Virginia Tech is Leader in TOME Open Access Book Publishing Initiative
From Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is one of only 12 universities across the nation to be invited to participate in a pilot initiative, Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), to provide greater access to scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences.
In TOME’s five-year pilot phase, Virginia Tech has committed to providing three baseline publishing grants of $15,000 per year to faculty who place their monographs with a university press. Presses that accept these grants agree to make high-quality, platform-agnostic, digital editions freely available. All books published as TOME books must be approved through the usual editorial and peer-review processes of the presses.
Danna Agmon, assistant professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is the first scholar nationwide to receive a TOME grant. Agmon’s monograph, “A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India,” was published as a print volume in 2017 by Cornell University Press. Thanks to the TOME grant, an open access digital edition will be released in 2018, making it freely available to audiences everywhere, including international readers, who may not have access to libraries with comprehensive print collections.
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