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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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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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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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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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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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