Brill Scholarly Editions

Brill Scholarly Editions is for scholars

  • Read. Read texts that can only be found on Brill Scholarly Editions in a sleek and simple environment
  • Learn. Translations, commentaries, and widgets help you gain a deeper understanding of the text and the current state of scholarship
  • Cite. Stable identifiers help you cite the texts, down to the individual phrases and words

Brill Scholarly Editions is open-ended

Brill Scholarly Editions is a library and reading environment for texts in both their original languages and in translation. It is a first major step in the roll-out of Brill's Digital Humanities program.

The primary goal of Brill Scholarly Editions is to provide a reading environment for Brill's text editions, translations, and commentaries. But this is only the beginning. There are a lot of rich annotations we want to support, including:

  • translation alignment
  • treebanks
  • critical apparatus
  • manuscript images

New features are being released every few months.

Brill Scholarly Editions is collaborative

Brill Scholarly Editions is not just a site. It is part of an ecosystem of software used for building rich reading environments. Examples include the new Perseus Digital Library, an open educational resource featuring a corpus of digital texts and deep-reading tools, Explore Homer which will bring together various levels of analysis of Homer, Hedera, an online vocabulary database and readability gauge for language teaching and learning, and the Kitab project that studies the formation and development of the written Arabic tradition with digital methods.

The ecosystem is intended to be a community effort and highly extensible, with a growing library of widgets that integrate texts with various types of annotation and external APIs. Please go to the the project website for more information. The GitHub repositories are all open (the code is open source under an MIT license). The best way to get involved is to join Slack and become familiar with the key repositories and Trello boards tracking development.

Brill Scholarly Editions is sustainable

Brill Scholarly Editions publishes text editions, translations, and commentaries that

  • are peer reviewed
  • are in sustainable formats, such as TEI XML
  • provide stable identifiers, the CTS URNs, that allow users to retrieve texts and passages from Brill Scholarly Editions using the CapiTainS standards
  • have a long-term home at Brill as well as on separate institutional repositories such as Zenodo and LOCKSS
  • are published in an environment of which the code is available under open licensing for third-party redistribution and/or further development