Announcement Lists
Encyclopedia Sciplayer
Submitted At: 2021-04-20

Internet databases of videos have emerged as useful tools in life and science. Such resources support the search for information about science and facilitate the introduction of secondary analyses of large datasets for scholars. As such, Encyclopedia Sciplayer has come into being.

Scholars can submit videos online, and files can be transferred directly to the Encyclopedia Editorial Office via office@encyclopedia.pub. Before submission, please ensure the author instructions below are followed:

1. Video types include

- A certain scientific research topic, an experimental/surgery operation record, or other interesting and worthwhile simulation videos;

- A theory or social phenomenon;

- An excellent teaching course or speech for reference.

2. Acceptable video format

- mp4 or a video link;

- Maximum size: ≤ 500 M.

3. Suggested duration

3–10 min (no special limit for operation, simulation or teaching course videos).

4. Subjects

genesis and history, discovery, related concepts or principles, structure, synthesis, activities, applications, models, algorithms, dynamics, simulations, impact/effect, instruments, systems, theory, infrastructure, components, functions, practical issues, characterizations, detection, classifications, types, diversity, current status, development/evolution, new progress, milestones, leading figures or related people, future directions, mechanism, approaches, modes, restrictions/limitations, advantages and disadvantages, evaluation, differences, policy, measures/management, aims, causes, rules, distribution, location, features, treatment, symptoms, diagnosis, pathology, etc.

5. How to upload

(a) Original short videos can be uploaded directly via the video page. For long videos greater than 500 M, please divide the video into several parts and label each separate video in the correct order. Alternatively, record the video to another platform, such as YouTube, and introduce it here with the link directly.

(b) For reproduced videos, it is also acceptable to insert a link with a paragraph introduction.

6. Video check

After video submission, the entry will not be shown online until approved by Editorial Office. The video content will be locked in order to protect your contributions.

7. About copyright

The author must confirm in the Copyright Transfer Agreement that they have received permission from each participant recorded on the submitted video to announce the video online.

Thanks for your kind collaboration and support in advance. Encyclopedia will be your assistant during that period and provide you with all necessary support and guidance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact office@encyclopedia.pub.

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Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Award 2021
Submitted At: 2021-02-20

Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Award 2021 is open for application now. We will award the top one contributor on this platform in 2021. The winners will receive an official certificate and a cash award of 500 CHF or discount voucher of 800 CHF.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Encyclopedia will be awarding three researchers with Outstanding Contributor Awards. These prizes will be given to the top one contributor to the Encyclopedia platform and Encyclopedia journal in 2021. All contributors will be selected after a thorough evaluation by the journal award committee, led by the Editor-in-Chief, and the winners will be announced in January 2022.   

Eligibility for the Awards

To be eligible, contributors must meet the following criteria:

1. Contributors must have published at least two qualified entries on the Encyclopedia platform in 2021 with sufficiently detailed comments from senior scientists;

2. Contributors must have published at least one qualified entry papers in the Encyclopedia journal in 2021.

Selection Criteria

The contributors will be selected by the Encyclopedia journal award committee according to the following criteria:

  • The quantity and quality of entries/entry papers contributed;

  • Scientific merit and broad impact;

  • View, citation, and download rates in 2021.

Application Deadline

31 December 2021

Please send your applications to our office before the deadline: office@encyclopedia.pub.

The Prize

Each winner will receive a cash award of 500 CHF or a discount voucher of 800 CHF that can be applied to any MDPI journal. Each winner will also receive a certificate.

The winners will be announced on the journal website in January 2022.

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Encyclopedia Credit Point System
Submitted At: 2021-02-20

Credit point system is a reward system to all users of Encyclopedia platform which has been released online since December 2020. Users can get credit points through a series of activities on the encyclopedia platform, and credit points can be accumulated to exchange for vouchers that can be used in MDPI related service.

1. The aim of credit point system

The purpose of the credit points is to reward users for their contributions and activities in the Encyclopedia platform.

2. How to get credit points

Scholars can get points in the following activities:

  1. Creating a qualified entry, then all participants will get points.
  2. Users will get points after browsing other authors' entries.
  3. Making high-quality comments on other authors' entries will get points.
  4. Recommending high-quality entries from the Encyclopedia platform to others will get points.

3. How to use vouchers

Voucher exchange: Users can redeem points for vouchers via profile: “user menu”–“statistical information”–“point information”. Enter the number of vouchers you want to redeem and click exchange to redeem.

Voucher function: The redeemed MDPI vouchers can be used in the following area:

  1. MDPI journals article processing charge
  2. MDPI book processing charge

4. Prohibition:

  1. Cheating or obtaining points by any means other than those outlined is not allowed. Manager has the right to cancel voucher code in this case.
  2. Encyclopedia does not welcome any form of immature, illegal, violent, pornographic, or advertising content.

5. Tips

Term of validity: Vouchers will expire after two natural years. At the end of the year, credit points that have existed for longer than one year will be cleared. For example, credit points gained in June 2020 will be cleared after 31 Dec 2021.

Points ownership: Points can only be redeemed for vouchers through the account with which they have been earned. For example, if users have earned enough points on account A, when they redeem vouchers, users can only redeem them with account A. Points cannot be translated between different people.

Finally, the Encyclopedia platform reserves all the rights for final explanation.

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Encyclopedia Annual Report 2020
Submitted At: 2021-02-20

Encyclopedia Annual Report 2020 is aiming to record the progress and gains of the Encyclopedia Project in 2020.

1. About Encyclopedia Platform

Encyclopedia (https://encyclopedia.pub) is fully subsidized by MDPI and is completely free of charge for contributors and readers. Encyclopedia, a user-generated content platform, was released by MDPI in April 2018. It aims to provide a comprehensive record for scientific developments and publish the latest research results for researchers and the general public who are interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

  • Scientificity

All entry contributors are researchers, scientists, or experts in each field. Encyclopedia’s purpose is to record and spread knowledge without any restrictions to help researchers find what they need quickly and accurately.

  • Accessibility

Encyclopedia offers access to science and the latest research to readers and users free of charge. All entry content is published in open access format and distributed under a Creative Commons License, which means free distribution and the right to share and re-use published entries.

  • Speed

For trusted authors who are users of SuSy or other MDPI platforms, their entries are announced online directly once they submit them and without peer review. Meanwhile, for other users, their entries need to be checked by an editor. Their entries will be announced if the entry content is fine.

  • Freedom

All users can edit or revise their entries whenever they are available. All users could publish their comments or discussions for online entries without any permission needed.

2. Key Figures

Figure 1. Entry type distribution.

Figure 2. New entries per quarter.

Figure 3. Research field distribution.

Figure 4. User and reader statistic.

3. Milestones in 2020

  • Announced 5772 new entries with 645,643 view times in total.
  • Set up 21 Entry Collections to gather entries with a similar topic.
  • Invited 98 Advisory Board Members to control the entry quality.
  • Finished the 1st Online Board Meeting to solve the Advisory Board Members' concerns.
  • Launched the peer-reviewed journal Encyclopedia and published 9 papers.
  • Released the new version of the Encyclopedia platform.
  • Released the Encyclopedia “Credit Point System” online to attract authors to make academic communication and voucher exchanges.
  • Launched the Encyclopedia book project.
  • Announced the Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Awards 2020 and elected five winners.

4. Encyclopedia Products

The Encyclopedia project comprises the Encyclopedia platform, the Encyclopedia journal (ISSN 2309-3366), and the Encyclopedia book. The authors of well-prepared entries on the platform will be encouraged to enrich and submit them to the Encyclopedia journal for peer review and publication. Once enough entries are published in a specific topic or field, these entries shall be edited into an Encyclopedia book for reference purposes.

4.1. Encyclopedia Platform

The Encyclopedia platform (https://encyclopedia.pub/) is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics.

Both summarized published papers and original content are welcomed to be posted on Encyclopedia. Authors need make a comprehensive description for some professional nouns and noun phrases or share and show their latest findings or the development. All entries announced in Encyclopedia should be objective and should not include subjective, immature, illegal, violent, pornographic, or advertising content.

4.2. Encyclopedia Journal

4.2.1. Introduction

The Encyclopedia journal (https://www.MDPI.com/journal/encyclopedia) is an affiliated journal of the Encyclopedia platform. It aims to record high-quality entries. Different from other traditional journals, we only accept "entry"-type papers. Encyclopedia is published quarterly online by MDPI. Its aim is to form a comprehensive record of scientific development and provide reference information not only for researchers but also the general public interested in accurate and established knowledge on specific topics. Entry content may be in any field announced on the Encyclopedia platform (www.encyclopedia.pub). Original submissions are also welcome. In addition, we have a section named “Encyclopedia Studies” to publish all research papers related to the Encyclopedia database or Encyclopedia books.

4.2.2. Source of Entry Papers for the Encyclopedia Journal

(1) High-quality entries on the Encyclopedia platform

(2) Original entry papers submitted to the Encyclopedia journal

4.2.3. Article Processing Charge (APC)

All entry papers published in Encyclopedia (ISSN 2309-3366) are published in full open access. In order to provide free access to readers and to cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, typesetting, long-term archiving, and journal management, an Article Processing Charge (APC) of CHF 1000 (Swiss francs) applies to papers accepted after peer review. In addition to Swiss francs (CHF), we also accept payment in euros (EUR), US dollars (USD), British pound sterling (GBP), Japanese yen (JPY), or Canadian dollars (CAD).

We plan to offer publication free of charge for at least the first two years, or for it to remain free both for readers and authors as long as MDPI has enough financial resources to support doing so.

4.2.4. Outcomes in 2020

(1) Invited 1 Editor-in-Chief and 93 Editorial Board Members to control the entry papers’ quality.

(2) Published 9 papers already and will be released in March 2021.

4.3. Encyclopedia Book

The Encyclopedia book is a reference work or compendium providing summaries of knowledge either from all branches or from a particular field or discipline. Encyclopedias are divided into articles or entries that are often arranged alphabetically by article name and sometimes by thematic categories. Encyclopedia entries are longer and more detailed than those in most dictionaries. Generally speaking, unlike dictionary entries—which focus on linguistic information about words, such as their etymology, meaning, pronunciation, use, and grammatical forms—encyclopedia articles focus on factual information concerning the subject named in the article's title. As a valued source of reliable information compiled by experts, printed encyclopedia books found a prominent place in libraries, schools, and other educational institutions.

By the end of 2020, we launched two Encyclopedia book titles online, 《Encyclopedia of Social Sciences》 and 《Encyclopedia of ZEMCH Research and Development》. Two collections were set up accordingly in the journal Encyclopedia to receive and publish papers in these two books. Once enough papers are published, we will start to produce the printed book. We expect to publish the book online by the end of 2021.

Other ongoing books include 《Encyclopedia of Engineering》, 《Encyclopedia of Mathematics》, 《Encyclopedia of Geoscience》, and 《Encyclopedia of Piezoelectrics》. The next planned titles include, but are not limited to, the following: Encyclopedia of Sustainability; Encyclopedia of Life Science; Encyclopedia of Biomedical Sciences; Encyclopedia of Chemistry; Encyclopedia of Materials Science.

5. Feedback from Scholars

5.1. Feedback from Advisory Board Members

The 1st Encyclopedia Advisory Board Online Meeting was held in July, 2020. About 94.4% of Advisory Board Members thought that the quality of entries announced on Encyclopedia was above the middle level. In December, the new Encyclopedia web page and functions were updated based on Advisory Board Members’ comments and the platform’s future development.

Figure 5. Evaluation of entry quality.

5.2. Feedback from External Scholars

In October, a questionnaire about the users’ evaluation for Encyclopedia was distributed. The survey results show that about 80% of Encyclopedia users are students, university professors, university faculties, and independent researchers. Most of them spoke highly of the Encyclopedia platform.

Figure 6. Users’ overall rating of our website.

“I have followed up the Encyclopedia initiative and I think it is a good alternative where researchers can share their works and results with the community. Also the ideas of offering credit points and having an Encyclopedia book when good entries were published in a specific topic is very attractive for the researchers. As a suggestion, I think there could be calls for special issues in order to finalize a book proposal in some specific area. Also, I would suggest to show the comments of the entries at the end, after references.”—from Dr. Patricia Takako Endo.

“Encyclopedia, with the precious and indispensable active participation of scholars from all over the world, in articulation with the Editorial Office Team, which I have to acknowledge the high professionalism, will certainly continue to give a positive response to the new challenges emerging at this stage of Encyclopedia. I would like to highlight two challenges that seem crucial to me and that consist of improving, in an increasingly useful way, (1) the promotion of an academic/scientific discourse that, at the same time, is not hermetic for the non-specialists in the specific scientific area focused; and (2) the promotion of the necessary inter/multidisciplinarity. Its history, which, despite being recent, has already proved to be precious and achieved 6,020 total entries, and 647,221 views (https://encyclopedia.pub/about), is auspicious of high potential and know-how that allow us to anticipate that, without crystallization in past successes, but also without hastiness, Encyclopedia has the conditions to continue to develop, following the pro-activity demonstrated, reinforcing its place in scientific-based (in)formation.”—from Dr. Sandro Nuno Ferreira Serpa.

6. Acknowledgement

Encyclopedia is a promising project. We sincerely express our gratitude to Encyclopedia’s Advisory Board, users, and viewers. We really hope that you can make full use of our products to provide more scientific entries in Encyclopedia’s series products.

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Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Awards 2020
Submitted At: 2021-02-20

Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Awards 2020 is open for application now. We will award the top five contributors on this platform in 2020. The winners will receive an official certificate and a cash award of 500 CHF or discount voucher of 800 CHF.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Encyclopedia (www.encyclopedia.pub) will be awarding five Outstanding Contributor Awards for researchers in 2020. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Encyclopedia Editorial Board.

Candidate Requirements

1. Have a Master degree;

2. Have more than three qualified entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020.

Evaluation Standards

1. Number of entries published in Encyclopedia in 2020;

2. Quality of entries online (including length, figure quality, and novelty);

3. Impact of entries (including the number of likes, discussion contents, views, and downloads).

Prize for Winners

There will be five awardees, and the winners will receive:

1. An official certificate;

2. A cash award of 500 CHF or an MDPI discount voucher of 800 CHF.

Application Deadline

31 December 2020

Please send your applications to our office before the deadline: office@encyclopedia.pub.

If you are a researcher and have not yet contribute entries to Encyclopedia but would like to, you can easily register and edit your entry at https://encyclopedia.pub/

The Five Winners

Encyclopedia Outstanding Contributor Awards 2020 is closed on 31 December 2020. Congratulations to all of the participants and especially the winners. The winners are:

Farid Menaa

Department of Medicine and Nanomedicine, California Innovations Corporation, San Diego, CA 92037, USA 

Patricia Takako Endo

Universidade de Pernambuco

Michał Filipiak

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Sandro Nuno Ferreira Serpa

Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of the Azores, Portugal

Cesar Augusto Correia de Sequeira

Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, CeFEMA, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001, Lisboa, Portugal

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