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1The MEP website has been inaccessible due to renovations since December 7, 2004. 2Indeed, e-books and digital newspapers have in many areas, despite the expenditure of vast sums (far larger than has been spent on digital scholarly editions!), failed to impact on print publication. For doubts about the viability of e-books see Peter Meirs (Meirs [n.d.]). Some remarkable statistics on the failure of digital newspapers are given by Vin Crosbie (Crosbie 2004a). For example, the Washington Posthas an audited print circulation of 732,904. Its digital circulation is 424. In a followup, Crosbie pointed out that there are in fact many successful instances of digital publishing in other categories of business publication—just not digital newspapers (Crosbie 2004b). 2See the landmark first Colloque International de Paliographie(Bischoff et al. 1954). Actually, the matter of nomenclature has not always been considered a priority and it has been approached from different and often irreconcilable perspectives and attitudes. See, for instance, the debate mentioned by Gumbert 1976 between an historical and a Cartesian—meaning abstract—approach.
2Alistair J. Minnis, Medieval literary theory and criticism c.1100-c.1375: the commentary tradition(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991), 37-38.
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The language of publication in DM is English. We currently accept articles in any standard English spelling (American, British, Canadian, Australian, etc.). Whichever spelling system you choose should be used consistently. American spelling is checked against the
All articles published in DM
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Quotations from texts in languages other than English are acceptable. In most cases, translations into modern English should be included. In the case of shorter quotations, these should be included in the main text of the article, surround by quotations marks. Longer foreign-language quotations should be accompanied by a modern English translation. If the original passage is included in the main body of the text, this translation should appear as a footnote. If the translation is found in the main body of the article, the original text may be included in a footnote at the contributor's discretion. Whichever approach is taken should be followed consistently. Foreign words and phrases commonly used in English or easily understood from context may be left untranslated.
...the massive project that eventually published some 20,000 pages of Wittgenstein's
Nachlaßin digital facsimile and transcripts..
...King Alfred first translated Boethius literally into prose and thengeworhte hi eft to leoðe, swa swa heo nu gedon is,
reworked it for verse, just as it is done here,that is, in a prose-and-verse manuscript.
The following example, places the translated text in the main body of the article, and the original text in the associated footnote; contributors may also place the translation in the footnote and the original text in the main body.
This involves aformal and stylistic comparison—as Supino Martini stresses in her statements about the palaeographical method—between what has reached us with a close paternity (or date) and what is supposed to be possibly brought back to the same paternity (or date).
DM uses a
Towards the electronic
Esposizioni: the challenges of the online commentary
The society has collaborated with several initiatives to put substantial segments of the EETS into electronic form—as part, for example, of the
. Middle English CompendiumMEC
Foys, Martin, ed. 2003. The Bayeux tapestry digital edition.Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions.
Other languages are
capitalised according to the relevant standard. In case of
DM uses the
DM uses the
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Please give the full names
of the first three authors (if more than three authors are
credited, the third author name is followed by
Robinson, Peter, and Kevin Taylor. 1998. Publishing an electronic textual edition: the case of The Wife of Bath's Prologue on CD-ROM. Computers and the Humanities32: 271-84.
Author names should be given as they are in the work in question. If the same author uses different forms of the same name in different publications (e.g. Kevin Kiernan / Kevin S. Kiernan), authors are asked to normalise entries to the fullest form. Authors who use significantly different first or family names in different works (e.g Alison Jones, later Alison Gyger; Olaf S. Arngart, alternatively O. S. Anderson) should not be grouped together. Use the name found on the work being cited. Cross references can be used to make the connection explicit, if desired; in such cases please ensure all such examples are cross referenced:
Gyger, Alison. 1969. The Old English. Soul and Bodyas an example of oral transmission Medium Ævum38 (1969): 239-44.
───. See alsoJones, Alison.
Jones, Alison. 1966. . Daniel and Azariasas evidence for the oral formula Medium Ævum35: 95-102.
───. See alsoGyger, Alison.
Anderson, O. S. 1941. Old English material in the Leningrad manuscript of Bede's ecclesiastical history. Skrifter utgivna av Kungl. humanistiska vetenskapssamfundet i Lund/Acta reg. societatis humaniorum litterarum Lundensis, 31. Lund: Gleerup.
Arngart, O. S. 1952. The Leningrad Bede: an eighth century manuscript of the Venerable Bede's. Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorumin the Public Library, Leningrad Early English Manuscripts in Facsimile, 2. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
All English and Latin (and
most foreign language) titles should be given in
(Needham 1999, 458)
Needham, Paul. 1999. Counting incunables: the IISTC CD-ROM. Huntington Library Quarterly61: 457-529.
Derolez, Albert. 2003. The palaeography of Gothic manuscript books from the twelfth to the early sixteenth century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Minnis, Alistair J. 1991. Medieval literary theory and criticism c.1100-c.1375: the commentary tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Clarendon.
(Ahern 1997, 215-6)
Ahern, John. 1997. Singing the book: orality in the reception of Dante'sIn Comedy. Dante: contemporary perspectives, ed. Amilcare A. Iannucci, 214-39. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Critical editions are usually cited in DM by the name of the editor rather than the original author. In cases where the name of the author is more important (e.g. in epigraphs), the citation may be by author, although the form (Geoffrey Chaucer [McGillivray 1997]) may also be used.
McGillivray, Murray, ed. 1997. Geoffrey Chaucer's Book of the duchess: a hypertext edition. CD-ROM. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
Editions of historical texts with a known author often include the name of the author in the title (as above). If this information is not included, but is considered significant by the contributor, it may be placed after the title information.
Kane, George, and E. Talbot Donaldson, eds., 1988. . By William Langland. Rev. ed. London: Athlone Press. Piers Plowman: the B version, Will's visions of Piers Plowman, Do Well, Do Better and Do Best: an edition in the form of Trinity College Cambridge MS B.15.17, corrected and restored from the known evidence, with variant readings
DM distinguishes between two main types of Internet citations:
involve online material that is discussed or being cited as evidence to support an argument. Such references are documented and cited like any other bibliographic item: they are listed in the works cited section and cited by author and year whenever possible in the main text.
include corporate or project home pages
whose content is being cited primarily to supply an address
rather than support an argument. Contributors may cite
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There are no hard and
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rule of thumb, citations of top-level domains (e.g.
well-documented Internet resources usually can be built
following the model of a print analogue: articles in
on-line journals should be cited using the print journal
model; on-line books should be cited using the print book
model; e-mail correspondence should be cited using the
model for manuscript letters. Some examples follow and many
more can be found in
Crosbie, Vin. 2004a. Woeful circulations for digital editions. Digital Deliverance. August 12. .
───. 2004b. Woeful circulation for just retailed digital edition of newspapers. Digital Deliverance. August 19. .
Duggan, Hoyt N. 1994/2003. 1994 Prospectus: archive goals. The. Piers Plowmanelectronic archive .
Electronic resources published on discrete media (e.g. CD-ROM, DVD, floppy-discs) or by download generally pose fewer bibliographic problems. Whenever possible, they should be treated like the closest print-equivalent. The main difference is that all non-print works should have the storage or delivery medium indicated expressly: e.g. CD-ROM, 2 3.5 inch floppy discs.
Kiernan, Kevin, ed. 2003. The Electronic Beowulf. London, British Library. CD-ROM. Second edition.