Penn State is among the first universities to commit funds to support Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), an initiative designed to support peer-reviewed, open access monographs. This initiative is the result of a collaborative effort between the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of University Presses (AUP). Currently, 14 universities have pledged support for this initiative. These organizations are jointly seeking options to replace the traditional models of publishing. In an environment in which only those with the financial ability to purchase content have access to it, open access publishing may help scholars find publishing partners who are able to increase the dissemination and accessibility of their work. Penn State’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has committed to funding $45,000 to be split among up to three subvention grants to support publishing open access monographs each year for five years (2018-2023). Each grant will be contributed directly to a press participating in the program for an open access publication of an eligible Penn State faculty authored work. Please contact Ally Laird ( email@example.com) or Cynthia Vitale ( firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about TOME at Penn State.
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