Open Access Program


Open access refers to free and instant unrestricted online access to research publications. Open access removes barriers to accessing research and ensures that your work reaches the widest possible audience, which increases the number of readers, citations, improves reproducibility and re-use of content.  

We offer a broad variety of services to support global dissemination of and unrestricted access to Qatar-based research: 

  • Open access agreements with publishers so that Qatar-based researchers are not required to pay publishing fees
  • Providing an article processing charge (APC) fund to cover the cost of article processing charges in open access journals
  • Supporting alternative open access business models, such as the Open Library of the Humanities, and international open access initiatives, such as INTACT’s OpenAPC project and  Open Access 2020
  • Running events and training sessions
  • Developing the Library's digital repository to support a permanent archive of Qatar-based research
  • Provide information and advice to researchers about open access publishing
You are eligible for funding if you:
Are the corresponding author
Are affiliated with a Qatar-based non-profit institution
Have exhausted other available funding sources such as publication funds available in QNRF grants and institutional/university funds
How do you get funding? We have two routes:
Option 1 : Publishing Agreements Use one of our agreements with publishers* that allow you to publish in open access without additional cost to you * Check our “Publishing Agreements” page for the agreements status and latest updates
Option 2 : Open Access Fund Application Submit an application if your publisher of choice is not part of our agreements
  • Journal in Directory of Open Access Journals
  • We cover up to 3,000 USD
  • Authors limited to three articles per year
Confirmation of funding is dependent on availability of funds at the time of the request
In 2023, we:
Funded 1,274 articles
Supported 688 authors
from 26institutions in Qatar
Contact us at [email protected]