This initiative will extend the unique relationship between Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury. The new publishing house, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), will publish scientific research developed to the highest international peer review standards in order to connect the international research community to one of the fastest growing research and development centres in the world.
The development follows the creation of a unique scientific and research environment in Qatar. Together, the six existing universities in Education City alongside other scientific and technical centres are a catalyst for intellectual growth and technological advance. Through BQFJ, state-of-the-art research facilities will be complemented by state-of-the-art publishing, using the best technical, communications and editorial systems to provide the basis for a world-leading research publishing programme for the global scientific research community. The venture will largely adopt the Open Access Publishing model and will cover all research subjects, including medical, physical, engineering, Islamic and social sciences and the arts, supported by a highly sophisticated technical infrastructure. Articles and journals will be made available on the same platform as the institutional repository, currently under development in Qatar.
Bloomsbury has already established a book publishing operation in partnership with Qatar Foundation that is set to become a major regional and international publishing centre. Through the creation of a scientific publishing centre, this will provide the seeds for a leading publishing house based in the Middle East.
Nigel Newton, Founder and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury, will be Chairman of the Management Committee of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, which will include Richard Charkin, Executive Director at Bloomsbury, Non Executive Director at the Institute of Physics Publishing and formerly Chief Executive of Macmillan/Nature Publishing Group and Kathy Rooney, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Information and responsible for Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. Arend Küster, currently Business Development Director at Bloomsbury, will be Managing Director of the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals.
Bloomsbury is also committed to establish knowledge-transfer of publishing skills to Qatar, including a mentoring programme and the training of Qatari interns each year in London and Doha.
For further information please contact Arend Küster, Business Development Director, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 36 Soho Square, London W1D 3QY,
T: +44 75907 13212, E: [email protected]