Privacy Policy

Privacy statement

QScience.com is owned and operated by Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU press), a division of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, a private institution of public utility re-established by a decision of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani dated 22 January 2007 in conformity with Law No. 21 of 2006 concerning Private Institutions of Public Utility (Qatar). Qatar Foundation's headquarters are at Post Office Box 5825, Doha, Qatar.

At HBKU press, we take your personal data and its use on our site very seriously. Here is a brief explanation of our policies for protecting that personal information. We may change this policy from time to time, so please check back periodically.

Collection of personal data 
Certain functionality of the website requires you to register as a member. In these circumstances we will request personal information from you such as your name, address, institution, email, telephone number and areas of research interest. Your responses to these questions are strictly voluntary, but help us to uniquely identify you and make use of certain personalization features which might not be accessible without registration. You may, however, access all content on the site without divulging any personal information.

Collection of domain data 
As a part of our tracking of usage on the site, we will collect data on domain information to allow us to see how often people visit and which parts of the site are visited most often. This is anonymized data and is collected automatically without any action being required on your behalf. HBKU press collects this data to improve and to further develop QScience.com and our services to you.

Disclosure of collected data 
All usage and personal data we collect will be treated as private and confidential. We will never disclose it to third parties without your express permission, or unless required to do so by applicable law.

Author information 
HBKU press wants to facilitate and enhance the scholarly and scientific publishing process. To facilitate scientific communication we may make email addresses of our authors available to the public since publishing scientific and scholarly research articles is not an anonymous but public process. The collection and use of these email addresses for commercial purposes is not permitted and HBKU Press will not send unsolicited emails to the authors.


Please refer to our cookie policy.

Storage of data 
The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the State of Qatar ("Qatar"). This may include transferring the data outside of Qatar to a third party affiliate or partner of HBKU Press (where HBKU Press have obtained your consent to disclose your personal data to such a third party). It may also be processed by staff, agents or sub-contractors of HBKU Press and/or one of our suppliers operating outside Qatar. Such staff, agents or sub-contractors may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of an order placed by you via the website, the processing of your payment details, and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing outside Qatar. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy and, to the extent that such transfer is within our control, with the relevant protections required by law in place.

The website is accessible via the internet and so may potentially be accessed by anyone around the world. Other users may access the site from outside Qatar. This means that where you choose to post your data on a public area of the website, it could be accessed from anywhere around the world and therefore a transfer of your data outside of Qatar may be deemed to have occurred. You consent to such transfer of your data for, and by way of, this purpose.

Getting in touch 
If you are concerned about the Press' Privacy Policy and your personal data, or indeed have any questions regarding QScience.com and HBKU Press, please get in touch at [email protected].qa

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