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.
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"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
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
“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.Download the PDF
TOME Author Testimonials
Danna Agmon (Virginia Tech) and Calvin L. Warren (Emory)WATCH THE VIDEO
Guide to the Example Publishing Contract for TOME
Presented at the TOME Summit, July 31, 2018, in Washington, DCDownload the document
Model Publishing Contract for Digital Scholarship
With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University and the University of Michigan seek to develop a model author-publisher contract and relevant addenda optimized for the publication of long-form digital scholarship.Read the Article
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.Read the Article
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.Download the PDF