Predatory, or questionable publishing is when publishers request fees from authors to publish in low-value journals. These journals are designed to exploit researcher's desire to publish, and take fees, potentially without providing any services, such ar peer-review, typesetting, or promotion and marketing through scholarly indexes.
Publishing with MDPI
If you are considering publishing in one of the MDPI journals, you are advised to first do a critical review of the journal in question.
The publisher MDPI has been criticised recently for inadequacies in the editorial process and peer review. Based on concerns expressed about publishing ethics and varying levels of quality, questions have been raised about whether UC’s APC discount with MDPI is in line with our values and strategies. The University Library believes there is no uniform standard across all MDPI journals, and recommends that anyone considering publishing with MDPI should critically review the journal in question. Read more about the assessment of journals at, for example, Think. Check. Submit.
Many researchers choose to publish in MDPI's journals and we are very interested to hear about your experiences with the publisher. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current agreement between the library and MDPI, which gives a 10% discount for publishing, is updated annually.