Open Access Publishing: Why and How

Date & Time

Friday, 19 March 2021
13:00 to 14:00



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


Publishing in academic journals is crucial for academic knowledge dissemination and can enhance your academic CV. However, the scholarly publishing landscape is complex, and navigating it can be challenging for scholars and authors. One way of publishing your research is in Open Access (OA) journals that have become more favoured in the last years.

This session will cover the following:

  • Why OA has come about, publisher profits, funder mandates, benefits to you as a scholar
  • Ways to publish in OA Journals
  • Predatory publishers
  • Understanding your rights as an author
  • Reinvesting in more sustainable approaches to publishing and open education
  • Case studies

There will be time for Q&A.



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.

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.

Erin Fields is the Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of British Columbia Library. Erin is was the 2019-2020 Visiting Program Officer for Open Education for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL/ABRC). She is the recipient of a 2018 Award for Excellence in Open Education and an Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellowship with BCcampus. Erin also received recognition as a 2019 UBC Open Education Resource Champion from the UBC Alma Mater Society, the VP Academic and Provost, and UBC Library. Erin supports faculty and students in the creation of open-access texts, found in the Open UBC Text Catalogue. 

Dr. Julian Dierkes is Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research, and Coordinator, Program on Inner Asia, at the University of British Columbia. Since 2018, Dr. Dierkes is the also Associate Dean, Funding, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In this role, he is responsible for providing academic leadership in graduate student funding, liaising with external agencies and donors, promoting student success in award competitions, and supporting programs in their responsibilities related to student financial support. He has been part of the adjudication process for grant applications where effective science communication is crucial for success.


Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, March 8th at 9:00 AM PST.

Priority will be given 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. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail

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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.