Questions tagged [mdpi]

Questions related to MDPI, or Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, a controversial Swiss open-access publisher. MDPI is currently (2021) the largest open-access publisher in the world and the fifth-largest publisher overall by journal papers published.

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Does MDPI systematicly choose new reviewers after each round in order to speed up the process?

I wrote a detailed and long review on the first round and requested a minor or major revision. Then after 1 or 2 weeks I got a mail notification that the paper is published. I never had the chance to ...
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How to fix mistake in entering supervisor and student author order at "pending decision" stage?

My supervisor submitted a paper and it is on pending decision after review. I am the first author in the pdf format of the paper. However, when she submitted I understood that it is written: ...
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Is the review process at MDPI fair to reviewers? [duplicate]

I was asked to review for an MDPI journal and realized while requesting to extend the deadline for my review that the editor at MDPI intended to send review requests to several reviewers, to gather ...
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Is it ethical to obliquely cite articles published by a predatory publisher?

There's a recent article published in Research Evaluation analyzing MDPI's self-citation rates. The author argues that MDPI's self-citation rate is anomalously high relative to leading journals in the ...
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Do MDPI reviewers have access to each other's reviews?

Follow-up question to discussion in comments of this question. Summary is that in 2015, there was a MDPI reviewer who was unhappy because their recommendation wasn't followed. The reviewer complained ...
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What is special about the MDPI special issues?

This question is related to this question, but specifically regards the special issues by MDPI. They seem to have a quite high number of special issues for every journal per year and as far as I ...
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Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher?

I was recently asked to review for an MDPI open access journal. Is this a reputable publishing company? Their website suggests that they are 15 years old, and only do open-access publishing. The ...