May 23, 2022

“Considering the Scholarly Edition in the Digital Age”: A White Paper From Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions

Considering the Scholarly Edition in the Digital Age was released earlier this month by the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions.

From the Preamble and Statement of Purpose of the White Paper:

The main focus of this document is definitional: we examine in turn the three major elements of the “digital scholarly edition” and explore their significance for the ways editions are read, used, and evaluated. In particular we consider a set of crucial features that we take to be fundamental to scholarly editing: transparency, accuracy, appropriateness of method, clear and responsible documentation, and the exercise of critical judgment in representing a full account of the textual situation at stake. We conclude by reflecting on the CSE’s own responsibilities in the light of these definitions.

Read the Complete White Paper

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.