Editorial Technique

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Editorial Technique


methods used in the publication of scholarly texts, primarily well-established ones, such as classical works, historical or linguistic sources, and documents; one of the applied uses of textual criticism.

The most important task in editorial technique is the establishment of a text for publication through studying its history. An established text must correspond to the creative intentions of the writer and be free of extraneous additions and damage, in particular, changes linked with censorship (including self-censorship). Another task is the transcription of the text, which involves applying modern orthography and script while preserving the essence of the content, as well as lexicological, morphological, syntactical, and phonetic peculiarities of the published text. Of utmost importance is the formulation of a reference apparatus, including accompanying articles, indexes, and especially commentaries (notes).

The resolution of all the problems of editorial technique depends on whether the publication is intended to be scholarly or popular. In regard to structure and content, the text may be published as a complete collection of works, selected works, an anthology, or a publication of separate works or documents.

Specialists in editorial technique and textual criticism cannot merely rely on the mechanical application of previously established “rules.” Universal conventions do not take into account all the various forms, shades of meaning, and unusual connotations of the written word. Certain rules, such as those set by the latest text, are justified in most cases; however, they do not relieve the scholar of his duty to undertake concrete research to establish the authentic creative intentions of the author. A philological analysis of the text necessitates the collation of sources to make known the latest interpretations; various techniques of scholarly philological research are also indispensable. An established text is not declared the standard one, but is acknowledged as such (at the current level of study) by a number of authorities. The work of the editor is documented and substantiated within the publication and therefore can be checked by the reader.




The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
(38) Ville Makipelto, Timo Tekoniemi & Miika Tucker, "Large-Scale Transposition as an Editorial Technique in the Textual History of the Hebrew Bible," TC:A Journal of Textual Criticism 22 (2017): 1-16, 10-11.
Salter says 'the stock editorial technique of commercial current affairs programs for the past decade has been prejudice reinforcement' (p.
Jane Gottlieb emphasized the importance of evaluating sources and the knowledge of editorial technique. A general tip from an expert: "Convey your own love for the subject!"
Apart from its novel presentation (itself no mean achievement in the often dusty realm of reference works), this editorial technique had the advantage of stressing the contingent, "happening" quality of literature: literature in the making rather than as a collection of timeless and fixed "great works." And because each entry was written by a different scholar, the encylopedia offered a cornucopia of French literary criticism at the time, a "tasting menu," as it were, of leading critics, sensibilities, and methods.
In the interests of reaching a balanced assessment of Stover's editorial performance, it is probably just as well that the present reviewer is not fully au fait with what seems to have been a lively skirmish (conducted mainly in the pages of The Wellsian) over Stover's editorial technique ("Stoverism") in the earlier volumes of the series--which seems to have drawn some fire, among other things, "for not reading the author's life into his work" (2).
They pursue Richardson's ambiguity from his editorial technique, through his attitudes toward paternal, social, religious, and literary contexts, to his reception by women readers and authors--a particularly original and powerful section.
It is important to recognize that this ambiguity is not a fault of editorial technique but a question of editorial objective.
That allows me to practice a time-saving editorial technique I call autologous plagiarism.
At 319 pages and 3,082 entries, his section (over one-third of the book's total length) is a monument to thoroughness and exemplary editorial technique that might have been better expended on a more robust subject.
The more traditional virtues of Anglo-Saxon scholarship, however, are well represented in this Festschrift: first-hand research, well-informed close argument, and meticulous editorial technique. It is thematically unified (unlike many Festschriften), the editing is scrupulous throughout, and an index is provided.
It would also consider editorial techniques involving participants such as the use of lie detectors.
When I was refused an NOC to go on a four-month Thomson Foundation course in the UK on 'senior editorial techniques', our Islamabad bureau chief informed him.