George Mason University

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Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press
Twitter: @MasonPublish; blog:
United States

Primary Contact:
John W. Warren
Director, Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press

Program Overview

Mason Publishing provides services to support the creation, curation, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly, creative, and educational works by and for the Mason community. The George Mason University Press publishes peer-reviewed scholarly works of distinction with a particular focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (5); graduate students (1)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (90); charitable contributions/Friends of the Library organizations (5); sales revenue (5)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 4

Open access focus (1–5): 4

Advisory/editorial board: Y

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: monographs (3);

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (4); campus-based student-driven journals (1); textbooks (1); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2); newsletters (2); ETDs (444); Oral histories (27); Exhibit catalogs (1); Commemorative books (1)

Number of open access titles: journals (4); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2)

Number of paid titles: monographs (3); textbooks (1)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (); monographs ()

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: International Affairs; VA/DC History & Economic Development; History; Online Teaching and Learning; Public Policy

Top publications: Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World (book); Virginia Wine: Four Centuries of Change (book); Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines (book); The Five George Masons (book)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: National Science Communication Institute; UNESCO

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS; Wordpress; Luna Imaging

Digital preservation strategy: Amazon S3; CLOCKSS; LOCKSS; Portico

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; ISSN registry dataset management author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Data publishing, Digital Scholarship Center/Lab
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