): Can you imagine the required number of reviewers and magnitude of efforts spent for peer review and editorial processes if scholarly standards would apply? The reviewers have always been helpful in their recommendations and I found editors to be very understanding and helpful along the way. Here are the major issues I’ve encountered: 1) Most of the papers I have received for review should have been returned to the author by the editor for corrections prior to initiating the full peer-review. No difference comparing to other "regular" journals in terms of the peer-review processes. 2002— I travel once in 2-3 mothns, so my average review time is about 1.5 months. Once the manuscript is accepted you get a proof with questions and edits. And they have contacted authors (. It is also an abuse of the time invested by referees in conducting a detailed peer review and an insult to authors who take the time to prepare high quality and well written manuscripts. MDPI has opted to debunk the unnecessary delays prominent with journal publications. Journal of Applied Sciences is indexed in Clarivate Analytics under the link below: It is not enough in this environment just to give us a comment, but please give us a critiques, as well. How does this practice potentially affect the Impact Factor and, Sure, if you know how IF are calculated (. MDPI is a fully open access publisher, that is, all their journals operate exclusively on the open access model. Like others, I've published with MDPI a few times. © 2008-2020 ResearchGate GmbH. Well.... i will say the following: If the reviewer is competent enough and have time, 10 days are more than enough. I recommend to you again the link provided above by Derek Pyne in which the key ongoing issues regarding MDPI are neatly summarised: If you agree, please scroll up under 'All answers' and recommend Derek's contribution. If they are selling impact factor then why they not reduce the price of those journals which impact factor has been deceased, i.e., Applied sciences. One should be able to make their own conclusions. Another thing, I learnt that MDPI rejects papers depending on the authors. MDPI is a publisher of peer-reviewed, open access journals since its establishment in 1996. Personally, I have not had any interaction with this publisher; however, the general impression around the journal is slightly uncertain. Mdpi has high costs, but the reputation isOk. Most of MDPI journals are indexed. The sole criterion must be the importance of the findings and nothing else!! 3) Finally, I am regularly solicited by MDPI to review papers well outside of my area of expertise (which I decline). Nothing, I paid nothing - each of them was gratis. Regarding this particular journal, I will take Mary Pat Harnegie's advise considering she is a professional in this particular area. Not other journals that first shelve your paper and have some sort of delaying tactics and traditions. Personally, I have not had any interaction with this publisher; however, the general impression around the journal is slightly uncertain. Icons made by various authors from www.flaticon.com, Live panel discussion: Maintaining trust in peer review during COVID-19.