TOME Open Access Monograph Fund

by Michael Ladisch – January 20, 2022

Looking to publish your book as an open access title, with an online version freely available for anyone to read? UC Davis, along with a broad selection of top university presses, is participating in a five-year pilot, TOME, to cover the costs associated with open access monograph publication. This page introduces the program and provides information on how to apply.

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UC Davis Library, with support from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the College of Letters and Science, is running a five-year pilot fund that will cover author subvention fees for open-access monographs. The effort is part of a national initiative, TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), supported by a wide variety of institutions, libraries, and university presses designed to help build a thriving ecosystem of high-quality, peer-reviewed, and freely accessible scholarly books.

At this time, the fund is only open to UC Davis Senate faculty, emeriti faculty, and Academic Federation members. Eligible individuals are limited to one grant during the pilot period.

The fund will cover monograph open access subventions up to $15,000. Funded projects must be:

  • Published by a press participating in the TOME initiative (the complete list is available here);
  • Unpublished as of the application date;
  • Published in industry-standard, DRM-free digital formats (to include at least ePub and/or PDF with a text layer) at the time of first release;
  • Published with industry-standard metadata reflecting the text’s open access availability;
  • Fully indexed for searching on the web; and
  • Published under a Creative Commons license at the time of first release.

If you have a question about these requirements or about a publisher, contact us.

Step 1: Fill out the initial application form, found here.

This introductory form will allow us to make a preliminary determination regarding your eligibility and reply with a request for further materials as required.

Step 2: Provide required supplementary material.

After we review and approve your initial application, we will contact you by email to secure necessary supplementary material. In most cases, we will require three supplementary items: a copy of the book proposal, a copy of the publishing agreement, and an executed copy of our TOME Amendment.

Step 3: Library provides payment

Once your manuscript is finally accepted for publication, the library will pay the subvention directly to the publisher.

Step 4: Share your book widely

Once published, readers everywhere will be able to read and learn from your book, free of charge and without delay. Congratulations!


Q: Is this related to the Open Access Policy for the University of California?

No, it’s unrelated. The UC Open Access Policies apply only to scholarship published in scholarly journals.

Q: Where is the money for the fund coming from?

The UC Davis TOME Fund is supported by generous contributions from across campus: in addition to the library’s baseline support, the project receives funding from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the College of Letters and Science.

Q: What if I need support for publishing in an open access journal?

You’re in luck! The library also maintains an open access fund for supporting publication in fully open access journals.

Q: What’s the name “TOME” stand for?

“Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem.” The project was formerly known as OAMPI, so don’t be confused if you run across that name as well!

You can reach out directly to our collection strategies department for more information by emailing For more on Open Access at UC Davis click here.

Biagioli, Mario and Alexandra Lippman (eds.) Gaming the Metrics: Misconduct and Manipulation in Academic Research. MIT Press 2020.

Bloom, Gina. Gaming the Stage: Playable Media and the Rise of English Commercial TheaterUniversity of Michigan Press, 2018.

Cogdell, Cristina. Toward a Living Architecture? Complexism and Biology in Generative Design. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

Fallon, Kris. Where Truth Lies: Digital Culture and Documentary Media After 9/11. University of California Press, 2019

Freeman, Elizabeth. Beside You In Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century. Duke University Press, 2019.

Klima, Alan. Ethnography #9. Duke University Press, 2019

Maoz, Zeev and Errol A. Henderson. Scriptures, Shrines, Scapegoats, and World Politics: Religious Sources of Conflict and Cooperation in the Modern Era. University of Michigan Press, 2020

McCourt, David (ed.) American Power and International Theory at the Council on Foreign Relations, 1953-54. University of Michigan Press, 2020

Milburn, Colin. Respawn: Gamers, Hackers, and Technogenic Life. Duke University Press, 2018.

Smoodin, Eric. Paris in the Dark: Going to the Movies in the City of Light, 1930-1950. Duke University Press, 2020

Subialka, Michael J. Modernist Idealism: Ambivalent Legacies of German Philosophy in Italian Literature. University of Toronto Press, 2021

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