In October 1996, the IEEE Press Editorial Board adopted the following mission statement.

Text of Mission Statement

The IEEE Press publishes texts, references, handbooks, and monographs to meet present and future professional and educational needs of IEEE members, potential members, and others in the fields of interest to IEEE. Our mission is to bring to our audience the best and most up-to-date materials in the field, whether these are works originated by the Press or published in cooperation with another entity. By our emphasis on consistent quality, the Press will strive to attract the leading authors in the profession.