Documentary Editing — Publishing Opportunities


Documentary Editing
The Journal of the Association for Documentary Editing


Since 1979, Documentary Editing has been a premier journal in the field of documentary and textual editing. Beginning with the 2011 issue, Documentary Editing will move online and become an open-access, digital publication. While retaining the familiar content of the print journal, including peer-reviewed essays about editorial theory and practice, in 2011 Documentary Editing will become the first academic journal to publish peer-reviewed editions.

Even as interest in digital editing grows, potential editors have not found many opportunities to publish editions that fall outside the scope of a large scholarly edition or that do not require creating a sophisticated technical infrastructure. We believe that many scholars have discovered fascinating texts that deserve to be edited and published, and we offer a venue to turn these discoveries 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.


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

1) A description of content, scope, and approach. Please describe the materials you will edit and how you will approach editing and commenting on them. We anticipate that a well-researched apparatus (an introduction, annotations, etc.) will be key to most successful proposals.
2) A statement of significance. Please briefly explain how this edition will contribute to your field.
3) Approximate length.
4) Indication of technical proficiency. With only rare exceptions, any edition published by Documentary Editing must be in XML (Extensible Markup Language) that complies with TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Guidelines, which have been widely accepted as the standard for digital textual editing. Please indicate your facility with TEI.
5) A brief description of how you imagine the materials should be visually represented. Documentary 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 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

Please send proposals as Rich Text Format (RTF), MS Word, or PDF to the co-editors via email no later than August 1, 2010, for consideration in the 2011 issue. A separate call for papers will be issued for essays on editorial theory and practice. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Thank you,

Amanda Gailey
Department of English
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Andrew Jewell
University Libraries
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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