The University of British Columbia (UBC) is among a growing number of research and academic institutions with OA policies that ‘encourage or mandate access to research outputs’. Having OA policies and mandates assists UBC scholars and researchers to ‘negotiate their rights, and to make their work openly available’. Other universities adopting OA mandates include: Concordia University, University of Ottawa, Harvard University, and Stanford University to name just a few.
In 2013, both Senates of the UBC Okanagan and the UBC Vancouver campuses approved the UBC Open Access Position Statement and endorse the following statements:
- Faculty members are encouraged to deposit an electronic copy of their refereed and non-refereed research output and creative work in cIRcle in accordance with applicable copyright arrangements which may be in place for that work.
- Where a faculty member has deposited a work with cIRcle, cIRcle shall be granted a non-exclusive licence to preserve and make publicly available the research contained therein.
- The authors of works deposited with cIRcle will maintain ownership of their rights in the works.
cIRcle offers a number of services to help UBC faculty make their research available to the world. Learn more at: circle.ubc.ca.
“UBC’s Strategic Plan Place and Promise affirms that it “supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines, and seeks every opportunity to share them broadly” as a core value.” Explore featured Open UBC projects such as the annual Open UBC Week event and much more at: http://open.ubc.ca/.
Above photograph by Johannes Jansson