About the University of Miami Libraries' Scholarly Repository

A service of the University of Miami Libraries, the Repository provides free permanent online access to the scholarly work produced by faculty, researchers, students, and other scholars affiliated with the University of Miami.

Items published in the Repository include published articles, conference papers, proceedings, lectures, projects, reports, and presentations.

Why are the Libraries creating a repository?

The purpose of the Scholarly Repository is to publicize, freely disseminate, and preserve the work of UM scholars in keeping with the University’s mission to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. The University of Miami Libraries will provide access to deposited work as broadly as possible and for as long as possible.

Why should scholars care about the Scholarly Repository?

  • Open Access (OA) articles are cited significantly more than non-OA articles
  • Peer institutions have repositories, and acceptance and deposit rates continue to grow
  • Gives capability of reaching more potential users of information
  • Allows for preservation of work
  • Allows for simplified sharing of presentations and other supplements to published work

What content can be placed in the Scholarly Repository?

Examples of appropriate content are journal articles, including pre-prints and post-prints, conference papers, presentations, technical reports, working papers, and lecture series. There will be some materials that, due to format type or copyright reasons, cannot be included in the Repository.

Whose content can be placed in the Scholarly Repository?

The Repository is primarily intended for the work of University of Miami scholars. However, other work can be considered as long as it has a clear UM connection. An example might be a paper from a conference sponsored by a participating unit that included both UM affiliated and other authors.

Can we post a reprint from a journal?

It depends on what the journal allows, which is usually specified in their agreement with the author. If it would not violate copyright to post the reprint in the Repository, we can typically post a reprint. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/

Archiving details and other journal information in SHERPA/RoMEO is provided by the British Library, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Entrez journal list hosted by the NCBI.

What is SelectedWorks?

SelectedWorks allows scholars to create personal web sites, where they can include profile pictures, CVs, and papers deposited in the Scholarly Repository, links to or copies of papers not included in the Scholarly Repository, or other information about their research and teaching. It is very easy to build the site, no technical skills are required, and included papers will reach a wider audience. http://www.works.bepress.com

To learn more about Institutional Repositories, please visit the Digital Commons IR research page.