Open Access at QNL

The Library is committed to supporting Open Access publishing and ensuring opportunities for scholars across Qatar to publish in Open Access journals.

The Library provides two options in this regard: the Open Access Author Fund and Open Access vouchers. In the Open Access Author Fund, the Library pays for article processing fees on behalf of the author for articles published in Open Access journals. In the Open Access vouchers option, the Library’s partner vendors provide vouchers for eligible authors to publish their articles in one of these vendors’ Open Access journals.

Submit a Request for Open Access Author Fund

 

Objectives

  • Support Qatar-based research through the provision of a national fund to support author costs related to Open Access publishing
  • Promote Qatar-based research through Open Access to scholarly research
  • Support authors who must comply with policies established by granting agencies that require Open Access dissemination of funded research and who have not already received funds for this express purpose
  • Create and support a permanent archive of Qatar-based research at the Library

Eligibility

Kindly note that QNRF provides Open Access publication funds through its grants. The Library only provides funding for publications arising from QNRF-funded projects when the publication fund available under the grant has been exhausted.

  • The Library's Open Access Fund is open to students, faculty, researchers and staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
  • The application should be made by the primary author of the article, who must have Qatari citizenship or residency. A copy of the appropriate permits of the primary author of the article must be submitted along with the application.
  • If an alternate funding source is available that permits payment of submission fees (e.g. a grant), this source must be used before applying for the fund. Applicants must provide proof that other funding sources (e.g. departmental grants or research awards) have been explored. If the external fund only pays for part of the author’s fees, an application may be made for the balance.
  • Eligible articles are required to have passed a peer review and have been approved for publishing during the current fiscal year. Applications must be accompanied by the notification of the acceptance of the article.
  • Articles will be funded if they are included in a journal that is listed at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Qscience.com, is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association or adheres to its code of conduct. Articles in hybrid journals are not eligible.
  • Articles published in Arabic-language Open Access journals that are not yet listed in the DOAJ may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Journals must provide unfettered access to all peer-reviewed articles and make publicly available a standard article fee schedule.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse a request if the publisher appears to be a “predatory Open Access publisher.”
  • Preference will be given to articles published with a “CC BY” license.
  • The fund covers only the costs and fees associated with Open Access publishing. These fees are often referred to as “author fees,” “author payments,” “Open Access charges,” “article processing fees,” or “submission fees.” Costs for reprints, color illustration fees, non-Open Access page charges and other fees are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Requests will be processed on a “first come, first served” basis until the fund is exhausted.
  • A copy of the research must be provided to the Library for inclusion in the Digital Repository or the author must provide the DOI of the article. Further grant awards are conditional on meeting this requirement.
  • The maximum payment per article is $2,000 US or equivalent local currency.
  • Payments are made directly by the Library to the publisher in response to an invoice. It is recommended that authors apply early as it takes time to process the paperwork for payments.
  • It is recommended that authors register for ORCID (the Open Researcher and Contributor ID).
  • Applications for Open Access books or book chapters will be considered. Publishers must be listed at the Directory of Open Access Books and not be behind any type of paywall.

FAQs

What is Open Access?
Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
(Source: Suber, Peter. 2004. A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access. Retrieved from http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm on 6 September 2015.)

What is “predatory publishing?”
The Blog Scholarly Open Access provides information and analysis regarding open access publishing and predatory publishing. The blog also provides “Beall's List” of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly Open Access publishers.” While there is some controversy about this concept, it is the intent to fund articles that are published in reputable journals, thus the emphasis on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

What is ORCID?
ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides a persistent digital identifier to distinguish you from every other researcher.  This identifier integrates your key research workflows, such as manuscript and grant submission, and supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities to ensure that your work is recognized.
Source: Retrieved from http://orcid.org/ on 6 September 2015.

What is a “CC BY” license?
A "CC BY”  from Creative Commons allows others to “distribute, remix, tweak and build upon” your work, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered by Creative Commons, and is recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
Source: Retrieved from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ on 6 September 2015.

Why does the Open Access Authors Fund not pay for hybrid Open Access journal author charges?
A hybrid Open Access journal is a journal that makes some articles in a subscription Open Access upon payment of an additional fee. Many Open Access funds originally paid these charges in the hope that publishers would make the transition to open access for these journals. As many of these have not made the transition, it no longer makes sense to pay article charges for these journals.

Can I archive my own articles even if they were published in a subscription journal?
It depends. Authors can still adopt an Open Access publishing practice by self-archiving post-prints from commercial publishers, subject to the conditions specified within copyright agreements. This method of Open Access, known as green Open Access, is endorsed by many publishers. Sherpa/Romeo provides a searchable index of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement.

Publishing via Open Access Agreements

The Library has been working on Open Access (OA) agreements with subscription-based publishers. Within the scope of our Open Access licenses, we have received a number of Open Access vouchers.

Researchers, faculty, students and staff enrolled, employed or affiliated with any institution in Qatar are eligible to apply for publishing their papers utilizing one of these agreements. The paper you publish by using an OA agreement will be made openly available on the publisher's website for free and without delay. As the number of papers covered by these agreements is limited, the discounts/fees will be covered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frontiers

Discount offered by QNL 100% coverage of APC
Entitled Authors Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
Journal Coverage All Frontiers journals
Instructions for Authors

To submit your article under this agreement, please select ‘Qatar National Library’ as the institutional payer in the invoicing section. Frontiers will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library upon acceptance.

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details
[email protected]

Biomed Central

Discount offered by QNL 100% coverage of APC
Entitled Authors Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
Journal Coverage All Biomed Central journals
Instructions for Authors If you submit your manuscript from an IP address that has been registered by your institution, the membership discount will be automatically applied.

If you submit your manuscript using a non-registered IP address:

1) Please choose the option “I believe that I am covered by an institutional membership arrangement” on the APC agreement page

2) Select ‘Qatar National Library’ from the drop-down list

Biomed Central will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library upon acceptance.

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:
The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details [email protected]

DOVE Press

Discount offered by QNL 100% coverage of APC
Entitled Authors Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
Journal Coverage All Dove press journals
Instructions for Authors

A promo code must be submitted by authors to benefit from the offer.  In order to take advantage of this benefit, authors must immediately request an APC promo code from QNL.

The promo code can be entered during the submission process or emailed to [email protected] prior to acceptance of the article. If emailing the promo code please supply submission ID number, submitting authors name, article title and journal name. 

Dove press will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library upon acceptance.

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details
[email protected]

Hindawi

Discount offered by QNL 100% coverage of APC
Entitled Authors Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
Journal Coverage All Hindawi journals
Instructions for Authors Hindawi will verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library upon acceptance.

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:


The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

PLOS

Discount offered by QNL 100% coverage of APC
Entitled Authors Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
Journal Coverage All PLOS journals
Instructions for Authors On submission, you will be asked to select a payment method. Please select 'Institutional Account Program' then select 'Qatar National Library - C02327' from the drop-down menu.
PLOS will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library upon acceptance.
QNL Acknowledgment Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:
The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library
Contact Details [email protected]

SAGE

Discount offered by QNL

All article processing charges (APCs) at the below-discounted rates will be covered by QNL (kindly see the “instructions for authors” below)

20% discount for Gold OA journals

Deeply discounted rate for hybrid journals

Entitled Authors Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
Journal Coverage

The agreement covers all journals in the SAGE Premier 2018, IMechE Collection and RSM Collections

Gold OA Journals

Hybrid Journals (SAGE Choice)

A small number of journals do not participate in the SAGE Choice program. Click here to view a full list of non-participating journals.

Instructions for Authors

A discount code must be submitted by authors to benefit from the offer. In order to take advantage of this benefit, authors of accepted articles must immediately request an APC waiver code from QNL.

-20% discount for Gold OA journals

For Rightslink journals (majority):

When the accepted paper enters production and the publishing process begins,
the corresponding author will receive an email from RightsLink Copyright Clearance Center. Authors should enter the code in the discount window and complete the transaction. Payment will be recognized and the article published once the production process is complete.
SAGE will apply 20% APC discount to the invoice.

For non-Rightslink journals

Upon acceptance of the article, corresponding authors will be contacted by the publisher to pay the APC either by credit card or by requesting an invoice. The author should reply to this email with the QNL code. SAGE will apply the 20% discount.

Discount for hybrid journals

Upon acceptance of the articles, the corresponding author must email [email protected] and request that their publication is made open access. The publishers shall send the author Open Access Contributor Form. The author should complete the Contributor Form and include QNL’s code in relevant space on the form. Once open access publishing process begins, the APC cost will be covered by QNL.

QNL Acknowledgment

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details

[email protected]

IEEE

Discount offered by QNL

100% coverage of APC

Entitled Authors

Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.

Journal Coverage

1. IEEE Access (Gold OA journal)

2. IEEE Topical Journals (Gold OA journals)

3. IEEE Open (hybrid journals)

Instructions for Authors

Full OA Journals

Authors submitting to Gold open OA journals will be asked to accept OA terms and charges during submission. Upon acceptance of the article, corresponding authors must select a CC-BY license type when filling out the electronic copyright form. After you complete all copyright information, you will be transferred to the IEEE Open Access Payment Portal. Select 'IEEE Open Access Institutional Account' from the payment options, select ‘Qatar National Library’ and complete the order. IEEE will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library.

Hybrid Journals

Upon acceptance, the corresponding author will have to choose to publish OA. The author should accept OA terms and charges. Corresponding authors must select a CC-BY license type when filling out the electronic copyright form. After you complete all copyright information, you will be transferred to the IEEE Open Access Payment Portal. Select 'IEEE Open Access Institutional Account' from the payment options, select ‘Qatar National Library’ and complete the order. white">IEEE will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library.

QNL Acknowledgment

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details

[email protected]

Wolters Kluwer – Ovid

Discount offered by QNL

100% coverage of APC

Entitled Authors

Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.

Journal Coverage

Hybrid Health Journals

Instructions for Authors

1. Please have the following information on hand before you initiate the process:

  • Journal Name
  • Manuscript Number
  • Article Title
  • Acceptance Date
  • Corresponding Author Name
  •  

2. Go to the payment site

3. Sign in if you have an existing account or create an own account by clicking: ‘Click here to register’.

4. Select the journal from the drop-down list.

5. Provide manuscript details

6. Click ‘Discounts’, and select ‘Number of Discounts 1’ then enter the Open Access waiver code that has been provided to you and click “Update Price”.

7. Complete the order process.

If an invalid code is entered there is a red cross next to the code (it becomes a green tick if the code is valid) and the order summary will show a price and no discount. If this happens authors should check they have entered the code correctly (type the code rather than copy paste) and if there is still an issue contact QNL to check the status of the code.

If all free vouchers have been used by the time your article is accepted, you have the right to publish your article as a paywalled article (or alternatively pay the article-processing charge)

QNL Acknowledgment

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details

[email protected]

Karger

Discount offered by QNL

100% coverage of APC

Valid only until 31.12.2018

Entitled Authors

Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from Qatar National Library, Qatar University, Hamad Medical Corporation and Sidra.

Journal Coverage

Karger's Open Access journals (http://www.karger.com/OpenAccess ), excluding Karger OA-titles Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry; Kidney and Blood Pressure Research; Neurosignals.

Instructions for Authors

Submission Using Karger’s Manuscript Manager

Under ‘Details’ section, select ‘Qatar National Library’ as the funding body. Karger will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library.

Submission Using Karger’s XpressTrack

In Section 7 of the submission process, select ‘Qatar National Library’ as the funding body. white">Karger will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library.

QNL Acknowledgment

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details

[email protected]

Emerald

Discount offered by QNL

100% coverage of APC

Entitled Authors

Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.

Journal Coverage

Gold OA Journals (Hybrid and Fully OA Journals)

http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/openaccess/oa_journals.htm

Instructions for Authors

To apply for an APC voucher, please indicate your eligibility when you upload your article to ScholarOne Manuscripts (by choosing “Yes, I want to publish my article as Open Access and my institution is eligible for prepaid APC voucher”). 

APC vouchers will be allocated at the point of article acceptance and based on a first come first served basis. Emerald will verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library.

You will receive a follow-up email within 30 days of your article being accepted, confirming if you have been allocated a voucher. 

All open access articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CCBY) - 4.0. Once your article is accepted, you are required to complete a CC-BY 4.0 form. 

QNL Acknowledgment

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details

[email protected]

MDPI

Discount offered by QNL

100% coverage of APC

Entitled Authors

Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff from any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.

Journal Coverage

All MDPI journals

Instructions for Authors

During online submission, in the section title 'Institutional Open Access Program' select ‘Qatar National Library’. MDPI will then verify your eligibility with QNL, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the library upon acceptance.

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library

Contact Details

[email protected]

De Gruyter

Discount offered by QNL

100% discount for hybrid journals

Entitled Authors

Corresponding authors who are students, faculty, researchers or staff of any institute of higher education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.

Journal Coverage

The agreement covers all journals in the De Gruyter Complete Collection

Hybrid Journals (Complete Collection) 

A small number of journals do not allow open access publishing in the De Gruyter Complete Collection – here is a list of non-participating journals:

  • Asiatische Studien
  • Mitteilungen der DMV
  • Germanistik
  • Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht

Instructions for Authors

100% discount for hybrid journals

Upon acceptance of the article, the corresponding author must email [email protected] or their Journal Editor and request that their publication is made open access.

The publisher shall send the author an Open Access Contribution Form and shall advise about discounts.

The author should complete the Contributor Form and include information on QNL discount in the relevant section.

Once open access publishing process begins, the APC cost will be covered by QNL.

QNL Acknowledgment

Authors should duly acknowledge QNL funding in the published article, using the following standard statement:

The publication of this article was funded by the Qatar National Library