Entropy (journal)

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DisciplinePhysics, chemistry
Edited byKevin H. Knuth
Publication details
2.419 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Entropy (Basel)
OCLC no.56203928

Entropy is a monthly open access scientific journal covering research on all aspects of entropy and information theory. It was established in 1999 and is published by MDPI. The journal regularly publishes special issues compiled by guest editors.[1] The editor-in-chief is Kevin H. Knuth (University at Albany, SUNY).


Entropy consists of eight sections:[2]

  • Thermodynamics Section
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Information Theory
  • Quantum Information
  • Complexity
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Entropy Reviews
  • Entropy and Biology

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 2.305.[3]

2013 Paper on glyphosate[edit]

In 2013, Entropy published a review paper saying glyphosate may be the most important factor in the development of obesity, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and infertility.[4] The paper does not contain any primary research results.[4] It was criticized as pseudo-science by the science magazine Discover[5] and Jeffrey Beall, founder of Beall's List of predatory open-access publishers, said "Will MDPI publish anything for money?".[6] In response to the controversy, the editors of Entropy added an "Expression of Concern" to the article's frontmatter.[4] In 2017 researchers Robin Mesnage and Michael N. Antoniou,[7] both of whom are working to limit the use of glyphosate,[8] said that "although evidence exists that glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic below regulatory set safety limits, the arguments of Samsel and Seneff largely serve to distract rather than to give a rational direction."


  1. ^ "Sections and Special Issues". Entropy. MDPI. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  2. ^ "Sections and Special Issues". Entropy. MDPI. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  3. ^ "Entropy". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Samsel, Anthony; Stephanie Seneff (2013). "Glyphosate's Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases". Entropy. 15 (12): 1416–1463. Bibcode:2013Entrp..15.1416S. doi:10.3390/e15041416.
  5. ^ Kloor, Keith. "When Media Uncritically Cover Pseudoscience". Discover Magazine. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ Beall, Jeffrey. "Anti-Roundup (Glyphosate) Researchers Use Easy OA Journals to Spread their Views". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  7. ^ Mesnage, Robin; Antoniou, Michael N. (2017). "Facts and Fallacies in the Debate on Glyphosate Toxicity". Frontiers in Public Health. 5: 316. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2017.00316. ISSN 2296-2565. PMC 5705608. PMID 29226121.
  8. ^ "Concerns Over Use of Glyphosate-based Herbicides and Risks Associated with Exposures: a Consensus Statement - Cornucopia Institute". Cornucopia Institute. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2018-02-12.

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