One Theme, Multiple Choices

MDPI Topics—Collaborative and Interdisciplinary

MDPI runs Topics, which are collections of papers that concentrate on specific multidisciplinary topics in two or more MDPI journals. Topics allow authors from different research areas to unite around one theme, describe multidisciplinary applications and develop new ideas. Topics are curated and led by a Topic Editorial Team of scholars with diverse backgrounds that cover the various facets of the research topic, and are supported by MDPI's simple and efficient service. Authors can submit manuscripts to any MDPI journal participating in the Topic. Published papers will be collected together on the Topic website.

MDPI Topics offer an alternative way to present your research, across multiple journals and disciplines, thereby doing justice to a collaborative and versatile research environment. The goal is to enhance the networks for disseminating scientific research.

Topic Editors, who are trusted with taking the lead, have the ability to identify two or more MDPI journals for their Topics. Authors contributing to a Topic are invited to submit to the one journal among the participating journals which is the best fit given their focus of research. Published papers appear both within the journal issue and on the dedicated Topic webpage.

As part of our ongoing intention to create new and beneficial open access publication opportunities, MDPI would like to present here the benefits of its Topic program.

Benefits for authors

  • Topics disseminate research focusing on specific interdisciplinary themes more widely and more efficiently;
  • Topics allow authors from different research areas to unite around one subject. Authors can submit to the same Topic using different journals as their preferred platform;
  • Authors benefit from collaboration across disciplines and from broader readership and visibility;
  • Authors can discover multi-disciplinary applications and develop new ideas;
  • Authors can select the publishing conditions based on their own expectations;
  • Topics help to share reviews, original articles, case reports, opinions, and perspectives for interdisciplinary topics;
  • Topics build awareness of the benefits of publishing with MDPI journals.

Benefits for external editors

  • Topics enhance editors’ network of scientific collaboration;
  • Editors can gain insights into trends and growth areas within their areas of research and beyond;
  • Editors can find out how cutting-edge topical issues, presented in an open-access resource, increase research impact;
  • Editors can select the journals to use as their platforms;
  • Topics further strengthen cooperation between fellows in various disciplines.

Topic Editor Responsibilities

Each Topic Editor has the critical task of representing one research area from within the multidisciplinary topic. As a whole, the team will form a network of experts, bringing together scholars from across different fields to develop new ideas and initiate unique collaborations that would otherwise not be possible. More information on the role of editors and how to use our submission system SuSy can be found here. The main responsibilities of Topic Editors are:

  • Preparing the Topics title, aim and scope, summary, and keywords;
  • Providing a list of potential contributors;
  • Pre-screening, supervising the whole peer-review process, and making decisions on new submissions in their Topics;
  • Promoting Topics at conferences, on social media, and on other relevant platforms.


For any inquiries related to Topics, please contact the Topics office (

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