Information for Societies

As a pioneer in open access publishing with over 25 years’ experience, MDPI is interested in helping societies willing to venture into this publication model. We currently support more than 180 learned societies and organizations ranging from affiliations to publishing journals on behalf of the society.

Our Experience

Largest Fully Open
Access Publisher
Years of Publishing
Society Journals
Affiliated Societies and
Research Organisations
Society Journals
Published by MDPI

What We Offer

Conversion to
Open Access

We can convert a subscription-based journal to open access, maintaining a high number of publications and a robust income.


A dedicated field-specific Managing Editor will support your organization and the Editor-in-Chief in the management of the journal by providing regular progress reports on the journal, conducting field-specific market research and competition analyses relevant to your journal, providing annual financial reports, and managing any accounting aspects related to the journal.


Our trained and professional editorial staff can take care of manuscript submissions, the peer-review process, and post-acceptance-production process: copy-editing, English editing, editing of LaTeX files, as well as Microsoft Word files, conversion to and tagging of, fulltext and XML versions, professional production of PDF versions for online publication of articles submitted to your journal, enabling you to spend more time on tasks that really matter to you.


Our in-house production team handles copyediting, English editing, conversion to and tagging of full-text and XML versions, and professional production of PDF versions for online publication. We can handle submissions created in Microsoft Word or Latex. We create attractive, readable articles with fast production times.

Fast Editorial

In recent years, across all articles published by MDPI, the average time for a first editorial decision was 15-20 days and the average time from submission to publication was 5-6 weeks. Due to its infrastructure and internal organization, MDPI maintains one of the fastest and most straightforward procedures in the industry.

Fast and Easy

MDPI also incorporates an electronic submission and reviewing system, including a workflow from manuscript submission to editorial processing (peer-review, revisions, decision-making), copy-editing and proofreading, xml conversion up to final publication. The platform is interlinked with a growing number of services, including Altmetric, CrossRef, and CiteULike.


Offering more visibility for your publications by listing your published items in the search results at, which currently attracts over 11.3 million monthly page views (comprising the primary content of over 200 open access research journals, as well as content from electronic conferences at A high ranking on Google and other major search engines is essential, so we ensure fulltext indexing and search engine optimization by Google.


MDPI will automatically register DOI (Digital Object Identifier) numbers for all published items with Crossref, as well as automatically depositing published items into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), PubMed, and other similar databases.

Indexing and

MDPI works with over 80 indexing and abstracting services, and will arrange all articles to be evaluated in the leading and domain-specific indexing and abstracting databases, ensuring that publications reach the widest audience of scholars. Databases include the Web of Science™ suite of indexes, Scopus, PubMed, Chemical Abstracts and many others.


Promotion and marketing activities for the journal, such as conference sponsorship, digital marketing and stakeholder communication at conferences, flyers, and newsletters.


MDPI has the infrastructure and expertise to organize conferences. Societies, organizations, and individuals can organize their own conferences using MDPI's infrastructure. You can see examples of previously organized conferences at


MDPI will take care of the long-term archiving of your publications by depositing a full copy in the Swiss National Library electronic collection a-Helvetica) and CLOCKSS. MDPI is a member of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI), which enables the distribution of additional copies of publications to university archives around the world. Authors are also encouraged to self-archive the final version of their published articles into institutional repositories (such as those listed in the Directory of Open Access Repositories).

Hosting the

MDPI can host your journal back-file online on its platform, so that all volumes and issues of the journal are searchable from the same location.


You or your organization retains the full ownership of the publication. MDPI operates the publication on your behalf. Other models are possible and can be discussed.


MDPI can take care of the billing and collecting of article processing charges and pay out a quarterly, or half-yearly fee to you or your organization. Alternatively, we can offer a pricing mechanism where you will be billed for the number of manuscripts processed and published on your behalf, while you or your organization retains control of the billing. MDPI is open to negotiate terms and conditions.


MDPI offers high-quality, on-demand reprints of any article, volume or special issue to authors and readers of a journal. Special issues can also be published in book format and be made available on demand.


Reviewers can opt-in to get credit when reviewing for MDPI journals. MDPI also offers a discount on publication fees to reviewers in the form of vouchers and publishes a reviewer acknowledgment every year.


MDPI offers institutional memberships for universities and their libraries, where affiliated authors benefit from discounts for publishing with our open access journals. This results in increased number of submissions from participant institutions. MDPI has a very flexible and non-binding agreement, which makes it attractive. In addition, MDPI notifies the institutions about submissions and published papers and can arrange central payment.

We can convert a subscription-based journal to open access, maintaining a high number of publications and a robust income.


Dr. Carla Aloè
Head of Societies and Acquisition
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland
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