News and Events

The Open Access Button Re-launches

Just in time for Open Access Week, a new updated version of the Open Access Button has been released. This is a great tool for researchers who may not have the benefit of institutional subscriptions to subsidize their work. Researchers who find an article that they would like to view, but can’t access it without paying, can “push” the Open Access Button and find out if an open version of the article is available anywhere else.

Go to to get your button today!

How Open is It?

Produced collaboratively by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the Public Library of Science (PLOS), and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), “How Open is It?” is a guide that helps you decide how Open Access a journal is. The guide does this by splitting open access into its component parts ( i.e. reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, etc.) and placing them on a spectrum from more to less open.

Click HERE to find the guide, which is available in six languages.

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy Guide

If you have questions or want to learn more about the new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy that affects researchers with CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC funding grants, take a look at The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy: How the UBC Library Can Help. This guide offers explanations of the new requirements as well as resources to help researchers comply with the policy.

Upcoming workshops related to Scholarly Communications

Do you have questions about the new Tri-Agency funding mandate? Curious about different options for making your work open access? The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office is hosting a number of workshops this year that can help you navigate issues related to ethical scholarly publishing, open access, and author rights. Workshops are free and are open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. For a full list of workshops, please visit the Copyright at UBC website.

Wiley-Blackwell and Taylor & Francis Address “Double-Dipping”

Wiley-Blackwell and Taylor & Francis, two of the largest publishers of academic material, have struck a deal to reduce the cost of their subscriptions in order to offset the profits they are receiving from article processing charges, paid by authors who want to make their work open access.

This practice of “double-dipping”, in which publishers are essentially being paid twice for the same content, has attracted a lot of criticism from proponents of open access and librarians alike.

For more information about the approved deal and how the system of “double-dipping” works, refer to the article published this Wednesday on


Open UBC Week

RSC Gold Vouchers Available for 2014

The UBC Library has obtained voucher codes that UBC researchers can use to publish Royal Society of Chemistry papers via RSC Gold’s Open Access option free of charge in 2014. This could result in a savings from $1300 to over $3000. The Gold for Gold initiative rewards all institutions that subscribe to RSC Gold with voucher codes to make papers available freely available online, thereby helping researchers to increase the visibility and impact of their research.


More information about how the project works can be found the RSC voucher FAQ here. Once you’re paper has been accepted and you have received your voucher code, you can make use of the RSC Gold for Gold Application.


Please contact Kevin Lindstrom to acquire a voucher code for your forthcoming RSC Gold publication.


Hybrid OA: Double Dipping?

A new web article in the series on Payment for Publication from the Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) went live on February 27: Addressing the ‘Double Dipping’ Charge. Dr. Danny Kingsley addresses the perception that hybrid open access journals are ‘double dipping’, receiving payment both to make an article open access and payment for the same article from subscription fees for the remainder of the journal. This is a topic of much concern and discussion among the scholarly community, although publishers are quick to claim that this is not the case. This web article cites statements about hybrid OA made by a variety of publishers and discusses whether or not the statements can be independently verified.


Also part of this series is the Cost of Hybrid and Do OA Funds Support Hybrid?

SCOAP3 Launched January 2014

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. Thousands of libraries worldwide are participating in the initiative, re-directing funds previously used for subscriptions in order to support SCOAP3. See


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