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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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Reviewing papers for MDPI: general feeling as a reviewer

So simple question for those that already reviewed for MDPI: how did you feel about the quality of the other reviewers (in general)? I have reviewed a handful of papers now as I feel it is necessary (...
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Will submitting to mediocre journals (MDPI) hurt me in the long term?

I have some preliminary experimental results that won't fit into the next round of experiments. The first only shows there is problem but can't make any conclusions about why. The second will ...
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Should I referee for MDPI journal Mathematics? [duplicate]

As a general rule, when I receive a request to referee a paper from a journal, I do my best to accept it unless I have a strong reason not to. One possible reason is that the journal in question is ...
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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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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 ...
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Does MDPI systematically 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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Is MDPI a reputable publisher? [duplicate]

I have received an invite from MDPI to guest edit a special issue journal. I was wondering if anybody had any thoughts on how reputable they are? This question has been asked on this forum before but ...
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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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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 ...