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Screenshot of Nature Genetics content sharing feature

This week, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) introduced new, experimental functionality on the platform that enables subscribers to many journals at to share a read-only version of full-text subscription articles, to support collaboration. This functionality is powered by ReadCube, which is an enhanced PDF viewer that can be used in-browser or through the ReadCube client, which is available for download for both Mac and Windows users.

What does this mean for Miami University Library patrons?

The Libraries subscribe to 16 journals on the platform with the shareable link functionality. If you are a Miami University faculty, student, or staff, you may create a shareable link to an article in one of these 16 journals and share it with anyone, including those outside of the MU community.

To create a shareable link to an article in one of the 16 journal titles, navigate to the full text (html) of an article at the platform. A Share icon appears just above and to the right of the article title. Click on the Share icon and copy and paste the Shareable Link that appears in the box (e.g., Send this link to colleagues or collaborators who don't have a subscription to the journal but would like to read the article.

For journal content that is not currently available to Miami University users, colleagues at other institutions who do subscribe to these titles may now send you a shareable link to that content.

Note that these full text articles are not open access, are read-only, and fall under's Principles and Guidelines.


Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

They’re teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be textbooks, courses, lessons plans, videos, software, lab notebooks, or any other material that supports access to knowledge.

Why are they important?

Traditional print textbook costs have risen at triple the rate of inflation over the last ten years, even though technology has created new opportunities to bring these costs down. Students often end up paying more than $1,000 a year for textbooks that are used only for one course and become outdated quickly. OER are an alternative to traditional textbooks that can help to lower student costs for higher education.

How can undergraduates support the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) at Miami University?

Ask your professors about using OER in the courses you are enrolled in!

Visit the Creative Commons Education web page at There you can watch videos, read case studies, and get up to speed on ways we can solve the problem. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) also maintains a web page with extensive information and resources about OER at

Get involved with OhioPIRG Students

Ohio Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Students is an independent, statewide student organization that works on many issues of concern to students, including the high cost of textbooks. At the OhioPIRG Students’ website at you can get involved in making textbooks more affordable by signing the Textbook Rebellion Petition ( or even starting a PIRG chapter on Miami’s campus.

Get involved in Open Education Week

With support from CELTUA and the Miami University Libraries, a group of 16 Miami faculty members, students, staff, and librarians have been exploring issues surrounding OER. Open Education Week takes place March 9 – 13, 2015, and the group is looking for students to help make the week a success. Kirsten Fowler serves both as ASG  Secretary for Academic Affairs and as a member of the group exploring OER. To get started, email Kirsten about your interest at

Follow the conversations on Twitter

Follow @miamiuoa, @miamiulibraries, @R2RC, and @SPARC_NA to keep up with ongoing developments about open access and OER. #oaweek


Miami University Libraries Joins Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched logo

Miami University Libraries is pleased to announce our participation in the Knowledge Unlatched project as a charter member. The current system for publishing scholarly material is in crisis. Knowledge Unlatched is pioneering a new, experimental model for the publication of scholarly monographs--instead of every academic institution purchasing a single title whose use is limited to that institutional community, a large cooperative of institutions pay into the cost of a title fee to a publisher. In return for this payment, the book is made freely available for anyone in the world to access on a Creative Commons license as a fully downloadable PDF. Because the number of participating institutions was much higher than originally predicted, the cost per book per institution dropped drastically.  

As of April 2014, 22 of the 28 titles in the pilot phase of this project are now available for anyone to download on the OAPEN platform. The remaining 6 titles will be published and made available over the remainder of 2014.  As a charter member, Miami University Libraries will be involved in the project’s governance going forward, and will have the option to continue participating on a title by title basis.  

Titles cover a variety of subject areas, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.  A list of the available titles can be found on the OAPEN platform.

Spotlight on Jason Priem: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Friday, October 25

Jason Priem


  • M.Ed. in Social Studies Education, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ph.D. in Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Current Positions

  • Co-founder, ImpactStory (2011- )
  • Doctoral student in information science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Notable Affiliations

  • Ubiquity Press Advisory Board member (2011- )
  • Program committee, ScienceOnline 2012 conference (2011)
  • Lead organizer, altmetrics 12 workshop at ACM Web Science Conference (2012)
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, PLoS ONE, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Notable Publications

  • “Scientometrics 2.0: new metrics of scholarly impact on the social Web”. First Monday, 2010. Available at
  • “Altmetrics in the wild: using social media to explore scholarly impact”. arXiv preprint, 2012. Available at
  • “The power of altmetrics on a CV”. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013. Available at

Interesting Facts

  • Priem has worked as a middle school teacher, freelance web designer, and instructional designer for online courses.  
  • Priem is the co-founder of ImpactStory, a free, open-source web-based tool that allows researchers to aggregate alternative metrics for their scholarship.   
  • One of a group of scholars who coined the term “altmetrics”, short for alternative metrics, or measuring scholarly impact over the social web instead of through traditional citation. 

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Spotlight on Heather Joseph: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Thursday, October 24

Heather Joseph


  • B.S. in Journalism, University of Maryland College Park, 1989
  • M.A. in Business Administration, University of Maryland, 1998

Current Positions

Notable Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Organizer/advocate for Access2Research
  • One of four witnesses who testified at the Congressional Hearing on the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

More Information

  • Heather Joseph's blog (via SPARC)
  • Heather Joseph on Twitter (@hjoseph)

Spotlight on Kathleen Fitzpatrick: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Wednesday, October 23

photo of Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick


  • M.F.A. in English, Louisiana State University, 1991
  • Ph.D. in English, New York University, 1998

Current Positions

  • Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
  • Visiting Research Professor of English, New York University
  • Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

Notable Affiliations

  • Co-founder/co-editor of the digital scholarly network, MediaCommons
  • Board of Directors, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Advisory Board, Open Library of the Humanities
  • Chair, Publications Committee, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
  • Executive Committee, Association for Computers and the Humanities

Notable Publications

  • Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. NYU Press, 2011. Pre-pub version available at
  • The Anxiety of Obsolescence: the American Novel in the Age of Television, Vanderbilt University Press, 2006.
  • "Giving It Away: Sharing and the Future of Scholarly Communication”. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 2012. Available at
  • “Peer-to-Peer Review and the Future of Scholarly Authority”. Social Epistemology, 2010. Available at
  • “The Humanities, Done Digitally”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, special section on technology, 2011. Available at

Interesting Facts

  • Fitzpatrick is a self-described Mac “zealot”.
  • She was named one of “12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses” by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2012.
  • Fitzpatrick’s book Planned Obsolescence went through an open peer review process prior to publication.

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Spotlight on Jeffrey Beall: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Tuesday, October 22

Jeffrey Beall


  • M.A. (English), Oklahoma State University, 1987
  • M.S.L.S. (Library Science), University of North Carolina, 1990

Current Position

  • Scholarly Initiatives Librarian / Associate Professor, Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2005-2012)
  • Member, Program for Cooperative Cataloging liaison to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Subject Analysis Committee (2010-2012)

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • In 2013, Beall's well-known list of predatory publishers prompted a few of the publishers on the list to threaten him with lawsuits.
  • Beall combines his interest in digital photography and Wikipedia by photographing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado, and uploading them to the corresponding pages in Wikipedia.
  • Beall is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has lived in five states and four foreign countries.

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Spotlight on Peter Suber: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Monday, October 21

photo of Peter Suber

Peter Suber


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1978
  • J.D., Northwestern University, 1982

Current Positions

  • Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
  • Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
  • Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
  • Member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Access Directory (OAD)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Advisory Council for its Open Definition
  • Member of the OA Advisory Board of Open Humanities Press

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • Considered by many to be the leader of the open access movement.
  • According to Wikipedia, Suber worked as a stand-up comic from 1976-1981, including an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1976.
  • Lingua Franca magazine named Suber one of Academia’s 20 Most Wired Faculty in 1999.
  • With one exception, all of Suber’s publications are open access.

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Publish Don't Perish: the Future of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access

In celebration of Open Access Week (October 21-25), CELTUA and the Miami University Libraries will be presenting a panel discussion "Publish, Don't Perish: The Future of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access".

When: Wednesday, 10/23/13, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: the Center for Digital Scholarship on the 3rd Floor of King Library.

We will continue the discussion informally at a hosted reception from 4:30-5pm.

What do the phrases "scholarly communication" and "open access" really mean? The term "scholarly communication is frequently used as shorthand for peer-reviewed publishing, traditionally the primary way a discipline advances. However, the phrase actually encompasses many more applications, including how scholars find information, create knowledge, and communicate among themselves, with students, and beyond the academy with other audiences. New digital capabilities including electronic publishing, social media, institutional repositories, and copyright legislation are profoundly impacting traditional scholarly communication. This shifting landscape affects researchers, instructors, students, publishers, scholars, and librarians dramatically. In 2012-2013, the Scholarly Communication FLC discussed these and other issues and will be sharing their thoughts in this moderated panel discussion. All four members of the panel as well as the moderator participated in the FLC.

Open Access Resources Available via MU Libraries

Currently, there is a dizzying array of open access resources available to students and scholars online, and it is often difficult to determine the quality of these resources. In order to make users aware of quality open access resources, the library has identified specific resources and added entries and links for these resources to our website and catalog. In the Databases A to Z list, there are links to a number of high quality sources of open access materials.

ArXiv is a repository hosted by Cornell University which includes open access to more than 700,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is an aggregation of over 7,000 online journals across all subjects which are peer reviewed or have editorial quality control.

ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge (the authors of these theses and dissertations have opted to publish as open access).

Additional freely available full-text dissertations can be found at the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, where numerous participating institutions deposit dissertations.

At the FDSYS site, you’ll find open access to authenticated information directly from the United States Government through the Government Printing Office.

If you’re interested in electronic books, the National Academies Press has made PDFs of the majority of its publications (over 4,000 monographs) freely available at their website. These monographs consist of reports published by various government academies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Research Council. Registration is free and required before your first download from the site.

Another place to access quality open access electronic books is from the Directory of Open Access Books, which is a service of the OAPEN Foundation. The OAPEN Foundation is an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague. DOAB contains more than 1,000 academic peer-reviewed books from more than two dozen publishers.

In our Journals A to Z list, you will find links for many open access journals, identifiable by the presence of a small globe icon and the text “Open Access”. If you are browsing the library’s online catalog, a keyword search on “open access” under the Journal Titles tab will bring up entries for numerous open access journals available online.