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




Above image is courtesy of the International Open Access Week site


This year’s 2019 International Open Access Week theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” as recently announced by the 2019 Open Access Week Advisory Committee


The International Open Access Week – happening on October 21-27, 2019 – provides an opportunity for all “to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives”, as per SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).


Building on last year’s theme, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge,” this year’s theme will focus on answering the following questions:


  • Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support?


  • Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning?


  • Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?



Learn more about open access at UBC and beyond via the following ways:


Check out the UBC Library’s Open Access page in the coming months


Visit the site for more Open Access resources


View and download 70 Open Access Week items in cIRcle








Xwi7xwa Library has a wide range of carefully curated library research guides (also known as libguides), covering everything from Aboriginal Filmmakers to Indigenous Education K-12. These guides are particularly helpful places to start when looking for information about a specific disciple or subject area. Visit the portal to see all Xwi7xwa Library authored libguides.


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What is a Research Data Centre (RDC)?

Attend Introduction to the RDC (Research Data Centre)


Date: April 2, 2019

Time: 2-3pm

Location: Room B25 – Computer Lab – Woodward Library





Which citation management tool is the best for your research?

Attend Choosing the Right Citation Management Tool for Your Research (Beginner)


Date: April 4, 2019

Time: 12pm to 2pm

Location: Room 217 – Koerner Library





Explore thesis/dissertation formatting tips and more

Attend Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources


Date: April 8, 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm

Location: Room B25 – Computer Lab – Woodward Library





Dig into Literature Reviews: Searching and Keeping Track

Attend Literature Reviews: Searching and Keeping Track


Date: April 9, 2019

Time: 11am to 1pm

Location: Room B25 – Computer Lab – Woodward Library





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UBC Research Commons







Librarian Ursula Ellis and researcher Kirsten Marchand.

UBC librarians are expert searchers, organizers and analyzers — and this unique set of skills is making them indispensable to medical research at UBC.

In the spring of 2018, The Canadian Institute of Health Research funded twenty-two grants through the Opioid Crisis Knowledge Synthesis Operating grant. This $1.85 million dollar grant aimed to address the pressing evidence needs of knowledge users within the context of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy and help tackle the most urgent elements of the opioid crisis, including opioid-related mortality rates.

Librarians make grant applications more successful

UBC researchers received six of the twenty-two grants awarded nationally. Of those, five received some kind of librarian support. “The literature tells us that librarians’ involvement makes grant applications more successful, particularly in the area of systematic reviews,” says Aleteia Greenwood, Head of Woodward Library. “It is gratifying to see that this held true in this particular competition.”   

A systematic review, and similar review types such as scoping reviews, provide a complete, exhaustive summary of current evidence relevant to a research question. Systematic reviews help researchers identify inconsistencies and gaps in diverse evidence to define future research needs. Surfacing the relevant literature can be a challenge and it is in this area that librarians are able to make a significant impact.

Researcher Kirsten Marchand consulted the expertise of librarian Ursula Ellis to conduct a scoping review exploring how principles of patient-centered care can be applied to the treatment of people with opioid use disorder as a complement to pharmacological treatment. “Our team of health care providers, advocates and researchers was already doing work in this area of patient-centered care, but we had never done a systematic review on the topic,” she says, “Ursula was extremely helpful to us at the proposal stage, walking us through the mechanics of building a search strategy to demonstrate feasibility. She was instrumental in the refining and framing of our research question and identifying key search terms.” Once the project was funded, Ellis continued to provide support on the project, helping to tweak and refine the search strategy. “We are so immensely grateful to Ursula,” says Marchand, “I feel that her work with me went beyond providing education and support, she was really making scientific contributions in helping to think through our study design and research question.”


Dr. Jan Klimas and his team at the BC Centre for Substance Use turned to librarian Dean Giustini for his expertise in search strategy when putting together a systematic review looking at patient characteristics that are predictive of whether someone will go into prescription opioid addiction when they are prescribed opioids for pain for the first time. “Dean’s contributions were essential in moving our project forward,” he says, “He helped us refine which search terms would best pick up studies about predictive factors. This is a very tricky thing – these are not clinical trials. The types of studies we were looking for are not well-indexed and can be difficult to surface.”

UBC librarians offer customized workshops and training for researchers

When putting together a realist review that explores how online solutions might help improve the system of care and decrease opioid-related mortality, Dr. Mohammadali Nikoo on behalf of Addictions and Concurrent Disorders (ACD) Research Group led by Michael Krausz reached out to librarians Helen Brown and Vanessa Kitchin for support. “Helen helped us in the proposal stage in creating a search strategy and once the project was underway, Vanessa demonstrated a mock literature review for our team, helping us get an idea of what we needed to do. She’s been available for consultation throughout the project— it has been a very positive experience for us.”

“UBC librarians are helping to surface knowledge that might remain hidden or require significant resources on the part of the researcher,” says Lea Starr, UBC Associate University Librarian in charge of Research. “This allows researchers to demonstrate that the research undertaken will have an impact, and will directly correspond to the need.”

As for future research, Marchand, Klimas and Nikoo all consider librarian consultation an integral part of the research lifecycle and plan to build librarian consultation into future research. “In this new era of fast-paced information that is emerging, I think the librarian’s role is becoming more and more important,” says Nikoo, “We are looking forward to more collaboration in the future.”

To arrange for a systematic review consultation, please complete this form and send it to your subject librarian.

Attend one of UBC Library’s monthly Systematic Review workshops.


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Writing your thesis for UBC graduation? Confused about thesis formatting?


Next Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources workshops are as follows:


Dates: March 11th & March 25th, 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm (same workshop held on both dates)

Location: Room 217 – Walter C. Koerner Library


Register for March 11th  OR March 25th, 2019


Curious about a Lay Summary for your thesis or dissertation? Or for a journal article, etc.?



Next Lay Summaries: Writing workshop is as follows:


Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm

Location: Sherrington Room – Woodward Library


Register for March 13th, 2019



Wondering how to navigate and manage the publishing process for your research?


Next Scholarly Publishing & Author Rights (off-campus) workshop is as follows:


Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Time: 2-4pm

Location: BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, Study and Learning Commons Computer Lab, Shaughnessy Building Room F4


Register for March 26th, 2019



Learn more about:


cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository


Scholarly Communications @ UBC


UBC Research Commons









While 3MT was created by The University of Queensland in 2008, UBC was and still is one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition since 2011.


Commencing annually in February, UBC 3MT heats get underway with winners advancing into the Semi-Finals and Finals’ rounds in March.


Below are the top five things to know about 2019 UBC 3MT:


  1. Currently, over 350 universities across 59 countries worldwide hold 3MT competitions
  2. For 2019 UBC 3MT, there are six workshops designed to help participants successfully prepare and deliver their presentations
  3. 2019 UBC 3MT prizes range from gifts (People`s choice) to $1,000 and a trip to Prince George, BC (where the finalist will represent UBC at the represent UBC at the Western Regional 3MT competition)
  4. Testimonials from past UBC 3MT finalists, semi-finalists and other honourable mentions give an insight into what it feels like to participate and deliver 3MT presentations in a memorable and engaging way
  5. UBC 3MT affords an exciting opportunity for presenters, audience members, heat organizers, sponsors, judges, and volunteers who help showcase just a small sampling of UBC research to a non-specialist audience here and beyond


All the best to the 2019 UBC 3MT participants and supporters in the coming months!



Browse UBC Theses and Dissertations in cIRcle via Open Collections










In celebration of open access and its global impact for over a decade, UBC and SFU will be participating in the 2018 International Open Access Week event during October 22-28, 2018.


Throughout UBC’s 2018 Open Access Week event, scholars will showcase and discuss their innovative research, teaching and learning skills and experiences while inspiring others to learn more and get involved with the global open access movement. These events will highlight the various opportunities and pathways enabling open scholarship for researchers at UBC and beyond.


Similar to past UBC Open Access Week events, this year will include free lectures, workshops, a panel discussion with a Q&A session, seminars, and symposia for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Topical and timely issues will include the following ones to list just a few:


  • new challenges faced by practitioners and stakeholders
  • developing a scholarly/publishing profile
  • applying Creative Commons licenses to your work
  • navigating the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR)
  • discovering Open Educational Resources (OER)


Visit Open UBC to register and attend these free events


Learn more about Open Access at UBC



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