About MCUP

Established in 2008, Marine Corps University Press (MCUP) recognizes the importance of an open dialogue between scholars, policy makers, analysts, and military leaders and of crossing civilian-military boundaries to advance knowledge and solve problems. To that end, MCUP focuses on books and periodicals that provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion of national security and international relations issues and how they impact the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps directly and indirectly. While the press does not operate on a revenue basis, MCUP must be creative, entrepreneurial, focused, and far-sighted to anticipate both the current needs of Marine Corps University and the broader DOD community but also the future in a rapidly evolving industry and respond with vision, commitment, and resolve. 


Marine Corps University Press publishes open access, scholarly books and journals on military history/heritage and national security topics in order to support excellence in Marine Corps University’s professional military education, to inspire debate, and to advance knowledge for a diverse community of scholars, U.S. and allied military leaders, and policy makers.


MCU Press is an internationally recognized publisher of research in military history, national security, international relations, and political science, thereby advancing scholarship, enlarging our understanding of the world in which we live, and improving the ability of the U.S. military to serve this country. Publishing academic works of distinction enhances the reputation of Marine Corps University and its faculty, staff, and students, and it functions as a critical tool for connecting the university with the larger research community and the world. Publishing timely works in partnership with the university encourages students to become lifelong learners with an intention to share their knowledge.

Core Values

We publish accessible, peer-reviewed scholarship on the history and heritage of the Marine Corps and on contemporary national security topics to advance research and education in and out of the classroom.

We conduct our operation in a manner that is fair, environmentally friendly, economically balanced, honest, and respectful of an inclusive and diverse community.

Publication processes reflect a commitment to academic rigor and excellence while being responsible stewards of federal dollars.

We cooperate formally with numerous scholarly societies, associations, and educational institutions to publish original scholarship. We offer noncommercial solutions to the publishing challenges facing academic institutions and partner with external like-minded publishers and agencies to benefit our customers and improve the quality and reach of our content. We build relationships internally, with our colleagues across the university and at the other Service schools, as well as outside the university with researchers, scholars, policy makers, and institutions worldwide.

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