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.

Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India
Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India

Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India

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The Cold War from the Margins: A Small Socialist State on the Global Cultural Scene
The Cold War from the Margins: A Small Socialist State on the Global Cultural Scene

The Cold War from the Margins: A Small Socialist State on the Global Cultural Scene

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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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Re-Envisioning Humanities Infrastructure

Re-Envisioning Humanities Infrastructure

Recognizing the university press community’s essential contributions to humanities infrastructure will be crucial as institutions and funders plan for the future, write Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan Press, and Melissa Pitts, University of British Columbia Press, in Inside Higher Ed.

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TOME at Virginia Tech: A Progress Report

TOME at Virginia Tech: A Progress Report

In 2017 Virginia Tech joined eleven other American universities in the launch of a 5-year pilot project called TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)—a bold new effort to change the landscape of scholarly book publishing. To date, Virginia Tech has funded a total of 10 monographs by faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences (CLAHS) and the College of Architecture & Urban Studies (CAUS). 

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Penn State University Libraries to Host TOME Author Discussions during Open Access Week

Penn State University Libraries to Host TOME Author Discussions during Open Access Week

Penn State University Libraries is holding two virtual panel discussions on October 20-21 with Penn State authors who have published open access monographs through TOME. Seven authors will discuss their research and the impact of having their work made openly available.

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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.