Posted on March 21, 2011

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) today announced the launch of Tassmeem on, the digital publishing portal for research journals. Tassmeem is a new, peer-reviewed, open-access, international design journal that provides a multi-modal forum for the exchange of ideas and findings on all aspects of creative research. All content in the journal will be ‘open access’, meaning they are free-to-read on the web and authors retain copyright on their works.

Tassmeem encompasses, but is not limited to, the following areas: creativity and innovation, design education and pedagogy, design theory, criticism and history, sustainability, applied design, design methodology, interdisciplinary design, experimental design, the practice of design and global/local design.

Peter Chomowicz, Managing Editor of Tassmeem and Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University at Qatar, said, “The aim of Tassmeem is to publish high quality, thought-provoking, original research that engages in the evolving scholarship of design.”

The launch of Tassmeem – announced at the Tasmeem Doha conference - is a major milestone in Qatar Foundation’s and BQFJ’s mission to reflect the burgeoning research environment of Qatar to the wider world through a state-of-the-art publishing enterprise.

Arend Küster, Managing Director of BQFJ, said, “As design is surrounding our everyday lives - be it researchers, students, and the general public, it is only fitting to welcome a journal about design to our platform.  With, we support Qatar Foundation’s ongoing commitment to bring research from the region to the widest possible international audience and to connect the global research community to one of the fastest growing research and development centers in the world.  Design research is an integral element of this mission.”’s advanced technology makes research findings readily accessible and searchable using multimedia functionalities to support text, data, audio and video formats. It is also the first scholarly research platform to make journal abstracts available in both English and Arabic. already hosts six scholarly journals covering diverse subject areas such as cardiology, information & library studies, sustainable energy, education, Middle Eastern healthcare and Islamic studies.  Many other journals are scheduled to be added in 2011.