Connections from the July 2018 #TOME Meeting

These are resources and links gathered along the way during today’s conversation at the July 2018 TOME meeting.

Tracking the Magnificent Seven. A framework for #TOME by @Markings @mellio2 @charleswatkinso & @cplong

When we began our work on the TOME Impact Working Group, we tried to articulate a framework to help shape our work.

As part of an initiative to explore the potential benefits of open access modes for disseminating academic monographs, we have found ourselves returning to basic questions about how we want to measure and understand what it is we do when we send a monograph out into the world. Every book is created from our basic scholarly impulse to enrich some aspect of the complex world we share. Yet when we seek to tell the story of its impact, we too often rely on narrow, dull, and/or inadequate measures — citation counts; print runs; downloads.

One way to shift this tendency to narrow and flatten the scope of scholarly impact is to give it more texture by identifying a wider range of possible audiences capable of creating transformative public communities. …

Source: Tracking the Magnificent Seven. #TOME

The Future of The Monograph in the Digital Era by @mellio2

Michael Elliot, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory, home of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, has an important report to the Mellon Foundation about the Future of the Monograph. HT Sarah McKee, Senior Director for Publishing, Emory University.

Here is how the report begins:

Over the course of six months during the 2014-15 academic year, a working group of faculty and administrators at Emory University met regularly to explore and understand the development of a new model for supporting and disseminating book-length publication in the humanities. The challenges facing traditional university press publication of humanities monographs have been reported widely. …

Source: The Future of The Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) data repository

The TOME initiative now has a figshare site ( for the curation and collection of TOME titles. Colleagues in the Humanities & Social Sciences at MSU, regardless of College, are eligible to be nominated for TOME award that provide $15K to support the open access publication of a monograph.

We are calling this a referatory to distinguish it from a repository, because it points to OA monographs rather than hosting them itself.

Source: Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) data repository