Information to assist students in conducting successful research projects.
Accident Insurance – all student researchers should ensure they possess the appropriate type of student accident insurance. Students participating in the SSRP will have insurance purchased for them by the program. Students hired through other programs or as volunteers should confirm that their supervisor has purchased the appropriate insurance on their behalf. Visit the Accident Insurance page for detailed information.
Lab Safety Training (Chemical, Biological, Laser, Radionuclide etc.) – complete the training courses required for your specific project. (UBC training is offered free to UBC faculty, staff and students). In addition, ensure you complete any additional unit/facility required safety training or orientations.
Any research involving human participants that is conducted at UBC facilities (including UBC-affiliated hospitals) or by persons connected to the University must be reviewed and approved by one of UBC’s six sanctioned Research Ethics Boards (REBs). Similarly, research or teaching conducted at UBC or by persons affiliated with UBC that involves the use of animals must have the approval of the UBC Committee on Animal Care. Furthermore, research projects conducted in conjunction with other agencies (health authorities, universities etc.) may also require approval from additional REBs:
- UBC-AFFILIATED REB – required for all projects (that necessitate ethical review) conducted under the auspices of UBC (includes SSRP). There are six UBC-affiliated REBs; researchers affiliated with one of these six REBs need only submit ethics applications to their local REB for approval. Approvals from one UBC-affiliated REB are recognized by the other affiliated REBs (BREB, CREB, UBC-O REB, BCCA REB, CW REB, PHC REB). See http://research.ubc.ca/ethics.
- There are no universal* coordinated review agreements with the following REBs and thus ethics applications must be submitted to multiple REBs for approval:
- FHA REB* – required if the research involves the Fraser Health Authority. However, if your project is minimal risk and involves FHA REB and UBC REB please refer to the following link.
- IHA REB* – required if the research involves the Interior Health Authority.
- NHA REB – required if the research involves the Northern Health Authority.
- UNBC REB – required if the faulty supervisor holds an appointment at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) and the project will be conducted under the auspices of UNBC.
- UVic REB – required if the faculty supervisor holds an appointment at the University of Victoria (UVic) and the project will be conducted under the auspices of UVic.
- VIHA REB* – required if the research involves the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).
*Note that there is a special coordinated review process in place for SSRP projects being conducted at FHA, IHA or VIHA. See the guidance note for additional information.
- For UBC Clinical Application Guidance Notes refer to the following link
- For UBC Behavioural Application Guidance Notes refer to the following link
Questions and clarifications should be directed to the appropriate REB (see http://research.ubc.ca/ethics).
- Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers – Produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this collection of resources includes the basics of communication, how-to tips for working with reporters, strategies for using online media effectively, and more
- Writing Grant Proposals – Tips from Grand Challenges Canada
- Medical Writing Tips from the journal CHEST – a collection of articles on various aspects of medical writing including abstract writing, creating patient education materials, manuscript writing and literature searches.
- Tips for Writing and Publishing in Scientific Journals – a short article from Science Careers that outlines some basic publishing considerations and provides links to additional articles from the Science Carers website.
- European Association of Science Editors – Science Editors Handbook includes information on editing, writing and publishing.Public Library of Science (PLoS) Collections – in particular their Reporting Guidelines provide advice about writing up research methodology and results.
- How to Write a Lay Summary – a how to guide prepared by the Edinburgh Digital Curation Centre.
- Communicating Research Intent and Value (using plain language) – tips from NIH on using effective communication in grant proposals including before and after examples of research summaries written for a lay audience.
- Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective – a detailed set of guidelines from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Includes examples.
- Tips & Tools for Plain Language – a collection of resources maintained by the US Government including writing tips, guidelines and style guides.
- UBC Medical Journal – a student run academic journal produced and managed by a volunteer group of medical students and professionals. Articles are welcomed in all areas of medicine, including but not limited to research, reviews, case reports, medical history, ethics, medical anthropology, epidemiology, public health, and international health.
- BC Medical Journal – welcomes contributions from medical students and residents and awards writing prizes for the best med student submissions accepted for print and online publication.
- Undergraduate Research Journals - a list of undergraduate research journals compiled by the US Council on Undergraduate Research.
- cIRcle - cIRcle is UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, and will be preserved for future generations. Students are welcome to submit.
- PARINT Resources for Authors – Publishing Addiction Science Internationally (PARINT) has a comprehensive guide aimed at helping novice researchers in addiction science get published. The general advice is useful to novice researchers in any field and addresses choosing a journal, publishing qualitative research, responding to reviewers’ reports, and common ethical issues among other topics.
How to Pick a Journal for Publication
- PARINT – Chapter from the PARINT Resources for Authors series (previously mentioned above) focused on selecting a journal for publication.
- How to Choose a Target Journal – article from Springer publishing.
- Factors to Consider in selecting a Journal for Publication – and other related resources compiled by Bernard Becker Medical Library.
- How to Choose the Right Journal for your Manuscript – article from CHEST Journal.
- Journal Matching tools – some publishers such as Elsevier and Springer offer journal matching tools that suggest journals based on your abstract or other submitted manuscript information. The biggest shortcoming is that each publisher only matches against their own catalogue of journals but it can be a useful starting point for further exploration.
- Author Beware – an interesting article from Nature on predatory, open-access journals.
- Preparing a micro presentation – Tips on preparing an effective elevator pitch, Three Minute Thesis presentation, lightning talk or similar short talk lasting only a few minutes.
- Poster Presentations – start with Better Posters and Poster Perfect; both offer good advice as well as numerous links to additional resources.
- How to Give Successful Oral and Poster Presentations – some examples and general advice compiled by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies.
- FoM Medical Student Travel Award
- Making the Most of a Conference – a few tips from Science Careers
- UBC Medical Undergraduate Research Forum – MD undergraduates and FoM SSRP students are invited to present their work at the annual research forum. Attendance is free and is open to anyone interested in biomedical health research at UBC.
To suggest additional resources contact the FoM Student Research Coordinator.