Publishing Services

Are you a student just starting your publishing career? Or an experienced scholar looking for new ways to share and preserve your work?

UBC librarians can advise you on the publishing strategies and systems to best meet your goals. We can also help in navigating the range of open access vs. traditional paywall models available.  Librarians can be contacted for consultations on topics including online journals, open textbooks and OERs. As well, our Research Commons workshops cover a variety of publishing topics throughout the academic year.

UBC Library also co-ordinates the new UBC Scholarly Publication Fund, a joint initiative with the VP Research & Innovation. This fund has been created to assist with the costs of book or journal publishing in SSHRC-aligned fields. It can be used towards publisher subventions and other costs such as indexing, images or copyrighted materials, and is intended to overcome challenges faced most acutely by early-career faculty in the social sciences and humanities.

Our librarians are specialists in open publishing and can advise or in some cases, partner in projects.  Link here to see recent UBC OER projects undertaken with Library support.

Types of publications currently supported by UBC Library include:

cIRcle is UBC‘s digital repository for theses and research materials created by the UBC community and its partners. It can also serve as an archive for UBC affiliated conference proceedings and presentations. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, and will be preserved for future generations. Learn more
UBC Library currently supports UBC-based journals through our no-fee publishing service. Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a widely-used digital journal publishing platform, currently hosting a number of UBC faculty, society and student journals and more than 10,000 journals worldwide. Our librarians can assist you with setting up and hosting your journal using OJS. Learn more

Pressbooks is easy-to-use book production software supported by BCcampus. Write your own book, adapt an existing open textbook, or import an existing manuscript.  You can choose a design theme, and export into common file formats you will need to publish books.  We can help you to get started on Pressbooks, use templates for front matter, and identify copyright or Creative Commons considerations.  Online guides are also available. Learn more 

Open Collections is a unified platform that delivers UBC-created and UBC-maintained digital resources, and helps you mine UBC Library’s vast digitized collections. Using our API you can run powerful queries, perform advanced analysis, and build custom views, apps, and visualizations. Learn more

Intellectual property
We can help you navigate what copyright considerations are appropriate to your work, including use of Creative Commons license options. Looking for more information on copyright? Learn more

Publication numbers: ISBN, ISSN , DOIs In any publishing project an important consideration is what descriptors you are applying to enhance your work’s reach and impact. Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) uniquely identify your work on the network and are routinely assigned in the publishing industry.  When you assign a work to UBC Library publishing platforms including cIRcle and Open Collections, a DOI is issued automatically. You may also need to apply for ISBNs or ISSNs when publishing a new book or journal.

New model publishing
Scholarly publishing is a rapidly evolving area, with new and experimental forms of dissemination emerging constantly. UBC Library encourages these developments and has many resources to offer. Any support for these projects will be determined by current technical capacity as well as platform considerations.
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