Open Access

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Creating Open Access

The Textbook Transformation Grant was established to provide financial support in creating, modifying, or adopting open educational resources for University of Cincinnati courses. See the list of grant recipients for more information on the history of this program. 

Notice: Grant funds are not available at this time.

Open access refers to unrestricted content available to readers at no cost. Availability to open access encourages academic innovation and inclusivity. Open access content published by the University of Cincinnati Press is peer reviewed, copyedited, and marketed for broad distribution and citation. 

Open educational resources (OER) is a type of open access content. OER are educational materials that can be freely used by students and faculty. Faculty do not pay permission fees to use and modify existing content and students can use OER for free. Access to OER content is flexible—course materials are available to read online, download, and print. OER is accessible and can be used with various screen-readers.

The University of Cincinnati Press provides resources and services to assist faculty in the adoption, creation and publication of OER content. Browse the Pressbooks Directory of OER content here.

  • Using OER materials has the potential to increase student engagement while offering a lost-cost learning alternative.

  • It supports student success by ensuring they have access to the course materials on the first day of classes. 

  • It saves students money throughout their academic career, supporting financial mobility upon graduation. Expensive textbooks frequently outweigh the average student’s financial ability. For many, academic costs serve as a barrier to educational endeavors.

  • When using OER content, faculty can choose the course materials that best matches their syllabus. 

  • Provides digital formats that increase inclusivity. Open Educational Resources interact well with accessible technology. 
  • Encourages contributions to what is next in academics, develops a meaningful and lasting global impact.

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University of Cincinnati Press is dedicated to promoting the endless possibilities that OER offers the academic landscape. By encouraging the use of open educational resources, we ensure faculty-teaching and student-learning experiences are affordable, immediately accessible, and part of the digital transformation at UC. 

The University of Cincinnati Press, with the support of the University of Cincinnati Library and a Next Lives Here 2021 Strategic Sizing Grant from the Office of the Provost, has been designated to Lead the Open Agenda. The strategic vision of Lead the Open Agenda is to organize and simplify support for faculty interested in learning more about publishing in open access.

The grant provides essential funding to create a university-wide infrastructure of publishing services to support the creation and adoption of open educational resources and provide mini-grants to offset APC costs for journal publishing. Through such work, the Press aims to increase cost-savings efforts for students, organize and support open access (OA) and open educational resource (OER) materials produced by University of Cincinnati faculty, and increase the global impact of Bearcat scholarship by facilitating open access works for distribution, use, and citation.


Open Access Platforms

Whether viewing University of Cincinnati Press's published and adaptable open access titles on Manifold, searching for adaptable open educational resources on Pressbooks, or publishing an open access journal with Journals@UC, University of Cincinnati Press is happy to assist you.

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Elizabeth Scarpelli

Director, University of Cincinnati Press and CLIPS

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(513) 556-1494

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Mark Minelli

Digital Publishing Manager, CLIPS

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University of Cincinnati Press is proud to be a member of the Open Education Network. 

In Memoriam
Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Mark C. Konecny, PhD, MILS and scholarly communications and digital publishing strategist at University of Cincinnati Press, the University of Cincinnati Library can support inclusivity and the use of free, accessible information.