American Chemical Society and Khalifa University partner to advance open access publishing in United Arab Emirates

Published October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2020 — In its first such partnership with a university in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has signed a transformative “read and publish” agreement with Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.

“We’re looking forward to working with Khalifa University’s researchers to maximize the benefits from this agreement,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “We hope this read and publish arrangement serves as a beacon for other universities in the area, as an effective solution to maximize the visibility of research findings.”

The agreement with Khalifa University marks ACS’ latest open access partnership in the Middle East. Through 2022, Khalifa University’s researchers will receive full article publishing charge support to publish in any of ACS’ more than 65 premier journals. The agreement also includes access to the full collection of ACS journals and Chemical & Engineering News for students and researchers at Khalifa University.

“We hope the agreement with the Publications Division of ACS will help increase visibility and accessibility for our research, paving the way to reach an even broader audience, including the public and private sectors. Increased impact for our research output will also smooth the way to attract potential commercial and academic collaborations,” says Abdulla Al Hefeiti, Ph.D., library director, Khalifa University. “At the same time, it will build on Khalifa University’s commitment to accelerate innovation and advance knowledge, which in turn will raise Abu Dhabi’s profile on the international stage as a hub for scientific research and development.”

Read and publish agreements are a central element of ACS’ commitment to the open science movement. Through agreements with over 350 institutions around the world, ACS has created a research-centric way to advance open access publishing.

Khalifa University of Science and Technology is a world-class, research-intensive institution that focuses on producing world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University endeavors to be a catalyst to the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy as an education destination of choice and a global leader among research-intensive universities.

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