Supporting faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff, at every stage of the research life cycle

Location: We’ve moved!

Enter the Library through the main doors and proceed to the second floor. The Centre for Scholarly Communication is now located in the offices on the east side of the building, across from EME (LIB 215-221).


The CSC provides one-on-one consultations about all aspects of scholarly communication, including writing support for journal articles, grant proposals, theses, dissertations, and conference presentations, as well as copyright, open access, and author rights.

Writing appointments for Faculty
Please email your request to

Copyright Questions
Please email

Graduate student writing appointments

Please book your appointment using the myWConline  system to arrange for one-on-one assistance with your scholarly communication using the following steps (see a PDF of screenshots and instructions CSC WConline Appointment Booking Steps):

  1. If you are a new client, please register in order to use the system.
  2. When you enter the booking system, please select the Centre for Scholarly Communication schedule from the drop-down list.
  3. In order to book an appointment, select a white square on the page (this means that time is available for booking).
  4. Once you have booked the appointment, your time will appear in bright yellow.
  5. The system will send you an appointment confirmation and an appointment reminder.
  6. If all appointments are booked, click on the “clock” next to a specific date and add yourself to the waiting list. If you have elected to receive text message updates, you will get immediate notice when an appointment opens up.

Workshops & Events

Throughout the year, the Centre for Scholarly Communication offers many workshops geared for specific research projects and processes, such as “Writing the Research Article,” “Selecting Quality Journals for Publication,” “Research Data Management,” and an annual three-day Graduate Writers’ Bootcamp. See the Workshops page for more information.

About Us

Lori Walter is the Scholarly Communication Librarian responsible for the Writing and Research Services unit in the Library. She has an MA in English from the University of Victoria, and she has taught writing courses at SUNY Buffalo and Mohawk College in Ontario. She has an MLIS from the University of Alberta, where she also provided scholarly communication assistance in the Faculty of Nursing Research Office and was Managing Editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Lori’s research interests are in scholarly communication, scholarly publishing, research dissemination, research impact, altmetrics, and critical theory.

Lori provides one-on-one consultations and workshops to faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral students to support them in the creation and dissemination of research products. She is also happy to come into graduate classes to teach on a variety of scholarly communication topics.

Book appointments with Lori to discuss: faculty and post-doctoral writing support for grants, articles, books, conference papers, and other research outputs; scholarly publishing; copyright; open access and the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy; author rights, and online academic profiles.

Jessica Lowry is the Writing and Research Services Associate. She has an MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus and experience writing scientific publications.

Jessica provides one-on-one consultations with graduate students, facilitates graduate peer writing groups, and delivers workshops on various topics. During her experience as a graduate teaching assistant, Jessica became interested in promoting student success in writing, and joined the Writing and Research Center. Since 2016, she has developed her tutoring skills working as a writing consultant.

Book appointments with Jessica to discuss: graduate writing support for course assignments, theses, research proposals, journal and conference articles, graduate school application statements of purpose, academic CVs, and cover letters.

Megan Udala is a Graduate Writing Assistant for Writing and Research Services. She is a first year Clinical Psychology doctoral student. She completed her MA and BA Honours at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Her doctoral research focuses on post partum depression and psychosis, infanticide, and public perceptions of infanticide.

Megan provides one-on-one consultations with graduate students, assists in the training and supervision of the undergraduate writing consultants, and delivers workshops on various academic topics. She helped create and establish the Academic Integrity Matters (AIM) program. Her passion for writing and helping other students developed through several teaching assistant and research assistant positions on campus.

Book appointments with Megan to discuss: graduate writing support for course assignments, theses, research proposals, and conference papers; graduate school application statements of purpose; and academic CVs and cover letters.

Other Services

Please visit Copyright at UBC or the Copyright Educational Resources Guide for resources and answers to common copyright-related questions from faculty, staff, and students, including:

  • Uploading copyrighted content to Canvas courses
  • Reproducing text and images in a graduate thesis
  • Submitting original academic work to UBC’s digital respository cIRcle
  • Using student work


For other questions, or to request assistance in making your copyright analysis for topics such as:

  • Using text and images in publications
  • Using text and images in presentations
  • Understanding publishing agreements and author rights


Contact or email your subject librarian.

The CSC is happy to provide instruction on copyright, writing, and scholarly communication in any courses at the invitation of faculty. Contact to make a request.

What is the Thesis Formatting Service?

The Library and the Centre for Scholarly Communication, in collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies, is offering a Thesis Formatting Service to all graduate students. The service respects the academic purpose and integrity of the thesis writing and submission process and includes services such as:

  • Formatting of tables of contents and lists of figures, tables, and illustrations
  • Formatting of margins, line spacing, indentation, title pages, page numbering, and headers and footers
  • Text formatting, including styling headings, case corrections, and pagination
  • Alignment of tables, graphs, charts, and figures

How can you use the Thesis Formatting Service?

Graduate students who wish to take advantage of this service must:

What happens next?

Library staff will:

  • Perform a component review
  • Format the document to conform to the specifications provided by the College of Graduate Studies
  • Flag third-party material lacking copyright permission statements

When you pay the fee in full, the reviewed and formatted thesis will be released to you via the UBC Workspace 2.0  Self-Service Portal.


If you have further questions about the Thesis Formatting Service, or require additional information on the scope of the service, please email

The College of Graduate Studies has also created several additional resources to help you format your thesis:

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Subject Librarians

Subject Librarians provide research consultations by phone, email, and in person. Find your subject librarian and learn how they can support your research needs.

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Open access

Publish open access to make your research widely available, increase citations and impact, and satisfy grant funder open access policies.

For in-person support, contact the Research Librarian

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Research Data Management

Manage your research data to meet grant requirements, and preserve, share, and increase findability of your data.

For in-person support, contact the Research Librarian

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Publishing and Disseminating research

Create, publish, and share your research with the academic community and the broader public.

For in-person support, contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian

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