The UBC Library is committed to open access, and its contributions to a variety of Open Access publishers and organizations results in the extension of beneficial institutional memberships to researchers at UBC. The most recent initiative to receive UBC support is the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing, also known as SCOAP3. It is the largest scale global Open Access initiative ever built, bringing together over one thousand research institutions and eleven high-quality publishers.


Please see the press release below for more information:


SCOAP3 Open Access Initiative

SCOAP³ (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing) is an international Open Access initiative that was officially launched on January 1, 2014. Convened at CERN in Switzerland, this is the largest scale global Open Access initiative ever built, involving an international collaboration of over one thousand libraries, library consortia and research organizations. SCOAP3 enjoys the support of funding agencies and has been established in co-operation with leading publishers. Eleven publishers of high quality international journals are participating in SCOAP3. Elsevier, IOP Publishing and Springer, together with their publishing partners, have been working with the network of SCOAP3 national contact points. Reductions in subscription fees for thousands of participating libraries worldwide have been arranged, making funds available for libraries to support SCOAP3. See

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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.


Dimas Yusuf, a second-year UBC medical student, is this year’s recipient of UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Yusuf’s submission, entitled Transcription Factor Encylopedia (TFe), is a wiki-based software system that houses more than 800 articles about TF genes. This special class of genes is critical to learning how to use embryonic stem cells [...]
APS has adopted the guiding principle that its journals will embrace open access publishing to the maximum extent possible, consistent with the financial stability of the Society
This fall, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is planning to implement a new policy requiring researchers to submit a data-management plan as a supplement to any regular grant proposal, essentially making data management an element of merit review. Edward Seidel, Acting Assistant Director of NSF’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences Directorate, called the new requirement “phase [...]
From the press release: Concordia University’s academic community has passed a landmark Senate Resolution on Open Access that encourages all of its faculty and students to make their peer-reviewed research and creative output freely accessible via the internet. Concordia is the first major university in Canada where faculty have given their overwhelming support to make [...]
ANNOUNCEMENT [from UBC Editor Dr. Lesley Andres] Dear CJHE Readers,  The Canadian Journal of Higher Education /La revue canadienne enseignement superieur has just published its first issue in Open Journal System (OJS) format. Please visit our web site to review this special issue on Open Access and Higher Education, with Jean-Claude Guedon as guest [...]
UBC Library has set up an institutional membership to Hindawi Publishing that entitles UBC authors to bypass all open access (OA) publication charges if their submissions are accepted for publication. This is the only one of the Library’s OA memberships that features this level of discount (open access refers to free, unfettered access to scholarly research [...]

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