Library:Scholarly Communications/Support at UBC

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Learn more about support for Open Access publishing and knowledge creation at the University of British Columbia:

  • The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office
  • cIRcle: UBC’s Open Access Digital Repository
  • The Public Knowledge Project: Open Access Journal Hosting
  • Open Access Publisher Memberships

UBC Scholarly Communications

UBC Scholarly Communications provides information and guidance on issues such as:

  • Making your work Open Access
  • Understanding publisher agreements
  • Managing authors' rights
  • Funding agency Open Access policies, and how to comply
  • Enhancing research impact via scholarly profiles
  • Deciphering metrics

If you’d like to schedule an appointment or would like us to present to your department or unit, contact us at scholarly.communications@ubc.ca. UBC Okanagan is served by the Centre for Scholarly Communication.


cIRcle: UBC’s Open Access Digital Repository

cIRcle, is a digital repository for intellectual materials created within the UBC community. It hosts articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports, working papers, books, datasets, audio-visual materials and more.

cIRcle is regularly crawled and indexed by search engines, making your work both openly accessible to anyone on the web and easy to find. Materials also have persistent URLs, and will be preserved for future generations.

The Public Knowledge Project: Open Access Journal Hosting

The UBC Library hosts journals for faculty members who are editing or supporting open access e-journals utilizing Open Journal Systems (OJS) software. This includes BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, and the Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice. We also host recognized UBC student journals.

To learn more about OJS hosting at UBC Vancouver, please e-mail OJS Support. For the Okanagan campus, please contact Lori Walter.

Open Access Publisher Discounts for UBC Researchers

UBC Library’s commitment to open access extends to institutional memberships with a variety of Open Access publishers and organizations. These memberships provide benefits to researchers at UBC, often through discounts on article submission costs for OA publishing. The Library also provides APC discounts through our negotiated license agreements direct with selected publishers and via our membership to the Canadian Knowledge Research Network.

UBC researchers receive discounts on article submissions from the following publishers:

  • American Chemical Society (ACS): UBC researchers qualify for a $250 USD discount on APCs for all ACS journals (effective July 1, 2019).
  • BioChemical Society: independent society publisher of journals related to molecular biology and the wider life sciences. UBC researchers quality for a 15% discount on APCs for journals to which UBC subscribes.
  • BioMed Central: publishes well over 300 peer-reviewed open access journals. Our membership provides a 15% discount on article submission for all researchers affiliated with UBC, including all faculty, staff and students. BioMed Central's online submission platform has IP authentication, so if you are submitting a work from a UBC IP address, you will be granted the membership discount automatically. If submitting from a non-UBC IP address, select UBC in the dropdown list as the affiliated institution and BMC will verify.
  • Bioscientifica: UBC researchers are eligible to receive a 50% discount on open access charges when choosing the gold open-access option for UBC subscribed journals. In addition, if prospective authors are members of the Society for Endocrinology, the European Society of Endocrinology or the Endocrine Society of Australia they may also be eligible for further publishing discounts and can check the details with the editorial office.
  • BMJ Case Reports: the largest online collection of case reports of clinically important information on common and rare conditions. Our Institutional Fellowship provides full access to the collection and covers the case report submission fee for UBC faculty, staff and students.
  • Cambridge University Press: UBC researchers are eligible for a 20% discount on APCs for all Gold OA or Hybrid OA CUP journals. The discount is applied when the author submits the article to RightsLink.
  • Chemistry Central: publishes high-quality peer-reviewed open access research in chemistry. Our membership provides a 15% discount on the article processing charge for UBC researchers.
  • Electrochemical Society: a learned society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of electrochemistry and solid-state science and technology. Publishes peer-reviewed technical journals, proceedings, monographs, conference abstracts, and a quarterly news magazine. UBC researchers are entitled to unlimited open access article credits.
  • Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: As a Library Shareholder, the JAFSCD APC of $500 is waived for all authors affiliated with UBC, including all faculty, staff, and students.
  • MDPI: a fully open access publisher of over 200 journals based in Basel, Switzerland. UBC researchers receive a 10% APC discount on articles accepted for publication.
  • NRC Research Press/Canadian Science Publishing: UBC researchers receive a 50% discount on the APC charge for OA publishing. The reduced fee is $1,500 CAD per article. When submitting your paper, please identify yourself as being affiliated with the University of British Columbia in order to receive the discount.
  • SpringerOpen: publishes over 200 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences . Our membership provides a 15% discount on the article processing charge for UBC researchers
  • The National Academy of Sciences: publishes the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Our membership provides a 25% discount on the open access surcharge for publication in PNAS.
  • SAGE: University of British Columbia researchers, including students, receive a 40% discount on the APC charge for OA publishing in the majority of SAGE publications. Prior to submitting your paper, email APCQueries@sagepub.com to obtain your unique discount code. When contacting Sage, please identify yourself as being affiliated with the University of British Columbia in order to receive the discount.


UBC Library also provides financial support to:

  • Arxiv: an open access archive of electronic pre-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. UBC is part of a global collective of institutional members which support arXiv financially.
  • Canadiana Héritage Project: The Héritage project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Along with other CRKN member libraries, UBC has provided start-up funds to launch this project.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): an extensive directory of over 11,000 open access scholarly journals from around the world. UBC maintains an institutional membership to support the work of this organization.
  • Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JASFCD): the world's only peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal focused solely on food and farming-related community development. The Open access campaign is based on community supported agriculture model to become the world's first community-supported journal.
  • SCOAP3: a consortium facilitating Open Access publishing in High Energy Physics.
  • Open Library of Humanities: a peer-reviewed, multilingual academic journal and books platform for the humanities. UBC is one of over 200 libraries internationally that contribute to cover the costs of publication for authors. The unique publishing model of OLH gives authors no-fee access to a platform with many benefits including professional presentation, annotative functionality, robust digital preservation, increased discoverability, and social media sharing functions.


For more information on any of these memberships, contact the Scholarly Communications and Copyright office.