An exciting new fund has arrived just in time for the kick-off of the 2019 fall semester at the University of British Columbia – it’s called the “UBC Scholarly Publication Fund”.


This new fund, provided by the University’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) and administered by the UBC Library, will soon “assist UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan faculty members [alike] with the costs of scholarly publication”.


It will help offset some scholarly publishing costs imposed by publishers and academic presses nowadays. While most researchers, especially early career faculty in the humanities and social sciences, aim to make their scholarly works as openly accessible and/or with as little publishing cost(s) as possible, they face added fees for enhanced images, tables, figures, copyrighted materials, or special production elements.


Read more about this fund (such as policies, deadlines and more) by visiting the Scholarly Communications @ UBC site


Explore more areas of interest:


Author Rights & Publisher Agreements


Open Access publisher discounts via UBC Library


Publishing Services (including UBC publications and conferences) offered at UBC


On Saturday, October 29, our Citation Linker (UBC eLink) and the eJournal Portal was down from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am and again from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. This impacted some searches in the Library Catalogue and in Summon. Unfortunately, maintenance work led to a longer than expected downtime on October 30 as well.

Please note that Summon and UBC eLink are maintained via a third-party provider external to UBC. 

Our apologies and thanks for your patience. We understand and regret the impact that this interruption had on affected Library users. Please report any issues through the Library’s Electronic Resources help form.

This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.
Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.
There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.



Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Open UBC Week. The Open Access ‘Megajournal’ (a class of journal defined by the success of PLOS ONE) is a reasonably recent phenomenon, but one that some observers believe is poised to change the publishing world very rapidly. A megajournal is typically understood to be an online-only journal; covering a very broad subject area; selecting content based only on scientific and methodological soundness; and with a business model which allows each article to cover its own costs. With these attributes, megajournals are not limited in potential output and as such are able to grow commensurate with any growth in submissions. PLOS ONE pioneered this category of journal and is currently expected to publish in excess of 30,000 articles in 2013 alone – possibly approaching 3% of all STM articles published that year. Recognizing the success of this model, many other publishers (such as Nature, Springer, SAGE, BioONE, PeerJ, , BMJ, F1000 and so on) have launched similar journals and each of these publishers is seeing their megajournal grow in volume, month on month. In many ways, the growth of the megajournal has been one of the most visible successes of the open access movement. Dr Peter Binfield, who led PLOS ONE for 4 years until mid-2012 and left PLOS to co-found PeerJ, has experienced the megajournal both from within PLOS ONE, and from the point of view of starting an entirely new megajournal (PeerJ). In this keynote Peter shares some of his insights about megajournals, how they operate, how they can succeed, and whether or not this new category of journal will truly revolutionize the publishing landscape.


Pete has worked in the academic publishing world for almost 20 years. Since gaining a PhD in Optical Physics, he has held positions at Institute of Physics, Kluwer Academic, Springer, SAGE and most recently the Public Library of Science (PLOS). At PLOS he ran PLOS ONE, and developed it into the largest and most innovative journal in the world, publishing some 3% of the world’s literature at the time of his departure. During that time, he also championed the development of Article-Level Metrics and continues to advocate for this approach towards literature assessment.

Peter left PLOS to co-found Peer J Inc, alongside Jason Hoyt (previously of Mendeley). PeerJ, the journal, launched in Feb 2013 (with PeerJ PrePrints following in April 2013) and makes use of an Editorial Board of over 800 world class researchers, including 5 Nobel Laureates and several faculty from UBC. PeerJ provides researchers with a low cost lifetime membership (starting as low as $99) which gives them the lifetime rights to publish for free thereafter. PeerJ has been hailed as “a significant innovation” by Nature, and was named as one of the “Top 10 Tech Innovators or 2013 by the Chronicle of Higher Education” – the company aims to drive down the costs of open access publishing, whilst simultaneously raising the bar for innovation and functionality.

JSTOR, a key resource in humanities and social sciences, offers short training videos on a number of topics, including advanced search techniques and how to set up alerts for new articles in your area(s) of interest. Most videos are fewer than 5 minutes long. Frequent JSTOR users should definitely have a look.

If you’ve ever wondered about the future of the book, have a look at these:

Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life — with life understood both philosophically and biologically — which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.”  (from Living Books About Life)

Cover photo credit: under license.




Koerner Library is offering three workshops over the next month especially for undergraduates in humanities and social sciences.  Currently, we’re offering two sessions of each: one in the computer lab in Koerner Library and one online.  Full details and registration here.

Introduction to the Library for Humanities and Social Sciences Students

  • Sept 20th at noon       online
  • Sept 27th at 10 am     Koerner 217

Introduction to Library Databases for Humanities and Social Sciences Students

  • Sept 28th at noon        online
  • Oct 5th at 4 pm           Koerner 217

Introduction to Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley for Humanities and Social Sciences Students|

  • Oct 13th at 4 pm        Koerner 217
  • Oct 19th at  noon       online



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