Imagine you’re a rogue physicist and you’ve invented “a revolutionary new scientific breakthrough that will provide the world with a cheap abundant source of sustainable non-polluting energy. It requires no fuel, can be generated anywhere, is completely scalable and can be used to power microchips as well as homes.” Where do you go to publish your research? Elsevier? Wiley? Taylor & Francis? Nope, you go here:
MDPI. That’s right, you go to the MDPI journal Entropy, a pay-to-publish journal that specializes in publishing borderline papers other publishers won’t touch.
In this case, the fuel-free energy source is called “Entropic Energy” by George S. Levy, the author of two research articles and one “comment” (i.e., correction) in Entropy. San Diego-based Levy is, apparently, Entropic Energy’s inventor.
Levy’s website is called Entropic Power, and on the site’s “Publications” page, three publications are listed, including one apparently unpublished manuscript, and two articles from Entropy.
If you’ve made a major scientific discovery, you need to publish your findings to make your work credible to journalists and potential investors. Unfortunately, a strong peer review often prevents such “discoveries” from being reported in respected scholarly journals.
Therefore, the trick is to find a journal that looks scholarly but that will accept pretty much anything. Entropy fits the bill.
However, because the only scholarly articles he listed are published in MDPI’s Entropy, doubt is cast, I think, on the purported discoveries.