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

How it works

If you are interested in publishing your monograph as a TOME book, first check to see if you belong to a participating TOME institution. (See list below.) If so, the best place to start the process is by reaching out to the relevant point of contact at your institution, who may be in the library, a college, or another academic unit on campus such as a center for the humanities. Ultimately, each institution establishes its own rules for selecting TOME volumes, so you will need to be sure that you are eligible under your institution’s rules.

Next, check the list of participating TOME presses (see list below.) to see if your publisher or prospective publisher is on the list. If so, you may speak with your press editor (or prospective editor) about TOME. Explain that your institution is participating in TOME and that you are eligible to receive a TOME grant. You can raise the subject at any time in the publisher’s review process but bear in mind that TOME grants are not awarded until the manuscript has undergone the same procedures for peer review and met the same editorial standards as the publisher’s other scholarly books.

If your monograph is ultimately accepted for publication, your publisher will work with the point of contact at your institution to formalize the terms of the TOME grant. These terms are in addition to the regular terms that you and the publisher agree to in an author contract. To receive funding, the publisher must commit to producing a digital open access edition of the book, openly licensing it under a Creative Commons license, and depositing the files in selected open repositories. The publisher is in turn free to publish (and sell) a traditional print edition according to the terms you and the publisher agree to in the author contract.

Participating Publishers


University of Akron Press

AkronOhioUnited States

University of Alabama Press

TuscaloosaAlabamaUnited States

University of Alberta Press


Amherst College Press

AmherstMassachusettsUnited States

Amsterdam University Press

AmsterdamThe Netherlands

University of Arkansas Press

AmherstArkansasUnited States

Baylor University Press

FayettevilleTexasUnited States

University of British Columbia Press

VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada

University of Calgary Press


University of California Press

BerkeleyCaliforniaUnited States

Cambridge University Press

CambridgeEnglandUnited Kingdom

University of Chicago Press

ChicagoIllinoisUnited States

University of Cincinnati Press

CincinnatiOhioUnited States

University Press of Colorado

BoulderColoradoUnited States

Concordia University Press


Cornell University Press

IthacaNew YorkUnited States

Duke University Press

DurhamNorth CarolinaUnited States

University Press of Florida

GainesvilleFloridaUnited States

Fordham University Press

New YorkNew YorkUnited States

George Mason University Press

FairfaxVirginiaUnited States

Georgetown University Press

WashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUnited States

University of Georgia Press

AthensGeorgiaUnited States

University of Hawai'i Press

HonoluluHawai'iUnited States

University of Illinois Press

ChampaignIllinoisUnited States

Indiana University Press

BloomingtonIndianaUnited States

Johns Hopkins University Press

BaltimoreMarylandUnited States

University Press of Kansas

LawrenceKansasUnited States

University Press of Kentucky

LexingtonKentuckyUnited States

Liverpool University Press

LiverpoolEnglandUnited Kingdom

LSU Press

Baton RougeLouisianaUnited States

Manchester University Press

ManchesterEnglandUnited Kingdom

University of Massachusetts Press

AmherstMassachusettsUnited States

MIT Press

CambridgeMassachusettsUnited States

Medieval Institute Publications

KalamazooMichiganUnited States

University of Michigan Press

Ann ArborMichiganUnited States

Michigan State University Press

East LansingMichiganUnited States

University of Minnesota Press

MinneapolisMinnesotaUnited States

University Press of Mississippi

JacksonMississippiUnited States

University of Missouri Press

ColumbiaMissouriUnited States

University of Nebraska Press

LincolnNebraskaUnited States

University of New Mexico Press

AlbuquerqueNew MexicoUnited States

New York University Press

New YorkNew YorkUnited States

University of North Carolina Press

Chapel HillNorth CarolinaUnited States

University of North Texas Press

DentonTexasUnited States

Northwestern University Press

EvanstonIllinoisUnited States

Ohio University Press

AthensOhioUnited States

The Ohio State University Press

ColumbusOhioUnited States

University of Oklahoma Press

NormanOklahomaUnited States

Oregon State University Press

CorvallisOregonUnited States

Les Presses de l’Universite’ d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa Press


Purdue University Press

West LafayetteIndianaUnited States

Oxford University Press

OxfordEnglandUnited Kingdom

Pennsylvania State University Press

University ParkPennsylvaniaUnited States

Rutgers University Press

New BrunswickNew JerseyUnited States

Southern Illinois University Press

CarbondaleIllinoisUnited States

SUNY Press

AlbanyNew YorkUnited States

Syracuse University Press

SyracuseNew YorkUnited States

Temple University Press

PhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaUnited States

Texas A&M University Press

College StationTexasUnited States

University of Toronto Press


Vanderbilt University Press

NashvilleTennesseeUnited States

University of Virginia Press

CharlottesvilleVirginiaUnited States

University of Washington Press

SeattleWashingtonUnited States

Wayne State University Press

DetroitMichiganUnited States

Wesleyan University Press

MiddletownConnecticutUnited States

Wilfrid Laurier University Press


University of Wisconsin Press

MadisonWisconsinUnited States

"There were two main reasons I wanted an open access version of my book. One is that my book moves across a range of fields, some of which do not overlap much. I hope to reach new and diverse audiences. My other interest is socially driven. Given the changing landscape of higher education, it is more important than ever to grapple with the inequities in access to research materials. To my mind, open access is the best way forward."

Gina Bloom University of California, Davis

TOME Institutions

The following colleges and universities are participating in the TOME pilot, thereby sending a strong signal to their humanities and social sciences faculty that their scholarship is valued and worth promoting to the world.

“The spirit of TOME is to make researched materials available to larger populations. Access to the information is free to anyone and open to everyone… I can easily see the book being used outside of the university, outside of the academy. It might be used by high school students, by other artists and activists, by people interested in using art as empowerment, by those interested in Chilean politics.”

Guisela Latorre The Ohio State University

“I wanted my book to reach the largest possible readership, especially among international audiences and economically underprivileged communities who may not have the financial or institutional resources to easily purchase books or access them through university libraries.”

Emily Wilcox University of Michigan

“When I select books for my own classes I really consider the cost and I don't want the reading to pose too much of a burden on the students. The fact that my book is free really means that it's much more available for graduate instruction and undergraduate instruction as well.”

Danna Agmon Virginia Tech


TOME Documentation

TOME Documentation

Model publishing contracts and amendments for publishers and authors

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TOME Author Testimonials

TOME Author Testimonials

Authors talk about their participation in TOME.

“It’s a Movement, Not a Club”: TOME in the Growing Landscape of Open Monograph Publishing

“It’s a Movement, Not a Club”: TOME in the Growing Landscape of Open Monograph Publishing

Report on the TOME meeting hosted by the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of University Presses (AUPresses) in Washington, DC, on July 22, 2019. Report published September 5, 2019.

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A Study of Direct Author Subvention for Publishing Humanities Books at Indiana University and University of Michigan

A Study of Direct Author Subvention for Publishing Humanities Books at Indiana University and University of Michigan

This white paper presents recommendations about how a system of monographic publication fully funded by subventions from authors’ parent institutions might function, based on research activities supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at Indiana University.

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A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs

A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs

This 2012 white paper was prepared for the Association of American Universities and ARL joint Task Force on Scholarly Communication to explore the growing inability of a market model to adequately support the publication of scholarly monographs.

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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.