Q: What is Encyclopedia? What is the difference between Encyclopedia and other platforms?
A: Encyclopedia is an online reference tool created and curated by active scholars. It aims to highlight the latest research results as well as provide benchmark information for researchers and the general public interested in accurate and advanced knowledge on specific topics. Users can edit and revise the entry at any time. Once the entry is submitted, it is shared online immediately.
Encyclopedia is built for scholars, appealing mainly to those in scientific fields.
Q: What is the fee to publish an entry on Encyclopedia?
A: Encyclopedia is fully subsidized by MDPI and is completely free for contributors. You will not be charged for publishing entries on the Encyclopedia platform.
Q: How can I get a discount voucher? What is the value?
A: A certain well-prepared entry is eligible to get a discount voucher. It must satisfy the following conditions:
a. The entry length is longer than 1000 words;
b. It follows the recommended entry structure and is well-formatted;
c. The content is original without any copyright conflict.
The discount voucher is worth 100 CHF. It can be used for paper publication in any journals at MDPI.
Q: How could I get a DOI number for my entry?
A: You need to submit your entry to Encyclopedia Journal for the application. At the same time, you should invite at least two experts in the same field to publish their comments on the current version in the “Discussion” section on Encyclopedia; this is called online open peer-review.
The entry will be reviewed by at least one expert (if there is no online open peer-review, we will invite at least two reviewers to review your entry); the advisory board member will make the final decision whether your entry can be granted a DOI number according to all comments.
Besides the basic conditions, the editors judge the application mainly on:
a. Language. English language and style are acceptable with no grammar mistakes or typos;
b. Content. There is no duplicated content with other published materials. The application will be rejected directly if we find plagiarism in the content or unsuitable citations in figures, data, tables, etc.;
c. Structure. The entry has a clear goal, structure, and logic. The necessary information is clear and integrated;
d. How scientific it is? The entry is meaningful and helpful for other researchers or masters or doctoral candidates; there is no similar material published elsewhere.
e. Comments. The latest version has received a positive evaluation or recommendation from other experts in the “Discussion” section. If there are any revision comments, the latest version has considered all of them.
Q: How can I contact a certain user?
A: Only the name of the contributors is displayed in the entry, not including the contact information. So, you can leave comments in the “Discussion” section. Contributors may reply to you when they are informed.
Q: What is the Entry Collection? What are the differences between an entry in an Entry Collection and a regular entry?
A: The Entry Collection is a collection of entries in the same field. The entries in it are the same as the regular entries.
Additionally, you can create your own Entry Collection and invite others to publish an entry in it. As the leader of this Entry Collection, you can organize this Entry Collection into a review or even a book.
Q: I want to be first contributor since I think I contribute the most of this entry, what should I do?
A: Please note that all contributors are credited as contributing equally to an entry and they are shown in chronological order, rather than according to the degree of the contribution.