TOME launches website to support open monographs in the humanities wants to change the landscape of scholarly book publishing.

In 2017, the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) joined forces to establish TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem).

The project aimed to explore a new system of funding the publishing costs of monographs in the humanities and social sciences.

Seventeen institutions are TOME participants while more than 60 university presses have committed to producing digital OA editions of TOME volumes, openly licensing them under Creative Commons licences, and depositing the files in selected open repositories.  Participating institutions provide grants to support the publication of OA monographs, increasing the presence of humanities and social science scholarship on the web and opening up knowledge to a truly global readership. 

Twenty-eight TOME-funded books have been published to date, with over thirty more in progress.

The new website

The website provides information and resources for

  • Authors and publishers who may be interested in publishing a book via TOME
  • University administrators and librarians who may be considering TOME for their own institutions

It also features the works already published through TOME.

Press release from TOME.

Originally spotted on InfoDocket.