Mason Publishing Group offers workshops on topics ranging from negotiating copyright to trends in digital publishing. See the listing below to browse our currently offered workshops.

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Publishing | Scholarly Communication | Copyright | Dissertations and Theses



  • Social Media Strategies for Scholars, Institutions, and Publishers

    For publishers and authors, social media offers a way to connect directly with audience. Social media is about adding value—for your stakeholders and audience. We will review how different platforms help authors and publishers to achieve diverse goals, assess ways to rethink organizational structure and roles; examine techniques to “listen to the conversation” in order to become familiar with your audience’s social media habits; and assess tools for social media analytics.

  • Word Play: Interactivity, Gaming, and the Future of Digital Texts

    Electronic books are evolving, but the majority of ebooks are still a “digital picture of a book,” more portable, perhaps, than printed books but with few other advantages. This presentation examines the future of electronic texts, covering examples of interactive ebooks, gamification and transmedia, and digital textbooks with automated assessment. Using case studies of innovative ebooks, we explore the intersection of digital textbooks and online learning as well as the future of the book.

  • The Future of Digital Textbooks

    This presentation examines trends in digital textbooks and educational resources, including open access textbooks, open educational resources, interactive texts, auto-assessment. Using examples of what innovative publishers, authors and other players are doing in this space, such as texts that include multimedia, collaboration, and automated assessments. We also examine free and low-cost authoring tools and platforms and glimpse the future of digital textbooks.

  • Metatrends in publishing

    Examines the significant trends affecting trade and scholarly publishing, including the changing publishing landscape, Amazon and online bookselling, ebooks, the rise of self publishing, book discovery and metadata, social media, and the changing definition of the book.

  • Marketing and Promotion for Impact

    Presents steps to find your target audience and writing effective copy in order to make the greatest impact on awareness, discovery, and sales. Learn how to target appropriate audiences, plan media campaigns, write press releases and other marketing copy with impact, craft pitch letters, and use stories to connect to your intended audience at an emotional level.

  • Starting an E-Journal

    Interested in starting an online journal? This workshop will guide you through the steps involved in launching a successful online publication. Topics include: defining the goals and scope of your journal; choosing an editorial process; matching your content and goals with a publishing platform; recruiting contributors; and promoting your publication.

  • Introduction to OJS for Editors

    This workshop offers a hands-on introduction to using Open Journal Systems to publish your online journal. We will introduce the different user roles and workflows in OJS, and will provide guidance on customizing the defaults templates in OJS to establish your own editorial process.

  • MARS, Institutional Repositories, and Open Access

    This presentation gives an overview of MARS, the Mason Archival Repository Service, and the role of institutional repositories in the life-cycle of academic scholarship. We will discuss why and how to submit your work to the institutional repository and the benefits of institutional repositories for discoverability, as well as long term access and stability of digital artifacts.

Scholarly Communication

  • Understanding Publication Metrics

    Defines traditional and alternative metrics, why they are important, and where to find/collect data specific to a journal, article or individual. ORCID and ResearcherID are discussed, as examples of tools used to assist with name disambiguation and claim credit for works one has created.

  • You’re Publishing Where? Choosing a Journal for your Publication

    Provides information on journal evaluation, Open Access (OA) journal models, metrics, negotiating author rights, and what to do when you receive reviewers’ comments on a manuscript submitted for publication.

  • Open Access and the Disruption of Scholarly Publishing

    Compares and contrasts open access vs. traditional publishing models. A discussion of ways to avoid predatory publishers, article processing charges, Mason community’s activity in OA publishing, trends in OA, and Mason’s OA Publishing Fund.


  • Music, Images & Media: Student Rights and Responsibilities to Copy

    A 30-45 minute interactive, introductory talk and discussion that addresses: What makes something copyrightable; the bundle of rights an author receives; and fair use and its potential application for educational purposes. Includes group discussion and a team-based copyright “contest.”

  • Educational Applications for Using Copyrighted Images

    A brief talk for instructional faculty that is specific to the use of proprietary images in educational contexts. Fair use is a central element of this talk. Discusses tools to use to properly attribute images

  • A Conversation About Copyright & Media

    This seminar for instructional faculty covers topics of fair use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, creating multi-media content that incorporates third-party content, and current legislation/rulemaking (when applicable).

  • Music and Copyright

    This presentation for graduate students and faculty in a music research-methods covers the basics of copyright; what’s copyrightable (or not); the bundle of rights; fair use; performance, mechanical, and synchronization rights; royalties; and performing rights companies (e.g., BMI). Ideas about where to find public domain or CC licensed scores are also shared

  • Copyright and User Rights: A Field Guide to Fair Use and Copyright in Balance

    This introductory and interactive seminar covers copyright basics, conducting a fair use analysis, and possible consequences of copyright infringement. Students watch a 10-minute online video called “A Fair(y) Used Tale,” or a similar short video.

University Dissertation & Thesis

  • Introduction to University Dissertation & Thesis Services

    This session introduces students to the steps for formatting and submitting their electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) successfully and on time for graduation. Each step in the ETD process is explained in detail, covering subjects such as deadlines, embargoes, inclusion of ETDs in MARS (Mason Archival Repository Service)—Mason’s institutional repository—and tips and suggestions to make the process simpler and less stressful

  • Introduction to the Interactive Template

    The Interactive Template, offered by University Dissertation & Thesis Services (UDTS) in collaboration with the Division of Instructional Technology (DoIT), is a Word document with fields, macros, and other tools to help graduate students in correctly formatting their theses and dissertations according to University Formatting Guidelines. Students are not required to use the Interactive Template; however, many have utilized it in the past with great success

  • Faculty and Staff Briefings on University Dissertation & Thesis Services

    While UDTS’s primary purpose is to assist graduate students in formatting and submitting their theses and dissertations in time for graduation, we also meet with Mason professors, graduate coordinators, and program directors, in groups or individually, to share best practice guidelines on theses and dissertations.