Authors

Authors

Authors are the heart and soul of TOME. Here authors will find answers to many of their questions about TOME.

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Librarians

Librarians

Libraries are critical to the future of scholarly book publishing. Find out more about the role that librarians play in the TOME initiative.

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Publishers

Publishers

TOME supports the work of university presses by providing grants for scholarly monographs that are deserving of publication but increasingly difficult to publish due to market-based concerns.

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Administrators

Administrators

TOME makes the work of humanities and social science faculty more widely available both inside and outside the academy, which advances the core mission of colleges and universities to create and transmit new knowledge for public benefit.

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TOME is a Movement Not a Club

TOME’s mission is twofold: 1) to harness the potential of digital publishing technologies to increase access to book-length research in the humanities and social sciences and 2) to ensure the long-term economic viability of the scholarly publishing system.

To accomplish our mission we believe it is essential to change the way monograph publishing is funded. The reality is that university presses can no longer cover the costs of publishing specialized monographs through sales alone. Likewise, it is unreasonable to expect humanities and social sciences fields to adopt a STEM-style author-pays system. For these reasons, we believe that the only rational solution to the scholarly monograph dilemma is a system of institutionally funded faculty book subsidies that retains the same commitment to editorial excellence while guaranteeing global access through open access editions.

Of course, such a solution cannot be formulated and implemented overnight, which is why we seek partners and collaborators committed to fundamental change. TOME is eager to work with other open monograph initiatives that share the same vision of bringing together scholars, universities, libraries, and presses in pursuit of a common goal—a sustainable open monograph ecosystem. In short, TOME is a movement not a club.

Discover Research from TOME

Here you will find just a few of the latest monographs published with TOME funding.

Democracy on the Wall: Street Art of the Post-Dictatorship Era in Chile
Democracy on the Wall: Street Art of the Post-Dictatorship Era in Chile

Democracy on the Wall: Street Art of the Post-Dictatorship Era in Chile

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The Revolution Will Not Be Theorized: Cultural Revolution in the Black Power Era
The Revolution Will Not Be Theorized: Cultural Revolution in the Black Power Era

The Revolution Will Not Be Theorized: Cultural Revolution in the Black Power Era

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Related Initiatives

TOME is part of a growing movement to open up scholarly research to the world. As such we support the work of other initiatives and, wherever possible, hope to collaborate with them.

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OpenMonographs.org Launches to Flip Funding Model for University Publishing

OpenMonographs.org Launches to Flip Funding Model for University Publishing

TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) creates website to build a community of scholars, publishers, librarians, university administrators that increases access to humanities and social sciences scholarship The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of University Presses (AUPresses) have launched a new website, OpenMonographs.org, in a bold new effort to […]

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TOME Brings Scholars’ Books to Wider Audience

TOME Brings Scholars’ Books to Wider Audience

What good is a book if people can’t read it? Calvin L. Warren, assistant professor at Emory University, studies “concerns of black existence, such as justice, anti-black violence, and black suffering.” When Warren talked with people about his work, he found many were interested in reading his book to learn more, but they could not […]

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If you are an author, publisher, librarian, or administrator, we want to hear from you. Use this form to send your comments, questions, or suggestions to Peter Potter, ARL visiting program officer for TOME.