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



Studying or working at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan?


If so, you will want to read the latest copyright at UBC information update just released yesterday – see directly below:


Copyright System Updates


As we look ahead to another academic year, UBC is taking this opportunity to re-engage with you on the issue of copyright.


Copyright law is not static. Over the coming two years, we are anticipating several developments in copyright law that will require continued vigilance on the part of faculty, staff and the university administration.


To promote best practices as the legal landscape develops, we have added an alerting system to Connect. The system will be implemented by individual Faculty through the rest of 2016.


Currently, instructors are prompted to input metadata indicating the copyright status of an uploaded file. This system is intended to assist faculty in keeping track of the copyright status of their uploads, to ensure an accurate record of permissions is maintained over time, and as courses evolve.


The new system will alert faculty members if any uploaded files are missing copyright metadata. This system also provides an opportunity for faculty members to review the material and remove any unnecessary content. To save time and effort, consider using the Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) system, where trained staff will take care of scanning, uploading and clearing copyright on your behalf, including paying any required transactional license fees.


As you know, UBC has also created various tools to assist faculty to learn about, to use and to distribute copyrighted materials in compliance with copyright law. Further resources, as well as updates about changes in copyright law, can be found at


If you have any questions about copyright please email and consider attending a workshop:


UBC remains committed to providing our academic community with the resources it needs to easily and legally access learning and research material. Thank you again for your efforts and support since we embarked on this course in 2011.


Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President Academic pro tem (Vancouver)


Cynthia Mathieson
Provost and Vice-Principal Academic (Okanagan)



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Want to make your UBC research openly accessible? Visit cIRcle


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Photo: Jonathan Pope, Wikimedia

Housed by the Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS) via cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository, is the fourth and final report on the 2010 Winter Games, the OGI post-Games report. It is part of the Olympic Games Impact (OGI) Study Reports for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is now required of all Host Cities by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The OGI study was developed by the IOC to introduce a standardized method of monitoring, measuring and reporting on the impact of hosting the Olympic Games. Beginning with the 2010 Winter Games, all Olympic organizing committees are contractually required to undertake the OGI study. The OGI study for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games has been overseen by the Canadian Olympic Committee following the post-Games wrap-up of the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).

Read the OGI post-Games report at:

View the UBC Press Release at:

Did You Know? 

The cIRcle 2010 Olympics Project aims to showcase and preserve UBC’s intellectual output related to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Examples include research or teaching outputs, proceedings or webcasts of conferences and other events, as well as other material that is Olympic inspired and has long term value. Find theses, dissertations, coursework, events and research on Olympic and Paralympic related topics at:

Above text from UBC Public Affairs and the Centre for Sport and Sustainability

Have you heard the buzz about the new GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award launched on July 9, 2012 at UBC Vancouver?

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award represents a joint collaborative of the UBC Vancouver Graduate Student Society and cIRcle / UBC Library. Its purpose is twofold: firstly, to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of exemplary non-thesis graduate coursework; and, secondly, to create an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations. All submissions to this collection are approved by students’ course instructors.

The first Award, as approved by the UBC Vancouver Senate, will be made in October 2012.

Why is this Award such an important initiative? See the direct quote we received directly from your GSS President at UBC Vancouver:

This opportunity is exactly the kind of thing that I hoped for when I started out as a graduate student. It is an opportunity to be recognized by my peers outside of the normal networks. This is an important initiative both for the collegial spirit it promotes and the way it encourages us to collaborate more openly. We look forward to hearing from you!

—Conny Lin, GSS President

So, could you be eligible to win this Award?  Make sure you check out the Award criteria and additional information readily available at:

Did You Know?

Concerning the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award, four awards will be made per annum, two in April and two in October. Find out what types of material you can submit by visiting:

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