QScience now publishing Open Access ebooks

23 December 2012

QScience has published it first open access ebook, ‘An Islamic Modification of the Person-Centered Counseling Approach’ by Aisha Salman Al-Thani of Qatar University. This book explores the possibility of applying a modified person-centered counseling approach (PCA) as a nondirective way of helping and supporting Muslim clients in the state of Qatar, and focuses on the similarities between Islamic counseling and the PCA in working with depressed clients.

QScience.com is expanding its open access program by offering fully open access books, which will extend QScience’s established journal portfolio. The books are freely available in pdf, ePub and Kindle formats for reading on screen, printing out, or to be read on mobile devices, such as phones and iPads.

The new book program gives authors and editors in all areas of research the opportunity to publish open access books with the same high standards they are used to at QScience.com journals.

The copyright for the entire open access book, including every chapter, remains with the author. QScience.com books are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. This facilitates the open distribution and re-use and sharing of the work for any purpose, as long as the original work is properly cited.

Arend Kuster, Managing Director said, “Books are the next logical focus in the progression of open access, and this initiative from QScience helps to establish open access as a viable publishing model for scholarly books. The increasing interest in publishing open access books in the community led us to expand the QScience.com family by developing an open access option for books across all disciplines. We believe that free access to the full text of your work will not only be beneficial to students and scholars in less advantaged countries, but that indexing by search engines will open up the work to whole new world of people who may otherwise have never encountered your work.”

QScience.com book titles will be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the discovery service for OA books which increases the visibility of QScience open access books.  Additionally, it is possible to order a hard copy of the book through a forthcoming Print-on-Demand (PoD) feature. This service will be offered through a third-party and provides the reader with a professionally-bound, acid-free paper version of the book.

QScience.com already hosts twelve scholarly journals covering diverse subject areas such as information & library studies, sustainable energy, education, medicine and bioscience, Middle Eastern healthcare, law, design and Islamic studies.  Many other journals and services are scheduled to be added in 2013.

For more information on these freely-accessible ebooks, please go to: www.qscience.com/page/books

About Qatar Foundation  
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. www.qf.org.qa

About Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ)  
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), founded in 2009 as a unique collaboration between Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, focuses on fostering scholarly and research communication. BQFJ publishes a range of peer reviewed, high-quality, open access journals, databases and repositories which adhere to the highest scholarly publishing standards.  

About Bloomsbury Publishing Plc  
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is one of the world’s leading independent publishers. BQFJ is its second partnership with Qatar Foundation, the first Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing whose book publishing program was launched in April.   

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