UTP and UTL renew partnership on open access monographs 

University of Toronto Press (UTP) and the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) proudly announce that they will continue to make leading scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences freely available online, by publishing them as open access (OA) digital editions. As part of this renewed partnership, UTL agreed to increase the number of OA publications that they will fund annually, from three to five monographs. Starting in 2021/22, the second phase of this collaboration will run for a three year period, ending 2023/24.

UTP and UTL have also revised the terms to make the OA program accessible to a wider group of academic authors. The joint initiative first ran between 2019-2021, and focused exclusively on publication of monographs written by University of Toronto (U of T) faculty members. Of the five OA titles that will now be published every year, at least two will be by Black, Indigenous, or person of colour (BIPOC) authors, regardless of whether they are affiliated with UofT.  

The first book to appear under UTP and UTL's renewed partnership will be Degrees of Dignity: Arab Higher Education in the Global Era by Elizabeth Buckner. Through a comparative analysis of higher education in eight countries in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, Buckner reveals how policy models are implemented, with often complex results, in countries throughout the region. Degrees of Dignity is slated to appear in January, 2022. 

UTP and UTL's renewed partnership is modeled after similar collaborative efforts like that of TOME: Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem, a joint initiative of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of University Presses (AUP) in 2017. All of the monographs that UTP-UTL publish as OA editions will be vetted in terms of the high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship that UTP is renowned for publishing.

UTP will continue its participation in TOME and will also publish and distribute print editions of the works selected for this OA initiative as they have done with OA titles published as part of the Knowledge Unlatched initiative.

UTP has also agreed to extend the reach of these books by making them openly available through the University of Toronto Press Open Monograph Collection along with Scholars Portal and other partners. 

Open access monographs will continue to be available for purchase in print from UTP.

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Lynn Fisher, Vice President, Book Publishing 
University of Toronto Press

Graeme Slaght, Acting Head, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office 
University of Toronto Libraries 


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