Qatar National Library Consortium and Elsevier, a global leader in information analytics, specialising in science and health, have announced a new pilot agreement for fully open access publishing in Qatar, which represents the company's first combined reading and publishing agreement in the Gulf region. The three-year agreement gives Qatar National Library patrons, Qatar Foundation, and Qatar University access to 2,300 journals published on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's premier platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. The agreement facilitates a cost-neutral transition to open access, enabling Qatari researchers to publish their work Open Access.
In addition, Qatar National Library Consortium and Elsevier have concluded a three-year agreement to enable Qatar National Library patrons, Qatar Foundation, and Qatar University access to Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.
Qatar National Library offers ongoing support to Qatari research institutions, which includes hosting Open Access Week, featuring related lectures and discussions. The Library's Open Access Fund is a national service that provides researchers the opportunity to publish with open access journals from 14 different publishers, greatly increasing the visibility of Qatar-based researchers and their work. In 2019, the fund supported 455 articles from 22 institutions in Qatar.
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