The cost of scholarly publishing and journal subscriptions have increased over the past few decades. Digital repositories have provided scholars the opportunity to provide access to their work freely online by organizing and preserving the content to academic institutions digital archives (digital repositories or institutional repositories). Digital repositories have the ability to "house" the collective output of scholars in academic institutions and to share the material with the public.
Resources for Information Repositories
- cIRcle is an Information Repository (or institutional repository) for published and unpublished materials created by the University of British Columbia. cIRcle is also openly accessible, which means that it is freely available to anyone via the World Wide Web.
Open Access Journals
Open access material is online and free of charge and comes in two flavours: “gold” and “green”. Gold open access generally refers to journals and other published material that are freely available online; green open access generally refers to materials that may have been published in subscription based journals but have been made openly available via an institutional or discipline-based repository or on a website. Both models are supported by a range of business models and are fully compatible with copyright, peer review, tenure and promotion.
For additional information about open access, go to the UBC Libraries guide on Open Access.
Resources for Open Access Journals
- The directory contains information about open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web covering all subjects and languages.
- The UBC Library provides access to server space and to the open source OJS (Open Journal Systems) software for UBC faculty members who are editing or supporting Open Access electronic journals as well as recognized UBC student journals.
For additional information, go the the UBC Libraries guide on Scholarly Communication.