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MDPI lists "academic editors" for some of their papers, e.g.:

Screenshot of bibliographic information from an MDPI paper that reads: Citation: Wen, Y.; Chen, H.; Wei, X.; Li, K.; Liu, F.; Liu, X. Examining Predictors and Outcomes of Decent Work among Chinese Female Pre-Service Primary School Teachers. Sustainability 2023, 15, 730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010730 Academic Editor: Gazi Mahabubul Alam

Is this name to be reproduced in the bibliography when using common citation styles?

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As far as I'm concerned, the answer is no. I should however add that every journal can have their own policy for references and you should read it whenever you submit something.

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Academic editors don't contribute to the paper's contents (not directly anyway), so no - you do not reproduce their name when citing the article. For comparison, you never give the name of the editor-in-chief of the cited paper's journal when citing the article, either.

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  • Interesting. I've been told to cite editors of proceedings, for example. Also editors of collections.
    – mritz_p
    Jan 7, 2023 at 19:43
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    @mritz_p Proceedings are not articles, however; they are a collection of articles, and which articles are included in the proceedings is decided by the editors. So editors do affect the contents of proceedings directly.
    – Allure
    Jan 7, 2023 at 22:59
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The answer is given by MDPI themselves on the corresponding article website (see section "Share and Cite", scroll to bottom):

MDPI and ACS Style
Wen, Y.; Chen, H.; Wei, X.; Li, K.; Liu, F.; Liu, X. Examining Predictors and Outcomes of Decent Work among Chinese Female Pre-Service Primary School Teachers. Sustainability 2023, 15, 730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010730

AMA Style
Wen Y, Chen H, Wei X, Li K, Liu F, Liu X. Examining Predictors and Outcomes of Decent Work among Chinese Female Pre-Service Primary School Teachers. Sustainability. 2023; 15(1):730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010730

Chicago/Turabian Style
Wen, Ya, Huaruo Chen, Xindong Wei, Kai Li, Fei Liu, and Xia Liu. 2023. "Examining Predictors and Outcomes of Decent Work among Chinese Female Pre-Service Primary School Teachers" Sustainability 15, no. 1: 730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010730

So no, the academic editor name of a journal article is not to be reproduced in the bibliography when using common citation styles. A citation style requiring that would be rather unusual.

I do not know from where exactly you got your example, but, although the formatting does not reflect this, it seems to me that what is listed after "Citation" ends with the doi. The "Academic Editor" would be a separate piece of information, then.

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  • The example is from the PDF of the article (left column).
    – mritz_p
    Jan 7, 2023 at 19:44

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