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 press is guided by the principles of academic excellence and financial stewardship, including:
- Publishing peer-reviewed academic works of exceptional editorial and production quality that reflect the strengths and mission of the university and the university library.
- Operating in a financially responsible manner and pursuing sustainability through a wide range of funding and revenue streams, productivity improvements, and sales.
- Promoting a culture of meaningful employment and professional development and advancing the reputation and standing of George Mason University in the scholarly and publishing communities.
George Mason University Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education. The Press, part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2007 to 2012, was transferred to the University Libraries in July 2013, providing the catalyst to launch a multifaceted publishing initiative for the University that was endorsed by then-Provost Peter Stearns in Fall 2013.
Publishing projects of the George Mason University Press are guided by an advisory board, which includes Mason faculty representing a wide range of academic disciplines. Rigorous peer review, provided by Mason faculty, university partners, as well as renowned faculty at other prestigious institutions, ensure high standards of quality that reflect the strengths and mission of the university and the university library.