News article on predatory journals

January 13, 2017

From University Affairs, January 12, 2017:

Stephen Downie Talk

September 22, 2016

Unlocking the Secrets of 4.5 Billion Pages: An HathiTrust Research Center Update

 September 30, 1:30-3:30

Middlesex College Room 320

J. Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This seminar provides an update on the recent developments and activities of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The HTRC is the research arm of the HathiTrust, an online repository dedicated to the provision of access to a comprehensive body of published works for scholarship and education.

The HathiTrust is a partnership of over 100 major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Membership is open to institutions worldwide.

More information about the talk: downie_talk_sept30_2016

Sexual and Gender-based Harassment – Issue 13 of the Learning Network Newsletter

June 3, 2015

To contribute to Sexual Harassment Awareness Week (June 1 to 7), the Learning Network is pleased to release a special newsletter on Sexual and Gender-based Harassment.  Learn more about sexual harassment, its potential impacts, barriers to reporting, myths, realities, and what each of us can do to stop this form of sexual violence.  Access the newsletter here.

Learning Network Newsletter

May 13, 2015

Issue 12: Intimate Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities
In this issue the Learning Network explores the benefits of an intersectional approach for understanding IPV in LGBT relationships and how the experiences of LGBT survivors may differ from other IPV survivors.  Learn about barriers to services for LGBT survivors and their abusive partners, as well as what practice competencies help to reduce barriers.  Included are descriptions of and links to LGBT organizations/networks and a range of resources (e.g. for allies, for trainers, for Deaf Queer Womyn, for immigrants and refugees, for youth).

Access the Newsletter here…

Tri-Council Open Access Policy on Publications Released

February 27, 2015

The new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications was announced today.  Link to the news release.

…Link to the policy

“Quick Facts

  • Open access is the practice of providing free and unrestricted online access to research publications.
  • In keeping with the global movement towards open access, the harmonized policy requires that researchers receiving grants from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC  make their resulting peer-reviewed journal articles freely available online within 12 months of publication.
  • Researchers can comply with the open access policy in two ways: ‘self-archiving’ by depositing their peer-reviewed manuscript to an online repository that will make the manuscript freely accessible within 12 months of publication; or submitting their manuscript to a journal that offers open access within 12 months of publication.”

Implementation Date: For research funded in whole or in part by SSHRC, this policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to May 1, 2015 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.

Various resources to assist researchers in complying with this policy can be found in the Toolbox.

More information on Scholarly Publishing and Open Access at Western is available at:

Our Faculty recently sponsored a talk on Open Access by Joanne Paterson from Western LibrariesLink to the slides

Publishing your work – Be Aware of the Pitfalls

January 30, 2015

You may have received some unsolicited requests for publishing your research.  While there are many wonderful new publishers, there are some to be aware of.  The best advice is to be cautious when considering where to submit your work.

Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, has put together useful lists that are continually updated: “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.” And “potential, possible, or probably predatory scholarly open-access journals”.  It is worth consulting when you see a Call for Publications (CFP) just to educate yourself on any possibilities – and to inquire further yourself if necessary. Remember to not necessarily search for the name of the journal, but for the publisher name.

HEQCO Report by Western Education Authors

January 29, 2015

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus, Ron Hansen and Catharine Dishke Hondzel, PhD graduate, on their recent publication –The Apprentice Retention Program:Evaluation and Implications for Ontario

“The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has published a new report that examines the development, implementation, and efficacy of the Apprentice Retention Program (ARP), a program developed by Western University and Fanshawe College in collaboration with several other organizations. The ARP comprises 9 hands-on and 2 online workshops on topics including workplace learning, communication, and employer expectations. 26 apprentices receiving in-class training at Fanshawe participated in the study. Most ARP participants agreed that the program provided them with valuable information, especially around employer expectations and budgeting. Participants indicated that they felt they would benefit from additional face-to-face support from Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) employment and training consultants, and that they would appreciate more information on available support services. The authors of the report said that their research indicates a need for multi-faceted interventions to improve retention rates, and that programs should incorporate assistance programs as part of the core curriculum or pre-apprenticeship training offered at PSE institutions. HEQCO Summary | Full Report
-Source: Academica Top Ten- Thurs Jan 29, 2015.