OUP to launch Scholarly Editions online in 2012

OUP to launch Scholarly Editions online in 2012

<p>Oxford University Press is releasing an online collection of scholarly editions of poetry, drama and fiction.</p><p>The academic publisher said the website, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, launches in spring 2012 and will comprise &quot;authoritative&quot; texts from all periods of English literature and across the humanities. OUP said it wants to add works from authors that will also include diaries, letters, philosophical speculation, sermons, history, biography and fiction.</p><p>The site will launch with 150 works originally written between 1485 and 1660, including plays by Shakespeare, John Donne&#39;s poetry and the letters of Thomas Hobbes. Pricing of the material has yet to be finalised although institutional subscriptions will be offered alongside those for individuals. The material could be downloaded onto e-book readers with OUP saying it was &quot;conscious&quot; students may want it to be accessible on portable devices.</p><p>Sophie Goldsworthy, editorial director for academic and trade publishing, said: &quot;Cutting through the mass of data available online continues to present a very real challenge to scholars and students alike, and is nowhere more difficult than in the case of primary texts, with the sheer volume of unevaluated and often simply inaccurate editions online. </p><p>&quot;By marrying technological developments with one of the most traditional forms of scholarly endeavour, Oseo will enhance the discoverability and accessibility of some of Oxford&#39;s most prestigious and authoritative content.&quot;</p><p>The project will be overseen by an editorial board led by Michael Suarez, director of the academic institute Rare Book School.</p><p>Meanwhile, OUP has appointed Pam Sutherland as its chief information officer. The newly created role will have responsibility for the publisher&#39;s digital and IT infrastructure. She was formerly operations director at Oxford Journals.</p><p>Her promotion follows the recent appointments of Casper Grathwohl as online and reference publisher for the global academic business and Ernst Kallus as digital media director.</p>