About TOME

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) is sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of University Presses (AUPresses). Starting in 2018, over a dozen universities—including the University of Michigan—have pledged to support open distribution of book-length humanities scholarship for the next five years.

Why should authors in the humanities pursue open access distribution of their scholarship?

Open access digital monographs will increase the presence of humanities and social science scholarship on the web, opening it up to new readers and putting book-length content into the venue where so many scholars already are working and using other resources. Providing publishing costs at the front end through subventions and other revenue sources enables such open distribution and use.

This subvention-based funding model can strengthen the financial stability of monograph publishing and allow presses to publish important, high-quality scholarship independent of market constraints. This initiative will encourage authors and publishers to explore the integration of multimedia content into long-form texts, the application of annotation and commenting tools, and the development of innovative, new forms of digital scholarship.

What kind of projects is TOME meant to support?

Work supported through this initiative will share the following properties:

  • Published by a press that maintains a high standard of peer review, editorial support, and marketing. All publishers who are members of the Association University Presses will be considered immediately eligible. Other publishers may be deemed eligible on a case-by-case basis, provided the author can supply a descriptive rationale, and the publisher can supply a detailed description of their peer review and editorial selection process.
  • Published as open access texts with an appropriate Creative Commons license applied, and deposited in the appropriate institutional (Deep Blue) and/or disciplinary repository.
  • Presented in a digital format that is accessible and free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions (EPUB 3 is preferred), with a print counterpart where possible and desirable.
  • Funded by a maximum $15,000 subvention for a typical monograph, with presses retaining rights to generate additional revenue to meet costs not covered by the subvention. For projects exceeding the length or complexity of a typical monograph, further funds may be available on a case-by-case basis, provided the author can supply a descriptive rationale, and the publisher can supply a detailed justification of the reason for the additional costs. Generally this fund does not cover edited anthologies, textbooks, or new editions of previously published works. In the case of multiple authors, contributions from the institutions of the co-authors are encouraged.
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Last modified: 07/10/2019