17 March 2019
Although Arab universities have begun to allocate funds for scientific research and are showing an interest in global and regional rankings the quality of research is still quite modest. An agreement between scientific publisher and information analytics company Elsevier and the Association of Arab Universities (AARU), an organisation of 280 universities, will set up the Arab Journals Platform, a network of academic journals that will improve the visibility of scientific research in the Middle East and North Africa.
The network will be hosted by Digital Commons, an open publishing platform run by Elsevier. It will start with 100 journals and is expected eventually to include 1,000. It will be open to members of the Association and other universities in the League of Arab States.
According to Professor Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary-General of the AARU, this is a “unique initiative to raise the world's awareness of the strong academic research and publishing being done throughout the Arab world.” It will create a network that will connect researchers throughout the Arab world, allow access to full-text articles and provide support for the improvement of editorial quality and the submission of journals to databases such as Scopus.
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