Open access agreements with Qatar National Library

Information for authors

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

Selected institutions have OA agreements with Springer Nature, meaning that corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions may be eligible to publish their articles open access (OA) with fees covered, in Springer Nature's portfolio of journals.

Read the author guide to learn more

Learn more about your eligibility

Participating institutions
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Publishing open access in a hybrid journal

Check the list of hybrid journals that are included in the agreement.

Eligible journals
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Publishing in a fully open access journal

The OA publication service for the Qatar National Library’s fully OA agreement has reached its maximum article allowance. This means the agreement is no longer covering OA publishing fees for fully OA journals until further notice. Please note that the agreement remains active for hybrid journals.

For more information, please contact: Alternatively, contact the QNL's OA team at

Eligible journals
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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.

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? 

Please email us at if you need further assistance.

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.