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OUP makes scholarly editions available online through innovative new platform

OUP makes scholarly editions available online through innovative new platform

06 September 2012

Oxford University Press made its prestigious and world-renowned collection of scholarly editions available online for the first time today through Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO).

Launching with 171 editions of works written by authors principally active between 1485 and 1660, OSEO contains the original texts of approximately 12,000 works, including 200 plays, some 7000 poems, and more than 5000 letters.

It will provide trustworthy and reliable critical editions of original works by some of the most important writers in the humanities, such as William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, as well as works from lesser-known writers such as Shackerley Marmion.  In doing so it will open up research possibilities to students and academics by providing them with the ability to search and compare works of English Literature, Philosophy, History, and Religion.

The clear and easy navigation of OSEO has been specifically tailored with the researcher in mind and is based on real research journeys, and to guarantee that it maintains the highest editorial standards, an international editorial board of distinguished scholars has been appointed, led by Michael F. Suarez Director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. 

Sophie Goldsworthy, Editorial Director for Academic and Trade at Oxford University Press, and Project Director of OSEO commented: “With such a sheer volume of texts available online, it has never been more important than it is now to help scholars and students navigate to trusted primary sources on which they can rely for their research, teaching, and learning. Over the past century and more, Oxford has invested in the development of an unrivalled programme of scholarly editions across the humanities. OSEO now takes these core, authoritative texts down from the library shelf, unlocks their features to make them fully accessible to all kinds of users, and makes them discoverable online.”

Disseminating high quality academic resources in innovative ways is a key part of OUP’s work in furthering the mission of the University of Oxford, and OSEO marks another important step in its continued digital development. Nigel Portwood, Chief Executive of OUP said: “The release of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online is another step in support of our ambition to publish unrivalled scholarly editions that provide breadth, reliability and quality for researchers and students. Scholarly editing sits at the heart of OUP’s academic publishing programme and I am confident that the launch of this service will have a positive impact on research and scholarship in the humanities.”