Contact staff from the Scholarly Communications and Copyright office for help with understanding publication agreements, managing copyright, and making your work Open Access.


cIRcle, supported by the UBC Library, is a digital repository for intellectual materials created within the UBC community. It hosts a variety of research and teaching materials, including articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports, working papers, books, datasets, and audio-visual materials. Materials have persistent URLs, and will be preserved for future generations.

cIRcle is regularly crawled and indexed by search engines such as GoogleGoogle Scholar, and Yahoo, which means that your work is both openly accessible and easy to find. This can lead to increased visibility for your work, and an increase in others reading and reusing your work – research has shown that making your work OA leads to increased citations (see Alma Swan’s 2010 article, The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date).

Visibility of articles made accessible through institutional repositories is increasing all the time. Tools such as the recently launched Open Access Button helps users locate opnely available versions of an article for which they’ve encountered a pay wall (and plots that pay wall on a world map – see the totals pay walls hit so far right here). The button helps users to search for freely available versions of the paywalled article – such as those available through cIRcle.

To find out more about making your work Open Access through cIRcle, see their Getting Started page.


John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has recently released the results of its 2013 author survey on open access. The survey sheds light on differences in practices and perceptions of OA between early career researchers (respondents between the ages of 26-44 with less than 15 years of research experience) and more established colleagues in their opinions. 

Some of the key findings included:

  • The number of open access authors has grown significantly: The number of Wiley authors who have published an open access article almost doubled since 2012, up to 59% from 32%.  Over half of responding authors received grant funding (24% full funding, 29% partial funding) to cover Article Publication Charges (APCs), an increase of 43% over last year.
  • Quality and profile of open access publications remains a concern: 68% of funded authors publish their work open access, but for those who chose not to, the most prominent reasons were concerns about the perceived quality and profile of open access publications.
  • Respondents overwhelmingly preferred the more permissive licenses:  CC-BY-NC (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License) was ranked in their top three by 81% of respondents and 70% ranked CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution License) in their top three, although this varied by age group. 

For more information or to access the full report, see Wiley’s Press Release.

In keeping with global trends on Open Access, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) are considering a policy that would require federally funded peer-reviewed journal publications to be made freely available within one year of publication. The draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy would harmonize open access requirements with that of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Open Access Policy.

In recognition of the challenges and implications of a such a policy for a broad range of stakeholders, NSERC and SSHRC are currently calling for feedback on the draft policy from institutions, associations, organizations and individuals.

The draft policy is accessible until December 13, at which time the consultation period ends. Feedback may be sent electronically via email. For more information or to participate in this consultation, please consult NSERC’s Consultation on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.


UBC Library is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award.

Established by the Library in 2010, this Award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge. The Award honors UBC faculty, staff and students who are expanding the boundaries of research through the creative use of new tools and technologies that enhance the research findings being disseminated.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November 29, 2013. For more information or to download the application, visit our Award section.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) announced on September 10 that they have reached a new milestone: more than 1.5 million Open Access articles now have article-level metadata, and are fully searchable in DOAJ.

To search for articles, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals.


Open UBC Week 2013 is fast approaching! 

Held as part of UBC’s celebration of International Open Access Week and in conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week, this year’s programming will include speakers such as:

For more information or to register, visit the Open UBC Week site.

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