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Elsevier Partners with The Iraq Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to Enhance Scholarly Communication and Access to Research​

​​New access to Scopus and Digital Commons amplifies competitiveness for Iraqi academic institutions and research ​

Amsterdam – WEBWIRE

Elsevier, a global leader in scientific information and data analytics, has entered into a groundbreaking agreement with Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to foster academic excellence and facilitate access to high-quality research publications for students, faculty and researchers throughout institutions of higher education in Iraq. This strategic partnership encompasses two significant initiatives: granting access to Scopus, a comprehensive research database, and hosting scholarly journals published by Iraqi institutions on Digital Commons Premier Services.

Under the terms of the agreement, students and academic staff from universities across Iraq will have access to Scopus, one of the most renowned research databases globally, for a period of three years. Scopus offers access to over 87 million peer-reviewed articles, conference papers and book chapters. This access will enhance the quality of research conducted in Iraq by providing researchers with a wealth of valuable resources, facilitating collaborations and fostering an environment of knowledge sharing.

Additionally, Elsevier will host 23 prominent Iraqi journals on its Digital Commons Premier Services platform for a duration of three years. Digital Commons is a state-of-the-art cloud-hosted platform that simplifies journal management and publication processes, providing optimum visibility, influence, and impact for institutional journals. By publishing institutional journals on Digital Commons, the Ministry endeavors to amplify its universities’ visibility and facilitate wider dissemination of their research outputs. This increased access and awareness can attract more funding opportunities and collaboration prospects for Iraqi researchers, thus bolstering the country’s academic landscape.

Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research plays a crucial role in developing and implementing policies to enhance the quality of higher education and research institutions across the country. This partnership with Elsevier is aligned with the Ministry’s objective of improving the skills and knowledge of students and researchers and promoting the growth of academic research in Iraq.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has successfully implemented a significant strategic measure, which involves the initiation of Iraqi universities’ profiles within the internationally recognized Scopus database. Researchers and students within educational institutions possess the potential to exert a constructive influence on the global publishing landscape and enhance their international publication portfolio across numerous fields and areas of specialized knowledge,” stated Dr. Naeem Abd Yaser Al-Aboudi, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research.

“We are honored to collaborate with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to advance scholarly communication and research access for Iraqi students and researchers,” stated Judy Verses, President Global Academic & Government Markets at Elsevier. “Through this agreement, we aim to empower Iraqi academia by providing them with cutting-edge tools and platforms that enhance research capabilities, foster collaboration, and elevate the visibility of their scholarly outputs. We are committed to supporting the Ministry’s vision of promoting academic excellence and driving research innovation in Iraq.”


About the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq is responsible for developing and implementing policies related to higher education and scientific research. It strives to enhance the quality of higher education institutions and improve the skills and knowledge of students and researchers in Iraq.

About Elsevier
As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems.

In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, academic leaders, funders, R&D-intensive corporations, doctors, and nurses.

Elsevier employs 9,000 people worldwide, including over 2,500 technologists. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirectScopusSciValClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research managementR&D performanceclinical decision support, and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on over 2,800 journals, including The Lancet and Cell; 46,000+ eBook titles; and iconic reference works, such as Gray’s Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world.

Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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