University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia Library

Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications

Primary Contact:
Allan Bell
Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications

Program Overview

Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication services supports new models of scholarly communications, copyright services, the showcasing of UBC’s intellectual output via open access repository services, as well as the digitization of unique historical materials. Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication services is a key part of the Library’s strategy to support the evolving needs of faculty and students and to support teaching, research and learning at UBC. Our goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes that promote digital scholarship, make UBC research and digital collections openly available to the world, and ensure the long-term preservation of UBC’s digital collections.

Year publishing activities began: 2007

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (4); graduate students (0.3)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (7); student-driven journals (8); technical/research reports (47); faculty conference papers and proceedings (80); student conference papers and proceedings (1); newsletters (20); ETDs (1364); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (100); non-thesis graduate student research (55)

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Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: mining engineering; forestry; education; sustainability; earth and ocean sciences

Top publications: “Guidelines for Mine Haul Road Design” (technical report); “Comparison of Limit States Design” (technical report); “Pain-Enduring Eccentric Exercise” (technical report); “Portable Science: Podcasting as an Outreach Tool for a Large Academic Science and Engineering Library” (technical report); “Wet- Bulb Temperature” (technical report)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 50

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS/OCS/OMP

Digital preservation strategy: Archivematica; COPPUL; LOCKSS; in-house

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions:
We also publish lower-level undergraduate work in our repository, for example, the Science One Program: handle/2429/6937. Development partner on the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), including the creation and maintenance of user documentation and related training materials, offering hosting and related support, performing testing, participating on PKP’s Advisory and Technical committees, and seeking further areas for cooperation. View All Entries