• The fund is open to students, faculty, researchers and staff from any institute of Higher Education or non-profit research institute within Qatar.
  • The application shall 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 needs to 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 (July 1 – June 30). 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),, 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” Beall’s List may give an indication of predatory publishers.
  • 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 QNL for inclusion in the QNL 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 QNL 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.
  • As this is a pilot project, the QNL reserves the right to revise the program and it’s criteria at any time.

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