Open access agreements with Qatar National Library

Information for authors

If you're a corresponding author affiliated with a participating Qatari institution, you may be eligible to publish open access in our journals with fees covered.

Selected institutions have open access agreements with Springer Nature, meaning that corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions may be eligible to publish their articles open access (OA) at no cost to them. The agreements include more than 600 fully OA journals and 2,000 hybrid journals across the Springer Nature portfolio.

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Publishing in a fully OA journal

The fully open access element of the Springer Nature Transformative Agreement with Qatar National Library has reached its maximum article allowance for 2021. This means the agreement is no longer covering OA publishing fees in fully open access journals until further notice. 

OA publishing fees may still be covered for hybrid journals. For more information, contact the open access team at your institution.

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Publishing open access in a hybrid journal

If you're interested in publishing open access in a Springer hybrid journal, learn more about Springer's read and publish agreement (Compact) for Qatar.

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Who is considered the corresponding author?

The corresponding author is defined as the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. 

The corresponding author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. They are also responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review and publication process. 

In addition, the corresponding author acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.

How can I make sure my article is eligible?

When you submit, use at least one of the below methods of recognition.

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Upon acceptance of your article, you'll also be prompted to provide your institutional affiliation.

How do I know if my article has been approved?

The approval manager at your institution will approve your article's eligibility based on your institutional affiliation, article title and journal name.

Once your article is approved by your institution, you will be notified by email and your article will proceed to publication.

What if I'm not covered by the agreement?

There are still plenty of ways to find funding for your article processing charge (APC). Visit our open access funding page to check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available.

Is this the same as Springer Compact?

There are two agreements in place so authors affiliated with Qatari institutions can publish their research open access with Springer Nature.

One is a read and publish agreement covering Springer hybrid journals, sometimes known as Springer Compact. To find a list of participating institutions and eligible journals, please visit Springer's Read and Publish (Compact) agreement for Qatar.

The other agreement covers publications in Springer Nature's fully open access journals. Imprints included are: BMC, Nature Research, Palgrave and SpringerOpen. The lists on this page provide more detail about participating institutions and eligible journals.

How do I know if my article is eligible?

If your article has the structure of a standard article and contains original research, it should be eligible. This will be confirmed by your institution.

Who can I contact for more information? 

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