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UTP and UTL Partner on New Open Access Monograph Initiative

University of Toronto Press (UTP) and the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) have partnered on a new initiative to advance the wide dissemination of scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences. The initiative, which will fund the publication of up to three free, open access (OA) digital editions of the high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship UTP is renowned for in each of the next three years (2019-2021), will focus exclusively on publication of monographs written by University of Toronto (U of T) faculty members.

This new 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. Like its predecessors, the UTP-UTL initiative seeks to increase the amount of high-quality, peer-reviewed humanities and social science (HSS) scholarship that is freely available online, further underscoring the value of this area of work. More particularly, this partnership seeks to expand the discovery and dissemination of the scholarship of U of T faculty making work open to researchers around the world. UTL has agreed to fund up to three open access digital monographs with publishing grants of $15,000 over each of the next three years. 

Policy Transformation in Canada: Is the Past Prologue? Edited by Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, Sophie Borwein, Peter John Loewen, and Andrew Potter is the first open access monograph available through this partnership. Since it went online four months ago, the anthology has received interest from researchers throughout Canada and the United States as well as in countries such as China and Germany.

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.

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University of Toronto Press is the largest scholarly press in Canada and one of the most respected university presses in North America. Founded in 1901, UTP consists of a book publishing division, a journal publishing division, a book distribution service which provides book distribution services to more than 70 publishers, and bookstores on the three campuses of the University of Toronto. It publishes close to 200 scholarly books and undergraduate course books per year and more than 40 journals directed at an audience of scholars, students, and libraries.

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked third among peer institutions in North America. The system consists of 42 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 280 graduate programs, more than 60 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 15 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries' data centre houses more than 500 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.