About us

Quæ was created in 2006 by three French research institutes: Cirad, Ifremer and INRAE. With more than 1,500 books, our publications aim at encouraging exchanges between scientists, passing on knowledge and know-how, decision analysis and public dialogue.

By developing thematics as diversified as agriculture and silviculture, environment, nutrition, sea, aquatic and aquacultural resources, Life and Earth sciences or Human and Social Sciences, Quæ has become a leading French publisher in the scientific and technical sector.

Quæ has been a digital publisher since 2008, with an XML-structured publishing chain for digital publications (PDF and ePub). In order to meet the French and European guidelines regarding the free distribution of research documents which are funded by the French public research or by European Union funds, Quæ publish a great part of its new releases in open access on a dedicated website : quae-open.com.

Who are our publications aimed at ?

Scientists, professionals but also inquiring minds will be interested in our publications.

Key figures

  • 4 sites (Antony, Brest, Montpellier and Versailles)
  • 50 publications a year
  • More than 2000 authors
  • 16 series
  • 50 attendances on stands and in fairs a year
  • 65 books translated abroad
  • 110 titles in English
  • Near from 1 000 digital works
  • Near from 1 500 works in the catalog


Quæ is a member of the association of European University Presses, the OAPEN and the Directory of Open Access Books.




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