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Thu 21 Jan 2010 02:38 AM

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Qatar Foundation helps setup science publishing house

New publication house will allow achievements of researchers to be showcased worldwide.

Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing announced on Wednesday that they plan to collaborate and establish a high quality scientific publishing house in Doha.

The companies hope that, in time, the collaboration will become the publisher of choice for the MENA region and beyond.

The new publication house will also allow the Qatar Foundation to showcase the achievements of its researchers to the global research community.

Dr Mohammed Fathy Saoud, president of the Qatar Foundation, said: “The establishment of a world class scientific journal for the publication of high quality research will provide a platform that can support the dissemination of research results in the MENA region and across the world.”

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing was established in 2008 in Doha, to publish books in English and Arabic. The unique relationship between Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publications has now been extended into the new publishing house, BQFJ.

The new publication house will publish scientific research developed to the highest international peer review standards in order to connect the international research community to Doha, which is one of the fastest growing research and development centres in the world.

Richard Charkin, executive director, Bloombury, said: “It is in the nature of scientific planning to react to the communication needs of the scientific community worldwide."

He added: "The rapid expansion of high quality research in the region necessitates the dissemination of scientific knowledge through twenty first century digital and print channels.”

The new publishing house plans to adopt the Open Access Publishing model and will cover all research subjects, including medical, physical, engineering, and Islamic and social sciences and art. It will be supported by a highly sophisticated technical infrastructure.

BQFJ will be situated in Education City in Qatar, where it will complement the unique scientific and research environment created by the Qatar Foundation and the universities and research centres already present.

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