The search for the country’s best open scholarship project begins this week, after Qatar National Library calls for nominations to its inaugural Open Initiative Award 2020.

The new award will be given to the best initiative contributing to the advancement of open scholarship in Qatar each year.

Open scholarship is the practice of sharing knowledge openly and making research outcomes visible and accessible to all. The movement includes open access to research papers, open data, open education resources, open licenses, and other applications of ‘openness’ in scholarly and research environments.

The winner of the award will be invited to deliver a presentation during Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year which will run from 19 to 25 October. The week offers the chance for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share their learnings with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Deadline for submissions to the Open Initiative Award is 7 October. Application form available HERE.

The Library has funded nearly 1,000 open access articles since 2017 and is a leading open access centre in the Gulf and MENA region. For more information, visit