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Publish your next paper at no cost

Did you know UNB Libraries is covering the cost of publishing in any PLOS journal?

PLOS is a non-profit, fully open access publisher with a suite of journals in science and medicine. UNB Libraries' two-year All-Titles Agreement provides unlimited APC-free publishing in all PLOS journals for any UNB-affiliated corresponding authors. PLOS publishes the following twelve journals:

  • PLOS Biology
  • PLOS Climate
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Digital Health
  • PLOS Genetics
  • PLOS Global Public Health
  • PLOS Medicine
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLOS Pathogens
  • PLOS Sustainability and Transformation
  • PLOS Water

Publishing Open Access advances information equity by making your research more visible, useful, and more transparent. As a PLOS partner, UNB Libraries researchers can publish Open Access at no cost with select PLOS journals.

View the Open Access APC Discounts Guide for more information.

Images of Research / Models of Research Graduate Student Competition

A collaboration between the School of Graduate Studies and the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons

Do you ever find it difficult to explain your research to family & friends?

Show them instead! Capture your work in a single image or 3D printed model and let it tell your story.
You could WIN prizes up to $500!

Submissions are accepted between January 31st and March 1st, 2023

For more information, visit or contact Marc Bragdon

Winter 2023 Speakeasy Challenge

The Speakeasy Challenge is a professional development opportunity for UNB graduate students to gain experience speaking about their research in front of an audience of peers from across disciplines, with diverse expertise.  Maybe you're used to such discussions within a department or specialized group but moving forward in your career, whether courting funders or potential employers, speaking at conferences, assembling diverse teams, or generating public interest in your work, the ability to communicate what your research is about and why it is meaningful to a broader audience is essential.

And it only comes with practice.  The Graduate Student Association and the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons invite you to get a little more practice in with a 15 minute "big picture" presentation on your research in progress. 

Promotional video featuring UNB graduate students Navpreet Kaur and Sahil Mehta:

The format is up to you: PowerPoint, multimedia, unscripted, interactive, singing, dancing - anything goes!

This is intended to be a fun and low-pressure way to learn from one another about all the amazing graduate student research happening at UNB and to receive feedback on how your message translates to non-experts in your field.

Remember: Fortune favours the brave!

Please contact Marc Bragdon at to reserve your place

Sessions are hybrid with the in-person component held in the Innovation Hub of the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons. 

February 10th, 1-2pm

March 3rd, 1-2pm

March 24th 1-2pm

Winter 2023 Graduate Booster I: The Enlightened Self Interest Edition

What can UNB Libraries do to advance your research agenda and academic outputs to the benefit of the world...and you?

Find out more about:

  • Open Access for the greater good and career advancement (Mike Nason)
  • Omeka media collection management for promoting research (Erik Moore)
  • Knowledge Mobilization (video, podcasts, etc.) support from UNB Libraries (Marc Bragdon)

Promotional YouTube Video (featuring UNB MBA student Mabel George!):

Lay a firm foundation for your research and publishing activities with this action-packed 45 minute introduction to useful practices, technologies, and people.

This session will be held both online and in person in the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons Innovation Hub (Room 316), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday, January 27, 2023

To register (though walk-ins are welcome):

Questions can be directed to Marc Bragdon (

Models of Research 2023 Challenge - Information Session

The School of Graduate Studies and the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons invite you to an information session on the Models of Research Challenge, taking place January 20th, 2023 at 1pm both online and in the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons Fabrication Lab, Room 310:

Teams link:

The window for submissions opens January 30th, 2023 and closes March 1st 2023.  Learn more about Models of Research and the Images of Research Challenge here:

Graduate Student Speaker Series

Graduate Students Speakeasy Challenge

Graduate students practicing communication skills and sharing knowledge across faculties and departments with 15 minute "big picture" presentations of research in progress.

Happening online and in person in the Innovation Hub, Room 316, Harriet Irving Library Research Commons

Thursday November 17, 1-2pm

Teams link


Fernanda Díaz

MSc Kin Candidate

Faculty of Kinesiology, Cardiometabolic Exercise and Lifestyle Laboratory

Zoomers on the go Program.

Zoomers on the go is a peer-led 12-week program for older adults offered online and in-person across New Brunswick. This program aims to reduce the incidence and risk of falls by improving balance and functional health. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to switch to online delivery and we examined the feasibility of this delivery mode, as well as if this modality generates the same functional and mental health-related benefits for older adults as in-person delivery.

Ala Kasaei

MScE Candidate

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Stepscan and biometrics

Stepscan is one of the world's first and only modular pressure-sensitive flooring system that is large enough to capture many footsteps of a natural gait. Using this device and deep learning algorithms, we aim to design and develop this novel biometric system to address emerging challenges in critical infrastructure security that have been confounded by obscured vision. Our theory is that sensor-based gait recognition is more reliable than existing biometric recognition methods because it eliminates concerns about image reuse and avoids the adverse effects of illumination, visibility, appearance changes, and occlusion. In this presentation, different biometrics are described, applications of foot-pressure-based gait recognition are explained, and the methods we use for user verification and identification are presented.

Amy MacQuarrie

MA/PhD Student in Experimental Psychology

Cannabis cessation: how individuals stop using cannabis.

In my study, different profiles of cannabis users emerged based on years participants had used cannabis, frequency of cannabis use, age they first used cannabis, substance use, and mental health and quality of life scores. I compared these profiles on how many times they attempted to decrease or quit cannabis, as well as the kinds of methods (e.g., physical activity, counselling) they used to quit or decrease their cannabis use.