(This seminar is POSTPONED) Seminar on Scholarly Publishing and The Knowledge Economy

This seminar is postponed, please stay tuned for further information.



Scholarly publishing and the knowledge economy: how did we get here, where are we going, and what can we do about it?



Scholarly publishing is in crisis. A handful of corporations own most of the world’s top academic journals, making as much as 37% profit from library subscriptions, paywalls, and the volunteered time of researchers. Publishers have also found new ways of monetizing open access, as scholars seeking to make their results open to the public pay thousands of dollars for each paper published without a paywall. Meanwhile, companies have developed a suite of metrics that are now being sold to universities as a way to ‘track impact’ and boost rankings. This increases the pressure to publish, spurring the proliferation of hundreds of new journals of varying quality. This seminar will describe how we got here and how you, as scholars and authors, can navigate this complex system. It will then open into a discussion exploring potential alternatives and challenges to realizing them.









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.


Stephanie Savage

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.

Erika Luna

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.

Stephen Chignell

Stephen Chignell is a Ph.D. Student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability supervised by Dr. Mark Johnson. 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.

Emily Jean Leischner

Emily Jean Leischner is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, supervised by Dr. Jennifer Kramer. She studies the past and present ethics of museum practices using community-based methods. Her dissertation partners with the Nuxalk First Nation’s Ancestral Governance Office to examine the harm museum work has caused the Nation, the continued ways it undermines Indigenous rights and sovereignty, and the potential it has as a tool for imagining and building towards decolonial futures.

Byron Arthur Sylvia

Byron is a PhD student in Anthropology at UBC, his dissertation focuses on Neo-Pagan sacred sites in Glastonbury, England. His previous research with this community focused on Neo-Pagan textuality and publishing.  Byron previously worked in the publishing industry in South Africa. He completed a prestigious internship funded by the Publishing Association of South Africa, during which he worked at Penguin Random House publishers, on both fiction and non-fiction imprints. He then went on to work for Macmillan Education publishers in Johannesburg as an Intellectual Property Specialist, where he worked on permissions transactions for books in English, as well as in African languages such as TshiVenda and Tswana.  Byron has a BA Humanities in English Studies and Philosophy from Stellenbosch University, a BA Honours in Philosophy, which he completed on exchange at the University of Amsterdam, and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, which was completed with the aid of a Chevening scholarship from the British government.