The Mason Publishing Group provides support and resources to the George Mason University community for creating, curating, and disseminating scholarly, creative, and educational works.
Programs and services of the Mason Publishing Group include the George Mason University Press, scholarly communication and copyright, University dissertation and thesis services, the Mason institutional repository (MARS), electronic journal hosting and publishing, and data publication. Additional planned services include publication of e-books and conference proceedings.
George Mason University Press
The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership.
The Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office provides information and resources about new models of scholarly publishing and communication, negotiating author rights, and using open educational resources. The Open Access Publishing Fund, sponsored by the University Libraries, offers Mason scholars and researchers financial assistance to publish their work in open access journals and to make their data sets freely available to researchers through openICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research). Open Scholarship provides information about making one’s scholarship and data immediately and freely available online, promotes events for International Open Access Week, and aggregates open access resources for the George Mason University community.
Mason’s Copyright Officer provides information and education about copyright law, fair use, and related issues to faculty and students. Questions about the use of proprietary, Creative Commons-licensed, and public domain content for instruction, research, and assignments can be directed to the Copyright Officer. This office does not provide legal advice on copyright.
Dissertation and Thesis Services
University Dissertation & Thesis Services offers assistance to Mason graduate students on the process of submitting a dissertation, thesis, or project for graduation, including tools, templates and forms to help prepare, format, complete, and submit electronic theses and dissertations.
Mason Archival Repository Service
The Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS) provides a stable, managed, and permanent archive for digital scholarly and research materials of enduring value produced by Mason faculty, staff, and students. MARS contains thousands of research and creative works, representing over 15 broad communities. Electronic theses and dissertations by Mason students are deposited and freely accessible in MARS, as well. The Luna Image System archives photographic collections relevant to the Mason community.
Mason’s E-Journal Publishing provides advice and support for those interested in producing an e-journal, enabling departments, centers, and units at Mason to publish open access journals. For example, e-journals currently supported by the Mason Publishing Group are:
- Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, which publishes papers addressing the normative and conceptual dimensions of important and timely issues in public policy;
- New Voices in Public Policy, a student-run journal that provides a forum for insightful analyses, new approaches to significant policy questions, and the best examples of graduate student research from the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA);
- Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR), a peer-reviewed, open access journal for high quality graduate research at Mason;
- Narrative and Conflict: Explorations in Theory and Practice, which publishes articles on conflict resolution and conflict analysis at local, national and international levels, published by the Center for Narrative & Conflict Resolution within the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Additional Publishing Services
Additional publishing programs and services within the University Libraries include the Data Services Group, which assists faculty and students with depositing data sets in MARS or, preferably, the George Mason University Dataverse repository. Moreover, this group offers consultation services for funding-mandated data management plans, among other services.