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Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals with Max Planck for OA

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals signs Open Access agreement 
with Max Planck Society

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) and the German Max 
Planck Society (MPS) announced today that they have signed an 
agreement whereby open access publication fees for BQFJ journals 
articles will be paid directly out of a fund supporting 
researchers from the Max Planck Institutes. The prestigious 
agreement bolsters the publishing company's growth and the 
visibility of its journals platform, QScience.com .

The Max Planck Society, is one of the world's leading research 
organizations whose researchers have an international reputation 
for scientific excellence.  Since its inception in 1948, the MPS 
has seen 17 Nobel Laureates rise from its ranks. In 2003, MPS was 
the co-initiator of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to 
Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and since then has 
demonstrated consistently strong leadership in the promotion of 
open access to research results.?  Article-Processing-Charges for 
all articles where the corresponding author is affiliated with a 
Max Planck Institute will now be covered by a central fund.

BQFJ publishes a multi-disciplinary portfolio of open access 
journals titles through the QScience.com site, and this MPS 
partnership is a major milestone for the burgeoning journals 
platform, which will be a year old in December. The support from 
MPS shows great confidence in BQFJ's potential and development 
while recognizing it as one of the most dynamic publishers of 
high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly content.

Arend Koester, Managing Director of BQFJ said: "We are delighted 
to be collaborating with MPS in this way and are welcoming 
submissions from highly-esteemed MPS researchers. We encourage 
them to publish with us and to promote open access to research 
literature more broadly.  We are working together to develop new 
and innovative ways to collaborate with MPS authors, 
progressively making the submission and publishing process as 
seamless as possible."

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals applies the Creative Commons 
Attribution License (CC BY 3.0) to all published articles. Under 
the CC license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for 
their article, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, 
modify, distribute, and/or copy articles from BQFJ journals, so 
long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission 
is required from the authors or the publishers. Thus, the 
contents of all open access BQFJ journals are freely accessible 
by the reader, worldwide via the internet.

The BQFJ website, QScience.com, provides immediate, worldwide and 
free access to the full text of its peer-reviewed research 
articles and offers the so-called gold road to open access for 
all of its journal articles.??

BQFJ publishes online, peer-reviewed journals for a broad variety 
of subject areas, from cardiology research with the Aswan Heart 
Centre Science & Practice Series, edited by Magdi Yacoub, to 
Contemporary Islamic Studies, edited by Dr Hatem Al Karanshawy, 
to the International Review of Law, edited by John Truby.  In 
May, BQFJ launched the highly-innovative Journal QScience Connect 
which is envisioned to become the region's premier broadly-scoped 
3journal, accepting submissions from researchers around the 
world, in all fields.