh Amirian Vyacheslav Arlyapov
Jiali Yu Vyacheslav Klyukhin
Jian Peng W.R. Agami
Jian Wang Wageh Swelm
Jianbao Zhao Wajid Rehman
Jianfeng Wang Waleed Ahmed
Jiangtao Shi Wang ruizhi
Jianguang Liu Wanhao Cai
Jianguo Li Wanlop Kitisatorn
Jiawei Xiang Waqas Alam Mir
Jie Gao Wei Anlei
Jin Li Wei Guo
Jin Xu Wei Hu
Jin Yong Park Wei Huang
Jincy Parayangattil Jyothibasu Wei Jiang
Jing Jiang Wei Liu
Jing Qi Wei Lv
Jing Wu Wei Ren
Jingan Li Wei Wu
Jin-gang Liu Wei Yang
Jingjie Wei Weichao Du
Jingpeng Li Weilong Shi
Jingyuan Deng Weimin Huang
Jinjie Qian Wei-Qiang Pang
Jintamai Suwanprateeb Wei-Ting Lin
Jinze Xu Weiwei Han
Jiongyu Ren Wenbin Fu
Jiri Kroutil Wenbin Zhou
Jitendra Katiyar Wendel Silvestre
Jiun-Ren Hwang Wenjie Wu
Jiyong Hu Wenjing Ma
Jizhen Zhang Wenliang Song
Joan Manuel Rodríguez-Díaz Wensheng Wang
Joanna Brzeska Wentao Liu
Joanna Pagacz Wen-Ten Kuo
Joao Alfredo Lazzari Wenxin Zhu
João Leal Wenyi Wang
João Miguel Marques dos Santos Widya Fatriasari
João Paulo Saraiva Morais Wildan Mubarok
Jobish Johns Wilfred Hagen
John D. Clayton William Ballesteros
John Nicholson William Chong
John Roberts William T. Heller
Jojo P. Joseph Wirach Taweepreda
Jomin Thomas Wirginia Tomczak
Jongho Park Wojciech Jerzak
Jorge Almaral-Sánchez Wonsuk Cha
Jorge Roberto Vargas Garcia Worawat Wattanathana
Jorge Santos Xavier Colom
Jorge Serment-Guerrero Xia Xin
Jørn Bolstad Christensen Xiang Chen
Jose Aguiar Xiang Xi
José Antonio Suarez-Navarro Xiangchen Meng
José D. Badia Xiangmei Li
José Juan Escobar-Chávez Xiangmeng Li
José Luis Colón Quintana Xiangru Wei
José Luis Olivares-Romero Xiangxian Ying
Jose Luis Rivera-Armenta Xianhua Liu
José Manuel Gaspar Martinho Xianhui Zhao
José Manuel Méndez Arriaga Xianxiang Liu
José Martínez-Lillo Xianyin Duan
Jose Navarro Pedreño Xiao Li
José Neves Xiaobo Dong
José Renato Mendes De Sousa Xiaodan Ding
José Ricardo Carneiro Xiaofan Zhang
Josefina Pons Xiaoli Zhang
José-Luis Maldonado Xiaolong Wang
Joseph Assaad Xiaoming Qian
Józef Iwaszko Xiaoshuai Han
Juan Carlos Cuevas-Bernardino Xiaowei Zhang
Juan Francisco Rodríguez Xiaoxiang Cheng
Juan Ivorra-Martinez Xiaoyang Guan
Juan Jose Freire Xiaoyang Liu
Juan Lázaro-Martínez Xiaozhou Huang
Juan Monzó-Cabrera Xiaozhou Yang
Juan Pedro Fernandez Blazquez Xin Chen
Juan Urbano Xin Guo
Judit Telegdi Xin Jiat Lee
Judita Škulteckė Xin Ma
Jue Ling Xin Tong
Jugal Kumawat Xinglu Wang
Julfikar Haider Xingyu Wang
Julio Gomez Xinmin Shen
Jumril Yunas Xinxiu Cao
Jun Liu Xinyu Li
Jun Ren Xu Wang
Junaidi Khotib Xubo Luo
Junzi Wu Xuefei Chen
Jurgen Lange Bregado Xugang Dang
Jürgen Nagel Yagang Zhang
Jürn Willi Peter Schmelzer Yale Wang
K. C. Seetha Lakshmi Yan Cheng
K.S. Elango Yan Li
Kadir Bilisik Yan Liu
Kai Dong Yan Zubavichus
Kaiwu Huang Yana Vereshchagina
Kalpana Madgula Yang Liu
Kamal Hussein Yanhua Luo
Kamil Gareev Yanlin Zhang
Kanad Ray Yanyan Dong
Kandi Sridhar Yao Ni
Karen Esquivel Yao Shun
Karingamanna Jayanarayanan Yao Yao
Karol Szubert Yaroslav Kudryavtsev
Karolina Barcauskaite Yaser Kiani
Karolina Kopacz Yasser Shahzad
Karthik Kanagaraj Yasuyuki Hirakawa
Karthik Kannan Yawei Shi
Karthik Ramaswamy Yewang Zhang
Kashif Ishfaq Yi Hu
Kaspars Pudzs Yichen Deng
Katarina Marusic Yi-Chun Chen
Katarina Monkova Yichun Ding
Katarzyna Chruszcz-Lipska Yifan Li
Katarzyna Cieslak Yifei Jin
Katarzyna Falkowicz Ying Yang
Katarzyna Krukiewicz Yingbin Hu
Katarzyna Pobiega Yiqiang Fan
Katarzyna Skórczewska Yiwan Huang
Katarzyna Sosnowska Yixi Xie
Katherine Hixon Yixuan Feng
Katja Oßwald Yoanh Espinosa-Almeyda
Kaveh Rahmani Yohi Shivatharsiny
Ke Cao Yong Zheng
Ke Qu Yongfeng Gao
Kefayat Ullah Yongfeng Yang
Kemao Xiu Yoshi Marien
Kening Lang Youliang Cheng
Kevin Dzobo Yousef El Hasadi
Kewei Li Youssef Ibrahim
Keyang Wu Yu Sekiguchi
Khaled Obaideen yu zhang
Khalil Ahmad Yu. V. Ioni
Khalil Tamersit Yuan Chen
Khrystyna Berladir Yuan Gao
Khubab Shaker Yuan Liu
Khuram Maqsood Yujie Huang
Kiadtisak Saenboonruang Yujing Zhang
Kiat Moon Lee Yuki Nagamatsu
Kimberley Cousins Yulia Frank
Kimiyasu Sato Yulia Gorshkova
Kinga Korniejenko Yulia Kadykova
Kinga Turzó Yulia Kondratenko
Kirill Cherednichenko Yulia Petronyuk
Kirill Zuev Yulia Tertyshnaya
Kit-Leong Cheong Yuliya Yu. Titova
Klára Kobetičová Yun Ling
Klaudio Bari Yun Shan
Kohei Yamada Yun Zhang
Kongjian Shen Yunchao Tang
Konrad Olejnik Yungang Cao
Konstantin Malafeev Yunqing Gu
Konstantin Rozanov Yuqi Jin
Konstantin Scholz Yury Shulga
Konstantinos Beltsios Yushi Liu
Konstantinos Chrissafis Yutaka Ohsedo
Koray Özsoy Yuthana Phimolsiripol
Koyeli Girigoswami Yutian Ma
Krishan Kumar Yuxiang Huang
Krishna Prasad Rajan Yuxin Tong
Kristine Aleksanyan Zacharoula Iatridi
Krzysztof Szwajka Zaida Ortega
Krzysztof Wieczorek Zaihua Duan
Krzysztof Wilczyński Zbigniew Oksiuta
Ksenia Kirichenko Zbigniew Pozorski
Kun Feng Ze Wang
Kun-Hao Yu Zehao Pan
Kuntal Maity Zeljko Petrovski
Kuo Chen Zengqian Shi
Kyle Vining Zeyan Zhou
Lăcrămioara Rusu Zeyi Tan
Lacrimioara Senila Zhao Li
Lalit Kumar Zhaobin Qiu
Lara Rebaioli Zhaogui Wang
Larisa Lvova Zhaoqing Cong
Lars Järnström Zhen Xiao
Larysa Neduzha Zhengjun Yao
Laszlo Kook Zhengwei Huang
Lateef Akanji Zhengze Pan
Laura Bulgariu Zhengzhi Mu
Laura Manceriu Zhenpeng Xu
Laura Peres Zhibin Wen
Laura Riva Zhichao Lou
Laurentia Andrei Zhihao Shang
Lazaros Papadopoulos Zhihua Wang
Le Quoc Pham Zhihua Xu
Leander Corrie Zhonglue Hu
Leandro Merces Zhongmin Xiao
Lechosław Tuz Zhongyun Liu
Lei Guo Zhuangzhi Sun
Lei Li Zia Ullah Arif
Lei Nie Ziad Al-Dwairi
Lei Zhang Zidan Zhang
Leonard Ionut Atanase Žiga Gosar
Leonardo Pagnotta Zihao Liang
Leonel Paredes-Madrid Zihao Ou
Leonid Kustov Zijian Song
Leonid Perelomov Zilu Wang
Leontina Grigore-Gurgu Zinaida Shifrina
Leto-Aikaterini Tziveleka Zlatan Denchev
Liam O'Neill Zoi Terzopoulou
Liang Huang Zoltan Adam Tamus
Liang Yan Zongan Li
Liang Yang Zongwu Chen
Lianqiao Yang Zorana Golubović
Libo Zhang Zorka Vasiljevic
Lichen Bai Zubair Ahmad
Lidia Gavic Zuzanna Żołek-Tryznowska

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.

Read more:

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

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

Nobel Prize Laureates Entrust MDPI with Their Research

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

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

The best of the best trust us with their work.

Nobel Prize Laureates Who Have Published with MDPI

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

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

2023 Nobel Prize Winners Published by MDPI

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

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

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

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

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

Read more:

Impactful Research

MDPI Journals Newly Indexed in 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more:

Inside MDPI

MDPI Appoints New Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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

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

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

Coming Together for Science

MDPI’s 2024 In-Person Academic Events Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events with details to be announced:

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

Click here for all upcoming MDPI events.

Organize Your Event with MDPI’s Sciforum

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

Closing Thoughts

Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead to 2024

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

Becoming a stronger organisation

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

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

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

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

Accountability and communication

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

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

Here’s to a joyous and prosperous 2024!

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

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
Peng, Shushi
Perc, Matjaz
Perlin, David S.
Perlman, Stanley
Petruzzelli, Antonio Messeni
Pitt, Bertram
Pöhlmann, Stefan
Polasky, Stephen
Pommier, Yves
Poor, H. Vincent
Potenza, Marc N.
Preat, Veronique
Prinsep, Michele R.
Pu, Kanyi
Putnik, Predrag
Qin, Yuanwei
Qiu, Jieshan
Qu, Xiaogang
Ragauskas, Arthur J.
Ramakrishna, Seeram
Ramkissoon, Haywantee
Ran, Jingrun
Rao, Zhonghao
Recio, Isidra
Ren, Jinsong
Rengel, Zed
Rho, Junsuk
Riahi, Keywan
Ribeiro-Soriano, Domingo
Richardson, Paul G.
Robert, Caroline
Rocca, Maria A.
Rodriguez-Manas, Leocadio
Rojas, Orlando J.
Rojo, Teofilo
Roubaud, David
Saad, Fred
Saad, Walid
Sadorsky, Perry
Saliba, Michael
Sander, Chris
Sangaiah, Arun Kumar
Santamouris, Mattheos
Santoro, Gabriele
Scaldaferri, Franco
Schatzberg, Alan F.
Schwab, Matthias
Schweizer, Frank
Scolyer, Richard A.
Scott, Daniel
Serruys, Patrick W.
Setzer, William N.
Shahzad, Babar
Shao, Shuai
Shao, Zongping
Shen, Guozhen
Shen, Liyin

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

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.

Read more:

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

Read more:

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.

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

22 September 2023
Meet Us at the 45th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Biomaterials, 6–7 November 2023, Kobe, Japan


The 45th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Biomaterials will be held from 6 to 7 November 2023 at the Kobe International Conference Center (Kobe, Hyogo, Japan). The conference focuses on the current technological advancement and development of biomaterials, as well as cutting-edge materials to solve the various problems with which modern society is confronted. The conference invites all researchers in the life science, engineering, medical device, and other industries to join.

The following MDPI journals will be represented at the conference:

  • Bioengineering;
  • Gels;
  • JFB;
  • Polymers.

If you are planning to attend this conference, please feel free to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://lynx-dent.jp/jsb45/.

15 September 2023
Meet Us at the 11th European Symposium on Biopolymers (ESBP), 13–15 September 2023, Brno, Czech Republic


Conference: The 11th European Symposium on Biopolymers (ESBP)
Date: 13–15 September 2023
Place: Brno, Czech Republic

MDPI will be attending the 11th European Symposium on Biopolymers (ESBP). This meeting will be held at Brno Observatory and Planetarium, Brno, Czech Republic, from 13 to 15 September 2023. The organizing committee comprises the Brno University of Technology. The theme of the conference is biopolymers, which include polyesters, polysaccharides, polyamides, polyphosphates, and other polymeric materials of natural origin. Through this meeting, we wish to discuss the potential of molecular biology or biotechnology from material sciences.

The MDPI journals Polymers and Polysaccharides will be represented.

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://esbp2023.com/.

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
Meet Us at the 16th China Pharmaceutical Preparations Conference, 15–17 September 2023, Changsha, China


The upcoming conference is the 16th so far, and it has become an important conference in the field of pharmaceutical research in China. The theme of this formulation conference is "New Technologies, New Opportunities, and New Challenges" which will be held in Changsha, China. Experts from various fields and directions in pharmacy at home and abroad will be invited to conduct exchanges and discussions on theoretical research, technology applications, policies, and regulations on pharmaceutical formulations. In addition to the main venue, the conference also has a basic pharmacy forum (targeted drug delivery strategy, controlled release strategy), industrial pharmacy forum, International Controlled Release Association China Branch Forum, external preparations forum, improved new drugs and clinical research forum, medicinal excipients and pharmaceutical packaging materials forum, preparation R&D services and equipment forum, young pharmaceutical workers forum, graduate student forum, and other sub-venues.

Pharmaceutics (ISSN: 1999-4923) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal on the science and technology of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics, and it is published monthly online by MDPI. Pharmaceutics will participate in this event as an exhibitor together with seven 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 #A39. 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 Pharmaceutics Editorial Office at pharmaceutics@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.

Read more:

Closing Thoughts

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

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

MDPI’s Interaction with Elsevier

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

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

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

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

‘Fully OA’ Organizations Dedicated to Open Access

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

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

18 August 2023
Meet Us at the 2023 China Biomaterials Conference, 12–15 October 2023, Chongqing, China


Conference: 2023 China Biomaterials Conference (CSBM2023)
Date: 12–15 October 2023
Booth: #B4

MDPI journals will be attending the 2023 China Biomaterials Conference (CSBM2023) as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in Chongqing, China, from 12 to 15 October 2023.

The theme of the conference is “Innovative Biomaterials to Protect People's Health”, focusing on the frontiers of biomaterials science, technological innovation, achievement transformation, regulatory science, etc., to discuss and share the latest developments in the current field of biomaterials.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • IJMS;
  • JFB;
  • Bioengineering;
  • Biomimetics;
  • Marine Drugs;
  • Polymers;
  • Nanomaterials;
  • Biomedicines;
  • Micromachines;
  • Pharmaceutics;
  • Electrochem.

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#B4) and speak with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit http://2023.csbm.org.cn/index.php/index/index/index.html.

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.

14 August 2023
Meet Us at the 17th European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes (FEMS EUROMAT 2023), 3–7 September 2023, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


The 17th European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes (FEMS EUROMAT 2023) will be held from 3 to 7 September 2023, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The conference is organized by the German Materials Society.

Areas include the following:

  • Functional materials;
  • Structural materials;
  • Processing;
  • Characterization and modeling;
  • Energy and transportation;
  • Materials for healthcare;
  • Education, strategy, and technology transfer;
  • Materials for circularity and sustainability.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #B-20 and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://euromat2023.com/congress/welcome-address.

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
__
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

24 July 2023
Meet Us at the 9th International Discussion Meeting on Relaxations in Complex Systems, 12–18 August 2023, Chiba, Japan


MDPI will be attending the 9th International Discussion Meeting on Relaxations in Complex Systems, organized by the University of Tokyo, held from 12 to 18 August 2023, in Chiba, Japan.

The conference topics include the following:

  • Polymer Nanocomposites and MOF;
  • Photonic Disordered Materials;
  • Network and Inorganic Glasses;
  • Interrelation between T and V in Dynamics of Liquids and Polymers;
  • Colloidal Systems and Dispersions;
  • Information Science and Machine Learning;
  • Linear and Nonlinear Dielectric Dynamics.

During this conference, MDPI (at booth #Ex-14) will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest views and research with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #Ex-14 and answering any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://9idmrcs.jp/index.html.

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.

4 July 2023
Meet Us at the CRS 2023 Annual Meeting, 24–28 July 2023, Las Vegas, USA


The conference is the 50th annual conference of the Controlled Release Society. The annual CRS conference is the most important conference in the pharmaceutics field. The main topics of the conference include drug delivery and controlled release, nanomedicine and nanotechnology, and biopharmaceutics. The conference organizer has a full program for the duration of the conference with highly prominent plenary talks, technical sessions covering a wide scope of topics, industry-led workshops, and technical forums.

Pharmaceutics (ISSN: 1999-4923) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal on the science and technology of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics, and is published monthly online by MDPI. Pharmaceutics will participate in this event as an exhibitor together with eleven 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 #409. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have.

For more information about the conference, please visit https://www.eventscribe.net/2023/CRSAnnualMeeting or contact the Pharmaceutics Editorial Office at pharmaceutics@mdpi.com.

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

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

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


Opening Thoughts

The Future is Open, and MDPI is Leading the Way

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

1 Million Published Articles

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

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

Liberating Science

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

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

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

Impactful Research

MDPI Publishes Impactful Research: Recognized by Leading Indexing Databases

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

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

Continued Growth of MDPI Journals

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

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

Read more

Interview with Indexing Manager—Constanze Shelhorn

Inside MDPI

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

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

Increased Visibility for Preprints

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

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

Read more

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

Coming Together for Science

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

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

Working Together

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

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

Managing Events With Sciforum

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

Read more

Sciforum: forthcoming events
Spotlight on Antioxidants

Closing Thoughts

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

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

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

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Stefan Tochev
Chief Executive Officer
MDPI AG

28 June 2023
2022 Impact Factors for MDPI Journals

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

28 June 2023
Meet Us at the 3rd National Cellulose Symposium of the Chinese Chemical Society, 8–11 August 2023, Guiyang, Guizhou, China

The 3rd National Cellulose Symposium of the Chinese Chemical Society will be held from 8 to 11 August 2023, in Guiyang, Guizhou, China. The conference is hosted by the Chinese Chemical Society and is organized by the School of Materials and Metallurgy of Guizhou University. 

Topics include the following:

  • Functional structure and application of cellulose-based materials;
  • Basic theory and function of nanocellulose;
  • Efficient green conversion of cellulose;
  • Separation, structure, modification, and application of lignin;
  • Development and utilization of other biomass resources;
  • Natural polymer energy storage, smart materials, and devices;
  • Cellulose chemicals and cellulose recycled materials industry forum. 

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Polymers;
  • Gels;
  • Fibers;
  • Polysaccharides;
  • Macromol;
  • Materials;
  • Membranes. 

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start an online conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person at booth #2 and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following link: https://www.chemsoc.org.cn/meeting/home/m484.

20 June 2023
Polymers Webinar | Thermomechanical Development of Bio-Based Polymer Materials. Focus on Algae Biomass, Held on 29 June 2023


On 29 June 2023, MDPI and the journal Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360) organized the webinar titled Thermomechanical Development of Bio-Based Polymer Materials. Focus on Algae Biomass. 

This webinar was focused on the development of new materials from algae bioresources through thermomechanical techniques. It also aimed at obtaining natural polymers from algae which could be used in different fields such as fertilizers, medicine, and as a raw material in the food industry. 

Please note that this webinar is associated with a Special Issue in Polymers entitled “Thermomechanical Development of Bio-Based Polymers Materials”.

You can watch the recorded webinar at the following:

Webinar Chairs and Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Carlos Bengoechea (Chair), Chemical Engineering Department, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain;
  • Dr. Estefanía Álvarez-Castillo (Chair), Chemical Engineering Department, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain;
  • Mr. Ismael Santana Romero, Chemical Engineering Department, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain;
  • Ms. Julie Queffelec, CINBIO, Universidade de Vigo (Campus Ourense), Department of Chemical Engineering, Edificio Politécnico, Ourense, Spain;
  • Prof. Cristiana Nunes, LEAF–Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

14 June 2023
Meet Us at the 2023 National Polymer Academic Paper Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society, 13–17 October 2023, Wuhan, China


A range of MDPI journals will be attending the 2023 National Polymer Academic Paper Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society as exhibitors. This meeting will be held in Wuhan, China, from 13 to 17 October 2023. 

The National Polymer Academic Paper Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society, which has been held every two years since 1954, is the most important, largest and most influential academic conference in the field of polymers in China. The 2023 National Polymer Academic Paper Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society will be held in Wuhan from 13 to 17 October. It will be sponsored by the Polymer Science Committee of the Chinese Chemical Society and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 

The conference will take the important function of polymer science and technology in the new era of national economy and society as the entry point. It will focus on showing the research results and development trends of our country’s polymer science and materials field in recent years. It provides a broad academic and technical exchange platform for those sci-tech, education, and industry workers and young students who conduct research and development in the field. The aim is to promote the sustainable development and innovation of polymer science, improve the level of interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research of polymer-related disciplines, connect with the major national needs, overcome the core and key technical problems, and promote the transformation of scientific research results. 

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 about the conference, please visit https://www.bagevent.com/event/8282755/p/504954.

 

12 June 2023
Meet Us at the 33rd CCS Congress, 17–20 June 2023, Qingdao, Shandong, China


MDPI will be attending the 33rd CCS Congress, held in Qingdao, China, from 17 to 20 June 2023. The Annual Academic Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society is held every two years. It is the highest level, largest scale and most influential comprehensive academic exchange platform in the field of chemistry in China. During this conference, MDPI will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest views as well as research with us.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please stop by our booth. 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/33rd/.

12 June 2023
Meet Us at ACS Fall 2023 Harnessing the Power of Data, 13–17 August 2023, San Francisco, USA


Conference: ACS Fall 2023
Organization: American Chemical Society
Date: 13–17 August 2023
Place: Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA, USA
Booth: #845

MDPI journals will be attending ACS Fall 2023 Harnessing the Power of Data as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA, USA, from 13 to 17 August 2023.

American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 151,000 members in 140 countries. ACS Meetings & Expos are held biannually. This expo is an opportunity for thousands of chemistry professionals to meet, share ideas, and advance scientific and technical knowledge. The topic in Fall 2023 is “Harnessing the Power of Data”.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.acs.org/meetings/acs-meetings/fall-2023.html.

6 June 2023
Polymers | Issue Cover Articles in 2022

The articles below have been selected as 2022 Issue Cover Articles by the Editorial Office of Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360). These articles came from multiple fields all within the scope of Polymers, and we sincerely hope they can provide insights and references for scholars in related fields.

1. "RAFT Emulsion Polymerization of Styrene Using a Poly((N,N-dimethyl acrylamide)-co-(N-isopropyl acrylamide)) mCTA: Synthesis and Thermosensitivity"
by Katharina Nieswandt, Prokopios Georgopanos, Martin Held, Evgeni Sperling and Volker Abetz
Polymers 2022, 14(1), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010062
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/1/62

2. "Experimental Investigation of Polypropylene Composite Drawn Fibers with Talc, Wollastonite, Attapulgite and Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes"
by Costas Tsioptsias, Konstantinos Leontiadis, Stavros Messaritakis, Aikaterini Terzaki, Panagiotis Xidas, Kyriakos Mystikos, Evangelos Tzimpilis and Ioannis Tsivintzelis
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 260; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020260
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/260

3. "Reactive Magnetron Plasma Modification of Electrospun PLLA Scaffolds with Incorporated Chloramphenicol for Controlled Drug Release"
by Apollinariya A. Volokhova, Dmitry A. Fedorishin, Arina O. Khvastunova, Tatiana I. Spiridonova, Anna I. Kozelskaya, Julia Kzhyshkowska, Sergei I. Tverdokhlebov and Irina Kurzina
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 373; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030373
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/373

4. "Investigation of Polyester Tire Cord Glycolysis Accompanied by Rubber Crumb Devulcanization"
by Kirill Kirshanov, Roman Toms, Pavel Melnikov and Alexander Gervald
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 684; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040684
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/684

5. "3D Printed Scaffold Based on Type I Collagen/PLGA_TGF-β1 Nanoparticles Mimicking the Growth Factor Footprint of Human Bone Tissue"
by Federica Banche-Niclot, Caterina Licini, Giorgia Montalbano, Sonia Fiorilli, Monica Mattioli-Belmonte and Chiara Vitale-Brovarone
Polymers 2022, 14(5), 857; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14050857
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/5/857

6. "Chemical Cleaning Process of Polymeric Nanofibrous Membranes"
by Aysegul Gul, Jakub Hruza, Lukas Dvorak and Fatma Yalcinkaya
Polymers 2022, 14(6), 1102; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14061102
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/6/1102

7. "Gelatin Blends Enhance Performance of Electrospun Polymeric Scaffolds in Comparison to Coating Protocols"
by Maria Bikuna-Izagirre, Javier Aldazabal and Jacobo Paredes
Polymers 2022, 14(7), 1311; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071311
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/7/1311

8. "Modified Release of the Pineal Hormone Melatonin from Matrix Tablets Containing Poly(L-lactic Acid) and Its PLA-co-PEAd and PLA-co-PBAd Copolymers"
by Marilena Vlachou, Angeliki Siamidi, Dionysia Anagnostopoulou, Evi Christodoulou and Nikolaos D. Bikiaris
Polymers 2022, 14(8), 1504; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14081504
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/8/1504

9. "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Essential Oil Ingredients Associated with Hyperbranched Polymer Drug Carriers"
by Vasilios Raptis and Kostas Karatasos
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1762; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091762
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1762

10. "Microplastics Determination in Gastrointestinal Tracts of European Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and Gilt-Head Sea Bream (Sparus aurata) from Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain)"
by Raquel Sánchez-Almeida, Cintia Hernández-Sánchez, Cristina Villanova-Solano, Francisco Javier Díaz-Peña, Sabrina Clemente, Javier González-Sálamo, Miguel González-Pleiter and Javier Hernández-Borges
Polymers 2022, 14(10), 1931; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14101931
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/10/1931

11. "Hybrid Films Prepared from a Combination of Electrospinning and Casting for Offering a Dual-Phase Drug Release"
by Haoran Liu, Wenlai Jiang, Zili Yang, Xiren Chen, Deng-Guang Yu and Jun Shao
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2132; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112132
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/11/2132

12. "Modulation of Molecular Structure and Mechanical Properties of κ-Carrageenan-Gelatin Hydrogel with Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes"
by Aidar T. Gubaidullin, Anastasiya O. Makarova, Svetlana R. Derkach, Nicolai G. Voron’ko, Aidar I. Kadyirov, Sufia A. Ziganshina, Vadim V. Salnikov, Olga S. Zueva and Yuri F. Zuev
Polymers 2022, 14(12), 2346; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14122346
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/12/2346

13. "X-ray Ptychographic Imaging and Spectroscopic Studies of Plasma-Treated Plastic Films"
by Mehdi Ravandeh, Masoud Mehrjoo, Konstantin Kharitonov, Jan Schäfer, Antje Quade, Bruno Honnorat, Mabel Ruiz-Lopez, Barbara Keitel, Svea Kreis, Rui Pan et al.
Polymers 2022, 14(13), 2528; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132528
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2528

14. "Effects of Neutral, Anionic and Cationic Polymer Brushes Grafted from Poly(para-phenylene vinylene) and Poly(para-phenylene ethynylene) on the Polymer’s Photoluminescent Properties"
by Thomas Kerr-Phillips, Mona Damavandi, Lisa I. Pilkington, Kathryn A. Whitehead, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic and David Barker
Polymers 2022, 14(14), 2767; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14142767
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/14/2767

15. "Pilot-Scale Electrospinning of PLA Using Biobased Dyes as Multifunctional Additives"
by Naveen Kumar Balakrishnan, Maike-Elisa Ostheller, Niccolo Aldeghi, Christian Schmitz, Robert Groten and Gunnar Seide
Polymers 2022, 14(15), 2989; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14152989
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/15/2989

16. "AI-Based Soft Module for Safe Human–Robot Interaction towards 4D Printing"
by Ali Zolfagharian, Mohammad Reza Khosravani, Hoang Duong Vu, Minh Khoi Nguyen, Abbas Z. Kouzani and Mahdi Bodaghi
Polymers 2022, 14(16), 3302; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14163302
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/16/3302

17. "Synthesis and Evaluation of Thermoresponsive Renewable Lipid-Based Block Copolymers for Drug Delivery"
by Huiqi Wang and Aman Ullah
Polymers 2022, 14(17), 3436; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14173436
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/17/3436

18. "Chitosan–Gelatin Films: Plasticizers/Nanofillers Affect Chain Interactions and Material Properties in Different Ways"
by Qingfei Duan, Ying Chen, Long Yu and Fengwei Xie
Polymers 2022, 14(18), 3797; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14183797
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/18/3797

19. "Facile Fabrication of Dual Functional Graphene Oxide Microcapsules Carrying Corrosion Inhibitor and Encapsulating Self-Healing Agent"
by Jing Li, Zhenglin Tao, Jincan Cui, Shuling Shen and Hanxun Qiu
Polymers 2022, 14(19), 4067; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14194067
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/19/4067

20. "Chemical, Thermal and Mechanical Characterization of Licorice Root, Willow, Holm Oak, and Palm Leaf Waste Incorporated into Maleated Polypropylene (MAPP)"
by Serena Gabrielli, Miriam Caviglia, Genny Pastore, Enrico Marcantoni, Francesco Nobili, Luca Bottoni, Andrea Catorci, Irene Bavasso, Fabrizio Sarasini, Jacopo Tirillò et al.
Polymers 2022, 14(20), 4348; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14204348
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/20/4348

21. "Pilot Scale Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Coatings on a Polyolefin Separator to Enhance Dimensional Stability for Thermally Stable Long-Life Rechargeable Batteries"
by Hyoungwoo Choi and Byoung-Sun Lee
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4474; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214474
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4474

22. "Amphiphilic Copolymer-Lipid Chimeric Nanosystems as DNA Vectors"
by Varvara Chrysostomou, Aleksander Foryś, Barbara Trzebicka, Costas Demetzos and Stergios Pispas
Polymers 2022, 14(22), 4901; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14224901
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/22/4901

23. "Comparison of the Degradation Performance of Seven Different Choline Chloride-Based DES Systems on Alkaline Lignin"
by Penghui Li, Yuan Lu, Xiaoyu Li, Jianpeng Ren, Zhengwei Jiang, Bo Jiang and Wenjuan Wu
Polymers 2022, 14(23), 5100; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14235100
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/23/5100

24. "Adjustable Sound Absorber of Multiple Parallel-Connection Helmholtz Resonators with Tunable Apertures Prepared by Low-Force Stereolithography of Photopolymer Resin"
by Fei Yang, Shaohua Bi, Xinmin Shen, Zhizhong Li, Xiangpo Zhang, Enshuai Wang, Xiaocui Yang, Wenqiang Peng, Changchuang Huang, Peng Liang et al.
Polymers 2022, 14(24), 5434; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14245434
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/24/5434

6 June 2023
Polymers | Issue Cover Articles in 2021

The articles below have been selected as 2021 Issue Cover Articles by the Editorial Office of Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360). These articles came from multiple fields all within the scope of Polymers, and we sincerely hope they can provide insights and references for scholars in related fields.

1. “Synergistic and Regulatable Bioremediation Capsules Fabrication Based on Vapor-Phased Encapsulation of Bacillus Bacteria and its Regulator by Poly-p-Xylylene”
by Yen-Ching Yang, Wei-Shen Huang, Shu-Man Hu, Chao-Wei Huang, Chih-Hao Chiu and Hsien-Yeh Chen
Polymers 2021, 13(1), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13010041
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/1/41

2. “Hydrothermal Carbon as Reactive Fillers to Produce Sustainable Biocomposites with Aromatic Bio-Based Epoxy Resins”
by Iuliana Bejenari Roxana Dinu, Sarah Montes, Irina Volf and Alice Mija
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 240; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020240
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/240

3. “Iron (II) Metallo-Supramolecular Polymers Based on Thieno[3,2-b]thiophene for Electrochromic Applications”
by Andrei Chernyshev, Udit Acharya, Jiří Pfleger, Olga Trhlíková, Jiří Zedník and Jiří Vohlídal
Polymers 2021, 13(3), 362; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13030362
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/3/362

4. “Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity of Cationic Amino Acid-Conjugated Dendrimers Loaded with a Mixture of Two Triterpenoid Acids”
by Anna Maria Schito, Gian Carlo Schito and Silvana Alfei
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 521; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040521
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/4/521

5. “Understanding the Barrier and Mechanical Behavior of Different Nanofillers in Chitosan Films for Food Packaging”
by João Pires, Camila Damásio de Paula, Victor Gomes Lauriano Souza, Ana Luísa Fernando and Isabel Coelhoso
Polymers 2021, 13(5), 721; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13050721
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/5/721

6. “Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms for the Interaction of Water with Polyethylene Glycol-Based Hydrogels: Influence of Ionic Strength and Gel Network Structure”
by Xin Yang, Bronwin L. Dargaville and Dietmar W. Hutmacher
Polymers 2021, 13(6), 845; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13060845
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/6/845

7. “3D Bioprinted Bacteriostatic Hyperelastic Bone Scaffold for Damage-Specific Bone Regeneration”
by Mohammadreza Shokouhimehr, Andrea S. Theus, Archana Kamalakar, Liqun Ning, Cong Cao, Martin L. Tomov, Jarred M. Kaiser, Steven Goudy, Nick J. Willett, Ho Won Jang et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(7), 1099; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071099
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/7/1099

8. “Effects of Groove Sealing of the Posterior Occlusal Surface and Offset of the Internal Surface on the Internal Fit and Accuracy of Implant Placements Using 3D-Printed Surgical Guides: An In Vitro Study”
by Jung-Hwa Lim, Enkhjargal Bayarsaikhan, Seung-Ho Shin, Na-Eun Nam, June-Sung Shim and Jong-Eun Kim
Polymers 2021, 13(8), 1236; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13081236
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/8/1236

9. “The Study of pH Effects on Phase Transition of Multi-Stimuli Responsive P(NiPAAm-co-AAc) Hydrogel Using 2D-COS”
by Yeonju Park, Minkyoung Kim, Hae-jin Chung, Ah-hyun Woo, Isao Noda and Young-mee Jung
Polymers 2021, 13(9), 1447; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13091447
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/9/1447

10. “Poly(ethylene-imine)-Functionalized Magnetite Nanoparticles Derivatized with Folic Acid: Heating and Targeting Properties”
by Mariano Ortega-Muñoz, Simona Plesselova, Angel V. Delgado, Francisco Santoyo-Gonzalez, Rafael Salto-Gonzalez, Maria Dolores Giron-Gonzalez, Guillermo R. Iglesias and Francisco Javier López-Jaramillo
Polymers 2021, 13(10), 1599; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13101599
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/10/1599

11. “Injectable Thermosensitive Chitosan Solution with β-Glycerophosphate as an Optimal Submucosal Fluid Cushion for Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection”
by Seung Jeong, Han Jo Jeon, Kyoung-Je Jang, Sangbae Park, Hyuk Soon Choi and Jong Hoon Chung
Polymers 2021, 13(11), 1696; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13111696
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/11/1696

12. “In Situ Generation of Green Hybrid Nanofibrillar Polymer-Polymer Composites—A Novel Approach to the Triple Shape Memory Polymer Formation”
by Ramin Hosseinnezhad, Iurii Vozniak and Fahmi Zaïri
Polymers 2021, 13(12), 1900; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13121900
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/12/1900

13. “Research on the Anticorrosion Properties of CeO2-GO/EP Nanocomposite Coating in Simulated Sea Water”
by Xiaoyan Liu, Ruidan Liu, Tianyu Li, Yanqi Liu, Li Liu, Kai Lyu and Surendra P. Shah
Polymers 2021, 13(13), 2072; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13132072
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/13/2072

14. “3D Modelling of Mass Transfer into Bio-Composite”
by Marouane Kabbej, Valérie Guillard, Hélène Angellier-Coussy, Caroline Wolf, Nathalie Gontard and Sébastien Gaucel
Polymers 2021, 13(14), 2257; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13142257
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/14/2257

15. "Hybrid Silica-Based Fillers in Nanocomposites: Influence of Isotropic/Isotropic and Isotropic/Anisotropic Fillers on Mechanical Properties of Styrene-Butadiene (SBR)-Based Rubber”
by Mariapaola Staropoli, Vincent Rogé, Enzo Moretto, Joffrey Didierjean, Marc Michel, Benoit Duez, Pascal Steiner, Georges Thielen, Damien Lenoble and Jean-Sébastien Thomann
Polymers 2021, 13(15), 2413; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13152413
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/15/2413

16. “Bacteriophage Delivery Systems Based on Composite PolyHIPE/Nanocellulose Hydrogel Particles”
by Tilen Kopač, Ana Lisac, Rok Mravljak, Aleš Ručigaj, Matjaž Krajnc and Aleš Podgornik
Polymers 2021, 13(16), 2648; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13162648
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/16/2648

17. “Immobilization of Phospholipase A1 Using a Protein-Inorganic Hybrid System”
by Shi Cheng, Zitao Guo, Chaojuan Liang, Yi Shi, Peng Geng, Yu Xin, Zhenghua Gu and Liang Zhang
Polymers 2021, 13(17), 2865; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13172865
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/17/2865

18. “Antioxidant Potential of the Bio-Based Fucose-Rich Polysaccharide FucoPol Supports Its Use in Oxidative Stress-Inducing Systems”
by Bruno M. Guerreiro, Jorge Carvalho Silva, João Carlos Lima, Maria A. M. Reis and Filomena Freitas
Polymers 2021, 13(18), 3020; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13183020
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/18/3020

19. “Fabrication of Diaminodiphenylmethane Modified Ammonium Polyphosphate to Remarkably Reduce the Fire Hazard of Epoxy Resins”
by Feiyue Wang, Jiahao Liao, Long Yan and Hui Liu
Polymers 2021, 13(19), 3221; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13193221
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/19/3221

20. “Biobased Waterborne Polyurethane-Ureas Modified with POSS-OH for Fluorine-Free Hydrophobic Textile Coatings”
by Amado Lacruz, Mireia Salvador, Miren Blanco, Karmele Vidal, Amaia M. Goitandia, Lenka Martinková, Martin Kyselka and Antxon Martínez de Ilarduya
Polymers 2021, 13(20), 3526; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13203526
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/20/3526

21. “Systematic Evaluation of a Novel Self-Healing Poly(acrylamide-co-vinyl acetate)/Alginate Polymer Gel for Fluid Flow Control in High Temperature and High Salinity Reservoirs”
by Jingyang Pu, Baojun Bai and Thomas P. Schuman
Polymers 2021, 13(21), 3616; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13213616
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/21/3616

22. “Bio-Based Epoxy Adhesives with Lignin-Based Aromatic Monophenols Replacing Bisphenol A”
by Nigel Van de Velde, Saška Javornik, Tilen Sever, Danaja Štular, Matic Šobak, Žiga Štirn, Blaž Likozar and Ivan Jerman
Polymers 2021, 13(22), 3879; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13223879
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/22/3879

23. “Prolonged Thermal Relaxation of the Thermosetting Polymers”
by Alexander Korolev, Maxim Mishnev, Nikolai Ivanovich Vatin and Anastasia Ignatova
Polymers 2021, 13(23), 4104; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13234104
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/23/4104

24. “Polymerization and Structure of Opposing Polymer Brushes Studied by Computer Simulations”
by Krzysztof Halagan, Michal Banaszak, Jaroslaw Jung, Piotr Polanowski and Andrzej Sikorski
Polymers 2021, 13(24), 4294; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13244294
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/24/4294

26 May 2023
Meet Us at the 3rd International Conference on Bioengineering and Polymer Science, 7–10 June 2023, Bucharest, Romania


Conference: 3rd International Conference on Bioengineering and Polymer Science
Date: 7–10 June 2023
Place: Bucharest, Romania 

Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360) will be attending the 3rd International Conference on Bioengineering and Polymer Science, held in Bucharest, Romania, from 7 to 10 June 2023. 

The aim is to bring together leading international scientists in the field to discuss the following topics:

  • Advanced polymer-based materials in biomedical engineering;
  • Functional/smart biopolymers in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine;
  • Hybrid micro- and nanostructured materials;
  • Polymer science and technology;
  • Polymer-based materials for sustainability;
  • Nanomedicine and nanotechnologies;
  • Drug delivery and transdermal drug delivery;
  • Molecular diagnosis and wearable devices in personalized healthcare;
  • Artificial Intelligence in bioengineering;
  • Biosignals and biomedical imaging. 

If you are attending this conference, feel free to come and talk 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: http://www.bpc-apmg.upb.ro/index.html.

25 April 2023
Polymers | 15th Anniversary


Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360) is an international, open access journal of polymer science. Since its foundation in 2009. It has published more than 19,000 papers from more than 100,000 scholars. More than 30,000 reviewers and academic editors contribute to our peer review process. Here, we would like to provide a review of the developments over the last 15 years. We would like to thank every reviewer, author, and academic editor for their support of the journal. We hope that you can join us in celebrating the 15th anniversary of our journal and enjoy the collection below. 

Anniversary Video of Polymers

Development and Achievements

The history of Polymers' development over the past 15 years and the key events are shown in the timeline infographic below.

Collection of Excellent Works

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of our journal Polymers, we are pleased to invite you to read the selected excellent works. The Special Issue list is as follows: 

Advanced Polymer Simulation and Processing Mechanical Performance of Sustainable Bio-Based Compounds Synthesis, Processing, Structure and Properties of Polymer Materials Advanced Polymer Nanocomposites
Functional Natural-Based Polymers Recycling and Resource Recovery from Polymers Polymer Processing and Surfaces Polymer Materials in Additive Manufacturing: Modelling and Simulation

Please click the covers above for details. For more collections of excellent works, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/books/search?type=Reprint%20Book&journal_facet=Polymers

Issue Covers:

Issue 1 Issue 3 Issue 20 Issue 23

Please click the covers above for details. For more issue covers, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14.

29 March 2023
Meet Us at the 6th International Conference on Natural Fibers, 19–21 June 2023, Funchal, Portugal


Conference: 6th International Conference on Natural Fibers
Date: 19–21 June 2023
Place: Funchal, Portugal

MDPI will be attending the 6th International Conference on Natural Fibers as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held at the VidaMar Resort Hotel, Funchal, Portugal, from 19 to 21 June 2023. The Organizing Committee comprises the University of Minho. The theme of the conference is "Nature Inspired Sustainable Solutions". Through this meeting, we wish to contribute to discussing and exchanging progress in the potential of natural fibers as key materials for smart designs and sustainable solutions in future generations. 

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.icnf2023.fibrenamics.com/.

 

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Smart and Functional Polymers” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360), from the Section “Smart and Functional Polymers”. The list is as follows:

1. “Development and Evaluation of Sodium Alginate/Carbopol 934P-Co-Poly (Methacrylate) Hydrogels for Localized Drug Delivery”
by Ayesha Mahmood, Asif Mahmood, Mohamed A. Ibrahim, Zahid Hussain, Muhammad Umar Ashraf, Mounir M. Salem-Bekhit and Ibrahim Elbagory
Polymers 2023, 15(2), 311; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15020311
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/15/2/311

2. “Photo-Responsive Micelles with Controllable and Co-Release of Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde and Doxorubicin”
by Bin Zheng, Lulu Yu, Huaze Dong, Jinmiao Zhu, Liang Yang and Xinsong Yuan
Polymers 2022, 14(12), 2416; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14122416
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/12/2416

3. “Scalable Manufacture of Curcumin-Loaded Chitosan Nanocomplex for pH-Responsive Delivery by Coordination-Driven Flash Nanocomplexation”
by Ziwei Xia, Zhinan Fu, Li Li, Enguang Ma, Liang Sun, Qinyu Ma and Xuhong Guo
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2133; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112133
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/11/2133

4. “Bioinspired High-Performance Bilayer, pH-Responsive Hydrogel with Superior Adhesive Property”
by Shulan Jiang and Li Xia
Polymers 2022, 14(20), 4425; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14204425
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/20/4425

5. “Recent Advances in Stimuli-Responsive Doxorubicin Delivery Systems for Liver Cancer Therapy”
by Elena Ruxandra Radu, Augustin Semenescu and Stefan Ioan Voicu
Polymers 2022, 14(23), 5249; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14235249
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/23/5249

6. “Influence of the Poly(ethylene Glycol) Methyl Ether Methacrylates on the Selected Physicochemical Properties of Thermally Sensitive Polymeric Particles for Controlled Drug Delivery”
by Agnieszka Gola, Maria Kozłowsk and Witold Musiał
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4729; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214729
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4729

7. “NIPAm-Based Modification of Poly(L-lysine): A pH-Dependent LCST-Type Thermo-Responsive Biodegradable Polymer”
by Aggeliki Stamou, Hermis Iatrou and Constantinos Tsitsilianis
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 802; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040802
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/802

8. “Stimulus-Responsive, Gelatin-Containing Supramolecular Nanofibers as Switchable 3D Microenvironments for Cells”
by Kentaro Hayashi, Mami Matsuda, Masaki Nakahata, Yoshinori Takashima and Motomu Tanaka
Polymers 2022, 14(20), 4407; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14204407
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/20/4407

9. “Thermo-Sensitive Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide-co-polyacrylamide) Hydrogel for pH-Responsive Therapeutic Delivery”
by Madhappan Santhamoorthy, Thi Tuong Vy Phan, Vanaraj Ramkumar, Chaitany Jayprakash Raorane, Kokila Thirupathi and Seong-Cheol Kim
Polymers 2022, 14(19), 4128; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14194128
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/19/4128

10. “Role of Maleic Anhydride-Grafted Poly(lactic acid) in Improving Shape Memory Properties of Thermoresponsive Poly(ethylene glycol) and Poly(lactic acid) Blends”
by Wasana Nonkrathok, Tatiya Trongsatitkul and Nitinat Suppakarn
Polymers 2022, 14(18), 3923; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14183923
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/18/3923

You can check all publications in the Section “Smart and Functional Polymers” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=1864.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360), from the Section “Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Recent Advances and Applications of Bacterial Cellulose in Biomedicine”
by Sam Swingler, Abhishek Gupta, Hazel Gibson, Marek Kowalczuk, Wayne Heaselgrave and Iza Radecka
Polymers 2021, 13(3), 412; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13030412
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/3/412

2. “Utilization of Birch Bark as an Eco-Friendly Filler in Urea-Formaldehyde Adhesives for Plywood Manufacturing”
by Roman Réh, Ľuboš Krišťák, Ján Sedliačik, Pavlo Bekhta, Monika Božiková, Daniela Kunecová, Vlasta Vozárová, Eugenia Mariana Tudor, Petar Antov and Viktor Savov
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040511
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/4/511

3. “Preparation and Characterization of Carboxymethyl Cellulose-Based Bioactive Composite Films Modified with Fungal Melanin and Carvacrol”
by Łukasz Łopusiewicz, Paweł Kwiatkowski, Emilia Drozłowska, Paulina Trocer, Mateusz Kostek, Mariusz Śliwiński, Magdalena Polak-Śliwińska, Edward Kowalczyk and Monika Sienkiewicz
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 499; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040499
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/4/499

4. “Nanocelluloses: Sources, Pretreatment, Isolations, Modification, and Its Application as the Drug Carriers”
by Valentino Bervia Lunardi, Felycia Edi Soetaredjo, Jindrayani Nyoo Putro, Shella Permatasari Santoso, Maria Yuliana, Jaka Sunarso, Yi-Hsu Ju and Suryadi Ismadji
Polymers 2021, 13(13), 2052; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13132052
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/13/2052

5. “Micro- and Nanocellulose in Polymer Composite Materials: A Review”
by Abdoulhdi A. Borhana Omran and Abdulrahman A. B. A. Mohammed, S. M. Sapuan, R. A. Ilyas, M. R. M. Asyraf, Seyed Saeid Rahimian Koloor and Michal Petrů
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 231; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020231
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/231

6. “Thermogravimetric Analysis Properties of Cellulosic Natural Fiber Polymer Composites: A Review on Influence of Chemical Treatments”
by N. M. Nurazzi, M. R. M. Asyraf, M. Rayung, M. N. F. Norrrahim, S. S. Shazleen, M. S. A. Rani, A. R. Shafi, H. A. Aisyah, M. H. M. Radzi, F. A. Sabaruddin, R. A. Ilyas, E. S. Zainudin and K. Abdan
Polymers 2021, 13(16), 2710; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13162710
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/16/2710

7. “Carboxymethyl Bacterial Cellulose from Nata de Coco: Effects of NaOH”
by Pornchai Rachtanapun, Pensak Jantrawut, Warinporn Klunklin, Kittisak Jantanasakulwong, Yuthana Phimolsiripol, Noppol Leksawasdi, Phisit Seesuriyachan, Thanongsak Chaiyaso, Chayatip Insomphun, Suphat Phongthai et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(3), 348; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13030348
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/3/348

8. “Characterizing Bacterial Cellulose Produced byKomagataeibacter sucrofermentans H-110 on Molasses Medium and Obtaining a Biocomposite Based on It for the Adsorption of Fluoride”
by Viktor V. Revin, Alexander V. Dolganov, Elena V. Liyaskina, Natalia B. Nazarova, Anastasia V. Balandina, Anna A. Devyataeva and Vadim D. Revin
Polymers 2021, 13(9), 1422; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13091422
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/9/1422

9. “Lignocellulosic Materials for the Production of Biofuels, Biochemicals and Biomaterials and Applications of Lignocellulose-Based Polyurethanes: A Review”
by Antonio M. Borrero-López, Concepción Valencia and José M. Franco
Polymers 2022, 14(5), 881; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14050881
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/5/881

10. “Controlled Polyelectrolyte Association of Chitosan and Carboxylated Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose by Desalting”
by Sarah Amine, Alexandra Montembault, Matthieu Fumagalli, Anayancy Osorio-Madrazo and Laurent David
Polymers 2021, 13(12), 2023; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13122023
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/12/2023

You can check all publications in the Section “Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=807.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Networks” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360), from the Section “Polymer Networks”. The paper list is as follows:

“PVA/Chitosan Thin Films Containing Silver Nanoparticles and Ibuprofen for the Treatment of Periodontal Disease”
by Marieta Constantin, Mihail Lupei, Sanda-Maria Bucatariu, Irina Mihaela Pelin, Florica Doroftei, Daniela Luminita Ichim, Oana Maria Daraba and Gheorghe Fundueanu
Polymers 2023, 15(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15010004
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/15/1/4

“Grafted Microparticles Based on Glycidyl Methacrylate, Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate and Sodium Hyaluronate: Synthesis, Characterization, Adsorption and Release Studies of Metronidazole”
by Aurica Ionela Gugoasa, Stefania Racovita, Silvia Vasiliu and Marcel Popa
Polymers 2022, 14(19), 4151; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14194151
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/19/4151

“Immobilization Systems of Antimicrobial Peptide Ib−M1 in Polymeric Nanoparticles Based on Alginate and Chitosan”
by Carlos Enrique Osorio-Alvarado, Jose Luis Ropero-Vega, Ana Elvira Farfán-García and Johanna Marcela Flórez-Castillo
Polymers 2022, 14(15), 3149; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14153149
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/15/3149

“Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) as Multi-Target Multifunctional Frameworks”
by Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari, Naveed Ahmed, Muhammad Wahab Amjad, Muhammad Ajaz Hussain, Mervat A. Elsherif, Hasan Ejaz and Nasser H. Alotaibi
Polymers 2023, 15(2), 267; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15020267
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/15/2/267

“Zn (II) Porphyrin Built-in D–A Covalent Organic Framework for Efficient Photocatalytic H2 Evolution”
by Mingbo Lv, Xitong Ren, Ronghui Cao, Zhiming Chang, Xiao Chang, Feng Bai and Yusen Li
Polymers 2022, 14(22), 4893; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14224893
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/22/4893

You can check all publications in the Section “Polymer Networks” at the following link:
https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=1863.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Membranes and Films” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360), from the Section “Polymer Membranes and Films Section”. The list is as follows:

“Facile Fabrication of Superwetting PVDF Membrane for Highly Efficient Oil/Water Separation”
by Jinzhu Yang, Wei Sun, Junping Ju, Yeqiang Tan and Hua Yuan
Polymers 2023, 15(2), 327; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15020327
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/15/2/327

“Preparation and Characterization of Polyvinylalcohol/Polysulfone Composite Membranes for Enhanced CO2/N2 Separation”
by Ying Li, Danlin Chen and Xuezhong He
Polymers 2023, 15(1), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15010124
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/15/1/124

“Aromatic Polyimide Membranes with tert-Butyl and Carboxylic Side Groups for Gas Separation Applications—Covalent Crosslinking Study”
by Noelia Esteban, Marta Juan-y-Seva, Carla Aguilar-Lugo, Jesús A. Miguel, Claudia Staudt, José G. de la Campa, Cristina Álvarez and Ángel E. Lozano
Polymers 2022, 14(24), 5517; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14245517
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/24/5517

“Fluoropolymer Membranes for Membrane Distillation and Membrane Crystallization”
by Xue Li, Jun Pan, Francesca Macedonio, Claudia Ursino, Mauro Carraro, Marcella Bonchio, Enrico Drioli, Alberto Figoli, Zhaohui Wang and Zhaoliang Cui
Polymers 2022, 14(24), 5439; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14245439
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/24/5439

“Effect of Acetone as Co-Solvent on Fabrication of Polyacrylonitrile Ultrafiltration Membranes by Non-Solvent Induced Phase Separation”
by Alexey Yushkin, Andrey Basko, Alexey Balynin, Mikhail Efimov, Tatyana Lebedeva, Anna Ilyasova, Konstantin Pochivalov and Alexey Volkov
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4603; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214603
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4603

“Free Volume and Permeability of Mixed Matrix Membranes Made from a Terbutil-M-terphenyl Polyamide and a Porous Polymer Network”
by Cenit Soto, Javier Carmona, Benny D. Freeman, Laura Palacio, Alfonso González-Ortega, Pedro Prádanos, Ángel E. Lozano and Antonio Hernandez
Polymers 2022, 14(15), 3176; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14153176
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/15/3176

“High Efficiency Membranes Based on PTMSP and Hyper-Crosslinked Polystyrene for Toxic Volatile Compounds Removal from Wastewater”
by Georgy Golubev, Stepan Sokolov, Tatyana Rokhmanka, Sergey Makaev, Ilya Borisov, Svetlana Khashirova and Alexey Volkov
Polymers 2022, 14(14), 2944; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14142944
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/14/2944

“Aluminum Diethylphosphinate-Incorporated Flame-Retardant Polyacrylonitrile Separators for Safety of Lithium-Ion Batteries”
by Seok Hyeon Kang, Hwan Yeop Jeong, Tae Ho Kim, Jang Yong Lee, Sung Kwon Hong, Young Taik Hong, Jaewon Choi, Soonyong So, Sang Jun Yoon and Duk Man Yu
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1649; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091649
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1649

“Novel Mixed Matrix Membranes Based on Polyphenylene Oxide Modified with Graphene Oxide for Enhanced Pervaporation Dehydration of Ethylene Glycol”
by Mariia Dmitrenko, Anastasia Chepeleva, Vladislav Liamin, Anton Mazur, Konstantin Semenov, Nikolay Solovyev and Anastasia Penkova
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 691; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040691
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/691

“Preparation of Citric Acid-Sewage Sludge Hydrochar and Its Adsorption Performance for Pb(II) in Aqueous Solution”
by Yangpeng Huang, Dekui Shen and Zhanghong Wang
Polymers 2022, 14(5), 968; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14050968
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/5/968

You can check all publications in the Section “Polymer Membranes and Films” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=1890.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Fibers” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409), from the Section “Polymer Fibers”. The list is as follows:

1. “Enhancing Thermal Conductivity of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Composites by Carbon Fiber: Length Effect of the Filler”
by Guoqing Yi, Jingliang Li, Luke C. Henderson, Weiwei Lei, Lian Du and Shuaifei Zhao
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4599; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214599
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4599

2. “Recycled Multi-Material Packaging Reinforced with Flax Fibres: Thermal and Mechanical Behaviour”
by Irene Bavasso, Claudia Sergi, Teodoro Valente, Jacopo Tirillò and Fabrizio Sarasini
Polymers 2022, 14(20), 4423; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14204423
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/20/4423

3. “Fiber Reinforced Polymer Debonding Failure Identification Using Smart Materials in Strengthened T-Shaped Reinforced Concrete Beams”
by Adamantis G. Zapris, Maria C. Naoum, Violetta K. Kytinou, George M. Sapidis and Constantin E. Chalioris
Polymers 2023, 15(2), 278; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15020278
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/15/2/278

4. “Recycled Multi-Material Packaging Reinforced with Flax Fibres: Thermal and Mechanical Behaviour”
by Irene Bavasso, Claudia Sergi, Teodoro Valente, Jacopo Tirillò and Fabrizio Sarasini
Polymers 2022, 14(20), 4423; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14204423
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/20/4423

5. “Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of an Impact Dissipative Layer for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites”
by Cristina Alía-García, Álvaro Rodríguez-Ortiz, Patrick Townsend and Juan C. Suárez-Bermejo
Polymers 2022, 14(17), 3631; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14173631
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/17/3631

6. “Shear Strengthening by GFRPU on an RC Column with Nonseismic Reinforcement Details”
by Eun-Taik Lee, Jae-Hyoung An, Jun-Hyeok Song, Yu-Sik Hong and Hee-Chang Eun
Polymers 2022, 14(17), 3596; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14173596
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/17/3596

7. “Continuously Reinforced Polymeric Composite for Additive Manufacturing—Development and Efficiency Analysis”
by Arvydas Rimkus, Mahmoud M. Farh and Viktor Gribniak
Polymers 2022, 14(17), 3471; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14173471
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/17/3471

8. “Demonstration of Hybrid Effect in Single Fiber Pull-Out Tests for Glass/Cellulose-Reinforced Polypropylene with Different Fiber–Matrix Adhesions”
by Christian Kahl, Julius Bagnucki and Jan-Christoph Zarges
Polymers 2022, 14(13), 2517; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132517
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2517

9. “Parametric Design Studies of Mass-Related Global Warming Potential and Construction Costs of FRP-Reinforced Concrete Infrastructure”
by Philipp Preinstorfer, Tobias Huber, Sara Reichenbach, Janet M. Lees and Benjamin Kromoser
Polymers 2022, 14(12), 2383; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14122383
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/12/2383

10. “Void Content Determination of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers: A Comparison between Destructive and Non-Destructive Methods”
by Moustafa Elkolali, Liebert Parreiras Nogueira, Per Ola Rønning and Alex Alcocer
Polymers 2022, 14(6), 1212; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14061212
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/6/1212

You can check all publications in the Section “Polymer Fibers” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=1897.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Circular and Green Polymer Science” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers in Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409) in the Section “Circular and Green Polymer Science Section”. The papers are as follows:

1. "The Road to Bring FDCA and PEF to the Market"
by Ed de Jong, Hendrikus (Roy) A. Visser, Ana Sousa Dias, Clare Harvey and Gert-Jan M. Gruter
Polymers 2022, 14(5), 943; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14050943
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/5/943

2. "Towards a Circular Economy of Plastics: An Evaluation of the Systematic Transition to a New Generation of Bioplastics"
by Elda M. Melchor-Martínez, Rodrigo Macías-Garbett, Lynette Alvarado-Ramírez, Rafael G. Araújo, Juan Eduardo Sosa-Hernández, Diana Ramírez-Gamboa, Lizeth Parra-Arroyo, Abraham Garza Alvarez, Rosina Paola Benavides Monteverde, Karen Aleida Salazar Cazares et al.
Polymers 2022, 14(6), 1203; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14061203
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/6/1203

3. "Latent Recycling Potential of Multilayer Films in Austrian Waste Management"
by Gerald Koinig, Bettina Rutrecht, Karl Friedrich, Chiara Barretta, Ruiqi Shang and Daniel Vollprecht
Polymers 2022, 14(8), 1553; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14081553
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/8/1553

4. "Short-and Long-Term Performance of Pipe Compounds Containing Polyethylene Post-Consumer Recyclates from Packaging Waste"
by Paul J. Freudenthaler, Joerg Fischer, Yi Liu and Reinhold W. Lang
Polymers 2022, 14(8), 1581; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14081581
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/8/1581

5. "Cutinase-Catalyzed Polyester-Polyurethane Degradation: Elucidation of the Hydrolysis Mechanism"
by Federico Di Bisceglie, Felice Quartinello, Robert Vielnascher, Georg M. Guebitz and Alessandro Pellis
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 411; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030411
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/411

6. "Multilayer Packaging in a Circular Economy"
by Jannick Schmidt, Laura Grau, Maximilian Auer, Roman Maletz and Jörg Woidasky
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1825; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091825
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1825

7. "Investigation of Polyester Tire Cord Glycolysis Accompanied by Rubber Crumb Devulcanization"
by Kirill Kirshanov, Roman Toms, Pavel Melnikov and Alexander Gervald
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 684; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040684
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/684

8. "A Brief Review of Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Recycling"
by Krzysztof Lewandowski and Katarzyna Skórczewska
Polymers 2022, 14(15), 3035; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14153035
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/15/3035

9. "Oil Production by Pyrolysis of Real Plastic Waste"
by Laura Fulgencio-Medrano, Sara García-Fernández, Asier Asueta, Alexander Lopez-Urionabarrenechea, Borja B. Perez-Martinez and José María Arandes
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 553; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030553
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/553

10. "Thermal and Mechanical Properties of the Recycled and Virgin PET—Part I"
by Yasemin Celik, Madina Shamsuyeva and Hans Josef Endres
Polymers 2022, 14(7), 1326; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071326
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/7/1326

You can check all publications in the Section “Circular and Green Polymer Science Section” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=1949.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers in Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409) in the Section “Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Reinforced Epoxy Composites Modified with Functionalized Graphene Oxide”
by Anton Mostovoy, Andrey Shcherbakov, Andrey Yakovlev, Sergey Arzamastsev and Marina Lopukhova
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 338; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020338
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/338

2. “The Effect of Agglomeration on the Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Polymer Matrix Nanocomposites Reinforced with Carbon Nanotubes”
by Sebastian Tamayo-Vegas , Ali Muhsan, Chang Liu, Mostapha Tarfaoui and Khalid Lafdi
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1842; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091842
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1842

3. “Investigation of Mechanical Behaviors of Functionally Graded CNT-Reinforced Composite Plates”
by Jin-Rae Cho and Young-Ju Ahn
Polymers 2022, 14(13), 2664; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132664
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2664

4. “Effects of Amino Hyperbranched Polymer-Modified Carbon Nanotubes on the Crystallization Behavior of Poly (L-Lactic Acid) (PLLA)”
by Bofan Shen, Shulai Lu, Chunfu Sun, Zhenbiao Song, Fuyi Zhang, Jian Kang, Ya Cao and Ming Xiang
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2188; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112188
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/11/2188

5. “Influence of Ionomer and Cyanuric Acid on Antistatic, Mechanical, Thermal, and Rheological Properties of Extruded Carbon Nanotube (CNT)/Polyoxymethylene (POM) Nanocomposites”
by Sang-Seok Yun, Dong-hyeok Shin and Keon-Soo Jang
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1849; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091849
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1849

6. “Immobilization of Air-Stable Copper Nanoparticles on Graphene Oxide Flexible Hybrid Films for Smart Clothes”
by Peng-Yang Huang, Chen-Yang Huang, Jia-Wun Li, Sheng-Yen Shen, Chih-Chia Cheng, Chih-Wei Chiu, Ru-Jong Jeng and Jiang-Jen Lin
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 237; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020237
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/237

7. “Influence of CNT Length on Dispersion, Localization, and Electrical Percolation in a Styrene-Butadiene-Based Star Block Copolymer”
by Ulrike Staudinger, Andreas Janke, Christine Steinbach, Uta Reuter, Martin Ganß and Oliver Voigt
Polymers 2022, 14(13), 2715; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132715
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2715

8. “Bio-Based Rigid Polyurethane Foams Modified with C-MOF/MWCNTs and TBPBP as Building Insulation Materials: Synergistic Effect and Corresponding Mechanism for Enhancing Fire and Smoke Safety”
by Guangxu Bo, Xiaoling Xu, Xiaoke Tian, Jinyong Yan, Xingjian Su and Yunjun Yan
Polymers 2022, 14(17), 3630; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14173630
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/17/3630

9. “Nonwoven Mats Based on Segmented Biopolyurethanes Filled with MWCNT Prepared by Solution Blow Spinning”
by Pablo Ramos, Tamara Calvo-Correas, Arantxa Eceiza and Javier González-Benito
Polymers 2022, 14(19), 4175; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14194175
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/19/4175

10. “p-Type PVA/MWCNT-Sb2Te3 Composites for Application in Different Types of Flexible Thermoelectric Generators in Combination with n-Type PVA/MWCNT-Bi2Se3 Composites”
by Jana Andzane, Krisjanis Buks, Juris Bitenieks, Lasma Bugovecka, Artis Kons, Remo Merijs-Meri, Janis Svirksts, Janis Zicans and Donats Erts
Polymers 2022, 14(23), 5130; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14235130
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/23/5130

You can check all publications in the Section “Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=1174.

14 March 2023
Join Us at the 13th National Symposium on the Molecular and Structural Characterization of Polymers, 31 March–2 April 2023, Shenzhen, China


Conference: 13th National Symposium on the Molecular and Structural Characterization of Polymers
Date: 31 March–2 April 2023
Place: Shenzhen, China 

MDPI will be attending the 13th National Symposium on the Molecular and Structural Characterization of Polymers as an exhibitor. This meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian, Shenzhen, China, from 31 March to 2 April 2023. The organizing committee consists of the Polymer Materials Analytical Technology and Characteristic Methods Committee of Chinese Chemical Society. Through this meeting, we wish to contribute to the discussion on the progress in the field of polymer characterization. 

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you are attending this conference, please feel free to start a conversation with us. Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have. For more information about the conference, please visit https://poly-struc2022.scievent.com/.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Applications” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409), from the Section “Polymer Applications”. The paper list is as follows:

“Highly Stretchable and Sensitive Multimodal Tactile Sensor Based on Conductive Rubber Composites to Monitor Pressure and Temperature”
by Bing Zhu, Chi Ma, Zhihui Qian, Lei Ren and Hengyi Yuan
Polymers 2022, 14(7), 1294; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071294
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/7/1294

“Stretchable and Self-Healable Graphene–Polymer Conductive Composite for Wearable EMG Sensor”
by Jihyang Song, Yewon Kim, Kyumin Kang, Sangkyu Lee, Mikyung Shin and Donghee Son
Polymers 2022, 14(18), 3766; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14183766
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/18/3766

“Amino Acid-Assisted Sand-Milling Exfoliation of Boron Nitride Nanosheets for High Thermally Conductive Thermoplastic Polyurethane Composites”
by Shihao Zheng, Bing Wang, Xiaojie Zhang and Xiongwei Qu
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4674; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214674
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4674

“Boosting the Electrochemical Performance of Polyaniline by One-Step Electrochemical Deposition on Nickel Foam for High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitor”
by Syed Shaheen Shah, Himadri Tanaya Das, Hasi Rani Barai and Md. Abdul Aziz
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 270; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020270
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/270

“MOFs-Graphene Composites Synthesis and Application for Electrochemical Supercapacitor: A Review”
by Surendra K. Shinde, Dae-Young Kim, Manu Kumar, Govindhasamy Murugadoss, Sivalingam Ramesh, Asiya M. Tamboli and Hemraj M. Yadav
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030511
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/511

“Diffusion- and Chemometric-Based Separation of Complex Electrochemical Signals That Originated from Multiple Redox-Active Molecules”
by Stav Biton Hayun, Rajendra P. Shukla and Hadar Ben-Yoav
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 717; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040717
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/717

“Utilizing Biomass-Based Graphene Oxide–Polyaniline–Ag Electrodes in Microbial Fuel Cells to Boost Energy Generation and Heavy Metal Removal”
by Asim Ali Yaqoob, Albert Serrà, Showkat Ahmad Bhawani, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Ibrahim, Anish Khan, Hajer S. Alorfi, Abdullah M. Asiri, Mahmoud Ali Hussein, Imran Khan and Khalid Umar
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 845; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040845
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/845

“Triboelectric Enhancement of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Membrane Using Magnetic Nanoparticle for Water-Based Energy Harvesting”
by Duy-Linh Vu and Kyoung-Kwan Ahn
Polymers 2022, 14(8), 1547; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14081547
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/8/1547

“Hydroxyl Conducting Hydrogels Enable Low-Maintenance Commercially Sized Rechargeable Zn–MnO2 Batteries for Use in Solar Microgrids”
by Jungsang Cho, Gautam Ganapati Yadav, Meir Weiner, Jinchao Huang, Aditya Upreti, Xia Wei, Roman Yakobov, Brendan E. Hawkins, Michael Nyce, Timothy N. Lambert et al.
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 417; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030417
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/417

“Preparation of Electrochemical Supercapacitor Based on Polypyrrole/Gum Arabic Composites”
by Rizwan Ullah, Nadia Khan, Rozina Khattak, Mehtab Khan, Muhammad Sufaid Khan and Omar M. Ali
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 242; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020242
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/242

You can check all publications in the Section “Polymer Applications” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=806.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Processing and Engineering” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360), from the Section “Polymer Processing and Engineering”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Sustainable Polymer Composites Manufacturing through 3D Printing Technologies by Using Recycled Polymer and Filler”
by Daniela Fico, Daniela Rizzo, Valentina De Carolis, Francesco Montagna and Carola Esposito Corcione
Polymers 2022, 14(18), 3756; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14183756
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/18/3756

2. “Basalt Fiber Composites with Reduced Thermal Expansion for Additive Manufacturing”
by Daniel Moreno-Sanchez, Alberto Sanz de León, Daniel Moreno Nieto, Francisco J. Delgado and Sergio I. Molina
Polymers 2022, 14(15), 3216; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14153216
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/15/3216

3. “Design for 3D Printed Tools: Mechanical Material Properties for Direct Polymer Additive Tooling”
by Peter Frohn-Sörensen, Michael Geueke, Bernd Engel, Bernd Löffler, Philipp Bickendorf, Arian Asimi, Georg Bergweiler and Günther Schuh
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1694; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091694
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1694

4. “Hybrid Manufacturing of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) via the Combination of Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing and Injection Molding”
by Ke Gong, Handai Liu, Cheng Huang, Zhi Cao, Evert Fuenmayor and Ian Major
Polymers 2022, 14(23), 5093; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14235093
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/23/5093

5. “High-Resolution 3D Printing Fabrication of a Microfluidic Platform for Blood Plasma Separation”
by Daniela Fico, Daniela Rizzo, Valentina De Carolis, Francesco Montagna and Carola Esposito Corcione
Polymers 2022, 14(13), 2537; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132537
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2537

6. “Rheological Behavior and Dynamic Mechanical Properties for Interpretation of Layer Adhesion in FDM 3D Printing”
by Supaphorn Thumsorn, Wattanachai Prasong, Takashi Kurose, Akira Ishigami, Yutaka Kobayashi and Hiroshi Ito
Polymers 2022, 14(13), 2721; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132721
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2721

7. “CaCO3 Polymorphs Used as Additives in Filament Production for 3D Printing”
by Lucie Zárybnická, Radek Ševčík, Jaroslav Pokorný, Dita Machová, Eliška Stránská and Jiří Šál
Polymers 2022, 14(1), 199; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010199
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/1/199

8. “Wood Warping Composite by 3D Printing”
by Doron Kam, Ido Levin, Yinnon Kutner, Omri Lanciano, Eran Sharon, Oded Shoseyov and Shlomo Magdassi
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 733; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040733
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/733

You can check all publications in the Section “Polymer Processing and Engineering” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=805.

14 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Physics and Theory” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers from Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409), from the Section “Polymer Physics and Theory”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Modelling of Environmental Ageing of Polymers and Polymer Composites—Modular and Multiscale Methods”
by Andrey E. Krauklis, Christian W. Karl, Iuri B. C. M. Rocha, Juris Burlakovs, Ruta Ozola-Davidane, Abedin I. Gagani and Olesja Starkova
Polymers 2022, 14(1), 216; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010216
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/1/216

2. “Problems with Applying the Ozawa–Avrami Crystallization Model to Non-Isothermal Crosslinking Polymerization”
by Sergey Vyazovkin and Andrey Galukhin
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 693; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040693
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/693

3. “A Review on Modeling Cure Kinetics and Mechanisms of Photopolymerization”
by Margit Lang, Stefan Hirner, Frank Wiesbrock and Peter Fuchs
Polymers 2022, 14(10), 2074; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14102074
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/10/2074

4. “DPD Modelling of the Self- and Co-Assembly of Polymers and Polyelectrolytes in Aqueous Media: Impact on Polymer Science”
by Karel Procházka, Zuzana Limpouchová, Miroslav Štěpánek, Karel Šindelka and Martin Lísal
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 404; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030404
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/404

5. “Experimental and Numerical Study of Downward Flame Spread over Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Epoxy Resin”
by Oleg Korobeinichev, Alexander Karpov, Artem Shaklein, Alexander Paletsky, Anatoliy Chernov, Stanislav Trubachev, Roman Glaznev, Andrey Shmakov and Sergey Barbot’ko
Polymers 2022, 14(5), 911; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14050911
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/5/911

6. “Effect of Electrostatic Interactions on the Interfacial Energy between Thermoplastic Polymers and Graphene Oxide: A Molecular Dynamics Study”
by Mayu Morita, Yutaka Oya, Nobuhiko Kato, Kazuki Mori and Jun Koyanagi
Polymers 2022, 14(13), 2579; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132579
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/13/2579

7. “A New Kinetic Modeling Approach for Predicting the Lifetime of ATH-Filled Silane Cross-Linked Polyethylene in a Nuclear Environment”
by Sarah Hettal, Sébastien Roland, Konsta Sipila, Harri Joki and Xavier Colin
Polymers 2022, 14(7), 1492; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071492
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/7/1492

8. “Coarse Grained Modeling of Multiphase Flows with Surfactants”
by Thao X. D. Nguyen, Tuan V. Vu, Sepideh Razavi and Dimitrios V. Papavassiliou
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 543; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030543
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/543

9. “Predicting the Mechanical Response of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Biopolymers Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations”
by Karteek K. Bejagam, Nevin S. Gupta, Kwan-Soo Lee, Carl N. Iverson, Babetta L. Marrone and Ghanshyam Pilania
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 345; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020345
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/345

10. “Current State and Perspectives of Simulation and Modeling of Aliphatic Isocyanates and Polyisocyanates”
by Veniero Lenzi, Anna Crema, Sergey Pyrlin and Luís Marques
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1642; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091642
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1642

You can check all publications in Section “Polymer Physics and Theory” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=803.

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
Meet Us at the 18th Chinese Conference on Colloid and Interface Chemistry (CCIC18), 7–11 April 2023, Xi’an, China


MDPI will be attending the 18th Chinese Conference on Colloid and Interface Chemistry (CCIC18), hosted by the Colloid and Interface Chemistry Professional Committee of the Chinese Chemical Society and Shaanxi Normal University, which will be held from 7 to 11 April 2023 in Xi’an, China.

This conference will exchange hot topics, research progress, development trends, personnel training in the field of colloid and interface chemistry, and the important application of colloid and interface chemistry in industrial and agricultural production through conference reports, invited reports, oral presentations, and posters. A total of 2000 delegates are expected to attend.

The main topics of the conference include the following: new theories and technologies in colloid and interface chemistry; ordered assembly of amphiphilic molecules; soft matter chemistry and supramolecular assembly; functional micro-nano materials; superwetting interface and material transport; optoelectronic functional assemblies and surface interfaces; biomolecular self-assembly and biocolloids; colloid motors; food colloids; applied colloid; and interface chemistry.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

If you plan on attending this conference, please feel free to stop by our booth (#31) 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://www.nccic18.cn/.

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.

2 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Analysis and Characterization” (II)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers in Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409) in the Section “Polymer Analysis and Characterization”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Copper Ions Absorbed on Acrylic-Acid-Grafted Polystyrene Enable Direct Bonding with Tunable Bonding Strength and Debonding on Demand”
by Roman Günther, Walter Caseri and Christof Brändli
Polymers 2022, 14(23), 5142; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14235142
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/23/5142

2. “Self-Healing and Reprocessable Oleic Acid-Based Elastomer with Dynamic S-S Bonds as Solvent-Free Reusable Adhesive on Copper Surface”
by Luca Pettazzoni, Francesca Leonelli, Andrea Giacomo Marrani, Luisa Maria Migneco, Fabrizio Vetica, Lorenzo Celio, Valerio Napoleone, Sara Alfano, Andrea Colecchia, Francesco Amato et al.
Polymers 2022, 14(22), 4919; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14224919
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/22/4919

3. “Effect of Epoxy Structure on Properties of Waterborne Coatings and Electrical Steel Laminates”
by Cornelia Marchfelder, Robert Pugstaller, Gernot M. Wallner, Oliver Brüggemann and Maëlenn Aufray
Polymers 2022, 14(8), 1556; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14081556
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/8/1556

4. “Influence of Acrylonitrile Content on the Adhesive Properties of Water-Based Acrylic Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives”
by Irene Márquez, Núria Paredes, Felipe Alarcia and José Ignacio Velasco
Polymers 2022, 14(5), 909; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14050909
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/5/909

5. “An Essential Role of Polymeric Adhesives in the Reinforcement of Acidified Paper Relics”
by Jiaojiao Liu, Huiping Xing, Yajun Zhou, Xiaolian Chao, Yuhu Li and Daodao Hu
Polymers 2022, 14(1), 207; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010207
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/1/207

6. “Comparative Mechanical Study of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives over Aluminium Substrates for Industrial Applications”
by Marta Ortega-Iguña Mariane Chludzinski and José María Sánchez-Amaya
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4783; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214783
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4783

7.Experimental Research on Polymer-Based Coaxial Sealing Systems of Hydraulic Cylinders for Small Displacement Velocities
by Tudor Deaconescu and Andrea Deaconescu
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020290
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/290

8. “Role of Macrodiols in the Synthesis and Thermo-Mechanical Behavior of Anti-Tack Water Borne Polyurethane Dispersions”
by Nadia Akram, Muhammad Saeed and Muhammad Usman
Polymers 2022, 14(3), 572; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14030572
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/3/572

9. “Impact of Non-Accelerated Aging on the Properties of Parylene C”
by Franz Selbmann, Christina Scherf, Jörn Langenickel, Frank Roscher, Maik Wiemer, Harald Kuhn and Yvonne Joseph
Polymers 2022, 14(23), 5246; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14235246
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/23/5246

You can check all publications in Section “Polymer Analysis and Characterization” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=802.

2 March 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Analysis and Characterization” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers in Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409) in the Section “Polymer Analysis and Characterization”. The paper list is as follows: 

1. "Research on Improving the Partial Discharge Initial Voltage of SiC/EP Composites by Utilizing Filler Surface Modification and Nanointerface Interaction"
by Xupeng Song, Wei Yang, Shouchao Huo, Kun Wang, Yuanyuan Wu, Yun Chen, Jian Qiao, Boyang Shen and Xingming Bian
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2297; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112297
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/11/2297

2. "Effect of Ultraviolet—A Radiation on Alicyclic Epoxy Resin and Silicone Rubber Used for Insulators"
by Xiaoqing Wang, Haonan Fan, Wenrong Li, Yuyang Zhang, Ruiqi Shang, Fanghui Yin and Liming Wang
Polymers 2022, 14(22), 4889https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14224889
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/22/4889

3. "High-Dielectric PVP@PANI/PDMS Composites Fabricated via an Electric Field-Assisted Approach"
by Huaixiao Wei, Yuan Yuan, Tianli Ren, Lijuan Zhou, Xueqing Liu, Haroon A. M. Saeed Pingliang Jin and Yuwei Chen
Polymers 2022, 14(20), 4381https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14204381
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/20/4381

4. "Mechanical Properties of High Temperature Vulcanized Silicone Rubber Aged in the Natural Environment"
by Zhijin Zhang, Jianjie Zhao, Xiaodong Wan, Xingliang Jiang and Jianlin Hu
Polymers 2022, 14(20), 4439; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14204439
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/20/4439

5. "Locating Method for Electrical Tree Degradation in XLPE Cable Insulation Based on Broadband Impedance Spectrum"
by Tao Han, Yufei Yao, Qiang Li, Youcong Huang, Zhongnan Zheng and Yu Gao
Polymers 2022, 14(18), 3785; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14183785
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/18/3785

6. "Performance Evaluation of Cross-Linked Polyethylene Insulation of Operating 110 kV Power Cables"
by Man Ding, Weifeng He, Jiahe Wang and Jinpeng Wang
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2282; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112282
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/11/2282

7. "Research on Silicone Rubber Sheds of Decay-Like Fractured Composite Insulators Based on Hardness, Hydrophobicity, NMR, and FTIR"
by Zhijin Zhang, Guohui Pang, Ming Lu, Chao Gao and Xingliang Jiang
Polymers 2022, 14(16), 3424; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14163424
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/16/3424

8. "Thermal Aging Evaluation of XLPE Power Cable by Using Multidimensional Characteristic Analysis of Leakage Current"
by Yong Liu, Hao Wang, Han Zhang and Boxue Du
Polymers 2022, 14(15), 3147; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14153147
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/15/3147

9. "Influence of Nanoparticles on the Dielectric Response of a Single Component Resin Based on Polyesterimide"
by Štefan Hardoň, Jozef Kúdelčík, Anton Baran, Ondrej Michal, Pavel Trnka and Jaroslav Hornak
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2202; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112202
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/11/2202

10. "A Modified Langmuir Model for Moisture Diffusion in UGFRE of Composite Insulator Considering the Composite Degradation"
by Zhikang Yuan, Cheng Wang, Lijun Jin, Youping Tu, Yingyao Zhang, Zhenlian An and Yongfei Zhao
Polymers 2022, 14(14), 2922; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14142922
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/14/2922

You can check all publications in Section “Polymer Analysis and Characterization” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=802.

27 February 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Chemistry” (II)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers in Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409) in the Section “Polymer Chemistry”. The paper list is as follows:

1. “Application of Fiber Biochar–MOF Matrix Composites in Electrochemical Energy Storage”
by Meixiang Gao, Meng Lu, Xia Zhang, Zhenhui Luo and Jiaqi Xiao
Polymers 2022, 14(12), 2419; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14122419
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/12/2419

2. “Mixed Matrix Membranes for Efficient CO2 Separation Using an Engineered UiO-66 MOF in a Pebax Polymer”
by Asmaul Husna, Iqubal Hossain, Insu Jeong and Tae-Hyun Kim
Polymers 2022, 14(4), 655; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14040655
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/4/655

3. “Iodine Immobilized UiO-66-NH2 Metal-Organic Framework as an Effective Antibacterial Additive for Poly(ε-caprolactone)”
by Wei Chen, Ping Zhu, Yating Chen, Yage Liu, Liping Du and Chunsheng Wu
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 283; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020283
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/283

4. “Preparation of Highly Porous Thiophene-Containing DUT-68 Beads for Adsorption of CO2 and Iodine Vapor”
by Songtao Xiao, Menglin Li, Haifeng Cong, Lingyu Wang, Xiang Li and Wen Zhang
Polymers 2021, 13(23), 4075; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13234075
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/23/4075

5. “Study on Selected Metal-Organic Framework-Based Catalysts for Cycloaddition Reaction of CO2 with Epoxides: A Highly Economic Solution for Carbon Capture and Utilization”
by Suleiman Gani Musa, Zulkifli Merican Aljunid Merican and Omid Akbarzadeh
Polymers 2021, 13(22), 3905; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13223905
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/22/3905

6. “Catalytic Stereoselective Conversion of Biomass-Derived 4′-Methoxypropiophenone to Trans-Anethole with a Bifunctional and Recyclable Hf-Based Polymeric Nanocatalyst”
by Yixuan Liu, Dandan Chen, Mingrui Li, Heng Zhang and Hu Li
Polymers 2021, 13(16), 2808; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13162808
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/16/2808

7. “Phosphine-Functionalized Core-Crosslinked Micelles and Nanogels with an Anionic Poly(styrenesulfonate) Shell: Synthesis, Rhodium(I) Coordination and Aqueous Biphasic Hydrogenation Catalysis”
by Hui Wang, Chantal J. Abou-Fayssal, Christophe Fliedel, Eric Manoury and Rinaldo Poli
Polymers 2022, 14(22), 4937; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14224937
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/22/4937

8. “A Three-Dimensional Coordination Framework with a Ferromagnetic Coupled Ni(II)-CrO4 Layer: Synthesis, Structure, and Magnetic Studies”
by Hsu-Yen Tang, Gene-Hsiang Lee, Kwai-Kong Ng and Chen-I Yang
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1735; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091735
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1735

9. “Synthesis of High Molecular Weight Stereo-Di-Block Copolymers Driven by a Co-Initiator Free Catalyst”
by Carmen Moya-Lopez, Ivan Bravo, José A. Castro-Osma, David Chapron, Patrice Bourson, Christelle Vagner, Marianne Cochez, Nils Leoné, Agustín Lara-Sánchez, Carlos Alonso-Moreno et al.
Polymers 2022, 14(2), 232; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14020232
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/2/232

10. “cis-1,4 Selective Coordination Polymerization of 1,3-Butadiene and Copolymerization with Polar 2-(4-Methoxyphenyl)-1,3-butadiene by Acenaphthene-Based α-Diimine Cobalt Complexes Featuring Intra-Ligand π-π Stacking Interactions”
by Beibei Wang, Heng Liu, Tao Tang and Xuequan Zhang
Polymers 2021, 13(19), 3329; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13193329
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/19/3329

You can check all publications in the Section “Polymer Chemistry” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=801.

23 February 2023
Polymers | Selected Papers in 2021–2022 in the Section “Polymer Chemistry” (I)


We are pleased to invite you to read the selected papers in Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4409) in the Section “Polymer Chemistry”. The paper list is as follows:

1. "Association Behavior of Amphiphilic ABA Triblock Copolymer Composed of Poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (A) and Poly(ethylene oxide) (B) in Aqueous Solution"
by Yoko Mizoue, Ema Onodera, Kazutoshi Haraguchi and Shin-ichi Yusa
Polymers 2022, 14(9), 1678; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14091678
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/9/1678

2. "New Light in Polymer Science: Photoinduced Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization (PET-RAFT) as Innovative Strategy for the Synthesis of Advanced Materials"
by Valentina Bellotti and Roberto Simonutti
Polymers 2021, 13(7), 1119; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071119
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/7/1119

3. "A Terpyridine-Fe2+-Based Coordination Polymer Film for On-Chip Micro-Supercapacitor with AC Line-Filtering Performance"
by Hongxing Wang, Feng Qiu, Chenbao Lu, Jinhui Zhu, Changchun Ke, Sheng Han and Xiaodong Zhuang
Polymers 2021, 13(7), 1002; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071002
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/7/1002

4. "Novel Multifunctional Epoxy (Meth)Acrylate Resins and Coatings Preparation via Cationic and Free-Radical Photopolymerization"
by Paulina Bednarczyk, Izabela Irska, Konrad Gziut and Paula Ossowicz-Rupniewska
Polymers 2021, 13(11), 1718; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13111718
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/11/1718

5. "The Double-Faced Electrostatic Behavior of PNIPAm Microgels"
by Simona Sennato, Edouard Chauveau, Stefano Casciardi, Federico Bordi and Domenico Truzzolillo
Polymers 2021, 13(7), 1153; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071153
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/7/1153

6. "The New Approach to the Preparation of Polyacrylamide-Based Hydrogels: Initiation of Polymerization of Acrylamide with 1,3-Dimethylimidazolium (Phosphonooxy-)Oligosulphanide under Drying Aqueous Solutions"
by Natalia Tarasova, Alexey Zanin, Efrem Krivoborodov, Ilya Toropygin, Ekaterina Pascal and Yaroslav Mezhuev
Polymers 2021, 13(11), 1806; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13111806
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/11/1806

7. "Insight into the Alcohol-Free Ring-Opening Polymerization of TMC Catalyzed by TBD"
by Fabrice Azemar, Olinda Gimello, Julien Pinaud, Jean-Jacques Robin and Sophie Monge
Polymers 2021, 13(10), 1589; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13101589
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/10/1589

8. "Synthesis of Dense 1,2,3-Triazole Polymers Soluble in Common Organic Solvents"
by Shota Yamasaki, Yuri Kamon, Linlin Xu and Akihito Hashidzume
Polymers 2021, 13(10), 1627; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13101627
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/10/1627

9. "Synthesis of Poly(methacrylic acid)-block-Polystyrene Diblock Copolymers at High Solid Contents via RAFT Emulsion Polymerization"
by Iklima Oral, Larissa Grossmann, Elena Fedorenko, Jana Struck and Volker Abetz
Polymers 2021, 13(21), 3675; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13213675
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/21/3675

10. "Biodegradable PCL-b-PLA Microspheres with Nanopores Prepared via RAFT Polymerization and UV Photodegradation of Poly(Methyl Vinyl Ketone) Blocks"
by Taeyoon Kim, Sorim Lee, Soo-Yong Park and Ildoo Chung
Polymers 2021, 13(22), 3964; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13223964
Full text available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/22/3964

You can check all publications from the Section “Polymer Chemistry” at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=polymers&section=801.

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.

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.

23 November 2022
Polymers | Collection of Papers by Chinese Academicians


1. “Crystallization and Thermal Behaviors of Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/Bisphenols Complexes through Melt Post-Polycondensation”
by Shichang Chen, Shangdong Xie, Shanshan Guang, Jianna Bao, Xianming Zhang and Wenxing Chen
Polymers 2020, 12(12), 3053, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12123053
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/12/3053

2. “Injectable Click Polypeptide Hydrogels via Tetrazine-Norbornene Chemistry for Localized Cisplatin Release”
by Zhen Zhang, Chaoliang He and Xuesi Chen
Polymers 2020, 12(4), 884, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12040884
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/4/884

3. “Facile Fabrication of High-Performance Thin Film Nanocomposite Desalination Membranes Imbedded with Alkyl Group-Capped Silica Nanoparticles”
by Biqin Wu, Shuhao Wang, Ian Wang, Xiaoxiao Song, Yong Zhou and Congjie Gao
Polymers 2020, 12(6), 1415, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12061415
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/6/1415

4. “The Mechanism of Anticorrosion Performance and Mechanical Property Differences between Seawater Sea-Sand and Freshwater River-Sand Ultra-High-Performance Polymer Cement Mortar (UHPC)“
by Tianyu Li, Xin Sun, Fangying Shi, Zheng Zhu, Dezhi Wang, Huiwen Tian, Xiaoyan Liu, Xunhuan Lian, Tengfei Bao and Baorong Hou
Polymers 2022, 14(15), 3105, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14153105
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/15/3105

5. “Synthesis and Characterization of Schiff Base Polymers via Metal Coordination and Its Application in Infrared Stealth Coating”
by Xiangyu Li, Lishuai Zong, Weijie Li, Yibo Wang, Jinyan Wang and Xigao Jian
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4563, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214563
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4563

6. “In-Built Fabrication of MOF Assimilated Porous Hollow Carbon from Pre-Hydrolysate for Supercapacitor”
by Xin Zhao, Changwei Li, Lei Sha, Kang Yang, Min Gao, Honglei Chen and Jianchun Jiang
Polymers 2022, 14(16), 3377, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14163377
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/16/3377

7. “Improved Energy Storage Performance of All-Organic Composite Dielectric via Constructing Sandwich Structure”
by Mengjia Feng, Tiandong Zhang, Chunhui Song, Changhai Zhang, Yue Zhang, Yu Feng, Qingguo Chi, Qingguo Chen and Qingquan Lei
Polymers 2020, 12(9), 1972, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12091972
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/9/1972

8. “A Micro-Nano Structure Formed by SiC/Graphene Oxide Self-Assembly Improves the Wear Resistance and Corrosion Resistance of an Epoxy-Based Composite Coating”
by Jun Tang, Yali Tan, Fugang Qi, Biao Zhang, Ao Zhou, Nie Zhao and Xiaoping Ouyang
Polymers 2022, 14(21), 4704, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14214704
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/21/4704

9. “Enhancing Chain Mobility of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene by Regulating Residence Time under a Consecutive Elongational Flow for Improved Processability”
by Xiaochuan Chen, Xiaotong Wang, Yanhong Feng, Jinping Qu, Dingshan Yu, Changlin Cao and Xudong Chen
Polymers 2021, 13(13), 2192, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13132192
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/13/2192

10. “Influence Mechanism of Ultrasonic Vibration Substrate on Strengthening the Mechanical Properties of Fused Deposition Modeling”
by Wenzheng Wu, Jialin Li, Jili Jiang, Qingping Liu, Aodu Zheng, Zheng Zhang, Ji Zhao, Luquan Ren and Guiwei Li
Polymers 2022, 14(5), 904, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14050904
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/5/904

11. “Enhancing Anti-Static Performance of Fibers by Construction of the Hybrid Conductive Network Structure on the Fiber Surface”
by Congcong Xu, Lin Fang, Mingming Yu, Musu Ren, Jinliang Sun and Liying Zhang
Polymers 2021, 13(14), 2248, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13142248
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/14/2248

12. “Developed Chitosan/Oregano Essential Oil Biocomposite Packaging Film Enhanced by Cellulose Nanofibril”
by Shunli Chen, Min Wu, Caixia Wang, Shun Yan, Peng Lu and Shuangfei Wang
Polymers 2020, 12(8), 1780, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12081780
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/8/1780

13. “Flame Retardation of Natural Rubber: Strategy and Recent Progress”
by Le Wan, Cong Deng, Ze-Yong Zhao, Hong Chen and Yu-Zhong Wang
Polymers 2020, 12(2), 429, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12020429
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/2/429

14. “Gradient Porous Structured MnO2-Nonwoven Composite: A Binder-Free Polymeric Air Filter for Effective Room-Temperature Formaldehyde Removal”
by Zijian Dai, Jianyong Yu and Yang Si
Polymers 2022, 14(12), 2504, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14122504
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/14/12/2504

15. “Using Epoxidized Solution Polymerized Styrene-Butadiene Rubbers (ESSBRs) as Coupling Agents to Modify Silica without Volatile Organic Compounds”
by Chaohao Liu, Mingming Guo, Xiaobo Zhai, Xin Ye and Liqun Zhang
Polymers 2020, 12(6), 1257, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12061257
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/6/1257

16. “Correlation Between the Structure and Compressive Property of PMMA Microcellular Foams Fabricated by Supercritical CO2 Foaming Method”
by Ruizhi Zhang, Ju Chen, Yuxuan Zhu, Jian Zhang, Guoqiang Luo, Peng Cao, Qiang Shen and Lianmeng Zhang
Polymers 2020, 12(2), 315, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12020315
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/2/315

17. “Effect of Storage Conditions on the Thermal Stability and Crystallization Behaviors of Poly(L-Lactide)/Poly(D-Lactide)”
by Tien-Wei Shyr, Huan-Chieh Ko, Tzong-Ming Wu and Meifang Zhu
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 238, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020238
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/238

1 November 2022
Meet Us at the 14th National Surface Engineering Conference, 11–13 November 2022, Wuhan, China


MDPI will be attending the 14th National Surface Engineering Conference, held in Wuhan, China, from 11 to 13 November 2022. This conference aims to achieve an in-depth exchange of the latest research results in surface engineering and related disciplines and to discuss the frontier trends and future development trends of surface engineering research and engineering application. During this conference, MDPI will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest ideas with us. 

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Lubricants;
  • Applied Sciences;
  • Surfaces;
  • Polymers;
  • Materials;
  • QuBS;
  • Coatings;
  • Clean Technologies

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

For more information about the conference, please see the following link: http://bmgc2022.aconf.cn/index.html.

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!

21 September 2022
Meet Us at the 13th National Symposium on the Molecular and Structural Characterization of Polymers, 28–30 October 2022, Shenzhen, China

Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360) will attend the 13th National Symposium on the Molecular and Structural Characterization of Polymers, held in Shenzhen, China, from 28 to 30 October 2022. The main theme of the 2022 conference is “Advances in Polymer Characterization”, discussing and communicating pioneering research work on polymer solutions, molecular weight determination, material analysis, molecular chain structure, rheological properties, mechanical properties, dielectric properties, and fluorescence spectroscopy.

During this conference, Polymers will welcome researchers from different backgrounds to visit and share their latest inspirations with us.

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

For more information about the conference, please see the following link: https://poly-struc2022.scievent.com/.

20 July 2022
Meet Us at the 49th World Polymers Congress MACRO 2022, 17–21 July 2022, Winnipeg, Canada


Conference: 49th World Polymers Congress MACRO 2022
Date: 17–21 July 2022
Place: Winnipeg, Canada
Booth: #6

Polymers (ISSN: 2073-4360) and Materials (ISSN: 1996-1944) will be attending the 49th World Polymers Congress MACRO 2022 as exhibitors from 17 to 21 July 2022 in Winnipeg, Canada.

The year 2022 marks the first time that Canada is hosting the World Polymers Congress since it became a biennial event in 1998. The polymer science community of Canada looks forward to connecting at the 49th World Polymers Congress, which is held in the city of Winnipeg from 17 to 21 July 2022. True to its mission, MACRO 2022 will be a forum for international scientists and students who are in various stages of their career development to share knowledge and experiences.

The MACRO 2022 program comprises nine themes that represent the following subjects:

  • Polymers for Biomedical Engineering;
  • Polymers for Energy and Environmental Applications;
  • Polymer Engineering and Rheology;
  • Polymers for Nanotechnology;
  • Polymer Physics and Characterization;
  • Polymers from Renewable Resources and Biodegradable Polymers;
  • Polymer Science Education;
  • Polymer Synthesis and Kinetics;
  • Smart and Functional Polymers.

The following MDPI journals will be represented:

  • Polymers;
  • Materials;
  • Membranes;
  • Pharmaceutics;
  • Sustainability;
  • Bioengineering;
  • Gels;
  • Electrochem;
  • Solar.

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 that you might have.

For more information about the conference, please visit the following website: https://www.macro2022.org/.

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
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

16 June 2022
Polymers | Top 10 Cited Articles in 2020

1. “Modification of Renewable Cardanol onto Carbon Fiber for the Improved Interfacial Properties of Advanced Polymer Composites”
Yawen Zheng et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(1), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12010045
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/1/45 

2. “Structural Changes of Oak Wood Main Components Caused by Thermal Modification”
Ivan Kubovský et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(2), 485; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12020485
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/2/485 

3. “Core–Shell Eudragit S100 Nanofibers Prepared via Triaxial Electrospinning to Provide a Colon-Targeted Extended Drug Release”
Yanfei Ding et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(9), 2034; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12092034
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/9/2034 

4. “The Inhibition Property and Mechanism of a Novel Low Molecular Weight Zwitterionic Copolymer for Improving Wellbore Stability”
Weichao Du et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(3), 708; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12030708
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/3/708 

5. “Characterization Study of Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) Fibers Reinforcement in Poly(Butylene) Succinate (PBS)/Starch/Glycerol Composite Sheet”
Rafiqah S. Ayu et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(7), 1571; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12071571
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/7/1571

6. “Energy-Saving Electrospinning with a Concentric Teflon-Core Rod Spinneret to Create Medicated Nanofibers”
Shixiong Kang et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(10), 2421; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12102421
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/10/2421 

7. “Mechanical Properties of Longitudinal Basalt/Woven-Glass-Fiber-reinforced Unsaturated Polyester-Resin Hybrid Composites”
S.M. Sapuan et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(10), 2211; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12102211
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/10/2211

8. “Effect of CNTs Additives on the Energy Balance of Carbon/Epoxy Nanocomposites during Dynamic Compression Test”
Manel Chihi et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(1), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12010194
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/1/194

9. “Shape-Adaptive Metastructures with Variable Bandgap Regions by 4D Printing”
Reza Noroozi et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(3), 519; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12030519
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/3/519

10. “Phosphonic Acid Coupling Agent Modification of HAP Nanoparticles: Interfacial Effects in PLLA/HAP Bone Scaffold”
Cijun Shuai et al.
Polymers 2020, 12(1), 199; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12010199
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/1/199

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)

7 June 2022
Polymers | Top 10 Cited Reviews in 2021

1. “A Comparative Review of Natural and Synthetic Biopolymer Composite Scaffolds“
Sai Bhargava Reddy et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(7), 1105; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071105
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/7/1105

2. “Micro- and Nanocellulose in Polymer Composite Materials: A Review“
by Abdoulhdi A. Borhana Omran et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 231; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020231
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/231

3. “A Review on Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite for Bullet Proof and Ballistic Applications“
M. Nurazzi et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 646; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040646
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/4/646

4. “Potential of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites in Sandwich Structures: A Review on Its Mechanical Properties“
by S. Alsubari et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(3), 423; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13030423
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/3/423

5. “Poly(lactic Acid): A Versatile Biobased Polymer for the Future with Multifunctional Properties—From Monomer Synthesis, Polymerization Techniques and Molecular Weight Increase to PLA Applications“
Evangelia Balla et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(11), 1822; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13111822
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/11/1822

6. “Fabrication, Functionalization, and Application of Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Polymer Composite: An Overview“
Norizan Mohd Nurazzi et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(7), 1047; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071047
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/7/1047

7. “Antimicrobial Actions and Applications of Chitosan“
Cai-Ling Ke et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(6), 904; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13060904
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/6/904

8. “Advances in Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Based Affinity Sensors (Review)“
Simonas Ramanavicius et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(6), 974; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13060974
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/6/974

9. “A Comprehensive Review on Advanced Sustainable Woven Natural Fibre Polymer Composites“
A. Aisyah et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(3), 471; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13030471
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/3/471

10. “Polylactic Acid (PLA) Biocomposite: Processing, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Applications
R.A. Ilyas et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(8), 1326; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13081326
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/8/1326

1 June 2022
Polymers | Top 10 Cited Articles in 2021

1. “Multifunctional Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Based Hybrid Porous Materials for CO2 Uptake and Iodine Adsorption”
Mohamed Gamal Mohamed et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 221; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020221
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/221

2. Nanosponge-Based Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte for Safer Li-O2 Batteries”
Julia Amici et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(10), 1625; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13101625
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/10/1625

3. “Eco-Friendly, High-Density Fiberboards Bonded with Urea-Formaldehyde and Ammonium Lignosulfonate”
Petar Antov et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020220
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/220

4. “Edible Films from Carrageenan/Orange Essential Oil/Trehalose—Structure, Optical Properties, and Antimicrobial Activity”
Jancikova Simona et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(3), 332; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13030332
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/3/332

5. “Protective Face Mask Filter Capable of Inactivating SARS-CoV-2, and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis”
Miguel Martí et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 207; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020207
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/207

6. “Utilization of Birch Bark as an Eco-Friendly Filler in Urea-Formaldehyde Adhesives for Plywood Manufacturing”
Roman Réh,Ľuboš Krišťák et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040511
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/4/511

7. “Eco-Friendly Fiberboard Panels from Recycled Fibers Bonded with Calcium Lignosulfonate”
by Petar Antov et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 639; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040639
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/4/639

8. “Removal of Cadmium and Chromium by Mixture of Silver Nanoparticles and Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose Isolated from Waste Peels of Citrus Sinensis”
Neha Tavker et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 234; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020234
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/234

9. “Corn Starch (Zea mays) Biopolymer Plastic Reaction in Combination with Sorbitol and Glycerol”
M.D. Hazrol et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 242; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020242
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/2/242

10. “Utilization of Bracing Arms as Additional Reinforcement in Pultruded Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Cross-Arms: Creep Experimental and Numerical Analyses”
Muhammad Rizal Muhammad Asyraf et al.
Polymers 2021, 13(4), 620; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13040620
Available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/13/4/620