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Digital Monograph Costing Tool

The Costing Tool consists of an Excel workbook, where publishers can enter their data, and see the results by title or in the aggregate. The accompanying User’s Guide offers step-by-step instructions on how to gather the information needed, and includes a facilitation guide for organizations that wish to engage staff members in the process.

The [AUPresses] Digital Monograph Costing Tool was created by Nancy Maron and Kim Schmelzinger, co-authors of the February 2016 Ithaka S+R study, “The Costs of Publishing Scholarly Monographs,” on which the tool is based. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the creation of the tool and accompanying documentation.

Read “The Costs of Publishing Scholarly Monographs” [Ithaka S+R]

AUPresses Members can find a recorded presentation of how to implement the costing tool via our Business Tools & Resources site.

The Tool authors welcome feedback from early adopters:
Nancy Maron, nancy [AT]
Kimberly Schmelzinger, [AT]

To share adaptations of the tool with the community, please contact Brenna McLaughlin at

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(c) 2016 by the Association of University Presses. The Digital Monograph Costing Tool and User’s Guide is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit 

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— AUPresses Mission Statement in Yiddish