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

How It Works

TOME is a five-year pilot project that started in 2017 and runs through 2021. The original 14 participating universities committed to awarding three publishing grants per year over the five years (15 total grants). Baseline grants are $15,000 for average-length (90,000 words) monographs. Longer works, or those that contain complex elements, might require additional funding. 

Since 2017, additional institutions have joined the pilot without committing to funding 15 monographs. If your institution is considering joining TOME, please contact us. We will work with you to come up with a commitment that fits your situation. Ultimately, the goals of TOME go beyond numbers. We want to change the landscape of scholarly book publishing in the humanities and social sciences by creating a broader and more equitable funding base for the high-quality scholarly publishing that sustains those disciplines.

Each institution handles the funding and administration of TOME in its own way. In some cases, the library takes the lead. In others, it may be a college or a center for the humanities. Likewise, each institution establishes its own rules for selecting TOME volumes. Some accept applications from faculty on a rolling basis throughout the year. Others employ a competitive process with a selection committee that makes decisions after set application deadlines. An institution also might decide to give priority to an author’s first book, but this is by no means a requirement. 

TOME grants are generally paid directly to the publisher but the funds are not released until after the manuscript has undergone the same procedures for peer review and met the same editorial standards as the publisher’s other scholarly books. If a monograph is ultimately accepted for publication, the publisher works with the institution to formalize the terms of the TOME grant. These terms are in addition to the regular terms that the author and the publisher agree to in the 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 terms agreed to in the author contract.

Participating Publishers

The following publishers have agreed to participate in the TOME initiative.


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

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.


“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.

Download the PDF
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.

Read the Article
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.

Download the PDF
TOME Author Testimonials

TOME Author Testimonials

Authors talk about their participation in TOME.

TOME Documentation

TOME Documentation

Model publishing contracts and amendments for publishers and authors

View Documents

TOME on Twitter

Get Involved

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.