Mason Publishing Group

George Mason University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Mason Publishing Group

Andrew Rouner, Director
Phone: 703-993-3636

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.
  • Publishing activities began: 2009
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
    While established, the unit is small and vacancies limit activities.
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Some
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 4
  • Individual people: 4
  • Funding sources: Library materials budget; library operating budget; sales revenue

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 4
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 3
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 3
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 4


Top Publications:
  • The Trials of Rasmea Odeh: How a Palestinian Guerrilla Gained and Lost U.S. Citizenship (book)
  • The Silent Prologue: How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights (book)
  • World History Connected (journal)
  • Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World (book)
  • Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Virginia regional history
  • Legal studies


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • OMP
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • dataset management
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • HathiTrust


Adopted Policies:
Some of the above policies are guided by the library organization in which the publishing unit is found.

Additional Information

Future Plans:
We are recently fully-staffed in the unit and increasing activities.
Other Information:
The University Press is part of Mason Publishing Group that also hosts OA journals, provides copyright support and OER development, and manages ETDs and the institutional repository. (It was not listed separately because both are in the same unit.)