The Ethics of Publishing

Date & Time

Friday, 02 October 2020
12:30 to 13:30



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office

Registration Closed / Past Event


Publishing in academic journals is crucial for academic knowledge dissemination and can enhance your academic CV. However, the academic publishing landscape is complex and navigating this system can be challenging for scholars and authors.

In this webinar, you will:

  • gain insight into the academic publishing system
  • learn about impact of open access
  • review predatory publishing practices
  • and discuss ethical guidelines of publishing including assigning authorship and competing interests when choosing a journal to submit your article to

The webinar will start with a presentation by library staff followed by a panel including two current graduate students. They will address the following questions:

  • How to address the pressure to publish in high-impact journals for a potential academic career track?
  • How to navigate the conversation with supervisors regarding publishing?

There will be ample time for discussion with presenters and panelists.


Stephen Chignell is a Ph.D. Student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability co-supervised by Dr. Mark Johnson and Dr. Terre Satterfield. He is interested in both the physical and social aspects of environmental and sustainability issues, and enjoys finding creative ways to understand their intersection. Prior to UBC, he completed a M.S. studying the relationships among water development, land change, and urban growth in Ethiopia. He also worked to reconstruct the history of Antarctic science with the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research project. He is passionate about making scholarly research and its outcomes more open and collaborative.

Leonora Crema. As a UBC Scholarly Communications Librarian, Leonora advises researchers about making works open access, managing one’s scholarly identity, and navigating the changing landscape of academic publishing. She administers the UBC Scholarly Publications Fund, has been instrumental in recent open textbook projects, and is UBC’s contact person for the Canadian ORCID consortium.

Erika Luna is an MSc student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability supervised by Dr. Navin Ramankutty and Dr. Amanda Giang. Her current research interests are food security and international development. She holds a BSc in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Erika gained research experience from working at different universities across North America where she studied a variety of socio-environmental problems. This past research experience contributed to build her passion on data science and GIS as tools to think critically and holistically about the interactions between humans and the environment.

Stephanie Savage, is a Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Librarian at UBC Library. In this role Stephanie educates the UBC community in matters of copyright law and policy and advises researchers on open access publishing and author rights. Stephanie is also the campus administrator for Open Journal Systems, an open publishing platform that hosts over 40 journals published out of UBC.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, September 21st at 9:00am

Restricted to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 - 3 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.