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, was running a five-year pilot to fund author fees of up to $15,000 for publishing open-access monographs. The effort was part of a national initiative, TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), that was 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.
Though the pilot has ended in December 2022 UC Davis Library is committed to continue the Open Access Monograph Fund under the same guidelines and 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- Unpublished as of the application date;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.
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.
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
No, it is unrelated. The UC Open Access Policies apply only to scholarship published in scholarly journals.
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.
The library also maintains an open access fund for supporting publications in fully open access journals.
“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!