Posted on February 16, 2019

Qatar University Press became a member in the Association of University Presses (AUP – established in 1937 and based in the USA) and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP – established in 1972 and based in the UK).

QU Press is the first Arab university press to join AUP. AUP is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, the association helps more than 140 nonprofit scholarly publishers fulfill their shared commitment to scholarship, the academy and society.

AUP members get several benefits that include educational and professional development opportunities; informational services such as statistics reporting, toolkits and issue briefs; and promotional and advocacy programs. ALPSP is an international membership trade body that supports and represents nonprofit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content. Members get a wide range of benefits including advice and guidance on latest developments, in-company training courses, free access to the Learned Publishing journal, research reports and seminars and workshops on key issues.

QU Press also joined EBSCO International Inc., a leading provider of research databases, e-journals, and e-books. The new partnership will allow content from QU Press to be searched within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The agreement will add e-journal metadata and full text from QU Press into the EDS Base Index. In addition, QU Press will gain a unique exposure and worldwide recognition of its brand while reaching new potential subscribers and tremendous outreach to researchers and students. EDS Base Index represents content from over 110,000 providers, which accounts for more than 200,000 publications from the world’s top publishers and information providers. 

Two QU Press journals, namely the International Review of Law (IRL) and the Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, have been indexed in the e-Marefa database as they comply with the Arab Citation & Impact Factor (ARCIF) standards. Over 4000 journals from 20 Arab countries have been evaluated by e-Marefa. Three hundred sixty-two journals only have been selected in the 2018 report. E-Marefa is the leading digital Arabic database, which complies with the international bibliographic standards. E-Marefa database comprises more than 1070 academic journals and statistical reports issued by various bodies in the Arab world in three languages: Arabic, English and French.

Commenting on these achievements, QU Press Founding Director and Editorial Committee Chair Dr Talal Abdalla Al-Emadi said: “Through these milestones, QU Press is gaining important regional and global exposure. The Press will continue to deliver on its vision to be recognized as a quality scholarly publisher through a commitment to the highest standards of scholarship, effective dissemination of knowledge and global impact. We look forward to continual growth.” 

QU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and QU Press Advisory Board Chair Prof. Mariam Al-Maadeed said: “The publishing industry continues to change as supply chain and user needs become increasingly varied. Having resources as specialized as AUP and ALPSP will provide QU Press with support and international exposure. Joining EBSCO will bring QU Press journals portfolio to the wider community and having two journals being indexed in the e-Marefa database demonstrates that they are aligned with international publishing standards.”