Posted on February 29, 2016

HBKU Press, the new publishing arm of Hamad bin Khalifa University, is pleased to announce the full archive of Qatar Medical Journal is now fully digitized and available on the online open access portal, making it widely available to read and share. Working with Hamad Medical Corporation, the backdated files from 1997 have been processed into PDF format and made available electronically for the first time. This represents HBKU Press’s commitment to the widening of access to major scholarly resources. Functionality incorporated by the archive includes full text PDFs of each article and full text searching, the inclusion of all images and graphics.

In today’s digital environment, researchers consume information faster than ever before and are keen to share their outcomes and ideas. The world of academia is part of this trend and our end-users and authors now expect research to be easily discoverable, accessible and engaging. This publishing initiative will make it easy for readers to share an unprecedented wealth of scientific knowledge instantly with researchers and scientists across the globe. Readers can now conveniently share the full-text of articles of interest with colleagues free of charge.

Christopher Leonard, Head of Academic and Journals Publishing at HBKU Press’s QScience portal said: “It has been a monumental effort to get all of the issues of Qatar Medical Journal online and free to read for anyone with an internet connection. The enduring popularity of the older content within the journal has been reflected in the number of requests we have had for articles from many years ago - requests which no longer need to be made as all the articles are available to everyone now."

Dr. Mohammed Hammoudeh Qatar Medical Journal editor-in-Chief said: “We believe that we are in the beginning phase of a major movement toward globalization of medical and health education. By providing a platform where the older content can be viewed it allows for a healthy debate about the challenges, and innovations in global medical and health education.” HBKU Press’s provides immediate, worldwide and free access to the full text of its peer-reviewed research articles and offers the gold road to open access for all of its journal articles.