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.

Download the Costing Tool [Excel file via Dropbox]

Download the User's Guide [PDF]

The AAUP 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]

Access recording and slides of a July 2016 webinar presenting the Tool [AAUP member access required]

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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



(c) 2016 by the Association of American University Presses. The AAUP 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