OUP secures first national read and publish deal in Qatar

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Oxford University Press (OUP) and Qatar National Library have announced a new three-year Read and Publish agreement. The agreement is significant as it will provide 50 institutions with online access to OUP’s full collection of peer-reviewed journals. The deal is also the first of its kind for OUP in Qatar and its largest one to date in the Middle East.

Under the agreement, researchers at participating institutions will be able to publish their research open access in all OUP hybrid and fully open access journals. Researchers will also be able to increase their research output using the unlimited hybrid article processing charge (APC).

Speaking about the agreement, Graham Grant, Sales Director: Asia, Middle East and Africa Academic, said: 'The agreement will have a positive impact on Qatar’s research output and support its academic community in developing and publishing high-quality research. We look forward to working with Qatar National Library and its members and are excited to see the outputs of the partnership, which undoubtedly will help drive our mission to create world-class academic and educational resources and make them available as widely as possible.'

Milan Vasiljevic, Manager of Electronic Resources Management and Licensing at the Library, added: 'We are excited to collaborate with OUP on this important agreement to strengthen and enrich the Library’s journal collections for research content. The agreement comes as part of the Library’s commitment to transit from subscription-based agreements to open access ones. This agreement with OUP will further expand the range of journals for authors to publish on open access and brings us a step closer to achieving our goal of making all research output completed in Qatar open access.'