About Scholarly Editing

Editorial Staff

Background

Since 1979, Documentary Editing has been a premier journal in the field of documentary and textual editing. Beginning with the 2012 issue, Documentary Editing has been renamed Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing and has become an open-access, digital publication. While retaining the familiar content of the print journal, including peer-reviewed essays about editorial theory and practice, the 2012 issue of Scholarly Editing is the first to publish peer-reviewed editions.

An Open-Access Journal

Scholarly Editing is committed to being an open-access journal. We publish content under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, and contributors retain all rights to their original content. For each of our editions, we provide access not only to the user interface developed for web publication, but also to the XML file which contains the core metadata for the edition.

A Note on Peer Review

All editions and articles published in Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing are rigorously reviewed by at least two experts in their respective fields. Articles follow a standard blind review process, but editions must pass through a somewhat more involved process. The journal editors select promising editions from submitted proposals and work with each project's editor(s) to put the edition online at an unpublished URL. The edition is then sent for review to two experts in its field who review its content and editorial soundness. The reviewers anonymously recommend that the edition be accepted as-is, accepted with revisions, revised and resubmitted, or rejected. Those that are accepted as-is or require only specific revisions are then finalized and published in Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing.

Call for Editions

We believe that many scholars know about fascinating, little-known, or understudied texts that deserve to be carefully edited and published. We offer a venue to turn this knowledge into sustainable, peer-reviewed publications that will enrich the digital record of our cultural heritage.

If you are interested in editing a small-scale digital edition of a single document or a collection of documents, we want to hear from you.

Proposals

We invite proposals for rigorously edited digital small-scale editions. Proposals should be approximately 1000 words long and should include the following information:

  • A description of content, scope, and approach. Please describe the materials you will edit and how you will approach editing and commenting on them. A well-researched apparatus (an introduction, annotations, etc.) will be key to most successful proposals.
  • A statement of significance. Please briefly explain how this edition will contribute to your field.
  • Approximate length.
  • Description of technical proficiency. With only rare exceptions, any edition published by Scholarly Editing must be in XML (Extensible Markup Language) that complies with TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Guidelines, which have been widely accepted as the de facto standard for digital textual editing. Though experience with TEI is not necessary in order to publish an edition, a sense of your technical expertise will help us to assess the viability of the edition. Please indicate your facility with TEI or explain why another technical approach makes better sense for your work.
  • A brief description of how you imagine the materials should be visually represented. Scholarly Editing will provide support to display images and text in an attractive house style. If you wish to create a highly customized display, please describe it and indicate what technologies you plan to use to build it.

All contributors to Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing are strongly encouraged to be members of the Association for Documentary Editing, an organization dedicated to the theory and practice of documentary and textual editing. To become a member, go to www.documentaryediting.org.

Please send proposals as Rich Text Format (RTF), MS Word, or PDF via email to Nicole Gray, 2017 Issue Editor, at ngray2@unl.edu. Proposals for editions for the 2017 issue are due by July 20, 2016.

Call for Articles

Scholarly Editing welcomes submissions of articles discussing any aspect of the theory or practice of editing, print or digital. Please send submissions via email to Nicole Gray, 2017 Issue Editor, at ngray2@unl.edu, and include the following information in the body of your email:

  • Names, contact information, and institutional affiliations of all authors
  • Title of the article
  • Filename of article

Please omit all identifying information from the article itself. Send submissions as Rich Text Format (RTF), MS Word, or PDF. If you wish to include image files or other addenda, please send all as a single zip archive. For questions of style and citation format, please consult the current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

If you wish your submission to be considered for the "Reflections on the Editor's Craft" feature, please indicate that in your email.

Article submissions for the 2017 issue are due by October 15, 2016. Please, no simultaneous submissions.

Thank you,

Nicole Gray Department of English Center for Digital Research in the Humanities University of Nebraska-Lincoln ngray2@unl.edu
Amanda Gailey Department of English Center for Digital Research in the Humanities University of Nebraska-Lincoln gailey@unl.edu
Andrew Jewell University Libraries Center for Digital Research in the Humanities University of Nebraska-Lincoln ajewell2@unl.edu