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MDPI Journals: 2015 -2021

(For a PDF version of this blog and the data used to produce it please go to the end of this blog) In this blog I report on growth of MDPI journals and papers from 2015-2021. It updates previous blogs … Continue reading

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A Checklist of Questions for Working with Open Access Journals

This blog concludes two previous blogs on MDPI’s recent growth, and a survey of people’s experience of working with them. It should also be read in conjunction with Paolo Crosetto’s recent exploration of MDPI’s growth The meteoric growth of MDPI … Continue reading

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MDPI Experience Survey Results

What’s this all about?Earlier this month I undertook a survey of experiences of MDPI among researchers. 1168 people took part. You can read the full report here, and download the data I collected here. You can read about the context … Continue reading

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MDPI Journals: 2015-2020

Update Nov 2022: This blog has now been superseded by new data up to 2021 which are available here In this blog I report on growth in MDPI journals from 2015-2020. It updates two previous blogs on the same topic … Continue reading

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African Fiction for Older Children

Publishing has an obdurate diversity problem that it is slow to address. The publishing industry in the US is persistently too white. In the UK, Booker prize winner Bernandine Evaristo has complained that there are still too few Black British … Continue reading

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MDPI Journals: 2015 to 2019

THIS BLOG IS OUT OF DATE. For a more recent analysis see this blog In a previous blog (published December 2019) I explored the performance and changes of the MDPI journals, examining their growth up to the end of 2018. … Continue reading

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The apparent decline of ‘overseas development / famine relief’ charities in the UK

What do changing patterns in charities’ declared purpose and geography of activity tell us about the health of charities working on international development? In the records of the Charity Commission, charities describe their purposes according to a fixed number of … Continue reading

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MDPI Journals: 2015-2018

! THIS BLOG IS OUT OF DATE. For a more recent analysis see this blog ! Dear MDPI, Your journal publications have grown dramatically, and quite extraordinarily. But there are sceptics who suggest that this reflects low standards and distorting … Continue reading

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Exploring the UK’s NGO sector

By Chris Jordan, Communications and Impact Manage. This Blog first appeared at the GDI site here: http://blog.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/exploring-the-uks-ngo-sector/  [Visit the NGO explorer site here] After setting out to better understand the UK’s development NGO sector, Dan Brockington and Nicola Banks soon … Continue reading

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Half-Earth is Half-Hearted. Make way for Thanos and The Half-Universe

Megademophobia – fear of overpopulation – has a lot to answer for. Malthus is serious enough, Ehrlich almost as bad. But now there is new problem: Marvel’s Infinity Wars. This film spectacularly unites multiple comic book heroes in an orgy … Continue reading

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