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Open Access Monograph Fund

The 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 to fund author fees of up to $15,000 for publishing open-access monographs. The effort is part of a national initiative, TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), that is supported by a wide variety of institutions, libraries, and university presses and designed to help build a thriving ecosystem of high-quality, peer-reviewed, and freely accessible scholarly books.

Eligibility Requirements

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

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

  • Published by a press participating in the TOME initiative (see the list of participating publishers);
  • Unpublished as of the application date;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.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Apply

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

Apply for the TOME Fund

Step 2: Provide 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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.

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

The library also maintains an open access fund for supporting publications in fully open access journals.

What does 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!

UC Davis Funded Open Access Books

Gaming the Metrics: Misconduct and Manipulation in Academic Research
Biagioli, Mario and Alexandra Lippman (eds.) MIT Press 2020.
 Gaming the Stage: Playable Media and the Rise of English Commercial Theater
Bloom, Gina. University of Michigan Press, 2018.
Toward a Living Architecture? Complexism and Biology in Generative Design
Cogdell, Cristina. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
Where Truth Lies: Digital Culture and Documentary Media After 9/11
Fallon, Kris. University of California Press, 2019
Beside You In Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century
Freeman, Elizabeth. Duke University Press, 2019.
Ethnography #9
Klima, Alan. Duke University Press, 2019.
Scriptures, Shrines, Scapegoats, and World Politics: Religious Sources of Conflict and Cooperation in the Modern Era
Maoz, Zeev and Errol A. Henderson. University of Michigan Press, 2020.
American Power and International Theory at the Council on Foreign Relations, 1953-54
McCourt, David (ed.). University of Michigan Press, 2020.
Respawn: Gamers, Hackers, and Technogenic Life
Milburn, Colin. Duke University Press, 2018.
Paris in the Dark: Going to the Movies in the City of Light, 1930-1950
Smoodin, Eric. Duke University Press, 2020.
Modernist Idealism: Ambivalent Legacies of German Philosophy in Italian Literature
Subialka, Michael J. University of Toronto Press, 2021.
Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification
U, Eddy. University of California Press, 2019.